Best for the Kitchen: Five Eco-Friendly Kitchen Appliances

Stricter government regulations and manufacturers’ use of new technologies are bringing together a world of efficient, affordable and beautiful kitchen appliances.

| September/October 2003

  • GE Energy Star-labeled refrigerator
  • Equator 72 series dishwaasher
  • GE ProfileAdvantium 120 combination electric oven
  • ASKO dishwasher
  • Real Goods' Bokashi Recycling System
  • H3Environmental 2PureH20 undercounter water filter
  • H3Environmental 2PureH20 undercounter water filter

2. GE Energy Star–labeled refrigerators exceed government energy efficiency standards by at least 10 percent. The Profile Custom Style fridges have a carbon-block water filter in the water and ice-maker dispensers. From $1,079 to $3,199, depending on freezer location. (800) 626-2000

3. Water-saving ASKO dishwashers have a 3.9-gallon “Quick Wash” cycle, or a 4.6-gallon normal cycle, and nearly 80 percent of the materials used in manufacture are recyclable. They’re also Energy Star rated. $760 to $1,499. (800) 898-1879. Equator 72 series full-size stainless steel dishwashers feature a 4.5-gallon wash cycle, which saves detergent, water, sewage, and energy. $699 to $749. (713) 464-3422

4. The “triple purifier” reverse osmosis system of the 2PureH2O undercounter water filter from H3Environmental removes more than 99 percent of pollutants and all dissolved solids in water. $1,600, uninstalled. (818) 766-1787



5. GE’s ProfileAdvantium 120 is a combination electric oven, which uses halogen lights to cook four times as fast as conventional ovens. It has four cooking modes: microwave, Speedcook, bake, and warming. $1,799 to $1,999. (800) 626-2000.

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