Benton Harbor-based appliance brand Amana has unveiled a new line of wall ovens and built-in gas and electric cooktops with contemporary features including: a self-clean option in the wall ovens, dishwasher safe grates and knobs, and simmer, melt, and warm features on the cooktops.
A recent survey conducted for Amana by Opinion and Research Corp. found approximately half of consumers believe certain appliance features come at an additional cost, such as self-cleaning capabilities (48 percent), five elements (78 percent), and stainless steel (69 percent). As a result, Amana has decided to provide these features at entry-level prices.
“The combination of value-based pricing, hassle-free features, quality products and timeless design is something Amana brings to market,” says Laura Fletty, Amana’s brand manager.
The new Amana wall oven is available in 27 and 30-inch sizes, and in stainless steel, black, and white. It also has a cooking system to evenly distribute heat, a limited guarantee which ensures the unit will fit in your current cabinet layout, and a two-hour self-cleaning feature. The unit starts at around $1,000.
Fletty says the Amana glass cooktop is available in two sizes, 30 inches with four burners, or 36 inches with five burners. The cooktop is designed to complement and install over the wall oven, and featured sealed burners to prevent spills from getting in the elements during cooking. The grates and knobs are also all dishwasher safe. Similarly, the electric cooktop has the same dimensions, but is designed to give kitchens a more modern feel. The hot surface indicator engages when the surface is hot, even after the elements are turned off, and multiple settings allow for simmering, melting, and warming foot quickly. Both units have a starting retail price of around $300.
As part of Whirlpool Corp., Amana has been a home appliance brand since 1934, has approximately $21 billion in annual sales, and employs 97,000 people at 70 manufacturing and technology sites worldwide.