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 the investment, the choice comes down to what is best for you and your family.
Often overlooked or left to the last minute, cookware isn’t an appliance, but is just as important as one. Your cookware is what you will actually be creating your meals with so you should give it just as much consideration as any of your other appliances. There are a variety of different types of cookware. The best for your kitchen will depend on the type of stove you’re using. Some stoves are best suited for induction cookware whereas others can use any type of materials. The red copper pan is a fantastic addition to any cookware set as in most cases, it is compatible with a variety of different types of stove tops.
While your comfort and happiness in your kitchen is the most important, another item to keep in mind is the resale value of your home. Even if this is your forever home, unexpected life circumstances can arise causing you to have to make big life changes. When or if it comes time to sell your home, you want your kitchen and its appliances to appeal to potential buyers or a new owner. Ultra-modern appliances might be great for you, but could also be a turn-off for an elderly couple looking to buy your home (or even if grandparents are visiting). Sticking with universal designs that appeal everyone is a smart and safe approach when choosing your appliances and also allows you to bring in your own personality and flavors through more creative accents such as cabinets or paint colors.