Kitchen Appliances & Fixtures

Kitchen Buying Guide

Renovating or detonating your kitchen is an exciting project for a room that is the hub of family activity, whether you have children, live by yourself, or just love to entertain. A new kitchen is a great investment for you and your home.

Before you start

Have plans drawn for your kitchen. You can draw plans yourself if you have an understanding of cabinetry, or have a professional do it for you. Plans will ensure an accurate quote; could help to eliminate potentially costly mistakes during construction; and will reflect your personal style.  centre.

Other considerations:


Modular kitchen units come as a set size and are generally available off-the-shelf. The modular units are dismantled and lay flat on the shelf - commonly called a flat pack - ready for a DIYer or tradesman to build. If you have any doubt about your DIY ability, have a tradesperson install it for you, to allow for minor adjustments (if required). Installing a flat pack kitchen is the most affordable option. Suitable for:
If you decide on a modular kitchen, you can add pizzazz by installing quality appliances. Make a splash with trendy taps or classy cupboard handles to enhance the look of your new kitchen.
Degree of difficulty

Competent handyperson or leave it to a tradesperson.


If your budget is not holding you back, and the sky is the limit, then a custom-built kitchen is the choice for you. Virtually any finish is available and the kitchen is made to fit your space and needs, giving renovators' limitless possibilities. If you are in a hurry, a custom-built kitchen may not be the right choice for you, as construction does not start until it is ordered. Suitable for:
Degree of difficulty

Sit back and enjoy the experience while the professionals take care of it.


It is important to choose your appliances before finalising your kitchen to ensure they fit, and have clearance around them. Ensure there is adequate ventilation around appliances such as wall ovens and fridges.
Allow 300 mm beside cook tops so pots and pans can sit safely.
Avoid placing your cook top/oven next to the fridge; otherwise, it will have to work twice as hard to cool.

The other appliances/fixtures to be considered are:


With so many choices available for your new kitchen, you can also do your bit for the environment. You can start by switching to water efficient appliances and fittings. You should consider: If you opt for a 'green' modular kitchen, don't forget it comes as a package, so you will have to stipulate which components you want to replace.


If you go to the effort of installing a new kitchen, you will probably want to lay a new floor. There are many options for flooring, and your budget and personal style will be the major factors when choosing a suitable surface. Make sure the surface is hardy and able to withstand wear and tear, especially if you have children. Laying vinyl floors occurs after kitchen installation; lay all other surfaces before installation.
Check out our flooring buying guide for a range of options to suit you.

Trade Tips

We all hear about the horror stories about people who do shoddy work, go over budget or don't live up to expectations. Those experiences deflate budgets and confidence. Word-of-mouth or recommendations from those who you know and trust are a good way to source reliable tradespeople.

Also read:

Modular Kitchen Buying Guide - Brands, Prices, Reviews

Design Tips for Small Kitchen

Open Kitchen Design Tips

Tips for Green Kitchen

Vaastu Tips for Kitchen

Feng Shui Tips for Kitchen and Dining Room