The kitchen is the hub of your home, playing host to delicious meals, midnight snacks, experimental baking and more.
It’s important to consider what you want to do in your kitchen before you start fitting it out with the latest appliances. While stylish design is key to creating ambiance, understanding a little about what goes on under the hood can help you make the right appliance choices for your lifestyle. If you want to reduce your footprint on the planet, for instance, energy efficiency should be high on your list of things to consider before buying appliances for your kitchen.
Whether you’ve got a family of hungry mouths to feed or you enjoy a little gourmet experimentation, your oven is likely to be the workhorse of your kitchen. It’s important to choose an oven and cooktop that will assist you in your culinary efforts across the board.
Start by asking whether you want a classic freestanding cooker, or whether your kitchen space would better suit a separate built-in oven and cooktop. Built-in ovens are a stylish option for a larger kitchen while combining the two appliances saves precious counter space.
Sunday roast? The perfect steak? Pizza party? Leftovers? Your oven needs to be as flexible as you are, so keep an eye out for combi-microwave features and time-saving technologies.
And that’s just the start. Depending on your needs, you can personalise your oven with telescopic shelves. However, if you like to cook, with a little research you can find the ideal oven.
Cooktop technology has come a long way over the last few years. With easy-clean vitro-ceramic and induction cooktops becoming popular options alongside traditional gas cooktops, there are a few things to consider when choosing the right one for your kitchen.
Electric cooktops, sometimes called ceramic cooktops, look good and are easy to clean. They use heating elements underneath a smooth glass surface, which transfer heat to the selected ring. Induction cooktops are also made of hard wearing glass, but only heat up when a ferrous pan is placed on it.
Induction cooktops are significantly safer, making them an ideal option for family kitchens. However, as they only work with ferrous pans, investing in an induction cooktop may call for an overhaul of your cookware as well. Induction cooktops have the added bonus of looking sleek, while being extremely easy to clean and very energy efficient.
A gas cooktop is still the preferred choice for precision chefs, offering significantly more temperature control and good overall heat distribution. While the payoff is a less-speedy cleaning process, modern gas-on-glass cooktops offer the control of a traditional cooktop on a sleek wipe-down surface. Plus, gas is still a cheaper power option in many parts of the country which means lower operating costs for gas cooktops.
Freshness is key when it comes to keeping your kitchen stocked. That’s why it’s important to choose a refrigerator with top cooling capabilities – like EverFresh+® or NeoFrost™ Dual Cooling technologies. Keep an eye out for flexible shelf space with room for plenty of healthy produce, meal prep cooking, delicious leftovers, or cheeky treats.
But why stop there? Customise your cooling with options such as Beko's ProSmart™ Inverter compressor, for a white-noise-free kitchen, or built-in ice makers and water coolers.
The last thing you want to do after preparing and enjoying a delicious meal is cleaning up. Invest in an efficient dishwasher and avoid family arguments over who does the dishes.
Not all meals call for the same cookware and crockery. That’s why your dishwasher needs to be as flexible as your cooking style, with a variety of basket sizes and programs . You wouldn’t wash a wine glass by hand with the same force you’d use on an oven dish, and neither should your dishwasher!
Save time and money by looking for dishwashers with time-saving, energy-efficient and eco-friendly settings, like Beko’s Fast+ function. You can load them up, hit start and relax safe in the knowledge that you’re doing your bit for the environment. Why not go even further and opt for a dishwasher that has in-built silence or odour-reducing technology?
Kitchen appliances have more options than ever, so it’s easy to be overwhelmed. These key considerations will help you find whitegoods and appliances that fit seamlessly into your lifestyle and homestyle. Browse our range of quality appliances to find the ultimate solutions to suit your everyday needs.