Whether you’re entertaining guests on a marble island or chatting with your partner over a pot of chilli, your kitchen is sure to be where visitors and family members alike get the most attention. So it is only obvious that you want this room to be as beautiful as possible from the fixtures and appliances you choose to pepper the entire room.
However, the components you choose should not only be aesthetically pleasing, they should also be incredibly durable and tons of usable. With so many products to choose from, it can be difficult to find the ones that are both good looking and durable (without wasting money or trying to figure it out). We reached out to House Beautiful Market Director Carisha Swanson to identify those who live up to the hype, from Blancos Vintera Sink to Messermeister knives.
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A sturdy sink
White Vintera 30 washbasin
If you’re looking for a stylish sink option that you know will last for years, Swanson recommends Blanco’s Vintera as the ultimate choice. It’s made from a material called Silgranit, a granite composite that provides a smooth, pore-free stone surface. It is easy to clean and extremely durable – also known as being heat, scratch and dirt repellent. The roomy and sleek design (a slim 6.5-inch apron and generous 9-inch bowl depth) makes it look like a modern, clean take on the traditional front sink, and a new matte color, Coal Black, instantly lifts any kitchen up emerge.
A high-tech faucet
Blanco Solenta faucet
It’s time to get out of touch. “This is the best combination of a Pro-Look faucet with a hands-free sensor so your faucet is never touched by dirty hands,” says Swanson of the Blanco Solenta faucet. It has a stunning chrome or PVD steel finish, high quality stainless steel hose and 90 second start-stop technology so you don’t have to worry about wasting water.
A really good knife
Knife master 8 “Deba Knife
“A good quality knife is worth the investment, and Messermeister’s knives come with the Knife for Life Guarantee, which is a lifetime guarantee against defects in materials and workmanship,” explains Swanson. Your stainless steel Deba knife in Seki, Japan is like a cross between a chef’s knife and a cleaver.
A smarter garbage can
Simplehuman rectangular sensor with two compartments
You don’t have to put your hand on this super cool sensor and voice controlled garbage can. To use it, all you have to do is say “open can” or wave your hands in front of the top. It’s also extremely trendy, with a modern steel finish and square design – aka, as Swanson notes, perfect for the modern kitchen. As a bonus, all Simplehuman products receive a 10-year guarantee.
A durable pan
Lodge Chef Collection 12 “cast iron pan
“It’s no secret that a well-seasoned, and therefore well-treated, cast iron pan will last a lifetime,” says Swanson. This classic Tennessee brand’s pretty chef line fryers feature ergonomic handles for easy control and chef-inspired sloping sides so you don’t have to worry anymore.
A dirt-repellent worktop
Cambria Kendal worktops
“One of Cambria’s newest styles, Kendal has a high style with a mix of black veins, soft teal and swirling white,” says Swanson. They are also extremely low-maintenance: They are durable, dirt-repellent, food-safe and easy to clean.
A versatile cutting board
Epicurean Kitchen Series cutting board
“All Epicurean chopping boards have the best you could ever need in a great chopping board,” says Swanson. “They’re knife-proof, double-sided, dishwasher-safe, environmentally friendly, and heat-resistant up to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.” They’re also easy on the eyes, and there are several options to choose from depending on the size and color you’re looking at – light brown, dark brown, or black.
A coffee machine with no effort
OXO 8 cup coffee maker
“When you’re dead tired in the morning, you don’t want to have to think about making your coffee,” says Swanson. “This coffee maker is certified by the Specialty Coffee Association (SCA) to meet their stringent standards for self-brewing. And if you are not satisfied with their product, they want to know and will replace or refund for you. ”
The sleek stainless steel design looks great on any countertop, but thanks to its compact size it can just as easily be stored under a shelf.
A powerful blender
Vitamix A3500 mixer
While they aren’t the cheapest blenders on the market, the Vitamix is still the gold standard for blenders for a reason, according to Swanson. The A3500 series offers five different settings for smoothies, hot soups, dips, frozen desserts and self-cleaning, as well as a free 10-year guarantee. They’re also attractive enough to stay on the counter when not in use.
An airtight storage set
Pyrex Ultimate 10-piece glass storage set
Pyrex is one of those brands that has been around for decades, and it’s not surprising why. “Pyrex glass resists scratches, stains, and odors, which is essential for keeping food safe,” says Swanson. It’s also completely BPA, PVC, and phthalate-free (aka no harmful additives), and the glass lids have silicone rims for an airtight, leak-proof seal. The streamlined design also makes your fridge super organized or your stored goods look super tidy.
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