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This expert guide to choosing appliances will help you decide what works best in your kitchen


Hart & Co. appliance specialist Kristian Hardie advises knowing what you want from your appliances before you commit to the purchase.

“Are you a gourmet chef looking for high-performing equipment to achieve the best cooking results?” he says.

“Perhaps you’re after an on-trend integrated look with appliances concealed behind cabinetry? Or a stunning entertainer’s kitchen with all the mod-cons.

“The appliances you choose not only enhance your kitchen design but they should support the way you live and work harmoniously together.”

According to Kristian, appliance selection factors heavily on the style and layout of your kitchen.

Appliances are the starting point for the design journey. “I recommend you start with some initial research on appliances before meeting with your designer.”

Measure the kitchen zone or bring your floor plan so the appliance specialist can give you the best advice on maximising the space. Careful choices and well-positioned appliances go a long way to a perfectly functioning workspace.

It is not uncommon for kitchen budgets to exceed $25,000 – so don’t hold back on getting professional help. A kitchen designer will help you shape the kitchen of your dreams. But if you can’t afford a designer, then appliance specialists bring decades of know-how to remove any confusion from your appliance selection journey.

Innovation in cooking and food preparation in the home has come a long way in recent times. Hart & Co. store manager Gina Dimakopoulos says: “While technology is taking hold, it doesn’t mean using the appliances is difficult. At Hart & Co. our home economists happily take you through a hands-on session to show you how to use the appliances. Together you test, cook and delight in the results you can achieve.”

Choosing the right appliance is not simply a purchase decision, it is an expression of the way you live, according to Hart and Co.’s Belinda Hart.

“You wouldn’t buy a car without a test drive and we think the same about appliances,” she says. “At our one-of-a-kind interactive showroom, we encourage you to explore, experiment and put the appliances to the test yourself, before you buy.”

Belinda says Hart & Co. offers a selection of complimentary experiences to help you make informed choices, before you decide which appliances you take home.

If you’re planning to include a butler’s pantry or scullery, consider which functions are to be carried out in this zone. This may affect which appliances you prioritise in your budget.

For example, a less expensive dishwasher, microwave or a second fridge in the scullery frees up the budget to invest in a hero oven and cooktop or integrated refrigeration that take centre stage.

Perth’s climate lends itself to entertaining outdoors all year round and homeowners are investing in second kitchens in the alfresco area.

Aside from the barbecue or gourmet cooking stations which now come in configurations that stretch the imagination, you can add to the outdoor living vibe with other conveniences.

You may consider having a wine fridge, sink and tap, and dishwasher which makes cleaning up a breeze.

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