Selecting kitchen appliances is a critical driver to the kitchen design process. Finding and selecting your kitchen appliances helps identify space, gas/electrical locations and design requirements to create the right kitchen design for your space.
Appliances are often considered the “jewelry” of the kitchen, adding look, style and performance to your kitchen. The essential kitchen appliances you must consider include:
- Refrigerator – Free Standing, Counter Depth or Built-in
- Range – Free Standing or Slide-in
- Oven – Single, Double or Microwave Combination
- Cooktop – Gas, Electric or Induction
- Ventilation – Hood or Downdraft
Additionally, you may also consider these products which while not always needed are sometimes desired. Knowing the options you have will ensure you get everything you need for your new kitchen. These appliances include but are not limited to:
- Wine Storage
- Undercounter Refrigerator/Beverage Center
- Coffee System
- Warming Drawer
- Steam Oven
Trying to determine what appliances would be best for you new kitchen? Answer the following questions to help you determine what you need (and in some cases these days, how many):
- How many are you cooking for? (what appliances are needed)
- How many cooks are there? (how many appliances…or work areas are needed?)
- How often do you purchase groceries? (impacts refrigerator size/storage capacity)
- Is time savings important to you? (impacts the brand/level of performance to consider)
- Do you want your appliances to match? (how visible will your appliance be to other areas of the home?)
These are just a few examples of the questions that should be considered. It is important to have a detailed conversation with your designers early on about appliances so that your kitchen design can take proper shape.
Want to get an idea of a standard appliance packages? Check out some options here.