Whether you’re designing a complete new kitchen or just updating your current one, the choice of and placement of the appliances is essential to how much functionality and enjoyment you will get from cooking. If you just need a replacement oven for an outdated model, choosing the right appliance takes time and careful consideration. After all it can be an expensive investment which is worth getting right first time.
So where to begin? According to Lara, Ream Kitchen Designer when replacing or selecting new appliances look at the latest technology available in new appliances and if this would enhance your lifestyle or cooking experience. New technology in appliances has come a long way, with features such as connected appliances which links your cooker and hob via a wireless infrared program. Other features such as touch control, setting the oven with your phone or tablet to control cooking times or turn your appliance on could be worth considering.
1. Your kitchen size When planning a new appliance in your kitchen, the size and space dedicated to it can determine what you can choose from. The kitchen layout can also help to get the best out of your space. Compact appliances offer the best of combinations for microwave, convection oven and grilling. Why not add more nutrition into your kitchen with a compact steam oven?
2. Squared up
Dennis, Ream Kitchen designer in New Eltham, says when looking at convenience, then kitchen appliances with a square shaped design are a great way to be able to have four built-in appliances all conveniently located next to each other. In compact kitchens a linear formation is a better option; by stacking the appliance on top of each other creates more space. A square configuration looks clean, classy and more compact.
3. Clean lines
“A bank of sleek and stylish appliances complements a variety of kitchen designs, from traditional to the most contemporary. With popular open plan living, in-built appliances offer a neat and trendy way of integrating the living and kitchen area. With careful planning you can have essential appliances conveniently placed and even have room for something special like an in-built coffee machine.
4. Matching up
Consider the matching up of horizontal verse a vertical bank of appliances. Horizontal banks of appliances offer a statement look in larger kitchens. Where as a vertical bank of appliances can make the most of space in compact kitchens.
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Where to buy
It can often be the case that you know what you want; you just don’t know where to buy it. There are both pros and cons to purchasing online or from a showroom, local independent retailer or high street store. The main advantages of buying in person are that you can view the products first hand, check out the feel, finish and quality, get expert advice from the sales staff and, in some cases, try before you buy. Having a chat about what you’ll mainly use the product for can be a useful tool, especially when selecting cooking appliances, as they can guide you towards the features and functions that will suit your needs. Some showrooms hold regular cooking demos with a home economist or professional chef so it’s worth checking to see if your supplier offers this. Another option is to check out dedicated showrooms from the manufacturers themselves. A great benefit of buying through a kitchen studio is that they can take care of the installation, too.
It’s also important to consider other details such as warranty, delivery and installation. How much of a warranty you get will depend on the manufacturer; some offer parts and labour for a year or two for example, then parts for an additional number of years. If you require longer, you can usually pay for extra cover and remember to register the product online or by phone when you take delivery. You’ll need to dispose of the old appliances and arrange installation of the new models, so check whether your supplier offers these services.
All electrical work must be undertaken by a registered electrician to conform to building regulations, while gas appliances must be installed by an accredited engineer on the Gas Safe register. Visit one of Reams’ showrooms and speak with a friendly designer. Offers available on AEG and Neff appliances throughout June at Ream.