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Kitchen Appliance Costs
For most homeowners, kitchen remodeling is the culmination of years of dreaming. Conventional wisdom suggests that 10-percent of the project budget should be reserved for new appliances. Prices vary depending on the quality and style of the models chosen. Gaining a better understanding of the cost of kitchen appliances helps homeowners determine what they can afford.
Select Your Kitchen Appliances Project
Getting the right refrigerator is a major component of a successful remodel. Generally, a top-mounted freezer model is the least expensive, costing between $350 and $600. Bottom-mounted freezer refrigerators may cost about $800 to $1,200. Increasingly, homeowners are choosing side-by-side models because of their larger capacity and the ease of accessing both the fridge and freezer. Expect to pay at least $700 for a base model and in excess of $2,100 for top-of-the-line styles.
The range is the workhorse of most kitchens, but some homeowners are now choosing separate cooktops and ovens. A kitchen remodel allows the homeowner to choose which configuration works for them. Basic ranges can cost as little as $350, but they come with few frills. Superior stainless steel models that feature nice extras like convection cooking can cost as much as $2,000 or more. The first consideration is whether to buy a gas or electric model. After that, considerations like the burner style and capacity usually come into play. Of course, there are other possibilities.
Buying a separate cooktop can be as inexpensive as $300 for the conventional four-burner style. On the other hand, homeowners can opt for a gourmet kitchen style cooktop that features induction heating for prices in excess of $2,500. Unless the homeowner is a professional chef or entertains a great deal, it isn't necessary to spend this much to get a solid, reliable cooktop. When choosing a cooktop, the homeowner also gets extra flexibility with their oven choices. Single or double ovens are both options, costing between $700 and $3,500 for stainless steel models with all the bells and whistles.
A good dishwasher is an outstanding investment for any kitchen. Basic black or white models can cost as little as $250, but these styles are not as quiet or efficient as more expensive ones that cost between $600 and $1,000. The most expensive dishwashers boast stainless steel interiors and exteriors and have larger capacities than older or less costly models.
The addition of smaller kitchen appliances is a wonderful way to enhance the convenience and functionality of any kitchen. Many people wouldn't consider their kitchen complete without a blender. Basic versions cost as little as $25, but people who use their blender on an almost daily basis will want to spend between $60 and $200 to get a reliable, durable model. Similarly, a toaster oven can be a real lifesaver. Some of these countertop appliances cost as little as $40. A deluxe model can be $175. Today, most cooks couldn't do without a microwave. A no-frills style costs around $80 while top-of-the-line microwaves may cost $300 or more.
Even the best appliances will need occasional repair work. For most major appliances, common repairs cost between $85 and $300. However, it's important to note that some of the high-end appliances tend to cost more to repair. This may be because of their complexity or the difficulty involved in getting replacement parts. When repairs are projected to cost more than half the price of a new model, then it's time to replace that appliance.
Blast from the Past Kitchen Appliances
Moving away from costs, we decided to look in the past and see what appliances were as hot as hardwood flooring. Read below and see what people considered to be necessary small appliances to buy. Maybe you need one without even realizing it.
Fountain of Juice
Can fresh juice help you look and feel younger? That's a bit beyond our ability to answer. But, we can say with some confidence that the Juice Fountain seems well equipped to extract juice from fruit and vegetables with no preparation beyond washing them. Hamilton Beach says you just dump in your produce, and the machine’s 600-watt motor goes to work. Its feed chute is nearly 3 in. wide, so you can fit the big stuff in easily.
In the same vein, this unique appliance is designed to cook a tortilla in 15 seconds flat, you might say. It is called the Flatbread Meal Maker Express, and it has a covered griddle for making or heating fillings and a 9-inch diameter bread press with a removable paddle.
Finally, if you're looking for a reasonably priced but powerful blender, consider the Power Elite Blender with a 450-watt motor, 18 speeds and a 50-ounce glass jar. The appliance is equipped with a locking collar that firmly seats the jar for hands-free blending and secure storage.
Hot or Not
One way to know if your grill has reached its optimum temperature is if it tells you. Built into one of the handles on this combination grill/griddle is an indicator light that says "grill okay" when the grill has reached the best temperature for searing meat. Both the grill and griddle measure 10 1/4 x 14 3/4 inch, and each has a nonstick surface and is dishwasher-safe. One cooking surface stores in a slot in the appliance's base while the other is in use. When using the grill, fats and juices drain into a water-filled drip tray that is designed to prevent flare-ups and smoking. It’s called the Multi-Grill Store Away.
Four Slices, No Waiting
The DeLonghi RT400 reminds us of an earlier time when even a toaster was worthy of careful design and good construction. This four-slice appliance has two dial-operated browning adjustments, and each pair of toasting slots can be independently operated. Two large slots on one side of the appliance are intended for bagels and thick bread, while the other slots are for standard-size bread. All the slots empty into a slide-out crumb tray. The pushbutton controls next to the browning-control dials provide a shortcut to defrosting frozen bread. It’s a powerful appliance, too: 1,600 watts.
There's nothing like a good, hot cup of coffee. If you agree, consider KitchenAid's Pro 10 (10-cup) coffeemaker with dual heating elements. One element heats water to just under boiling—the optimum coffee making temperature, the company says. The other element maintains the coffee at the ideal temperature for up to 2 hours—then it shuts off automatically. It also has a charcoal water filter and a "pause and pour" feature.
If you'd rather have a cold drink, consider KitchenAid's Professional Blender. It has a 40-ounce stainless steel carafe and a motor that is supposed to have enough torque to crush ice at any speed. And it has five to choose from: stir, chop, mix, puree and liquefy.
Speaking of power, no KitchenAid coverage would be complete without mention of recent modifications to the company’s stand mixer—an appliance introduced in 1919 and still going strong. It's the only countertop appliance we know of that can double as a mortar mixer. Seriously, the company beefed up its Professional model by equipping it with a 525-watt motor and a 6-quart bowl. The 10-speed machine comes with a dough hook, a wire whip and a pouring shield (just in case you need to mix some stucco).
We tried this little chopper, and it chops, minces and blends with two speed buttons at the top of its mouse-shaped motor head. It consists of four easy-to-clean pieces: a nonslip rubber base, a 2-cup plastic bowl, a stainless steel knife and the motor head. It disassembles in seconds.
The Quick 'N Easy Food Processor makes short work of fruit, vegetables, cheese and coconut with three speed settings (high, low and pulse) and a continuous-flow chute that sends whatever has been sliced, chopped or shredded into a serving bowl. When you remove the slide-in baffle that sends food to the chute, it operates like a standard food processor.
A Toast: Here's Two Good Appliances
The Cuisinart CPT-70 is an old-fashioned chrome-plated, two-slice toaster with modern convenience features, such as controls for reheating and defrosting bread, and an LED display that shows at a glance which function is operating. Both toaster slots are wide enough to handle a bagel, and there's extra travel built into the bread lift to make it easier to get your toast out. Another feature we like is its cancel control that lets you interrupt the toast cycle.
We don't think coffee gets any fresher than this. Place beans in the Cuisinart DGB-300’s bin and pour water into its reservoir. Then, grind the beans, and brew anywhere from one to 10 cups of coffee. The manufacturer says the appliance's airtight lid helps to keep the coffee tasting fresh, and the "keep warm" temperature control is adjustable, so you decide how hot to keep the coffee.
Go for A Spin
If you are among those who feel that making and eating pizza should be considered the new national pastime, then you should take a look at this appliance: a rotating pizza baker called Pizzazz. It consists of a motorized 13 1/4-inch diameter nonstick pizza pan that rotates between two heating elements: one element is inside the cantilevered head and the other is in the base. Use the switch on top of the appliance to energize either of the two elements, or both, then set the oven’s timer. The timer signals when the pizza is ready, and the whole thing shuts off automatically.
Two for A Tight Fit
Sharp calls this appliance the Half Pint and with good reason. The microwave measures roughly 14 inch on each side, and its turntable is 10 3/4 inch in diameter. Like larger competing products, the 600-watt appliance has got the bells and whistles that many people expect from a modern microwave: settings for popcorn, baked potato, reheating pizza and frozen food. Its acrylic interior is lighted.
The Teba Mini Kitchen is a 120-volt rotisserie, convection oven and two-burner cook top in an appliance that weighs only 53 pounds. We're not kidding. Inside, the top and bottom bake elements are 475 watts each. The low-broil setting is 475 watts and the high-broil setting is 950 watts.
Last updated on Feb 9, 2016