If you’re remodeling or moving into your first home, one of the areas where you will be spending a good amount of time and should put some thought into designing is your kitchen. The kitchen often becomes a central focal point in a home during dinner parties or other family gatherings since these social events also usually are centered around food. Having a kitchen that not only looks great, but is functional and full of all the appliances the chef needs a must have for any home. Here are some of the main things to consider when choosing your kitchen appliances:
Start With The Fridge
The refrigerator is the biggest, heaviest, and most expensive kitchen appliance. One could argue that it is also the most important as it used every day by every member of the family. Not every meal requires a stove or an oven, and if the dishwasher breaks, then you can always wash dishes by hand, but if the fridge breaks? Food goes bad, ice melts, kids go hungry – it’s a disaster. Invest in a high-quality reliable fridge that is going to have enough storage space for your family’s food needs. Take into consideration if you want to have chilled filtered water or ice cubes produced by your fridge/freezer. Also think about if you want the freezer to be on the top or bottom of the fridge. There are pluses and minus to both, so make sure to weigh your options before making this decision.
The next big item to think about when putting together your kitchen appliances is energy efficiency. Appliances can be some of the biggest drains on your electrical systems especially since many of them are running all the time. Take the time to do your research into energy-efficient brands and how those brands could work within your kitchen. The placement of appliances within the kitchen is also very important to your efficiency. If a hot stove is right next to the fridge, it’s going to take more power for the fridge to keep itself cool against the constant heat from the stove. Plan the your appliance placement carefully so that you are maximizing your space and allowing for cool spaces between appliances.
To Stainless Steel or Not To Stainless Steel?
Stainless steel has become increasingly popular for most types of appliances since 4 out of 5 consumers prefer this material over others. The finish is water resistant and doesn’t rust. It also makes any kitchen look bright and shiny. However, all of these positives come with a heafy price tag. Stainless steel is by far more expensive than its competitors. While most would agree that the extra expensive is worth …