Whether you are considering a kitchen remodel or simply moving into a new house that requires a kitchen upgrade, it is critical to pay close attention to the appliances. This is because they will be the most helpful objects in your kitchen for day-to-day use. To avoid making mistakes when selecting kitchen appliances for a makeover or a simple upgrade, follow these guidelines:
- Choose Free Standing over Built-In Appliances.
If an upgrade is required, attempt to choose free-standing rather than built-in devices. This is not meant to argue that a built-in oven or dishwasher is not useful. Contrary to this, they are perfect since they save space and are modern and aesthetically pleasing. However, unless you are dead set on them, consider the following benefits of a free-standing oven:
• They are a lot less difficult to clean and maintain.
• You will be able to relocate your appliances to your new home if you move.
• It will also be a lot easier to replace them if that becomes imperative.
- Make a List of The Features and Functions You Require From Each Appliance.
Manufacturers typically have products in every price range, and your task is to discover something that fulfills your demands. This is as opposed to merely taking the salesperson’s advice. Make a note of all the features you want in your new appliance and start looking for one that matches those requirements.
Now, depending on the model, you may be able to locate something with all of the features you like. This is the moment at which you must evaluate whether the extra features are worth the extra expense. Additionally, see whether you can get by with something that isn’t quite as fancy but still performs the job. Prioritizing additional fridge space over purchasing a smart fridge is a good example of such a compromise.
- Prioritize Functionality over Looks
Kitchen appliances are more about functionality than appearance. As such, this is something to keep in mind while you renovate your kitchen. An appliance might seem out of place but you may not want to replace the old equipment because it’s still working. In such a case it is wiser to consider redesigning it or even hiding it skillfully rather than spending money on a new one. However, if it is time to purchase a new item, it wouldn’t hurt to select something that complements the existing décor.
- Check To See If The Latest Model Will Fit Through The Doorway.
Here’s when the old carpentry adage of measuring twice but cutting once comes in handy. Before you decide, survey the area where your new electronic will be placed, and measure it thrice. Remember, refrigerators require an inch of clearance on all sides to avoid overheating.
Remember to leave enough space for the microwave door to open an account for the movement of your refrigerator’s door(s). Unfortunately, whoever built the oven in my Manhattan condo kitchen did not do this, since the door only opens halfway. Additionally, double-check that the new equipment fits through the kitchen door.
Kitchen appliances can be costly, and they require you to save up for some time before doing that remodeling. For this reason, it is important to critically decide what needs to be replaced and what needs to stay. Not only does this save you money, but it also ensures that all the appliances in your kitchen are fully functional.