by Lauren Busser The House Designers’ Editorial Director
If you family has a foodie or an aspiring chef you can bet they are going to want a great kitchen. So why not give them the best? There are a lot of appliances on the market but we have a few standout items for you here. Viking® has taken the best of restaurant kitchen design and turned it into fabulous products for your home with everything from spectacularly outfitted ranges to a reinvention of oven design. Under the beautiful, sleek design of each of their products is powerful technology to help you cook just like a professional chef.
Viking® Professional 7 Series Range
Viking’s® new flagship is the Professional 7 Series. The new Professional 7 Series joins the 3 Series and the 5 Series providing a new level of premium kitchen appliances. This collection of ranges bring a very high standard of design and cooking power to the Viking® line.
These ranges deliver restaurant-level power with 23,000 BTU elevated surface burners and a fully-featured convection oven. But there's even more to love about the Professional 7 Series.
The ViChrome™ Griddle is one of the best features. Imagine cooking eggs and bacon on a thermostatically controlled griddle that heats evenly to provide consistent cooking across the entire surface and can be easily removed for cleaning. What about grease from the griddle? Viking® has created a grease containment system that strategically collects grease into a removable capture trough for quick and easy cleanup.
And for the bakers, the oven features GentleClose™ doors so that your delicate baked goods are not disturbed.
French-Door Double Oven
One of our favorite new items from Viking® is the Professional French-Door Double Oven. This oven took first place in The Best of KBIS People’s Choice category, and that's no surprise as there is so much to love about it.
For starters there's the genius door design. Unlike single door ovens, these side swing doors allow you to walk right up to the oven and remove your dish instead of having to reach over the door. It might look like you'd need two hands to operate them, but you don’t. The doors are designed such that you only need one hand to open, as pulling on one handle opens both doors together. Brilliant.
The design is very innovative and harnesses all the power and performance that you've come to expect from Viking®. Lying beneath the sleek exterior is the Gourmet-Glo™ Glass Enclosed Infrared Broiler, Vari-Speed, Dual Flow™ Convection System, and CoolLit™ LED lights on the metal knobs. Top that off with 11 performance cooking modes and the chef in your family is sure to fall for this oven.
Viking® has added two electric cooktops to their line. These present you with a versatile cooking surface made of a durable glass ceramic that withstands the rigors of regular cleaning.
The cooktops come in 30” and 36” sizes, ensuring they will fit in most standard sized cutouts. Not only do these cooktops bring great style but they also deliver commercial power with QuickCook™ Surface Infrared Elements. The QuickCook™ Surface Elements feature ribbon technology that reaches full power in three seconds and provide fast cooking with nearly any cookware.
The electric cooktops also feature ten cooking zones including a 12 inch, 3,200 watt triple element that provides space and power options for almost any piece of cookware. These units deal with oversized cookware with their 'bridge' elements, which connect front and rear burners to create one large continuous cooking surface. The bridge element also heats the optional griddle.
The electric cooktop is safe, and easy to operate and maintain. The knobs are child proof with push-to-turn operation, and element lights indicate residual hot surfaces as well as currently active elements. The beveled edge also lends itself to easy cleaning and sleek styling and you will never have to worry about cleaning those hard-to-reach spaces between the knobs because they pull right off for easy clean up.
Whether the chef in your family enjoys basic cooking or dreams of becoming the family pastry chef, Viking® has anticipated what the modern cook wants and needs in their kitchen. Viking® is so confident in their products that they are even offering a Clean Free Double Warranty Event from now through the end of 2014. With the purchase of a Viking® Professional Range and a ventilation hood, you will receive a free dishwasher. Plus, Viking® is doubling their 3-Year Signature Warranty and turning it into a 6-Year Full Warranty for all Viking® indoor products purchased at the same time.