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Is Your Kitchen Ready for the Holidays? Our Top 7 Appliances for Hosting

by Pam Silvia

It goes without saying that this year’s pandemic has dampened our collective ability to host and attend large social gatherings. That said, there are still ways to safely celebrate the incoming holidays with those nearest and dearest to us. While abiding by your community’s social distancing guidelines, try hosting a holiday dinner or two this year!

Whether you’re a seasoned host or new to the game, we have something for every home entertainer. Our product specialists at Colder’s have rounded up a list of the best kitchen appliances for hosting—check it out below.

Who’s the “host with the most”? It could be you.

1. Induction Cooktop

Preparing for a dinner party makes a game out of timing. An induction cooktop not only saves you time with quicker operation, but it saves you money on your monthly energy bill—so that you can spend it on the ones you love most.

A subtype of electric cooking power, induction cooktops are marked by the ability to transfer heat electromagnetically into conductive cookware with virtually no trace on the cooking element itself. Stocked with a smooth glass-top surface, this appliance makes easy work of post-dinner cleanup. In the spirit of not breaking a sweat, due to their technology, induction cooktops also make for a heatless kitchen.

2. Double Oven

As you can imagine, it’s quite a task to try to fit your unbaked ham, green bean casserole, dinner rolls, candied yams, and berry pie in a single oven. With a double wall oven or double-oven range, you can cut down on cooking time without limiting your three-course menu!

This season, we’re thankful for the LG 29.88” Stainless Steel Slide In Gas Double Oven Range (LTG4715ST). Allowing you fit a baking sheet on top and a foil pan on the bottom, this appliance even lets you set different cooking temperatures so that your biscuits don’t turn to crisps as your turkey reaches the correct temperature for doneness.

If that’s not convenient enough, this range’s ability to sync with your smartphone for remote control and surveillance is the gravy on top of the mashed potatoes.

3. Warming Drawer

Hosting for the holidays is harder than it looks. From cleaning to tablescaping to dinner prepping to getting ready on time, some things are bound to fall through the cracks. The state of your Thanksgiving turkey doesn’t have to be one of them. If you’re wary of cold entrées and sides, put your trust in a warming drawer.

With a KitchenAid warming drawer, you can feel assured your culinary works of art can be eaten the way they are meant to be enjoyed. The brand’s 29.75" Stainless Steel Slow Cook Warming Drawer (KOWT100ESS) helps prevent food from drying out by keeping the appliance at a consistent temperature with sensor controls, taking the guesswork out of selecting the proper settings for warming, slow cooling, or bread proofing. Yes, this product can even help prepare dough for the dessert course.

4. Quiet Dishwasher

Low-noise dishwashers can keep you from losing your cool as you try to do everything in prepation for your guests' arrivals. While we may feel reassured of our appliances’ hard work through thunderous clatter, quiet dishwashers make their presence heard in other ways; noiseless operation doesn’t mean weaker water pressure or dishes that are less clean.

On the contrary, the LG 23.75” Black Stainless Steel Built In Dishwasher (LDT7808SS, LDT7808BM, and LDT7808BD) can get your silverware and wine glasses table-ready while operating at a sublime 42 decibels (for reference, a typical conversation is estimated to be around 50 decibels). In other words, there will be no need to yell over any noise as you greet your guests.

And if you want to turn in early after your dinner party, you can use your smartphone to set cycles and enable push notifications when the appliance stops running—or have Google Assistant or Alexa do it for you if you’re truly spent. Thanks to a quiet dishwasher, you don’t have to worry about staying up to clean the dishes so that the family doesn’t lose sleep. A silent night indeed.

5. Large Refrigerator

If you’re always happily playing the part of the host, you might consider investing in a large refrigerator. Starting at 30 cubic feet, a larger refrigerator capacity can help fit party platters, including kabobs, cheese plates, sliced fruit, and finger sandwiches. Fitting in a pitcher of punch along with your uncooked turkey is no longer a problem, either!

By far, side-by-side refrigerators fit the most items, followed by French-door, bottom-freezer, and top-freezer configurations.

In addition to boasting 30 cubic feet of capacity, the LG PrintProof Stainless Steel French Door Refrigerator (LRFVS3006S and LRFVS3006D) is stocked with a Slim SpacePlus Ice System that is built into the refrigerator door to help create the most shelf space, allowing even more space for door bins. Not only that, but being the coolest host has taken on a whole new meaning, too, with dual ice makers that dispense crushed, cubed, and slow-melting round ice on demand, for upscale, craft drinks at home.

6. Wine Cooler

If you have a taste for the finer things, then you know that your wines don’t share the same ideal temperature as your refrigerated charcuterie cheeses. Often seen as a symbol of luxury, wine coolers are specially engineered to defeat the enemies of wine: temperature, humidity, light, and vibration.

Warmth and coolness intensify different characteristics in a wine. If it is stored in an insulated location, the aroma and alcoholic content will seem even harsher upon serving, and alternatively, if you keep your bottle in a very cold container, your wine will taste tarter and sourer. Designed to generate a consistent temperature between 50 and 59 degrees, wine coolers highlight your vino’s true qualities and full flavors.

The Electrolux Kitchen 5.1 Cu. Ft. Stainless Steel Frame Under Counter Wine Cooler (EI24WC15VS) will wow guests with premium wide-slat walnut shelving and easy-to-use integrated controls. Most impressively, this undercounter wine cooler can hold up to 41 bottles of your favorite reds, whites, and rosés.

7. Beverage Center

For the best of both worlds, look no further than a beverage center. But make no mistake: This appliance isn’t just another mini fridge. Whereas mini fridges maintain one low temperature, beverage centers have different temperature-controlled zones to provide optimal temperatures for all beverages, including craft beer, artisanal sodas, and yes, wine. 

Seen as a compromise for those who are wary of splurging on a wine cooler, a beverage center stores more than just your fermented grape juice—it can even hold food, gifting you the ability to store your liquor, maraschino cherries, olives, and mint leaves all in one place for cocktail nights.

Boasting luxe features like distinct temperature zones for red and white wines, a volume to hold up to 14 bottles, and interior LED lighting to showcase your collection, the KitchenAid 4.8 Cu. Ft. Stainless Steel Frame Beverage Center (KUBL304ESS and KUBL304EBS) will keep your vino adequately chilled and your soft drinks refreshing—thanks to adjustable temperature controls you can set to as low as 33 degrees and as high as 64 degrees. (Pro tip: the ideal storage temperature for soft drinks is around 38 degrees.)

With the holidays around the corner, don’t hesitate to reach out to our appliance experts at Colder’s. We are always happy to help you with any product-related questions you may have. Check out our digital catalog or our in-store selection today!