Luxury kitchen appliances are becoming more commonplace in middle class homes and are more affordable than you might think. They offer better use of energy, ease of cooking/preparing foods and clean-up.
However, with all the bells and whistles available, how do you ever figure out which ones are perfect for you? Research, my friend. It's worth the time to shop around both in person at your local stores and online. I always like to start with kitchen appliance sales to see if I can get my needs met with last year's model or a scratch and dent item where the blemish will be hidden. Discount kitchen appliances could save you thousands of dollars with your remodel or build.
There are many factors to consider before making your purchase(s) and the following pages will help you figure out which bells you need and which you don't. It's all based on how much you cook, what kind of cooking you do and for how many people you cook. There's no sense saving a few bucks on a 4 burner range if what your really need is a 5 or 6 burner. Be thoughtful about choosing each machine for your kitchen. Consider size, color/finish and necessary level of performance and/or quality.
Also, while they don't all have to come from exactly the same line, the general look of your stove/cooktop/oven(s), refrigerator and dishwasher should be very close to one another. They should all be the same finish (either stainless or black or white, etc.) and have very similar handles. If you are into the retro look, you can even find retro applicances these days, but don't mix modern and retro....you won't be happy with the results. You would be surprised how "unfinished" a kitchen can look when these things are mismatched.
Which do you need for your new kitchen:
Think about how you use your kitchen. Do you entertain a lot? Do you love to bake? How many people live in your home? These kinds of questions will help you determine which domestic devices are best for you. Not only will it help you determine the quality you need, but size, as well. A few inches here and there can make a world of difference if you cook for large groups or need to fit baking sheets in your oven side-by-side.
So whether you're a gourmet or pasta and sauce kind of girl, you still need to cook. By determining how much you will use your kitchen, you should be able to find the perfect package to suit your needs. Again, the options are vast, so do your homework and spend the money where it matters. It will be worth it in the end.