Kitchen Design: Jenn-Air Appliances

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  • September 08, 2014

Are you considering a kitchen remodel? Looking to replace your current appliances but uncertain where to start? Well, this post will hopefully offer you lots of design guidance to make the process more enjoyable. Buying appliances are a lot like buying a car, aren’t they? Purpose, cost, technical understanding, maintenance and appearance play a key role in the decision making process. As someone who has a great appreciation for quality products, I had the wonderful opportunity to participate in a design conference at the World of Whirlpool offices in Chicago. Our discussions not only included product education but designer guidance on how to build a kitchen that is most suited to your cooking style. Given that Inspiring Kitchen was created for that same mission of choosing housewares that fit homeowners’ specific cooking styles, I was thrilled to be able to participate in this conference.

 world of whirlpool reception

 


 

As many of you know, Whirlpool has a number of brands in their family:

Maytag

Amana

KitchenAid

Jenn-Air

Gladiator GarageWorks

Brastemp – sold in Brazil

Bauknecht – sold in Europe

Consul – sold in Brazil

 

This conference though was focused on the Jenn-Air series of products. Jenn-Air is Whirlpool’s luxury line of appliances that are known for their sophisticated design, innovative technology and exceptional performance. They have manufacturing plants located in several U.S. locations with their corporate offices located in Michigan.

 Jenn Air logo picmonkey

We had the benefit of being educated on products from Jenn-Air brand experts as well as The World of Whirlpool’s Chef who talked from a cooking standpoint about how the appliance will enhance your cooking experience. The sessions focused on ventilation systems, cooktop preferences (induction, gas, and electric), ovens (single, double, steam, warming), refrigerators, coffee systems, Pro series products and under counter beverage systems.

I wanted to share with you some of my key takeaways:

1)   Using touch screen technology means “fingerprinting” of the display screen vs. pushing a button. Clean, simple, no pressure needed.

2)   There was once a design style of a triangle workspace in a kitchen. That has evolved. Now, you may have multiple sinks in a kitchen: for prep work, near a cooktop for pot-filling and draining (more multipurpose than installing a pot-filling faucet alone) and in a bar.

3)   Notable points about wall ovens. With the menu driven LCD displays, you will find an interactive, full color control panel that features menu driven controls to help you select the temperature and cooking mode for your dish. As a result, when designing the kitchen, you may want to consider the homeowner’s height so that the ovens are installed at a comfortable viewing angle to the screen. For more information on the variety of available ovens, see http://jennair.com/appliances/wall-ovens 

Examples of different interactive displays: 

double oven display screen Jenn Air

digital Jenn Air oven screen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

double ovens Jenn Air

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4)   Ventilation systems – which Jenn-Air first became known for in 1961 for their legendary downdraft cooktop – are more than just necessary tools for a kitchen but can also be a work of art in how they are created and installed. From a technical standpoint, it’s important to install hoods or downdraft systems within the range (height or width) of the cooktops to offer the most effective ventilation for your home. There are a variety of options available whether built into the counter or as a hood. The ARC model seen in the picture is incredibly quiet, easy to clean, so sleek in design and efficient from a ventilation perspective. See for more information http://jennair.com/appliances/details/JXD7836BS

arc ventilation with steam example

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5)   A new direction in cooktops: Induction should be seriously considered for your next purchase. Their ability to come to desired temperature and allow you as the “chef” to control what is happening on your stove is amazing. They look like an electric range, have the power of gas but outperforms both. Energy transfers heat directly to the cookware, turning it into the heat source, while the surface remains cool to the touch. Jenn-Air has designed a Sensor Boil function that selects the optimal power level to quickly bring water to a boil, beeps to let you know you are there and then adjusts the power to reduce the boil-over possibility. How helpful is that feature!

The big issue homeowners have had with induction have been not understanding the types of cookware that work best for this method of cooking. It all comes down to having a magnetic pan or pot which is what “turns the burner on”. There are numerous brands that offer cookware that will work beautifully on this surface. A very good tip on how to protect your induction range’s glass surface when using pots that might scratch the surface (ie. Cast iron cookware): use a silicone mat under your pot. (Artisan (2 pk.) Non-Stick Silicone Baking Mat Set, 16 5/8 x 11) It can handle the heat without melting or burning. Note that this is only a recommendation for Induction cooking! For more info, see http://jennair.com/appliances/details/JIC4536XS

A personal comment here about shopping for cookware for Induction cooking. Having once worked for All-Clad Metalcrafters and now guiding homeowners on their kitchen remodel, I have spent considerable time walking with customers through the cookware departments carrying magnets to choose the pieces that will best suit their Induction cooktop. It’s very easy to find. No matter where you live.  (All-Clad Stainless 10-Inch Fry Pan)

This is just the first half of the lessons I learned from my Jenn-Air education. Stop by on Thursday when I will share the remaining concepts and product tips with you.  Share your email with us and you will be the first to know about the new trends and favorite finds that we uncover. If you have any questions, please ask. Happy to share all I learned with you from both a brand and interior design standpoint. Inspiring Kitchen is here to help you accomplish your remodel as smoothly and efficiently as possible.  We want you to love your kitchen as it is the heart of your home. 

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11 Comments

  • Those interactive displays are incredible! I would love to have a home remodel with those appliances.

  • Jeanae says:

    The descriptions of these appliances make me want to start a remodeling project.

  • Roya says:

    What an informative post! I learned so much
    Just by reading your post. Thank you.

  • Lynette says:

    I agree with Jeanae. your post makes me want to remodel, great post, you’ve looked into lost of different things I would never of thought of

  • Trish says:

    The displays on those appliances are out of control! We rent so we don’t have anything to remodel, but someday I think these are the appliances of my dreams!

  • Risa says:

    Kitchens have come so far since I was a child. I can’t wait to have my own home and design my own kitchen!

  • Erica Brooks says:

    We’ve used Whirlpool products for years. This line is great. My husband has been talking about remodeling our kitchen. I’ll have to let him check this out.

  • Danielle says:

    I wasn’t thinking about a remodel until I saw this post I am totally digging the interactive display. My only issue is that I have a fridge now that the computer went out and so it cost and arm and a leg to get those computers replaced so I am a little scared to commit to any computer operated appliances.

    • inspite3 says:

      Totally understand the hesitation. I always check the warranties and ability to repair anything electronic. Are the parts locally found? Same with service personnel. With luxury brands, the technicians are typically very well trained in the products they represent. I do know with this brand that their level of quality control is high and their desire for excellent customer service even higher! Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

  • Priya says:

    great review! I will surely check out the whirlpool products

  • Touchscreen is going to be the #1 factor when I consider buying a new appliance. I want to be able to see all the options on the panel.

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