Give your kitchen the royal treatment

With the recent news that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have ordered two luxury kitchens to be built in the family’s Kensington Palace pad, you might be forgiven for feeling just a little inadequate when you step into your own kitchen to make your morning tea.

With that in mind, here are some of our ideas for luxury kitchen items that might just make ‘Two Kitchens’ Kate green with envy when she drops in for a coffee:

Special-use taps

When you attain a certain level of fame and wealth, you inevitably reach a stage where you can no longer waste time waiting for your hot water tap to heat up. To spare you that hideous icy blast, there are now a vast range of companies making taps that offer you hot water, well, on tap.

Although it’s easy to laugh, they’re actually relatively inexpensive, efficient, and can give you instant boiling water for every task you can imagine. If that’s not enough for you, there is also the option to have a fitting that dispenses both still and sparkling water, the perfect way to upgrade your kitchen to red-carpet status.

Self-cleaning oven

When Kim Kardashian goes to degrease her oven, she no longer has to put on her diamond-encrusted marigolds. Not only do ovens these days come with dough-proofing functions, and dehydrate settings to make potato and vegetable crisps, they have also learned how to clean themselves.

Although it might sound like something out of 2001: A Space Odyssey, this is real technology, and it’s a feature that is becoming increasingly commonplace and affordable. By heating themselves to over 500°C, these ovens reduce everything inside to ash that can simply be wiped away, meaning that the days of scrubbing baking shelves for hours on end in the kitchen sink are over forever.

Wine cabinets

We’ve all served a bottle of Jacob’s Creek out of the garage that we knew was well under the serving suggestion of room temperature, but do you think that would do for the great and good of the world?

Wine cabinets now come with ‘climate control’, which allows you to set different temperatures for separate compartments, accurate to the exact degree and perfect for keeping both red and white wine at its best. With space for up to a hundred bottles per cabinet too, even the most fanatical of connoisseurs are sure to be kept very happy, or at least pretty tipsy, for a long time.

Posted by Peter
December 24, 2014
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