Innovations are proliferating in the kitchen, for space optimisation, energy efficiency, low VOC, reduced water usage/wastage, and what-have-you. Innovators have come up with products that not only make life easier but also healthier. They are leveraging consumer centric research, investing in R&D, and developing products that are innovative and durable as well as aesthetically superior. Here are some products that we found to be innovative or nearly so, which together go to help customers build a great kitchen.
Kent ALPS Air Purifier
The Kent ALPS–HEPA air purifier removes dangerous particulates from air. HEPA filters have the efficiency to catch and trap indoor carcinogens particles like PM 2.5 particulates (removes up-to 99.99%), pollen, allergens, surface adhering mould, fine dust and clinging odours like cigarette smoke, foul smells or pet odour. This appliance comes with a higher CADR and higher capacity of 400 m3/hr which is ideal for an area of upto 430sft. It incorporates some smart features like Intelligent Air Quality Monitoring, filter replacement indicators, child lock, and low noise operations. It is listed at Rs 21,990-MRP.
HEPA uses three different mechanisms – impact, interception and diffusion – to catch and trap carcinogen particles which are larger than 0.3 micron size and are commonly found in homes – dust mites, mould spores, pollen, pet dander,and tobacco smoke. These carcinogen particles have high shelf life and are highly injurious to health and can cause variety of health hazards including allergy, asthma and lung cancer.
Smart RO Water Purifier
KentSuperb is a first of its kind water purifier which has been crafted from an amalgamation of digital technology and Kent’s patented mineral RO technology.This purifier is touch operated, with an in-built micro-controller which senses water quality on real time basis and displays it on the digital screen. It also displays the total dissolved salts (TDS) in the purified water as well as the filter life. It automatically warns users when the filter life is less than 60 hours.
If the UV lamp malfunctions, or a filter gets chocked, or TDS levels in the water are not within the prescribed levels, the micro system senses and displays the status for user convenience. The troubleshooting system allows users to diagnose the problem, and even suggests common remedies for it. The smart system of this purifier even records and displays the service history of the appliance. The appliance is listed at Rs 25,000.
Top Shield Quartz Countertop
Johnson’sTop Shield is an anti-microbial counter top in quartz that comes pre-fabricated and is ready-to-install.This germ-free countertop is manufactured with a special anti-microbial formula which makes it food-grade. It offers the aesthetics of natural granite but without the maintenance associated with it. Top Shield has a host of other advantages over granite as well – it is as strong but requires no resealing, and is highly resistant to scratches and stains. It is a pre-fabricated drip-free countertop which hugely reduces the hassles of installation and labour cost, hence making it highly recommended for modular kitchens.
Incline & Estilo Shutters
Paracassa Interio has introduced two innovative products for the kitchen industry – Incline shutters for handle-less concept; and Estilo shutters in seamless finish with zero glue line on edges.
Incline has a prominent groove down the top of the shutter that acts like a handle and looks sublime when fitted. Its application provides that cool handle-less look to the kitchen and furniture. Besides, its use does away with the need for expensive gola profiles, and gives more flexibility in the choice of colours. The luxurious wood grain and high gloss finishes help create sophisticated designs thatsuit modern aesthetic requirements.Incline is edge-banded with special through-feed state-of-the-art edge banders without any joint.
Estilo shutters are made of acrylic, and come with a seamless edge finish, and no glue line on the edges. Their new high-gloss acrylic sheet provides a superior appearance compared with laminate, paint or vinyl. It provides a deep high gloss colour without ripples, which makes it the preferred choice for designers and architects.Acrylic is considered technologically advanced and is manufactured using extrusion process.
SS Modular Kitchen Cabinets
Bengaluru-based Prasara Innotech has filed a patent application for its innovative RTA cabinets. The cabinetsare made of 304-grade stainless steel and are applicable in base, sink, corner, wall and tall units. They conform to standard heights used by kitchen manufacturers and assemblers for the five work zones of a kitchen. The company has also applied for trademark for this product.
The cabinets boast of advantages of SS over any natural or engineered wood. They are modular in the true sense, and come with prior-drilled hole pattern for assembly of functional hardware.Theyoutlive the hardware installed.
Why SS cabinets
- 304 grade stainless steel, being an alloy, is highly eco-friendly and a safe substitute; the material is recyclable.
- SS 304 grade alloy is non-combustible and is the safest alternative to wood.
- The metal is predictable in size as it is machine processed and accurate,thus obviating the possibility of human error particularly where precise right angles are required. Different sizes of cabinetry can be chosen, to make installation easier and predictable with the avoidance of waste and littering of carpentry work.
- The cabinetry pre-drilled holes are reusable with machine screws of standard dimension, and the module can accept hardware and front any number of times.
Slim Box from Spitze by Everyday
Slim Box from the house of Spitze by Everyday fits perfectly in any environment, be it kitchen, living room or office. The main USP of the product is its load carrying capacity, which is 65kg and it can be fixed in any carcass width.
Slim Box is available in 90mm, 128mm and 175mm heights with 500mm depth. It comes in Matt White and Charcoal Grey, both in matt. Slim Box is a perfect mix of competitive rates at world class quality standards. The company offers warranty for manufacturing defects. This product has been tested for 100,000 cycles.
Traditionally, lighting was positioned under wall units or extractor fans; it is now being moved elsewhere. Lighting now has to be flexible to accommodate the change between a living and a working atmosphere. Gera Leuchten’s new under-cabinet light is designed so that it can be positioned either directly below a cabinet or, wall-mounted in kitchens without wall units, which creates additional storage space. With these extremely lightweight and slim under-cabinet lights, the company is offering kitchen manufacturers a solution that is suitable for integration into their furniture. The lights can be used in several ways, are anti-glare and provide outstanding linear, homogenous lighting.
Gera’s spotlights, which come in a square and round version, are characterised by homogenous, well-balanced lighting. Furniture manufacturers can upgrade their products with these spotlight solutions as they are of the same high quality as other products. These spotlights can, for example, also be adapted to daylight situations through white adaptation, and therefore make it possible to light up a room with extremely homogenous yet anti-glare lighting throughout.
Prepstation by SCHOCK, the innovative sink concept, has been crowned ‘Kitchen Innovation of the Year® 2017’. The award was based on the product’s innovation, user convenience/functionality, material qualities, design, ergonomics, product utility and environmentally friendliness.
The success of Prepstation lies in its innovative concept which responds to the change in the way the kitchen sink is used these days. Once primarily a place to wash the dishes, the sink now fulfils a much more varied role. With 1½ basins, an integrated work surface, the dual-spouted Conos Promixer tap and functional accessories, the model combines numerous steps in the process of prepping and cooking fresh food right there in the wet zone. The extended range of functions turns it into a food prep assistant, helping people to serve sensible, varied and fresh meals. The Prepstation offers plenty of space to prepare meals communally, as a couple or with friends. As an alternative to the worktop, this space is the perfect place for fuss-free and hygienic food prep – from washing produce to chopping up the ingredients ready for the steam cooker. The Prepstation is indeed an ergonomic extension of the worktop.
Hailo’s Pantry Box
The pantry box continues to be another key product. In an era of loose product buying, a modular organiser system is gradually becoming more important. Hailo’s pantry box has already won theiF Design Award, Red Dot Award and a Focus Open, all with good reason. The pantry box was developed for the storage of food and combines a space-saving solution in a drawer with a practical layout and easy access to, for example, bread or vegetables.
Faber RO Water Purifier
Faber’s new RO water purifier uses Filmtec membranes that are 100% made in USA and are untouched by human hands during the manufacturing process. This helps the water purifier to perform in the TDS limit of 3,000 ppm. This purifier range offers assurance of 100% RO water and 100% UV water, and it does not use TDS controller in its system.
The water purifier features Germblocktechnology which protects purified stored water from microbial contamination. The water purifier comes with Copper Guard and Mineral Addition Technology (MAT) filter. The MAT filter adds back essential minerals to purified RO water, and copper acts as an anti-fouling agent and enhances the taste of water, making it potable.
Built-in-Hoods Create Mood Lighting!
Whirlpool’s built-in-hoods bring the European look to kitchens. They merge with kitchen decor perfectly as these have smooth lines and clear steel surfaces. Also, the hoods feature mood lighting such that their in-built illumination can be switched on when users want it to be just perfect. The lights are so designed that users get a great view of the cooking area.
Bosch has unveiled built under, integrateable Serie 2 SMI25AS00E dishwasher. The product’s auto programme feature allows users to put all kinds of soiled dishes inside to be taken care of. This programme perfectly adjusts the water usage, temperature and rinse time to give users an optimum wash. With electronic delay timer, users can pre-select the programme for the desired start time. This allows them to handle their appliance conveniently at any time during the day, during work hours or at night.
SS Gas Hob with Integrated Controls
Bosch offers the 75cm stainless steel gas hob with integrated controls – Serie 6 PCI815B8TI. Its wok burner provides powerful cooking at up to 4kW. The hob’s continuous steel pan support gives maximum stability. Its high quality and premium design lets users enjoy cooking for longer.
Built-in Coffee Machines
Miele’s built-in-coffee machines have a plethora of features. Their ‘Eco Mode’ heats up appliances automatically just before the preparation process starts. The ‘System Lock’ offers a mechanism to prevent unintentional operation, for example even by children. The ‘ComfortDoor’ provides convenient access to bean container, water container, waste container and drip tray.
Compact Microwave Oven
Gorenje offers combined compact microwave oven, the BCM547ST. Built-in combined and microwave ovens deliver all the advantages of microwaves, hot air and grill. The five-level microwave power setting speeds up the cooking process while the hot air makes sure the food is well done. Combined operation, using grill and hot air at the same time, leads to excellent results when cooking large chunks of white meat, while grill and microwave combination will speed up roasting smaller chunks of meat, baking pizzas, etc. Built-in microwave oven can also be used as a conventional oven.
Lacquered Crystal Glass Shutters
Surat-based ABM Wood Decor (Evershine) has launched lacquered crystal glass shutters in eight different colour options – gold, cappuccino, silver, white, black, purple, burgundy, and slate grey. Evershine shutters are manufactured from high quality materials, and high precision is achieved through the advanced German machinery. These shutters are stylish, have attractive looks and elegant design. Given their high resistance to humidity, they are ideal for use in kitchens. They are also suitable for use in wardrobes and cupboards.
Exhaust Fans with Low Noise Level
Amaryllis has brought out the Alpha–8 multipurpose exhaust fans for rooms, offices, commercial places, and kitchens. Designed for glass and walls, they offer a high suction capacity and low noise level (41db). Other features include: removable front for easy cleaning, ABS plastic body, and low power consumption.
Easy to Clean Solid Surface
DuPont™ Corian® solid surface is easy to clean, and is NSF/ANSI 51 certified for food contact. Since Corian® is non-porous, stains do not penetrate the surface. With proper cleaning, the product also resists growth of mould, mildew, and bacteria. Further high-performing Corian® products, such as sinks and backsplashes, can be perfectly integrated to create the sleek appearance of a single, solid surface. With a coveredbacksplash, there are no traps to collect dirt and moisture. It also works together with such materials as stainless steel, wood, and glass.
Drawer System with Varied Options
InnoTech drawer system from Hettich provides unique ways of creating marks of distinction from a platform concept for drawer systems. There is a wealth of options for individualising just one basic drawer: decorative profiles, railings, DesignSides, TopSides, interior organisers. It has partial or full-extension runners with a loading capacity of up to 70 kg.