Whether you are planning a full kitchen renovation or simply need to update and replace your current appliances, when purchasing the likes of fridges and dishwashers, you are almost certainly going to need to make a sizeable investment if you want solutions that will look great, work well and last you for many years. As such, it is wise not to rush in – planning your purchases carefully in advance may make a huge difference.
Before you even start looking at kitchen appliances, it will be important to know exactly what your budget is, and exactly what space you will have available in the kitchen.
You may well want a huge American-style fridge freezer, but if you haven’t the room to fit one in alongside other important appliances or if buying one will leave you with barely enough to afford a battered and bruised second-hand dishwasher, then you may be best off forsaking your first choice.
First off, before you look at which styles and models are best, you will need to know exactly which appliances your home will need.
Understanding your needs
If you have a very small kitchen, it may be that you opt for a washer-drier rather than one of each. You may also want to opt out of having a dishwasher in favour of washing up by hand. Not only might this help you save space and create a more suitable kitchen environment, but it may also help you to save money on energy bills, whilst better protecting your fine china.
In fact, no matter what appliances you are buying, it is always wise to pay attention to size and energy consumption; even if eco-friendly appliances cost a little more, they could save you a fortune in the long run.
For those who want to keep a keen eye on how eco-friendly their kitchen is, environmentally-focussed companies such as deTerra will have a selection of solutions and a wide range of resources to help you make the very best choices.
There are also plenty of compact appliance solutions available online that could help you to make far more of the space you have available to you, whether you have a bijou country kitchen or a vast, sprawling open-plan space.
One solution every home will need is a fridge. However, before you go for the most amazing, all-singing and all-dancing, supersize solution, consider exactly what you need from a fridge.
Far too many people buy fridges that are too big for their family’s needs, wasting space in the kitchen and wasting a great deal of energy in the process.
If a fridge is only ever half-full, masses of energy will be used cooling empty space, something that will drain financial resources and harm the environment at the very same time. Always consider your actual needs before spending out needlessly on convoluted gadgetry.
When buying an oven or stove, the main thing to consider is how much cooking you are actually likely to do. Do you need extra control to perfect your haute cuisine or are you happy to just stick the oven on and hope for the best?
However, you will also need to consider style. After all, if you are trying to round off a glorious traditional kitchen, the latest electrical convection oven may seem incongruous; you may instead want a woodburning stove that can double up to save you money on heating your home too.
High-end dishwashers will not just help you get your dishes clean. They will also help you to use less energy, reduce noise and offer you far greater control over how you clean your dishes.
As such, whilst size and style will make a big difference to how suitable a dishwasher is for your home, it will also be important to understand how different models could affect what you can achieve and how practical your kitchen will be.