Choosing appliances for a kitchen can be a daunting task.
With so many options available in the market, it’s easy for your clients to get confused and overwhelmed.
Appliances are a significant investment, and it’s essential they choose the right ones to meet their needs and fit their budget.
In this VESTA Blog, we will discuss some factors to consider when helping clients select appliances for their new kitchen.
Consider Size and Layout
The first thing to consider when helping clients choose appliances is the size and layout of their kitchen.
The appliances you specify must fit the area and work proportionately within the space.
For example, a small condo kitchen will look best with smaller European sized appliances and a large greatroom kitchen often needs larger pro styled units.
Consider the shape of the kitchen to ensure that all appliance doors can easily open without interference.
Also don’t forget to measure access to the kitchen to ensure appliances can make it to the room.
Elevators can trip you up!
Another important factor to consider when choosing appliances is your client’s budget.
Appliances are available at many price levels and you will want to narrow in on your client’s investment range early.
Educating your client on the different price levels available for appliances is a good place to start.
Consider Energy Efficiency
Energy efficiency is an important consideration when choosing appliances for a kitchen.
Energy-efficient appliances can save your client on their energy bills and help reduce their carbon footprint.
Have them consider appliances with an Energy Star rating, which means they meet strict energy efficiency guidelines set by the US Environmental Protection Agency.
Determine Client’s Cooking Needs
Interview your client to understand their cooking needs before selecting appliances for their kitchen.
Ask them about the type of cooking they do and in what quantities.
Find out if they have any cooking specialties.
This will help determine if you should recommend a 30″ range or a 48″ range. Or a double oven or a single oven? Maybe extra refrigeration should be specified.
You can never ask too many questions in the early stages of specifying appliances!
Stay True to the Decor Style
The style and design of the appliances can impact the kitchen’s overall look and feel.
Before deciding on the appliances, determine the decor style for the kitchen be it modern, transitional or traditional.
Also think about the color and finish of the appliances and how they will fit into overall kitchen design.
While stainless steel is a popular choice for appliances, the chosen decor style may work better with matte black, white or even a bold color.
And paneled appliances can be the perfect solution for many decor styles.
Check Out Warranties
It is always a good practice to recommend brands you trust that offer extensive warranties.
With the high cost of appliances, your clients will appreciate this and give them piece of mind that their appliances will last for years to come.
Research Maintenance Needs
Some appliances may require more maintenance than others, such as cleaning or replacing filters.
Ensure your clients are aware of anything out of the ordinary so there are no surprises when they take possession of the new appliance.
Also, think about the availability of repair services in the area and whether the manufacturer provides customer support.
Both will be very important to your client if they need service down the road.
Explore Smart Features
Things such as being able to control the appliance remotely using a smartphone or tablet, and they can even alert the owner when they need maintenance or repair.
You should explore these options with your client and determine if they are worth the investment and meets your client’s needs.
Helping your client choose appliances for their new kitchen requires careful consideration of several factors, including size, budget, energy efficiency, cooking needs, style and design, brand and warranty, maintenance and repair, and smart features.
By taking the time to assess their needs and preferences and considering these factors, you can specify the right appliances that will serve them well after you complete their kitchen project.
Do you specify the appliances as part of your kitchen design process? Yes or No?
Please leave me your answer in the comments.
Jan Rutgers has been designing for over 25 years. Developing functional layouts for every area of the home is her passion. She has designed more than 1000 kitchens in her career, learning valuable skills with each one! Her experience in Kitchen Design, Millwork Manufacturing and Product Development has led her to create VESTABUL SCHOOL OF DESIGN where she educates and mentors people passionate about the Kitchen Design Industry.