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Posted: November 17, 2016|
There are a vast number of options in size, configurations, and cooking functions for ranges, cooktops, and ovens. This allows for better adaptability for your cooking needs and the physical restraints of your kitchen’s layout and space.
Look at Your Kitchen’s Space Constraints
Experts will tell you that for a smaller kitchen, with limited wall and cabinet space, a range is the best option. Cooktops take up counter space, but are beneficial in that they leave the space below available for storage. A single wall oven’s space needs are similar to a standard range, and offer the flexibility of placement. Double wall ovens take up the big chuck of space, removing nearly 30-33 inches of usable counter space.
One Oven or Two?
Take a realistic look at how you cook, and what you’ll need. Make sure you are not sacrificing too much just to make sure you can handle that one annual meal over the Holidays - sometimes termed the Thanksgiving Turkey Phenomenon! Focal Point? If your kitchen is in need of a focal point, a range is the path to take. Ranges can act as an anchor when other features lack visual appeal. Alternatively, window sinks or backsplashes can be the focal point and a cooktop will allow those to stand out.
With so many options, choosing between a range and a cooktop oven combination can actually just come down to what you think looks better. If you prefer the impact of a pro-style cooking setup, then a range may suit you best. However, those who prefer a sleeker setup may opt for the cooktop with a wall oven underneath to achieve the look they want. It’s really up to you!
There are two cost factors - the appliance itself, and the installation. Generally, if you’re looking to keep costs down, ranges are the way to go. They are generally easy to install, but the top-of the line ranges are quite pricey and not necessarily more affordable than the cooktop oven combinations. Another consideration is replacement costs. Should one component of a range fail, you have to replace both the stovetop and the oven. With the separate cooktop and oven arrangement, you can replace only the malfunctioning part. However, with cooktops and ovens varying in size from brand to brand, and since they typically are closely integrated your options may be fewer when it comes to replacing options. Ranges are more standard and are easily replaced.
To learn more about the different ranges and cooktops that Reno’s Appliance offers, please visit our showroom at 235 McLean Ave in Paterson or visit us online.
Posted: November 16, 2016|
When making investments, it’s always wise to do your research. Investing in appliances is no different, so be certain to shop with caution. It’s best to set your budget first, and then research the sizes, shapes, and styles that will work best in your kitchen.
A classic option that suits most kitchens in both style and function is the oven-cooktop combination. Determine your space and style ahead of time. Then, decide between a standard slide-in freestanding range, a commercial-style range, or a vintage cast iron.
Should you have opted out of the standard range arrangement, a separate oven and cooktop will likely be the direction you go. Double ovens, wall ovens, warming drawers, and steam ovens are all available options.
Separate cooktops allow for more flexibility in your design, and most importantly your cooking. If you opt for a wall oven, you can keep your baking and cooking spaces separate by finding an individual electric or gas range.
When choosing a refrigerator, think carefully beforehand with respect to just how much room you’ll actually need for storing food. A refrigerator can take up a lot of visual space, and there are many guides available that can help you decide between counter-depth, full-depth, and built-in models.
After you have put all the effort into planning the perfect kitchen, the last thing you’ll want is to have it appear that you just stuck the microwave somewhere on the counter. Built-in models, typically above the range or oven, are very popular. Countertop versions have the advantage of being readily available and easily replaced - so be sure to remember the microwave in your planning.
It’s a good idea to take mobility issues into account when making appliance purchases. While accessibility may not be an issue for you right now, situations change, and elderly visitors or young children should feel comfortable when visiting and spending time in your kitchen. Choose appliances that everyone can use and feel safe being around.
To see all of the different appliances that Reno’s Appliance has to offer, please visit our showroom at 235 McLean Blvd in Paterson, NJ or online.
Posted: November 15, 2016|
It’s all about size - when it comes to microwave ovens, anyway. Prior to shopping for a microwave oven, it’s a good idea to take a look at your kitchen and determine just how much space you’re willing to concede for your microwave, and how you’re planning to use it. Are you planning to feed a large family, or just the occasional reheating? A larger oven, 1.2 cubic feet or more, will likely be needed if you’re making large meals like casseroles or lasagna. If you’re constrained by counter space, there are units as small as .5 cubic feet that do a great job for heating soups or tea.
What to Look For?
There are some must-have features that help take the guesswork out of your meal prep. Automatic defrost and programmed setting to warm up snacks are a great feature. There are also sensors that calculate cooking time based on the amount of steam food emits during cooking times. Wattage? Best results come from microwaves with at least 1,000 watts, for cooking quickly and efficiently. Microwaves with 700 watts or less are slower, and tend to cook less evenly. You can figure that the higher the wattage, the faster the cooking time. Innovations in New Units Some microwaves can double as convection ovens. There are also some that feature built-in coffee makers or toasters. Rotisseries are even available on some larger microwaves.
There are several ways to keep your microwave clean and extend its life. Before wiping it down, spray an all-purpose cleaner into a cloth and give it a good wiping down. Never spray directly into the oven to avoid cleaner entering the vent holes, as it can damage the internal parts of the oven. Clean the turntable by hand washing in the sink, and returning it to the microwave.
Reno’s Appliance carries a variety of microwave types and brand names for all kitchen sizes. To see our array of microwaves, please visit our showroom at 235 McLean Blvd. in Paterson or online at www.RenosAppliance.com.
Easily the most expensive part of a kitchen remodel is the appliances. Deciding what you can fit, and where you want it to go is a personal choice when making a kitchen update. Some tips from the experts can help you figure out what appliance layout works best for you.
While a triangle is important, it may not be the only solution for your layout. Traditionally, kitchen layouts revolve around the connection between the sink, stove, and the refrigerator. Keeping everything within arm’s reach while you are cooking is the purpose of the triangle shape.
Be sure your appliances aren’t too large, as they can compromise storage or counter space. Smaller ovens heat quickly and are very economical. Keep your appliances in proportion with one another.
When square footage is limited, appliances can be tricky to plan out. Smaller kitchens may have a more straightforward work triangle. The smaller area will make it easier to keep everything close when working in the kitchen.
If you aren’t able to get an appliance to work in a small area, make sure your storage for food and tools is in an appropriate space - that can aide in keeping the workflow efficient. Maybe keep your sink, oven and refrigerator all on the same wall, then have prep space on the opposite wall.
Don’t try and overdo the amount of space you allow for your appliances. Think carefully about what exactly you need, and how much counter space you’re going to want open and clear. At the end of the day, it’s going to need to be what works best for you. Once you decide on a kitchen style, make sure to visit the showroom at Reno’s Appliance at 235 McLean Blvd. in Paterson and let us help you fill your home with beautiful appliances from microwaves to refrigerators. You can also browse our selection online.
The kitchen used to be a small room, typically in the back of the house. Today, kitchens are the focal point in many homes. Americans invest more time and money into remodeling, updating, and modernizing kitchen spaces for their exact needs and specifications.