One area of your kitchen that is often not taken into consideration is the ventilation system. Down draft systems or range hoods overhead that are integral into the countertop or cooktop are terrific for unobstructed overhead views. Depending on the size of your cooktop/stove and if you have an integral grill, burners, griddle, and other heating elements usually increases the need for higher ventilation systems overhead.
When considering a stove or oven, think about how you usually cook and if you’re experienced or a novice. The one you decide on can ultimately have a bigger impact on how you cook and whether the energy you use to heat the food is worthwhile or not. Conventional versus convection ovens tend to use less energy but if you’re an expert cook, a convection oven may be the better choice because the heat is distributed more evenly and the food can also be cooked more quickly and with better control.
Consider whether you and your family cook and eat from home. For larger families, larger capacity units will be necessary, as well as the ability for longer preservation of food. Higher end models that offer dual refrigeration, on-door controls, and energy efficiency may be more important for your needs. Those who don’t cook a lot may prefer a snazzy stainless steel or built-in model that looks fantastic.