When it comes to creating your dream kitchen, you’ll eventually have to think about whether you want built-in appliances or not. It’s not an easy decision. It’s going to affect the final look of your kitchen, so you need to make sure it’s the right choice for you.
We’re going to take you through the main things to consider when looking at built-in appliances – whether that’s a washing machine, fridge freezer, hob, oven, microwave or dishwasher.
One of the biggest benefits to having built-in appliances is how they can integrate seamlessly into the look of your kitchen. Hidden behind doors that match the rest of the space, there’s no chance of your appliance sticking out like a sore thumb. Instead, you give your kitchen a sleek and minimalist look throughout.
All the latest appliances have very modern looks, which can be a bit of an issue if your kitchen is going for more of a rustic feel. If you’d like a more traditional look for your home, built-in appliances let you keep up that aesthetic without having to miss out on the latest technology.
If you’re planning on having a kitchen that’s bold in its colour scheme, freestanding appliances might clash more than you realise. With a strong idea for the colours of your cupboards, worktop and floor, it’d be a shame to undo all that planning with an appliance that doesn’t match. By going with a built-in appliance, you can get the best one for you without having to worry about the colour.
With appliances like ovens and microwaves especially, the benefit you get from having them built-in is that you free up more space in the kitchen. You’ll have more room on the worktop and you won’t have to make room for a freestanding, ground-level oven.
By having them built in, you can place them both at eye level for easy access and integrate them seamlessly with the cupboards and walls around them.
One thing that people always forget about with built-in appliances, is that they not only look good, but also make cleaning easier too. Once an appliance is built-in, there’s no need to worry about food, grease, or dust settling in the space between it and your cupboards – that space doesn’t exist anymore. On top of this, wiping down worktops is a lot easier without having to navigate past a hefty microwave.
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This isn’t to say that there aren’t any benefits to freestanding kitchen appliances – there are actually quite a few. Freestanding appliances in general are cheaper than built-in ones, so if you’ve got a budget to stick to, they might be more suited to you. Plus, if you ever decide to move home, it’s much easier to move freestanding appliances than it is built-in.
However, if you’re working on a long-term kitchen project and you want the look to be perfect, built-in appliances can really help bring your vision to life.