Did you know that you can buy a fridge that costs 6p per day, a dishwasher that only uses 6litres of water and a washing machine that can save over a third on your electricity bill?
When purchasing any appliance for your kitchen you need to really think about how you intend using the appliance and what usage it is going to have in its life time.
For instance how many ovens do you need, do you want a double oven or two singles or even a single oven and microwave combination, possibly the best combination. What type of oven do you want, how complicated a model and a lot of this will depend on what you cook, as different ovens can be better for different types of cooking.
Have you ever considered a steam oven, it cooks more gently and locks in more vitamins and the Bosch Steam combination oven, steam cooks and combination oven enables you to bake bread, meat and fish keeping it moist in the inside but brown and crispy on the outside.
By choosing the correct appliance for your lifestyle and checking the energy ratings of appliances you can get a good value appliance that suits you. Companies like Bosch and Siemens offer a vast range of Ovens, steam ovens, combination microwaves and microwaves to suit any cook from Novice to Cordon Bleu.
Gas, Ceramic or Induction hobs such a vast choice of styles and sizes, but what is the fastest? Induction hobs are twice as fast as gas and three times faster than ceramic hobs. What are the most energy efficient? Induction hobs are due to their speed of cooking. What is the easiest to install? All require qualified engineers however there are induction hobs on the market that only need plugging just like a kettle. The choice is yours, but have a good look around and see what suits you best.
Laundry products are probably the most abused appliance in any household, so do you go for the cheapest machines and just keep replacing it when it breaks down or do you purchase a better machine with a better guarantee and due to its technology costs less to run that others.
With water meters do we want a machine that wastes water? The ActiveWater machines from the Bosch calculate the amount of water required for each load, and they offer a 10 year guarantee on their EcoSilence Drive. Also as time is money reducing the cycle speed by up to 60% not only saves energy. Tumble dryers are usually quite expensive to run however Bosch has a tumble dryer that has an A energy rating and costs approx 25p per drying cycle.
Got a noisy dishwasher? With the quiet washing available with Bosch and Siemens there are dishwashers in the range of 41 decibels, and ones that only use 6 litres of water in a complete wash.
Extractors now come in all different shapes and sizes and it is a requirement in a new build that every kitchen has mechanical extraction so a good extractor is vital in any kitchen and if it can be ducted out that is the most efficient method. Extractors don’t come with Charcoal filters as standard as they are very inefficient, so what ever type of extractor you choose see if it ca be ducted out.
Refrigeration is available in many sizes and combination but a fridge freezer are plugged in for 24 hours a day 7 days a week so make sure that you buy one with a good energy rating Bosch have fridge freezers with an A+++ energy rating meaning it is very energy efficient and will cost approx £27 per year to run.
So when you are buying appliances consider that cheapest is not always the best and way up the energy costs and therefore the running costs before you make your decision.
Bosch and Siemens appliances are available at MBK Design Studio