When you get the chance to upgrade your kitchen, there are a multitude of options available to you. The range and different types of cooking appliances are no exception. It can be tempting to stick with the mode that you are most used to, or in some cases have inherited. But modern appliances offer so much variation and scope. They could change the way you cook and work in your kitchen.
How do you decide between for example, gas or electric cooktops? Could there be a place for an induction hob in your kitchen? Do you opt for a separate oven and how would that be powered? Would an all singing and dancing chef oven be the answer? Here are some thoughts to help you decide.
How you choose will depend a lot on your lifestyle. If you are a busy professional, it may not be worthwhile investing in a professional chef oven, unless of course you have just fallen in love with it! A big investment in terms of price and space like this is likely to last for decades, so on the other hand, it may see you through several incarnations.
Spending more time at home and in your kitchen will give you different priorities. Then you might want to think about investing in an oven that can cope with several different functions. You might even decide that two compartments and even a separate grill is beneficial. If space is a concern this too will affect your choice. Working with an open plan style might give you more options.
Ovens that contain the grill are convenient in terms of space saving but if you are trying to finely balance a dinner or lunch party they may not work for you. An oven that is separate from the cooktop can be a great way to save space in a smaller kitchen. It also has the advantage of giving you the option of having an eye level oven which is a knee and back saver.
Gas or Electric.
This will come down to personal preference as well as convenience. Electric hobs are still a popular choice, and this is especially so with the newer induction cooking tops. You need to make sure that you have the best induction cookware, as some materials such as glass, aluminium and copper will not work. Induction has the immediacy of gas but has the advantage of being incredibly efficient and much safer. It only heats the food and not the cooktop itself. Surfaces are also easy to keep clean.
If you don’t have a piped gas supply, you will need to have cylinders if you want to have a gas powered hob. The advantages of this classic source of heat are immediacy and visuality. You can see a flame easily; it is straightforward and quick to adjust. Gas is efficient and many cooks swear by it. The same immediacy is not necessary for the oven and for many, an electric oven with fan settings is still the easiest and most efficient way of cooking.
A little thought about your needs and your preferences may well give you more interesting options for your kitchen than you realised