If You Could Pick a Kitchen Splurge…

Waterstone’s Wheel Pulldown Faucet will be the showcase of your kitchen design and will have all your friends talking.  Available at Richmond Tile & Bath, Staten Island NY

7 dream-worthy innovations that make eating and drinking so much fun

Whether you’ve come into a few extra bucks or been saving for a while, now’s the time to indulge in that special kitchen something that makes your heart go into overdrive. Here are some to consider.

1. Built-In Steam Oven

The Wolf Steam Oven

The appliance, which does everything from defrosting to baking, is sleek and space-saving. But it’s a hard worker too. It helps an amateur cook create ‘Top Chef’ -quality meals. The secret: Steam provides heat but doesn’t sacrifice flavor or moisture. Available in a variety of sizes, the oven comes as small as a standard microwave, which means even if your kitchen is tiny, you can still indulge in a steamy splurge. 

2. The Wheel Pull Down Kitchen Faucet

Waterstone re-invents the wheel! The Wheel’s innovative design was inspired by the wheel of a ship and the adventurous spirit of American ingenuity. The faucet’s pre-rinse spray arm is spring loaded and can swivel to reach every corner of your sink while its innovative braking system prevents the spray handle from slamming back in to place too quickly. Truly a one-of-a-kind kitchen faucet. 

3. Coffee Bar

Anyone who’s crazy about coffee will perk up at the idea of having a designated space in their home devoted to their favorite hot beverage. Creating a coffee bar is easy: Get an attractive table, cart, or shelving unit (or make room on a countertop) and fill with all the necessities like a high-quality coffee maker, mugs, milk frother, bags of aromatic beans and bottles of flavored syrups.

4. Built-In Coffe/Espresso Maker

 Want to have a coffee bar but have limited counter space and no room for a table? Get your caffeine kicks from a built-in coffee/espresso maker. It’s similar to a built-in over-the-range microwave—it eliminates clutter on the countertop by integrating seamlessly into cabinetry.

5. A Good Chef’s Knife

Once you regularly use sharpened, well-made knives, you’ll realize they’re less of a splurge and more of a necessity. If you can only get one high-quality knife, make it a chef’s knife, which is known for its versatility. You can chop garlic, bone a chicken, and dice carrots with precision and less time than it would take using a lower-quality knife. Sure, a top-notch chef’s knife will be pricey but it’ll last for decades with proper care (like washing it by hand with soap and water, never in the dishwasher). Look for a knife made with carbon steel that feels comfortable when you’re holding it.

6. Vitamix

Vitamix Ascent A2500

This high-performance blender has been on your kitchen bucket list for years and finally you’re making your wish come true! What will you make first? Perhaps steaming-hot (yes, hot) soup made in the Vitamix in less than 10 minutes? Or a bowl of creamy chocolate ice cream? Check.

7. Natural Stone Countertops

Quartz countertops remain a high-end, in-demand kitchen upgrade.
Available at American Granite, Kitchens & Baths,  Freehold NJ

This still rates high on homeowners’ I-want-it list. Natural stone, such as granite, is very durable for countertops; others are resistance to heat and burns. And quartz is known for being impervious to bacteria and easy to clean; taking routine care to maintain it is vital to its well-being. There are many different types of stone available in all different colors and veining patterns. Opt for a large slab format, which minimizes seams and maximizes the stone’s natural pattern.

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