5 Futuristic Kitchen Appliances That Are Actually Useful

Lately, in the spirit of throwing in everything but the kitchen sink, appliance makers have been eager to convince us that no oven is complete without a screen, a camera, and a personal voice assistant. As for those of us who don’t yet trust Alexa to poach our morning eggs? Enter another wave of kitchen wares more concerned with useful gadgetry than “smart” gimmicks.

Taking inspiration from the auto industry, these appliances are addressing truly practical  problems — adopting doors that don’t require us to set down whatever we’re carrying to open them, for instance. In the process, they’re making a case for what the home of the future should look like: not, perhaps, a science-fiction movie in which ovens interact more with our phones than our food, but rather, a familiar environment in which things are just a little bit easier to use. Here are all of the latest innovations — kitchen sink not included — that will take your next kitchen reno into the 2020s.

THE STOVE:

MONOGRAM 36″ INDUCTION COOKTOP

Cool Controls: Glide touch control panels let you set individual timers for each element — or merge two together to accommodate large griddles.

The Real Innovation: A melt setting ensures easy prep of chocolate and cheese sauces.

$5,850, monogram.ca

THE OVEN:

GAGGENAU 400 COMBI-STEAM

Cool Controls: Carrying a dish? Tap against the touch control module to easily open the door.

The Real Innovation: The hybrid combo of convection and steam cooking delivers power while better sealing in moisture and flavour.

$8,580, gaggenau.com

THE COFFEEMAKER:

TERRA KAFFE TK-01

Cool Controls: A touchpad makes customizing drinks as easy as using the Starbucks app — with even better results.

The Real Innovation: The machine fully integrates a bean grinder (no pods!) and schedules its own off-hours cleaning.

$775 USD, terrakaffe.com

THE FRIDGE:

MIELE MASTERCOOL II PUSH2OPEN

Cool Controls: Another handle-free door that opens with a gentle nudge.

The Real Innovation: The MasterFresh zone, which controls humidity to keep fruit and veg fresh 5x longer than typical fridge compartments.

$9,500, miele.ca

THE COUNTER:

CESAR MAXIMA 2.2

With their all-black aesthetic, many kitchen appliances could now pass for sophisticated stereo equipment — meaning bachelors no longer have any excuse for a counter full of empty takeout containers. Carry the noir theme over to your cabinets with Cesar’s suave Maxima 2.2 system.

Price upon request, cesar.it