You have your beautiful new home. You have an empty kitchen. Where do you start? Is there anything you need to consider when buying kitchen gadgets?
Building up your stash of kitchen gadgets is one of the most exciting things about moving into a new home. If it is your first home, you will need to consider everything from start to finish – dishwashers to teaspoons. If you are simply moving into a new space, maybe you need to adjust your appliances to match a new kitchen.
Buying kitchen gadgets is not just about keeping up with the Joneses – there are a few things that you need to consider. Let’s take a look at the top five factors to look at when kitting out your kitchen.
1. Kitchen and Appliance Size
Have a look carefully at your new kitchen space before you rush out to buy your gadgets. Check your counter space, cupboard, and drawer size as well as where your plug and water points are located.
2. Work with Your Budget
Once you have an idea of what can fit into your space, put together your equipment budget. Bear in mind when you are buying kitchen gadgets that there is also a cost of maintaining them.
Decide if you have a kitchen gadget maintenance budget, or whether you will just replace appliances if or when they break. This will also help you to decide on which brands and service providers you choose.
3. Make Life Easy
Don’t complicate your life. Many kitchen gadgets have only one function and will only end up crowding your countertops! Work with your lifestyle as well – if you are into smoothies, look for a multi-function blender that doubles up in the kitchen.
Avoid the Fads
Avoid fun items such as a banana slicer and egg separator. While they may seem like a good idea in the store, they push your budget up and you will find that you very seldom if ever, take them out and use them!
4. Pick Your Style
Is your stove or oven gas or electric? Are you going with a dishwasher or going to wash it by hand? These are also things to consider when buying your kitchen gadgets. Do you like traditional kitchenware, or do you prefer trendy modern items?
Many items have been modernized to be electric such as tin openers, and while this does make life easier for some, you may prefer the “old-fashioned” way of doing things manually.
It’s nice to have some color in your kitchen, but don’t go crazy. Always remember plain is easier to replace when it comes to cutlery and crockery so rather leave that pop of color to your appliances or utensils.
5. The Best Material
There are various materials to consider when stocking up your kitchen – stainless steel or ceramic, plastic or silicone.
Some work together better – for example, copper pans heat up to an extremely high temperature and can melt plastic, so it is better to pair them with silicone utensils.
The Bottom Line on Buying Kitchen Gadgets
Match your kitchen to your lifestyle and budget. There are various options available so find one that suits your needs.
Whether you prefer natural and natural, or trendy and bright, make sure you do your research before buying kitchen gadgets. Head over to our page if you would like to learn more about kitchen gadgets and appliances.