We, at Designer Kitchens, are Master Partners with some of the leading appliance manufacturers in the world. These include:

As Master Partners, we are best placed to source the very best appliances available on the market and always at the most competitive prices. We can also source appliances from most other appliance manufacturers on the market so if you have a particular brand in mind, Designer Kitchens will be happy to assist you.

At our showroom in Potters Bar, Hertfordshire, we have many of the above mentioned appliance brands on display. We buy direct from the manufacturers, and in doing so, we have formed excellent relationships with all of our suppliers ensuring that our staff at Designer Kitchens are fully trained and dedicated to both the appliance operations and guarantees. This adds to our ability to offer our customers the best appliances possible at the most competitive prices to suit every budget.

Selecting your appliance

Our staff at Designer Kitchens are pleased to be able to offer you our bespoke appliance selection service. We understand that everyone has different requirements for their kitchen, and by taking into account your budget and everyday needs, we can offer you honest and practical advice on the appliances that will suit you best.

Whether you have limited space to prepare and cook meals, you require certain colour schemes to suit your kitchen or whatever restrictions you may have, Designer Kitchens will take into account your needs and give you the very best options without ever compromising on quality or functionality.

Designer Kitchens staff are fully trained on all technical aspects of the kitchen appliance ranges that we offer. This enables us to offer our customers practical advice regarding compatibility with your kitchen and to ensure that you choose the right appliances for your home’s requirements. Our kitchen manufacturers are well aware of different appliance dimensions which means that our kitchen units will house your chosen appliances perfectly, usually without the need for modifications to the units.

No matter what ‘look’ you have chosen for your kitchen, you will always find a wide range of appliances suited to your needs. Appliance manufacturers these days cater for the most modern and the most traditional of customer, without compromising on quality or functionality.

Purchasing your appliance

It is a common misconception that the Internet is the cheapest place to source and buy kitchen appliances. Whilst this may be true with many household goods, it is not the case here.

We spend a long time building relationships with our appliance manufacturers and they, in recognition of this reward us with their best pricing options. This means that we are usually able to match, if not compete with the prices you find online. Further to this, we offer a start to finish service that you will not find on the internet. From our expertise and advice to our installation and after care, we pride ourselves at Designer Kitchens on being the most competitive appliance supplier on the market. We are also able to show and demonstrate appliances in our showroom to our customers so that they can see firsthand, the workings and aesthetics of appliances before they buy them.

As a Master Partner, we are also best placed for any possible post purchase appliance issues.

Kitchen Appliances

There is so much to think about when choosing your kitchen appliances. Some decisions will be easy, like fuel and fit type, as these will be pre determined by the space and the fuel supply to your kitchen. Other decisions such as colours, styles and additional features are a matter of preference and personal to the tastes of each customer

Ovens

Our oven range at Designer Kitchen ranges right through from the simplest of models designed to do ‘what it says on the tin’ to those at the very forefront of revolutionary technology. Each customer of ours is and will always require different things; from the look and style of an oven through to the functionality required. Perhaps you want a conventional fan oven, or maybe you prefer to steam your food. Possibly you only have limited space in your new kitchen so you are considering a combi type oven to perform many different tasks. The possibilities are endless. What we can promise though, is that here at Designer Kitchens, we can simplify your options to enable you to make suitable choices for your individual needs.

Cooking is made simple with the latest ovens, you can achieve professional-level cooking results from the comfort of your home, with minimum stress. Precise temperature control provides the exact desired results, recipe functions are also available and you can even colour match to an extent; Miele’s new ‘Brilliant White Plus’ range for example, blends perfectly with our white gloss kitchen ranges. Check out their range here http://mieleusa.com/usa/cooking/Brilliantwhite.asp

Double ovens

With two independent cavities double ovens are a great appliance as you can cook separate foods on separate temperatures. Choose from gas or electric and in a colour which will complement your kitchen perfectly.

Steam ovens

The ideal way to cook vegetables, fish and meat healthily at temperatures ranging from 40°C to 100°C. You can cook various dishes at the same time without combining the different flavours. Through this cooking method you are able retain more vitamins and minerals, the food remains moist and does not dry out and because you use lower temperatures less energy is used. Why not visit us and we’d love to demonstrate one of our steam ovens for you.

Microwave ovens

Microwaves have truly changed the way we think about cooking. They’ve come a long way from the original early models and now are multi functional.

Although slightly more expensive, it may make sense for some customers to invest in a combi model – a combi microwave oven. You get a whole lot more for your money – a microwave, oven and grill in one. Combined power also means faster cooking. A high-wattage microwave combined with a grill or oven cooks up to two thirds faster than anything else.

Traditional microwaves still have their place in the kitchen though and many customers may not need the versatility that a combi microwave offers. At Designer Kitchens we can advise on the practicalities of both and assist you in making an informed decision whilst demonstrating our showroom models.
Pyrolytic/Catalytic

Nobody likes cleaning their oven; it is in fact for most people, the most dreaded kitchen task. Due to modern technology however, many of the ovens manufactured today offer self cleaning. These ovens work by heating themselves to very high temperatures burning off any food residue stuck inside the oven and leaving a pile of ash at the end which can just be wiped away.

Touch controls

For a more modern clean feeling, you may wish to consider an oven which features touch controls which are flush to the oven’s surface. They are easy to use and as accurate as the more traditional controls.

All of the appliance brands we stock here at Designer Kitchens incorporate all of what we have talked about above and more, and are also available in a wide range of dimensions designed to fit any kitchen size. We can offer a flexible range of options based on your size restrictions without compromising on functionality or innovation.

As we mentioned, the possibilities really are endless – you can have whatever you want. Realistically speaking that is!

Cookers

All cookers are freestanding and therefore cannot be stored under or built into your kitchen units.   This is something that you will need to bear in mind when choosing a cooker. Think carefully about whether you want a gas, electric or dual fuel model. There are so many clever cooking features to assist you every day. Do you want a double or single cavity cooker? Look out for the number of burners available on the hob. Also, think about which style and finish will match the rest of your kitchen. With a great choice of brands at Designer Kitchens, these are all things that we can assist you with.

Hobs

Hobs are built into your kitchen worktop and can be gas or electric. They are available in a wide range of sizes and styles to suit your kitchen.

Gas

Gas hobs are still a firm favourite; they are easy to control and provide instant heat. They are available in different sizes with varying numbers of burners and many have features to make them safer than ever. Gas is a cheaper fuel to cook with than electricity so it is definitely more cost effective. However not every property has a gas connection, especially some new-builds, so they won’t be suitable for everyone.  They will also need to be professionally installed by a Gas Safe registered engineer.

Electric

Electric hobs have changed immensely over the last few years. Ceramic, induction and halogen technology combined with modern design means not only do they now look very appealing to the eye, but they perform brilliantly.

Electric ceramic hobs have a glass surface meaning they’re easy to use and easy to clean and they heat up quickly. However heat distribution isn’t as good as when cooking with gas.

Induction hobs

Innovative Induction technology uses a magnetic current to generate heat to the bottom of the pan.

Induction hobs heat only the pan so rather than the hob heating up, a magnetic field is created between the pan and an element underneath the glass top.

One of the main benefits to this is that you can touch the surface of the hob without burning yourself.

Induction hobs are quicker than other types of hob. They can be more expensive to buy but they are actually cheaper to run as they only use the amount of energy that you need, making them very energy efficient. You will also find that induction hobs have power-boost options. These will heat up cooking zones more quickly, saving around a third of the normal heating-up time.

Specially compatible pans are needed to work with induction hobs but due to the popularity of these hobs, such pans are more and more readily available.

A must read before choosing your induction pans – http://split-it.co.uk/induction-pans/

Designer Kitchens can offer specialist advice on the different types of hobs and fuel sources available.

Extractor hoods

Extractor hoods all work in much the same way by extracting food smells from your kitchen either through a filter or expelling them via a tube outside. So the choice really just comes down to what look you like best. You can make an extractor hood a bold design statement in your kitchen or you can choose to make it very inconspicuous – the choice is yours!

Types of extractors:

  • Built-in cooker hoods: Built-in cooker hoods are compact and designed to fit into kitchen cabinets. They’re suitable for use above a traditional four-ring freestanding cooker or hob.
  • Chimney hoods: Chimney style hoods are made of stainless steel and glass and comprise a canopy to capture the steam and smells and a chimney fitted with a fan to extract them. They need to be fitted to the wall and vary in sizes.
  • Integrated hoods: Integrated cooker hoods are designed to fit perfectly into integrated fitted kitchen units. They’re not as powerful as chimney or island hoods.
  • Island cooker hoods: Island hoods are the biggest of the cooker hoods available and also the most expensive. Island hoods attach directly to the ceiling so you’ll need a lot of space to accommodate an island hood.
  • Down draft extractor: These are a relatively new type of cooker hood. They are hidden away below your kitchen work surface when they are not in use.  Downdraft extraction is especially popular for island hobs as it creates a minimalist look. Downdraft hoods are out of sight when not in use and when they are in use, a downdraft hood doesn’t obstruct your view as the hood only extends a small height above the work top.

Modern extractors can these days be very quite and will have a range of different speeds.

Designer kitchens have a range on display to assist you in choosing the correct type for your needs.

Refrigerators/Freezers

Refrigeration appliances are one of the most important appliances in your kitchen. They provide a clean hygienic place to house your food, ensuring preservation of taste and freshness.

Modern refrigeration appliances have new features such as ‘Frost free’ to eliminate the need for defrosting, ‘Auto defrost’ to minimise the build up of frost at the back of your refrigeration unit plus ‘anti-spill’ shelving to assist you with the cleaning. They can also offer ice making and chilled water functionality.

The model that is best for you depends on your individual needs and eating habits. We can advise and demonstrate on all of the practical elements of these cooling appliances here at Designer Kitchens.

Refrigeration appliances are either free standing, built into your existing kitchen units and behind your cupboard doors or built under your worktops. Depending on the space you have available we can advise which is best for you.

There are many different sizes and split ratios to choose from when deciding on a refrigeration product.

Many models also come with the benefits of flexible storage, such as adjustable shelving and bottle racks allowing you to customise your appliance to your requirements.

Dishwashers

Dishwashers are arguably the best invention to ever grace a kitchen! They have fast become an essential appliance in most kitchens and the level of cleaning they offer is incomparable which makes them an invaluable investment.

With full sized and slim line models available, you will not find it hard to find a suitable choice for your kitchen. We offer a choice of free standing dishwashers which can slot under your worktops with the front visible, semi integrated dishwashers which are partly covered with the control panel visible, or fully integrated models that are placed behind your kitchen cupboards and hidden when the door is closed.

All have a variety of programmes for everyday use and time delay features which allow you to set the wash to begin at your convenience.

Dishwashers are also very energy efficient – they can save up to 11,000 litres of water per household per year using compared to washing by hand!

Washing machine/dryers

As with dishwashers, washing machines not only take the stress and the strain out of washing by hand but they now have many additional features and functions to make your life easier.

It is important that you choose the right model for you as different models offer different features such as delay timers, half load, antibacterial washes, crease reduction, and delicate programmes.

Free standing models can fit underneath your worktop but it’s worth noting that if you do not want the appearance of this in your kitchen, it may be better to consider a built in model. These models can be placed behind your kitchen cupboards and appear completely hidden from the eye.

Maybe you only have space for one machine which would make a washer/dryer a good solution for you.

You can expect to pay slightly more for faster spin models. The faster the spin speed the less drying will be required, ideal for saving energy and time.

Designer Kitchens can ensure your chosen washing machine, dryer, or washer/dryer can be easily installed in your home regardless of whether you choose an integrated or freestanding machine. Our team here are experts at helping our customers find the right fit and solution for their kitchen.

Sinks & Taps

At Designer Kitchens, we have selected an optimum range of sinks and taps to complement our kitchens.

In addition to your traditional hot/cold water, there are many varieties and options of taps on offer such as:

  • Filter tap – instant purified water for drinking
  • Instant hot water tap – instant boiling hot water eliminating the need for a kettle
  • Rinse spray tap- powerful rinsing perfect for washing foods and cleaning your sink

Visit us at Designer Kitchens to see demonstrations on each of these and more.

There are certain factors affecting which sink will be the best type for your kitchen – your work surface material, your kitchen layout, and then of course your style preferences.

We have a very extensive range for you to choose from here at Designer Kitchens:

  • Top mounted: designed to be dropped into a hole in your counter top, with a rim or lip that keeps the sink in place for a clean finished look
  • Under mounted: mounted underneath the worktop, it is rimless which means the worktop drops straight off into the sink basin.
  • Farmhouse: a much more traditional design that replaces a section of the worktop

Do you prefer a single or a double bowl?

We have all these types available in a range of materials – composite, stainless steel, ceramic and cast iron.

And if you’re not sure, then don’t worry; let us suggest the best solutions for your kitchen space.

Coffee Machines

Join in the coffee trend with one of our top of the range coffee machine appliances.

Although the end result is essentially the same, there is so much choice available on the market right now, we understand that choosing the right one can be confusing.

The good news is that most of our appliance manufacturers have coffee machines in their range that complement their other appliances perfectly so finding the right one for your kitchen won’t be difficult. Whether you like espresso, cappuccino, or filter coffee…they can do it all!

Many of these machines also have descaling and cleaning programmes, for ease of use.

Pop in to catch a demonstration of some of our different models at our Designer kitchens showroom.

Food processors

Save yourself hours of chopping, mixing and blending with the right kitchen appliances. These appliances can make light work of normally boring and time-consuming jobs.

But which one to choose?

We’ll help you here at Designer Kitchens to decide between the different types and to pick the one that’s best for you and your kitchen.

  • Food processor: This is the multi-purpose kitchen appliance. With their powerful motors, moveable blades and large capacity jugs, they can do it all; chopping, blending, mixing, slicing and pureeing.
  • Blender: Cheaper and more compact, blenders usually just have a fixed blade and a smaller container. They are however still perfect for chopping and blending.
  • Mixer: The largest of the food processor family, most suited for mixing large amounts of food

Different models all offer varied features from their power, to their capacity, to their range of attachments and add on’s.

We’ll decipher the best type of food processor for you, based on your everyday needs.

Juicers

One glass of fresh juice counts towards your five-a-day, and can be enjoyably tasty and refreshing, especially if you’ve made it yourself.

You need to pick one that suits your lifestyle, juicing pattern and the kind of things you want to juice regularly.

There are two main types of juicer:

  • Centrifugal juicers: The most widely available, they are very fast, easy to use and easy to clean. They run at high speeds though so they are noisy, yet relatively inexpensive.
  • Masticating juicers: These are more expensive type. They are not as fast but they produce a higher quality juice due to their slower process. They are also quieter than the centrifugal juicer.

We will be happy to advise and assist you on the right type of juicer appliance for your kitchen.

Kettles

Should you decide not to install an instant hot tap, you will almost certainly require a kettle for your kitchen.

There are a few things to consider when you purchase a kettle:

  • Price
  • Speed of boiling
  • Noise
  • Size
  • Energy efficiency

Whilst all of these may be very important, colour and finish may actually be the most important factor when selecting a kettle. We can help our customers at Designer kitchens match the little appliances to the rest of the kitchen so that they blend in seamlessly like they were just meant to be.

Toasters

You may wish to match your toaster to your kettle, if you have one. A matching set will add style to your kitchen and be very pleasing to the eye.

Like a kettle, there are the same factors you probably should consider – price, speed, size and so on.

However, toasters can differ in functionality and some have extras that others don’t have:

  • Defrost function
  • Pause and check – allows you to use the cancel button to let the toast pop up so you can see how brown it is, then resume the programme again
  • Bagel settings – allows you to toast just the inside of the bagel
  • Energy-saving single slot – only heats up one slot when you want to toast a single slice
  • Separate controls for the left and right-hand slots on 4-slice toasters
  • Countdown feature – so you know how long you have to wait for the toast to be ready

In addition to all of this, colour and finish is paramount. Colourful toasters can transform a plain room, or they can complement an existing colour scheme.


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