Renovating your kitchen is an exciting adventure, with a myriad of decisions to be made on everything from souped-up storage to power-point placement. However, your choice of appliances is arguably the most important element of your new space.
Shopping the Everdure range at Bunnings is a one-stop-shop for making these key decisions easily. By purchasing all of your major appliances from the one family, they will play well and look great together, and you’ll get to enjoy the same fantastic functionality throughout your brand-new kitchen. Where to start? We’re sharing some advice.
A good rangehood is a must, sucking up smoke, steam, grease and odours to keep your kitchen healthier and cleaner. A canopy rangehood is a powerful choice and the perfect match for enthusiastic cooks who work with all burners blazing. It also makes a visual statement – choose one to suit your kitchen style.
If you want a rangehood that sits out of sight, a slide-out model might be the one for you. Despite its smaller size, a slide-out rangehood can still handle whatever steam and smoke you throw at it.
A good dishwasher is a kitchen essential. Look for a model that offers flexibility with several different washing programs. Everdure’s 60cm freestanding model has six cycles, tackling everything from rinsing glassware to scrubbing dirty pots.
Another important factor is capacity – do you have a big family or do you regularly cater for a crowd? Opting for a model with a third layer for cutlery will give you more room for plates and pots in the bottom level.
Do you want a built-in version or a freestanding oven? Built-in ovens win on ergonomics. They are able to be positioned at a better height for viewing and handling hot dishes; for even easier access, go for a side-opening model. Built-ins are less bulky than freestanding, but this doesn’t mean you have to compromise on capacity. Everdure’s 60cm ovens punch well above their weight in useable space, so there won’t be any struggles with the Christmas ham.
If a freestanding oven is your preference, but space is limited, you can still have your first choice with an Everdure 50cm cooktop and oven. This appliance delivers all the bells and whistles, including two ovens (the smaller one has both grilling and baking options) and four hot plates, without hogging valuable kitchen space.
Induction cooktops have gone from ‘new-fangled technology’ to the preferred choice of many. They give an incredible degree of precision, they’re easy to wipe clean and they’re efficient, with all of the heat going to your pans and very little escaping into the kitchen. Their streamlined profile is also ideally suited to a modern kitchen.
Gas cooktops, however, will never go out of fashion. Many home cooks prefer a gas burner, as it allows them to visually monitor the flame and adjust as needed. Gas burners are also compatible with all types of cookware (some pans aren’t suitable for induction).
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Asbestos, lead-based paints and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber are health hazards you need to look out for when renovating older homes. These substances can easily be disturbed when renovating and exposure to them can cause a range of life-threatening diseases and conditions including cancer. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer or visit our Health & Safety page.
When following our advice in our D.I.Y. videos, make sure you use all equipment, including PPE, safely by following the manufacturer’s instructions. Check that the equipment is suitable for the task and that PPE fits properly. If you are unsure, hire an expert to do the job or talk to a Bunnings Team Member.