By Wares August 25, 2017 Major appliances

A round-up of some of the latest local and international major appliances category news.

Major appliances bits & pieces

Stylish in Singapore – Electrolux Asia Pacific has won two Singapore Good Design Mark Awards (“SG Mark”) for its UltimateCare washer and Nutrifresh refrigerator.

Gaggenau goes Victorian – Gaggenau will have its own design studio-style showroom in Melbourne by the end of this year. Designed to cater for the domestic end user as well as specifiers and designers, we suspect it will be a gorgeous space with no little heritage character.

Hitachi looks at high end – Still over in Australia, Hitachi has been showing off a range of premium major appliances for release later this year; destined for a select range of retailers, we hear, many of the products share the use of toughened glass and range across refrigeration, laundry and floor care.

Berlin bound? – Miele’s launches at IFA 2017 will include the world premiere of a new cooking appliance range, new hob units from the KM7000 series, two rangehoods and a series of interconnectivity applications as well as something interesting in laundry care. Stay tuned…


Electrolux’s grand scheme

Launched last year, Grand Cuisine is Electrolux’s premier range of kitchen appliances in the States.

“Inspired by restaurant products and techniques”, there is a combination oven, blast chiller, vacuum sealer, induction and gas hobs, rangehood, mixer, not to mention a substantial made-to-order standalone range.

The best part?

Electrolux’s own team takes the order, delivers and “commissions” it all.

Thereafter Electrolux undertakes to answer questions 24/7 and maintain your Grand Cuisine, 365 days a year!


Is FirstBuild GE’s Skunkworks?

We’ve been hearing about a facility supported by GE that some are calling the US appliance giant’s “Skunkworks”.

The facility in Lousiville Kentucky, is called FirstBuild and is a “co-creation community” whose vision is “to co-create a new world of home appliances”.

Supported but not owned by GE and complete with its own micro-factory, FirstBuild says it can conceptualise, design, build and take new products to market and is already marketing a standalone nugget icemaker (above), a cool portable induction cooktop, water filter and a rangehood that’s controlled by gestures.

Award EVO Power Packs

Sharing many specifications with the new Award Advance rangehoods are available in five different widths (58cm to 128cm), all come with high performance DC brushless motors for brilliant performance, low noise and low energy consumption. Models can be specified with either onboard motors and top or rear vents, or with remotely mounted motors, including ultra-high performance motors on larger widths thanks in part to the ability to use 200mm ducting. Stainless steel filters, LED lighting and electronic controls with Clean-Air function are fitted as standard and all models feature a full three-year warranty with an additional seven years’ parts cover on motors.

Miele CSDA 1010, CSDA 1020 CombiSet Sets

Miele now offers two CombiSet sets which include a new downdraught extractor that sits between two CombiSet cooktop modules, while its technical componentry is concealed below in the benchtop. One configuration, the CSDA 1010, includes two induction units, each with two rings, of which one is a casserole zone. CSDA 1020 meanwhile comprises an induction cooktop on one side and a Tepanyaki stainless-steel contact grill on the other.

Miele Pearl Headroom Rangehood

Also new is the Pearl Headroom Rangehood. The Miele Pearl has a 90cm wide canopy which consists of a bowed sheet of toughened safety glass (in a shade of white to match the brilliant white on Miele built-in appliances) and integrated atmospheric lighting as well as an LED light strip which provides downlighting. The low consumption Miele Eco motor means the Pearl sports an A+ on the European energy label, the best rating awarded to rangehoods.

Miele G6000 Dishwashers

The new premium Miele G6000 range offers speed and economy with its ability to complete a wash cycle in less than an hour, “outstanding” cleaning performance and improved flexibility and loading convenience when stacking tall stemware, large platters or bulky pots. Several dishwashers in this range, such as the G 6927 SCi XXL, offer 4.5 star energy rating plus 5.5 star WELS, and use as little as 11.1 litres of water per wash. All new G 6000 dishwasher models can be linked to a home’s WLAN router without the need for additional modules and, using the free Miele@mobile app, can be monitored and controlled from a smartphone or tablet.

Award Vented Drying Cabinet

The new AWARD Vented Drying Cabinet features the equivalent of 16 meters of hanging space, glove hooks and a shoe/boot drying rack and offers four time- or sensor-controlled programmes to minimise energy consumption. Drying cabinets virtually eliminate creasing and are very gentle on clothes, making them a perfect choice for delicates such as wool and silk.

Conversely, the cabinet will happily adapt to accommodate outdoor sports or work gear, work boots or even ski boots. The full height hinged door caters for even the most bulky items and, with inset electronic controls, complements any laundry. Comes with a full three-year warranty.

Miele TempControl Induction Cooktops and Steam Ovens with Microwave

the new TempControl Induction Cooktop manages the often-forgotten fact that the temperature in a pan will continue to rise during cooking, even if heat output remains constant. Miele TempControl induction cooktop units come in two sizes, 75.2cm or 76.4cm wide. Both are presented for flush installation or with stainless steel trim.

Also new, the Steam Oven with Microwave allows fast heat-up in microwave mode while Miele’s exceptionally flavoursome and healthy steam cooking is easily achieved in steam oven mode. A single composite program, where microwave energy alternates with steam, is ideal for gentle defrosting followed by uniform cooking.

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