Choosing the right appliances can augment the look and utility of your kitchen. See more pictures of kitchen appliances. ©2006 Publications International, Ltd. Appliances are the workhorses of your kitchen. Together, they will add up to about nine percent of your kitchen budget. This figure is surprisingly low, considering the technological advances and energy efficiencies today's appliances offer. While features and performance are obviously the most important considerations in choosing appliances, how they'll look in your kitchen probably matters to you, too. Kitchen Appliances Image Gallery White appliances are still the classic favorite, followed by black. Stainless steel, with its professional look, continues to grow in popularity. If you covet a simple Shaker-style space or a luxurious Italian villa setting, however, you may want to hide the fridge and dishwasher out of sight. To meet this need, savvy cabinet manufacturers offer coordinated cabinet fronts that adhere … [Read more...] about How to Choose Kitchen Appliances
How much do you know about appliance repair? Appliances are built to perform. They work hard, year after year, usually without too many problems. They're easy to take for granted. The result is that when an appliance breaks down, you may be completely at a loss -- you don't know how it works, you have no idea why it stopped working, and you certainly don't know how to fix it. What can you do? You can pay a professional to fix it, or you can fix it yourself and save money. This article will provide you with all the information you need to know to pull your major appliances apart and then put them back together in working order. But before you attack the refrigerator with a screwdriver, let's get some background information on major appliances. Most appliances operate on your home's electrical system: They use AC current from the circuit wiring in your home. Small appliances work on 110-120-volt circuits, and the plugs on their cords have two blades. Large or major appliances, such … [Read more...] about How to Repair Major Appliances
The owner's manual can be a surprising read. Check out our home design pictures! Tom McWilliam/Photolibrary/Getty Images When I unwrapped the multi-function food processor, which was as sleek as a thoroughbred and as stalwart as a Clydesdale, I caught a glimpse of my culinary future. Stationed at the kitchen island, I could simply push the processor's buttons to turn pecans into paste and potatoes into puree. I would never again attempt to chop hazelnuts, only to have them leap out of harm's way, just outside the reach of my blade. I had moved up in the world, like a child graduating to pointy scissors. And then I opened the box. I recognized the food processor base, but there were multiple attachments, scads of steely blades and tortuous looking disc-shaped inserts -- none of which I could manage to lock into position. I couldn't even get the blades attached without rereading the owner's manual. Even then, I was worried about lopping off a finger with their razor-sharp edges. … [Read more...] about How can I get the most out of my kitchen appliances?
How much do you know about natural gas appliances? iStockphoto/Thinkstock Electricity may seem like the cheap, green way to go, but natural gas is also a popular choice for energizing many common indoor and outdoor appliances. And with good reason, too -- this fossil fuel is efficient, reliable, economical and environmentally friendly. In fact, it may surprise you to learn that natural gas is actually considered the cleanest fossil fuel. It emits 45 percent less carbon dioxide than coal and 27 percent less carbon dioxide than oil, so it's safe to say that choosing natural gas appliances is a responsible way to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions. It's easy on your wallet as well, helping you save money when compared to other conventional energy sources available for residential use: According the U.S. Department of Energy, it costs about 68 percent less than electricity per British thermal unit (Btu), the standard measure of energy. While the initial cost of natural gas … [Read more...] about What natural gas home appliances are available?
When it comes to remodeling, matching your appliances is one of many considerations to make. Want to learn more? Check out these home design pictures! Edwin Remsberg/Getty Images A kitchen remodel is a big job that incorporates both aesthetics and functionality. After all, a beautiful kitchen is useless if it can't do what a kitchen needs to do. A major part of the project is the selection of appliances, which come in a dizzying array of colors and range from basic units that cost a few hundred bucks to designer "professional-grade" appliances that cost five figures. Which should you choose? Some designers (and real estate agents) suggest there's another question you should be asking: Should I buy a matching set of appliances from the same manufacturer? Let's examine the possible reasons to do this both from an aesthetic and a functional point of view. You obviously don't want a complete mish-mash of styles and colors in your kitchen. But just about every kitchen appliance ever … [Read more...] about Should all of my appliances come from the same manufacturer?