Glass panel appliances have lasting appeal

Rusty Zay is vice president of Jenn-Air, Maytag Corp., based in Newton, Iowa. Here, he answered a question about new technology on home appliances.Q: What's new in large appliance design?A: Floating-glass-panel appliances offer a fresh alternative to stainless steel.

If you look at what's gone on in the kitchen industry over the past four or five years, stainless steel has been really popular, but it's not for everyone.

Consumers are looking for timeless classics, not the current fad. Floating glass is a fresh and new alternative with a classic, timeless appeal. It won't look outdated in a few years.

Floating glass has a deep reflective quality. When you look at your refrigerator, dishwasher or wall oven, you're going to see a shiny glass surface that reflects your environment. It comes in the timeless colors of black and white, but adds depth you won't find in traditional black and white appliances.

The overall trend in kitchen design is really about making the kitchen the hub of your home. We're moving away from cocooning to entertaining more. The kitchen is the center of home activity, where you entertain friends, where you spend time with family, where everyone comes together. Because so much is going on in the kitchen now, people are placing more importance on both the design and the functionality of the space.

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