The appliance guide
How to pick the right kitchen appliances
Kitchen appliances make up the functional backbone of the kitchen. They are all integral to making life easier, keeping food fresh and cooking it to perfection. As well as stroking your ego as an aspiring chef, they can add to the beauty of your kitchen (while also lowering utility bills) if considered carefully.
Does the appliance apply?
First, assess your needs, your space and your budget. Are you a single person household eating out most days? Do you like to host fantastic dinner parties at your home every weekend? Ask yourself a few basic questions about what you really want and what you actually need.
Quality first and foremost
It is important to know precisely what you need from each of your kitchen appliances. Are looks more important than function? A general rule of thumb is that you often get what you pay for, both in life and when choosing appliances. High-performers that work in a consistent manner and that are easy to clean – or even self-cleaning – are the best options if you want long-lasting multitasking machines that will give lots of return on your investment.
Save your energy
Another significant aspect to consider in regards to function is the size, capacity and energy consumption of your choices. How big a refrigerator do you actually need? Do you cook most of your food in a microwave oven? The energy we need to run our kitchens is getting increasingly costly and excessive or unnecessary use has a significant impact on the environment. Opting for energy-efficient appliances is always a good thing. Nowadays, it is also easy to compare their efficiency since the energy rating of all electrical appliances must be clearly posted. For the best return on your investment, aim for efficient and high-quality appliances with the right dimensions for your needs. The fridge is a perfect example of where it can easily go wrong. Having a big fridge that is running 24/7 but is virtually empty is a perfect way to waste energy when you only need room for some cream for the morning coffee, or to store what’s left of last night’s take out dinner.
Always check your local regulations
If you are changing the layout of your kitchen, always consult with your local authorities to access the most up-to-date information in order to comply with legal requirements and building codes.