Retail Observer

August 2020

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Each of the new Wi-Fi enabled smart appliances is powered by ThinQ ® technology and punctuated by the ultimate in precision cooking; they include sous vide-equipped pro rangetops and built- in wall ovens and more: PRO RANGETOPS: PRECISION COMES OUT ON TOP WITH UNMATCHED FUNCTIONALITY AND FLEXIBILITY Much like Signature Kitchen Suite's pro range counterparts, the company's new pro rangetops provide the ultimate in flexibility and precision. The 36- and 48-Inch Pro Rangetops are the industry's first dual-fuel cooktops with built-in sous vide to deliver the ultimate in precision cooking. Sous vide allows for precise temperature control within one-degree of setpoint – without the need for a circulator – thanks to a hermetically and magnetically sealed lid. This means at-home chefs can count on professional-style results every time, capturing the full, true flavor of foods while retaining vitamins and nutrients. The pro rangetops' Ultra-High™ Burners provide powerful gas cooking functionality for better searing and quick stir frying – 23K BTUs for the 48-inch model and 18K BTU output for the 36-inch rangetop. The Ultra-Low™ Burners simmer down to maintain temperatures as low as 100 degrees to prepare delicate sauces and sugary confections. The two-zone induction area can also be used for a teppanyaki plate or larger cookware. BUILT-IN WALL OVENS: MODERN STYLE, PRECISE PERFORMANCE AND EYE-POPPING INNOVATIONS Signature Kitchen Suite's new Single and Double Wall Ovens with Steam Sous Vide combine the ultimate cooking modalities for gourmet results. The convection system cooks food quickly and evenly, while the steam helps to preserve texture, appearance and taste. Also new is the steam sous vide cooking mode which allows users to enjoy sous vide results right in the oven without the need for preheating. Home chefs can achieve delicious results that are moist and tender on the inside, crisp and flaky on the outside, all with minimal effort. The SpeedClean™ function makes fast work of cleaning a lightly soiled oven with just a 10-minute cycle, using only water. "FLEX" INDUCTION COOKTOP: HIGH PERFORMANCE COMBINED WITH MAXIMUM VERSATILITY The new Signature Kitchen Suite 36-inch Induction Cooktop, available in August, features the most powerful center burner available* with 7,000 watts of power and a 12-inch dual center element that can boil a quart of water in about a minute. From a small pan to a large griddle, each Flex Cooking Zone combines elements to easily accommodate different sizes and shapes of cookware. With four inductors, each zone can provide up to 3,700 watts of power. When combined with a Signature Kitchen Suite pro-style hood, the innovative Wi-Fi feature lets the cooktop and hood communicate with each other, so the elements and fans are synchronized. MICROWAVE DRAWER: MODERN TECHNOLOGY MEETS FRESH AESTHETIC The new 1.2-cubic-foot Signature Kitchen Suite Microwave Oven Drawer, available in July, is designed to provide plenty of room to heat large items like casserole dishes and dinner platters. Since the microwave is built-in, at-home chefs can utilize more counter space to prepare their best meal. Its Easy Touch automatic drawer system allows users to open the microwave with a gentle pull or the touch of a button and shuts smoothly with a small nudge. The even gliding action and solid construction help prevent liquids from spilling during opening and closing. An elegant design with sleek glass touch controls completes the look. For more information on the full suite of appliances including the location of specialty kitchen dealers carrying the expanded line, visit Visit or follow the brand on social channels @SKSappliances. *Among leading brand 36-inch induction cooktops. GE APPLIANCES EXPANDS DIGITAL PLATFORM WITH THE LAUNCH OF SMARTHQ ECOSYSTEM End-to-end solution unifies smart technology to simplify distribution, management, use and service GE Appliances (GEA), a Haier company, announced the launch of SmartHQ Solutions, the first solution in the industry that unifies its smart technologies to improve the entire product life cycle. As the number-one smart appliance and service company, GE Appliances has more than 450 connected appliance products across brands, driven by its innovation leader, GE Profile. With SmartHQ Solutions, GEA will extend its footprint beyond smart appliances to improve distribution, fleet management, home usage and service, giving its owners and partners total control of their headquarters, whether that is their home, office or job site. "In today's world, we are digitizing our behaviors more than ever before," said Shawn Stover, Executive Director of SmartHome Solutions for GE Appliances. "That's why we are launching SmartHQ – the first end-to-end smart solution that combines our full suite of smart services and appliances – making us the easiest appliance manufacturer to do business with, manage, use and service. With over 60 years of experience dedicated to the builder AUGUST 2020 RETAILOBSERVER.COM 17

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