Whether you’re moving into a new property, or simply wanting to replace kitchen appliances, you’ll want to know which unit to buy and how much it’ll cost. Use the following home appliances checklist to help you choose the three most essential requirements:
These days a dishwasher isn't seen as a luxury item. An average unit can cost as little as £150, but depending on your needs you can pay up to £3,250! Decisions will need to be made on noise level, energy ratings, and water consumption figures, and remember to check out the manufacturers guarantee. You’ll also need to choose whether to have an integrated machine or a free standing unit.
Capacity will feature high on your list as the bigger the drum the more you can wash. High capacity means fewer washes, saving you on energy bills. You’ll want to know all about the energy rating, reliability, noise levels, and of course all the latest technology! Choose a retailer that offers you a price promise, so you know you’re getting the best deal possible. Prices start from about £150 and reach £1000 for state of the art models.
Decide whether you want a free standing cooker or a built in oven and hob – this will very much depend on the space you have available. Choose gas, electric or dual fuel. Remember you may need a qualified electrician to safely install your oven. Check out deals and discounts over holidays and you could save hundreds of pounds. From £120 to £6,000 for catering purposes, they’ll be a price to suit your budget.
Home Appliances Care
If you look after your appliances properly, you’ll find that they’ll last for many years. Take for example your dishwasher. Make sure you keep it working effectively by ensuring the filter is free of food remnants. By pulling out the rack you can remove the filter and clean the screen. Clean the float switch with water whilst you’re there. Wipe the door seals clean, and clean the spray arms. Running the dishwasher empty and hot will prevent any nasty smells.
For your washing machine, wipe it down inside and out on a regular basis. Clean out the fabric dispenser drawer to stop a residue of fabric softener building up. Check the hoses to make sure there aren’t any leaks. Use a recommended cleaning solution to run the washing machine empty which will stop the drum smelling. Keeping the door open will let any moisture in the drum evaporate.
Cleaning your oven after each time you use it will prevent a build-up of grease and food residue. Remove any racks and grills to wash them in warm, soapy water - use an abrasive pad for burned on food remnants. Wipe down the exterior of the oven and buff with a clean, dry microfibre cloth. Remember to clean the extractor fan too. Keeping your oven clean means it will work more effectively and your food will taste better!
Repair Not Replace
Decided that actually your kitchen appliances are still in pretty good working order, but could just do with the odd repair? No problem - there are excellent repair services online that you’ll be able to call. Get a free quote so that you can budget accordingly, and choose a service that comes with a guarantee. Regular maintenance could save you a lot of money.