Refacing of the Future: Five High-Tech Appliances You Should Consider in Your Kitchen
by Melissa Bullard
Face Your Kitchen Columnist
People who reface their kitchen cabinets are making an investment in the future, whether it's for their own comfort and enjoyment of their kitchen or upgrading for when the time comes to sell their house. If your kitchen cabinets reflect a decade of the past, it's likely that some or even most of your appliances also reflect that decade.
If you are considering refacing your kitchen cabinets, it might also be a good time to consider replacing your current appliances with some high-tech models. Today's appliances are stylish, energy-efficient, quiet, and often strive to create new levels of convenience for homeowners. Take a look at these five high-tech appliances.
Five High-Tech Appliances to Enhance Your Refaced Cabinets
- Induction Cooktop: Induction cooktops are quickly becoming a popular high-tech appliances, thanks to their energy-efficiency. Whereas traditional gas and electric stovetops use anywhere from 40 to 65 percent of the heat produced, induction cooktops, which use heat created by magnetism reacting with iron cookware, use 90 percent of the heat produced.
- Smart Ovens: Newer ovens are energy-efficient and stylish. Some come with rotating control panels that can be hidden when not in use, two convection fans instead of one, and even brick oven elements that not only cook your pizza, but turn the broiler on at just the right time to make sure all the cheese is sufficiently melted.
- Pan-Sensing Stovetops: These days, there are both gas and electric stovetops that can sense not only when the pan is there and when it's not, but also how big it is. These high-tech appliances turn the heat off when you remove the pan, and also activate heating elements in different zones to match the size of the pan.
- Barcode-Reading Microwaves: Gone are the days when you had thirty different cooking times for thirty different brands of popcorn. These new microwaves are capable of reading barcodes, so instead of wondering how long your frozen dinner should actually be in the microwave, just scan the barcode. It could cut your microwave-babysitting time in half.
- Controlled Refrigeration: Today's refrigerators don't just keep your food cold. Between express chilling and defrosting areas and separate evaporators to keep vegetables less humid, fruit more humid, and dry freezer air from invading the fridge section at all, refrigerators have become high-tech appliances that not only chill but help you make food last longer.
If you're looking at your kitchen cabinet refacing job as a chance to give your kitchen a facelift, look into investing in some high-tech appliances as well.
About the Author
Melissa Bullard earned a Bachelor's degree in English Literature, then a Master's Degree in Spanish Language and Literatures from the University of Nevada, Reno. She has taught writing, literature, and Spanish classes, and is currently working as a fre
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