The options here, too, are many and varied. Different power supplies – gas and electricity – and different hob types – gas, electric-ceramic induction cooktops or electric – provide additional choices.
- Hobs can usually be seamlessly integrated with Stainless Steel benches.
- Solid cast iron trivets (the ‘frames’ on which pots and pans sit while being used) are generally better and safer, are more expensive, but are worth paying a little extra for.
- Stand alone ovens are an aesthetic option for a more commercial or traditional kitchen look.
- Rangehoods provide a way of further enhancing a chosen style. A built in rangehood is a minimalist option or the new square ultramodern designs work for contemporary kitchens. At the end of the day, choose what you like, bearing in mind noise levels (they can be very noisy at high power) and capacity.
- Wall ovens can be placed at chest height or under bench – there are good reasons for each position but it’s often dictated by the shape of the kitchen. Consider which is best for your situation and accessibility to the oven.
- Ensure that there is bench space nearby to put heavy items on.
- Consider the new combination microwave/convection ovens for use as a second oven, giving you greater flexibility for cooking. Again, ensure that there is bench space available to put items from your microwave.
- Double door fridges provide additional cold storage if you have room and icemakers are a luxury that can easily become a necessity once you get used to them.
With help from the NKBA and Pridex Kitchens & Wardrobes