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7 Kitchen Investments You Won't Regret

The clever design and smart features of these lust-worthy essentials make them truly worthy of their price tag

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In today’s well-connected and fast-paced world, convenience is perhaps the topmost consideration when it comes to purchasing decisions. User-friendliness, savvy storage/space maximization, and enduring quality all lead to an item’s convenience factor. After all, who wants to be hassled with—much less have time for—dealing with the headaches of repairs and replacements?

Here’s a roundup of 7 kitchen investments that we believe are definitely worth the splurge.

1. Miele Ovens and Cooktops


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What We Love: The Dialog Oven with M Chef technology

Why It’s Worth The Splurge: This multitasking innovation from leading German brand Miele is able to cook one fillet or slab of meat literally half-cooked and half-raw (such as salmon or beef), lets you gently and quickly thaw meat to save time (minus the unintentional cooking), and can be preprogrammed to “remember” how you like your usual fare, freeing you up for other tasks while monitoring and even cooking your dishes for you.


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Bonus: It comes with the Miele mobile app, which lets you monitor the cooking process, change important settings, and check the Dialog Oven’s state even if you’re not at home. The app also has easy how-to vids to help you expand your repertoire of recipes.

2. A La Cornue cooker


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What We Love: Cornufé

Why It’s Worth The Splurge: This cooker consists of a two electric ovens (multifunction and convection) high-performance burners or an induction hob, and comes in various colors (black, ivory blue, red, and stainless steel) and styles to suit any kitchen motif. You can go for a country-inspired style, an industrial vibe, or a minimalist look, among others.


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The dual ovens and multiple burners are great if you’ll be entertaining or hosting a get-together at home, since you can cook and bake several dishes at the same time. Whipping up gourmet meals has never been this easy and convenient!

Bonus: At the bottom of the kitchen range is a large storage drawer, which is spacious enough to accommodate dishes, trays, and other kitchen accessories. So for those who want a top-of-the-line cooker that doesn’t hog up space and offers premium quality with amazing value for money, the Cornufé is a real winner.

3. Blum storage solutions



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What We Love: BLUMOTION Handle-less kitchen drawers

Why It’s Worth The Splurge: Handle-less drawers are nothing new, but the great thing about Blum’s take on it is that it’s so touch-sensitive that a mere tap can open a drawer while a light press lets it swing shut—silently, so you can go about your tasks without making a ruckus in the kitchen. That makes for effortless, hands-free multitasking as you prep and cook meals. And since the drawers are handle-less, there’s practically zero risk of bruises due to accidental bumps—all the better for homes with tiny tots.

4. A Smeg refrigerator


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What We Love: 50’s Style Refrigerator-Freezer

Why It’s Worth The Splurge: Vintage junkies will love this 50's-style ref-freezer that’s equipped with modern features, such as 3 adjustable glass shelves, internal LED light, bottle shelves/wine rack with wire support, ice box, fast-freezing compartment, egg tray, fruit and vegetable drawer, and more. Its compact design cleverly maximizes space in and out, making it ideal for spatially challenged quarters. (P.S. We’re crazy about the red version, but if you want to go for the ultra-retro look, opt for the spunky orange iteration.)

5. A Smeg small appliance


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What We Love: 50’s Retro Style Aesthetic Stand Mixer

Why It’s Worth The Splurge: This got a nod of approval from two important design bodies: the Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design and the European Centre for Architecture, Art, Design and Urban Studies. It has 10 variable speeds with a Smooth start function, a safety lock whenever the head is tilted up, anti-slip feet, and built-in cord wrap for neat wire storage when not in use. Plus, you get more bang for your buck when you get this stand mixer—it comes with accessories such as a stainless steel wire whisk, aluminum flat beater, aluminum dough hook, pouring shield, and steel bowl.

6. Stormer Kitchen Systems (available at Dexterton)


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What We Love: Modular Kitchens

Why It’s Worth The Splurge: You get to design your dream kitchen with the aid of Stormer’s experience and expertise. The brand has 4 main product lines, 300+ door front options, a myriad of organizational systems, and robust cabinet construction. Stormer seamlessly combines form and function, maximizing every inch of space with ergonomic designs and the latest technology to impress anyone who sets foot into your kitchen.

7. An Extol kitchen system (available at Designo Atelier)


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What We Love: The sophisticated vibe it can add to the cooking area

Why It’s Worth The Splurge: It’s got all the functions of a modern kitchen—oven, countertop, hobs, see-through cabinets—combined with the elegance of Victorian design. Extol has a timeless, classic style that not only perfectly complements any motif; it also lends a touch of British elegance to the space.

WHERE TO BUY:

Focus Global Showroom

  • G/F, San Lorenzo Tower, The Residences at Greenbelt, Esperanza Street, Makati City.
  • Tel. no. (02) 794-2095

 

La Cornue Showroom

  • 2/F W Highstreet Building, 28th St. corner 11th Ave., Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City.
  • Tel. no. (02) 802-9719


Deepe Marketing Corporation (for Blum)

  • #13 13 Bonifacio Drive, Pasong Tamo, Quezon City
  • Tel. no. (02) 932-7651

 

Smeg

  • G/F  Park Terraces, West Street corner Arnaiz Avenue, Ayala Center Bgy. San Lorenzo, Makati City.
  • Tel. no. (02) 877-7634

 

Dexterton

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  • Lot 2 Block 32, 38th Street North Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City.
  • Tel. no. (02) 772-2029

 

Designo Atelier

  • Lot 35-B, Blk 11 Acropolis Green Subdivision, Bagumbayan, Quezon City.
  • Tel. no. (02) 437-0249

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