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HOW TO SELECT NEW KITCHEN APPLIANCES

I'm building a new house. I want all new kitchen appliances. Where do I start?

Browsing around several electrical stores and looking at many different products available can lead you into much unnecessary confusion. A blur of stainless steel and sales people wanting to put your name on a box becomes more visible instead of what you really need.

By asking yourself the following questions, you will be able to plan and begin making decisions about what to select:

OVEN
How often do I use the oven?
What do I mostly cook in the oven?
Do I require a larger oven than previous?
Is the oven to be installed in the wall or is it required to be freestanding?
Is the oven required to have a side-opening door?
Is it quick and easy to clean the oven?
What colour do I want the oven?

COOKTOP
Do I require a gas or an electric cooktop?
How many burners do I require?
Do I do much stir-frying?
Is it quick and easy to clean the cooktop?
What colour do I want the cooktop?

RANGEHOOD
Do I require a rangehood that slides away, suspends in the middle of the room (island style) or is a feature on the wall?
Do I require adequate lighting?
Is the noise generated by the fan too loud?
Is it quick and easy to clean the rangehood?
What colour do I want the rangehood?

DISHWASHER
Do I require a dishwasher that can do small loads as well as the usual daily wash?
What is the energy efficiency rating of the dishwasher?
Do I require a dishwasher that can do a dedicated oven tray wash?
Is the dishwasher noisy when in use?
Do I wish to conceal or partially conceal the dishwasher?
If not concealed, what colour do I want the dishwasher?

REFRIGERATOR
Do I require a single fridge and freezer unit?
Do I want to dispense ice and water?
Do I require room to store large platters of food?
Is it quick and easy to clean the refrigerator?
Do I require the refrigerator to be built-in?
If not built-in, what colour do I want the refrigerator?

*When selecting new kitchen appliances also ensure to choose from brands that are well represented with service, repairs (including warranties) and proven reliability.


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