Apply These Rules of Thumb for Choosing Kitchen Appliances
Choosing new kitchen appliances can be tricky. Deciding how much to spend, what brand to purchase, what design style to incorporate- all of these decisions can weigh heavily on your mind during a kitchen redesign. Here are a few things to keep in mind when choosing new kitchen appliances:
Look at appliances in person.
By viewing the appliances yourself instead of looking online or in a catalog, you’re able to see what is offered in comparison to your cooking/baking style, and you can also explore the different style options for every appliance. For example, you can decide if you want your refrigerator to be a French door, side by side, bottom freezer, or a column; what’s more, you can have the fridge be freestanding, built-in, or integrated. Viewing your options in person will show you what’s available and what will work for you.
Expect to spend about one-third of your budget on appliances, countertops and plumbing fixtures.
Typically, your kitchen remodel budget will be divided into appliances, counter-tops, and plumbing fixtures, (one-third), cabinets (one-third), and labor (one-third). Keep in mind that your kitchen appliances should work for your lifestyle. Professional-grade appliances may not be necessary for every household, or perhaps you prefer a certain brand because that’s what you’re used to or because it works with your cooking/baking style.
Choosing new kitchen appliances for your kitchen remodel can be a tricky process if you don’t know what to expect.
How many people will be using the refrigerator/freezer?
There are many options for refrigerator/freezer sizes, and many variables to decide what will work best for a certain number of people:
- A 36” refrigerator is typically a good size for two people. But, if these two people entertain a lot, they may want refrigerator drawers or a 24” under counter refrigerator in addition to their 36” refrigerator.
- If you have two people and two kids, it would be nice to go up to the next size, which is a 42” wide.
- If you have a larger family, then you can incorporate a 24” beverage center along with a 42” refrigerator or have a 48” refrigerator.
- If you need more refrigerator space and not as much freezer space or if you want to separate the units, you can have a 30” all refrigerator column and 18” or 24” all freezer column.
No matter what, it’s important to consider your family’s lifestyle when making decisions about the refrigerator/freezer.
During your Chicago kitchen remodel, choose appliances such as your oven based on your cooking and entertaining style.
What’s your cooking style?
When deciding what kind of range to get, choose something you’re comfortable with. Many people like a dual fuel range, which offers an electric oven and gas burners; others prefer the easy-to-clean induction cooktop, which only heats up the areas that come into contact with a pot/pan while keeping the surrounding areas cool.
At Drury, our designers will work with you to figure out which appliances are perfect for your household. We work with trusted brands such as Sub-Zero and Wolf to bring you high quality appliances that will suit your lifestyle. Your kitchen appliances are one of the most important aspects of your kitchen redesign, and by keeping these guidelines in mind, you can ensure that your appliance choices will be right for you and your household for years to come.
Free Kitchen Design Guide
To learn more about choosing kitchen appliances and other aspects of the kitchen remodeling process, download our free kitchen design guide here.