As much as we all love subway tile and a farmhouse sink, there’s something to be said for turning the heart of your home into a place that actually protects the hearts of your loved ones. A healthier kitchen is just a few thoughtful purchases away, and we’re serving up the goods to help you get started. Here are seven health-boosting options to consider
A FRESH REFRIGERATOR AND FREEZER
Nutritious food is key to a healthy lifestyle, so keep your produce fresher for longer with Fisher & Paykel’s integrated column refrigerator and freezer. Each is outfitted with ActiveSmart™ technology designed to maintain the perfect temperature—meaning your farmer’s market haul will stay crisp well into the week.
Plus, with two temperature zones in each appliance, you can optimize your perishable storage, choosing from the fridge, pantry, or chill options, or soft and deep freeze modes in the freezer.
A HARD-WORKING SINK
If you’ve grown tired of busting out the disinfecting sprays and wipes multiple times a day, consider eliminating some of that work (and worry!) by installing a copper sink. The EPA has registered copper alloys as an antimicrobial material, and studies have found that these types of surfaces can continuously kill bacteria when properly cared for—simply clean with mild soap and avoid abrasive cleaners.
Look for a sink that is made of at least 99 percent copper; many imported models are crafted with recycled copper, which reduces the antimicrobial benefits. (Pro tip: Price is a good indicator; copper is not cheap, so if the sink is, it’s probably not the right choice.)
AN OVEN THAT DOES MORE
With five steam-only options, Fisher & Paykel’s combination steam oven has the right recipe for making healthy meals a cinch to prepare. The sous vide mode allows you to cook food in its own juices, retaining all the good-for-you nutrients and flavors. Among the 18 other functions of the steam- and convection-cooking appliance is an air fryer that delivers the crispy coating, soft center taste of deep-fried eats without all the oil.
A HANDS-FREE FAUCET
There are an abundance of no-touch faucet options that allow you to wash dirty hands and dishes using a sensor or the sound of your voice. Plus, there are adapters that you can add to your current tap to make it no-touch. Some can even be programmed to, say, fill a baby’s bottle with 8 ounces of water at precisely 98 degrees. For the purest drinking water, add on an external filtration system to help remove contaminants such as chlorine, iron, and sulfur.
Proper ventilation is key to a healthy kitchen. The constant circulation of air keeps temps comfortable as you cook, protects walls from grease accumulation, and removes impurities such as smoke, steam, and gas fumes from the atmosphere.
Range hoods are fresh-air go-tos that work by sucking the offending particles up and out of the house. But, to help you breathe even easier, Fisher & Paykel’s sleek glass induction cooktop has integrated ventilation. Outfitted with a fan that boasts nine speeds plus a boost function, it works fast to clear the air and can be installed anywhere, without the need for an overhead hood.
A PREPPED PANTRY
Yes, it will look great on the 'gram, but even more importantly, clutter-free shelves and cabinets simplify meal prep, making it easier to cook well-balanced dinners every night of the week. Store your dry goods in clear, well-sealed containers to keep ingredients fresh and help you see exactly what you have on hand.
A COUNTERTOP COMPOSTER
Cut down on your family’s food waste—which would otherwise release harmful methane into the environment—with a countertop composter. If you’re the green thumb type, you can use the resulting fertilizer to help grow nutrient-rich leafy greens and other vegetables.