5 Luxe and Practical Appliances For Every Couple's Home

These five appliances are must-haves for every couple who wants to transform their home into a beautiful space of comfort, luxury, and convenience. 

Moving in together is a big milestone for any couple, whether they’re newlyweds, engaged, or simply two partners wanting to venture into new territory. Unless one purchases their abode fully furnished, figuring out how to transform the empty space of a new home can be both an exciting and daunting endeavor. Besides furniture, a house requires appliances that look great, perform well, and are practical for the everyday needs of two people who live together. 

Thankfully, there are a number of reputable brands that have been manufacturing top-quality appliances for decades. These high-end machines can handle all kinds of tasks with ease, making them great investments for any couple. Below are five that are capable of transforming a house into a truly functional, sophisticated, and comfortable home: 

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Smeg’s FAB32 Retro Refrigerator

Every abode needs a good refrigerator—but Smeg’s FAB32 Retro Refrigerator, living up to its name, wants to provide its owners with something great, rather than just good. This kitchen appliance proves that something can be beautiful and incredibly functional with its visually-pleasing design and array of features. 

The Smeg FAB32 Retro Refrigerator
The Smeg FAB32 Retro Refrigerator/Photo from the Smeg Philippines website

Like many of Smeg’s other appliances, the FAB32 looks like it came out of a 1950s catalog with its elegant mid-century double doors, curved corners, bright color variations, and chrome detailing. Yet the capacious 304-liter fridge reinvents the old with impressive technology, including a double cooling system and humidity regulator that keeps veggies crisp and fresh while preventing pesky freezer burn and ice crystals. These features make for an odorless storage system that’s easy to maintain. 

Inside the Smeg FAB32 Retro Refrigerator
Inside the Smeg FAB32 Retro Refrigerator/Photo from the Smeg Philippines website

The refrigerator also boasts an Electronic Temperature Control with Rapid Cooling feature, which it pairs with a freezer that contains two shelves and three drawers, ensuring that your meats stay as fresh as possible. One drawer also acts as a fast freezing compartment that can chill anything that a couple needs cold in a pinch. 

Breville’s The Barista Express

Breville’s The Barista Express is the ideal companion for couples who enjoy their morning coffee, as well as those who want to be their own baristas. The machine is an entire café rolled into one unit, and will certainly satisfy even the most discerning coffee enthusiasts. 

Get third-wave specialty coffee straight from your kitchen countertop with Breville’s The Barista Express
Get third-wave specialty coffee straight from your kitchen countertop with Breville’s The Barista Express/Photo from the Breville Philippines website

The powerful appliance gives its users a beans-to-espresso experience straight from the comfort of their home. It comes with a built-in coffee bean grinder that distributes the right amount of grounds each time, which users can then extract using an assortment of interchangeable filters. 

The Barista Express comes with a built-in grinder for freshly-ground coffee beans, as well as a high-performance steam wand for latte art
The Barista Express comes with a built-in grinder for freshly-ground coffee beans, as well as a high-performance steam wand for latte art/from the Breville Philippines website

One can choose to extract manually or automatically, giving full control to the coffeemaker. Like any great espresso machine, The Barista Express also comes with a steam wand that creates beautiful micro-foam milk for stunning latte art. 

Dyson’s Gen5detect™ Complete

Cleaning the floors of one’s home can be a chore with the traditional vacuum cleaner. For one thing, it’s rather bulky and hard to carry around, and its cord is likely to tangle during the process. So, leave it to Dyson to create a next-generation solution that redefines and improves on the classic appliance in every way. 

The Dyson Gen5detect™ Complete only weighs 3.5 kg, features a slim design, and runs cordless, all while providing powerful deep cleaning features
The Dyson Gen5detect™ Complete only weighs 3.5 kg, features a slim design, and runs cordless, all while providing powerful deep cleaning features/Photo from the Dyson Philippines website

The brand has cordless vacuums that are slim, lightweight, and easy to store and maintain, all while retaining the suction power of a capable vacuum. The Gen5detect™ Complete, in particular, is Dyson’s most powerful HEPA cordless vacuum yet. It features 280AW of suction power, traps 99.9% of viruses with its advanced HEPA filtration, and a Digital Motorbar™ that detangles hair during cleaning. 

Swapple batteries extend the vacuum’s power, though it can already run with 70 minutes of deep cleaning. Choose between various modes and get to cleaning right away; once the session is finished, all one needs to do is use the no-touch bin emptying feature and return the appliance to its sleek, low-profile charging dock. Now, no matter whose turn it is to do the cleaning, keeping the floor spotless should be a breeze. 

Miele’s WCG 120 XL W1 Washing Machine

Miele has been a representation of German engineering excellence for decades with its appliances that last for years and are simply good at what they do. Couples looking for a powerhouse washer may want to consider checking out the brand’s W1 Classic Washing Machine.

Miele’s WCG 120 XL W1 Washing Machine
Miele’s WCG 120 XL W1 Washing Machine/Photo from the Miele Philippines website

The W1 Washing Machines remove all the work involved in laundry with its intuitive and self-sufficient features, taking great care of everything from clothes to bed sheets. For an all-in-one workhorse, the WCG 120 XL W1 works great for every couple’s needs. Its TwinDos detergent system features two integrated detergent containers that always dispense the appropriate amount of liquids for every wash. It also has portioned, specially-formulated capsules that users can place in the machine to ensure fabrics like wools, silks, and outerwear are cleansed the way they should be. 

Miel’s Honeycomb Drum structure, which is present in the WCG 120 XL W1, guarantees a gentle wash for all textiles to keep them looking great for longer. Meanwhile, its ProfiEco Motor provides an ulra-efficient performance that prevents wear and tear, which will keep the machine in pristine condition for years to come as a couple continues building their home together. 

Gaggenau’s Vario Cooktops 400 Series

No home is complete without a versatile, comfortable, and comprehensive kitchen. One might think that this is only applicable to couples with a flair for the culinary, but having a highly functional cooking space is always a boon for anyone, regardless of their experience level. Plus, an attractive kitchen also inspires the senses—who wouldn’t want a work area that has everything one needs and more?

Couples can create a bespoke kitchen workstation with Gaggenau’s sophisticated and powerful Vario Cooktops 400 Series
Couples can create a bespoke kitchen workstation with Gaggenau’s sophisticated and powerful Vario Cooktops 400 Series/Photo from the Gaggenau Asia website

Enter Gaggenau’s Vario Cooktops 400 Series, an elegant and bespoke kitchen setup that answers all cooking needs. It’s technically not a single appliance, but rather, a custom assemblage of the German brand’s greatest cooktops. 

A kitchen becomes a piece of art with a special cooktop configuration that does everything from providing the optimal stove temperature to grilling picture-perfect meals
A kitchen becomes a piece of art with a special cooktop configuration that does everything from providing the optimal stove temperature to grilling picture-perfect meals/Photo from the Gaggenau Asia website

Couples can combine the brand’s modular options and ventilation appliances, creating a kitchen surface that’s all their own. Cooktops are controlled by stainless steel knobs and utilize exceptional materials, all of them made by the hands of skilled craftspeople. Options include the full-surface induction cooktop, Vario flex induction cooktop, Vario gas cooktop, Vario Teppan Yaki appliance, and the Vario electric grill, among others. 

Banner photo from the Gaggenau Asia website.

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