Kitchen Remodeling and Choosing Kitchen Appliances

Should you Match Kitchen Appliance Brand Names When Remodeling your Kitchen

By Mark J. Donovan

Question: I am in the process of planning a kitchen remodeling project and am unsure if I should try to match kitchen appliance brand names when developing my kitchen design. Is it important to match kitchen appliance brand names when building a professional style kitchen?

Answer: When remodeling your kitchen, you are wise to spend some serious upfront time developing a well thought out kitchen design plan.

Not only is this useful in making sure you get a totally functional kitchen, but also that it aesthetically meets your personal tastes. This includes the kitchen appliances you select for your new kitchen.

This said, kitchen appliance selection depends on your particular budget and tastes. Kitchen appliances from manufacturers such as Thermador and Viking are known for offering very high end kitchen appliances. Consequently, if you choose either of these kitchen appliance brand names, you can expect to spend in excess of $10,000 for outfitting a kitchen with state-of-the-art appliances.

On the other hand, there are a number of quality kitchen appliance manufacturers that offer excellent products that will only set you back $2,000 -$3000 for a Refrigerator, Stove/Oven, and Dishwasher set.
In regards to your particular question on whether or not you should attempt to maintain one brand name throughout the kitchen: I would alternatively suggest focusing more on the functionality of what each kitchen appliance offers, and whether or not it can work in terms of color and quality level with your other kitchen appliance preferences. For example, you would probably want all appliances to be stainless steel finished surfaces versus a mix.
Kitchen remodeling and choosing kitchen appliances

If on the other hand, your kitchen appliance store is offering a discount for purchasing all of the same appliances from the same manufacturer, then it may make sense.

Again, however, I would make sure you are first satisfied with each appliance’s functionality, and quality levels, before accepting such an offer.

Historically kitchen remodeling is one of the best investments a homeowner can make. Consequently, it usually does make sense to spend a little extra in the kitchen when remodeling it. You will more than likely preserve, or even increase the value of your home when remodeling your kitchen. On the other hand, if you plan on purchasing high end kitchen appliances and your home is of moderate price, you may not recover your total investment if you sell the home too quickly after completing the kitchen remodeling project.

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