Appliances: Do they need to match?

The question I am always asked, as someone who does not stand to make a profit from my clients purchases, “do all my appliances need to match (from the same company)? Well, my opinion is that an appliance is just that… appliance. It’s a work horse and should be the function part of your new kitchen. They are not decorative pieces. Get the appliances that work best for you! And yes if you have just always wanted that Wolf Range but the other Wolf appliances and/or it’s sister company Sub Zero’s refrigerator just doesn’t fit into your budget, then mix and match!

And if that means…….. A KitchenAid dishwasher Continue reading Appliances: Do they need to match?

Bosch Review

Bosch Appliances:
Bosch is the perfect example of German engineering for a mid range product. They have an obsession with performance and efficiency. They have long been known for the quietest dishwashers, so much so that everyone has tried to copy them. A few have succeeded but they were the first to perfect this. Their ranges and stove tops  have a high BTU of 18,000 for an extra high heat and an extra low simmer function Continue reading Bosch Review

AGA Cookers Review

AGA Cookers: These are top of the line and very expensive appliances and are favored by the likes of Martha Stuart and Paul McCartney. Designed in 1922 and first introduced in the United Kingdom in 1929, an AGA Cooker is a cast-iron, gas-fueled, enamel-glazed cooking stove that uses non-drying radiant heat to gently cook food, often in less time than a traditional stove. In cooking, the absorption of radiant heat seals the surface, allowing food to retain its natural flavors and moisture. This radiant heat is very forgiving and the gentle, heat in each oven is very constant. This makes it much less critical that food is removed at an exact moment. This is why AGA is called “forgiving.” Continue reading AGA Cookers Review

Appliance Reviews…. From a Professional Kitchen Designer

A professional Kitchen designer and cook reviews appliance companies.

I spend any spare time I have updating my product knowledge about appliances. This is because every client/homeowner/cook is different.
They use appliances differently. While one cook might use all the bells and whistles that top appliances like Wolf/Sub Zero or Thermador have to offer, another would never want to use them. That is why you just can’t say that one product line is better than other. Better for whom? This is why knowing about all or most appliances and what is new this year, helps me help my customers (and you) how to choose the right appliances……. for you.

Oh Yes, I have my favorites…… but I am a “foody” and a chef and I do want certain things that I know will suit my cooking styles the best. (more on my favorites later) In subsequent posts (see categories list/appliance reviews for specific appliance company reviews as they come) I will be reviewing appliance companies and going over some of their pros and cons (to me).  I am also going to leave some brands out either because I do not have knowledge and experiences with them or I just don’t think they are worth the ink (sorry to those of you who don’t make my cut).  Remember, this is one of your first and (I think) most important decisions when remodeling or updating your kitchen. Choose your appliances first! Then build around them. After all….. could you cook in your kitchen without them?