What’s cooking? The microwave decision

Microwave in custom cabinetSince the 70’s, the microwave oven has been an American household staple and for many people it is the primary way that they cook, defrost and reheat food. However, microwaves are not especially attractive so careful planning and placement of this go-to, time saver are key when creating the kitchen of your dreams.

Different types of microwaves are available to complement a variety of kitchen styles so your designer will help you select the placement and walk you through the decision-making process to choose the right unit. What you decide about placement will also affect the type of appliance you choose but, generally, your choices are between setting the microwave on the countertop, mounting it over the range, setting it into cabinetry or having one built-in.

Microwave drawer sampleTo enhance the beauty of the kitchen, many re-modelers are choosing to put the microwave into the island by designing the cabinetry to hold a traditional microwave underneath the countertop or installing a microwave drawer. Although this might be a new concept (and test your sense of tradition) there isn’t a lot of bending involved in using a microwave in the island. Controls for a microwave drawer are easily accessible and, for safety, it makes sense to lift food up a few inches onto your countertop instead of reaching up into a microwave to bring hot foods down toward you before carrying them to a safe landing zone.

If a traditional microwave isn’t for you (but you still want to be able to cook and reheat foods quickly), you have some choices that might work better for your kitchen.

Microwave convection combo ovenConvection/microwave combo ovens are a mix of microwave technology and heat energy, so they can brown, roast and grill. They also have a heating element in addition to a fan that aides in the circulation of hot air. This means that you get the quick, internal heating of microwave technology combined with heat that keeps the outside crispy (or whatever consistency the food should have). A microwave-only unit sometimes makes food soggy or rubbery so you can tell it has been heated that way.

Steam ovenAnother option is to select a steam oven. These can be used to steam, reheat, bake, defrost or to cook so they are extremely versatile. You can even cook rice in them. They take a little longer than a microwave but the condition of the food when it is finished is incredible. If you are reheating leftovers it will be hard to tell that they are leftovers after being heated in a steam oven. Also, because of the many features this appliance offers, you can set the oven and walk away from foods that would traditionally take more effort to create. A steam oven is a wonderful tool and a viable choice for replacing or adding as a companion to a traditional microwave oven. If you are remodeling your kitchen it is worth taking the time to look into the benefits of this type of oven.

call button small croppedWhen planning your kitchen don’t forget to ponder the importance of selecting the right quick-cooking appliance and think about choosing to place it in a convenient location that doesn’t distract from the look of your new kitchen. Perry Newman Design clients get educated on their microwave options and all their appliance selections. Plus, they get someone to walk them through every step of the planning, selection and construction process. Perry Newman Design guides you through your home renovation project from conception, through construction, to completion in less time than you imagine. Call 801.971.0868 today and experience the peace of mind that comes from letting someone else take care of getting all the little details right.

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Three steps to purchasing the best appliances

 

call button small croppedAppliances are tools to make life more pleasurable and give people time to do the things that are most important to them. There isn’t a one-size-fits-all solution for which appliance package is best but by doing some research, a little leg work and being savvy during negotiations appliance shoppers should be able to find the right fit.

  1. Sample of Wolf appliances

    Sample appliances made by Wolf.

    Research

  • A great way to start figuring out which appliances will be best for your situation is to figure out your personal preferences. Go online and do a search for appliances so you can see different options. Start a list of things that impress you. Consider the look and finish, consider features that would improve your lifestyle and make your everyday chores easier. Jot down brands that have impressed you or worked well for you in the past. Be sure to look at the project page at perrynewmandesign.com to see what has worked for recent clients.
  • Once you have a list of things you like, consider subscribing to a service like consumerreports.org (which will give you reviews of products and let you compare to choose the appliances that are right for you). The cost is less than seven dollars for one month and that gives you time to research and know which options perform the best.
  • Choose the three top options you find and print out information about each of them.

2. Legwork

Sample of Aga appliances

Sample of Aga brand range.

  • It’s time to go window shopping! Do an online search to find local stores that sell the brands you are leaning toward. Try to think beyond big, box stores and consider smaller dealers as well.
  • Go see the appliances in person and thoroughly examine the machines, see how they look and feel and function. Ask about different handles, upgrades and other options. During this process, you will start to know what you like and will work best for you.
  • Ask about pricing and make notes on your printed information.

3. Negotiation

Sample Miele appliances

Sample of Miele brand appliances.

  • When you feel confident you have narrowed down the options to what will work for you, it’s time to find the best price and negotiate. Check online, check what the big, box stores advertise and talk to your local dealer so you are confident you know what a good price for your selection will be.
  • Look for sales and ask if there are rebates, package bonuses or other incentives. Use that information to find where you can get the best price and most value on the appliances you have selected.
  • Make sure you are aware of warranties and how the appliances should be serviced.
  • Once you have done all of this, purchase your appliances and decide that you will love your choices.
Sample Wolf appliances

Sample of Wolf brand appliances.

By following these steps appliance shoppers will make educated and informed selections, acquiring appliances that will meet their needs for many years. Since there is such variety in types of appliances and needs of consumers, it helps to have an experienced professional lead you through your selections. Appliance selection is part of the Perry Newman Design renovation experience and we are happy to lead you through these steps to the best possible outcome for your project. Simply give us a call at 801.971.0868 or fill out the form on our contact page to get started with a complementary, in-home consultation.

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