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Fagor’s 12-inch, 2-burner induction cooktop can be installed in your existing countertop, so you can enjoy the benefits of induction cooking (including increased energy efficiency, faster heating, and a surface that’s cool to the touch during cooking) without replacing your old gas or electric range. ($1099; fagoramerica.com)
It’s slim as can be when closed, but the sides of Miele’s 48-inch “Jet” motorized ventilation hood expand outward when the system is turned on. This gives the cook more headroom when the unit is off—it’s just 5 inches deep when shut and 12 inches when open. ($3,995; mieleusa.com)
Bosch’s Evolution 800 series dishwasher comes with an optional “EcoAction” button that lowers the water temperature and lengthens the cycle time, reducing energy expenditure by 25 percent. ($1299; boschappliances.com)
kitchen for men
Poggenpohl’s “kitchen for men,” created by the Porsche Design Group, features aluminum-frame cabinetry with either driftwood or dark oak veneers, and a work surface that can be finished in glass or black granite. The kitchen is also equipped with a TV and stereo system (installed behind glass to prevent damage), making it way more fun than a car. (Customizable, therefore priced upon request; poggenpohl-usa.com)
The GE Profile Series refrigerator has a built-in media center with a 7-inch LCD screen. You can use it to upload family photos, or to access a preloaded recipe guide with nutrition information and a list of substitutable ingredients. The window on the right-hand side was designed to allow you to grab a drink without having to open the door. ($3199; ge.com)
Ann Sacks’ Han Bai Yu and Qing Shi marble tile collections—designed by Robert Kuo, a Chinese-born artist whose work often depicts nature themes—provide a textural option for a kitchen wall or backsplash. Hand-carved using a chisel and hammer, the stone is available in several designs including Hua (far left) and Kuai (near left). ($217-$349; Annsacks.com)
Despite its clean, linear angles, Hansgrohe’s Talis S Series faucet is very flexible: It can rotate a full 360 degrees and can be extended to reach 23.5 inches (deck-mounted models) or 26.5 inches (wall-mounted models). ($632; hansgrohe-usa.com)
American Range’s 36-inch Hybrid Range, available in ten colors, combines several cooking technologies in one unit. Above its convection oven are three induction burners in the front and three elevated gas burners in the rear, which allows for easy access and multiple cooking options. ($6,999; Americanrange.com)
Kohler sink
The 8 Degree double-basin sink from Kohler comes with a drying rack that sits on a beveled edge, keeping fragile glassware a safe distance from your food-prep surface. The base of the sink also tapers outward, which helps to reduce splashing and provides more room for long items such as cookie sheets without having to sacrifice counter space. ($1200; kohler.com)