If you’re thinking about improving your kitchen, you’ve probably been wondering how to choose appliances for your kitchen remodel. Appliances are the most important part of a good kitchen. Of course, good design is also important for a quality kitchen remodel. However, it doesn’t matter how beautiful your countertops are if your oven takes an hour to heat up. It’s important to have appliances that both look good and function how you want them to.
And how do you want your kitchen to function? The answer may depend on your lifestyle. We’ve outlined tips for two different remodeling approaches below: those who want to entertain and those with children of all ages. Whether you fit into one of these categories like a glove or are somewhere in between, we hope these tips will help you choose the best appliances for your kitchen remodel.
A Guide for the Entertainers
If you’re interested in entertaining, you’re going to have a different idea of how to choose the best appliances for your kitchen remodel. You want your home to be the center of social gatherings, both big and small. Whether you’re thinking about hosting family for the holidays, or a group of friends in town for a ski trip, it’s important to choose the best appliances for your needs.
For your stovetop cooking, either a range or a cooktop could work well. We personally recommend an induction cooktop because it will give you greater flexibility in temperature control. A cooktop will also allow you to have more varied burner sizes, including really big ones to support larger cookware – exactly what you need when cooking for large groups. Of course, a range also has its benefits. You might also consider remodeling to include a built-in grill. A built-in grill will let you sear meat, seafood, and veggies inside even when it’s dumping snow during the winter.
For ovens, we recommend a double oven. They have two separate cooking compartments, which can be set for different temperatures and times. Some double ovens even allow you to set one compartment to convection cooking and the other to conventional. In other words, they’re the perfect option for people who entertain.
For a refrigerator, entertainers want something with the size to handle storing the food you’ll need for your next Super Bowl party or backyard birthday. You might also consider supplemental refrigeration, such as adding a wine chiller or separate beverage fridge to your kitchen. These models can be easily installed under the counter.
A Guide for the Family
However, if you have a large family, you’ll have a different set of priorities for choosing the best appliances for your kitchen remodel. A lot of our advice depends on the size and make-up of your family. If you have small children vs. teenagers, you’ll have different needs, for example.
For a range or cooktop, we recommend using an induction system. An induction system uses electromagnetic energy to cook, which means the stove top stays cool. This can keep young kids from burns. An induction system also heats up faster than a traditional range, which is great for a family on the go. The less time spent waiting for the cooktop to get hot, the more time you have to tackle other chores around the house.
The same principle applies for your oven. A convection oven, with the ability to heat up faster and cook food more evenly, is ideal for a family. As you’re driving kids to soccer practice or band concerts, you want to make the most of your time in the kitchen. It’s best to have an oven that doesn’t require constant attention or take a while to heat up.
And then we have the refrigerator. An integrated or built-in refrigerator could help lower the chances of the appliance tipping over. Big families might want a separate freezer and refrigerator. However, families trying to figure out the best appliances for their kitchen remodel should stay away from refrigerators with a freezer drawer. Young kids and toddlers could end up pulling out food to play with.
Who can you trust to make your kitchen remodel go smoothly?
Springs Home Improvement is a great choice for your Colorado Springs kitchen remodel. We can help you with every step along the way to your ideal kitchen, from design to construction. Have a look at some of our best work and decide for yourself! If you’re wondering how to choose the perfect appliances for your kitchen remodel, reach out to us. We’ll bring your dream kitchen to life within your budget and on time.