Rob Sinclair's shares what's hot in the kitchen for 2017
We sat down with Rob Sinclair, Joint Managing Director of e&s, who shared his thoughts on what will be king of the kitchen this year.
e&s: What kitchen trends are we going to see in 2017?
R: Over the last five years we’ve seen a move towards consumers thinking more about practicality and meeting the different needs of their family by buying two or three different ovens. For example, purchasing an oven for roasting, in addition to a second oven for roasting and steaming, plus warming drawers and high quality hot plates. With these appliances you are well equipped to cook absolutely anything in your kitchen. There are many good quality brands on the market, and my favorites for customizing your own multi-purpose wall are Siemens, Miele and Steel.
e&s: What new innovative kitchen products are you seeing on the market this year?
R: Siemens launched an exciting new hot plate last year that will hopefully be available on the Australian market mid-2017. It’s the first hot plate from Siemens with an integrated downdraft range hood with no requirement for an overhead range hood, perfect for kitchen island cooking.
e&s: What is the one thing you can’t live without in your kitchen?
R: My personal favourite kitchen appliances are the combination steam oven. It’s a definite must-have for me, as it makes it easy to prepare healthy meals for the whole family. Another favorite is the new induction hot plate, it’s just perfect for fast and efficiant cooking. I’ve also ordered a Gaggenau vacuum drawer for my new kitchen that I’m very excited about. The vacuum drawer makes it easy to vacuum-seal and prepare food for sous-vide cooking. The packed dishes stay better for longer, compared to other preservation methods with no loss of nutrients, vitamins or minerals.
e&s: Will integration continue to be a big thing in 2017?
R: Last year we saw a rising trend of integrated appliances and it’s here to stay. We are seeing suppliers like Sub-Zero offering their customers more integrated design options to meet the market demand. This is not just in integrated refrigerators, but all kinds of appliances such as wine fridges.
e&s: What kitchen appliances do you believe adds the most value to a home for resale?
R: The strong growth in house prices is making people rethink moving and spend their money on renovating and upgrading their kitchens. I think kitchens designs have now reached a point where they can be both sophisticated and stylish, as well as functional. This has led to integrated appliances being the new big thing, these fit outs add a special and luxirious feel to a kitchen. In the prestege home market, it’s become the norm to include one, two or if you want to really show off three Sub-Zero refrigerators.
e&s: If people were to invest in one appliance this year, what would it be?
R: I would say an induction hot plate without a doubt. It’s the greatest advantage I have in my kitchen and the reality is simple; an induction hot plate is faster, offers more control, and is safer and easier to clean than a gas hot plate. It’s also much more technologically advanced and performs better than a gas hot plate ever could.