Appliances

Is It Worth It to Get a Wall Oven? — Side by Side: A Guide to Appliance Shopping

If you're considering a wall oven and cooktop instead of (or to replace your existing) a range, the first thing to be aware of is cost. The wall oven-cooktop combo is going to cost you more — possibly a lot more. On the other hand, investing in separate appliances does have its advantages. The price of having your oven at a height that doesn't require stooping? For you, it may be priceless.

Life's full of choices. Here, we help you break it down.

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Should You Get a Fridge with the Freezer on the Top or Bottom? — Side by Side: A Guide to Appliance Shopping

If you're considering a new refrigerator, chances are the first things you'll consider are price and size. These are critical! But, as you'll find out once you start to do some research, there are many (many) more factors to take into consideration. One of those is freezer placement. No, it's not sexy, but it is a question you should ask yourself: Do you want a freezer on the top or a freezer on the bottom? There are advantages (and disadvantages) to both. Here, we break them down.

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Is a Built-in Refrigerator Worth the Extra Money? — Side by Side: A Guide to Appliance Shopping

There are a few luxuries that can make your kitchen instantly seem like it belongs in a Michelin-star chef's home: a gorgeous range, plenty of counter space, and a seriously impressive refrigerator. When it comes to the latter, how do you decide whether you should get a built-in or if a freestanding fridge will do? The cost will play a huge role in helping you decide. Other key factors? Aesthetics and how much space you have, for sure.

Keep reading to check out the pros and cons of a freestanding fridge versus a built-in one.

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Is the Convection Setting on an Oven All That Important? — Side by Side: A Guide to Appliance Shopping

The oven is the workhorse of the kitchen. It's the thing that bakes the cookies for your kid's school functions, warms the soup when you're sick, and helps you get that casserole on the table in a pinch.

If you're in the market for a new one, you don't want to make the wrong decision! There are tons of factors to take into consideration (Do you want gas or electric? Do you want a wall oven, a slide-in, or something else? Do you want stainless steel?), but here, we're looking at one thing that seems to confuse a lot of people: the convection setting. Do you need your oven to have that feature?

To help you with your oven shopping, we've explained exactly what the feature does, and the pros and cons of an oven with and without it.

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This Little Aesthetic Feature Makes a Big Difference on a Dishwasher — Side by Side: A Guide to Appliance Shopping

If you haven't been dishwasher shopping in a while (or ever), know this: Dishwashers have gotten pretty fancy! Like, really fancy. Not only do they clean your dishes, but many now also come with built-in sensors to determine how soiled your dishes happen to be. They also have all sorts of settings and rack configurations (silverware caddies verses drawers or adjustable tines, for example). You're gonna have a ton of choices and things to think about when you get to the store.

One very important decision seems mostly aesthetic-related: Do you want the controls to be on the face of the door or integrated into the top of the door? Did you even know that's an option? Crazy, right? To help you pick, we've broken down the pros and cons of each style.

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Should You Get a Microwave Drawer? — Side by Side: A Guide to Appliance Shopping

At Kitchn, we have a love-love relationship with our microwaves. Of course we love it for all the obvious reasons — like warming our coffee in the morning and delivering near-instant popcorn gratification on movie night — but also for mug cakes, single-girl suppers of mac-and-cheese, and the quickest and easiest answer to breakfast (eggs in the microwave!). We even lean on it when migraines strike.

It's an important appliance, and buying the right one matters. There are quite a few factors to take into consideration (like size, wattage, and special features), but today we're looking at a very specific question: Is it worth it to get a drawer microwave? Or should you opt for the regular countertop variety? To help you on your microwave-buying quest, we've broken down the pros and cons of each kind.

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