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The Truth About Luxury Kitchen Appliances

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Many luxury appliances available today have an incredible set of features and benefits, but the question is: Do you really need them all? Here are some surprising tips.

Professional Ranges

Professional ranges are a significant purchase, often running more that $10,000. You see them featured in design magazines all the time, and they tend to be larger in scale. So, if you're going for a sleek, contemporary look in your kitchen, they might not be the right choice for you. The other issue to consider is that they need to be vented properly - much more so than a typical home range. So before you splurge, ask yourself: "Does it work with my style? Is it the right proportion for my kitchen? Can I vent it properly?"

You also need to consider the learning curve with a professional range. They are not that intuitive to use, so, if you have teenagers or a babysitter who cooks, it might not be the right fit for you. As a cost-effective option, consider an induction range. They are low heat - which makes them perfect for an apartment - very sleek in design and easy to clean.

Microwave Ovens

Microwaves are the appliances that have the largest range in price, starting at under $100 and climbing to more than $2,000. Built in microwave drawers are lovely, but are they a must have on a budget? Not really, especially if you're only using it to heat a beverage, or warm leftovers. Rather select a small unit and put it on a discreet shelf, there is no need to make it the focal point of the kitchen.

Refrigerator Drawers

I'm a big proponent of refrigerator drawers and specify them in kitchen designs all the time. They are wonderfully convenient, but can be costly. If you don't have an unlimited budget for your remodel, rather increase the size of your refrigerator and upgrade say from a 30" to a 48" unit or whatever size best fits your space.

Top of the Line Dishwashers

Another place to think before you splurge is on dishwashers. Today they come with so many cycle options, but are you really going to use all 11 cycles including the china & crystal cycle? Better to select a luxury brand, but purchase a model with standard features. You'll find the actual cleaning cycle does not change, so you gain the major benefit without the outlay.

Fully Integrated Appliances

Fully integrated or built in appliances that are hidden behind lovely wood panels are a great look, but can be costly. You can still achieve an aspirational feel with freestanding stainless steel appliances. They give your space an architectural, professional look and are definitely a cost saving option over built-ins.

Bonus Splurge: Appliances That do Several Jobs

I find it's worth the outlay to get appliances that do several jobs. If you're going to get a microwave, rather select one that also has a convection oven. I also recommend a combination convection and steam oven. You can use it to roast, bake, steam and slow cook. They're new, versatile and look great.