How to choose kitchen appliances

Appliances

Did you know your choice of kitchen appliances can enhance your quality of life? Take ovens, for example. A survey by Tombola, revealed that cleaning the oven is the most hated chore in Britain.

By choosing a self-cleaning oven over a conventional model you can banish this chore forever and you’ll be cutting down on your use of harsh chemicals too. So if you’re looking to simplify your life and improve your enjoyment of your home here are a few more appliances worth considering.

appliances- hot water tap

Hot water tap.

Not only will a boiling water tap give you instant boiling water and save you space in your kitchen but it will also save on energy costs. Quooker claims that the cost of using its hot tap is one cent per litre delivered, or approximately three cents a day. The cost of boiling a full kettle (which typically holds 1.5 litres) is around 2.5cent per boil. This would suggest that a Quooker could save users a significant sum, particularly those who regularly boil their kettle.

Hot water taps are the ideal solution in an open plan space as they create less noise than boiling a kettle. The newer versions are very compact and don’t take up much space, so no need to worry about losing storage space under the sink. You can also get combined models that work as the main sink tap while offering boiling water and filtered drinking water too.

Having hot water on demand will also mean you will waste less water. How many times do you empty out the kettle before you boil it? There are many brands on the market, and you should expect to spend between €900 – €1600 for a good model.

Hot water taps are a great addition to any kitchen. The only disadvantage I can think of is that you’ll no longer be able to take part in the ritual of ‘putting on the kettle’ when someone comes to call.

Appliances - Steam oven

Steam oven

This is probably the number one appliance I’d recommend investing in for your kitchen. Virtually anything that can be cooked in a pot can be done in a steam oven. Everything can be prepared together eliminating the use of pots, making dinner time prep a much cleaner and less chaotic process. And meaning there is a lot less washing up to do too.

Steam ovens are smart appliances and will prompt you when you need to add food or take food out of the oven.  So you won’t need to stand over the hob or keep an eye on anything. Everything comes out perfectly cooked every time. There is also a self-cleaning setting making maintenance really easy.

There are different versions available: plumbed versions where the water refills automatically and unplumbed where you will need to top up the water manually. I highly recommend the plumbed version for convenience.

One question I get asked is can I get rid of my microwave, my answer is, in theory, yes as the steam oven reheats food beautifully but it’s not as fast as a microwave. 

Quiet appliances

Noise is a major contributor to stress. This is a particular issue in open-plan spaces where there are multiple activities taking place at once. Kitchen appliances are one of the main sources of noise in these spaces.

The good news, however, is that everything from dishwashers to washing machines as well as silent coffee machines and kettles has a ‘quiet’ model available. You do pay a bit more for this luxury, but it’s an investment well worth making.

When shopping for appliances, the sales staff ask about the Decibel or DB rating for the appliance. A DB rating of 45 or lower is virtually silent — similar to a low discussion in a library or quieter. Decibel levels between 45 and 50 sound similar to rainfall.

appliances - washing machine

Washing machine

How many times have you gone to do a wash only to discover you’re out of detergent? You can get washing machines with built-in detergent dispenser. They typically work by loading the detergent bottles or cartridges into the machine.

The washer determines how much detergent is needed for each wash depending on the level of soiling and the load, meaning you can do your laundry without worrying about how much detergent to add, saving you time and money.

The machine will also prompt you when it’s running out of detergent so you can restock. One of the causes of faults with washing machines is the overuse of detergent, and it’s also wasteful and expensive. These machines are so easy to use even your kids could manage a wash or two.

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