A kitchen without kitchen appliances is like a laundry room without a washer and dryer — it lacks a true function. Refrigerators, stoves, microwaves, ovens, toasters and blenders are the true foundations of a kitchen. They are regularly used to store, bake or blend, which is why you should splurge on high-quality, durable pieces. Kitchen appliances are a major investment, so take some time to research. Here are a few helpful hints:
What major kitchen appliances do I need?
Most kitchens require a refrigerator, freezer, oven and stove, range or cooktop. Even though it isn't required, most homeowners dislike washing the dishes, so a dishwasher is also usually included. Although the kitchen appliance staples are always the same, the size and type of appliance you get depends on personal preference and overall kitchen size. For example, many homeowners prefer a separate full-sized refrigerator and freezer, while others might only have room for a bottom- or top-mount freezer and refrigerator combo.
What small kitchen appliances do I need?
When it comes to small kitchen appliances, there is usually more variety — what you end up buying is usually based on your eating (and drinking) habits. A microwave, blender and toaster are usually found in almost every kitchen, while a coffee machine, mixer, food processor and slow cooker are also common kitchen components. Specialty appliances, such as a waffle maker, wine refrigerator and juicer, take up a lot of cabinet or counter space, and therefore only make sense if you frequently use them.
Should I buy stainless steel, black or white appliances?
If you are only replacing one or two pieces, you will want to remain consistent with the finish. For example, if you already have black appliances, make sure your new units complement them, or buy stainless steel appliances with the intention of replacing your other ones sometime soon. If you're starting from scratch, the options are endless. Stainless steel is currently the preferred option, since it looks sleek and trendy, though it can be hard to keep clean (think of all the fingerprints). Black is quickly becoming a popular alternative, while white is often hard to pull off well — unless you have an all-white kitchen, of course. Think about your current kitchen color scheme, as well as your overall style preference. Budget matters too; solid colors, as opposed to stainless steel, are often more affordable.
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