How to Pick Your Important Kitchen Appliances

Helping a client select the right appliances for their specific needs is a fun task but a lot of questions come up.  At Michelle Thomas Design we strive to educate ourselves with as much information as possible to be the expert that guides the client.  Here are some great tips we found on Houzz to help you select your new appliances.
Kitchen appliances are investments, so it’s important to shop with caution. You may have your heart set on a massive stainless steel range, but be prepared for an equally massive price tag to go with it. Decide on your budget beforehand and then research which appliance shapes, sizes, styles and setups will work for your kitchen. These Houzz kitchen appliance guides will help you sort it all out.

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RangesThis classic oven-cooktop combination suits most kitchens in both style and function. Determine your budget, available space and style ahead of time to help you decide between a standard slide-in freestanding range, a stainless steel commercial-style range, a vintage cast iron range and more

Guide: Find the Right Range for Your Kitchen

OvensIf you’ve opted out of the standard range arrangement, you’ll need to find a separate oven and cooktop for your kitchen. This can be a great thing for wannabe chefs, since it opens up a world of possibilities: Double ovens, wall ovens, warming drawers and steam ovens can all potentially find a spot in your kitchen.

Guide: Find the Right Oven Arrangement for Your Kitchen

CooktopsHaving a separate cooktop allows for more flexibility in design and cooking. If you love wall ovens or just want to keep your baking and cooking space separate, you’ll want to find an individual electric or gas range.

Guide: Find the Right Cooktop for Your Kitchen

RefrigeratorsRefrigerators can take up a lot of visual space. Think carefully about how much room you’ll actually need for storing food before you start shopping. Houzz’s refrigerator guide can help you decide between counter-depth, full-depth and built-in refrigerator models.

Guide: Stay Cool About Picking the Right Refrigerator

MicrowavesOnce you finally have the kitchen of your dreams, you want to make sure that every little thing looks right — including the microwave. While it’s not the most glamorous appliance, it’s a necessity for most. Some like to up the ante with built-in models, while others are content with countertop versions. Check out our guide to learn which version is right for you.

Guide: Get Cookin’ With the Right Microwave

Universally Designed AppliancesEven if your kitchen isn’t in your “forever home,” it’s important to take different mobility needs into account. Elderly visitors, young children or others with limited mobility should feel comfortable in your kitchen. Part of that means choosing appliances that everyone can use and be safe around.

Guide: How to Choose Kitchen Appliances for Universal Design

Ecofriendly AppliancesSo many kitchen appliances today come with some sort of ecofriendly or sustainability guarantee slapped to the front of the box. But what actually makes a difference to the environment and your energy bill? Paying close attention to the size and energy output before buying a new appliance can help you save money in the long run.

Guide: How to Choose and Use Ecofriendly Kitchen Appliances

Michelle Thomas

Award winning Austin interior designer, Michelle S. Thomas, graduated from the University of Alabama in 2005 with a bachelor’s of Interior Design. Now based in Austin, Texas, Michelle launched her own interior design firm, Michelle Thomas Design, in 2009. Since then, she has completed projects in Austin, San Antonio, Houston, Dallas, Pensacola, Florida, and Kansas City, Missouri.

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