Choosing The Right Kitchen Appliances

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Choosing The Right Kitchen Appliances

Kitchen With Freestanding Appliances

 

Have you thought about what kitchen appliances you want in your new kitchen? When you visit a kitchen showroom to have your new kitchen designed and priced, the designer will want to know this. Why? Because the type of appliances you choose will have an effect on the kitchen design and layout. Would you prefer a range cooker or an eye-level one? What about your fridge freezer? Would you prefer an American Style Fridge Freezer, Integrated Fridge Freezer or a Side by Side Fridge Freezer? What about extraction above your cooker? There are lots of decisions to be made on your kitchen appliances so we have broken them down for you. We will touch briefly on your options.

The first question you need to ask yourself is would you prefer freestanding appliances or integrated appliances. The main kitchen appliances that can either be freestanding or integrated are your fridge freezer and your dishwasher.

A freestanding fridge freezer can be in a few various forms. First of all you have your standard fridge freezer that is typically 600mm wide (but can vary) and will sit in the kitchen on its own or with a kitchen unit built over it. Or you could prefer an American style fridge freezer which is available with or without a water cooler and ice facility. Or you might like something different like a Retro style fridge freezer. Below are some photographs that will help you decide which you prefer.

Integrated Fridge Freezer

American Side-by-Side

For your dishwasher, you have a few options. You can choose a freestanding dishwasher, a semi integrated dishwasher, a fully integrated dishwasher or a dish drawer. Everyone will be familiar with a freestanding dishwasher and a fully integrated dishwasher which has a cabinet door fixed to the front. The controls of the fully integrated dishwasher are along the top when you open the door whereas they are on the outside of a freestanding dishwasher. However, with a semi integrated dishwasher you a cabinet door fixed on but it only covers 3/4 of the dishwasher. A top panel is left visible and this is where you will find the controls. Dish Drawers are something relatively new to the kitchen market and they can be both integrated and freestanding. They are also available with single drawers and double drawers depending on the capacity you are looking for.

Cooker Options:

Once again you have a few options when it comes to cookers. The questions you need to ask yourself here is whether or not you want your cooker at eye-level or floor level.

With eye-level cookers you can choose from a single oven or a double oven and both can be built in to tall kitchen units. Of course, when you opt for a built in cooker you must also fit a hob in to your kitchen design. Here you have a choice of an electric hob, a gas hob and an induction hob.

You may on the other hand decide that you prefer a freestanding cooker for your kitchen. Freestanding cookers can typically vary in size from 600mm to 1200mm and can come in electric, gas or duel fuel. The wider range style cookers are quite popular with size of 900mm, 1000mm, 1100mm and 1200mm available. Range style cookers offer more cooking capacity and will usually have twin oven or a larger single oven. You will also have the added benefit of more rings or zones on the cook top and more room when cooking with multiple pots and pans. The mother & Father of freestanding cookers have to be the Aga. The Aga is unique in that it needs to be project managed as part of the build of your kitchen, I can come back to this at a later date, or the Aga shop is a good first stop shop for all the necessary information on Agas.

Whatever cooker type you choose, you will need an extractor fan to remove unwanted steam and smells from the kitchen. Modern kitchens lend themselves to stainless steel cooker hoods and in recent years great focus has been placed on design and innovation which makes them a great feature in the kitchen. If your kitchen is of a more traditional design then you can build an extractor behind a pull out door or a timber canopy to match the kitchen units. You could also build one in to an over-mantle that would surround the cooker or hob.

Keep in mind the overall look you are trying to achieve with your kitchen. There are appliances available to you based on style, whether you are looking for appliances for a modern or contemporary kitchen or appliances for a classic or traditional kitchen.

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Dónal Fitzpatrick

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Mourneabbey, Mallow, Co. Cork

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022-29400

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