Choosing Appliances

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It is important to think about the features and functions of the appliances, along with budget and whether you are looking for integrated or free standing.

Cookers

Cookers

There is the option of going for a standard size free standing cooker, however if you wanted to make a statement then a range cooker is perfect for larger kitchens and great for roasts and slow cooking. Free standing cookers are available in gas, electric or dual fuel – a gas hob with an electric oven.

Built in ovens

Built in ovens

For a more streamlined look a built in oven can be integrated at eye level, which is kinder on the back, or installed below the worktop as a built under model. Built in ovens tend to offer the latest technology making them a great choice for keen cooks. In some models pyrolytic self-cleaning is offered, this burns fat and grease at 500 degrees leaving a fine ash to simply wipe away. Built in ovens are available in either single or double.

Extractors

Extractors

There are many different types and sizes of extractors to consider from integrated to ones that pop up behind your hob, curved glass, straight glass, your more traditional types or modern wall mounted. It is important to choose the right extraction system for your style of cooking and the layout of your kitchen.

Hobs

Hobs

A good hob is a must have in a kitchen if you opt for a built in oven. Gas is a popular option and offers instant heat. A ceramic electric hob is also a great choice for most households because of the easy clean surface and the stone plated hobs are still available. The latest trend is induction which is more energy efficient, safe and ultra-quick. It works by heating the pan and not the hob through electro-magnetic coils beneath the hobs surface. When looking at an induction hob it is important to remember that your pans have to be compatible, best way to test this is try and stick a magnet to the bottom of your pan and if it sticks then it’s compatible.

Microwaves

Microwaves

You can think about adding an integrated microwave into a bank of appliances creating a seamless finish, this often goes well above a built in eye level single oven. A combination microwave will allow you to bake, grill and roast and can be used as an alternative to a main oven when cooking on a small scale. Other options include having built in steam ovens, warming drawers, coffee machines and wine coolers.

Dishwashers

Dishwashers

Contrary to popular belief dishwashers use less water than washing up by hand and the latest models offer a range of water saving features to conserve water and energy. Think about whether you would like a free standing model, a semi integrated machine where only the control panel is on show or a fully integrated option. Most machines are a standard 60cm wide but slim line models at 45cm wide are also available.

Fridge and freezers

Fridge and freezers

Have a think about your storage needs and how much fridge or freezer space you need as this will determine whether you opt for a 2 door standard fridge freezer, a tall larder fridge and separate freezer, under the counter fridge and freezer, an American style side by side or even a chest freezer. It is important to think about space within your kitchen as American fridge freezers and separate larders and freezers take up a lot more space. Popular options now are to have an integrated fridge freezer or separate fridge and freezer for that sleek look.

Tumble dryers

Tumble dryers

Most people opt for the standard vented or condensing tumble dryers. However new technology has introduced the heat pump condensing dryer. A traditional condenser dryer draws air from the room to cool down the hot air that is passing through. A heat pump dryer reheats the air inside the machine. When the air has passed through the drum it passes through filters which slightly cool the air and absorb the water. The partly cooled air is then reheated and re-circulated therefore containing the energy and making it more energy efficient, quiet, gentle and environmental. Built in options are also available.

Washing machines

Washing machines

When having a new kitchen have a think about where your washing machine is now and whether it suits your needs. If your washing machine is in the kitchen you may want to opt for an integrated model especially if the rest of your appliances are integrated. What drum size? Do you wash for a large family or wash bed linen? Then a larger drum may be a better option. Spin speeds on washing machines theoretically determine how dry your clothes are so may be something to consider if you don’t have a tumble dryer. Washer dryers are also available in both integrated and free standing.