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~ Function Meets Style
Models of major kitchen appliances tend to
differ from each other based on:
- Whether they have a professional or standard capacity
- Whether they are built-in, paneled, or freestanding
- Their individual features
Professional style means the appliance looks
like and has a capacity similar to the commercial one used
in your favorite restaurant’s kitchen. True commercial
units aren’t rated for residential use because of their
special ventilation needs, excessive heat, massive size, and
other safety concerns. But with pro-style appliances, you
can get the advantages of restaurant-grade, including greater
durability, more precise temperature control, and a stainless
steel finish. People who cook a lot at home or have large
families might want to spring for the professional-style equipment.
Some everyday cooks also like it for stylistic reasons.
Those shopping with more
limited budgets might be pleased to learn that they
can own appliances in the same stainless steel style
if they settle for more standard features.
Before you purchase new appliances,
you’ll also need to decide if you want to have
them built into your cabinets. If you have a built-in
refrigerator, for example, you won’t be able tell
at first glance that it’s in the room. Its doors
will look just like those of your cabinets and it will
lie flush with the cabinets rather than sticking out.
You can get a similar look for less
money by having your appliances paneled in the same
style as your cabinets.
Explore ways to make your appliances
more accessible. Raise your dishwasher so you don’t
have to bend down to load and unload it.
Be sure to check out what’s crawling
into drawers these days. Warming ovens, refrigerators, and
dishwashers all come as drawer units that can add convenience
and save space.
Pizza lovers might savor the crust created
in a brick oven, while wine connoisseurs could easily fall
for beverage chillers and storage units—some even hook
up to your home’s security system and include cigar
Consider moving your trash compactor out
to the garage to crush and compress aluminum cans, freeing
up space in the kitchen for a recycle center.