Helaine Mallory Kitchen Appliances December 08, 2017 10:00:56
You can get more options than you ve ever imagined in a new range from a stove that actually keeps food cold then turns itself on and cooks it to one that includes a microwave drawer as well as an oven. Features that used to be considered premium are now standard on many ranges including smoothtops sealed burners on gas cooktops and self-cleaning ovens. Even stainless-steel finishes which continue to be in high demand have dropped in price according to Consumersearch.com a website that evaluates product reviews from a wide variety of sources.
Always read the fine print and forget about those super-hot commercial ranges — that s the advice of restaurant equipment suppliers for consumers who want to save money on pro chef-quality kitchen gear by ordering online. While purchasing true restaurant equipment at a discount price may sound like an easy choice you actually need to be more careful about what you buy.
If you ve been bitten by the all freezer bug take the benefits and shortfalls into consideration before choosing one for a remodel says Justin Breckle branch manager for Roth Concept Center in St. Louis. His company has lavish showrooms in six American cities that display the latest appliances in complete kitchens. Pick a size based on what your space will allow and how often you use the freezer. While units like the 36-inch Sub-Zero All Freezer are very attractive"you should first consider how much food you store" he says."If you re the type who goes to the store every couple of days for the freshest stuff or eats mostly organic produce you probably don t need a separate freezer at all. If on the other hand you have lots of kids or you re always on the go and eat lots of frozen dinners that large freezer might make sense."
Leave the chest units out of sight. Not that there s anything wrong with the reliable standby for freezing freshly caught fish the summer berry harvest or loads of casseroles for maternity leave. But chest freezers are just not attractive enough to look at in the kitchen so don t count on them as an integral part of your design.
Online restaurant supply houses can offer such great discounts because they have bulk buying power — after all they re designed to serve restaurants. That usually means though that any customer will have to buy an entire case of certain smaller or low-margin items or meet a minimum dollar amount. In general the bigger the supply house the more likely the"by the case" requirement."Keep in mind that most of the bigger restaurant suppliers are getting great discounts because they re working with lots of smaller manufacturers and it s not cost-effective for them to break a case [into smaller amounts] — plus it encourages damage" says Herschberger.
Another beautiful somewhat universal choice for a sleek kitchen counter setup is a great knife block. Sharp knives are a chef s most important tool (from what I hear!) so a chic block is a necessity if you want to add some glam to your countertop.