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Bryce GruberUpdated: May 18, 2023
KitchenAid makes so much more than just stand mixers (although we love those, too)!
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It’s no secret that KitchenAid makes the best stand mixers and mixer accessories.But did you know they also make a variety of major appliances that are just as impressive? It’s true, and the KitchenAid website is brimming with options to complete entire kitchens. We compared shopper reviews and polled our own staff for personal favorites you’re sure to love.
“Overall, I like the way these appliances look,” says Stephanie Marchese, Taste of Home Executive Director of Visual Production, about her own KitchenAid appliances. “The design is simple yet somewhat industrial and it works well in our transitional style home.”
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KitchenAid’s refrigeration choices are plentiful. Choose from free-standing, double-door, single-door, built-ins, glass door and more. “This is my second KitchenAid French door fridge,” writes Best Buy reviewer Traveling Wilburys of this 27 cubic-foot refrigerator. “[It] actually ended up costing less than the one I bought in 1990 when the style was brand new. Love the bottom freezer, the full-width refrigerator drawer and pull-out shelf.”
Some of the line’s bigger refrigerator models have quickly become bestsellers at stores like Best Buy and Home Depot. Whichever size you opt for, be sure to use these space-saving refrigerator storage helpers.
Cook up a storm on KitchenAid’s high-tech, professional-quality ranges that are designed for real life. This 30-inch five-burner convection range is a showpiece in Taste of HomeChief Content Officer Jeanne Sidner’s kitchen. It features a handy steam rack, pro-style design, evenly distributed convection, and on-trend stainless steel styling. “I don’t have a huge kitchen, but I wanted a double oven,” says Jeanne. “This one had everything I wanted—a smaller top oven and a larger one on the bottom. Both heat quickly and evenly. Having two ovens is helpful on big cooking holidays like Thanksgiving or Christmas, and when we’re just baking one item, we can use the smaller oven.”
The impressive lineup also offers slide-in, double oven and commercial-grade ranges that are known to last for years without worry. They’re so popular that KitchenAid’s gas ranges have become some of the most popular models at Home Depot stores around the country. This slide-in model has more than 2,000 reviews and counting. “I love looking at it as much as I love cooking on it,” writes Home Depot reviewer Allison. “Everyone compliments it. Five burners are perfect and the oven is huge.”
KitchenAid makes efficient wall ovens that will instantly upgrade any modern cooking space. Choose from single units, double, combo and smart oven styles that make otherwise ordinary kitchens feel like a behind-the-scenes look at a popular restaurant’s food production. The 30-inch combination wall oven with Even-Heat True Convection is in Stephanie’s own kitchen and delivers the power of old-fashioned cooking with modern microwave convection on demand.
“When we thought about an oven, we didn’t want to bend low to get into it, so the wall-mounted oven and microwave unit was exactly what we were looking for as it sits higher off the floor,” she says of this all-in-one unit. “It also looks sharp next to my fridge.”
The KitchenAid major appliances are some of the brand’s unsung heroes. Its cooktops have a cult-like following thanks to their heavy-duty performance. Choose from gas, induction, electric and downdraft styles to suit your preferred cooking style. Each of these performance-driven pieces is designed to add modern flair to your workspace.
The stainless steel 36-inch KitchenAid gas cooktop is one of BestBuy’s most popular cooktops, boasting dozens of positive reviews. “I have had my KitchenAid cooktop for a little over a month now and could not be happier,” writes verified purchaser BeeJay. “Looks great and performs great. I definitely recommend this to anyone.”
Whether you’ve got dozens of dirty dishes each day and need a dishwasher with three racks or just have a modest pile requiring a more standard double-rack allotment, these KitchenAid major appliances have a good reputation. The brand offers a model and size for every household style, and just about all the current adaptations come in easy-to-clean stainless encasements.
“This dishwasher is extremely quiet,” says Stephanie of her three-rack KitchenAid 44 dBA dishwasher. “I like the functions that allow me to air dry and do a quick cycle.” It also features rotating jets and can easily fit six-inch tall glasses without awkward bumps, cracks and breaks.
Jeanne also has a dishwasher with third-level utensil rack. “The top utensil rack is perfect for larger knives, spatulas, scrapers, and you can even use it for small plates if you’ve run out of space on the bottom rack. I didn’t think we’d use the third rack as much as we do, but now I can’t imagine not having it.”
Wine Coolers & Fridges
We’re onto the fun part now, aren’t we? KitchenAid makes an assortment of wine coolers and fridges that would warm the heart of just about any wine collector or enthusiast. Purchaser reviews reveal that they’re even used in smaller restaurants and commercial settings. They’re that reliable and sturdy.
This 46-bottle dual-zone under-counter wine fridge is the stuff modern kitchen dreams are made of thanks to two modern color options and upscale wood grain detailing. It offers two temperature-controlled zones with settings for reds and whites and has six racks that can handle up to 46 standard Bordeaux-size bottles. A KitchenAid wine fridge is also one of the best wine gifts you can give someone you really want to impress.
Stocking a KitchenAid beverage refrigerator with all sorts of canned cocktails is a flawless entertaining plan. These intelligent machines are also perfect for adding easy-access canned drinks to the TV room and for neat office beverage storage.
This 24-inch black stainless beverage cooler has a 14-bottle capacity (or more) and fits neatly under a countertop or as a cabinet replacement. The two temperature-controlled zones adjust seamlessly for most drinks and wine. Some reviewers even say it’s a good product to temporarily store leftovers when the main fridge runs out of space over the holidays.
Ice, ice, baby! One KitchenAid major appliance to consider splurging on is a professional-quality ice maker that sits flush against your cabinetry and helps keep the party going at all times. These are ideal additions if you’re always the one to host holidays and events. They last for years on end thanks to their one simple job: making ice, and lots of it.
Ice makers come in a handful of sizes and widths, but most are offered in stainless steel or a stainless black finish that meshes well with most modern kitchen and bar designs. This nearly 23-pound drop-down door ice maker is one of Lowe’s best-reviewed large ice makers, and a perennial favorite among customers. It produces several pounds of uniformly shaped clear ice in relatively little time and has a convenient self-cleaning feature that makes maintenance a whole lot easier.
KitchenAid manufactures countertop microwaves, built-in models and hood combo units that are truly impressive. Pair them with KitchenAid ranges or place them solo on a counter for a dash of impressive quick-cooking technology.
This over-the-range convection microwave is a bestselling KitchenAid model thanks to sensor cooking technology and a relatively modest price point for the quality and craftsmanship. It even comes with a steam cleaning function to help quickly wipe away even the grossest spills and splatter.
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Originally Published: November 12, 2021
Bryce Gruber is an expert in gift ideas, shopping, and e-commerce. You've likely seen her work across a variety of women's lifestyle and parenting outlets and on TV shows. She lives and works in New York's Hudson Valley with her five small children.