Ultimately, your kitchen will reflect on how you live. Because there are no hard-fast rules on where the budget must be spent in the kitchen, how you splurge and save your money will depend on what’s most important to you.
The gourmet cook can justify an inflated budget for appliances and then splurge on a professional range. The entertainer sees a warming drawer and wine cooler as necessities. The busy family needs storage, storage and more storage in those cabinets. And then there’s the question of resale: How important is it for you to get an excellent return-on-investment for your project? Or, are you designing a kitchen for the home you plan to live in forever?
Appliances are the workhorses of the kitchen. From the refrigerator to the range, make sure they’re updated and functional with these tips.
Upgrading your kitchen appliances doesn’t mean you have to buy the $9,000 commercial-quality Viking range or the most expensive Sub-Zero refrigerator with French doors. It means giving potential homebuyers the functionality, quality and aesthetic they want without breaking the bank.
The kitchen’s primary function is for preparing and cooking meals, so the room is only as good as its appliances. That’s why upgrading appliances ranks as the number-one home improvement project for the kitchen. Hitch Property Constructions has an extensive range of kitchen renovation Melbourne to take the hassle out of deciding the right furniture that matches.
Where to Save, Where to Splurge
Be practical and look for energy-efficient appliances with warranties—arguably, you’ll use appliances more than other features in your kitchen. But be sure to maintain a balance between what you spend on appliances and cabinets. Suppose you choose appliances first without considering cabinets/hardware, countertops or other features. In that case, you can box yourself into a floor plan and end up without enough money to spend on other features.
But be careful which appliances you spend on. For example, a refrigerator may need replacing in 15 years or sooner, but a cooktop will last longer. Spend there. If you have children and dirty dishes are a way of life, invest in a quality dishwasher or dishwasher drawers that make your life easier.
Across the board, stainless steel is the most popular choice and what buyers look for in a home.
Appliances that are stylish or blend in. Stainless steel is the standard. If you still have white appliances from the 1970s, it won’t be easy to get top dollar for your home.
For those looking for the next big thing, the industry is moving toward appliances that are integrated within cabinetry. Refrigerators and dishwashers are designed with cabinet fronts or panels to create a seamless look for the kitchen. You can even find refrigerators that look just like cabinets. Soon those clunky ventilation hoods will be concealed with panelling as well.
Energy efficiency adds value. Appliances typically use a lot of gas and electricity, which translates into high utility bills, so think “eco-friendly” and look for the Energy Star logo.
Functional features are ideal, such as flat-top cooking, water filters and dispensers, temperature controls and self-cleaning. Some homeowners are also incorporating electronic entertainment in the kitchen with wall-mount televisions, sound systems and Wi-Fi. Check out our range of kitchen renovation at Hitch Property Constructions.
When it comes to appliances, the biggest mistake is going over the top. You end up spending too much and don’t recoup the costs when you sell. You don’t need to go above and beyond, unless you’re in the high-end market.
On a Budget:
If buying new appliances is out of the question, you can get an updated look by using stainless steel peel-and-stick sheets to cover your appliances.
If you need to replace your appliances, stick with current styles in stainless steel, white or black. If you’re looking for colour, fire-engine red, cobalt blue, burnt orange and eggplant are popular for stoves and fridges.
Depending on your neighbourhood and how much you cook and entertain, it may be worth investing in commercial-quality appliances with functional features. You may also want to add popular built-ins like warming drawers, trash compactors, barbecue grills built into the cooktop and under-cabinet refrigeration for wine.
Do You Really Need The Newest, Professional-Grade, High-end Kitchen Appliances?
Today, high-end kitchen appliances are gaining in popularity with homeowners across the country. As lifestyles change, and homeowners are looking for that “wow factor” luxury appliances in kitchen remodelling are becoming more common as the demand for smart homes and high-tech continues to grow.
Before you start shopping for new kitchen appliances, make sure you have a well-thought-out plan for your kitchen renovation. You should identify your goals and priorities. You also should have a clear vision of what your new kitchen will look like, after exploring various kitchen designs and layouts and planning out space and storage. Finally, you should have a solid budget to follow.
Appliances are one of the most significant decisions you’ll make when designing your new kitchen. Homeowners today have an endless array of technology, options, and designs available to suit almost every budget. While they all perform the same functions – cooling, cleaning, and cooking – technological advances can dramatically affect their form and function. Looking for kitchen renovation Melbourne? Look no further? Hitch Property Constructions has you covered.
Homeowners need to weigh the cost versus the benefits when looking at high-end kitchen appliances. While the latest technology can be expensive, the benefits of high-end kitchen appliances can more than makeup for the additional cost.
Reasons To Consider High-End Kitchen Appliances in Your Remodel
If your budget allows, luxury appliances can be worth the cost. They can add value to your home, make preparing meals faster and easier, and add aesthetic beauty to your home.
Most homeowners choose to purchase high-end kitchen appliances for a few reasons:
Long Life Expectancy
Most luxury appliances are built to last. They use the latest technology, and high-quality materials in their construction and are designed to provide a high-end experience, look, and many years of service.
Cheaper appliances will most definitely get the job done, but if you love to cook, high-end kitchen appliances deliver better performance. A high-end range will perform consistently, even heat and high-end ovens are better insulated to keep in the heat. Many also come with options like griddles, temperature-probe cooking, and automatic cook-start so dinner can be ready when you get home from work.
Luxury appliances are built with aesthetics in mind. Most manufacturers of luxury appliances offer many colours, trim, handle, and knob choices so you can design the look of your appliances to meet your style.
When considering appliances, ask, and answer some questions before investing. Do you eat out all the time, or cook for your family a lot? How do you use the kitchen? Do you entertain often? How you use your appliances should factor into your decision. If you’re using them all the time, high-end appliances can be a good investment as they’ll make your time in the kitchen more efficient.
Luxury appliances can set the tone of your home. They provide a specific look and feel and can be stunning focal points in your design. High-end kitchen appliances can also help you when it comes time to sell your home. Buyers know the quality and reputation of luxury manufacturers like Wolf, Viking, and Sub-Zero and aesthetically beautiful luxury appliances can provide the wow factor buyers love.
Beyond the Basics: Atypical Luxury Appliances
While investing in the big four luxury appliances – stove, refrigerator, dishwasher, and microwave is generally a good investment, today there are several options for additional types of appliances like wine refrigerators, induction cooktops, and warming drawers, that you can add to your design.
If you’re the type of person who loves new technology, or you fancy yourself a chef, here are some other luxury appliances that might make sense for your kitchen remodel.
Steam ovens cook faster than a conventional oven saving you time (and using less energy) in the kitchen. Food cooked in steam retains moisture, cooks more evenly, keeps more nutrients in your diet, keeps its colour better, and eliminates the need for oil. Some have variable steam settings you can use when the oven is in combination/convection steam mode. Relying solely on super-heated steam to cook foods, these ovens require no fats, oils or other unhealthy additions when preparing a meal. About the size of a microwave—and built into a wall cabinet—these flexible appliances can steam fish and veggies, keep cooked foods warm and moist, and even proof bread dough.
Warming drawers use a low heat setting to ensure that dishes stay hot and ready to serve, no matter when you made them. If you love to entertain, host dinner parties, or cook large holiday meals, a warming drawer can be a welcome addition to your new kitchen. We have seen a big surge in warming drawers over the past few years. These versatile appliances can keep cooked foods warm, proof bread dough, and warm plates and coffee cups” With temperature settings that range from 90 to 250 degrees, the built-in units are priceless when entertaining a crowd as they free up valuable space in the kitchen’s main oven.
Induction cooking can revolutionize your kitchen! Induction technology uses magnetic currents to heat pots and pans instead of electricity directly. Induction cooktops can boil water in seconds, get up to cook faster, offers precise control, and is easy to clean. An induction cooktop can make weekday meal preparation a breeze.
An induction cooker uses electricity to heat cooking vessels that are ferrous (made of iron or iron-based), as opposed to generating heat in the burner itself. The result is a process that is fast, precise and energy-efficient. But because many homeowners are not yet fully comfortable with the technology, they are opting to experiment with smaller built-in models or countertop versions.
With zones for both red and white wine, a dedicated wine fridge is designed to store your prized bottles at optimal conditions. Options run the gamut from freestanding units that hold a single case up to built-in appliances capable of stowing 150 bottles and more. Properly angled shelves, a digital thermostat, UV-protected glass, and even a door lock combine to keep your cellar gems safe.
Unlike a wine fridge, a beverage centre is a more family-friendly appliance, chilling cans and bottles of juice, soda, water and beer to desired drinking temps. Homeowners are installing these appliances as close to the living area as possible, so the drinks are convenient. Some are installing them in the family room for the ultimate convenience.
Built-in Coffee Machines
For somebody who drinks a lot of coffee, these attractive appliances are in high demand. You can literally have a cup of high-quality coffee in your hands within 30 seconds. Installed in a cabinet wall, built-in coffee makers grind, brew and serve hot coffee or espresso with the touch of a button. Those that are not plumbed to a water line rely on a refillable water reservoir. Most also feature frothing systems for cappuccinos and dispense hot water for tea.
Speed ovens have been popular in Europe for some time, but they are just starting to get popular here. By combining convection and microwave technology in one appliance, speed ovens can drastically reduce cooking times and home energy consumption. While they may look like a conventional built-in microwave oven, they are far more versatile, able to bake, brown, grill and roast a meal to perfection.
Is it worth it to invest in high-end appliances?
Washers and Dryers
High-end top loaders tend to be large and better looking than their affordable counterparts.
Washing machines come in two flavours: top and front loaders. For top loaders, high prices translate to larger machines with nicer finishes.
You see this across other brands as well; the time-saving features and those that require an internal water heater are reserved for flagship models.
When it comes to expensive refrigerators, there are two tiers: french doors and built-ins. French-door fridges offer more storage space, easier access to items, and usually better food preservation.
Bottom line, when it comes to refrigerators, the more you pay, the more you tend to get.
Built-in fridges are models that need to be installed into a cabinet and are the kind of thing you’ll typically only find in a luxury home. In terms of design, they are the creme-de-la-creme, but performance-wise our tests show them to be lacking. These fridges are designed to look grand, and little else matters. They require a lot of maintenance and don’t preserve food well. However, if you have enough money to drop over $10,000, you probably don’t care.
In a nutshell, the higher the cost of a dishwasher, the less you need to think about it. High-cost dishwashers tend to come with features like third racks (so you have more room for cups and bowls)
On top of all that, premium brands have a reputation for making dishwashers that just work.
While we love these premium brands, it’s worth noting that we’ve tested plenty of affordable dishwashers that will blast your dishes clean. They are typically uglier, louder, and have fewer features, but they get the job done.
If you pay more for an oven, you can expect more powerful burners and better control over the temperature.
In most cases, spending more on an oven gets you more power and more versatility. High-end ranges also usually come with a gentle burner that handles delicate tasks like melting chocolate and keeping soups and sauces at a simmer.
Are expensive appliances worth it?
It’s okay to splurge on a luxury item or two in the kitchen. People want toys in their kitchens—appliances that they may not necessarily need but would like to have.
As homeowners continue to spend more and more time in their kitchens, they are more likely to indulge in one or more specialty appliances. It’s a lot like electronics, once you see something in a friend’s home, you have to have one.
If you wish to re-use your fridge and other appliances, you’ll save considerable money to spend on your kitchen renovation. Several thousands of dollars will have to be allocated for new appliances if you choose to replace them. If you prefer integrated appliances, you should be aware that both the appliances and the cabinetry will be more expensive than regular appliances.
Ultimately, it depends on what your needs are. Appliances are some of the most visible and long-lasting components of your home. A beautiful kitchen renovation can be marred with a cheap, ugly-looking appliance. Though there are plenty of great-looking affordable models, the high-end is often about marrying performance, unique features, and beautiful design.
Is that worth it? You’ll need to decide for yourself, but our tests can at least shine some light on where your money is going. You should be aware of the various pitfalls that could ultimately cost you money, or compromise the finished look of your new kitchen. At the end of the day, the adage that “you get what you pay for” almost always applies.