In this episode of the Kitchen Design Essentials Season, Frances has guest Rob Sinclair, Managing Director of E&S Trading on the show to discuss buying criteria and performance for kitchen appliances. This episode focuses on Fridges, Dishwashers and Ovens and Rob’s passion for appliances and bu
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In this episode of the Kitchen Design Essentials Season, Frances has guest Rob Sinclair, Managing Director of E&S Trading on the show to discuss buying criteria and performance for kitchen appliances. This episode focuses on Fridges, Dishwashers and Ovens and Rob’s passion for appliances and buying with performance in mind, is wonderful to listen to. Join Frances as she chats with Rob and hears his amazing advice and knowledge on these key appliances for your kitchen. Key Buying Criteria When Choosing your Kitchen Appliances Understand your requirements - Understand your needs and requirements at home and then find an appliance that is going to deliver you the performance to the best of your budget. Pedigree of Performance- Performance is crucial so find brands that have pedigree of performance or brands that specialise in a particular appliance. Look at product service and ability to get parts and be fixed, after the sale Reliability Fridges Buying Criteria Seek out quality brands- i.e Westinghouse, Fisher Paykel, Mitsubishi, Liebherr and Miele Great refrigeration performance- good quality, temperature control and temperature settings Food storage benefit- Freezer Vs Fresh Food Consider how an integrated fridge compliments the overall aesthetic, and may be crucial in smaller kitchens Has great after sale service and accessibility to spare parts Cost- Freestanding fridge costs between $1,600 to $2,000, while a fully integrated version costs between $4,500-$5,000. Integrated Fridges Integrated fridges can be expensive because of their unique style and coming from a specialty manufacturer. Integrated fridges can be easily replaced particularly Liebherr and Fisher Paykel,. as their fridge measurements have remained consistent over the years. Fisher Paykel- Cost effective, bigger cabinet for an integrated refrigerator. Cost up to $4,500 Liebherr- German manufactured and a high-end integrated fridge, usually starts at $7,000 New features and technology coming out in fridges now – what can we expect Samsung- It has a limited availability of spare parts which can prevent the product getting fixed. Fisher Paykel- gives more rack positions inside the fresh food compartments Humidity control and compartments for preservation of fresh food Dishwashers Buying criteria Choose a dishwasher that suits your needs Stackability- Understand what it is you are putting in (i.e wineglasses, baking dishes, coffee cups and glasses, large plates, bigger colanders) Organising – a Cutlery tray takes time, but it allows you to separate the cutlery out to wash them perfectly. You can unload them faster out of the dishwasher too. Wash performance Drying Noise – machines that are getting beneath 50 decibels are what you need to look for. Flexibility – options to stack what is needed for that wash cycle Size - extra large dishwashers- ideal for families who loves to entertain and cook regularly Brands Brands that have a pedigree in making great quality dishwashers Bosch (Siemens, NEFF and Gaggenau)- Global player in manufacturing They provide a different aesthetic across the range Miele – has great stacking flexibility Asko – reliable and quiet AEG - released the new ComfortLift dishwasher. If bending down to load and unload your dishes is a chore, the AEG ComfortLift has a lower basket that slides out and upwards. Integrated, semi-integrated and freestanding Integrated - Fits into the style of the rest of your kitchen cabinets in a seamless fashion. Price range is between $1,000- $3,000 Semi Integrated- Has a control panel at the top and an integrated door beneath it. Price range is between $1,500- $2,000 Free standing- An affordable option. You may be able to buy a Bosch freestanding dishwater at $800-$800 New Release Miele’s G7000 dishwashers includes a circular pocket that holds and dispenses dishwashing detergent automatically. Less detergent to use Environmental-friendly Great wash performance 450mm Dishwasher Space saver which is ideal for apartments or smaller homes Can be less cost effective from around $1,400 Brand: Miele, Bosch and NEFF Not as popular in Australia due to the cost Ovens Buying Criteria Lifestyle Requirement- Are you a big cook? Do you love to entertain? How do you want to ideally be able to bake? Performance If the budget allows - self-cleaning Oven Capacity- Do you need two 600mm or 900mm wide Good Accessories that comes with the brand- i.e biscuit trays or