No kitchen is complete these days without the latest appliances. They are the driving force in the kitchen and our greatest help and support in our efforts to prepare good food. With the technological advances and energy efficiency that today’s appliances can offer, the choice has never been greater or better. Choosing the right appliance not only makes our lives easier, it can also complement and greatly enhance the design and aesthetics of our kitchen. Here are some simple suggestions and tips on how to choose the right appliances like a fridge, dishwasher or oven for your kitchen!
Tips for choosing appliances for your kitchen
When choosing my new kitchen appliances, I needed a new fridge, cooker and microwave. The appliances in our kitchen were 20 years old and part of the original kitchen design. It was time to change them. So, to get you started, here are some simple tips to help you start your search for a complete kitchen with appliances:
Four tips for choosing kitchen appliances
- Layout / Measurements
First, measure your current space. If you have existing appliances and are trading them in, measure your current appliances. Use the serial number inside the appliance. You can find the exact dimensions on the data sheets by doing a simple internet search.
Whether you’re working with an existing kitchen layout that needs replacement appliances or you want to create the kitchen of your dreams as part of a new construction project, your kitchen layout will dictate a lot of the appliances you’ll need to buy. Be sure to consider how you use your kitchen and the traffic patterns it creates with adjacent rooms, as well as any architectural or structural constraints. Take a look at kitchen layouts for advice and ideas on space planning: the layout you choose may enhance or limit the types and sizes of appliances that can be installed. And be aware that you may have to make compromises.
Knowing the exact dimensions will help you narrow down your search. On some websites selling major appliance brands such as Whirlpool or Electrolux, you can refine your search by selecting the measurements in the left sidebar. This will really help you narrow down the suggestions. Then refine with the budget, which you can also add in the sidebar. Good appliances don’t come cheap for sure, but if you take care of them and maintain them, they are a great investment. Also, if you cook a lot for your large family or friends, investing in quality kitchen appliances is a must.
The budget you set for your new kitchen will greatly influence the appliances you select, so it should be realistic for the size and scope of your project. And, when choosing appliances, make sure you choose this budget and this or that function over aesthetics. For example, appliances that are not properly proportioned to the layout of your kitchen may provide the look you want, but end up requiring structural changes that are not anticipated.
Who knew there were so many functions when it comes to our kitchen appliances. You need to make a list of the functions you need before you make a list of the functions you want. For example, do you need a gas or electric cooker? Do you want a convection hob? Do you want a water or ice dispenser in your refrigerator?
Try visiting retailers or showrooms for demonstrations: there is no substitute for actually using appliances to determine if they will work for you ergonomically or in your kitchen layout. For example, you might consider a cooker or oven with larger time and temperature displays, depending on the size of your kitchen. Or you may find that certain buttons and other features offer greater accessibility.