After calling for nominations, testing out products and assessing them for efficiency, we have found the most useful and efficient cooking appliances for the second edition of the SquareRooms Awards: Kitchen Edition. From smart refrigerators and flexible hobs to stylishly designed cooker hoods and statement-making kettles, these tools and appliances are perfect for the modern homeowner. Here are this year’s winning products.
Best cooker hood: Franke Smart Deco Hood
Featuring a truncated shape with no sharp edges, this cooker hood will fit snugly into stylish homes. A full rainbow palette of colours is available for the semi-matte finishing, which looks soft and welcoming under natural light.
Best hybrid hob: Tecno 70cm 2-Burner Induction-Ceramic Hybrid Hob
You’ll be less likely to make a mess of the stove if you use Tecno’s latest hybrid hob. Designed with an induction burner on one side and a vitro-ceramic burner on the other, this cooktop provides you with quick and efficient induction heating at the touch of a button while the vitro-ceramic burner gives you the flexibility to use the cookware of your choice.
Best induction hob: Gaggenau Full Surface Induction Hob
This versatile full surface hob can be used as one large cooking zone. The free positioning means that up to four pans can be placed on the hob at the same time, allowing you to cut down on meal preps when you’ve got guests over.
Best convection oven: Tecno Upsized 73L Multi-Function Jumbo Built-In Oven
Equipped with an upsized capacity of 73 litres and 10 functions with full digital LED touch control panel, this oven is larger than your usual options – perfect for a huge feast of baked dishes for the extended family.
Best side-by-side refrigerator: Samsung Family Hub
The advent of smart homes means that everyone is looking to stay connected, and we think the Samsung Family Hub will be able to do just that. Working as the central command station in the kitchen, this refrigerator allows you to monitor the home through the Full HD LCD screen and access the Internet all while preparing meals.
Best top-mount refrigerator: Bosch VarioStyle Freezer-Fridge
This slim refrigerator fits easily into small homes and comes in an array of colours to match all interiors. With over 19 colours in the catalogue, pick your favourite shades to add just a touch of character to your cooking zone.
Best airfryer: Philips Avance Collection Airfryer XXL
If deep frying your favourite dish is too much of a hassle, opt for an airfryer – and Philips surely has some of the best. The Airfryer XXL features new Twin TurboStar technology that is designed to remove fat from the food for healthier dishes while turning out as deep fried as the traditional method.
Best steamer: WMF Kitchenminis Steamer
Designed with two 2.5-litre layers, this slim countertop steamer allows you to steam different dishes at once. With easy access to the water tray, a shock-resistant glass lid and LCD screen for adjustable cooking times, this hassle-free appliance will definitely be a sleek addition to your home.
Best multicooker: Philips HD2145 All In One Multicooker
Save time in the kitchen with this efficient multicooker. Thanks to a dual control system, this nifty appliance is able to cook different ingredients under accurate control of pressure and temperature.
Best coffee maker: Nespresso Essenza Mini machine and Aeroccino milk frother bundle
As the smallest Nespresso machine, the Nespresso Essenza Mini machine and Aeroccino milk frother bundle is perfect for compact kitchens and pantries. The Aeroccino features an automatic system to prepare hot or cold milk with a touch of a button, allowing you to create your perfect cup of coffee in no time at all.
Best electric kettle: Smeg and Dolce & Gabbana Sicily Is My Love Kettle
A collaboration between Smeg and fashion house Dolce & Gabbana, this 1.7-litre kettle wears a uniquely Made in Italy design of fruits and flowers, mimicking the typical Sicilian decorations framed in motifs called crocchi.
Best toaster: Bodum Bistro Toaster
If you’re picky about how crisp your toast should be, this appliance is for you. With adjustable browning and temperature settings, as well as a defrost and cancel button, this toaster is great for customising your breakfast sandwich just how you like it.
Best mixer: KitchenAid Artisan Series Tilt-Head Stand Mixer
Have a flair for baking? Create the perfect consistency for your cookie doughs and cake mixes with this mixer, which offers a capacity of 4.8 litres and 10 different speeds. Optional attachments such as food grinders and pasta makers are also available.
Best blender: Smeg hand blender
It may be from Smeg’s 50s Style line, but this hand blender’s versatility is very much in line with the current decade. Users will be able to conveniently control the speed of the 700-watt motor to blend and finely chop even the toughest fruits and vegetables through its stainless steel blades.
Take home some of the winning products from the SquareRooms Awards 2019: Kitchen Edition. Click here to find out how to win!