Kitchen appliance news


It’s hard to believe that 2020 is nearly over – and what a year it’s been! I promise not to mention the C word so instead of dwelling over what could have been this year, instead let’s look to the future and see what beauties the kitchen appliance industry has to offer right now. Plenty of ideas to begin that next project in 2021. Have a wonderful Christmas everyone, from all of us at The Kitchen Think.


This is certainly something to shout about, as Novy, the luxury Belgian extraction and induction specialist, has been awarded Quiet Mark Certification for 58, yes 58 of its extraction appliances. This includes the Panorama and Up ranges of vented downdraft hobs and the brand now has the most Quiet Mark accredited cooker hoods to date, perfect for open-plan kitchen schemes. “The Quiet Mark logo will be featured on all our display products in kitchen studios,” says Owain Harrison, country manager for Novy, “making it a fantastic talking point for our retail partners. In addition, having so many products listed on the Quiet Mark website will deliver greater confidence for consumers, who can rest assured that they are purchasing the quietest extraction appliances available because they are endorsed by a trusted independent source.”


This first-of-a-kind appliances collection uses UV light technology, heat and steam to eliminate more than 99% of bacteria and viruses. There are seven models – a UV cleaning cabinet, fridge with disinfection drawer, tumble dryer with UV light technology, washing machine and washer-dryer, built-in oven and dishwasher – and the range takes inspiration from nature, using steam and heat to allow consumers to achieve excellent hygiene results at home.



Calling all Snoopy fans, Smeg has created a limited edition FAB10 fridge to commemorate Peanuts’ 70thanniversary. The popular comic strip made its debut in the 1950s and is now immortalised on Smeg’s iconic fridge with an original Snoopy drawing that will be available on just 70 fridges worldwide, 25 here in the UK available exclusively from the London Store.


The new C2600 model in black glass, gunmetal or stainless steel, is part of the Sense Premium collection and comes with sleek touch controls and 23 functions including a pizza setting, dehydrate option and a roast function where the temperature automatically rises to 250˚C then drops to the set temperature to seal the meat. There’s also a proving function as well as keep warm settings. “We have listened to the market” explains product manager Luke Shipway, “where demand is growing for appliances which are able to work with smartphone technology. This is why we have designed our own Caple Home app, which is filled with a whole host of features, from saving family favourite recipes to setting multi-stage cooking times.” The new oven makes mealtimes easier, as you can connect to your oven using your smartphone or tablet and scroll through the options to take the guesswork out of cooking.


Keeping the kitchen clear of cooking odours and steam before they have the chance to settle is Franke’s Atmos Steam Off cooker hood. Perfect for induction or gas hobs, the extractor is great for compact kitchens or open-plan spaces as it will integrate seamlessly within cabinets, saving space without compromising on technology. It works by a patented Steam Control System that suppresses condensation by actively channeling airflow above the worktop, while a separate anti-condensation button pushes a dual vortex of air downwards through the central vent. This forces the steam from pans into the hood even faster for ultimate extraction.


The perfect minimalist statement in any kitchen project, the next125 cooking table now comes with a new look and offers the option of invisibly integrated extractors too. Cooktop extractors from different manufacturers can be integrated flush to the surface for a seamless effect while classic hobs and hoods can also be installed in the pull-out base unit. There are three different widths and frames in knotty oak, walnut and larch.

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About Hayley Gilbert

Hayley Gilbert is a freelance interiors journalist with 20 years’ experience in the industry. Specialising in all things kitchens, Hayley has contributed to a wide range of consumer titles such as Beautiful Kitchens, EKBB, KBB, Grand Designs, House Beautiful and Ideal Home, as well as national newspapers including The Sunday Times.... @HaylGilbert /

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