How to Choose Appliances for Your Kitchen

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How to Choose Appliances for Your Kitchen

Appliances are a vital part of your kitchen and there is more to choosing them than examining appearance alone. Many new innovations in recent years have expanded the options available to consumers in terms of both functionality and design aspects that allow these large appliances to more easily blend into home décor, no matter whether a person aims for a retro look or something more modern. Considering the various features and options can help consumers make the best choice based on their needs, as well as kitchen-size and budget.

 

The Cooktop and Oven

Many consumers consider the cooktop and the oven separately nowadays. There are three different options when it comes to the cooktop, and the right choice is a matter of preference in how a person likes to cook.

 

Type of Cooktop

Method of Heating

Features

Conventional electric

Electricity through round burners

Economy model – less expensive

Gas range

Natural gas to heat burners via a flame

Burners are hot right away – no waiting

Can waste up to 40 per cent of heat between the burner and the pot

Induction

Electricity on a flat surface

Efficient heating – they will boil water the fastest

 

When it comes to a gas cooktop, manufacturers measure the amount of power in BTUs or British Thermal Units. Look for low-level BTU output settings for maximum control and precise cooking and burners that feature both inner and outer flames for more consistent heating.

When it comes to the oven, the two choices are a convection, which cooks evenly by circulating heated air around food with a fan, or the traditional oven with options to bake, roast, or broil. The convection cooks more quickly, but many cooks and bakers prefer the traditional oven with its ability to brown and broil. Some units offer both, but note that an electric convection oven performs more efficiently than a gas one.

The Range Hood

A range hood is an effective ventilation system and important for consumer health. It will take smoke, fumes, and heat away from the kitchen. The range hood has become a design element with various styles available, but check for functionality as well. Manufacturers measure exhaust fan systems in cubic feet per minute (cfm). The bigger the stove, the more exhaust power is required. As a rule of thumb, a 36-inch stove should use an 800-cfm exhaust system.

The Refrigerator and Freezer

Size is often a factor in choosing a refrigerator. Conventional refrigerator models protrude beyond the counter line, but counter-depth models are available that sit flush with the counter and have the look of a built-in unit. In a refrigerator, the one factor that determines performance is the compressor. A single-compressor unit is the usual standard. A double-compressor model keeps fresh foods longer and may be worth the extra cost when storing premium or gourmet foods.

Refrigerators come in several designs. In addition to the older side door model, French door models are now very popular, often with the freezer on the bottom. Other configurations are available, including a child-accessible freezer or even completely separate refrigerator and freezer units, which is typically the most expensive option. There are also side by side or built-in units. Many added features are now available, including ice makers or water dispensers. An under the counter beverage drawer is also an option that can keep kids away from cooking areas.

The Dishwasher

One innovation in dishwashers is the drawer dishwasher, which some people find easier to load. Dishwasher drawers are like two independent dishwashers stacked on top of each other. They can handle either one or two drawer loads, allowing for washing of smaller loads more efficiently. Some models have design features like a concealed control panel and stylized panelling that make it easier to blend them into kitchen décor.

Energy Efficiency

Buying appliances is only the first step and the initial cost. Operating costs and energy efficiency prove important over time. Look into the various features and the energy rating of the appliances because they can make a big difference. For example, a top-mounted freezer uses 10 to 25 per cent less energy than bottom-mounted or side-by-side models.

 

How to Buy Appliances on eBay

You can furnish your kitchen with appliances easily on eBay. The first step in finding the perfect appliance is to choose a reputable dealer with a good reputation as a seller on eBay. Choose listings that offer features, dimensions, and more in detail so you can comparison shop with other, similar models to find exactly what you are looking for. A local seller may be the best option when it comes to arranging delivery and also to ensure your future service needs.

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