Whether you are building a new kitchen entirely from scratch or re-building an old one, you will need to make sure that all the design and practical elements fit together. Take your kitchen’s cabinets or cupboards and your kitchen worktop, for instance. When choosing these two primary elements, you should consider how well they look together and if they are practical, functional, and contribute to your efficiency as well.
You can choose to have your kitchen cabinets or cupboards the same material as your kitchen worktop, or you can go for a mix and match theme where your kitchen cabinets are made from wood, while your kitchen worktop is made from natural stone such as the beautiful designs available from www.jrstone.co (learn more about their variety of kitchen worktops at http://www.jrstone.co/Worktops).
But once you have chosen the right kitchen cupboards and worktop for your needs, the next step is to choose your major kitchen appliances. If you are outfitting your entire kitchen and changing everything, then it is also important to select the right kind of appliances according to your tastes and your requirements, beginning with the oven or range cooker.
What to consider with an oven or range cooker: energy efficiency
First of all, when choosing an oven or range cooker for your kitchen, it is better to choose those which are already energy efficient. When looking for appliances, make sure they have an A rating with the energy council – some even have an A++ rating, and these will not only be more efficient, but allow you to save more on your energy bills as well.
Choosing the right type of oven or range cooker for your needs
You basically have two choices when it comes to ovens: a freestanding one or one that is built in. Freestanding ovens now come in different finishes, such as stainless steel (especially suited to a modern-themed kitchen), or enameled for a more classic kitchen theme. You also have the choice between a double or single oven as well as a hob and a warming drawer. Some of the more advanced oven models today even come with induction tops partnered with an electric or gas oven underneath. You simply have to determine what features work best with your needs and your lifestyle.
The size of the oven makes a difference as well. If you have a bigger kitchen, you can opt for a 90 centimetre one, a 100 centimetre, or a 110 centimetre one. For smaller kitchens, there are ovens that can be found which are as small as 60 centimetres in width. If you opt for a built in oven, you can have one that is installed at eye level (particularly useful if you are tall), or installed underneath your worktop.
You can also look for more modern features such as automatic programming which suggests the cooking time and temperature of various dishes, as well as memory and self-cleaning functions. With a self-cleaning function, the oven can actually burn away the remaining grease and fat at an amazing 500o Celsius, leaving you only with ash that can be easily swept or wiped away.
Another factor to consider when choosing the oven or range cooker for your kitchen is its capacity. The exterior capacity for cooking will generally be the same for either double or single ovens, but the interior cooking capacity can differ. As a rule of thumb, the bigger the interior capacity, the better for you.
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