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Nice and efficient appliances make your kitchen the most lovable place to prepare food for the household. Frozen canned food from the refrigerator or preparation of a gourmet meal for holidays will all need the right choice of appliances to help you. The most popular options of wide range of cooking appliances include oven, microwave oven, gas stove, chopper and food processor along with fridge, freezer, dishwasher and exhaust chimney and fans. The latest gadgets equipped with hi-fi features and trendy designs are necessary for the state-of-art kitchens.
Choose your appliances depending on your cooking habits and styles, kitchen appliances that you require including the grill and oven, cost and durability of the appliance. Some of the appliances are required in all kitchens such as refrigerators and dishwashers. Some of these have to be kept in a built-in unit or on counter while others are freestanding. So you have to keep them in mind while planning for your kitchen design. Choose the oven according to your needs. Most of the basic ovens can perform the normal cooking functions and are simpler to operate while flexible models can use more than five functions to fulfill different cooking needs of the household members with different tastes.
A gourmet meal planner would love to own creative models however with highly specialized functions and electronic programmer that can be used for baking, grilling and keeping the food warm. The position of the oven can make a great difference to your kitchen design. You can opt for wall-mounted ovens to save floor space and keep it out of reach of small children and pets. Cooking ranges provide a compact system by combining ovens with stove, perhaps with a grill too that can be accommodated easily, even in a small kitchen. Bachelors would prefer to have microwave ovens instead, to defrost frozen food and warm it again. The advanced units may combine baking and browning functions too, are very easy to operate and look sleek.
Dishwashers are your best friends when it comes to cleaning dishes and may be bought according to the size of the household family. Some most common features include adjustable racks to accommodate dishes of all sizes, energy efficiency, safety features, quiet working and good looks that are quite affordable too. You may want ones with more functions and controls according to your eating habits. Besides dishwashers, some of the other kitchen appliances that are most popular are:
» Hoods and fans
» Refrigerators and freezers
Separate oven and cooktops offer you more flexibility than the compact cooking ranges. Bachelors who eat outside generally can opt for one with a single burner to save space while those who have specialized culinary skills may like to buy ones with as many as five burners to quicken the gourmet meal preparation. Ideally, cooktops should be safe to use and easy to clean. Inexpensive cast iron cooktops are durable and easy to maintain. You may also opt for burner plates that allow you to cook food quickly.
Sleek and beautiful glass ceramic cooktops and halogen zones are for designer kitchens. They are easy to clean, cook food faster and have a flat surface to enable you to place pans of any size on them. For expert cooks, gas cooktops are the best option as they are energy efficient, give you greater control over heat, can work with all types of pans and may have push-button ignition feature. The ones, which are made to cut off the gas supply if flame goes out, are the safest.
Hoods and fans
Hoods look high-tech and have effectively replaced traditional chimneys to throw out smoke, steam and odors of the kitchen and let in the fresh air. You may also use an exhaust fan instead that are cheaper and can be hidden easily. Size and power of hoods or fans for the kitchens should be chosen according to the size of the kitchen, energy efficiency and less noise. In the apartments where free flow of air is not so easily possible, you may want to choose units with charcoal filters to purify air. Ones with removable metal grease filter are easier to clean.
Refrigerators & freezers
You may choose your refrigerator and freezer according to your needs. The kind, amount and duration of food that you need to stock up determine the combination or separate models that you will need. There are models that are built-in and save space with latest features such as spill-proof and adjustable shelves, and spacious drawers and compartments.