Loading...

Kitchen Appliances: What you need to know!

Kitchen Appliances: What you need to know!

Choosing new appliances for your kitchen can be exciting, however, it is not a purchase you make on a whim and requires a lot of thought. The appliances you choose will depend on several factors including kitchen layout, fuel type, features, finish, brand, and budget. Here are a few things you need to know before going shopping.
 
Range
A range is a freestanding appliance that has burners on top and an oven below. It serves many purposes and can be configured with variety of different features. Ranges can be electric, gas or dual fuel – meaning the burners will be gas and the oven will be electric. Depending on the brand chosen, additional features may include induction cooktop, convection oven, warming drawer or double oven.
 
Cooktop
A cooktop is an alternative to a range that is installed into the countertop surface and can be electric, gas or induction. Cooktops come in a variety of different burner configurations and are typically suited for larger kitchen spaces. It can be installed in an island or against a perimeter wall and is a great solution for families who like to entertain
 
Dishwasher
A dishwasher is an integral part of any kitchen. Depending on the make and model, features and configurations will include a combination of stainless-steel interior, half load, auto-wash/soil sensing, sanitizing rinse, or an independent 3rd rack for cutlery. Additionally, double drawer dishwashers are available though less common, which allow you to run different wash cycles simultaneously.

Wall Oven/Speed Oven
Wall ovens offer flexibility and allow you to have separate cooking stations in your kitchen. If you are taller or have a bad back a wall oven limits your need to bend over. With a number of different configurations – single oven, double oven, oven-microwave combo, or speed oven there is a lot to consider. Combining convection and microwave functionality into a smaller single unit a speed oven offers quicker cooking times and a number of pre-set cooking modes, however, these features do come at additional cost.
 
Vent Hood
Depending on the configuration of your kitchen you may have an undermount hood (below a cabinet), freestanding hood (wall or ceiling mounted) or hood fan insert. Keep in mind, depending on the size of your hood fan and C.F.M (cubic feet per minute) rating you may need to adjust the size of your existing HVAC to accommodate.
 
Warming Drawer
A warming drawer is a cooking appliance that is designed to keep your prepared food warm before serving. If you have a larger family or like to host meals for friends and family, a warming drawer is a must have for your new kitchen.
 
If you are planning to renovate your kitchen, don’t hesitate to contact us. We’ll help you make an informed decision, ensuring that your kitchen suits your needs for years to come.