Why would you splurge on high-end appliances for your kitchen remodel? There are a number of reasons: They work better than lower-level appliances, they look great, they last longer and are more reliable, and they eventually can help you sell your home. If the way your kitchen looks to visitors and the way it feels and performs for you are important, and if you can work it into your remodeling budget, include these luxury brands in your research for your new kitchen.
For more that 70 years, this American company has been selling top-quality refrigerators and freezers. The Sub-Zero name has earned its reputation, with its dual compressors, air and water purification systems, and vacuum-seal drawer. Sub-Zero makes built-in refrigerators, several under-counter options, and wine coolers with two temperature zones.
Sub-Zero isn’t the only refrigeration company that produces a luxury product worthy of the name. Miele is a Germany company, and its appliances live up to the reputation earned by German engineers and manufacturers. Miele makes one of the best, and fastest, dishwashers around, as well as refrigerators and freezers, vacuum cleaners, clothes washers and dryers, steam and convection ovens, wine fridges, coffee systems, ventilation hoods, and professional ranges.
This California company, now owned by Bosch’s parent company, was founded in 1916 and has been known as an appliance innovator for decades. Thermador has the Liberty induction cooktop line, the Star Sapphire dishwasher with a 20-minute wash and dry cycle, Wi-Fi-enabled wall ovens, pro ranges, gas cooktops with the patented Star Burner, warming drawers, steam ovens, and integrated refrigerators.
Here’s another luxury brand owned by Bosch’s parent company, and it’s more than 300 years old. Gaggenau makes wall-mounted convection and convection-steam ovens, warming drawers, gas and induction cooktops, microwaves, ventilation hoods, coffee machines, refrigerators and freezers, wine coolers, and dishwashers. Its commercial-grade products for the home are high on style—leaning toward an industrial look—and quality. Its classic wall ovens are hand-built in France, and other products are made in Germany.
This American manufacturer of commercial kitchen cooking equipment was purchased by Sub-Zero in 2000 and shares its parent company’s reputation for top-of-the-line quality. Wolf’s convection wall ovens boost their heating capacity by using a blower instead of the standard convection fan technology. Its modular cooktops allow for customization: an induction burner, gas grill, fryer, steamer module, and teppanyaki griddle are available. Wolf also makes ventilation hoods, warming drawers, microwaves, and built-in coffee systems with cup-warming drawers.
In 2018, Sub-Zero added the Cove dishwasher line, a super-sound-insulated, high-tech machine with two pumps and two motors and the flexibility to handle all kinds of cleaning challenges.
This American company started out in the 1940s making industrial fans and used that expertise to introduce the first range with downdraft ventilation in 1961. JennAir has been known for years for its luxury kitchen appliances with high style. It makes integrated refrigerators, wall ovens, pro ranges, gas, induction and radiant cooktops, and dishwashers.
There are more luxury brands out there that bear consideration. You can go with a matched set of all one brand, or mix and match with your favorite piece from each maker. Here are some other prestige options:
- Dacor Modernist
- GE Monogram
- La Cornue
- Officine Gullo