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What does it mean when an appliance is described as “plumbed”? As it shares the same root as the word, “plumbing”, one can correctly surmise plumbed kitchen appliances are directly connected to a water line, providing a continuous flow.

Plumbed Kitchen Appliances
Plumbed kitchen appliances may require installation by a licensed plumber.

There are certain kitchen appliances that you’d expect to be plumbed such as a built-in dishwasher or a refrigerator with a water dispenser and/or icemaker. However, there are newer appliances with plumbed options, namely, built-in coffee machines and steam wall ovens. Let’s look at the pros and cons of these plumbed appliances.

Pros

Convenience – With unplumbed appliances like built-in coffee machines and steam wall ovens, you’ve to periodically refill an internal reservoir in the appliance. If it runs out of water mid-operation, it could ruin a dish you were preparing or that cup of espresso you were craving.

Miele DGC6765XXLSS CoutourLine 24-Inch Plumbed Steam Oven
Miele DGC6765XXLSS CoutourLine 24-Inch Plumbed Steam Oven

Miele DGC6765XXLSS CoutourLine 24-Inch Plumbed Steam Oven

Storage/Oven Capacity – The water reservoirs in unplumbed appliances take up a considerable amount of their internal structure. Since a plumbed appliance eliminates the need for the reservoir, the saved space adds to bean storage for coffee machines and oven capacity for steam ovens.

Improved Water Quality – In an unplumbed system, water is stagnant in a reservoir. As time passes after this reservoir is refilled, certain factors such as limescale buildup and sediment settling changes the flavor of water for the worse. In a plumbed system, you can expect fresh, clean water every single use.

Cons

Installation and Maintenance – Plumbed, built-in appliances normally need to be installed by a licensed plumber which is a bit of an inconvenience. Though these units are manufactured by luxury brands with reputations for quality and dependability, when things go wrong, they can do so in disastrous fashion. Again, enter a licensed plumber.

Thermador TCM24PS 24-Inch Plumbed Built-In Coffee Machine
Thermador TCM24PS 24-Inch Plumbed Built-In Coffee Machine

Thermador TCM24PS 24-Inch Plumbed Built-In Coffee Machine

Price – You’d think an appliance with fewer moving parts would cost less. However, plumbed, built-in coffee machines and steam ovens typically retail for 25% more than their unplumbed counterparts. On the plus side, what you’re paying for is robust engineering to prevent the aforementioned maintenance mishaps.

Plumbed Kitchen Appliances at Appliances Connection

Be sure to take these factors into account when considering plumbed appliances. There are a couple of drawbacks when it comes to plumbed kitchen appliances, but it’s clear the advantages of convenience and water quality far outweigh the initial investment or the slight chance of a plumbing problem. Check out Appliances Connection’s full line of plumbed built-in coffee machines and steam ovens.

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