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What To Look for When Buying Kitchen Appliances
If you are looking for kitchen appliances, there is a lot to consider, from budget and style to whether it will fit in the space you have and match your other appliances. Let's take a look at some of the points you should keep in mind when you are buying kitchen appliances.
When we look over those glossy interior design magazines and see the beautiful designer kitchens and appliances, it's easy to get carried away with what we would like to buy for our own kitchen. Yes, some of these appliances are beautiful, but are they within your budget? If you have a high-end budget for your new kitchen appliances, you will get a lot of inspiration from many top-end interior design magazines. But if your budget is at the lower end of the market, you can still use these magazines as inspiration while searching around for lower-cost appliances that will fit the bill at a lower cost.
If you have decided that you need to buy a new kitchen appliance, perhaps you are replacing an appliance that has broken down or you are designing a brand-new kitchen. Whatever the reason, make sure that the appliance can be situated in the right area for you in your kitchen. For example, if you are buying a new dishwasher, ask yourself if it will fit in the optimum space near the sink. It will make life easier for you in the long run if your appliances can be situated where they will work best for you.
Another thing to consider is style. What is your current kitchen like? What type of style do you have or want to create in your kitchen? If your kitchen is in a traditional style, try to look for appliances that will work well with that image. Some appliances can be disguised behind cabinet doors, which works well in traditional kitchens because you don’t have to see the stainless steel refrigerator or the dishwasher, for example. If your kitchen is modern and contemporary, you can find kitchen appliances that will reflect this modern style and even add to the interior of your kitchen with sleek lines and bright finishes, like this Classic Juicer.
Another consideration is whether to stay with the same brand. Many people like to use the same brand across all their appliances, particularly if they have had good experiences with a particular brand in the past. In addition, these appliances often look nice when placed together.
When choosing a kitchen appliance, another thing to consider is where the controls are positioned on the appliance. This particularly applies to larger appliances such as stoves, dishwashers or washing machines. If the controls are situated on the front of the appliance, it is possible that younger children will be able to access the controls and switch the appliance on or off, which could be a safety hazard, especially with an oven or stove. It may be better to purchase a stove where the controls are only accessible from the top, far away from inquisitive little fingers.
Something that is often overlooked when buying kitchen appliances is the noise they make. It could be that the dishwasher keeps your little ones awake when they are trying to get to sleep, or maybe the refrigerator has an annoying "hum" that you just can’t live with. Whatever the noise, it is always worth asking if the appliance has a particular noise value. This could influence your decision on whether to purchase the item or not.
Finally, one of the most important things to look out for when buying any kitchen appliance is the guarantee. Some appliances come with a manufacturer’s guarantee, or you may have to buy an extended warranty. This is something you will need to decide, especially if your appliance is an expensive one. If your appliance is inexpensive, such as a kettle or a toaster, you might not need to buy additional warranties as the cost is often more than the original item itself. However, for higher-ticket items, it is worth thinking about purchasing an additional warranty.
When buying kitchen appliances, there are a lot of things to consider, from your budget and the type of appliance you need to where it will be situated and whether it will be noisy. Keep these points in mind for a successful experience when buying your next kitchen appliance.