When you are faced with purchasing new kitchen appliances, things can very quickly get complicated. There are so many sizes, styles, features, and even fitment styles to choose from!
Especially for many, kitchen appliances are almost investment pieces, so it’s important to make sure that you’re buying the perfect appliances for you, your home, and your family.
Make sure to read on below, where we take you through each kitchen essential and some specific features to look out for, written in partnership with Joe Graham & Son Ltd, leading stockist of Tumble Dryers Harpenden.
Having an efficient fridge freezer is a must in any kitchen space and it’s vitally important that it suits your family size and fits your weekly essentials perfectly.
When purchasing a fridge freezer, you should first consider whether you buy more fresh or more frozen food. This will allow you to determine whether a 50:50 two-door fridge freezer, a tall larder fridge with a separate freezer, or a statement American model will be more suitable for you.
It’s also important to double-check the energy efficiency of the fridge freezer you’re looking to purchase. A+++ is the most efficient and it’s important to remember that your fridge freezer will be on 24/7, so choosing the most efficient model for your budget will benefit you in the long run.
Another important appliance to ensure you have in your kitchen is your oven.
A freestanding model will be available in either gas or electric and will create a beautifully striking focal point in your kitchen space.
If you are looking for a more streamlined and seamless look, a built-in oven on the other hand can be integrated into your cabinets at eye level.
Both freestanding and built-in models are available in both single and double models, so it’s important to consider which would be better suited to your everyday life and the space in your kitchen you have available. Double ovens are also very easy if you are looking to cook regular family meals, however, make sure to also check the capacity of the oven to make sure that it’ll cater to all of your needs.
There are lots of functions and features to choose from including warming drawers, the hob, an integrated grill, automatic programs, and even pyrolytic self-cleaning.
Dishwashers are another appliance that is more popular than ever. If your kitchen space allows, investing in a dishwasher can be a really useful appliance to have.
It’s important to note, contrary to popular belief, dishwashers use a lot less water than when washing up by hand and the latest models will also offer a wide range of water-saving features to conserve both water and energy.
You’ll also find that within the range of dishwasher models and styles available a wide range of styles to suit your kitchen space and overall house aesthetic, including semi-integrated models which can be hidden behind a cabinet door, with the control panel left on show.
There are four different types of hobs that you can choose from including gas, induction, ceramic, and solid plate. Each will separately have its merits, including how they function and their design, so you can choose the best one to suit you and your kitchen design.
A gas hob is a much more traditional choice and will also prove to be much more powerful. In fact, to this day a gas hob is an incredibly popular choice. It gives you careful control of heat, which can be changed to suit the dish you’re cooking in an instant.
Induction hobs have also surged in popularity in recent years, offering a sleek and easy-to-clean design with lots of technological advancements. These include safety locks, which are perfect for families, and pan detection. However, it’s important to keep in mind that when you purchase an induction hob, you’ll also have to purchase special pans to work with the hob.
Ceramic and solid plate hobs will be powered by electricity, are very easy to clean, and are also easy to use. A ceramic hob is also a better choice if you’re looking to achieve a seamless look.
Now we’ve come to the end of the article, we hope that now you have an understanding that function is just as important as aesthetics when it comes to selecting your appliances. With a little planning, you can have a kitchen space that’s both practical and looks perfect.