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Choosing the right appliances for your new kitchen is something that needs to be done in the planning and design phase of your build. This is because the specifications and dimensions for each appliance will have to be factored into the overall layout and design of the kitchen.
Since this is one of the first steps of building a new kitchen, let us help ease you into ‘kitchen mode’ with an easy to understand kitchen appliance guide.
Your choice of oven will be determined by whether you have access to gas or electricity, or have a choice between the two. You also need to consider the size of the oven you need. If you do a lot of cooking for a large family, or do a lot of entertaining, you may need a bigger oven – a 900mm rather than a 600mm.
Similar to an oven, your choice of cooktop will depend on whether you need to connect to gas or electricity. Induction cooktops are also a popular choice these days, and anything with a flat top (electric or induction) will be easy to clean and maintain. Always choose your cooktop before you have your bench top cut to size so your cooktop fits into place!
Fridges come in a range of sizes with different options for door configuration – top and bottom, side by side, or double doors and a bottom drawer combined. The bigger your fridge, the smaller your pantry and cupboard space may need to be, so consider what you need more of when it comes to space.
These can be freestanding and installed into an open space, or can be configured so they sit hidden within a cabinet door for a seamless appearance. Whether you have a white or a stainless steel finish is up to you, but choosing one to match the rest of your appliances is recommended.
When you’re buying more than one appliance at a time, getting a package deal is your best option for price savings. Also take into consideration the performance of the appliances and the energy and water saving ratings of each appliance, as these can lower your energy costs in the long term.
If you’re unsure how to fit your appliances into your new kitchen design, speak to one of our experts!