Kitchen Appliances

Catherine G. Hoover

Any modern kitchen is typically includes a stove and possibly a microwave oven. It also has a sink that has hot and cold running water available to clean food, to cook with, as well as for washing the utensils. Some modern kitchens have a dishwasher. They also have one or more units to store food, to store utensils, pots and dishes. They are usually present in or near a kitchen. They are either in the form of an adjacent pantry room, or more commonly as kitchen cabinets and a refrigerator which often has a freezer compartment too.

To suit these modern trends, it’s important to find appliances that fit both your decor and lifestyle. And this is a task that can seem overwhelming on a visit to a showroom with hundreds of makes and models.

The basics

Every kitchen has the following essential cooking appliances: a stove, refrigerator, dishwasher, and oven.

Refrigerators come in one of three configurations. The traditional top-mounted fridge, that has the refrigerator in the bottom, is the most common. This type offers a wide range of models to choose from. Bottom-mounted refrigerators are those where the refrigerator is on top. In this model you can put food at the eye level, which is an advantage for people who use fresh ingredients to cook. The third type is the side-by-side model. This too allows you to put food at eye-level. However here the interiors are sometimes narrower. The choice of the model and the fridge size will depend on a person’s lifestyle. For example, for people who cook food with fresh ingredients will have different refrigeration needs as opposed to someone who uses mostly frozen food. Add-on features like frost-free, water dispenser, ice maker and built-in television are also available.

When it comes to dishwashers, convenience features like a delay timer and energy-saving features, such as economy cycle or half-load capacity should be considered. Dishwashing drawers, which provide an option to be used in one- or two-drawer configurations, are a good choice for smaller kitchens and are often used as secondary dishwashers.

Kitchen Appliances have become the basic need of modern kitchens. Most kitchens today include more than one cooking appliance, such as ovens, cook tops and various other ranges. Ovens that are used today are often more than just the basic. Those offering multitask options like, combining traditional cooking with convection, or those which use circulated air to speed the cooking time or general speed cooking, which makes use of the halogen lights to reduce cook times.

Induction cooktops, that are an alternative to gas and electric, have developed a broader demand in recent years. In this method, electricity flows through a coil to produce a magnetic field under a ceramic cooktop. When an iron or magnetic stainless pan is placed on the ceramic surface, the pan, instead of the cooktop, heats up. Thus keeping the place where we have to hold still cool. These ranges, which are usually gas or electric, also come in duel-fuel models, i.e. they offer induction cooking in addition to gas. Some of these ovens are also useful as microwaves.

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