Beyond White- Hope in the High End
ASKO W660 Washer, SRP $1,649 ($2,049 in Stainless steel), shipping. Selling points: Mounted on the front for flexible installation and stackability, the Easy-Control system features a backlit LCD panel with four simple one-touch buttons for four basic programs. The internal heater will bring water temperature up to 205 degrees. The front-loading design utilizes less water, spins harder, cleaning and drying clothes more efficiently. Call (800) 367-2444 or visit www.askousa.com.
Fisher & Paykel: GC901, SRP $999, shipping. Selling points: This 36-inch cooktop sits only 5/8 inch above the countertop, and has a shallow cutout depth of only 2 9/16 inches. With five burners and continuous grates, this cooktop accommodates anything from large stockpots and woks, to elongated fish pans and caste iron, stovetop griddles. Superior controls let cooks adjust flames with absolute precision and accuracy. Safety features include placement of the control knobs to the side of the cooktop to reduce risk of burns while cooking and an auto electric re-ignition. Call (800) 863-5394 or visit www.fisherpaykel.com.