Cherise Lefevre Kitchen Appliances December 03, 2017 15:46:11
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."
Even though online restaurant supply companies have deep discounts on gas cooktops and ranges you may be in for a disappointment if you hope to save on one for your home."Ranges for restaurants have different specs and they aren t right for residential use — one could literally blow up your home says Herschberger. The differing requirements run from commercial venting to bigger gas lines says Weil. Even if your spacious kitchen design could accommodate the specs your state s Health Department may ban the use of restaurant ranges in home settings."And buying a range like that over the Internet will almost surely void the manufacturer s warranty she says. Commercial outdoor grills are a different story."We sell lots of them to homeowners and of course they don t need the venting says Weil"but before making such a large investment you should definitely check with your Health Department to find out what it allows."
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.
The other drawback is that only magnetic (i.e. steel) cookware can be used. The steel content of the cookware can be tested by taking a small magnet to the store. But Fisher Knott says clients don t bat an eye at this limitation either."Today cooking has become an important part of the social activities of the home and good cookware is part of that. Often buying new cookware is part of the kitchen remodel anyway. We explain that the cooktop and cookware are part of a complete cooking system so they plan on that."
For many of us our coffee maker is often the one appliance that gets used the most. If you re ready to up your at-home coffee game you might want to consider a Nespresso. This pod-based espresso/cappuccino maker is easy to use makes delicious coffee and looks pretty snazzy sitting out on your counter. If there s anything that can break a daily Starbucks habit this might be it.
How meticulous are you about wiping up after spills? Electric smoothtop ranges need to be cleaned carefully after every use or you can get a residue buildup on top Franke says. Smoothtops also require a special cleaner. If you re not the constantly cleaning type you may want to consider electric coils which are inexpensive and easy to replace or a gas cooktop with sealed burners so spills can t leak down underneath.