How Do You Pick The Right Appliances For Your New Kitchen?
If you’re planning on a kitchen renovations project, especially if it’s a big one, the most visible aspect of the renovations will be the appliances you choose. Appliances dominate much of the space in the kitchen, so both form and function will be things to consider. But how do you make sure you purchase and install appliances that are right for you? Here are a few tips for the different options available.
Conventional Or Convection Ovens
This is an easy choice to make based entirely on your usage level in the kitchen. Convection ovens are the more expensive choice, but the premium price point is based on speed. A conventional oven warms the air in the oven with heating elements and lets that heated air do the work for it.
A convection oven, on the other hand, circulates that heated air. This is the same effect on a larger scale as what smaller appliances known as “air fryers” do. By circulating heated air in the oven, this roasts and bakes food faster and can result in a similar texture to frying without relying on heavy amounts of oil. Convection ovens cost more, but if your household wants faster results for oven projects, a convection oven is better than a traditional oven.
More commonly known as the “stove” or “range,” these appliances are now independent of ovens and no longer have to be a part of the same unit. Cooktops come in various formats, and for many, a matter of personal preference will be involved. The most common cooktops are powered by electricity, natural gas, or induction.
Natural gas is the earliest and still one of the most popular cooktop types, with many people swearing by the effectiveness of a gas flame. This is the more energy-efficient answer in many cases and gives an even distribution of heat, thanks to flame-based heating.
Electric cooktops can get hotter than gas cooktops. However, because they tap directly into the electrical grid and electrical heating is often energy-intensive, utility bills may be higher using an electric cooktop versus a gas model. Because electrical cooktops heat an element on which pots and pans are placed, this can also sometimes lead to uneven heat distribution.
Induction is the latest form of heating for cooktops. It works by using electromagnetic energy to heat the pot or pan directly instead of transferring heat from a flame or heated element. They also work faster since the heat occurs directly to the pot or pan, which also guarantees even heating.
However, the expected con of an induction cooktop is cost. Of the three options, it’s the most expensive for kitchen renovations.
Choosing a fridge is based mostly on the size of the home and residents’ eating habits. More residents will require a larger fridge. However, if food is mostly of the frozen variety, a refrigerator with a larger freezer will be preferable to a larger fridge section for fresh foods.
Features will factor into this, such as whether you want an internal camera to check for milk or other items or whether you want additional smart/online-enabled features.