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We never heard anyone describe an appliance as sensual until we sat down with Garance Doré back in 2019 to get the lowdown on her kitchen renovation. The author and photographer outfitted her Venice Beach space (pictured above) with the then new Customizable Professional collection by Café. Fast-forward to today, and the assortment has become beloved by designers like Sarah Sherman Samuel, Anthony D’Argenzio, and even Iris Apfel for its modern matte white and black finishes and chic hardware (brushed copper is a popular pick). “We never thought we’d get so excited about appliances,” homeowner Carly Wilczynski shared with us. She and her husband dropped a cool $10,000 on the brand’s range, dishwasher, and fridge without hesitation, but if you’re the type of person who wants smart, good-looking appliances without spending a small fortune, we have your back. 

Appliances Connection’s Memorial Day sale runs from now through June 8 and features up to 35 percent off on select in-stock and ready-to-ship items. Plus AJ Madison is offering similar deals—including one noteworthy discount on a set of Café items. To help all you style-focused renovators out there, we gathered a few options, below, that have been vetted by tastemakers and designers.  

The Statement Package

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4 Piece Cafe Kitchen Appliances Package, AJ Madison, $8,603 (was $9,103)

Even in an all-white kitchen like Samuel’s, which features IKEA cabinets with Semihandmade fronts and a marble backsplash, Café’s Wi-Fi-enabled dual-fuel range stands out. But why stop there? Through AJ Madison, you can snag a French-door fridge, dishwasher, and over-the-range microwave, along with the gas range for a total of $8,603. At Appliances Connection, if you buy seven (!) Café pieces, you can take $2,000 off your total

The Clever Dishwasher

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Fisher Paykel Double Drawer Dishwasher, Appliances Connection, $1,899 (was $3,057)

Having the ability to load one section of your dishwasher while the other one runs is a small luxury that is oh-so-worth splurging on. It’s the reason Ben and Lauren Lindsey opted for this double-drawer setup in their Brooklyn home. And forget the days of bending over: It can be conveniently positioned at bench height for ease of loading. 

The Apartment-Friendly Laundry Machine

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GE Smart Front Load Washer, Appliances Connection, $1,092 (was $1,365)

Save almost $300 on this D’Argenzio-approved pick that’s ideal for tight quarters. Want proof? The Zio and Sons founder installed the full front-load washer and dryer set behind floor-to-ceiling curtains in a small guest bedroom in his Hudson, New York, property. 

The Fridge You Can Get Creative With

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Samsung Bespoke French Door Fridge, AJ Madison, $2,898 (was $4,099)

If getting to choose between matte black or bronze handles isn’t enough customization for you when it comes to your refrigerator, meet Samsung’s Bespoke option (now 29 percent off through AJ Madison). For the four-door flex model (peep it on our best-of list), you can choose between a glass, matte glass, or steel finish that each comes in a variety of colors, including rose pink and sky blue. It will keep your food and your kitchen cool.