Gas vs. Electric Ranges: The Pros and Cons of Each

Gas vs. Electric Ranges: The Pros and Cons of Each

Here are some of the pros and cons of gas and electric ranges. Decide for yourself which fits you the best! Electric Ranges: PROS Electric ranges can be much less expensive to purchase and install than gas ranges. Generally, all you need to do is plug them into the wall and you’re ready to go! The burners and surfaces tend to be easier to clean, especially glass-top ranges, which are also more stable for pots and to use as storage space when the range is off. Modern electric ranges turn on instantly as soon as you twist the knob. There tend to be more functions with electric ranges, and better heat distribution when baking. Plus, the dry heat is optimal for roasting conditions. Electric Ranges: CONS Electric ranges cool down much slower than gas ranges after the burner is turned off or down. If the power goes out in your Continue reading

Determining the Right Layout for Your Kitchen Appliances

Determining the Right Layout for Your Kitchen Appliances

When you’re working on remodeling your kitchen, it can be difficult to get your layout exactly how you want it. After all, you need to be able to balance the size and shape of your appliances with the goals you have for space and functionality. One concept you can use to create a more efficient layout in your kitchen is the “kitchen work triangle.” The three points of the triangle are the three key elements of your kitchen—the stove, the refrigerator and the sink. The general theory is that having these three elements in close proximity to each other (but not coo close) will make the kitchen easier to use. Obviously exactly how you set up your kitchen depends on the space you have available, but it’s a good theory to keep in mind. Here are a few other things to take into account when determining the right layout for Continue reading

Easy Ways to Upgrade Your Kitchen

Easy Ways to Upgrade Your Kitchen

If you want to make some updates to your kitchen, you don’t necessarily have to go with a full-scale remodel. There are plenty of smaller tasks you can perform that can make a huge aesthetic difference to your kitchen. Many of these tasks are inexpensive and can even be done yourself, if you have the drive and the know-how. Here are a few simple ways you can upgrade your kitchen: Simple cabinet updates. If you are in a kitchen with really old cabinets that have long since gone out of style, you don’t necessarily have to gut the cabinets and build new ones from scratch to improve your kitchen’s look. Consider a solution like cabinetry resurfacing, which can involve specialized painting, adding new wood veneer to the exterior of the cabinet box, and replacing doors, drawers and hinges. There are a number of ways a skilled tradesperson can “buff up” Continue reading

Stainless Steel Still Reigns

Stainless steel has been the most popular appliance material for 15 years now and it’s not showing any sign of conceding. Manufacturers have been trying for years to come up with the next big color trend in appliances, but stainless isn’t giving up. That commercial look of stainless makes the most unseasoned of cooks feel like Mario Batali, and it looks good with just about any cabinet and countertop you can shake a stick at. With the most daring of consumers opting for even stainless steel countertops it seems like stainless owns everything except the kitchen sink… oh wait… While everyone thinks that stainless steel is great, nobody’s saying the entire kitchen should gleam like a medieval knight. Sometimes having that one strong stainless piece makes it all the more eye-popping. For instance, an integrated refrigerator plus a bold commercial stainless steel range with a sleek exhaust can give the Continue reading