KITCHEN LAYOUT This can be a traditional work pattern, where the sink, stove and refrigerator form a triangle for a seamless flow. Or, if you have a long and narrow kitchen, you can arrange the sink, stove and fridge in a line, says Roystern. COUNTERTOP The most common materials are laminate, solid surface, granite and quartz. Granite and quartz are hardier and more scratchresistant, and make great surfaces for rolling out dough, too. MULTI-FUNCTIONAL TOOLS Having gadgets with multiple attachments means there’s no need for separate tools to deal with different prep jobs.
The new Bosch Maxomixx Hand Blender ($219) comes with five attachments – blender, whisk, one large and one mini chopper, and a blade to crush ice cubes.