Are you renovating your kitchen and in the market for some new home appliances but feeling daunted by all the choices available? We’ll provide you with tips and advice on everything you need to know about choosing the right kitchen appliances. We’ll make easy work of your decision making process – and before you know it, you’ll have just the right home appliances for your needs.
Choosing the best kitchen appliances requires careful consideration of a few important factors, including your budget, kitchen space, personal preferences, and lifestyle needs. It’s also important to know that kitchen appliances usually come in freestanding, built-in and integrated models. Freestanding models can take up more space and are generally more affordable, built-in models provide a uniform look and require additional installation and integrated models integrate perfectly into cabinetry but are often more expensive due to their custom nature. Understanding your preferences can help with the design process.
Researching features thoroughly and considering budget and lifestyle can help decide what type of model best fits your needs. Here are some steps you can follow to help you choose the best appliances for your new kitchen:
Determine Your Needs
Start by assessing your needs and lifestyle. Consider factors such as the size of your family, your cooking habits, and the type of meals you typically prepare. This will help you narrow down your choices and prioritise the appliances you need so you can plan out where they will go within your design. There are appliances you might consider essential and others that you may be able to do without. Some of the most common appliances and their types are:
- Cooktop – gas or induction
- Oven – gas or electric, freestanding, built in
- Rangehood – slide out, canopy, undermount
- Refrigerator – integrated, french door, upright
- Dishwasher – freestanding, integrated, dish drawers
- Microwave – freestanding, built in
- Coffee Machine – bench top, built in
- Small Appliances – kettle, toaster, mixer
All of these appliances come in varying shapes, sizes, colours and styles across numerous brands with varying price ranges and quality. This may mean that you need to prioritise some purchases over others, with quality and longevity as a priority for larger, inbuilt appliances.
Size & Style of Appliances for Your Kitchen
When shopping for kitchen appliances, size and style are two of the most important considerations. Not only should the design of each appliance suit the overall aesthetic of your kitchen, but it must be the appropriate size for the specific space. When designing a custom kitchen, appliances such as dishwashers and refrigerators don’t have to fit into pre-established cabinet or benchtop openings, so there is often some flexibility about which appliances can fit where.
It may help to think about how much you want a particular appliance to stand out in your kitchen. You may choose to feature an appliance like a freestanding oven. If you prefer your kitchen accessories to complement one another and create a seamless look, it can be a good idea to purchase from the same manufacturer, which gives you the chance to buy appliances that match in both size, colour and style.
Those who have a smaller kitchen may want to consider more compact versions of full-size models which can free up much-needed bench space or provide extra room for food preparation. Those who have a larger kitchen may feel less limited in terms of what appliances they can bring into the space and may have additional space for clever storage that specifically caters for appliances like coffee machines, toasters and kettles.
Functionality and Budget Considerations
After establishing your desired look, it’s time to research the available features you’ll need to meet your everyday needs. While it can be tempting to save money and buy an inexpensive model, low-budget models may lack special features that will add greater convenience and efficiency to your kitchen experience, as well as often being lower quality. Alternatively, expensive models often come with additional features and gadgets that may not be necessary or used regularly. It’s key to balance these two considerations when making decisions and deciding which appliance is worth investing in.
To ensure you get the most out of your new kitchen appliance purchase, carefully weigh what your needs are with what is available at different price points while keeping an eye on durability, warranty options, and long-term savings opportunities. To determine what your ideal appliances should offer and within what price point, make a list of functions you would like your appliance to have and compare various products online or in store for the best fit for you. Additionally, take into account all aspects of the product before purchasing, such as energy efficiency ratings and longevity in order to maximise savings over time on utilities and repairs.
Research Brands & Models
When thinking about purchasing kitchen appliances, you may want to look closer at the reviews. Users who’ve owned it will be able to provide some insight into how durable and reliable their chosen appliance has been over time. Some might tell you which ones have lasted them many years – even decades in some cases – or warn you of any shortfalls that occur after a few months of use. As always, it’s important to go with what works best for you and your kitchen size and budget.
Look for brands that have a good reputation for quality and reliability. Read reviews and ratings from other customers to get an idea of the performance of the models you are considering. Ensure that you determine your budget to help you avoid overspending but that you get the best value for your money. Shopping around including online and instore can help you to find the best prices and compare brands. You can use product review websites to gather information and often websites that sell appliances offer comparison tools where you can compare a few brands or models at once.
With the right combination of price, quality and style, it’s quite possible to find something that meets your needs in terms of both longevity and performance without having to break the bank. If you’d like to discuss your kitchen renovation with one of our design experts, please reach out to us to book a consult.