Whether it's the kids crashing for an after-school snack or guests enjoying appetizers at a party, people always gravitate to the kitchen. Because this space sees so much traffic, companies are reacting by giving homeowners functional products with customizable style and cutting-edge technology. See what's new for the heart of the home this year.
The toaster of the future is here! Not only are its openings larger (no more pulling out burnt bagels), but it also keeps your bread warm till you have the rest of your meal ready. And a defrost feature ensures frozen foods come out evenly toasted. This appliance will make you want to toast something for every meal.
Shown here: Pro Line Toaster from KitchenAid
If you're like me, you have an "everything drawer" in the kitchen for odd and ends. Just consider this your "everything cabinet." It comes stocked with a charging station, message board, hooks, and shelving -- everything you need to keep the family organized. Clutter, you have met your match.
Shown here: Utility Organizer Drop-Zone Cabinet from Diamond Cabinetry
This faucet wins the convenience award in my book. The high arc makes way for just about anything you could fit in the sink. And the pull-down option includes a pause function so you can use it around the kitchen. You know, to fill a pot for cooking pasta or clean up the mess from your little one attempting to make smoothies. It's the busy mom's new best friend.
Shown here: Arbor Single-Handle Pulldown Faucet from Moen
When a company introduces a product that's the first of its kind in the world, you can't help take notice. Five settings -- chill, freezer, fridge, pantry, and wine -- give this fridge drawer complete versatility and allow you to change its function as your needs change.
Shown here: CoolDrawer from Fisher & Paykel
This wall oven offers a touch-screen technology and luxury design, while the built-in, chef-tested Culinary Center helps you cook almost any dish to perfection. With both beauty and brains, it's the perfect catch (for your kitchen, that is).
Shown here: Wall Oven from Jenn-Air
Winner of the Silver Award for Best New Kitchen Product, this backsplash uses energy-efficient LED lighting and water-resistant materials to provide extra illumination to your kitchen workspaces. Not just highly functional, this feature has a cool factor: You can provide your favorite high-resolution images to create a one-of-a-kind design.
Shown here: °eluma Deco Splash from Element Designs
Wine becomes a work of art with this storage rack. The system is easy to install and available in multiple colors and finishes. And because you have the option of engraving, it's also a unique gift for the wine lover on your list.
Shown here: Vynebar Vertical Wine Rack
Turn your backyard into the local pizza joint by adding this oven to your outdoor kitchen. Controllable burners give you the freedom to cook any pizza, from thin-crust creations to hearty calzones. And you may experience a mass increase of guests and neighbors stopping by at dinnertime -- don't say you haven't been warned.
Shown here: Artisan Fire Pizza Oven from Kalamazoo Outdoor Gourmet
Small spaces call for smart design elements, and refrigeration is no exception. Covered in modern metallic etching with all the amenities of a regular-size fridge, this appliance could easily call a butler's pantry, an apartment kitchen, or entertaining area home.
Shown here: Green Tea Refrigerator from Amana
Clean lines, sleek finishes, and ergonomic details are cornerstones of the "approachable modernism" movement in home remodeling. This faucet meets all criteria, with a look and ease of use ensuring any member of the household can use it (and enjoy the simple design) for years to come.
Shown here: Purist Kitchen Faucet from Kohler
See more cool new kitchen appliances and ideas from the 2010 Kitchen and Bath Industry Show!