Kitchen appliances buying guide

Kitchen appliances buying guide

Ovens, hobs, and hoods; which is right for me?

How much do you like to cook? Your answer will undoubtedly affect your choice of oven, hob and hood. You obviously also need to consider the look you want to achieve, as well as your budget.

You can mix and match appliances too, such as an electric oven and a gas hob, which is a very popular alternative. However, you need to remember that any gas appliance must be installed and maintained by professional Gas Safe registered engineers. Moreover, if it's being fitted in a building with different households (like flats) it must also have a flame-failure safety device.

Need more help? Whatever you're after, from built-in ovens to free-standing cookers, there's plenty of information in our ovens buying guide.

What should I be looking for in my fridge-freezer?

Do you want the flexibility of a free-standing model, or for your fridge and freezer to blend into the rest of your design? These are important options to consider when planning your kitchen.

There's also a number of features available to help save you time and keep your food fresher for longer. Look for low frost and no frost technology as well as automatic defrost and antibacterial protection. Many top appliance brands also offer humidity control functions and drawers to help keep fruit and vegetables crisper for longer.

Finally, it's worth thinking about how your family stores food. For practical family living, a 50/50 fridge freezer split offers plenty of cooling and freezing space, while 60/40 and 70/30 splits are ideal for regular shoppers who tend not to batch cook or bulk buy.

For more advice, take a look at our fridge-freezers buying guide.

Do I have room for a dishwasher?

It's possible for even the smallest of kitchens to include a dishwasher, a one-time luxury that most people now regard as a time-saving essential. As well as full-size versions, there are also slimline and even counter-top models.

It's a good idea to place your dishwasher (as well as your washing machine) near to your sink, as this helps cut down on the need for extra plumbing.

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