The 2020 Kitchen and Bath Industry Show - co-located with the International Builders' Show last January - provided builders and industry professionals, including BUILDER staff, with the opportunity to see kitchen manufacturers' newest appliances, collections, and features firsthand.

We've curated a few product highlights from our KBIS experience, which together showcase bold design innovation, high performance standards, and broad integration with the Internet of Things:

Perlick’s new 30-inch column refrigerator is divided into four separate temperature zones, designed to keep food stored at the ideal temperatures and conditions for freshness. Using the PerlIQ touchscreen interface, users can customize the temperature of each zone or access smart presets for deli items, meat, fish and fresh produce. The interior is finished in stainless steel on the upper half and slate-black stainless steel on the lower half, in order to enhance the brightness of fresh food under LED light, according to the manufacturer. The produce compartment features an electronic humidity monitor and dual filtration system.

The 24-inch, ventless heat pump dryer in the 500 Series connected compact laundry pair functions on an efficient, closed-loop system with no heating element, which recycles warm air to efficiently dry clothes. The dryer features a patented self-cleaning condenser, which uses moisture collected from wet clothes to clean the condenser unit. Its drain flows into a standpipe, expanding installation flexibility by eliminating the need for a side sink. The pair is compatible with HomeConnect, allowing users control of the laundry via smart devices.

The Victoria range and hoods are featured in Divina Cucina, SMEG’s third collaboration with Italian high fashion house Dolce & Gabbana. Each finish is a reproduction of an original art piece hand-painted on a SMEG appliance. The Carretto series, launched in 2019, is illustrated with fruit displays in reds and oranges, while the Majolica series (shown), due in 2020, showcases intricate blue-line patterns and illustrations of Sicily’s Mount Etna and the Valley of the Temples on a white base.

Fisher & Paykel
The 24-inch Integrated Wine Column marks a new addition to Fisher & Paykel’s Integrated design collection, designed to blend seamlessly against existing cabinetry with clean design lines and stainless steel hardware. It is available panel ready or with a stainless steel door panel, and installs flush with ⅛-inch gaps. The column has a 91-bottle capacity, with two temperature zones, four preset wine temperature modes, customizable lighting and absorptive rack materials to reduce vibration.

GE Appliances
The CAFÉ Modern Glass Quad Door Refrigerator is divided into four 70-inch sections, with two dedicated refrigerator components on top, a freezer component on the bottom left, and one flexible section on the bottom right. The doors and exterior showcase CAFÉ's new Modern Glass finish, which incorporates platinum under a glass surface, with pocket handles and stainless steel accents. Inside, the refrigerator features an LED light panel on the back wall with a geometric, Art Deco inspired pattern; tilt-out glass shelving and bins, and copper accents on shelving edges.

JennAir has introduced 48-inch Dual-Fuel Professional Style Ranges to its two main design expressions: Rise, a professional-grade aesthetic with reverse-knurled handles and bold geometric details, and Noir, a modern, minimalist aesthetic defined by black glass fronts. The Noir range offers five dual-flame brass burners and a chrome-infused griddle, while the Rise range features four burners, a griddle, and a grill element. Both ranges feature dual oven cavities with flat tine racks, dual-fan true convection cooking, and remote control via smart device.

The 36-inch Freedom Induction Cooktop includes 56 induction elements across the surface, enabling simultaneous heating of up to six pots and pans. The Sapphire Glow feature provides a visual cue when a pot is heated or moved, and the MyZone feature enables automatic power level shifts when a pot or pan is moved. The cooktop may be controlled through a full-color touchscreen or a smart device via HomeConnect. It pairs with the Masterpiece Downdraft, a slim ventilation panel that retracts into the countertop when not in use.

Gaggenau’s 400 series combi steam ovens feature a full surface grill, expanded oven cavity, ceramic glass front, and a multicore temperature probe with a one-degree variance, three temperature sensors, and continuous revision of estimated cooking time based on its readings. An automatic cooking system includes pre-programmed settings for particular dishes, which may be modified to fit users’ needs. The oven is Home Connect compatible, and recommended to pair with Gaggenau’s vacuuming drawer.

The latest edition of the Family Hub smart interface is now available in a side-by-side refrigerator format. The redesigned interior features a larger capacity than previous models, with vents to keep contents evenly cooled. It is available in a stainless or black stainless finish, and features flat doors, recessed handles, and a minimal dispenser. The Family Hub interface enables the Family Board, a digital bulletin board; View Inside, which allows users to look inside their fridge, and Smart View, which mirrors a phone or TV.

The G7000 Dishwasher line’s AutoDos with PowerDisk system is designed to automatically dispense the correct amount of detergent for a given wash cycle. The replaceable PowerDisks are loaded with a powdered detergent, which dissolves quickly, washes effectively at high or low temperatures, and contain protective factors for silver and glassware. Users can start, stop, and monitor their dishwasher via smartphone or tablet with the Miele@mobile app.

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