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It monitors performance and diagnoses problems. With a Wi-Fi connection, it can even contact Miele to schedule a service appointment. This quiet machine also boasts an auto-close door and automatic load-size sensors. Futura Diamond Dishwasher (Model G 5915), $2,599. mieleusa.com.
If you love seltzer, Samsung's latest model is the refrigerator for you. In addition to still water and ice, it dispenses sparkling water at your choice of three carbonation levels, thanks to an in-door SodaStream unit. No more bottles — think of the shelf space you'll save. 36" Four-Door Refrigerator with built-in SodaStream system, $3,899. samsung.com.
Coffee on tap
All you see is the graceful spout. Everything else is in the cabinet underneath — including a professional-grade grinder. Set down your cup and choose your drink using a counter-mounted touchpad or the downloadable app. TopBrewer with iPhone or iPad app, from $6,500 (available for shipment starting in August). scanomat.com.
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Industrial technology designed for home use: To better preserve flavor, texture, and nutrients, this appliance can flash-freeze any fresh or cooked food up to 20 times faster than a conventional freezer. It also offers a controlled thaw. Freddy Blast Chiller, from $5,000. irinoxhome.com.
Vents in disguise
With this ventilation/lighting system set into the kitchen ceiling, you won't need a hood over your cooktop. The powerful — and quiet — suction units are as unobtrusive as the flush-mounted lights they surround. You can run them at four speeds, which you choose using a handheld remote. Paradigma by Frecan, from $925. 201-546-7336.
Induction stoves, prized for their precision, just got even sleeker and more high tech. Put a pot or pan anywhere on the flat surface, and each of these two models automatically recognizes size, shape, and location. Built-in touchscreen displays make it easy to adjust the temperature. Top: CX 491 Full-Surface Induction Cooktop, $6,049. gaggenau-usa.com. Bottom: Freedom Induction Cooktop, $5,499. thermador.com.