When we decided to build our home just over two years ago, we knew immediately that the kitchen would be the centerpiece, so to speak, of the home. This was probably going to be our only chance to build the kitchen of our dreams so we wanted to do it right the first time. We knew we wanted restaurant quality appliances and after about two months of researching brands, prices, and reviews, we decided that Sub-Zero and Wolf were how we would outfit our kitchen. An American company that has been around for more than 65 years, Sub-Zero made an impact on us from the beginning. Carrying a huge line of the restaurant quality appliances we were looking for, Sub-Zero and Wolf are passionate in striving to produce products that just make you want to be a better cook, to create, to have fun, and to serve great meals to your–to our–family. When it came time for us to sit down with our kitchen designer in October 2011 to build out the rest of the kitchen, I (we?) needed to make some pretty huge decisions. I had been hemming and hawing for literally months–seriously, like 6 months–about which refrigerator we should install. I had been to a Sub-Zero and Wolf showroom and also to good ol’ PC Richard & Son in an attempt to finalize the decision and it was all I needed to see the selection in person rather than on a 17-inch screen.
Our kitchen layout was completely designed around the appliances we chose. For the fridge, we went with the Sub-Zero 36-inch refrigerator-freezer combo that features 13.5 cubic feet of fridge on top and nearly 7 cubic feet between the two freezer drawers on the bottom. My main concern (obsession) when choosing a fridge was that the freezer had to be wide enough to handle baking sheets – this was not negotiable since I flash freeze lots of dough and will be freezing a ton of our upcoming summer veggies. And boy do those freezer drawers come through. Even when they seem full, there is still room on top to lay a baking sheet and close the drawer without the tops of the cookie dough balls getting smashed. At the last minute of the design, just when we thought we couldn’t (or shouldn’t) spend any more money, we added cabinet panels to the front of the fridge/freezer so that it would blend in with the rest of the kitchen.
The stove was the next beast to conquer and we decided on the Wolf 36-inch sealed 6-burner rangetop. Our first meal coming off of the stove was our favorite stove top mac and cheese, a simple one pot meal, but when Christmas rolled around last year, I couldn’t have even imagined how great it was to have a 6-burner stove. We considered one of those gorgeous ranges you see on the all of the cooking shows with the ovens underneath but I was dead set on having 2 full-size ovens, which the ranges didn’t offer.
This lead us right into probably our easiest decision in the Wolf 30-inch double ovens (E-series). They are dual convection with 10 settings (including my favorite: Proof, with its 85 degree temperature setting) and both come with over-the-top gorgeous cobalt blue porcelain interiors and three (!!!) racks. Many dozens of cookies have already been borne from these ovens and our Cook’s Illustrated Christmas beef tenderloin was a sight to behold after roasting in the oven and a finish on the grill.
Our last piece of Wolf magic is the microwave drawer. We absolutely didn’t want a standard microwave taking up counter space and since we also planned for a vent hood (model CTWH36), placing one above the rangetop was not an option either. Of all the appliances we chose, this is the one that surprises and wows people the most. It lays inline with the profile of the cabinets in our island (no handles!) and slides out and in with the light touch of a button. Sheer genius.
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