Karl Lohnes on the latest countertop appliances
Home and decor expert Karl Lohnes
Published Thursday, April 26, 2012 8:48AM EDT
Whether you're looking for a bridal gift or want to update your kitchen, Karl Lohnes makes the job easier with his best picks of countertop appliances.
Kenwood Cooking Chef
Here's an exclusive sneak peak at what everyone in the appliance world is buzzing about. This single kitchen machine does it all. It cooks and stirs at the same time with an induction cooking feature. Beat, whisk, blender, process, make pasta, grind and juice are just a few functions available with the attachments. Priced at $2,000, the Kenwood Cooking Chef will be available this fall in department stores and specialty shops across Canada.
Hamilton Beach Griddle
What's great about this appliance is that it allows you to customize your entertaining. Each side of the griddle has independent temperature controls and two separate cooking surfaces with individual drainage. This makes warming and cooking a variety of food when entertaining a breeze. Use it as a griddle, grill or warming tray. Priced at $70, the Hamilton Beach Griddle is the perfect pick for summer entertaining at the cottage and for at-home parties.
DeLonghi Lattissima Plus
This countertop pick makes anyone feel like a barista pro. The appliance works with the prestigious Nespresso Coffee Capsule System and includes a milk container for lattes and cappuccinos, all with a simple push of a button. The milk container can be refrigerated when it's not needed. The illuminated controls also help make choosing your drink choice simple and fast. Priced at $399, the DeLonghi Lattisima Plus is one of the best-priced machines of its kind on the market.
Breville's Smart Oven BOV800XL
One of the most-used cooking elements is the toaster oven. But Breville's Smart Oven puts new power on the countertop. The convection oven cooks from 120°F (48°C) - 500°F (260°C) and reduces cooking time by 30 minutes. The oven also automatically adjusts the heat for exact cooking process. Priced at $330, the Breville Smart Oven BOV800XL is available at The Bay.
Cuisinart Professional Food Slicer CFS-155C
If you love deli sandwiches this food slicer is for you. This appliance saves time on slicing and allows users to choose the thickness of slices for cheeses or meats. It's great for those who are diet conscious or charcuterie aficionados. It also allows families to slice roasts into healthy sliced meats. The Cuisinart Professional Food Slicer CFS-155C is priced at $130.
Cuisinart Meat Grinder CMG-100C
This countertop appliance turns meat grinding into an art form. Available at large retailers like Home Outfitters, the Cuisinart Meat Grinder CMG-100C comes with stainless steel housing and a die-cast hopper for great strength. It also has a heavy-duty motor, three cutting plates (fine, med, coarse), two sausage attachments and a great warranty. Now you can make meatloaf and sausages and know what ingredients you are feeding your family. Great for summer grilling! Priced at $130 at Canadian Tire.