Top Technology and Appliance Trends of KBIS 2017

We’re wrapping up our Kitchen & Bath Industry Show 2017 news with a report on the top appliances and interesting tech we spotted on the exhibition floor of the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando. If you missed our previous reports from KBIS, click here to revisit our summary on fixtures and cabinetry or here to read about the best surfaces and finishes. TREND #1 Appliance manufacturers are still trying to feel their ways into the Internet of Things and smart-home trends, and we saw a bit of progress in this area on the show floor. These included a few new options for implementing existing popular technologies such as Amazon Alexa voice commands or added wireless connectivity for remote control. TREND #2 Black stainless steel is on the up-and-up in the kitchen as designers and consumers look for an alternative to the dominating stainless steel. The appliance brands that have jumped on board this year developed warmer blacks that at once look cutting edge yet neutral enough to suit transitional or traditional kitchens. TREND #3 We observed several fridge models by the well-known brands that offered glimpses into the units. Some sported a window in the front door that allows ...
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