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Kitchen Appliances – Refrigerators, Dishwashers & Microwave Ovens
Think carefully and do your research, when choosing your appliances.
There are so many choices and so many appliances and they have such a multitude of bells and whistles that it can be quite a challenge to make up your mind about what you really want.
Appliances are a huge part of your kitchen.
The refrigerator is usually your largest and possibly the most important of your appliances. There are a variety of cooking methods at your disposal, but your refrigerator is your only viable method of food preservation. Before you purchase this major appliance, familiarize yourself with the basic choices and refrigerator types available. Make sure the dimensions of the refrigerator will fit where you want to put it.
Side-by-side refrigerators put fresh food at eye-level in the refrigerator. If you are considering a side-by-side, examine the capacity and interior flexibility. Make sure it can accommodate larger items or packages if you frequently store such items. Refrigerators with adjustable bins and shelves are very nice. Look for models that offer space-saving freezer features such as in-door ice makers that move ice to the freezer door and free up shelf space.
Standard side-by-side refrigerators range from approximately 31 inches to 36 inches. Depths range from about 28 inches to 34 inches and the heights of most models range between 66 inches and 69 inches, making them taller than top-mounts.
Freezer on top
This is the most common type of refrigerator available, with the widest selection of styles. Think about capacity and which of the performance options, such as filtered water dispensers and temperature-controlled crispers, will be most useful to you.
Standard widths for top-mount refrigerators range from 23 inches to approximately 36 inches. Depth, 27 inches to 33 inches, including the door handle. Most top-mount refrigerators are 60 inches to 69 inches in height. Top-mounts typically offer more capacity than other model types.
Freezer on bottom
Bottom-mount freezers are not as widely available as other refrigerator types, but most major manufacturers offer at least one model.
The dimensions of bottom-mount refrigerators are generally the same as those of the larger top-mounts. The average width is around 33 inches, the average depth ranges between 32 inches and 35 inches, and average height is between 66 inches and 69 inches.
Dishwashers, save time, water and energy, and disinfect better than hand washing. Before spending money on a new dishwasher, know the best fit for your lifestyle, your budget, and the space in your kitchen.
Choose the right tub size, or capacity, for your needs. . If your dishwasher is too small for your daily use, you will waste water and time running extra loads or re-washing dishes that didn’t get clean due to tub overloading. If you tend to wash tall pots, dishes, or vases, you might need a taller tub and perhaps moveable racks.
For maximum space and flexibility, find a dishwasher with a direct feed spray system, that doesn’t a spray tower.
A microwave oven, often shortened to just microwave, is a kitchen appliance that cooks or heats food by using microwave radiation to polarized molecules within the food. Microwave ovens are usually used when quick cooking, defrosting, or re-heating is desired, although there are emerging modern recipes that when cooked in a microwave rival traditional dishes. Microwave ovens heat food quickly, efficiently, and safely, but won’t brown or bake.
A convection microwave is a combination of a microwave and a convection oven. It allows food to be cooked quickly, and still come out browned or crisped, as if from a conventional convection oven. Convection microwaves are more expensive than a conventional. They are usually used for cooking prepared dishes.
Recently, some manufacturers have added a high power quartz halogen bulb to their convection microwave to cook food rapidly and with the same browning results as a conventional oven. These new ovens produce a texture and taste much closer to of a conventional.
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