Appliances

At The Kitchen Workshop we have over 40 appliances on display, from the clear essentials, such as ovens, hobs, extractors, fridges, dishwasher, to the more enjoyable Coffee Machines, wine coolers and Quooker Hot Water Tap  We have working displays of certain models including the Bora Downdraft Hob, Neff Steam Oven and the Quooker Hot Water Tap.  All our extractors on display are also powered-up so that you can get an indication of the sound levels.

As the island only Studioline Partner you will also find an exclusive range of applainces on offer that you will not find elsewhere on the island or online.  And with all our applainces we constantly check our prices online to ensure that we maintain competitive.

A visit to our showroom is the best way to view the applainces, however if you seek inspiration in the meantime, we’re examining the appliance options available for your consideration, so you can go into your kitchen planning process with a clearer list of requirements in mind.

OVENS

The first choice to make when selecting an oven for your kitchen is whether you would like a free-standing or a built-in model. A free-standing oven, available as gas, electric, or some as a mixture of both, can create a striking focal point in any kitchen, and can be chosen in both modern and traditional styles, and in a range of colours from a sophisticated stainless-steel finish, or a colourful enamelled design.

Range cookers come in 90cm, 100cm or 110cm widths and are perfect for larger kitchens and great for roasts and slow cooking. For smaller kitchens there are plenty of compact slot-in cookers available in a 60cm width.

For a more streamlined look, a built-in oven can be integrated at eye level, which is kinder on the back, or installed below the worktop as a built-under model. Built-in ovens tend to offer the very latest technology, making them the ideal choice for keen cooks and those who enjoy entertaining.

Both free-standing and built-in models are available as single or double ovens, so you need to consider which would be better suited to your everyday kitchen life and the space you have available. Double ovens can be very handy for cooking family meals with ease, however, make sure to check the capacity of the oven will be suited to the types of food you like to cook.

Whether you prefer a single or double oven, look for automatic programmes that take the guesswork out of cooking by suggesting the time, temperature and oven shelf for your dish; memory functions so you can cook your favourites at the touch of a button and Pyrolytic self-cleaning, which burns fat and grease at 500˚C, leaving a fine ash to simply wipe away.

THE HOB

There are four main types of hob that you can choose from: Gas, Induction, Ceramic and Solid Plate. Each has its merits, so you should consider how you would like the hob to function and appear to settle on the design that’s best suited to your kitchen.

A gas hob is traditional and powerful, and to this day is still a very popular choice throughout kitchens in the UK. Gas gives you careful control of heat, and can be changed in an instant, helping you to cook dishes to perfection. You will need a main gas supply, and it’s important to note that a gas hob can be tricker than others to clean, but if you’re an avid cook then gas could be a really efficient choice.  There are some gorgeous gas-on-glass hobs available, which offer touch controls and an easy-clean finish.

Induction hobs have surged in popularity in recent years, offering a sleek look, an easy-to-clean-design, and many technological advancements, such as safety locks (which can be a welcome addition in a family home) and pan detection. One thing to keep in mind is that you will need to purchase pans that are suitable for an induction hob, as they use electromagnets to heat the base of your pan. However, this can be a small price to pay for an effective hob that suits your contemporary kitchen design.  If you're not sure whether your pans are compatible, take the magnet test. If it sticks to the bottom of the pan, it's suitable to use.

Ceramic and solid plate hobs are both powered by electric, are easy to use and are quite easy to clean. A ceramic hob would be a better choice of the two if it’s a seamless look you’re trying to achieve, however both can be aesthetically pleasing in an array of kitchen designs. It’s important to note that both models can take a little longer to heat up than their counterparts, although once they are heated, they are both very efficient.  Both these types of hobs are gradually being reduced in popularity due to the rise in demand for either gas or induction.  Therefore, the choice of models available is limited to only a few options.

If you love entertaining and have an open-plan kitchen, why not go for a domino hob? These slimline modular hobs enable you to mix and match fuels to create a customised cooktop. There are gas, ceramic, and induction models to choose from, as well as deep fryers, steamers, wok hobs and lava stone grills for that authentic BBQ taste

EXTRACTORS

Every kitchen needs efficient extraction to maintain cleanliness, health for the user (removing smoke and grease) and prevent steaming and damage of windows. It’s important to choose the right extraction rate for your room, along with the perfect design and style. This is measured in cubic metres per hour (m3/h) and you can work this out by multiplying the volume of your kitchen (length by width by height in metres) by ten- this gives you the minimum extraction rate your kitchen requires, as the air needs to be changed ten times an hour.

There are an abundance of sizes, colours, styles and types when it comes to extractor fans, and you will have a choice between an array of statement hoods, integrated/hidden hoods, recirculation extractors and sleek designer hoods, all offering a different way to ventilate your space whilst adding an aesthetic statement to your kitchen. If you are installing a hob into your kitchen island, there are also options for hidden downdraft extractors which can be slotted into your kitchen worksurfaces and will be revealed at the touch of a button when required.

MICROWAVES

Microwaves can be displayed on worktops or integrated into your cabinet or pantry to free-up valuable worksurface space. They are available in an endless variety of styles, so it shouldn’t be difficult to find a design that suits your kitchen, however, it’s important to make sure the microwave you choose offers the options you would like for cooking. For example, a combination microwave will allow you to bake, grill and roast and can be used to supplement the main oven when entertaining or cooking on a large scale.  Steam ovens also offer a versatile way to cook, as they can be used for all sorts of dishes from fish, vegetables and rice to cakes, puddings, and sauces, retaining food's nutrients and vitamins for a healthy lifestyle.

It would be helpful to consider how often and to what degree you will be using a microwave and use this to aid your decision.

DISHWASHERS

Dishwashers are more popular than ever, and if your kitchen space allows it, they really are a useful appliance to consider introducing in your upcoming kitchen renovation. Contrary to popular belief, dishwashers use less water than washing-up by hand and the latest models offer a range of water-saving features to conserve water and energy too.

There are a range of models and styles available, from free-standing dishwashers, normally in white, black or stainless steel, to semi-integrated models which can be hidden behind a cabinet door with the control panel on show. Or the most common option of a fully integrated design, allowing the dishwasher to be completely concealed within a lower cabinet for a seamless finish.

Think about your needs in terms of how many place settings you want, which programmes would be useful and whether you would benefit from adjustable baskets and racks. Most full sized models offer 13 place settings though you can find larger capacities and for smaller kitchens, there are slimline models that are 45cm wide instead of 60cm with nine place settings.

If you would like to explore your appliance options with a kitchen design expert, find your local independent Second Nature retailer today, who would be happy to take you through the different possibilities for your tailored design.

FRIDGE-FREEZERS

The two things to look for when it comes to refrigeration are capacity and energy efficiency. Think about your family’s storage needs - do you buy more fresh or frozen food? This will determine whether you opt for a 70:30, 60:40, 50:50 two-door fridge-freezer, a tall larder fridge and separate freezer, a three-door French style model with double door fridge on top and pull-out freezer drawers below or an American-style side-by-side model.

Refrigeration is rated for efficiency with A+++ being the most efficient. Remember that your fridge is switched on 24/7, so it’s important to choose the most efficient model for your budget.

Other features to look for include humidity-controlled drawers to keep meat, fish, vegetables and dairy fresh for up to three times longer; antibacterial linings to prevent mould growth; multi airflow cooling, which electronically adjusts the flow of cold air throughout the fridge to keep food at a safe temperature and for added convenience, an ice and water dispenser.