There are brands, and there are luxury brands…. and then, there is Gaggneau. Not many brands other can boast a history of over three centuries.
Beginning in 1683, the aristocratic ruler of a region on the edge of the Black Forest established a smelting plant in Rotenfels as well as a hammer mill and nail forge in Gaggenau. His name was Margrave Ludwig Wilhelm von Baden, and his efforts helped the region’s poor farmers diversify from farming.
By 1873, Gaggenau metalworks had begun producing farm machinery. They were no longer only producing hammers and nails, but were mass producing metal products in Germany.
In 1880, Gaggenau had begun producing robust advertising signs using a specially formulated enamel coating. This enamel coating was the precursor to their oven enamel, which was a contributory factor to the success of their coal and gas-fired stoves. The same lineage of enamel can be seen today in their iconic blue oven interiors.
In the 1940’s, Gaggenau began focusing on coal and gas-fired stoves. For the first time, electric ovens were manufactured, with Gaggenau releasing their famous “Favorit” and “Futura” models.
In 1956, Gaggenau revolutionised the modern kitchen by introducing the first built-in, eye-level oven, with a separate cooktop and ventilation appliances.
In the 1970s, Gaggenau presented the first 28 cm wide Vario cooktops with top-mounted control knobs – a forerunner of the now classic advanced Vario cooktops series. This series provides a wide variety of specialised appliances that combine to provide a bespoke cooking experience.
In 1986, Gaggenau introduced the first 90 cm wide oven on the European market, with a large net volume of 87 litres and the ability for four concurrent roasts. The EB 300 has been widely sought after since.
Since then, Gaggenau has been at the forefront of kitchen technology – introducing efficient steam ovens, elegant built-in coffee machines, and beautiful induction hobs flush with the kitchen surface.
Hand Crafted Products
In an age where mass production in factories is commonly practiced, Gaggenau relies on skilled craftsmen to hand craft their products.
Their iconic 90 cm EB-300 has been assembled by hand for over 30 years, and out of the 840 processes involved in assembling their refrigerators, 813 are done by hand to ensure prestine craftsmanship and quality control every step of the way. Even their baking stones have their brand name hand stamped onto them. With Gaggenau, you’re assured that a human craftsman’s trained hands and eyes assemble your oven with the care that it deserves.
“The only way to keep one side of the oven door perfectly cool while the other is at 485˚C is through insulation. The oven 400 series door is made up of five layers of very special glass.” Tania Goetzmann, Product management
This epitomises the difference between high quality appliances such as Gaggenau and other brands. Gaggenau, and the other brands carried by Perfect Home Imports, have a significantly higher standard that cheaper brands. That’s why some of their warranties extend beyond ten years.