A new home appliance is a major investment, not only in the initial purchase cost but also in the use, care, energy consumption and maintenance. Most major home appliances have a relatively long life expectancy; therefore, a poor choice can be both irritating and costly. Carefully choosing a few quality items that should last a lifetime is a better investment than purchasing lower quality products that may only last 3-5 years. Here are some features of the basic home appliances that you should keep in mind. Cooking ranges and ovens are a must in all households. Free-standing ranges and slide-in ranges are the most common.
They are self-contained, sit on the floor and easily adjustable. A drop-in range is one more variant; it’s permanently installed flush with the base cabinets and is supported on a low cabinet base. The best material for cooking ranges is considered to be porcelain enamel because it is durable, resistant to heat, acids, stains and scratches. Its color will not fade or yellow with use. Electronic controls and timers are a good investment, because they are more precise and reliable than mechanical controls and help you save energy by preventing overcooking.
Among ovens, the feature allowing them to decrease cooking time and thus save electricity is convection cooking. In convection ovens the fan blows the heated air over and around food, increasing the rate of moisture evaporation. There are also combination ovens, allowing you to choose among methods of coking or combine them for faster cooking. Automatic self-cleaning is one more feature you may consider for your convenience. The ovens save enough energy while cooking to self-clean without extra expenditure. Microwave ovens became an indispensable part of most kitchens today. The idea of “meals in a minute” is very appealing in our fast life. However, microwaves are good for reheating food rather than complex cooking. Refrigerator is one more home appliance the household can’t do without. A great variety of models have new convenience and energy-saving features.
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