The Kitchen Appliance Guide

A kitchen is often times the heart of a home because it is where most of the family members spend their time. Because this is true, this is one of the first rooms to be remodeled, and new appliances are always in the conversation.

If your kitchen has been updated recently, it’s probably a bit behind on the newest appliances. These have all the newest, most high-tech features. Factor in the size of your kitchen, your aesthetic taste, your family’s cooking and eating habits, and your budget.

Like most families, money is a factor and we try to save all we can. Search online for coupons, deals, and negotiate with retailers for better deals or perks like free delivery or installation. Think for the future too; buying an appliance with an energy star means it’s “green” and will use less energy meaning lower electric bills. Before you buy the one you want, measure your doorways to make sure it will fit.

Finding a fridge

The average family of four typically uses 19 to 22 cubic feet, but now there are models offering 30 cubic feet and more. Before sheer size, there are other things to consider, mostly like door style. Other things is the whether the freezer is on top like the traditional type, or on the bottom as people don’t reach for frozen food  as often as fresh food. Fridges with side-by-side doors fit well into narrow spaces. The French door models have a freezer on the bottom, and tend to be taller and wider. And for the big spenders, having a built-in fridge to match your cabinets, while being flush is always a classy option.

For the features, look for temperature controlled bins, humidity monitoring for freshness, and easy to arrange shelves. If you feel like splurging and getting extra features like door-in-door storage and through the door ice/water dispensers, go for it.

Choosing a dishwasher

Dishwashers today are remarkable because they not only do a better job, but do it more quietly too. High-tech ones have extra amenities like flexible loading, extra flatware slots, and stain-resistant stainless steel tub.

For beginners, choose a style. The space you have will dictate what kind you will get. Single drawer units work well with smaller kitchens, while dual-drawer machines let you run each compartment independently.

After that, check for features. If you have dinner parties you will want flexible loading. This means it has adjustable racks, three racks instead of two, and foldable tines that work with odd shaped cookware.

The controls could be traditional, or touch screen, or completely hidden. It’s a good idea to find one with a visible cycle-time display so you’ll know if the machine is still running.

Deciding on an range/oven

If you’ve got a small kitchen, you will most likely be forced to get the standard oven type, with an oven and stovetop. If you are blessed with a little more room you can choose an in-counter cooktop and wall oven.

Things to consider are clearly your budget. Obviously the cooler oven you get the more expensive it will be. Even if your kitchen isn’t that fancy, your range is sometimes the focal point. Make sure you get one that looks nice, and isn’t an eyesore.

You will need to also consider your heat source. Electric burners heat much faster than gas burners, and gas ones often over heat. The electric is usually a bit pricier. Convection ovens circulate the air much more evenly than traditional ovens, which is a plus for bakers.

Finally look for what features would suit you. Do you need multiple options when it comes to broiling? Do you need touch-screen controls? Some ovens even let you have a warming drawer to prepare items a different temperatures simultaneously. 

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