What Are Some Factors to Consider When Choosing Kitchen Appliances?

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Are you considering remodeling your kitchen? With all of the options available, you may be wondering where to start. You must not only consider many different kitchen appliances—sink, stove, oven, dishwasher, and so on—but also which characteristics make one appliance better for you than another.

Functionality
The most important and practical quality of any new appliance is how well it performs its intended function. You may want to prioritize function over cost; after all, you will probably find that a few extra dollars are worth spending for better performance. When thinking about the appliances you need, also consider their size and what you need them to do. How will they fit in your kitchen? If you want long-lasting, easy-to-clean appliances, think about looking at stainless steel options. If you want your appliances to blend in, then maybe that monolithic, energy-efficient refrigerator isn’t for you. Always ensure that the appliance works for your home and does what you want it to do.

Efficiency
In today’s economy, energy savings—and thus, costs—are king. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, the refrigerator is the primary culprit for high energy costs. However, every little bit of energy use can add up to a high energy bill, so choosing energy-efficient appliances for the whole kitchen can help cut costs without sacrificing style or function. Buying appliances with the Energy Star label ensures that you are buying a home appliance that meets strict energy efficiency standards.

Looks
Of course, you don’t want to buy the most functional, efficient appliance if it ruins the look and feel of your kitchen. This is highly subjective and is based on what is available, your budget, and a myriad of other factors, but suffice to say: If you don’t like its looks, then it shouldn’t be part of your kitchen.

If you still have more questions or are looking for guidance from an appliance expert, stop by Friedmans Appliance in Concord, call us at (925) 265-8402, or visit our online catalogue for even more help in creating your dream kitchen.