Top Trends in Appliances: 2014

 Sleek and modern looking appliances.
Home design trends for 2013 leaned away from rustic, heavily textured styles of the recent past and toward sleeker, more futuristic looks. Overall, that trend is predicted to continue in 2014, and you can expect new home appliances to compliment the modern look. Technology that's appears organic, seamless and unobtrusive will be featured in many of the year's new household appliances.


Touch Screen Technology

We've become accustomed to using touch pads on almost all of our electronic communication devices, it's only natural that kitchen and other household appliances would take advantage of touch technology too. Not only do they add to the sleek futuristic design aesthetic, touch pads are practical. Ovens, dishwashers and washers and dryers without dials or buttons are much easier to keep clean and there are no knobs to fall off, get lost or remove for cleaning. Look for touch technology in all large household appliances in 2014.



 Touch pads are practical and add to the sleek design aesthetic.

Fantastic Function

Appliances should fulfill their function, but technological advances will make upcoming appliances perform even better. For example, Miele's Generation 6000 oven features pyrolytic cleaning that uses high temperatures to incinerate grease splashes and spills inside the oven without the need to remove racks. Previous models required rack removal. Simpler, but no less impressive is the new Pivot faucet from Sieger Design. The Pivot faucet rotates 360 degrees and adds new functionality to islands with both a cook top and a sink; swivel the faucet one way to wash dishes, swivel it around to fill a large pot with water. No more carrying heavy pots of water from the sink to the stove, genius.

Eco-Friendly

The movement to make household appliances more energy efficient continues, and many manufacturers will be reaching new highs with green technology in 2014. In fact, the U.S. Department of Energy has announced new standards for refrigerators in 2014 which are estimated to increase energy efficiency by up to 25 percent. Saving money and resources is always a trend worth following. If you want to take part in the latest fad, look for EnergyStar appliances that save water, save fuel, save electricity and save you money.

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