You have just created the kitchen of your dreams. Your new cabinets, hardware, and countertops are ready, but you still have to determine what new appliances you need. With so many choices available it is hard to decide which ones will work the best for you. Northeast Dream Kitchen’s staff can help you with that! But, to get you started we have a created a brief guide.
Start with one of the largest appliances in your room, the refrigerator. Look for space saving features like movable shelving and door compartments. If your budget is tight, the freezer on top model is for you. If you have a small space, side-by-side refrigerators work the best, and for the most space, the French-door refrigerator will work. Remember to check the energy saving guides, the more energy saving stars the appliance has, the more savings you will have on your energy bills.
Refrigerators typically stick out from the counter about six to seven inches. You can have a custom, built-in unit, but it is a more costly option.
Cooktops and ovens are the next big appliance for your new kitchen. If you purchase a cooktop and oven separately, you can use the pieces anywhere. Traditional cooktops of either gas or electric are more common, but you can also choose magnetic induction, radiant, halogen or glass-ceramic surfaces. Although these are easier to clean, you may not always be able to detect whether or not the surface is still hot. If you want the range to be the focal point of your new room, a free-standing oven is best.
Other things to remember, electric wall ovens have a larger capacity than gas ovens and the temperature in an electric oven is more accurate. When choosing a gas cooktop, look for products that have cast iron burners. These will last longer than their ceramic counterpart.
Most homes today have dishwashers and finding the right one is simple. Check the number of spray levels and spray directions the appliance has. The more of each, the cleaner your dishes! Also, check for the cycle variations; light cycle for your fine glassware and dinnerware, heavy cycle for pots and pans, and a rinse and hold are important features to have. If you are looking for ease of cleaning, find a dishwasher with touch controls, and if the kitchen and family room are together, consider getting a dishwasher that has a sound reduction package.
We don’t always think about the microwave, but this appliance has become just as important as the kitchen sink. There are a few options. If you have one to two feet of extra space, a countertop version will work for you. If space is a hot commodity in your kitchen think about getting an above range microwave, but be aware, the vent on these may not be as strong as a traditional range hood.
Kitchen appliances don’t make a kitchen, but appliances that are functional and appealing help make the kitchen a better place to work in. Take the time to do your research, ask questions, and you will find the appliances that are right for you.