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

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.

 

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

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