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- If you've got a space, Summit has an appliance that fits it.
Summit: The Biggest Name in Little Applianceskbis/ibs 2014
If you've got a space, Summit has an appliance that fits it.
You've probably never heard of Summit Appliance, but the Bronx-based manufacturer quite literally fills an important niche for consumers with small kitchens and unique spaces.
It's understandable, since most of them are like nothing else on the American market, where bigger seems to always be better.
Instead, Summit specializes in manufacturing and importing major appliances in widths and depths that the major players just won't touch. From 15-inch under-counter wine coolers and single-burner cooktops to stainless-steel kegerators, Summit sells small appliances in small volumes through small independent retailers—and it's a big business.
Summit sold the first mini-fridges in the U.S. back in the 1970s, and still offers models with dedicated freezers that fit in even the smallest kitchenettes but offer better performance than a dorm fridge. And if you want a classic 40-inch, three-door gas range, a Summit is your only choice. The company also sells medical and laboratory fridges, in addition to commercial microwaves and refrigerators, but it's the European-style 24-inch fridges and all-in-one washer/dryer combos that really bring the Summit brand into American homes.
While some products are pretty basic, others offer higher-end features. At Design and Construction Week, for instance, Summit showed off the new 26-inch Ingenious refrigerator-freezer. With a capacity of 14.12 cubic feet, the Ingenious features a digital control panel, a door-within-a-door compartment, and a rapid cooling bin in the freezer—all features you might not expect in a compact fridge.
In addition to these more traditional appliances, Summit also makes compact pull-out drawer fridges and induction cooktops. For some people, living space is limited, but their appliance selection doesn't have to be.