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Viking Range 86es colored appliances Pumpkin, adds Wasabi

February 14, 2012

Increasing my skepticism toward Pantone’s choice of orangish hue Tangerine Tango for color of the year is Viking’s choice to replace Pumpkin and other less-popular choices for  colored appliances with finishes that sound like they were plucked straight from the pantry.

Viking nearly doubled its colored appliance choices in 2008 to 24, including Metallic Silver, Oyster Gray and Golden Mist. But Dijon, Wasabi, Cinnamon and Kettle Black — as called by Viking, not the pot (couldn’t resist) — will overtake those four come March.

Coincidentally, I featured Pumpkin and Golden Mist in a previous roundup of kitchen appliance colors because I thought them so…distinctive. (Turns out I wasn’t alone.)

If you’ve always dreamed of a Cinnamon kitchen, Viking appliances such as microwaves, ovens, refrigerators and ranges can be paneled in the colored finishes.

How to buy a range: choose a style

October 25, 2011

We've come a long way, baby. (Photo courtesy of Time)

Now that you’ve figured out where to buy a stove (as if there were a question), here are some quick tips on how to buy a stove.

The fastest way to narrow your options — beside knowing your existing fuel type, gas or electric — is to identify your style.

 

Freestanding ranges

The freestanding range is the most commonly used range style in homes, probably because it’s the most affordable and easiest to install. Featuring finished sides and a flat back, this range can sit flush against a back wall.

>>Shop freestanding electric ranges

>>Shop freestanding gas ranges

 

Built-in ranges

With the growing trend of kitchen islands and decoratively tiled backsplashes, the slide-in range has become one of the fastest growing segments in the industry. Featuring unfinished sides and back, this style is designed to be built in between two cabinets.

The body of the range is typically 30-inches wide, and the top of the range is slightly wider to prevent crumbs from getting in the crevices between the countertop and range while providing a more built-in appearance. The oven and burner controls are located on the front of the range, just above the oven door.

Though similar to a slide-in range, the drop-in range has waned in popularity in recent years.

The primary difference is that while a slide-in range touches the floor, a drop in range sits on top of a cabinet baseboard. Though a drop-in range looks more built in than a freestanding range or even a slide-in range, it’s also more difficult to replace because of its height and the limited selection of drop-in style ranges.

>>See built-in gas ranges

>>See built-in electric ranges

 

Professional (pro-style) ranges

While it is the most expensive range style available in the industry today, the professional range is becoming more common in high-end and gourmet kitchens. Pro-style ranges take the performance and styling of a true commercial range and make it safe to use for a home cook.

The oven and burner controls are always located on the front, just above the door.  Professional ranges feature burners capable of reaching high temperature for rapid boiling as well as extremely low temperatures for delicate and precise simmering. Larger models (36”, 48” or 60” wide) offer flexibility in the cooking surface, allowing for the addition of built-in griddles, grills and other specialty surfaces. Large oven(s) generally boast convection capabilities and intensely high-temperature broiling.

Professional ranges generally come in a stainless steel finish although some manufacturers such as Viking and Bertazzoni other distinctive colors (i.e. beyond white and black).

 

>> Read more advice on buying a range in our Range Buying Guide.

>>See all our Appliance Buying Guides

Kitchen appliance colors 2010

November 5, 2010

You won’t see color appliances outside white and black in many kitchens, but gee, isn’t it fun to look at pictures to get kitchen color ideas?

I’d pledge my firstborn Le Creuset to someone who could actually produce a photo with this combination of kitchen appliance colors, but for some Friday fun, I assembled a roundup of fall-inspired colored appliances.

Viking Colored Microwave

This little (Viking Pumpkin Colored Microwave) guy’s so festive, I’d like to carve him up and put it on my doorstep.

No, you can’t panel a microwave — and yes, lots of people ask — but Viking Appliances does let you choose among a bunch of colors:

Viking appliance colors

Red Wine never looked so good. (Actually, red wine looks good to me on a regular basis, but it’s still a very attractive range.)

Viking iconic pro-style ranges aren’t the only choice for cooking in colors.

Bertazzoni, an Italian cooking appliance-maker, uses the same paint as car-maker Ferrari to paint its appliances.

(What is it with appliances mixing with automotive design?).

In fact, one of its ranges is even called Ferrari Red.

This Bertazzoni colored range in Wine just seems so cold-weather inspired.

>> See other Bertazzoni range colors

Perhaps Plum is more of a winter color…but I couldn’t resist including a big purple refrigerator.

Back to Viking: Doesn’t your dream kitchen include a built-in colored refrigerator…in plum?

Those not in the high-end appliance market shouldn’t feel left out.

There’s always seasonal dishwasher magnets.

Are stainless steel appliances an environmental no-no?

May 19, 2010

Stainless steel has become the standard finish for many when replacing kitchen appliances.

The growing popularity of commercial ranges like Viking and Wolf ranges introduced stainless steel to the kitchen.

And soon homeowners wanted to coordinate the clean, contemporary look with refrigerators, dishwashers and microwaves.

But environmental concerns wisely also influence purchasing decisions today.

The Star Tribune’s Fixit columnist, Karen Youso, posed the question of whether stainless steel appliances should worry eco-conscious consumers.

Her answer, happily, is no:

Stainless steel can be — and is — recycled. (According to the International Stainless Steel Forum, new stainless-steel products are made from about 60 percent recycled stainless.) Its alternative, enameled steel, also is recyclable, so stainless steel isn’t significantly better or worse for the environment.

But materials aren’t all that important when trying to determine how earth-friendly home appliances are. What matters most is energy efficiency, said Lise Laurin, founder of EarthShift, a Vermont company that works with corporations and institutions on sustainability.

Of course, we recycle replaced appliances for free on most purchases, so you can feel comfortable about upgrading to stainless steel. Just make them Energy Star appliances.

Appliances in living color

October 2, 2009

For years now, appliances have been forced into hiding. Shoved under paneling, disguised as cabinets (see below) — some kitchen designs successfully manage to deny the existence of most appliances.

Appliances in this Victorian-inspired kitchen go incognito. - kitcheni.com

Appliances in this Victorian-inspired kitchen go incognito. - kitcheni.com

And those who do allow their appliances exposure, generally do so through the sterility of stainless steel.

But what about people who want appliances liberated from the everyday wood or stainless appearance, like our Twitter follower @MikePreble? Mike says bold colors such as blue and red are just more “him” — and we totally appreciate that. Bright colors on the walls can make a kitchen sizzle. Bright colors on your appliances, though, are totally unexpected.

Color options abound in the kitchen — and now laundry room — and the palette will only expand from here. Some options might seem completely impractical, but isn’t that the point sometimes?

Viking Range offers appliances in 24 different finishes, including Cobalt Blue.

Viking Range offers appliances in 24 different finishes, including Cobalt Blue. You could get a blue fridge, range, range top, vent hood, oven, microwave, dishwasher, warming drawer...

You've always imagined your kitchen in pumpkin. Well, maybe not. But you could.

You've always imagined your kitchen in pumpkin. Well, maybe not. But you could.

Good luck getting a microwave paneled. It's impossible. Nuking your leftovers in a Golden Mist, however, is not.

Good luck getting a microwave paneled. It's impossible. Nuking your leftovers in Golden Mist, however, is not.

Dacor Preference's floating glass panels come colors such as in Blue Water (pictured) and Slate Green.

Dacor Preference's floating glass paneled-appliances come colors such as in Blue Water (pictured) and Slate Green.

Bertazzoni triple coats its appliances in the same paint car-maker Ferrari uses.

Do you have a Ferrari in your kitchen? Bertazzoni does. It triple coats ranges in the same paint car-maker Ferrari uses.

The The Italian range company has eight finishes, including a very lemon yellow.

The Italian range company has seven other finishes, including a very lemon yellow.

Laundry pairs come in more colors than your clothes these days. This Maytag Performance Series laundry pair comes in Evergreen. Below: Frigidaire Affinity in blue, GE in silver-metallic, GE high-efficiency top-loader in champagne and Electrolux in teal.

Washers and dryers come in more colors than your clothes these days. This Maytag Performance Series laundry pair comes in Evergreen. Below: Frigidaire Affinity front-load washer in blue, GE high-efficiency top-load washer in champagne, Electrolux washer in teal and LG washer in red.

frigaffinitybluegechampagne electroluxteallgred

I know it doesn't look colorful, but look at how much this family loves the distinction of Sub-Zero's carbon stainless steel finish! It's a departure from the ubiquity of SS, yet it retains the much-beloved sophistication. Call it compromise.

I know it doesn't look colorful, but look at how much this family loves the distinction of their Sub-Zero carbon stainless steel fridge! It's a departure from the ubiquity of SS, yet it retains the much-beloved sophistication. Call it a compromise, I guess.


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