When choosing new appliances do you need smart appliances? Because it talks to you a smart stove can tell you that you left the burner on when you’re away. It could also preheat the oven for you on your command while you’re still in the tub. Or when the internal temperature indicates the turkey is done you can turn it down to warm while still at the market.
Choosing New Appliances
But let’s look at the options you really need and make sure you get them. Stoves normally fit in a 30-inch opening between cabinets, but there are larger models. Do you have natural gas to your house? Maybe a gas stove is best for you.
I like gas stovetops best. You don’t have to wait for it to warm up or turn off the heat, especially if something is boiling over. Gas stoves may cost a little more to buy but you’ll also save $$$ on your energy bill.
Whether gas or electric you may want to relocate the stove, but keep this in mind. Either your gas or electric supply will have to move. Either can be done without too much expense, but it’s easier to move the gas line. Because the electric line is 220 volts and 50 amps, this will require a visit from an electrician.
Dishwashers are a standard size but if you don’t already have this item know that you’ll need 24 inches in width for one. Also, it’s usually best to put it next to the sink. Yes, it’s because it has water coming in and water going out that needs a drain.
The dishwasher should have its own supply shutoff valve, if possible, so it can be pulled out for service. And its electric supply is a normal 120-volt line. You may want to put it on its own circuit though, direct line, because they can pull a lot of amps.
So far, the choices are pretty standard but choosing a microwave can get more interesting. How much cooking do you do? If you cook a lot you might want to put your microwave under the counter.
Choosing Appliances to Keep You Kitchen Clean
The reason is because you may want a full-sized range hood over the stove as they combine function with the traditional. These can be seen in appliance stores as well as home centers. But you’ll have to properly exhaust them outside.
But if you put the microwave over the stove, you’ll probably do so because you can’t find another good place for it. Also, you cannot use the microwave you just bought to put on the counter, sorry. An over-the-stove microwave has to be a special unit for that purpose, and there are 2 reasons why.
This microwave has to be suspended from a cabinet above it and has to have special mounting facilities. And another reason is that they’re going to be used as the kitchen exhaust fan. As an exhaust fan there are 3 options.
First you suck the air in under the microwave and blow it back out on the top of the microwave into the kitchen. As you can imagine this doesn’t work too well in clearing out either smoke or grease.
If the unit it’s against an outside wall it can exit the exhaust to the outside through the back of the unit. Otherwise it can exhaust through the cabinet above and be piped to the outside through the soffit between the ceiling and top of cabinets. Both of these are good solutions and I recommend either of them.
Lifestyle and Budget
Buying new appliances is a good way to update your existing kitchen and make it look modern and new, please see my repairs page. But if you’re designing a new kitchen, you’ll have more latitude. Your lifestyle will guide you to what works for you, see remodeling page. Appliances are an investment that will last for years to come, although they may need service, and quality is more important than every new feature. Just choose what makes the most sense for you.