SA: Essentials: Appliances
Stainless steel is a classic choice. "I'm seeing more color and retro-inspired appliances out there, but stainless is versatile and beautiful," says designer Rozanne Jackson. Commercial-grade stoves, convection ovens, and super-size fridges received high marks from our panel, but you should try to avoid gimmicky machines. "I find many 'special appliances' to be an architect's worst nightmare. Over time they tend to fall victim to the next trend, and their integration into the kitchen design can upset an otherwise beautiful plan," says Pursley.