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Kitchen Appliances

 

Kitchen appliances are electrical/mechanical machines which accomplish some household functions use in kitchen, such as cooking or cleaning.

 

 

Choosing the tools (kitchen appliances) with which to equip your new kitchen is one of the most exciting phases of the kitchen remodeling / renovation. From the plumbing to the kitchen appliances, every item you choose will affect the view of your kitchen, the cost of your kitchen remodeling / renovation.

Kitchen appliances including oven & range, hood, dishwashers, refrigerator.
Kitchen Appliances

 

It is important to decide what your needs are and make firm decisions about kitchen appliances long before you finalize your kitchen remodeling plan. Your decisions on types of kitchen appliances will affect virtually every aspect of your kitchen from necessary changes to electrical systems and plumbing to the size and positioning of kitchen cabinets. Be sure to have complete measurements for all your kitchen appliances, along with their electrical and plumbing requirements, ready when you are getting down to the nitty-gritty of your kitchen design.  For examples, if you waited until everything’s finished before picking out your refrigerator (or any kitchen appliances), for instance, you might wind up having to remove cabinetry to make it fit, or rip out walls to add a water line to the icemaker.

Kitchen appliance, L-Shape Kitchen Design Layout with basic Kitchen Appliances including Oven & Range, Hood and Dishwasher.
L-Shape Kitchen Design Layout with basic Kitchen Appliances including Oven & Range, Hood and Dishwasher

 

Here are some other practical factors to consider before you buy any kitchen appliances;

  • If you share meal preparation with another person, install a separate oven and cooktop, positioning them to avoid traffic jams between cooks.
  • If your kitchen is small, opt for a range with cooktop and oven in one.
  • Though they look industrial and sleek in stainless steel finishes, professional-style kitchen appliances are more expensive and heavier than standard residential kitchen appliances. Professional-style kitchen appliances in the home also require additional safety features. Most new model kitchen appliances incorporate child-resistant controls and extra heat insulation to keep the chassis cooler.
  • Take care to vent commercial- or professional-style kitchen appliances adequately. Undersized venting for a big gas range can fill your kitchen with pollutants. On the other hand, an oversized blower may cause back drafting of a furnace or fireplace unless adequate fresh air is provided.

Some suppliers offer kitchen appliance suite, a grouping of mainstay kitchen appliances designed to visually coordinate, so that your kitchen has a unified look. Other suppliers specialize in types of kitchen appliances, focusing on options in refrigeration or cooking or specialty product. If you are an avid cook, consider going with a mix of product from varied suppliers; you get what each expect at making in kitchen appliances.

 

Kitchen Appliance: Choosing an Oven and Range

 

Oven and Range
Oven and Range

 

The most essential piece of kitchen appliances is the cooktops and range. Cooptops and ranges may use one of a variety of heat sources, including open-air gas, seal gas, electric coil, ceramic glass with electric elements and ceramic glass with halogen elements.  Electric elements can cycle on and off in milliseconds, resulting in more even heating and better cooking performance. 

Cooktop surface come in smooth version made of ceramic or glass that is easy to clean. Many smooth tops include dual-size burner (a smaller burner within a large one) for different sized pans. You should choose your oven in conjunction with your cooktop, as the two main options are for an all-in-one cooktop and range, or a wall oven/cooktop combination. In term of savings, all-in-one cooktop and range can’t be beat, costing less than two comparable units and taking up less room than the wall oven/cooktop combo. Wall ovens eliminate bending down to use the oven, but they eat up would-be counter space, an important consideration in a small kitchen.

 

Kitchen Appliance:  Choosing a Vent Hood

 

Vent Hood
Vent Hood

 

A proper ventilation system pulls heat, grease, and smoke out of your kitchen and home and into the air outside, without vent hood, the grease and smell of thousand meals will accumulate on your walls, kitchen cabinets, and windows. Your kitchen will be hot and steamy whenever you cook.

Following need to be consider when you choose your vent hook;

  • Canopy size: Heat and vapors from cooking rise, so an overheat canopy is needed to capture and remove them. Varied style ranges produce different amounts of heat and require different canopy size.
  • Blower: It is difficult to know whether the proper amount of CFM (cubic feet per minute) is being reported by the manufacturer. Follow recommendations and ask the sales-person directly to guarantee that the product he/she is selling you not only will work, but is the best product for the price.
  • Installation: Be sure you get a qualified installer. If your range hood is not installed properly with the correct size duct, there is no way it can work properly.
  • Noise: Check the noise level of the range hood you are buying in dealer showroom. Most dealers have live products on display. Turn it on and listen. If there is a rumbing noise or motor noise, don’t buy it.
  • Cleaning: Many manufacturers have filters for filtration systems than ca be cleaned in the dishwasher. Be sure to check for ease of cleaning.

 

Kitchen Appliance:  The Functional Fridge

Functional Fridge
Functional Fridge

 

A general rule of thumb is to plan on 16 cubic feet (0.5 cubic m) of refrigerator space for the first two family members and add another 1.5 cubic feet (0.04 cubic m) for each additional member. If you think family will be growing in the coming years, opt for a larger fridge.

Review your kitchen floor plan, conventional refrigerators that are not build-ins can project 5 to 9 inches (12.7 to 26.86 cm) beyond cabinetry fronts. Is there enough aisle space in your kitchen to allow this? Also consider the space needed for door swings, side by side models have narrower doors that large top= or bottom-mount units, but they require door clearance in both directions.

If you use lots of frozen foods (or freeze your own foods), the size of the freezer compartment is important.  Built-in models and units with the freezer on the bottom generally offer more freezer space than top-mount or conventional side-by-side models.

 

Kitchen Appliance:  Dishwashers

 

Dishwashers
Dishwashers

 

New dishwasher models offer not only quiet action and abundant storage bins and racks, but also contemporary finishes, such as stainless, steel, to coordinate with the latest kitchen design. Take advantage of new kitchen appliance technologies with a double dish drawer, a dishwasher with two separate drawers. Dish drawers allow you to clean dishes in two separate compartment, saving both space, water and energy.

 

Kitchen Appliance:  Ice Makers

 

Home Use Ice Maker
Home Use Ice Maker

 

Though many refrigerator models offer ice in build in, through the door dispensers, you can opt to include an ice maker in your kitchen wet bar area if you enjoy entertaining often.

 

Kitchen Appliance:  Washers and Dryers

 

Washers And Dryers
Washers and Dryers

 

Laundry appliances can be installed in variety of places, some people may prefer to set an area aside in the basement or hallway off near the bedrooms and baths. Some homes include a mud or laundry room near the kitchen but separate from it. Other layouts include an alcove for laundry equipment adjacent to or just off the kitchen.