High-tech Appliance Trends

On a tree-lined street in the Brookhaven neighborhood of Atlanta, a house built with the goal of better living through design opened its doors to the public this fall. Each space was created with comfort, peace and serenity in mind — from the decluttered entryway to the intuitive kitchen with luxurious state-of-the-art appliances to the laundry room with (seemingly) space-age appliances that make the chore a breeze, to the fitness room that puts wellness at the heart of a family’s life.

It’s the House Beautiful Whole Home Project Concept House, a first-ever custom-built house that showcases the idea that you can decorate your way to tranquility.

“The Whole Home Project shows how your house can enhance the whole you: your energy, your peace, your happiness,” said Carisha Swanson, senior market editor, House Beautiful and Hearst Design Group. “This is the first-ever custom-built house that showcases ideas and innovations that feed happiness and drive well-being in every facet of our lives.”

Here’s a peek at impressive appliance stand-outs in the Concept House:

Kitchen: Luxury kitchen appliance brand Signature Kitchen Suite was chosen to showcase ingenious, purposefully designed tools crafted to respect our authentic connection to food. There’s a 36-inch built-in French door refrigerator, with its convertible middle drawer featuring five temperature zones to choose from, offering the easiest of ways to maintain freshness and the integrity of everything you put in it.

Photo courtesy of Victoria Pearson for House Beautiful

But the real heart of the space is the 48-inch Dual-Fuel Pro-Range. If you’re a home chef, this range will take your breath away; but for a “Technicurean,” or someone who is passionate about cooking and innovation, it just might bring a tear to your eye. Highlights of this award-winning range include a built-in sous vide for restaurant-quality results. This is the industry’s first built-in sous vide home range. The range also has two burners that can deliver 23K BTU of horsepower for better searing and quick stir-frying. Two burners simmer down to as low as 100 degrees to prepare sauces and sugary confections. All grates are dual-action for added ease. A two-zone induction for when recipes call for instant temperatures and precision control and true combi-steam, combining steam and convection cooking for gourmet results. The range is also wi-fi-enabled for Android and iOS devices so users can enjoy the benefits of smart functionality like preheating the oven remotely.

Laundry: Make the “Ultimate Laundry Room” that helps tackle all your laundry needs so you can wash every week and refresh every day. Running loads of laundry isn’t everyone’s favorite chore, but these new appliances from LG Electronics give it some high-tech fun, and more importantly, make the process more efficient and effective. Here are a few standouts:

LG TWINWash System with LG Sidekick: This two-in-one powerhouse cuts up to 30 minutes off your washing time with TurboWash technology. But it’s the LG Sidekick that packs the punch. It’s a secondary mini-washer that sits beneath the main washer and is designed for small loads. Have a basket of whites with one red shirt? No problem. Pop the shirt into the Sidekick and run both loads at once — or run them separately.


Photo courtesy of Victoria Pearson for House Beautiful

LG Styler: A first-of-its-kind steam clothing care system and the only certified as asthma and allergy friendly by Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, LG Styler reduces wrinkles and odor, sanitizes and refreshes garments with the fastest cycle on the market today — as little as 20 minutes. It’s a slim closet-like unit that uses pure steam (no chemicals) to refresh, de-wrinkle and deodorize your clothes between cleanings. It also works with other items like bedding and sportswear.

Are they enabled with Wi-Fi? Oui-oui! Together, along with the companion dryer, they create the ultimate laundry room.

After the public showing, the Whole Home Project Concept House was put up for sale. As of publishing date, the house is listed for $2.675 million.