by Courtney Soinski
What if your dishwasher knew how dirty your dishes are? What if your oven actually made you a better cook? Can your refrigerator help you surf the web, play music, or make a phone call for you? What if your cooktop regulated the heat under your pan for even cooking?
Whether you’re selling a home as a consumer or real estate professional, kitchen appliances are a big deal. According to ratings collected by CNET, here are the top five kitchen appliances in high demand right now:
Whirlpool WDL785SAAM – Want a dishwasher that knows how dirty your dishes are? This unit is included in Whirlpool’s line of 6th Sense Live smart appliances and includes a "sensor wash cycle" which uses Whirlpool’s Auto Soil sensor and the water clarity to determine how dirty the dishes are. Depending on the reading, it may automatically add more water and adjust the temperature accordingly. The WDL785SAAM is a tall tub, built-in dishwasher with two removable racks and a stainless steel tub, which holds heat better and is more energy efficient when compared to other dishwashers.
Panasonic NN-SD997S - For a solid, good looking microwave, this high wattage, mid-price range stainless steel unit with blue LED display gets good reviews and has a large capacity. The sensor functions are reported to do their job well and best of all, it's a good deal.
Looking for more in a microwave? Check this Microwave Buying Guide. Newer options include a microwave in a drawer, super convection types for browning and new inverter technology so you can finally poach salmon and make fluffy omelets in your microwave.
Dacor Renaissance 30" Double Wall Oven - Can your oven make your a better cook? CNET's taste testers unanimously preferred the food cooked this oven over all other ovens they tested! On the high end price-wise, this double oven is a critic's fave. They say you'll have a hard time finding one with a better and more powerful cooking performance.
Samsung 4-Door Refrigerator with 8" Wi-Fi Enabled LCD - This refrigerator syncs with the Galaxy S5 and Note 3, your television or your wifi connection so you can browse morning headlines, search recipe sites, stream music, or watch TV. It will also keep your milk cold and your ice frozen with a 28 cu. ft. capacity, adjustable shelving, Twin Cooling
Plus" system, FlexZone" drawer with variable temperature control settings, along with the 8-inch LCD touchscreen.
Bosch Benchmark induction and gas cooktops. The newest innovation to stovetop cooking, induction stovetops from Bosch feature "FlexInduction" cooking with two separate cooking zones that can be combined to fit larger pots and pans. The AutoChef temperature control supposedly holds a steady cooking temperature without fluctuating so food cooks more evenly. Plus, it's a pretty good looking cooktop.
Whether you're a master chef - or need all the help you can get, these hot appliances will add value to your kitchen and your home.