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There are many important elements to your kitchen that work together to create a functional and beautiful space. Your appliances are crucial to the function of your kitchen. While everyone wants luxury kitchen appliances, you may need to work around the dimensions of a small kitchen. However, you can still have the best kitchen appliances even if space is limited.
New innovations and trendy style choices make it more important than ever to research all options before buying. Take a look at what you’ll need to know when picking out the best appliances for your kitchen.
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Cost Of Kitchen Appliances
Finding the right kitchen appliance is a larger investment. Costs per appliance can vary based on what you’re shopping for. Newer and larger luxury models tend to be more expensive while more basic types will be budget-friendly. While some appliances you can simply plug in and use, some take professional installation to ensure they work properly. The average cost to install a kitchen appliance is $186.
Regardless of what kitchen appliance you're shopping for, every homeowner should be aware of the energy-saving options that are now available. These options not only save money, but they also help conserve resources. From refrigerators to dishwashers, you can create a kitchen of efficiency. Look for the Energy Star label when shopping. This label means that it’s been certified by the EPA to save energy and resources in your home. You can research specific products on the Energy Star website to see what might be the best fit for you.
Oven & Stovetop
If you’re replacing your current oven, you’ll need to find an option that fits with your current space. Decide if you want to have your oven separate from your stovetop, as many models include both. If you’re looking at more compact options, an oven with a range is the way to go. If you’re upgrading to a newer model, look into options that have smart technology integrated. GE makes newer models of wall ovens that can set and control cooking time.
Even though bold colors are hot this year, consider a stainless steel model as that is a finish that will never go out of style. As an oven is a large investment, you’ll want to make sure you’re making the best choice to see the largest return when it is time to sell.
Some homeowners choose to keep their stovetop separate from their oven. Like anything else, one of the first choices you’ll have to make is between gas vs. electric. Gas stoves tend to give home chefs more control over the temperature, so food can cook more precisely. While electric stoves can be cheaper to install and easy to maintain. Be aware that if you’re setting up your stovetop separate from your oven, you’ll need to have the proper gas or electric supply
Refrigerator & Freezer
Refrigerator and freezers arguably take up the most space in your kitchen. Thankfully, for those with a smaller kitchen, there are many compact models you can now choose from. There are popular models between 24” and 30” wide that allow you to save space while still storing food. If your goal is to save space, avoid side by side refrigerator and freezer combinations.
If you’re going for a tech-savvy kitchen, smart refrigerators are truly the appliance of the future. Samsung Family Hub refrigerator can schedule events, play music, keep your food fresh and more. This refrigerator is one of the latest innovations in refrigerator technology. While it comes in various finishes, it’s not the best choice if you’re trying to conserve space in your kitchen.
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While many can argue that a dishwasher is optional, I consider it a necessity. After years of washing dishes by hand, a dishwasher has changed the way I cook and clean. No longer am I spending valuable time scrubbing each individual plate and bowl by hand. When shopping for a dishwasher, you’ll first need to look for a model that fits in your space. Often, homeowners fit dishwashers under a counter or in a kitchen island. Many models have adjustable racks and various wash cycles that can get your dishes sparkling clean in no time at all. If you entertain often, this is an important feature to have.
You’ll also need to consider the costs of installation. Dishwashers need to be hooked up to electricity and plumbing. The average cost to install a dishwasher is between $250 and $800.
Microwaves are another optional item that you can choose to have in your kitchen. While many have them, some homeowners often opt out to save space and energy. Microwaves can be simply set on a countertop or installed within your cabinetry. Smaller options can cost around $60 while more high-tech models can cost as much as $500. You can save on installation costs by simply placing the microwave on a surface in your kitchen. However, if you’d rather have it incorporated in your kitchen cabinet design, contact a pro who can safely install the microwave.
Your kitchen appliances can make a huge difference on the overall comfort and convenience of your kitchen. An upgrade of one or two can impact your ROI when it’s time to sell and improve your home’s energy efficiency. If you’re considering new kitchen appliances, keep these tips in mind as you research what’s best for your home.
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