Here is an example of a Double Oven built into a
at mid height. This provides ease of entry. It also generally sites a grill in the top oven at eye level - which may be more convenient for those who hate bending down to see the toast burning! This kind of oven will obviously require a separate hob.
Which brings us nicely onto our next section -
Here's a nice clean look in stainless steel. In a traditional set-up with the hob directly over a built under oven.
Apply the same questions for ovens to help you choose the correct hob appliance for your cooking needs.
Do you prefer gas or electric? How many burners will you want? Does one of the burners need to accommodate wok cooking? (Be sure to look at your gas regulations and electrical guidelines)
Many chefs prefer gas hob burners as the heat can be controlled better than most electric hobs. However, the technology of electrically controlled hob elements has vastly improved over the last few years so, if you prefer an electric solution, check out the manufacturers for their offerings.
Above is an example of mix and matching a wider hob unit with a built under oven - ideal for people who prefer grilling, boiling or steaming their food.
Above right is an ideal set-up for small kitchens with a built in microwave and extractor hood directly over the hob. For health and safety reasons, you must ensure the units are fitted to the manufacturer's instructions with the correct clearances between the top of the hob and the base of the microwave unit.
Fridges, Freezers, and Larder Units
There is one big tip we would give when assessing your needs for a fridge and freezer. As there are many foods that require cool or cold storage conditions after they have been opened, we would recommend that you buy as big a fridge and/or freezer your budget and space will allow.
The American style fridge/freezers are well suited to the kind of cold storage required nowadays with modern packaged foods. There's room for all the usual diary products as well as some fruit and vegetables (which keep better at 3-5șC). The picture above with the double built-in oven also shows an example of an American style fridge/freezer.
Back in the 1950s and 60s, many kitchens had a larder cupboard that were generally sited on a north facing wall. Why north facing? Well, that would always be the coldest facing aspect for a northern hemisphere dwelling and therefore a better location to keep food cool.
Unfortunately, in the pursuit of modernisation, many larder cupboards were dismantled to create more open space and new houses just do not include this valuable asset at all.
If you still have a larder cupboard, look after it and use it for the purpose that was intended. After all, for thousands of years, mankind has been developing ways of preserving food for as long as possible and in as good a condition as possible.
To provide you with more specific product information on kitchen appliances such as ovens, hobs, fridges, and freezers, click on this link to the Zanussi website. Zanussi are priced in the mid-range of kitchen appliance suppliers and you will also find information on laundry appliances and dishwashers within this site.
At the upper end of the market-place is Bosch, and this link takes you to their website to view all their product range including small kitchen appliances such as toasters, coffee makers, and compact ovens and microwaves. As usual, we've opened another browser window for you to look through!
Now you have chosen your kitchen appliances it is useful to understand some basic knowledge of how your machines work, not too much theory but enough to troubleshoot any problems that might occur. A great site that provides practical advice on looking after your equipment is HOME APPLIANCES and KITCHEN AIDS - How to save money on kitchen and home-appliance repairs. Valuable money saving information about household appliances, from cookers and refrigerators, air conditioning and dishwashers to microwaves, all the best practical advice on looking after your valuable kitchen aids and equipment.