Cherise Lefevre Kitchen Appliances December 02, 2017 08:12:27
Another overlooked fact: consider your home s resale value. If you re going to the expense of including high-end grills surfaces and appliances outside don t neglect complementary features such as sinks or dishwashers task lighting (if only for safety) and dimmers ceiling fans and awnings to keep the sun and heat at bay. And don t forget to include comfortable seating.
How much do you really use your oven? Very few people are really going to use an oven to complete capacity Franke says so those extra cubic feet might not be that important. Some ovens have racks that divide so you can cook a standing rib roast and then put in a half rack for your biscuits or sweet potatoes.
Are you in a hurry in the kitchen? If you re always scrambling to get dinner ready fast you might want a combination thermal/convection oven which cooks with a fan that circulates hot air so items cook more quickly and brown more easily. Convection ovens have improved dramatically in the last few years says Sharon Franke director of food appliances for Good Housekeeping magazine and the Good Housekeeping Institute which evaluates new ranges on a regular basis.
Is your kitchen currently plumbed for gas or electric? As much as you may long for the real flames of gas burners it can be very expensive to run a gas line to your kitchen if there s not one there already depending on the distance BTUs needed etc. Generally your best bet is to go with whatever type appliance your kitchen is already set to handle.
"True chef-style cooking requires high heat which means gas heat says interior designer Sue Adams of Andover Mass. While many retailers advertise a"professional" line of electric ranges they just don t put out enough BTUs for flashing fish or searing meats."You can t have a pro kitchen with an electric cooktop she says.
There are generally strong opinions when it comes to the choice of leaving out kitchen utensils or not. I tend to prefer to keep utensils in a drawer however for those with limited space (or those who like to keep their utensils handy) a good way of keeping things looking pulled together and sleek is to purchase uniform utensils that all have one style or color. This will go a long way in avoiding the"utensil mosh pit" that can result when you are leaving a bunch of mismatched pieces together on your countertop.