Kitchen Appliances - Home and Commercial
Professionals Use the 3P's - power, plumbing & placement
Kitchen appliances have undergone an evolution in recent years from dish-drawer dishwashers to water-filtering refrigerators. All sorts of brands have introduced new and exciting appliances, such as KitchenAid, Maytag, Frigidaire, and more. The kitchen is the most appliance-intensive room in your house, so be prepared to be overwhelmed by the huge array of products available, if you are refitting or remodeling your kitchen for the first time. However, it isnít too daunting if you have a little background information before you begin.
Before you buy any of the commercial and professional kitchen appliances available, make sure you keep in mind the three P’s, these are power, plumbing and placement. There is no point in buying a gas cook top if your house hasn’t been plumbed for gas, or buying a refrigerator with an ice-maker if you don’t have a water source available.
Gas powered appliances are usually preferred by gourmet cooks or those who are serious about cooking, so there is no need to buy an expensive gas cook top if you only cook once every fortnight.
Energy efficiency is another important factor when selecting appliances. Energy efficient appliances may be more expensive, but you can soon recoup the extra cost through energy saving. Look out for the yellow energy efficiency labels which shows the average cost required to operate the appliance. Appliances such as water heaters, space heaters, clothes dryers and cooking appliances are generally most cost effective if they use natural gas instead of electricity.
The kitchen is no longer just a place to prepare food. It is also an important social gathering place, so keep in mind that you will want your kitchen appliances to operate efficiently as well as quietly.
When choosing colors, try to avoid colors that are neither too light nor too dark. White appliances and accessories are extremely high maintenance and require constant attention to keep clean. If you are choosing stainless steel appliances and accessories avoid the mirror finished variety as it will show every fingerprint and greasy smudge mark. Brushed stainless steel is a good option, because the dull finish hides a lot of marks.