Appliances for new kitchen

HiHoHiHoJanuary 20, 2014

We are building a new house and need to pick appliances for the kitchen. I was hoping you might be able to give some insight since I am finding this completely overwhelming. We are not big cooks now, but as our family grows I imagine we will be in the kitchen a lot more. We are still designing the floor plan so we can work things around the appliances. In general, it will probably be around 200 square feet not including the eating area. We are trying to spend about $8,000 total. We visited a Sears Outlet and found we can get pretty much anything half off so we might go with them. in this price range what do you recommend? I am interested in going with induction but have no experience with it- opinions? If not induction we are thinking gas cooktop and electric oven. Also do you recommend wall ovens with a cooktop, a single range, or a range with a single wall oven? Hood or over the range microwave? Any opinions are much appreciated: refrigerators, ranges/cooktops/wall ovens, microwaves, hoods, dishwasher, and any other important appliances I might be leaving out. Any specific models or brands you recommend? Thanks in advance!

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I cook a lot. If I had my druthers I would have had a 36" or larger rangetop with a built in grill, and a wall oven. However, wishes and realities differ, when I redid my kitchen in 2012, I didnt wish to sacrifice the wall space to an oven (I wanted to minimize uppers) and so I have a 30" Bosch dual fuel slide in range- I am very happy. I might have looked a induction but we lose power frequently and the ability to use the stove top during a power outage was important.
I do not like OTR microwaves at all. I would recommend a real hood and putting the microwave somewhere else. Many GW's love the microwave drawer. For me that is a lot of money to heat up cold coffee. I stuck a $50 microwave in my walk in pantry and we are very happy.
My priorities were good stove, good vent, quiet DW(love my Bosch), fridge with no ice in door, no water at all(very happy with Electrolux FD CD).

    Bookmark   January 20, 2014 at 5:49PM
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I have the LG series of GE appliances, with double ovens and a 5 burner drop in range top. I'm a 'grandma' with 5 grown kids and grandchildren, and host all holidays, birthdays, and a dinner almost every month. It made perfect sense for me. Even though you don't have a family yet, you may like to entertain, and could discover you enjoy cooking once you're in your new home.

    Bookmark   January 20, 2014 at 5:59PM
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I am remodeling and have chosen to give up my Dacor gas range for a Bosch induction cooktop. I think if I had young children I would not use anything but induction, no flames, no fumes, little chance of getting burned.

I am well up in years and I am going with wall ovens now because it is easier on me to reach into an oven at that height. Reaching down and lifting heavy pans from the range has gotten difficult. If you need counter space and don't mind bending down for the oven, go with the range instead.

    Bookmark   January 20, 2014 at 7:10PM
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I had a set budget of $7K for my appliances.

I selected Ge Profile 30" gas cooktop (like another poster, I have lost power and it's great to have a way to make a hot meal), GE profile single wall oven, GE profile microwave with trim kit, GE profile dishwasher (can you tell there was a GE profile rebate going on???) and an Electrolux French Door Counter depth fridge. I also selected a Faber tender hood. All In stainless to better blend with cabinets / countertop.

    Bookmark   January 22, 2014 at 9:05PM
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We live in a middle class America neighborhood, near the New Jersey shore where average home prices are $400K through $600K. Our renno included a GE Cafe dual fuel range, GE Cafe OTR convection / micro combo (love it) and the GE Cafe 25.7 french door, which we built in to the new wall and cabinet run. We kept the Kenmore Elite DW, but bought a SS door to replace the black. The Kenmore is very good, cleans wonderfully and is less than whisper quiet. We had issue with noise from the refrigerator, but it went away when we built it in.

Cooking is fun again, especially in this latest snow storm.

    Bookmark   January 23, 2014 at 2:02PM
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