Monday, 21 March 2016

Choosing Kitchen Appliance Buying Guide

White appliances are still the classic favorite, followed by black. Stainless steel, with its professional look, continues to grow in popularity. If you covet a simple Shaker-style space or a luxurious Italian villa setting, however, you may want to hide the fridge and dishwasher out of sight. To meet this need, savvy cabinet manufacturers offer coordinated cabinet fronts that adhere easily and provide a custom-designed look. To further the traditional, low-tech look, you can opt for small-appliance depots in countertop-height cabinets. You can even choose a specially designed under-counter oven. In this article, we will examine Most Useful Kitchen Appliances, including:


To begin exploring options for cooktops, one must consider gas, electric or induction. Gas is a very popular cooking medium but did you know that you lose about 40 percent of heat from burner to pan with a gas stove? An induction heat flat cooktop is a much more efficient system and induction cooktops can bring a pan of water to boiling faster than gas cooktops. These are things you will want to learn about when choosing your appliances.


With any appliance, before you get enamored with all the whistles and bells of how beautiful it looks and all of the gadgets assess your lifestyle. With refrigerators consider how many times 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 families needs. While singles or those who don’t cook a lot may prefer a snazzy stainless steel or built-in model that looks fantastic, but doesn’t need all of the accompaniments.  Also consider if your home would need separate wine refrigeration storage, or possibly refrigerated drawers for easy access.

Kitchen hobs

Without a doubt, hobs are also crucial for any kitchen. The trend today is to go for induction hobs which are not only energy-efficient, but safe and offer quick and fast cooking as well. These induction hobs work by heating only the pan instead of the hob itself, so it is safe even with younger children around. You can also opt for gas hobs, which offer immediate heat – today, you can even choose glass-gas hobs which come with touch-button controls and a sleeker, more modern look.

Ventilation system

One area of your kitchen that is forgotten when considering appliances is the ventilation system. Range hoods overhead, or down draft systems that are integral into the countertop or cooktop are great for unobstructed overhead views. Depending on the size of your stove/cooktop and if you have an integral grill, griddle, burners, and other heating elements may increase the need for higher ventilation systems overhead. Research your favored appliance manufacturer too see what type of ventilation system is recommended for your kitchen.


Similarly to your refrigerator, your family’s lifestyle will largely dictate what type of dishwasher will be ideal for your home. Lower end models tend to have simplified controls, while more elaborate ones will have energy efficiency qualities, hidden controls, and noise reduction qualities – especially helpful in small homes or open floor plans. Dishwasher drawers are also available for smaller amounts of dishware and can save water usage when you don’t have large loads to clean.

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