Jeffrey Anderson | Improvement Center Columnist | July 25, 2011
One of the best parts of a kitchen remodel is having the opportunity to browse the latest appliance styles and decide which upgrades are right for the room's makeover. There are more appliance options than ever, and it can be a good idea to start doing your research early as in many cases the models you select can affect your cabinet layout and mechanical rough-in locations.
Appliance styles for modern kitchens
Today's homeowners still want their kitchen appliances to be attractive, but efficient function and ease of use are often considered to be equally important. A few appliance styles to consider for the two most used appliances in your kitchen:
Once the focal point of most kitchens, many homeowners now use cabinet panels to help their refrigerators blend in with the surrounding decor. A few refrigerator styles to consider:
- Side-by-side: If you usually have a lot of frozen foods on hand, a side-by-side arrangement offers the ability to organize your freezer, but your refrigerator capacity sometimes suffers
- Top freezer: This standard configuration is still popular and offers plenty of refrigerator space
- Bottom freezer: A large bottom freezer drawer makes it easy to access frozen foods even if they're all the way at the back
- French doors: All the rage now, this model features a large bottom drawer for all your frozen foods and side-by-side doors above for better refrigerator organization
Refrigerators are available in numerous sizes and can range in price from under $700 for a small top freezer model to over $4000 for a large free standing side-by-side unit with a stainless steel finish.
Traditional ranges are still popular, but many homeowners are switching to separate cook-tops and ovens for convenience and less bending over.
- Cook-top: A separate cook-top allows you to do your cooking next to your food preparation area--even if it's at your kitchen island. Cook-tops are available in electric or gas
- Wall oven: Bending over to cook a turkey is a thing of the past with an eye level wall oven. If you make it a double wall oven, one of the units can offer the convenience of convection cooking
- Range: For some traditionalists only an all-in-one range does the job, and with a gas cook-top and electric oven, you can have the best of both worlds
Cook-tops can range from about $350 for a simple four-burner model to over $1,500 for an induction electric unit or a gas modular model. Expect to pay about $800 for a single electric wall oven, and a double unit with convection cooking can cost over $3,000. A simple electric range starts about $400, but prices can escalate to over $2,000 for nice dual-fuel units.
Pricing can vary depending on the types of appliances you choose and the manufacturer. If you would like an estimate from a local appliance company, please fill out the form on this page.