Did you know Thermador was the first to:
1.  Invent and Introduce the first Built-In Wall Oven & Cooktop – 1947
2.  Brought the first warming drawer into the appliance world – 1952
3.  Developed the first Self-Cleaning Oven – 1963
4.  Brought  first Black and Black Glass Appliances into the market – 1965
5.  Introduced the  Downdraft Ventilation System for cooktops – 1978
6.  Brought the cook the first professional range for home use – 1990
7.  Introduced the first induction Cooktop with Sensor Dome – 2009

And that’s just to name a few that stuck in my mind at the BSH Designer Luxury Summit…..

September 27-29, I, along with 25+ interior designers, architects & kitchen designers gathered together at the Hyatt Gainey Ranch here in Scottsdale, AZ to be guests of Thermador, Gaggenau & Bosch.

What an amazing learning experience to be brought in, pampered, wined & dined and whisked away to their 12,000 sq. ft. fully functioning showroom not only filled with their appliances but in actual kitchen settings also showing products like Woodmode, Poggenpohl, Caesarstone and Kohler, etc. etc.  This showroom is amazing!!

We started the morning with a presentation about Thermador and learning some of the history, I.E. the things I mentioned above. Then started our walk around the showroom seeing, feeling and touching the actual products.  At lunchtime we had the pleasure of being greeted by Chef Brad Peterson and his staff leading us in groups to our Thermador cooking stations and testing our culinary skills.  (Some better than others!) Lunch was delicious!!  I didn’t even have to grocery shop or do the dishes!!

In the afternoon we were lead into a test kitchen that had all the top competitors ranges and that’s where the fun began.  We grilled, browned and boiled side by side…..and I must say, was extremely proud of the Thermador product!!  I was also happy to have the opportunity to do this……I have specified so many appliances in my day, but to actually compare in a working situation was a new experience and a light bulb moment!!  Why are we not doing this more often!!!  How can we choose appliances just by the looks and the salesman’s advise!!

Gaggenau’s showroom is a showpiece!!  So sleek and custom, you can’t wait to be able to have a client that wants to “go all out”……And what details!  Everything is thought of and top of the line!!

At the end of the day we were back in the meeting room.  I expected a close with a bit more information, yet I was wrong.  I couldn’t believe when Bob Eustice, National Sales Manager for Thermador, started asking us what Thermador needed to do to improve!!  How could Thermador add/change products to make them better….and he was writing things down!!  They actually cared!!  What an amazing two days!!

Thank you Thermador, Gaggenau and Bosch and all the staff for an unforgettable time!!

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