Appliances are the most important aspect in terms of your kitchen space after all you do not want to fill up the entire space until there is no room to move around while cooking yet this is the primary function of a kitchen. While we might all want quality kitchen appliances you do not have to go all out and high end like your favorite chef does on TV. Work within a budget and get more out of your money while still getting quality stuff. To aid you in choosing kitchen appliances, you should first consider your kitchen layout and match the appliances to the layout.
There are many kitchen appliances available in the market. The most important appliances are;
A standard freestanding model is generally expected to slide into space and stick out 6-7 inches beyond the counter depth. One can also choose to purchase counter-depth refrigerators that look like in built units if this suits you more. When it comes to analyzing and evaluating refrigerator performance, it comes down to compressors. There are single and dual compressors. A refrigerator or freezer that is powered by single compressor-units works double time and maintains a moist fridge and a dry, cold freezer. One that is powered by dual-compressor units on the other hand, will cost you more but will allow you to have fresh food for longer. If you keep a lot of groceries then the extra money is worth it for you.
French-door models are more popular in terms of configuration. The ideal situation for you would be a separate refrigerator and freezer units. People are becoming increasingly concerned about purification of water when it comes to water on the door.
These can be quite space consuming depending on where they are put in the kitchen. You can place them on the kitchen counter, put it in a built-in cabinet, or put above a cook top. For a more effective microwave, opt for a convection microwave as this also works as a very fast speed oven hence enabling you to save on purchasing a double oven.
There are new inventions when it comes to dishwashers. You can now get drawer dishwashers that are easier to load and can be installed at convenient heights based on your personal preferences. These dishwashers can handle smaller loads of utensils hence are more efficient. The most popular dishwashers are still the traditional ones that pull from top down. They can be paneled to blend effortlessly with the cabinets. The dishwasher chosen depends on the kitchen layout and if you have space you can add an economy0size dishwasher near a wet bar for your glassware.
There are three main types of cook-tops, electric, gas and induction. Though the choice is personal, one is advised to consider efficiency. Ask yourself how much heat will be lost from banner to the pan. If you opt for gas then you lose up to 40% as per the opinion of a showroom manager called Nancy Divita at Trevarrow Inc. for induction heat you will lose the least amount of heat. It is however not that popular but is quickly gaining presence in American homes. It is also a time saver.
For gas cooktops, always ask about British Thermal Units (BTU) when shopping as this is the standard measurement of energy content. The best ones are those that range from 9200 BTU onwards. Remember to also ask about variable control which put simply is the length of time it takes to maintain “simmer” before the flame goes out. Choose burner grates that are made of cast iron or a high heat conducting metal that will improve heat transfer from the burner to the pan.
5. Mixer Grinder
When buying a mixer grinder it is important to follow these guidelines;
- Brand – choose a reliable and reputable brand. The most popular high quality brands are Glen, Prestige, Morphy Richards and Jaipan.
- Price – be budget conscious nad compare indigenous brands to the foreign ones before making your choice.
- Safety features – choose mixer grinders that have been equipped with safety features.
- Speed level – depending on what you will use the mixer grinder for, choose a grinder that offers up to 3 levels of speed so that you can regulate.
6. Toast maker
Toaster makers can be used for heating bacon and crisping pizzas. It is important that you choose a brand that saves energy and weight. Consider then purpose it is going to be used for i.e. choose a brand that can be used for a wider range of functions. In terms of the size, choose one that can fit the space that you have and finally consider the price.
There are freestanding cookers, gas cookers and electric cookers. It is important to weigh carefully the pros and cons and the costs before settling on a particular type. Make sure that it fits your needs better than the others.
The top kettle brands are Dualit, DeLonghi, Morphy Richards and Breville. To narrow down the top choices into one particular electric kettle that suits you, one should consider the price, speed of boiling, noise that it makes, size and weight, ease of use, energy efficiency, beetle color and finishing and the manufacturing brand. Settle for one that suits your needs the most and is convenient for your kitchen.