Appliances have a major bearing on kitchen design, as there are so many types and 

Review your Current Appliances

Firstly, you need to evaluate which existing appliances you will be re-using in the kitchen and add these to your design brief list.

Here is a list of the Appliances that are ‘Typically’ replaced:

  1. Oven
  2. Cook Top
  3. Up-Right Stove
  4. Sink
  5. Tap
  6. Extraction Fan/Range hood

Over the years, cooking units have evolved from an upright combined stove, grill and burners to individual units that are either cut into the bench top or have the cabinetry built around them. The modern trend is to install single or double ovens at waist height or higher to ease the strain in removing heavy baked dishes.

Below is a list of appliances that are a more ‘universal size’ and typically only require standard openings. These appliances can be changed over at a later stage and often the kitchen does not have to be modified. So, if the appliances break down and cannot be repaired you will be able to swap them over effortlessly.

Here is a list of the Appliances that are ‘Typically’ re-used:

  • Fridge/Freezer
  • Dishwasher
  • Microwave

SMALL Optional Kitchen Appliances

Here is a list of Optional Items to consider:

  • Wine Fridge
  • Coffee Machine
  • Steam Oven
  • T.V
  • Water Purifier / Boiling Water Taps
  • Waste Disposal
  • I-Pod Recharging Cradle / Media Centre etc

Here is a list of Typical Items found in the kitchen (but not limited to). Now is the time to think about where you might want to store these items:

  • Toaster: For toasting bread and sometimes baking small items.
  • Blender: Used for blending, mixing, and pureeing ingredients.
  • Food Processor: For chopping, slicing, and blending food.
  • Stand Mixer: Used for mixing and blending ingredients in baking.
  • Electric Kettle: For quickly boiling water.
  • Slow Cooker or Crock-Pot: Used for slow cooking meals.
  • Air Fryer: A healthier alternative to deep frying, using hot air to cook food.
  • Instant Pot or Pressure Cooker: For quick cooking using pressure and steam.
  • Toaster Oven: A smaller alternative to a full-size oven, often used for toasting and baking small items.
  • Mixer: Used for mixing ingredients in baking and cooking.
  • Food Scale: For accurately measuring ingredients by weight.
  • Juicer: Used for extracting juice from fruits and vegetables.
  • Ice Maker: For making ice cubes or crushed ice.
  • Sous Vide Precision Cooker: For cooking food in a water bath at a precise temperature.
  • Sous Vide Water Oven: An alternative to a sous vide precision cooker, it maintains a constant water temperature for sous vide cooking.
  • Griddle: For cooking pancakes, eggs, and other foods on a flat surface.
  • Rice Cooker: For cooking rice perfectly every time.
  • Wok: For stir-frying and cooking Asian-inspired dishes.
  • Grill: For indoor grilling.
  • Bread Maker: For baking homemade bread.
  • Electric Can Opener: For easily opening cans.
  • Food Warmer: For keeping food warm before serving.
  • Skillet: For cooking, frying, and sautéing.
  • Immersion Blender: For blending soups and sauces directly in the pot.
  • Pasta Maker: For making fresh pasta at home.
  • Mandoline Slicer: For quickly and evenly slicing fruits and vegetables.
  • Electric Grater: For grating cheese, vegetables, and other foods.
  • Food Dehydrator: For drying fruits, vegetables, and meats to make jerky or dried snacks.
  • Smoker: For smoking meats and other foods indoors.
  • Yogurt Maker: For making homemade yogurt.
  • Ice Cream Maker: For making homemade ice cream.
  • Pressure Fryer: For frying food under pressure, similar to deep frying but with less oil.
  • Milk Frother: For frothing milk for coffee or other beverages.

Note: This is intended as a guide only from Ready2Install Cabinets in Canberra and your individual circumstances could well be different.

Specific Appliance Questions

Once you have established which of your appliances need replacing, you then must consider the following:

  1. Cook top: Gas or Electric? Large or Small?
  2. Extractor Fan: Canopy? or Slide-out Rangehood? Downdraft?
  3. Oven: Under bench? Wall mounted? or Up-Right Stove?
  4. Sink: Do you wash up left to right or the other way?


This is only a small sample selection of some of the questions that you need to think about.

Sound difficult? It’s not really. Talk to a reputable appliance retailer and they will match you up with the appliances that best suit the way you cook, clean etc.

Note: The information provided here is to assist your Kitchen Design ideas – Ready2Install Cabinets of Canberra does not quote supply of appliances – we have just supplied information on appliances to help with the whole design concept.