A Review From Consumer Reports’ tests
Do you know what they say about the kitchen? The average kitchen lasts twice as long as most marriages, according to a survey released today by Houzz, the home design website. Sixteen-plus years is the lifespan of a typical kitchen, compared with eight years for the average U.S. marriage. According to an article written by Consumer Reports.
These are few of the secrets for today’s home owners to keep in min when deciding to build or remodel one of your home’s most visited and used areas. Your kitchen!
- Choose reliable appliances. According to Consumer Reports, “Each year, we survey tens of thousands of subscribers about their recent appliance purchases to see which brands are most and least repair-prone. Often times, a brand will excel in one product category but not another. For example, Samsung bottom-freezer refrigerators do very well, but not its dishwashers. So before you settle on your kitchen appliances, check our brand reliability charts for cooktops, dishwashers, ranges, refrigerators, and wall ovens to steer clear of any lemons. “
- Durable surfaces are a MUST.You might have to spend a bit more, but installing countertop and flooring materials that stand up to our tough tests will pay off in the long run. Granite has been the most popular countertop for years, in part because of its durability. But quartz does slightly better in ourcountertop Ratings, plus it doesn’t require sealing. Stay away from butcher block, concrete, and marble, all of which are susceptible to cutting and chipping.
As for flooring, hardwood continues to be a popular look in kitchens. It’s worth paying more for prefinished solid wood flooring, since the factory finish tends to last longer. However, tile flooring in a kitchen with a good color and custom design not too personal, will make your kitchen stand out!
- Don’t skimp on the cabinetry. Given the wear and tear cabinets take, quality construction is essential. But you don’t have to drop tens of thousands of dollars on custom units, according to our kitchen cabinet buying guide. Semi-stock cabinets, and even some stock products, now have the hallmarks of durable design, including drawers with solid-wood sides, dovetail joinery, and a plywood bottom that fits grooves on four sides; doors with a solid-wood frame surrounding solid-wood or plywood panels; boxes made of 1/2- to 3/4-inch furniture-grade plywood; and full-extension drawer guides.
- Invest in the right finishes. You can spend hundreds of dollars on a designer kitchen faucet and even more on the sink. But you’ll save big on a simpler look with a durable finish. In our faucet tests, models with a PVD finish, short for physical vapor deposition, fended off our best attempts at scratching them. Stainless steel models were best as resisting stains, abrasion, and heat. According to Consumer Reports: Thicker stainless steel sinks didn’t perform any better than thin ones, so you can probably save some money there.
- Keep it clean. Everyone loves a clean and organized kitchen area where to enjoy your family meals or even those reunions where friends come over to enjoy a good time, most of the time, around your kitchen area!
A tidy kitchen is more pleasant to be in, and it will hold up over time. Tomato stains on a smooth cooktop can cause corrosion, while dirt on floors will deteriorate the finish. Pine-Sol is consumer repots- top-rated all-purpose cleaner by a wide margin. For routine care of a smoothtop cooktop, use a cleaner made especially for the appliance. There are some new products that Consumer reports are talking about: “Cerama Bryte and Cooktop Magic combined value and performance in our latest tests”.
Posted on March 10, 2015 at 11:15 pm by John Wesley Brooks & The Brooks Family Of Realtors