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WHAT’S NOT TO LOVE ABOUT A KITCHEN? IT’S A PLACE WHERE MEMORIES ARE MADE, WHERE LOVED ONES GATHER, WHERE YOUR SENSES COME ALIVE.
In the last issue of Metropolitan Home, we explored various kitchens covering different styles. While the cabinets, countertops and accessories are necessary to beautifying, personalizing and upgrading a kitchen, it’s not a true kitchen unless you have checked off all the appliances you need to actually start cooking. Practicality is required for a good kitchen, and to attain practicality, you need quality appliances. The big-ticket items you’ll need include a hood, hob and oven range, a refrigerator, and for those wine collectors or sommeliers, a wine chiller is a must-have too. In this issue, Metropolitan Home has curated the best brands in the market for those looking to invest in quality appliances.
Sub-Zero is a globally renowned refrigeration and preservation specialist. Sub-Zero appliances are designed to assure your food will always stay as fresh and flavourful as possible. This company has pioneered and perfected the science and art of home refrigeration.
Sub-Zero has a fascinatingly wide array of products to cater to every individual’s needs. Different homes and different kitchen habits will ultimately define what appliances you need, after all. For those who always find themselves wishing they had more storage space in their fridges, the Sub-Zero 36” All Refrigerator unit boasts an impressive 23.3 cubic feet space. It’s absolutely perfect for those who love cooking and entertaining or just really enjoy having lots of capacity to work with. This refrigerator of course pairs very well with its partner, the Sub-Zero 36” All Freezer.
For those looking for a two-in-one refrigerator/freezer unit, look no further than the 91 cm model from Sub-Zero’s PRO series that comes with a elegant glass segment in the centre of the stainless steel door. It makes for an iconic statement, much like a conversation piece, and the quality is not at all compromised.
For more information please visit www.subzero-wolf.com
When you think of Sub-Zero, Wolf is the next thing that comes to mind. Wolf has a phenomenal heritage and reputation as a cooking specialist and was acquired by Sub-Zero Group, Inc., in 2000. Wolf’s equipment is of an exceptional calibre and is considered to be very luxurious and high performing.
For instance, consider the sleek, professional traditional induction range from Wolf. Coming in 76 cm and 91 cm, this induction range is innovative, high-performing and visually stunning. Aesthetically speaking, this induction range is versatile and suitable for all sorts of kitchen concepts from modern to minimalist to even retro. But on top of looking elegant, it’s of course also provides professional-level performance, meaning to say it’s extremely precise and intuitive. It also features a sceatchresistant, easy-to-clean, ceramic glass cooking surface. Anyone who uses an induction stove will know these are features that change the game completely. Below the stovetop is Wolf’s VertiCross™ convection electric oven, a reliable cooking and baking appliance.
Especially for Asian households, a range top that has a designated wok burner is definitely a great inclusion. The 122 cm sealed burner rangetop from Wolf has 4 burners and a wok burner. Gas burners are used by many professional chefs for better control. Besides cooktops, Wolf’s innovative and convenient vacuum seal drawer is also something worth mentioning. It makes a huge difference in food preservation and cleanliness in the kitchen. This Wolf chamber-style vacuum seal removes the air and seals food, which helps infuse flavours into proteins, vegetables and oils in less than an hour. Both Sub-Zero and Wolf make for luxurious, high-quality kitchens. With exquisite craftsmanship and durability make their price tags more than worth it.
For more information please visit www.subzero-wolf.com
This independent family-owned company was established in 1899 in Germany. With over 100 years of experience, Miele is a dependable and reputable brand for all things kitchen. This company’s guiding principle and business philosophy is “Immer Besser,” which can be translated to “Forever Better.” Innovation and tradition meet to create the Miele story.
Miele’s renowned Generation 7000 includes a range of appliances including the induction hob, integrated extractor and oven variants. You can even opt to include a coffee machine as well as warming and vacuum drawers too. The G7000 dishwashers are also an ever-popular option in the market, because they’re known for being tested for the equivalent of 20 years’ use. On top of coming with supreme quality, Miele’s Generation 7000 is known for its integrated approach. Handleless and sleek, the minimalist design of this range makes it a perfect option for those who enjoy a seamless, functional and modern kitchen.
MasterCool II is Miele’s premium range of cooling appliances, which includes a refrigerator, freezer, fridge-freezer and wine units. This range also boasts an integrated aspect to it, observed in the Push2Open feature, whereby you can open the fridge doors with just some slight pressure. The “wow” effect of the opening the door is further enhanced by the new BrilliantLight feature which immerses the interior in bright light thanks to narrow LED light strips on the side walls. Technologically advanced features such as the MasterFresh drawers also make a convincing argument as to why this range of cooling appliances are an excellent choice for a kitchen.
Miele’s focus on durability, performance, ease of use, energy efficiency, design and service is a dedication that has extended over a century, and we believe it’ll continue to be the case for years to come.
For more information please visit www.miele.my
This German-Swiss company is known for their exceptional quality and premium products. Liebherr has perfected the art of refrigeration to a tee – their refrigeration and freezing equipment carries the mark of quality, reliability and longevity by using innovative technologies and high-quality materials. Liebherr prides itself for designing convenient and efficient products that are perfect for both domestic and professional settings. Liebherr’s Monolith collection is a lovely series of combination options for the kitchen that are elegant, modern, professional and luxurious. This collection includes refrigeration, freezing, wine chilling, and bottom freezers, which is released in Fall 2021. Just like all Liebherr column refrigerators, the Monolith Refrigeration provides an impressive design as well as excellent food preservation technology. The high-performance PowerCooling system ensures that cold air circulates also behind the door which means any item stored in the door stays just as cold as everything else in the refrigerator. No corners are being cut there! The BioFresh syste, features three drawers with independent climate controls so you can create a high humidity HydroSafe environment for those fresh produce, and a low humidinity DrySafe drawer for meats and cheeses. The third drawer is capable of temperatures as low as -2 Celsius, which means you can store fresh fish and seafood that’s easily within reach. The Liebherr freezers are also of a phenomenal quality. The FrostSafe system, for instance, allows for freezer drawers that are airtight and www.liebherr.com removable, which allows frozen food to be protected from unwanted air exchange and chilled air loss even when the door is opened. These drawers are also deep and transparent to allow you to see what’s stored inside. Monolith’s durable freezer door is also such a great addition that allows for see-through freezer door bins that are very convenient.
Of course, the Wine Columns from Monolith are also of exceptional quality. These Wine Columns are engineered to stimulate the most sophisticated wine cellars in the world. It also allows for customized labelling using erasable labels to allow you to identify and customize your collection. The FreshAir Activated Charcoal Filter makes sure your wine collections get the best air quality. The unique InfinityBoard is certainly worth noting as well – it’s essentially a board that can be pulled out as a temporary shelf to hold bottles while organizing and adding to your wine collection. Monolith comes with a SmartDeviceBox that users can control from their smart devices so they can easily activate various systems and features of the cooling units while still out shopping for groceries. If you’ve ever accidentally left the door open or if the power goes out, this smart feature will also send an alert to your device. Now how useful is that? Liebherr is a brand that is constantly innovating but each of their releases have been able to stand the test of time. The Monolith collection in particular is the culmination of Liebherr’s 65 years of refrigeration innovation and expertise.
For more information please visit www.liebherr.com
Known for their stylish and trendy appliances, Smeg is an Italian home appliance manufacturer with a fantastic range of products. Nowadays, their sweet, pastel colourways are very popular on social media, but they’re not just aesthetics – these products are all about functionality too. “Technology with style,” is what Smeg likes to call it. Inventive elegance, originality and quality products are what you’ll find with Smeg. The SBS660X fridge leans into functionality and innovation. This fourdoor, side-by-side refrigerator offers a sizeable capacity and a practical layout illuminated by internal LED lighting. This model also introduces innovative features that boost performance, such as the Smeg Active Ion system that neutralises bacteria, mold spores and all impurities responsible for odours and spoilage. On top of all its advanced features, the stainless-steel façade makes it sleek and professional. The stainless steel is also specially coated to make the surface “fingerfriendly” and stain resistant, making this product stay clean even in a busy kitchen.
Smeg’s professional quality oven with 115 litres of capacity is another recommended appliance for the kitchen. The SF9390X1 breaks the divide between professional appliances with the domestic alternatives through this high-performing built-in oven that is both majestic and inspirational. With nine cooking functions and 20 automatic cooking programs, users can access pre-set recipes for a variety of dishes. This precise appliance ensures you get the best results every time you cook. If you love the aesthetically unique products Smeg releases, the Victoria range is a fantastic hood, hob and oven range for you. The Victoria carries a traditional, timeless elegance from the 50s. It’s suitable for all sorts of kitchen concepts, from retro to contemporary. It’s certainly an eye-catching, gorgeous appliance, but it’s also built with great quality. Available in soothing cream or slick black finish, this range which comes with a gas hob equipped with solid cast iron grids and five burners can add intrigue and personality to any kitchen.
An absolute showcase of design, structure and innovation is the Dolce Stil Novo. The design of this extremely structured range made up of 60 and 45 cm ovens, multi-functional drawers, gas, induction and mixed hobs, wine cellars and coffee machines is gorgeous and innovative to say the least. The style of Dolce Stil Novo is refined, elegant and intuitive. This range integrates advanced technological solutions and simplicity of use to create a unique combination of appliances presented in one fluid form. This built-in range is simply just a delight to experience.
For more information please visit www.smeg.com
Premium, state-of-the-art wine cabinets are found at Vintec, a brand built by two Frenchmen who shared a common love for wine. A leading specialist in climate-controlled wine storage solutions, Vintec is often recommended by reputable wine critics and are thus a lovely option for any wine collectors, sommeliers or just anybody who cares for the drink. Vintec is often said to be “designed for wine lovers, by wine lovers.”
The New Vintec Premium Range has been designed to store a plethora of different types of wines with various bottle shapes, including that of Champagne. Their Perfect Cradle ™ shevling system features carefully optimized storage space and provides easy access and visibility to all bottles. It’s characterized by a Scandinavian-inspired design. It’s fitted with a new sleek Touch Sensitive Control Panel, which makes setting optimal temperatures to store your wines a breeze. Soft Top-to-Bottom Customizable LED lighting also allows for full label visibility so you can showcase your collection easily while the Acid-Etched Fingerprint-Proof door finish completes the premium aesthetics so you can point and touch without worries. Vintec truly is a brand that understands the need of a wine lover. Since it’s also super user-friendly, it’s great for those who might just casually collect a couple of bottles on the side too.
For more information please visit www.vintec.com
L a Maison De Dietrich hones in on an experience found in between tradition and modernity, power and intelligence, rawness and subtlety, technique and creation, heritage and innovation to create a culinary odyssey. This French company as “built upon a dynasty of visionaries.” It’s unique, storied past has created a culture of innovation and the French art of living is deeply imbedded in the brand. With 300 years of history, this company carries much expertise in each of their products. De Dietrich’s Induction Hob features something called horiZone Play which provides modularity to this hob. It is a 40 cm x 23 cm modular cooking space is among the most comprehensive “cooking zones” on the market. This means that there is no specific zone of the hob where you can cook – you can simply put your cookware anywhere on this surface. The horiZone Play induction hob can also be accessorized with a detachable grill or griddle/plancha. These two optional elements are specifically designed to fit and be used over one or both of the two cooking zones.
To complete the hob, De Dietrich has a wonderful 88 cm built-in downdraft hood. A downdraft hood is perfect for smaller spaces or for a more minimalist and integrated design. Essentially, a downdraft hood integrates the ventilation system necessary in a kitchen directly into the cooking surface, so you no longer need the typical overhead vent. This extraction unit in particular has a sleek and elegant design and mechanism, so when you need to use it, it reveals itself beautifully. De Dietrich’s appliances and ranges are definitely some of the more innovative ones on the market, despite having such as storied past.
For more information please visit www.gaggenau-asia.com
Gaggenau is a German manufacturer of phenomenal kitchen appliances. From ovens to wine cabinets and cooktops, Gaggenau does it all to promote their deep understanding for the art of the kitchen. Gaggenau takes quality control super seriously – at every stage of production, a craftsperson carefully examines their work using hand and eye to seek out any imperfections. This allows for an exceptional reputation built by hand since 1683.
Gaggenau’s Vario freezer of the 400 series has a stainless-steel interior with solid anthracite aluminium elements. It has a push to-open function to provide for a handleless experience, but the typical pull-to-open function is available for those who prepare the traditional method. There are certain variations to this freezer, with one RF463305 offering an ice and water dispenser in the door while RF461304 doesn’t have this feature.
The Vario cooling 400 series is designed with sophistication and quality in mind, and Gaggenau certainly delivers on that front. Another appliance from this series is Gaggenau’s wine climate cabinet 400 series which is a luxurious and elegant addition to a kitchen for any wine connoisseurs. It’s fully integrated with glass doors so you can always show off your wine collection to guests. It has a TFT touch display and three independently controllable climate zones among other amazing features. Clearly, Gaggenau is a luxury brand that can dress your kitchen to the nines while also providing fantastic quality.