Freeze, bake and boil
A kitchen simply wouldn't be a kitchen without appliances. Refrigerators, stoves and freezers are the basics of any kitchen but you may want to include a dishwasher, microwave or other small appliances to help simplify your life.
When shopping for an appliance, the biggest factor that will determine your choice is cost. For those on a tight budget, second hand refrigerator / freezer combos or stoves can be found for a fraction of the price of new models. They may not have all the bells and whistles, but they are still very serviceable and can easily meet the basic needs of any kitchen.
Nowadays, major appliances are designed to be pleasing to they eye, not just practical. For example, a built in refrigerator can be made to look exactly like your kitchen cabinets and will be flush, rather than protruding like stand alone models. Also, some ranges now come in a flat panel design that will stay level with your countertop.
Appliances can be more convenient and accessible depending on what you are looking for. Raised dishwashers are a great way to save some space, and your back since you don't have to bend over to load and unload them.
Major kitchen appliances are physical purchases - in order to get a true sense of how an appliance will work for you and make your life easier, you truly have to see the item in a retail store. Browsing online can be a great way to gather all the info you'll want to have before heading to the home renovation store.
Before buying a new major appliance it is wise to ask yourself some or all of the following questions.
- What is your budget? How much can you afford to spend on extra features such as a built-in ice machine in your refrigerator?
- How much space do you have for your new appliances?
- How many burners do you need on your stove?
- Do you prefer gas or electric stoves?
- Will you purchase a refrigerator with a built-in freezer or will you buy a stand alone unit?
- Are there any brand names you particularly trust for appliances?