Are you considering remodeling your kitchen? Maybe just thinking about making a few minor updates? You’re not alone. Whether you are an aspiring gourmet chef, 30-minute meal enthusiast, or a takeout connoisseur, the kitchen is likely one of the most frequently used rooms in your home. So how can you make this space more inviting for possible guests or even just more enjoyable for your everyday use? The quickest and most effective way is to upgrade your appliances.
If done correctly, upgrading your kitchen appliances can give an outdated space a fresh new look. And adding some modern kitchen appliances to your home will get you excited about spending more time there. Here’s our wish list of “must have” kitchen appliances to consider when upgrading your kitchen.
Modernize Your Kitchen with a Smart Refrigerator
The modern refrigerator can do a lot more than just make ice. Smart Refrigerators come with a variety of features and options from which to choose. Here is a short list of the tasks that most modern smart refrigerators can accomplish:
- Find a recipe
- Create a grocery list that syncs with your smartphone
- Notify you of upcoming food product expiration dates
- Customize temperature by drawer or compartment
- Alert you when water or filters need to be changed
- Allow you to view the inside of the refrigerator from a smartphone to inventory items remotely
- Allow you to replace calendars, whiteboards, and physical notes by storing all on a touchscreen
Imagine never forgetting an item at the grocery store again, never sticking your nose in a jug of milk to the unpleasant surprise that it is past its expiration date, and never frantically looking for a pen and paper to write a note to your spouse or children as you run out the door. I think that these tiny luxuries can improve your daily life tenfold.
Need another reason to buy a smart refrigerator? They provide superior efficiency. A Forbes article highlighted the benefits of smart refrigerators, stating that not only can they save homeowners money but can also lessen the strain on community power grids.
Indulge Your Guilty Pleasures with an Air Fryer
Do you love fried food? Most people do. Fried food is a tasty morsel of heaven that leaves you wanting more while simultaneously making you feel guilty and bloated. The air fryer is changing that.
For lovers of chicken tenders and onion rings, the air fryer provides the satisfaction of a deep-fried feast without the health risks of dipping it in a bath of hot oil. They consistently produce food that is perfectly crisp on the outside and tender on the inside. And the best part? Half the cleanup of a deep fryer.
A Microwave Drawer is the Must Have Modern Kitchen Appliance
The microwave was first introduced for in-home use in 1955, and more than 60 years later it’s considered a necessity in a modern kitchen. Like with a smart refrigerator, the microwave is something you need, but it should also be something you want. It should do more than just heat food. It should make cooking easier, and of course be simple-to-clean.
Sharp has modernized this “must have” kitchen appliance by creating the world’s first Micro-Wave. Sharp’s top-of-the-line SMD2480CS Microwave Drawer features an Easy Wave Open motion sensor for touchless operation. Simply wave your hand, and the appliance opens to a 45-degree angle, allowing the user to easily view the hidden control panel and select from a variety of cooking options. The edge-to-edge glass panel wipes clean quickly and easily. No more difficult to clean food splatter or finger prints.
Need another reason that the SMD2480CS Microwave Drawer is the perfect kitchen appliance? It extends your counter space. As a microwave drawer, it can sit in a kitchen island or under the counter, and when pulled out extends your work space by a full 30 inches, capable of holding a four-quart casserole dish or a 20-oz. beverage.
This appliance will not only make your kitchen more fashionable, it will your workspace more functional.
A Juicer Can Freshen Up Any Kitchen
Do you want to eat more mindfully? Consider purchasing a juicer.
According to an article by the University of Washington, eating five or more servings of fruits and vegetables a day can decrease the risk of stroke by 26%, as well as reduce the risk of dying from cardiovascular disease. A study performed by King County also suggests that the antioxidants in fruit and vegetable juices may play an important role in delaying the onset of Alzheimer’s disease.
A juicer can help you create quick and easy, drinkable meals (or snacks) while also helping you to increase the amount of fruits and vegetables in your diet. It’s also an easy addition to any modern kitchen since it’s an appliance with a relatively small footprint. A juicer may seem like a luxury item that you want, but it’s actually something that your body needs.
Modernize Your Cooking with a Steam Oven
It’s time to rethink how you are cooking your food. A conventional oven is pretty basic. You may find a few models that have smart capabilities, but unlike the refrigerator there’s only so much additional functionality you can build into an oven. It’s time to consider cooking with steam.
The Sharp Superheated Steam Countertop Oven is the perfect appliance for any modern kitchen. It can cook food at a higher temperature, provide a better cooking experience, and promotes a more mindful diet. Never wait for an oven to preheat again with the Superheated Steam Countertop Ovens “instant on” feature. Your food will be crispy on the outside, while still moist and delicious on the inside. This powerful, yet low-profile oven provides users up to 60 minutes of steam cooking and has five versatile cooking modes.
Whether you are baking muffins for the school bake sale, making a casserole for the whole family to enjoy, or just popping in a pizza, your food will be cooked to your liking. And when you cook with supewrheated steam, cleanup is a breeze.
Complete Your Appliance Wish List with a Wine Refrigerator
Sommelier’s and casual drinkers can agree that no modern kitchen is complete without a wine refrigerator. Why? Because wine is too important to be shoved to the back of the refrigerator behind the sport drinks and the leftovers.
Wine needs to be stored at a precise temperature, and that temperature varies depending on your preference of red or white. Storing wine at the correct temperature can elevate the taste and overall experience of even an $8 bottle. Did you ever wonder why wine cellars are always underground? That’s because natural light destroys the flavor. Wine refrigerators provide the perfect dark space to ensure rich flavor.
Have a small kitchen? Wine refrigerators come in all sizes, so everyone can enjoy this (must have) luxury appliance. Finally, wine refrigerators are incredibly convenient. Once you’ve completed all your appliance upgrades and you’re in the kitchen admiring your work, you can just reach into your wine refrigerator and pour yourself a delicious glass to celebrate.
Are You Ready to Modernize Your Kitchen?
Take the next step. The six items listed above are our idea of “must have” modern kitchen appliances, but you may have something else in mind. If so, add those items to the list.
We recommend setting a realistic budget then creating a list of:
- All the appliances you need to replace to improve functionality
- The appliances you want to replace to improve the overall look of the space
- The appliances that would make you happy to own
Once you’ve completed your list, start price shopping (but keep in mind that the cheapest item may not be the best item). As soon as you’ve compiled all the prices and brands, you can make an educated decision on what appliances you can realistically upgrade.
We recommend putting the bulk of your budget toward replacing all the appliances that will improve functionality, and if there is a little money left over, treat yourself to an appliance that will improve the look of your space or an item that will make you happy to own such as a wine refrigerator