One of the best ways you can add value to your home is to update your kitchen. But with all the new technology in kitchens today, shopping for new appliances can be daunting and very expensive. There’s no getting around the fact that they cost a lot of money. The trade-off is that they make our lives easier.
Your contractor, your kitchen designer or architect has told you to buy appliances for your renovation to a home. The process can be daunting as there are over 1000 appliances of different configurations. Here are some considerations when buying home appliances for your kitchen.
Definitely, the best place to start is cooking. When picking a new cooktop, you usually go for two choices gas or electric. But there’s a third choice; it’s called induction. A Kitchen induction cooktop will boil water in under a minute. The hardest decision to make is deciding between the two main cooking configurations.
Cooktop with a wall oven or a standalone range. All your other selections like venting and placement of other appliances revolve around this one decision. Each has their benefits. Wall ovens and cooktops have more choice, and the options are more intuitive and user-friendly. Ranges, however, use less space and centralize your cooking in one area.
Whichever configuration you go depends on how much space you have and how you really cook. You have tremendous options in many brands for speed, steam and convection ovens. As we said, this will be the hardest decision in your kitchen. Once you pick out your cooking, all the other appliances are comparatively easy because appliances follow cabinet sizes.
Your next big decision is refrigeration. Refrigerators will fit standard 18, 24, 30, 33, 36, 42 and 48-inch cabinets. Your most important refrigerator choice is between counter or regular depth. Counter-depth does not protrude from your cabinet for a much nicer look in your kitchen, but you do lose interior space.
If you pick counter-depth, there are some options like a professional refrigerator with the compressor in the top for a more commercial look. Integrated is the shallowest, so it is seamless with the cabinet. Once you’ve picked a refrigerator and cooking, you should consider buying the same brand to maximize your rebates which can be substantial, especially around holiday promotions.
I’m oversimplifying just a bit because you still have to buy a dishwasher. Instead of spending an hour washing dishes by hand, you can spend 10 minutes loading and unload the dishwasher. You may have to consider the quality of the appliance you’re buying. Other considerations include hood, perhaps a separate microwave or steam oven and maybe wine or beverage cooler. Once you’ve chosen the two main appliances, refrigerator and cooking the rest is much easier.
The most important question you’re going to face when considering a purchase of a new appliance, is when do you buy it? If your remodeling your kitchen, make sure that you have all your appliances selected ahead of time.