According to the Office of National Statistics latest data, the average family size in UK consists of 2.85 people. As we all know it is impossible to have 0.85 of a person, so we shall round the number to 3. Three people seems like a pretty standard size in a nuclear family, and therefore we will be basing our example on such. In this post I wanted to talk to you about the appliances sizes which you should consider when purchasing a new kitchen.
Let’s start with the dishwasher – usually this appliance is 60cm wide, free standing, or built in, and is installed next to the sink for ease of loading/unloading dishes, but did you know that a 45cm slimline version is also available from most manufacturers? In my opinion a full size dishwasher will beats a slimline dishwasher from a practicality point of view every time hands down, but if you are squeezed for space, or if you have a family of 2 or 3 people especially when most of you are working/studying during the week, then a slimline dishwasher should be considered – it will save you space which you can utilise more usefully, and will also stop you from doing half loads. A family of 4 people or more, or even 3 people where a lot of cooking takes place on a daily basis should warrant purchase of a full sized dishwasher.
Next, we’ll discuss the fridge freezer. Just like the dishwasher, this appliance is usually 60cm wide and 175/185cm tall. This appliance can be free standing or integrated, and the most common configuration is 60/40 which means 60% of the storage is allocated at the top to the fridge compartment, and 40% to the freezer. Other configurations are available such as 50/50, 60/40, 70/30 dependant on your lifestyle and what sort of produce/foods you keep. You can discuss this with your kitchen designer and he/she will be able to recommend the best configuration for you. You can also opt for a free standing American style fridge freezer. These are usually a lot chunkier (about 90cm width as opposed to a standard 60cm, and on average 75cm depth instead of the usual 60cm) than your standard fridge freezer, but they can fit in a lot more produce and have the added benefits of options such as filtered water and ice dispenser. In majority of cases a standard size fridge freezer is sufficient for a family of up to 3 people, but if you have a larger family and space allows for it then think about investing in an American style fridge freezer. Other options are also available such as under the counter fridges and freezers – your kitchen designer will be able to give you advice on this.
My favourite appliance in the kitchen – the hob! Assuming there are 3-5 people or less I would personally recommend a 5 zone hob (5 burners). From my experience the standard 4 zone hob which usually is 60cm and regardless if it is electric, induction, or gas is sufficient only in case if there are 2 people of less, or 3 people but not much cooking takes place. Hobs are available in many different set ups for example a 4 zone hob with a wok, a 3 zone hob with a simmering burner, different family sizes, cultural traditions, and cooking habits should all go into consideration when you are choosing this appliance. Hobs tend to come in size of 60cm, 70cm, 80cm, and 90cm. The great thing with hobs is that if space permits you can mix and match your cooking hub for your exact needs, for example you can have a 5 zone induction hob and a domino gas hob on the side. Majority of hobs tend to be built in appliances, however a popular option in rustic and country/cottage style kitchen is the range master cooker. These tend to be between 90cm-120cm, free standing and have between 1 and 2 ovens in them.
This leads us nicely onto the last appliance on our list – the oven, an appliance of standard dimensions, and that looks like a cube (they tend to be 60cm width, 60cm depth, and 60cm height for a standard single integrated oven). These appliances are most popularly installed in tall cabinets underneath the microwave, or sometimes underneath the hob. A single, well-specced oven should have no trouble serving a family of up to 3 people, however if you fancy yourself as a bit of chef, or maybe you really are a chef, or have a family of 4 people or more then you should consider a double oven. These are usually 90cm high and 60cm depth, with 2 compartments letting you cook more at once at any one given time.
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All the best,