With today's kitchens serving as the hub of the home and Australians' ever- increasing savvy about home cooking, the appliance market has undergone some exciting changes.
"A number of major brands are releasing new models into the Australian market," said Caroline Doeglas, of DKA Designed Kitchen Appliances in Subiaco.
"These brands include Miele, Neff and Asko, all with exciting advancements in technology and colour selections."
Spiros Scafidas, of Kitchen HQ, agreed the demand for high-performance appliances was at an all-time high.
"As people seem to be spending more time enjoying their kitchens, we are noticing a growing appreciation for large-capacity appliances and double ovens," he said.
Here, we take a look at the latest and greatest in cooking, dishwashers and refrigeration.
OVENS AND COOKTOPS
Mr Scafidas said induction cooking was the dominant trend, while steam ovens were also becoming the norm.
"The mainstreaming of induction cooking into top-end kitchens is a prevailing trend," he said.
"Increasingly, steam ovens are replacing microwaves because of the health benefits and food quality they offer."
Steve Lewis, of Harvey Norman in Osborne Park, said flexi-induction cooktops were increasingly popular because they allowed for the unrestricted placement of pots and pans, removing the limitations of normal circle zones.
The two most sought-after features in ovens were induction electrics and self-cleaning (pyrolytic) technology. "While these are not new technologies, the price point and range of options have changed considerably," he said.
"Most brands have the ability to pair these technologies now."
For those who prefer cooking with gas, the latest trends in gas cooktops included sinking the unit into the benchtop for a sleek, flush look, while Smeg's revival of the classic cast trivet had brought the traditional look back into the limelight.
When it comes to ovens, according to Mr Lewis, dual fuel or bi-energy ovens - which offer simultaneous gas and electric cooking within the same cavity, so you can cook a roast in one oven while baking a cake for dessert in the other - are popular.
"This system allows the discerning cook to use the oven in gas mode to keep a moister oven environment, or electric mode to gain that evenness and zoned cooking," he said.
Mr Scafidas said colour had begun to creep back into large appliances, with Belling offering bold colours across its range of freestanding ovens.
Range hoods that demand attention are fast becoming a kitchen must-have, from units that pop up from the benchtop to the stunning Elica Star range hood that looks more like a chandelier than an appliance.
"The traditional slide-out range hood is fast becoming old technology with inbuilt under-cupboard range hoods taking over and allowing for a cleaner appearance," Mr Lewis said.
"These truly are a big part of the market now."
Ms Doeglas said integrated refrigerators continued to be a strong trend, which many people paired with underbench wine cellars, such as the Eurocave, or beverage centres from the likes of Vintec and Liebherr.
French-door fridges were also back in fashion.
Stainless steel reigns supreme, as do big- capacity units such as Miele's MasterCool range.
Mr Scafidas said new technologies had made low-water-use dishwashers an emerging trend."Miele has a sensor wash function that detects how dirty dishes are and regulates the water supply according to that," he said.