Kitchen appliances are at the heart and soul of ever functional and beautiful kitchen. Unlike just a few years ago, kitchen appliances can’t simply be functional. They have to be as beautiful as possible as well. They serve as integral parts of the overall beauty and flow of the kitchen space and when selling a home they can actually make or break the entire deal with a potential homebuyer.
Kitchen appliance manufacturers are very aware of the current finicky nature of homebuyers and have capitalized on it by offering new models of their appliances that feature design changes and added features every subsequent year, much like the automobile industry does with cars and trucks. New appliances have the latest in design trends implemented and manufacturers go so far as to perform design touches that are unique to their brand, virtually guaranteeing that if the homeowner buys their refrigerator, they will buy the corresponding stove, dishwasher, and any other appliances that complete the set. As inconvenient as this may seem – particularly if you are only in the market for one of the appliances – homeowners that are selling their house can add a great deal of perceived value by having all of the appliances in their home match each other and include some of the latest styles and functions.
Homeowners prefer appliances that save them time, are convenient, easy to maintain, and are stylish. Kitchen appliance manufacturers are always coming out with innovative ways to serve all of these demands. New refrigerators feature “spill-proof” shelves that incorporate a lip around the shelf. This can be a great time and energy saver when a spill occurs by keeping the contents contained on a single shelf instead of dripping down on the items below it. Another such innovation is the implementation of smarter microwave ovens. Some new microwaves have features that were never before included in earlier models. These include child-lock doors, unattended cooking controls, and even variable cooking power options.
Many homeowners prefer the look of built-in appliances in their kitchens. These are state-of-the-art appliance offerings that are incorporated seamlessly into the kitchen’s surroundings in order to facilitate the look of being totally integrated. Some examples of appliances that include the “built-in” look are refrigerators that have veneers that resemble the surrounding wood used in the kitchen and dishwashers that have no handles and are hidden behind the cabinets and accessed through the façade of a cabinet handle.
Appliances are also becoming high-tech. Imagine your refrigerator as a multi-media center that has a touch-screen right on the door. You can browse the internet, watch a movie, listen to the radio, or stream your stored music right into your kitchen through your refrigerator. Some refrigerator manufacturers are even exploring the possibility of having your refrigerator automatically order food items when they need replenishing. However, this feature is very dependant on outside delivery services and not available in all areas.
Kitchen appliances are an extremely important aspect of your kitchen that should not be overlooked, particularly when remodeling your kitchen or when you are considering selling your home. The next time you replace your appliances, make sure that they meet your needs and the needs of your potential homebuyers.