THERE are kitchen appliances, and then, there are luxury kitchen appliances.
When you talk about the luxury versions, some are astonishingly perfect works of art and design, reflecting the trend of the kitchen being increasingly seen as the ultimate status symbol. Nowadays, kitchens are not just functional, they “show off”.
Dorothy Lim, who has 22 years of experience in the kitchen industry in Malaysia and is the manager of Bina Warehouse Kitchen Boutique, explained, “With high-end appliances, the difference is that you get a lot more specialist features and superb build quality.
“Premium European brands such as De Dietrich, Foster, Gaggenau and Miele all have their own unique features.
“Take for example, Gaggenau, which is a luxury kitchen appliance brand from Germany. They once had all their appliances designed by Bang and Olufsen.
“In order to achieve a sleek look, all of Gaggenau’s ovens, steam ovens and microwaves are designed without handles, and instead, have a TFT touch display.”
“If you need flexibility in your kitchen layout, Gaggenau is the only brand that allows you to select left or right hinge opening, or if you want top or bottom controls,” she said.
“For steam ovens, we are particularly impressed by Gaggenau’s because it has a unique feature: a piped-in water supply so you don’t need to fill the steam oven up manually.
“Interestingly, while sous vide cooking is becoming increasingly popular, not many people know that you may also use certain steam ovens to do that due to the temperature being so well-controlled.”
She added: “When investing in luxury kitchen appliances, it is important to choose wisely. It is Bina Warehouse’s policy to choose the best from a wide and pre-qualified range, so that our customers don’t need to worry if a particular model is not up to standard.
“We can share our knowledge of the best combination of models to fit various kitchen configurations.”
For coffee machines, she shared about another high-end German brand, Miele.
“Miele’s built-in coffee machine is especially clever because it has an automatic dispensing chute that senses how short your cup is. With some other models, you need to manually pull the dispensing chute down, or you might get splashed with coffee!”
From German brands to the premium Italian brand, Foster, Lim enthused, “Foster has a very special induction hob with an integrated hood. You have to watch the video to truly appreciate it.
“They also have the FL series which has doors that look like black mirrors, and this looks very classy.”
Ending on a French note, she introduced the benefits of De Dietrich’s Intelligent Cooking System, “You don’t need to be a chef, but the end result is that you can be like a professional in one touch.
“If you are throwing a dinner party, none of your friends will know that you can’t cook!”
When asked for any final tips, Lim advised: “Do decide on your appliances at least four months before your completion date, so that we can calculate the required amperes for your electrician. If this isn’t planned in advance, you risk having to hack and rewire your house.”
For details, visit Bina Warehouse Kitchen Boutique at 22, Jalan Kampung Attap, Kuala Lumpur (03-2274 6111) or www.binawarehouse.com