5 steps to choosing your appliances
27 March 2012 by Tina
I thought I would give you some tips on selecting your appliances for your kitchen
Over the years after many discussions and interaction with numerous clients we have found the following 5 steps to be the best process to select the kitchen appliances for your kitchen.
- Oven - it is best to start with the oven and then from this you can logically move into other areas of your kitchen. When considering your oven you need to think about the overall size such as do you want a 60cm, 76cm, 90cm or do you prefer a Country Cooker. Your choice of oven will be determined by how often you plan to use the oven, how many people you will be cooking for and the space you have available in your kitchen. After looking at the overall size then look at the internal size and can the oven fit your favourite baking dish. When looking at the internal size remember that it is recommended that you don't put anything on the floor of the oven for cooking so look at the size from the lowest shelf placement. Then consider the functions as you can have ovens that have up to 10 or 11 cooking functions. Determine what is the best combination of these factors when choosing your oven.
- Cooktop - the next step is to consider cooktops. Again the size 60cm, 75cm or 90cm, size of pots you will use and how much bench space you have available for the cooktop. Always check that the cooktop has room to cater for your biggest pot. Determine if you want gas or electric. A feature on gas cooktops is flame failure which will cut the gas off if the flame goes out. In terms of efficiency induction is the most efficient, then electric then gas.
- Rangehood - this selection includes either a slideout, fixed hood or canopy. You must ensure that you have a rangehood that is powerful enough to cater for the style of cooking you will mainly do. How much cupboard space do you requir. If you choose a canopy then you will be giving up some cupboard space. Another factor is the style, character and look of your kitchen that your are wanting to achieve. There are some really nice decorative canopy hoods with glass that can really set off a kitchen.
- Sink - the main part to consider here is how much bench space do you have and how big your drainer is going to be with your sink. The drainer is the part of the sink that is where you can place your items that you have washed or rinsed. If you are going to have a dishwasher then this will influence your decision. Do not under estimate how much bench space you will need. Remember that your bench space is where you will do your food preparation and storage. Sinks are available with one or two bowls.
- Tapware - luck last is the tap. It is best to select a tap that suits the style and layout of your kitchen. Remember when selecting the tap to consider the items you will be washing in that you will need them to fit under the tap BUT also you don't want to water to be spalshing about when you are washing up.
I hope you found these tips helpful. When you visit our showroom you can see all our products in a working environment so that you can make the best decision for your kitchen and your lifestyle.
Until next time take care. Talk soon.....