Whether you are renovating, getting ready to sell your home, or simply enjoying the peace and quiet of your own kitchen, certain appliances are mainstays in that they make your life simpler, safer, and more luxurious. That said, it is important to understand the function of the appliance. For instance, some appliances work well to add value and luxury to a home. These types of appliances represent investments. Others are more for personal use, making them irrelevant when it comes to attracting an interested market.
A dishwasher is a critical appliance as it offers current residents convenience, making a house that will be used as a rental more competitive than one with no dishwasher. Similarly, the dishwasher creates value for any home on the market. However, a dishwasher is a base requirement in that it will not add much value to a house if it is present because people expect a dishwasher. That said, if a home does not have a dishwasher, you will lose much value as it is often a minimum requirement. Not having a dishwasher in the kitchen is like having a room with no windows. Windows do not increase the value of your home because they are an expected feature, but a home with no windows will have little value at all.
In terms of a dishwasher, desirable features include an auto timer as well as efficient water usage. Black or burnished steel makes for a modern finish while white dishwashers can make a kitchen feel dated.
2. Garbage disposal
The garbage disposal will help with cleanliness in the sink, so it is important that the dishwasher feeds into the disposal, which will then flush drain water onward. If the dishwasher does not connect to the disposal, excess food and matter can build up, causing drain problems.
In terms of desirable features, look for disposal with .75 horsepower. Additionally, you should look for one that runs quietly and offers quick-mount installation. Quick-mount disposal will be easy for anyone to install. Finally, look for one with a safety cover, which prevents the disposal from running unless it is covered.
A juicer is a must-have for anyone wanting to grind their own ingredients into nutritious smoothies or batters. For instance, a grinding juicer can pulverize nuts into smooth nut butter. Pecan or cashew butter, for instance, can then be added to smoothies or batter to provide an extra dose of protein and healthy fats. Additionally, a juicer beats even a quiet blender in that it will crush ice as well as banana peels, watermelon rinds, or orange peels. Orange peels, for instance, contain a lot of nutrients, and the bitter flavor–used in small amounts, can offset a sweet juice. Finally, juicer can handle some items that are truly difficult to grind.
- dry legumes
- raw carrots
- sweet potatoes
4. Refrigerator with filtered water dispenser
The refrigerator is the staple of any kitchen, and it will add value to your home as well as provide convenience and luxury to any resident until the home sells. In terms of a refrigerator, you should look for one that is modern and efficient as it will help reduce utility costs. However, the go-to feature is a filter for purifying tap water. Other features include the following:
- ice maker
- non-smudge surface
- multiple shelves
- transparent drawers
Other features might include a television or a built-in digital note system that allows you to write notes for others.
In terms of adding value to your home, the refrigerator should match the dishwasher and the range. Preferably, the appliances in your home should be of the same brand, but if this is not possible, they should at least have the same finish. Additionally, a refrigerator should generally be at least 72 inches in height as even a couple inches will make the refrigerator seem spacious for most people. Finally, the refrigerator should offer plenty of freezer space as many kitchens do not have room for a refrigerator and a stand-alone freezer.
In terms of functionality, one of the most important aspects of a refrigerator is how it opens and closes. The door should swing solidly and close quietly.
5. Range with ventilation hood
Like the dishwasher, a range is a required appliance. However, the best system is a range with a ventilation hood that can draw odors and vapors up and out of the kitchen, helping to reduce smells or the accumulation of grease.
In terms of the range itself, it should have a built-in oven capable of cooking large dishes. The best size ranges from 24 to 30 inches, and the oven should have multiple racks. In terms of the ventilation hood, look for one with a light. Additionally, it should have an on-off switch as well as filters that are easily removed, cleaned, and replaced. Finally, the hood, itself, should actually have a vent that leads to the outdoors. Some vents do not actually vent to the outdoors. Instead, they capture rising steam and grease, but they do little to actually transfer gas and smells outside where they can dissipate.