Choosing Kitchen Appliances: Appliances Part I

Appliances Part I: Selecting Appliances

Often, a part of kitchen remodeling is replacing appliances. With all of the options on the market, selecting appliances for your home can be a daunting and expensive task. Since there is already so much involved in the actual remodeling of a room, you’d probably like choosing appliances to be as simple as possible. Here are some things to consider when deciding upon kitchen appliances.
Size of the Room

Consider your kitchen’s dimensions, and what size appliances you will need. This is actually something you should carefully consider when developing the remodeling plan for your kitchen, especially if you have a small or moderately-sized kitchen. You’ll want to carefully plan the size and placement of cabinets and appliances, so you aren’t stuck with any awkward angles, or spaces that are too small to place anything.

You’ll also want to consider the option of having some appliances hidden. Dishwashers and refrigerators can be put inside of large custom cabinets, which can make your kitchen look more neat and uniform. This is also an option if, for example, you have a beige refrigerator that you don’t plan on replacing, but you want to adopt a different color scheme for your kitchen.

Your Family’s Needs

It’s easy to get lost in all of the bells and whistles of kitchen appliances and gadgets. But do you really need a refrigerator with a wine cooler, or a special wash system for china in your dishwasher? These admittedly compelling features bring up prices, and unless you drink wine and eat off of china a great deal, you probably won’t use them enough to make the extra money worth it.

Here are some important things to consider when selecting appliances: the size of your family, your cooking habits, and your usual schedule. The size of your family will, of course, translate to the size of appliances you will need. Your cooking habits are important in considering the kind of stove and oven you’ll want. If you are a simple pasta and stir fry kind of cook, you can easily get away with a basic stove. If, however, your habits include cooking exotic cuisine, you may want to invest in features that will make cooking easier. Your schedule is important—if you are a very busy family, you may want to consider adding time-saving features, or a dishwasher that’s so easy to use it’s kid-friendly.

Your Budget

It is incredibly easy to accidentally spend far more than you intended to on appliances. However, researching appliances online and at Consumerreports.org to find both prices and reviews can save you a great deal of money and grief. You’ll know not only how much an appliance costs, but you’ll also figure out if it is worth the price. Many customers give very specific reviews that discuss additional features, so you’ll be able to figure out if you want those features. Before you shop, have a specific figure in mind, and dedicate yourself to not going above that. It’s surprising how well just knowing your financial limits can save your bank account.

Choosing appliances for your home should be exciting, not frustrating! When you keep some of these guidelines in mind, you’ll be far more likely to turn appliance shopping into the fun experience it should be!