For most people, especially those who love to cook, the most exciting part of a kitchen remodel isn’t picking the cabinets or countertop—it’s the chance to buy state-of-the-art, new appliances. To make sure you’re happy with your choices, there are a few rules to follow and lots of things to consider, such as: How often do you like to cook? How many people do you cook for? And what appliances will work best with the style of your kitchen?
When choosing appliances," Don't be tempted by gimmicks; go for well-established brands." Impulse buys aren't smart when it comes to appliances you'll be using heavily for some time to come. Before you even approach a showroom, you should already have a design plan, a budget, and a list of the features you're looking for, such as energy efficiency or a good warranty. Start by doing your homework online to see what's out there.
The most important design tip we learned is this: measure, measure, measure.
That doesn't just mean scoping out the space in your kitchen. You also have to be certain that the appliances you're purchasing will fit in your doorways, hallways, and stairs for delivery. If there's any doubt, sketch the layout of your space with all dimensions and bring it with you to the showroom.
A spacious kitchen allows you to choose larger appliances. But if your space is limited, the good news is that today’s compact appliances work harder than ever—manufacturers have figured out how to pack lots of capacity into small interiors, without sacrificing on features or aesthetics.