By Lisa Johnston
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The cooking category is heating up this fall with the introduction of two new design solutions by Sharp and Bosch.
The former is debuting its Insight Pro Cooktop+Microwave Drawer, a unique cooking configuration that combines Sharp's first-to-market Microwave Drawer with a smooth glass ceramic cooktop for a stylish and convenient kitchen solution.
The introduction expands Sharp's Microwave Drawer line, which is presently offered within the Insight and Insight Pro Range platforms, and also as a stand-alone unit.
The new 30-inch-wide combination model is built-in ready and will be available in stainless steel, black and white to offer consumers an all-in-one complement to an existing wall oven.
The 1000-watt Microwave Drawer, exclusive to Sharp, is especially suited for open-plan kitchens, islands and tight spaces. Located at a convenient height, the drawer opens automatically with a touch of the control panel, and is large enough to hold a 9-inch by 13-inch oblong dish.
The electric cooktop features infinite heat controlled by easy-to-use knobs and has four ribbon heating elements, including a dual-use 6-inch or 9-inch element, an 8-inch element, and two 6-inch ribbon elements. A warming zone located in the rear of the cooktop enables easy meal coordination when preparing multiple dishes.
The Cooktop+Microwave Drawer also features Sharp's LCD touch-screen technology, which simplifies the cooking process with step-by-step instructions and helpful tips.
The product will hit retail floors in January with a suggested retail price range of $1,690 to $1,800.
Meanwhile, Bosch has enhanced its freestanding convection range series with a new titanium option that adds stainless steel accents to a white color base. The white design option provides an alternative to conventional steel ranges that feature black elements as a secondary color, and can compliment all-white or light wood kitchens for a clean, modern and more integrated look, the company said.
“The addition of the Bosch Titanium freestanding convection range to the Bosch cooking portfolio offers consumers a unique opportunity to blend stainless steel into the light and airy kitchen designs that are becoming so popular with our customers,” said president/CEO Franz Bosshard.
The units, available in gas and dual-fuel models, are hitting retail floors this month with a suggested retail price range of $2,100 to $2,200.
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