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The workhorses of your home, these appliances are practical, powerful and oh-so stylish.
Your stove, dishwasher, hood fan and fridge: these are the heavy lifters in the kitchen. But there’s no reason they shouldn’t look good while they do it. Some of the best new appliances for 2016 bring high-end form to everyday function.
Start a garden in the kitchen. The Urban Cultivator (from $2,499) allows you to grow herbs in a specially designed counter-height fridge.
Inspired by the look of the beloved stand mixer, the black stainless steel KitchenAid dishwasher with dynamic wash arms (from $2,150) is forged from anodized steel with crosshatched handles, brushed knobs and cool finishing medallions on the handle.
A vent hood that defies its pedestrian filtering function with sleek geometric beauty, the Om by Elica ($2,549) is all about a minimalist mantra.
The swing design of the French-door convection single wall oven by Monogram ($5,939) adds commercial edge with one-handed accessibility to your home kitchen.
Miele adds an all-new free-standing range series (from $7,999) to its lineup of wall ovens and cooktops. Think seamless.
DESIGNER PICK The new Vitamix 780 ($850) has the same legendary high-performance blending power, but now with a streamlined touch screen and automatic shut-off.
“I love my Vitamix—it literally does everything from soup to nuts. My mornings usually start with a three-mile walk and a smoothie that I take with me to the office (where we also have a Vitamix for healthy lunches and snacks). And when I design kitchens for clients, I take the opportunity to create a special place for awkward appliances like the Vitamix.” — Lynn Donaldson, Calgary-based designer and principal of Lynn Donaldson and Associates
Monogram French-door convection single wall oven, Colony Warehouse, North Vancouver, colonywarehouse.com; Castle Appliance, Calgary, castleappliance.com; Appliances Unlimited, Edmonton, appliancesunlimited.ca. Miele Freestanding range, KitchenAid black stainless steel dishwasher, Trail Appliances, across the West, trailappliances.com. The Urban Cultivator, Lansdowne Appliances, Victoria, lansdowneappliance.com; Colony Warehouse, North Vancouver, colonywarehouse.com; Trail Appliances, Calgary and Edmonton, trailappliances.com. Elica Om vent, Coast Appliances, across the West, coastappliances.com. LG Sidekick, Trail Appliances, across the West, trailappliances.com. Vitamix 780, Williams-Sonoma, Vancouver and Calgary, williams-sonoma.ca.
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