Kitchen Tour {Part 2}: Appliances

CATEGORIES: Home Decor, Sara

Last Friday I shared some photos of my new kitchen.  (Click here to check it out.) Today  I’m going to show you the details of the goodies inside.  And by goodies, I mean the stainless steel kind.  Many of you, upon hearing that I was building a new house and kitchen, inquired about what type of appliances I was going to put in it.  I’m going to share what I chose and what I like about them, in hopes that it will be helpful to others looking at similar things.  Feel free to ask any questions you have in the comment section and I’ll do my best to answer everything!

White Kitchen
As most of you know, I live in Boise, Idaho, but I actually zipped down to Salt Lake City, UT to start my appliance hunt.  My husband and I are in Salt Lake a lot, both for personal reasons and on business so we immediately thought of our favorite culinary store when we started planning out our kitchen.  Kate and I have done a lot of our cook book events at Orson Gygi, and I know, love, and trust the staff there, so it seemed like the perfect place to start what seemed like an exciting, but overwhelming project.  One of the things that I think is most helpful when looking at appliances is to go somewhere (even if it’s just online) where you can see the pieces in an actual kitchen.  It helps to visualize, and to get a feel for how everything functions in an actual space.   If you’re in the SLC area and even thinking about a new kitchen, or appliances, Orson Gygi is a great place to look around.  They have tons of beautiful display kitchens to browse, with different appliance brands in them, so it’s super fun to walk through and see where you can imagine yourself living!

Orson Gygi Kitchens(That’s my right-hand-appliance-man Dave, who I had on speed dial during our build.  I called him countless times with frantic, “Quick!  I need to know how wide that one appliance thingy is!”  phone calls and he put up with all of my nonsense.)  I loved walking through the many Gygi display kitchens and connecting with styes I liked.   It was also great to confirm that both my husband and I liked the same things (whew!)  For example, we found we really liked sleek, modern looking stainless steel, but combined with more traditional cabinetry and decor.

Model Kitchen 1From the beginning, I looked into a number of appliance brands, including Bosche, Viking, Wolf, and Fisher and Paykel and I ended up deciding on Thermador.  A couple of years ago Kate and I even visited the Thermador test kitchens and cooked along side their chefs and learned the ins and outs of their products.  I decided back then that if I ever built my dream-kitchen, Thermador would be a top contender.  I like the brand, I like the look of their products, and I felt confident that they’d last a long time and perform well for me and that’s what I ended up deciding on.

When we were building our home a few months ago, my husband and I each had different milestones that we got excited about.  My husband’s happy day was the day the audio-visual guys showed up and put wires and buttons everywhere.  I still don’t know what those do, but apparently they’re useful.  My happy day was one cold, drizzly afternoon when I pulled up to check on the house and this was parked out front:
Orson Gygi Truck

I tried to not get in the way as these shiny silver things carefully got unpacked from big brown boxes.

Appliance Install

The Orson Gygi installers were fantastic and made quick work of a lot of appliances.  (If anyone out there is reading this and now saying, “hey!  That’s my man!”  then just know I had an autographed cook book to send home for you, but those guys slipped out like ninjas in the night and I didn’t get a chance to pass out books.  Boo.)

Installing Appliances

This might win the award for longest OBB post ever, so I’ll cut to the chase!  Here’s a run-down of what went in my kitchen.  I’ve linked all of the exact models in case that’s helpful for anyone.

Thermador 30 inch Built-In Fridge Column
Thermador 30 inch Built-In Freezer Column

Without fail, the first thing that 98% of visitors say when first entering our kitchen is, “Is that a….fridge??”

Thermador Fridge from Our Best Bites

It’s a massive beast, measuring 5-feet across and almost 7 feet tall.  With 32 cubic feet of storage space, we can fit enough food in there to last us through a zombie apocalypse.  Or like, a Saturday.  My children are darling little bottomless pits.

Giant Thermador Fridge

One of my favorite features is that it’s so big, my youngest toddler can’t open it himself (hallelujah) and my middle child has to get a good grip and use all of his might and a couple of good grunts,  therefore giving me a few seconds of warning before it’s open to yell, “Dude, you just finished eating dinner 4 1/2 minutes ago- GET OUT OF THE FRIDGE.”

Really Big Fridge

It’s so tall I actually have to stand on my tippy toes to reach the butter.  And I suppose obstacles between me and butter are a good thing.

Tall fridge from Thermador

Other Fridge Loves:
– Nice deep, well-lit drawers for storage
– Bright LED lighting
– Units are modular, meaning the fridge and freezer are separate so when you’re designing your kitchen you can decide if you want them right next to each other, like mine, or placed in separate areas, which is sometimes useful.
– In case you need something bigger, there’s one that’s a foot wider than mine.

Thermador 36 inch Professional Series Gas Cook Top

One of the big questions we get from readers is about what type of cook top we recommend.  Honestly, it’s a matter of personal preference.  I had a flat porcelain cook top at my last house and one of the things I loved was that (especially in a smaller kitchen) it kind of doubles as extra counter space.  But when it comes to the actual cooking process, I love cooking with gas.  It offers a lot of quick control over the heating.

Gas Range Knobs

 Thermador has their famous star-shaped burners, which are designed so that instead of a straight circle of heat, you get more even heat distribution on different  parts of your pan.  Also, stars are a happy shape.
Thermador Blue Star Burner
I decided to get a griddle top on my rangetop because honestly, I can’t think of any time when I needed more than four burners going at once and at my last house I used my flat griddle pan all the time.  Even then, I hoped I wouldn’t regret that choice.

Thermador Range Top
So far I’ve loved having that griddle.  I heat it up all the time while I’m cooking and warm up bread, cook quesadillas, grilled sandwiches, etc.  It’s super heavy duty, and usually it just takes a quick wipe to clean it off.

Thermador Griddle Knob

One of my favorite features is that this range has an “extra low” setting.  I can put delicate things, like chocolate for example,  on that burner and completely forget about it, and come back to it perfectly melted.  It automatically cycles the heat on and off at an extremely low temperature.  It also comes in handy when you need a very low simmer for things like soups.

Thermador 36 inch Professional Series Convection Warming Drawer

Right under the range is a sleek steel drawer.  It wouldn’t be something I would have thought of before looking at appliances and seeing how helpful it would be to have one.  I’m so often needing to keep things warm while waiting to serve dinner, or needing to keep a plate warm if my husband isn’t home, or my very favorite- warming up our dinnerware.  Eating on hot plates makes me feel fancy.  Even if I put chicken nuggets on them.

Thermador Warming Drawer

Thermador 30 inch Masterpiece Series Double Wall Ovens

I love having two ovens, and I often use them simultaneously.  One of my favorite features of these particular ovens are all of the cooking modes.  I have the option of convection and tons of presets for different types of cooking like roasting, warming, and baking. I use the “proofing” mode all the time.  It keeps it at an optimal temperature to proof yeast breads.  I often proof in one oven, and preheat the other one so when it’s ready to cook I can just pop it in.

Thermador Wall Ovens Proof Mode

I also love the heavy-duty, smooth-rolling oven racks,

Thermador Wall Ovens Smooth Rolling Racks

and an automatic soft-shut door.  That means that instead of slamming shut, it automatically catches itself and slowly creeps to a close on its own.

Soft-Close Doors

Thermador Masterpiece Series Steam and Convection Oven

I admit, this is kind of a fun splurge.  Thermador makes a steam oven, that also functions as a regular confection oven.  It has a smaller capacity than a standard wall oven, but you can still fit a 14-pound turkey in there.

Steam Oven

Basically, you fill up a small pitcher with water and it inserts right in the side of the oven.  The water is then injected into the oven in bursts of steam during the cooking process.  A steam oven allows you to keep food super moist.  Professional kitchens have fancy steam ovens to make artisan breads (the secret to chewy crusts with soft interiors), steam vegetables and meats, and it works especially well to reheat foods without drying them out.

Water Pitcher

This oven is pre-programmed with tons and tons of information, so you just have to push a few buttons and the oven does the rest.  And because of the steam and the convection air circulation, you can cook multiple flavors (garlic chicken and cookies, at the same time!) and the flavors don’t transfer to each other.  Kind of amazing.

Thermador Steam

I’ve been having fun experimenting with this oven and can’t wait to show you some of the fun things I’m making in it.  I’ll tell you more about it sometime because honestly, I could fill up a whole post talking about it.

Thermador Steam Panel

Thermador 24 inch Built-in MicroDrawer

When we were designing our kitchen, we had a really hard time figuring out where to put the darn microwave.  I didn’t want another appliance on the wall (for aesthetic reasons, and because I wanted the cabinet space) and stacking it above the wall ovens like some people do, just made it too tall.  So a microwave drawer solved our problems.  It opens and closes with a push of a button, pretty cool.

Drawer Microwave


Thermador Dishwasher

Right after we moved into our new house, a friend of mine asked my 4 year old how he was liking his new house, and if it felt different than our old house.  His response was, “Yeah, the dishwasher is much more quieter.”  It’s true.  We used to have to turn our dishwasher off when we turned on the tv because it made it too hard to hear.  This one is so whisper-quiet, the only way to know it’s on is by the little blue light that shines on the floor.

Dishwasher Lights

One of my favorite things is an extra 3rd rack on the top.  You know all of those little things that don’t really fit anywhere and end up falling to the bottom and melting?  Or getting stuck in the rack openings?   They all sit up on top in this handy-dandy upper tray.

Thermador Third Rack

If you have little ones at home, like I do, then a dishwasher with buttons and controls on the inside is a huge plus as well.

Internal Dishwasher Controls

It’s taking me a while to get out of the habit of actually washing the dishes before we put them in the dishwasher.  This thing is crazy good at cleaning dried up gunk off dishes.  I’m in love.

Scotsman Ice Maker: Inventor of the original chewable ice.

EDIT:  I have received tons of questions about my ice maker from people wanting the exact model number, specifications, etc.  If you have any questions at all, click here.  There’s a phone number there, just ask for Dave and he’ll get you all the info you need!

I hinted in my last post about an unassuming little cabinet that secretly housed my most favorite appliance in the history of appliances.

Scotsman Ice Maker

I have an obsession with ice.  I’m an ice chewer.  It’s especially bad when I’m pregnant; people tell me that means I’m iron deficient, I just think I really like ice.  I will seriously fill up giant cups full of crushed ice and then let them sit for a very specific amount of time so the ice softens and I can chew it loudly and annoy my husband.  But my whole life I’ve had a special obsession with a certain type of ice.  You know what I’m talking about?  I love hearing people’s reactions and noting what they call it.  “Oh my gosh, you have Sonic Ice!”  “You have hospital ice!” “You have pellet ice!”  or wherever else they associate it with.   (What do you guys call it?)  During those pregnant days I would actually go through drive-throughs of places I knew served chewable ice in their drinks and order nothing but a giant cup of it (like, without the beverage!) Scotsman actually invented that soft, chewable ice.

“Scotsman Ice Systems invented The Original Chewable Ice® in 1981 and changed ice history forever. Named nugget ice for its soft, small, unique shape, this beloved form of ice is also known as pellet ice.  Perfect for fountain beverages, smoothies, blended cocktails, salad bars and therapeutic use, Scotsman Nugget Ice® is a favorite the world over.”

Inside Ice Maker

When I first got to Orson Gygi to sit down and talk about appliances, someone offered me a drink of water, and as they kept talking I had no idea what they were even saying because my eyes were locked on the hands scooping beautiful little nuggets of ice into my glass.  I stopped them mid-sentence and said, “Hold on.  Do you SELL those machines???”  They just laughed and nodded.  “You mean I could buy one?? And like, have it in my HOUSE??”  I just looked at my husband and he smiled and shook his head saying, “Better put that thing on our list.”

My obsession is complete now that I have a handy little freezer that cranks out a constant 20-pound supply of chewable nugget ice.   My kids eat it like candy.  I’ve actually said, “Finish your dinner and you each can have a cup of ice.” more than once.  Feel free to do as some of my friends do, and fill up your own cooler at my house, any time.

Scotsman Ice

Whew!  I think that’s it.  I hope you enjoyed that extra peek into my kitchen.  My next project is getting my office all put together- wish me luck!  And don’t stray far- we have some extra posts this week!  Kate will be posting a killer new dinner recipe tomorrow, which coordinates with a dessert I’ve got for ya (along with a special surprise) on Friday.  And just for fun, we’re throwing a giveaway in there as well.  So come back every day this week so you don’t miss out!




  1. Wow! Everything is just stunning!! And “that fridge” is nothing short of awesome. I’ve never heard of a steam oven so I can’t wait to read more posts on that. You are a very lucky girl with such a dream kitchen!


  2. WOW! I love love love and would be wildly content living on a mattress on the floor of your kitchen!!! The ice maker is simply superb! And just one question, with a fridge that big, where is all of your milk?!?!??!! hehe We would have at least 4 gallons- and there’s only four of us!

      1. You’re lack of milk was the first thing I noticed too. I have 5 boys and a husband that LOVE milk. So my dream fridge would have to have plenty of room for about 6 gallons. Love your fridge and freezer. And the ice machine…wow! I might just have to get one for my husband someday. Thank you for sharing.

  3. I poured over every word of this. Your appliances sound like a dream, the dishwashers 3rd drawer and inside buttons would probably be my favorite. Last week something plastic melted on the heating element and by the time I realized where the burnt smell was coming from my kitchen was in smoke. The rest of the day my 3 year old told every person we talked to that our house was on fire but mom stopped it. The flat top grill is so cool as well my husband said if we ever remodel he totally wants one.

    1. Oh my gosh, the same thing happened to us yesterday! We have a dishwasher downstairs as well and it literally took hours to figure out that’s what it was. We searched every corner of the house for some sort of electrical fire! lol

        1. Oh, haha. I actually have another entire kitchen, lol! Our house has the main floor on ground level, and then another full basement level with a family room, movie room, bedrooms, etc. So we have a full kitchen down there too, where we sometimes eat dinner, or I work on blog projects, or where we put out party food for movie nights. I can see how that would sound totally weird to think I just had a dishwasher in some random wall somewhere! haha

      1. I had a lid melt in my dishwasher a few years ago. I ended up calling the fire department because I couldn’t figure out where the burning smell was coming from. They showed up with lights, sirens, oxygen tanks, the full works! I was so embarrassed when they called my into the house to tell me what had caused the smell. But hey, at least my neighbors got some mid-morning entertainment out of it!

  4. Ummm…how has nobody said anything about the ice?!? Ahh that would be my fav too! And being pregnant and craving ice at the moment doesn’t help! 😉 beautiful kitchen!!’

  5. So I think if I had all those appliances in my little kitchen, there wouldn’t be any room for, well, me – lol! I love your ice maker; here in Indiana we call that “the good ice”. :o)

    1. I am so fortunate that my job has that kind of ice but when I get my own trailer in the woods. You can bet I will that or something similar for myself. I just love it.

  6. We are getting ready to build so I have been pouring over every detail. I already knew I wanted an ice maker but didn’t know yet that crushed ice was an option at home. That has now been added to the “must have” list! Currently I have two dishwashers which has been so awesome, and I’m debating with myself about whether I go with two in the new house. Do you find you have more capacity with the third drawer?

    1. I thought briefly about 2 dishwashers, but decided I’d rather have that space used for other things (like more storage) and I know myself well enough that it would just cause me to go longer without washing dishes, haha! Plus, we actually have a smaller kitchen downstairs with a dishwasher so I figured if I was desperate I could truck things down there! The third rack does give you slightly more capacity. It’s very shallow though, so it just fits the small flat stuff like lids, knives, tongs, big spoons, measuring cups, etc. If you use and fill up both your dishwashers on a regular basis, you’ll probably want to stick with 2!

      1. I think that your next contest should be Pioneer Women style, and have the lucky winners be able to spend a few days cooking with you in your new kitchen. Oh, and eating all the ice they could possibly eat (with or without diet Coke). Your kitchen is dreamy, dreamy, dreamy. Thank you so much for posting. I do have one question, what is the total dimension of your kitchen? If we remodel one day, I would love to know how big your actual kitchen room is so I would have an idea of what size we would need to fit all those dreamy things :).

  7. Beautiful kitchen but I am so so so envious of that ice maker!!! IKA has pellet ice and I bring my own 32 oz cup with me just for the ice =)

    Question – My gas oven has a “convection” setting – what the heck is that?? Obvioulsy I never use it….

    1. Gina, convection is a setting that allows air to circulate around your oven during cooking. For example, my oven has a fan in the back and when the convection setting is on, that fan turns on and circulates all that hot air. Try it out sometime and you’ll see it cooks things a little differently (and usually faster!)

  8. everything is to die for!

    question- do you know what model# you ice maker is? My husband and i are looking at getting one. thanks.

    1. I was looking for it online and couldn’t find it (I only saw commercial machines.) I can go check the actual machine for you though. You could also call Orson Gygi and they could tell you quickly. Honestly, just say you read about it on Sara Well’s blog and they’ll know exactly what to look for (I think they only sell one Scotsman model.) (801) 268 3316, ask for Dave and he’ll have all of the info.

  9. SO… it’s totally ok if you wanted to invite me over to come bake someday. I’m in Kaysville, but it would totally be worth the drive. I am having serious kitchen envy! That fridge… the stove… the oven!!! SO my dream kitchen!

  10. Your ice machine cracks me up. I have never really thought about ice that hard. I think it is great that your kids will eat it for dessert! Thanks for sharing your lovely kitchen with us.

  11. I’m not gonna lie. I am head over heels in love with your kitchen. After seeing the pictures in the last post I asked my husband how he felt about building a house with just this kitchen and an indoor basketball court (we have four boys). What else do we need? My life would be complete with those two things. Okay and maybe a bathroom. But seriously you have the prettiest kitchen I’ve ever seen. I love it!

  12. I love everything! I would love to have a gas stove, but since there is no option for gas where I live (life is hard here, lol) at least I do have a nice flat top. However, what I’m really jealous of is your double oven. I bake a ton during the holidays, and that would make it so much easier. Maybe someday 🙂 Fabulous choices!

  13. Thou shalt not covet thy favorite blogger’s kitchen. However, I will pin it and but the crud out of my husband to give me one when we build our house. Student loan payments aren’t that critical right? We can just spend that money on a kitchen…
    Beautifully done.

  14. I was doing such a good job not hating you for your beautiful kitchen and skinny waisteline while reaching for butter…but then i saw the ice machine and now i’m a raging monster of jealousy and envy. but totally in a nice, i’ll be back on friday kind of way 🙂 and i may have gotten a little teary-eyed cause that ice nachine has been on my list ever since i discovered chewable ice while delivering my first baby *sniff*

  15. I love, love, LOVE that ice maker! I’ve been searching like crazy online to find one. Sadly, the closest places I can find to me are in either Dallas or Georgia! Dallas is only about 3 hrs., but traffic is a nightmare there. Maybe they deliver.

  16. I want to come over and just look at your kitchen!!! I love it!! all of it!! I don’t think I would ever leave it. I might even pull up a cot and sleep in there. next to the ice maker.

    1. I worried about that Rachel, but it hasn’t been a problem at all. They like to push the button to open it when something is done (like their lunch) but they’re really good about only even doing that when they ask me. Other than that, they don’t have much interest in it.

  17. Crazy question………have you had problems with your icemaker? We put one in our home we built last year, and we are having issues. It worked great for the first 3 months and then it started “screaming”! We had the appliance repair guys come out and they replaced the motor. They told me I needed to clean it more often than just waiting for the cleaning light to come on. We are now cleaning it every 2 weeks and we still have “screaming”. I am frustrated that we are constantly fighting it.

    Is your icemaker hooked up to softwater or filtered water?

    1. That’s weird Stephanie, we haven’t had any problems with it. I have screaming children though…haha. Ours isn’t hooked up to soft water or anything. I hope you figure out what’s going on with yours; that’s frustrating!

  18. Yeah, that’s “theatre ice” to me–after the old Hale Centre Theatre where I ate it as a tween the summer I was in one of their plays.(Back before their shiny superstage days in West Valley. I don’t even know what kind of ice they have now.) Love that stuff.
    Did you mean to make all of us plan remodels? Sigh. I love the idea of a drawer microwave! I’d never even heard of one before.

  19. I want to build a new house just to have most of the stuff in your kitchen. I am oven jealous!! My dentist, however, would kill me if I got that ice machine. I have been told that my ice obsession is bad for my molars and am trying to wean myself by drinking room temp water only. HARD times.

  20. I love everything about your kitchen, right down to the ice maker that I’ve always wanted to have someday. Now that I’m done having kids it wouldn’t come in quite as handy though–I’m like you and crave that good ice especially when I’m pregnant! You did such a beautiful job putting everything together!

  21. I love chewable ice too! In high school I worked at Golden Swirl Frozen Yogurt and would eat the crushed ice like that by the quart-size cup =). That is so cool that I can add that appliance to my own wish list. Thanks for sharing!

      1. I worked at Pizza Factory Express (in St. George) in high school and we’d have customers come in asking specifically for “rabbit poop ice”. That’s what I’ve called it ever since! I love it too. I’m not normally an ice chewer, but during my most recent pregnancy I craved rabbit poop ice. I’d always leave ice in my cup for a long time, but it was never as good as the real thing. 🙂 Gorgeous kitchen! I’m very jealous!

  22. Sara, I absolutely LOVE your whole kitchen and ALL of your wonderful appliances, fridge,stove, ice maker,dishwasher, ovens, microwave!! I don’t know if I had to choose just one appliance what I would choose, they are all fabulous! Thanks for sharing!!

  23. What an amazing, dream kitchen! It is beautiful. I’m jealous! We are possibly going to be building in a year or two, so this has been very helpful!

  24. Ok, your kitchen is GORGEOUS!!!!! I have some serious kitchen envy right now! It’s awesome to see the finished product after hearing you stress about it for a while now. Congrats!

  25. I love your kitchen! My husband and I are just getting started designing our dream house. Could you tell me the dimensions of your kitchen and your island? It looks so spacious and just like what I have been dreaming of! Thanks so much!

  26. Thank you for sharing your awesome kitchen. We are redoing our kitchen and my one request was a built in microwave. I would also love a ice machine, I will buy a big bag of ice at Costco and chew on that. One question. You always look so cute in your pictures and are always dressed very cute. Do you ever have a yoga or sweat pant day!

    1. Oh no Tish, never. I strongly believe in presenting one’s best self at all times so I try to always have my hair and make-up done and real clothes on at all times. HA!!! See you said the magic words yourself, “you always look so cute in your pictures..” That’s because if I’m taking photos of myself I do it on like the one day of the week that I actually do my hair and get dressed. Right now it’s 12:50 and I’m without make-up in Nike sweats and a hoodie. I was too lazy to even put on a shirt under the hoodie so I’m just keeping it zipped up all the way, lol! I’m definitely a yoga-pants kinda girl 😉

  27. We call it Crunchy Ice over here! My family is a bunch of ice chewers too, including my kids. I can’t find the smaller machine on the site that it looks like you have…if you don’t mind me asking (I don’t want an actual price, just a small appliance it would be comparable to), would it totally break the bank for one of those? It is absolutely worth it to me to loose a little storage space in my kitchen if that means I get crunchy ice!

  28. I’m not the jealous type but that ice maker…JEALOUS!!!!!!!!!!!
    I get a perma-grin on my face when I happen upon a restaurant that has ‘pellet ice,’ as I call it.

  29. I’m in the process of selling my home and my next home will now HAVE to house that ice machine. Seriously because right now? I’ve turned off my ice maker and buy bags of ice from Sonic for my ice; yes, I love it that much too.

    Gorgeous kitchen; maybe I’ll just move in with you?

  30. Oh, I’m with you on the ice! ESPECIALLY when I’m pregnant. The lengths I have gone to to have the right kind of ice to crunch! I love that you put that in your dream kitchen!

  31. I am in love with your kitchen. We are building a house right now and I am so sad I didn’t see this post before I made all my kitchen choices. Just out of curiosity, did you ever find the name of the granite you picked? In the last post you said you would try to look it up. Thanks!

    1. I DID say that- and I didn’t forget! I was just doing some research, lol. I believe it is “Glacier” but sometimes people call it “White Ice” so I was seeing if they really were the same.

  32. I LOVE your ice maker. Our local grocery store Reams sells the “pebble ice” in 2.5 pound bags. I buy it so frequently that we’ve had to get a second freezer to make up for the lost freezer space!

  33. I’m jealous of your kitchen. I live in NY and when I visited one of my kids in UT last spring I had Orson Gygi on the top of my list of places to visit. (I heard about it from your blog) So with a carload of in-laws and out-laws they patiently consented to making the stop on the way to other SLC places. Long story short, we ended up staying longer than planned and everyone ended up thanking me for making them stop. I was a very happy girl…..loved the store, the staff is awesome! It’s probably a good thing several states separate us. Whenever I think of a dream kitchen, I’ll think of yours. 🙂

    1. Haha, I love that, Kathy! I’m glad you found Orson Gygi- now you can understand why we talk about it so much, right?? lol

  34. Now, I’m not sure it would’ve suited your needs (all cookbookin’ and everything, LOL), but I’ve found our new induction cooktop to be the best of both worlds – the ease of cleaning like a smooth-top electric (easier actually, as nothing burns onto the surface) with the extra surface/counter area, but the rapid heating and immediate responsiveness of gas (with the crazy-low simmering capability), plus no wasted energy (the cooktop itself doesn’t heat, so it’s super-efficient).

    Just in case anyone else is making these decisions!

    1. Yes, I looked into induction as well- Thermador makes an amazing induction cook top too, I’m glad you love yours!

  35. Beautiful kitchen and fabulous appliances. My favorite is the top rack in the dishwasher. I’ll keep that in mind when/if I need a new one. Mine is a small kitchen with decent storage and I love my ceramic range top, but gas is the best for cooking. Just bought your cookbooks this month at Deseret Book and they are great. The sale made me break my cookbook diet.

    1. Oh, good find Leslie! If you click on ice makers, it looks like there’s just one residential nugget ice machine- so that’s the one I have. But I’ll find out an exact model number from Orson Gygi as well.

  36. I am DROOLING over your new kitchen! It makes my kitchen look sad–and mine is actually pretty nice! Your ice machine is something I would actually be willing to kill for. They have pellet ice at Hires Big H here in Utah and my husband always thinks I’m crazy for wanting to go there just for the ice!

  37. I had to text my sister right away about the ice maker! We often reminisce about the delightful ice we were each given while we were in labor at the hospital… kinda makes you want to be in labor again! Almost. Having a chewy ice maker at home would be a more pleasant solution.

  38. Love that fridge! I saw one that size at Sears and told my husband that he could buy whatever house he wanted as long as I got that fridge! Looks beautiful!

  39. Love the Thermador appliances, but the refrigerator and freezer have a special place in my heart! You don’t see many Thermador fridges and freezers in the Southeast, but after visiting family on the west coast my mom and I fell in love with them. Enjoy all the extra space!

  40. We call it “you know — the good squirrelly ice.” no idea how it became squirrelly 🙂 The ice makes a Vanilla Diet Coke at Frisch’s Big Boy even better!

  41. Love your choices. Also love the ice. I’m truly coveting the steam oven. You can use it for canning! And cheesecake! And defrosting! And I had a steak cooked in one and it was awesome. I’m curious why you didn’t consider Miele as it’s in the same category as the other brands you looked at.

  42. Loving your new kitchen, Sara! We’re currently house hunting and I’ve pretty much accepted that I’m going to have to re-do a kitchen since we’re not finding anything close to what we want, and nice land is hard to come by. Yours is a great inspiration!

  43. Sara, we are getting ready to remodel our kitchen. We have a designer helping us. She took us to the appliance store last week and pushed hard to convince us that we need an integrated counter depth fridge. It DOUBLES the cost. Did you consider professional counter depth vs. integrated counter depth?

    1. Honestly, no- I didn’t consider that (and I had to google it just now) ha! One thing to consider with professional style fridges (like the one I have) is that while they’re extremely wide, they’re actually more shallow than a standard fridge. I actually love this because food doesn’t get lost and shoved to the back, but it does make it tricky if you want to fit things like pizza boxes in there. I have a second fridge downstairs (that’s deep), so it wasn’t a big deal to me, but that might be something to look at.

  44. Sorry if this is too impolite to ask, but since you are putting all this out here, I can’t help but ask. How much did the kitchen cost? It is quite beautiful and spacious.

  45. Love, Love, Love it! Do you happen to have the floorplan available? I am in love with your kitchen and am hopefully building in a few years and want to be ready when we do. Thanks!

  46. Thanks for letting me live vicariously through your post. Everything you’ve chosen looks top-of-the-line, and useful. I’m an ice chewer too, and that ice-maker looks really nifty, but I think I’ll wait till I have a kitchen big enough for a dish washer first!

  47. Once again, I am in love with your kitchen. When my mom redid hers she added a warming drawer and a dishwasher without outside buttons. I LOVE the upper rack in your dishwasher (we have one of those chunky baskets that holds all the bottle stuff and it just takes up valuable bowl space!) I also love your microwave, that is pretty darn awesome although I would worry about little ones opening it, putting something in there that shouldn’t be, and then starting it…
    PS. I love ice too, especially that kind! When I was pregnant we spent a month at my parents house and they have an icemaker in their fridge/freezer, I almost always had a cup of ice with me (I was told I was borderline iron deficient a week after we got back).

  48. Taco Time ice. That right there is what I want most! 🙂 The hole things is just amazing! I love that your kitchen can be the center of your home.

    1. Katie, that’s what I’ve always called it and you’re literally the only other person I’ve heard make that same association. Yay for Taco Timers! lol

  49. Ok, so… I got a little envious of your fridge, drooled a bit then carried on reading. When I got to the part about your ice machine… I think I cried! I LOVE THAT ICE! Seriously, I think if I was your kid all you would have do is offer me a cup of that and I’d be your slave for life! Sooooooo LUCKY!

  50. I have to say I am a bit envious here. That refrigerator is to die for! Just moved into a condo in December and I can’t figure out how to fit everything I want into our refrigerator. I have to organize it somehow and it is driving me crazy. It is a side by side that has a larger freezer, but seems to have a smaller refrigerator. Good thing we already had a dorm refrigerator that we used at the old house too. I think it will come in very handy now.

  51. I love everything you’ve done with your dream kitchen! Can you tell me what product you like to use to clean all that stainless steel? I can’t find a product that I like just yet. Also, can you let me know the model of your Thermador dishwasher? Congratulaions!

  52. I would REMOVE cabinets (storage space) for an ice maker. I, too, am obsessed with Sonic Ice (I go there so much JUST for ice, that every once in awhile, they say “it’s on the house.” ha!). Which model of ice maker did you end up getting? I am eyeballing my kitchen this moment to see where I could make it work. 🙂

  53. LOVE the new kitchen! Thanks for telling us about all the appliances, we will be remodeling sometime in the near future and it was interesting to find out about some of the options out there. I may want to point out, however, that if you do have a flat top stove you should NEVER use it as extra counter space. I managed to start an expensive house fire by leaving a jar of peanut butter on the stovetop. Our power was out when I put the jar on the stove and I didn’t realize that the stovetop was turned on. I learned the hard way and I don’t want anyone else to learn that way too!

  54. I am thrilled to discover your blog – a search for Quick Brazilian Cheesebread – lead me to you! I recently renovated my kitchen and bought a ton of appliances and a majority are Thermador which I am totally enjoying. I also bought the Steamer Convection Oven and I look forward to following your journey there and getting some good recipes to try. I hope you add another “cooking method” category to your recipe index for this appliance/approach. Are you considering doing that?

  55. I have the same steam oven and dishwasher and I love love love them! We went with the non-built in version of the fridge and an induction hob, and honestly I’m loving those too. Your kitchen is gorgeous – congratulations!

  56. love your kitchen! mine is very similar, but without the thermador appliances (sigh, I could only wish). We call your ice “deer Poop” ice. it’s our favorite 🙂

  57. Doing my kitchen next year and had not thought of Thermador. However, I think they’re the bomb after reading this and some investigation. I am liking the 48 inch dual fuel professional…has the conv oven, the steam convection oven, a warming drawer, 6 burners and a griddle in one neat package. Meets all my needs. WOW! I looked at your microwave with interest. Then I thought of a recent HGTV show where the critic said she could see melted Barbie and GI Joe in the drawer…and I laughed…I put in a batch feed garbage disposal when my son was young for a similar reason (I could see him throwing his green army men in and flipping the switch to simulate grenade battles). I’ve contemplated the MW drawer now that the kids are old and gone…but unfortunately so are we so bending over and seeing the buttons on the front is probably more than old eyes can do. As to your DW…I have the Bosch version of yours. I eliminated the silverware basket from the bottom shelf entirely to make room for more plates/bowls etc and use the top rack for my silverware…it fits neatly in the slots on its side, use the middle for sharp knives, tongs and such…and can easily grab a handful of forks or spoons or knives to put them all away very easily when clean (assuming I took the time to put them in the rack spoons together, forks together, etc). THANKS for the appliance inspiration!

  58. Sarah, perhaps you’ve already answered this question. Which model Scotsman ice machine did you choose? It looks quite narrow compared to those on their site. Thanks much!

  59. What an awesome kitchen. My home is 45 years old and the only replaced appliance is the dishwasher…so this post made me salivate a little…okay a lot and I am not even that much in love with cooking. The thing that really got me was the ICE MAKER!!! I am such an ice cruncher. My husband looked up the price when I couldn’t find it…I told him I am worth it! 🙂

  60. Beautiful kitchen! I remodeled mine 3 years ago and my frivolous ice machine is baby far my most favorite appliance. I didn’t get a Scottsman so I don’t have the pellets but they are still small squares. That machine had paid for itself over the years. Particularly after injuries/surgeries.How lovely to have a 50 pound a day supply of ice!

  61. Sarah, If I were a betting woman, which I am not, I would bet all the money that I have that you are anemic. The only thing that I ever craved while I was pregnant (six times) was ice. I chose my restaurants for their ice. Usually upon giving birth I lost the craving but after I started needing crowns, because we didn’t have Sonics in California at that time, and blood tests revealed I was anemic, I went to a hematologist and his first question was did I crave ice. It was a nice addiction to have as ice has no calories but it was very bad for my teeth so go see a Dr.!

  62. Coming out of lurkermode to say:

    That was awesome.

    Thanks for posting it and I’m so glad to see someone who loves cooking have an awesome kitchen. You truly deserve it!

  63. My husband’s family calls it fish ice! Since that’s what the fish lay at grocery stores and my mother in law has been known to go to the butcher just to buy bags of fish ice!

  64. Look how many people you made so happy with that ice maker! The first time I actually bought a drink from Taco Time (usually I just buy the food in the drive through and come home, and why pay for a drink when I have drinks at home?) I thought “Oh my gosh, they have Sonic Ice too!” Because well, Sonic has fun drinks and happy hour, so I’d actually paid up for those 🙂

    I know you’re not putting the entire cost of your kitchen out there (and I don’t blame you!) But is there a ballpark figure you could give me for the dishwasher? The website only had “get a quote” which makes me a little nervous, but if I could only splurge on ONE psychotically amazing appliance, it MUST be the dishwasher. Since phosphates became illegal in dishwashing detergent, (and I have found that the Honest Company’s dishwasher pods are the BEST option I’ve tried), that it’s becoming apparent that it wasn’t really the dishwasher doing the job, but the phosphates. Even my husband would put out more for a super amazing dishwasher. (Since 70% of the time he ends up doing the dishes). Oh, and the buttons on the INSIDE! I have a nearly 2 year old who loves to start the dishwasher. If we don’t remember to do the lock function, we often have the dishwasher ‘on’ at random times. And I cannot find ANY way to reset the darn thing once a cycle has been started (the joys of renting). Congratulations on all your great stuff! And thank you again for sharing all your wonderful talents with the rest of us so we can all feel like amazing cooks too!

  65. Hi there! I’m building a house and picking appliances so I loved hearing what you had to say. I know you said you loved the new dishwasher since you don’t have to pre-wash, but how does it dry? Plastics? Thanks!!

    Beautifully done – enjoy!!

  66. I am so so excited to find out that I can buy a crunchy ice machine for my home. 26 years ago when I was pregnant with my first daughter I would have my husband go to a local fast food place and order me two large cups of ice each night LOL. I craved ice each time I was pregnant especially with my twins.

  67. Oh. My. Gosh. I had no idea you could buy that ice!
    When I was pregnant, I’d drive to our local hospital, walk in, grab a cup of ice and walk out. My husband thought I was insane!

  68. Most likely you got a discount with a deal with Gugi, but could you tell us what the ice machine retails for? I’m wondering if it’s worth squeezing that into my budget when I build.

  69. I LOVE LOVE LOVE your kitchen and all the appliances! I wish we had 2 stoves in our house.
    Now I have so many ideas and thoughts for what I want in my own kitchen someday (when I find a husband….lol).
    Also, so excited I found this site! I will definitely be following it from now on.
    I love to spend time in my kitchen. I work at one of the local sub shops, and on my days off, I love to just go to my kitchen and try new things – mostly deserts. My friends think I’m crazy, but they never turn down any of my goodies. lol

    1. Oh, and I call it “DQ ice” *Dairy Queen*. lol 😉 The DQ near my house is the only place I know that sells it. They sell large cups of it for 25 cents and a small garbage bag full for $1.

  70. I loved your kitchen appliances and since we are remodeling, I decided to use the same units! The oven and cooktop were delivered yesterday( from a store that is closing read no returns!), I somehow ended up on a website that had nightmare thermador stories! Now I am in panic mode! Have you had any issues with your appliances since you purchased? Like glass doors on ovens that spontaneously break, mother lode panel out, etc….???

  71. My favorite part about this blog might be the dishwasher! Other than the fact that this kitchen is the one I see in my dreams at night. That top drawer for the utensils is a perfect addition to the dishwasher.

  72. Love your new kitchen and that fridge! Does your refrigerator door bump into your pantry door? My kitchen was remodeled a few years ago and looks almost exactly like yours (but smaller)! I too have a corner pantry with the fridge just to the left, and lots of cabinets in varying heights/depths. But my fridge door butts right up against the pantry when open, making it hard to clean out the bins, and a lot of the cabinet doors hit the cabinet next to it when open and was wondering if you have the same problem. But I absolutely LOVE cooking in my new kitchen as I’m sure you do too! And I’ve loved several of your recipes!

  73. I am still debating about the steam oven for my new house. Now that you have had it for awhile is it worth the money? Does it really cook better? Thanks

    1. I really love it Amy! I think of it as kind of a fun splurge, and not something that’s totally necessary- but because I have it I use it quite a bit and I’ve really enjoyed it.

  74. Hi Sarah! We are thinking about getting an ice machine like yours!

    I have heard that they can be noisy…is that true? Is the sound annoying? My kitchen is very open and has tile floor…

    Thanks for your help!
    Brittany 🙂

  75. Frankly speaking, your choice is superb and the photos you have shared are awesome!! I love the type of refrigerator you have installed in your kitchen. I also love stainless steel accessories in major appliances. Your kitchen stuff will definitely help someone to design his/her kitchen.

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  77. Hi there! I’m building a house and picking appliances so I loved hearing what you had to say. I know you said you loved the new dishwasher since you don’t have to pre-wash, but how does it dry? Plastics? Thanks!!

  78. I am trying to choose appliances for my new kitchen and was planning on getting a steam oven over a single oven. After your experience with a double oven and a steam oven, do you think a single oven and steam oven would be adequate?

  79. Sara, I don’t know if you will see this since you posted this so long ago. But, we are going to remodel our kitchen and I want my island laid out exactly like yours. Would you mind telling me the dimensions of it? I told my husband we need to have a date night to Orson Gygi ASAP to check out your appliances 🙂 thanks for the inspiration.

  80. Hi Sarah,

    We are in the midst of building a home and I love your kitchen. I am thinking about getting all of the appliances you have but wanted to gain your insight now that you have “lived” with them for a while:
    1. Do you regularly use the steam oven, the microwave and the warming drawer? We will definitely get a double wall oven and I’m contemplating the others.
    2. Do you still like your dark floors? I am afraid of the crumbs and dust showing but maybe I will sweep more, too.
    3. Is the huge fridge still manageable with young kids? We have a huge Sub-Zero fridge in our plans but I like the kids to easily be able to help themselves and wonder if the freezer width will be comparable to the French Door style.
    4. Did you ever consider installing a 2nd dishwasher or a dishwasher drawer?

    Any insights would be appreciated! Thank you!

  81. Love your kitchen. Looking into remodeling our kitchen and I had settled on the Thermador appliances. Still researching all the things I need for the complete kitchen. Just to keep thing in perspective as to budget, approximately, how much was the total cost of your appliances?

  82. I’m debating whether to include a warming drawer in my kitchen. I’m wondering if I really need it when the convection microwave has a stay warm setting and the convection oven has a warm setting. Help me decide, thanks!

  83. Love your kitchen! Getting ready to pull the trigger on what could be awesome or the most expensive mistake I’ve ever made. We were going to go with Wolf but now I’m leaning more to the Thermadore line (with maybe an ASKO dishwasher) due to all of the comments I’m reading concerning the blue enamel. So, now that you’ve had time to use all of the products, is there anything you wish you had done differently? Would you purchase them all again if given the choice? Any reason why you went with a 36 over a 48″ range? Many thanks for any input! 🙂

  84. I’m about to buy this same ice maker. There are so many horror storie Is your icemaker loud? Did you use the gravity drain or pump? Thank you in advance! There isn’t enough info out there on these machines.

  85. I know there is a great chance you will miss this, but we are in the process of choosing appliances, and I was wondering about why you chose the cooktop and wall ovens versus a range. Was it a space issue? I’m a terrible judge of size, so I’m having a hard time wrapping my mind around – even looking at them! – whether a 48″ range’s ovens are significantly different than 30″ double ovens.

    Or was it a cooking and baking efficiency choice? I hate to bug you with nitpicky questions, but I have searched and searched and can’t seem to find answers from people who have actually cooked on appliances. I cook every day and bake a LOT, so the consistency in baking is incredibly important to me. And we were pretty set on a 48″ range (and even designed our kitchen around it in our house plans), but now that I’m having to actually choose – and seeing your post – I’m just sort of second guessing everything.

    1. Well I didn’t want a 48″ range (I honestly don’t know what people do with ALL those burners! Lol) but I for sure needed full size double ovens. And 2 ovens don’t fit under a 30″ range so it made sense to do it the way I did 🙂

  86. WOW Thermador looks so amazing. So, its been 7 years! How has Thermador been holding up? Pros? Cons? Regrets? I would love to know as I am currently looking for new kitchen appliances and Thermador is at the top of my list!

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