Shopping for new kitchen appliances can be daunting, as there are so many to choose from. It can make you want to run and hide – but on the contrary, the amount of choice is a good thing. There are a lot of state-of-the-art, energy-efficient appliances out there. You just need to know what you’re looking for.
As long as you have an idea of your needs and your budget before starting out, you can choose the appliances within your price range that best suit your kitchen design and lifestyle. Having the appropriate kitchen appliances can make your life so much easier and it’s a choice that shouldn’t be taken lightly.
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To help with the process of buying the best appliances for your needs, read on for some handy tips on what to consider before taking the plunge…
Functions and price
Modern appliances can be confusing, as they can have so many functions, so find out exactly what they do before choosing your model. Although there’s a wide price range, if you want the appliance to do just what it says on the packaging, it can be worth spending a bit more.
Buying a cheap and cheerful model can save you money in the short term, but you may have to replace it sooner. Also, don’t forget to consider its size and make sure it will fit in your kitchen space before you hand over the cash.
We’re all trying to save money on energy costs, while helping the environment too. Choosing energy-efficient appliances is the sensible option. Refrigerators and tumble dryers in particular commonly cause high bills, but if you always look for the Energy Star label, you can rest assured you’re purchasing high-quality appliances that save you money and perform well.
While performance is most people’s primary consideration, the aesthetic appearance is also important, so as well as looking at appliances that perform the relevant functions, see if there’s a colour option that will fit in with your décor. Nobody wants to spoil their kitchen with one appliance that sticks out like a sore thumb! Always take your interior design into consideration when buying something new.
While it’s important to buy an oven that fits in with your kitchen’s design, it’s crucial that you consider its functionality. Take into account your cooking style, your level of expertise in the kitchen and whether you like cooking with gas or electric. Your budget must also be taken into account, of course: don’t overstretch yourself.
If you enjoy cooking, buying convection ovens and gas ranges can give you more scope. If you’re a basic cook, who hasn’t the time or enthusiasm to try new menus, you will be able to buy something that simply heats up your food, such as a steadily-heating electric stove with the oven below. This is cheaper and saves space.
When choosing a refrigerator, your first consideration should be how big your family is and how often you cook and eat at home. When you’re cooking fresh meals regularly for several people, you’ll need a larger refrigerator, which will take up more room in your kitchen.
Even if it’s an energy-efficient model, the larger it is, the more it will cost to run. A fridge-freezer that takes up four square feet of floor space is normally big enough for a family of four.
Deciding on a dishwasher again depends on how big your family is, how often you cook and therefore how often you’ll need to use it. Once you’ve noted this, you can look for the appropriate size. Then, look into other functions, including how much water it uses, how capable it is of heating the water and its energy-efficiency.
The majority of modern dishwashers are energy-efficient, using a minimal amount of water. They often have a heat-free drying option and noise reduction features, making them ideal for open-plan kitchens.
Washing machines and dryers
When choosing a washing machine, consider where it will be installed in your kitchen and make sure there’s enough space near the water pipes. Also take into account the location of the power outlets.
Front-loading washing machines are around one-third more energy-efficient than top-loading machines. Use less water by choosing a washing machine with water-level control and an adjustable spin cycle.
If you buy a combined washer/dryer, you will be able to take your washing out clean and dry. You can leave it running, while you do other things around the house. However, if you’re a family with a lot of washing, you may find it easier to have a separate washer and tumble dryer.
Maintenance and guarantee
When you’re buying new kitchen appliances, check with the supplier how long the guarantee is and what it covers. The statutory warranty for new electrical equipment in one year, but you can often purchase an extended warranty. Ask the retailer whether maintenance is covered and whether your warranty covers an exchange, parts and labour, in the event of a fault developing, as this can all influence your choice when you’re looking for the best deal.
If your kitchen needs modernising, upgrading, or you simply need a one-off new appliance, plan your purchase in advance to ensure you get exactly what you need.
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