How to Choose the Right Appliances for Your Modern Home
Everyone loves to have a beautiful home with the right appliances that make things a lot easier. Life today is becoming busier and busier by the minute, and we are all looking for solutions to make things hassle-free. When I think of appliances for my home, the refrigerator, oven, dishwasher and a lot of other things come to my mind. Studies say that while choosing these appliances, most people spend more time test-driving and researching their appliances than what they do before buying a car.
Most appliances we buy last for a period of 5-15 years, depending on the usage. Collecting the right information while making your choice might get you a step closer to buying suitable appliances for your home. Let’s look at a few important ones that constantly make the list while shopping for your home.
A few details to make a note of are:
• Fridge Style
• Energy Efficiency
• Child Proofing
Size: Look carefully at the routine of purchase that you follow. Are you a person who stores more fresh foods on a daily basis, or do you stock up more on the cold storage side? If you are a daily store runner, you might prefer more fridge space compared to freezer space, and if you store a lot of cold storage items, you’ll be looking at something the other way around.
Take measurements of your kitchen area where you’d like to keep your fridge, adding on a few inches behind and on the side, for ventilation. If you have a crowded kitchen, you might want to look at refrigerators with those reversible doors.
Capacity: You need not go in for a huge fridge if there is just the two of you; you’ll only be chilling free space. Go in for something that’s appropriate to your needs and not your wants.
For a family of
• 2 members, about 400 litres should be good.
• 4 members, 520-600 litres should serve the purpose.
• 5 members and more, 700 litres is just about right. Look for something that’s like a pigeon pair with a fridge of at least 450 litres and a freezer of at least 380 litres.
Freezer on Top: This works perfectly well, if you are looking on saving some kitchen space.
Freezer on Bottom: This does not take up much room, and is suitable if you don’t like bending down to pick up food on the lower shelves of the fridge.
French doors: Fridges with French doors have a lot of space, so you could fit a whole pizza box in there. The food is usually at eye level for easy access. This kind of refrigerator has two generous freezer draws to store your frozen foods. The recent models also have a water dispenser and an ice dispenser as well, for children to help themselves with cold drinks.
Side by Side: These refrigerators work well for people who buy in bulk. If you are looking to save some space in the kitchen, Side by Side models help. These models also have water and ice dispensers that are child-friendly.
Larger fridge with separate freezer: This model, also known as the pigeon pair, is highly economical to buy and run. It has optimum fridge capacity with a huge freezer that helps you store frozen food elsewhere.
Energy Efficiency: The bigger the fridge, the more expensive it’s going to be. However, the latest models have a lot of energy-saving features that allow you to put them on Vacation mode and Eco mode.
Child Proofing: The latest models have alarm systems that keep you warned about the fridge door being opened. They have locks on the water dispenser and doors to the freezer, to help provide a safer home for you and your children.
There are several kinds of cooktops available, nine of them which I am aware of. Before you select your cooktop, you have to analyse your requirements based on your regular cooking routine, the kind of utensils you use, the space set aside for your cooktop, and your kitchen design.
I am going to quickly brief you through the most popular cooktops available.
Electric cooktop: I call it the cooktop for the rich and famous. This would be the apt cooktop if you are not going to cook on a regular basis. The cooktop comes with glass panels and stainless steel edges that separate them from the cooking range. The glass panels are delicate and get scratched easily; you’ll also have to make sure you use only flat-bottomed vessels and an expensive creamy cleanser to keep your cooktop clean.
Induction cooktop: This cooktop is very useful and one of the best choices for many reasons. The stove is literally fixed into the cooking range, and works on a magnetic field making it highly energy efficient. The heat is uniformly distributed through the entire vessel, making cooking a lot easier and quicker. The stove doesn’t transmit heat to the surface, making this type of cooktop very protective for wee members of the family.
Gas cooktop: You have to make sure you get some tips from the sales people while buying a gas cooktop. There are a few aspects to consider; you’ll need to decide if you want a sealed or unsealed burner. The sealed ones are easier to clean but they give off a lot of heat. This means you might have to speak to your interior designer on your designing options as it might affect your upper cabinetry.
Just remember to cater to your kitchen according to your requirements, and all should be well.
Dishwashers have now become a must-have in every home. Thanks to the development of technology, we now have the option to choose from the most effective and efficient dishwashers available. Here are some aspects to consider:
Size: There are standard dishwashers available which mostly suit all kitchens; they measure around H85*W60*D60 Cm. But if you have a smaller family, you could go in for the Slimline ones that are easily accommodated, and are both water and energy-efficient as well.
You could also conceal your dishwasher behind the cupboard door. These are called semi-integrated models, and they work pretty well for a more modernised look.
Programs: Make sure you get an appliance that gives you a good amount of options to choose from, just to ensure that you don’t waste water and electricity.
The options or modes you should be looking for are:
• Half Load
• Main Wash
• Quick Wash
• Energy saving
Energy Consumption and Noise: Go in for a less-noisy dishwasher if you plan to have an open kitchen or if you have kids. The energy and water consumption of dishwashers is a lot less than that of manual washing. Energy consumption is calculated from A- G, A being the most efficient and most expensive kind of dishwasher.
I am sure you would now have a good idea on how to go about selecting your appliances. Make sure you don’t make hasty decisions, and remember not to decide just for the present, but based on the future as well. After all, these appliances are going to be with you for quite some time.
About the Author:
Nick Creelman is the Marketing Manager and Director at Appliance Warehouse, an Australian based company. Appliance Warehouse is an online electrical retailer, who stocks everything from white-goods to consumer electronics. Nick has a broad experience in marketing, distribution and retail over the Home Appliance Industry.