How high-end do you want to go? Chefs and bakers who plan to use the restaurant-quality features on professional models can justify hefty price tags that can consume their kitchen budget.
On the other hand, if you like the look of the professional-grade range and built-in refrigeration units, and those dramatic (and highly effective) hoods for ventilation, you can have your cake and eat it, too. With many mid-range and high-end (but within reach) appliances on the market today, you can get the looks and quality performance without shelling out for the high-high end models. So seriously consider how much of your budget you want to spend on appliances.
Ideally, you should choose your kitchen layout first, then choose appliances that fit. If you fall in love with a side-by-side fridge, will you have room for two wall ovens and a cooktop? See, there are compromises.
Keep these tips in mind when considering appliances:
- When choosing a convection oven, keep in mind that electric convection ovens tend to perform more effectively. Ask the showroom manager about this.
- Sometimes a hood is a focal point in the kitchens, and sometimes not. Consider a glass hood that will not block views if the hood is positioned over an island/eating space or interferes with an important sight line.
- Want to hide the refrigerator/freezer? Check into models that can be covered with paneling so this appliance blends in with cabinetry.
- Considering a prep sink or bar sink? Size matters. Invest in a true sink for food preparation. A deeper sink is more convenient for washing heads of romaine lettuce and other vegetables. A pint-sized bar sink is great for rinsing out glasses.
See the original article at HGTV.