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What is the ideal refrigerator? It should be neither too small, nor too big, it should be energy-saving, ergonomic, efficient and quiet … It’s not an easy selection.

It is evident that a refrigerator is one of the most useful appliances at home. When choosing, you have to decide these questions: do you want a freestanding refrigerator, a built-in refrigerator or an “American” refrigerator? Should the refrigerator have one or two compressors? What size and what energy efficiency?



A classic refrigerator may still stand in some kitchens, but it is no longer manufactured.  It is an electrical appliance which maintains the set temperature at a minimum tolerance, but the essential factor is, that it does not defrost continuously.

However, new refrigerators have a substantially greater thermal tolerance because they use the function of automatic defrost.


Freestanding Refrigerator

You can simply place this refrigerator on a location of your choice. The advantage is that it can be moved easily and it also has an easier access in case of a breakdown and a necessary repair. Today´s products are often highly aesthetical so they become a tasteful supplement of your kitchen. Moreover, the selection of freestanding appliances is generally much larger than the selection of built-in appliances.


Built-In Refrigerators

If the look of appliances disrupts your overall feel of the interior, there are built-in appliances available for you. They are designed to be built into our kitchen cabinets, so their doors will be made of the same material and in the same colour as the other cabinet doors. Do not forget, a freestanding appliance should never be used as a built-in one!


American Refrigerators

The American two-door refrigerators “side-by-side” are slowly getting to the market in the CR. They offer great comfort and a lot of storage, as well as features for cooling drinks or for making ice. They often include a glass wine cooler.


refrigerator “side-by-side” with wine cooler


One Or Two Compressors?

One compressor refrigerators tend to be cheaper and their energy consumption is lower. Two compressors will provide you with temperature control both for the freezing part and for the cooling part of your appliance. You can even shut down one part completely without disturbing the operation of the second part.


Refrigerator Size

When choosing the size of the refrigerator, consider the number of members of your family, in particular. There should be 50 to 90 l of cooling compartment and at least 25 l of freezer compartment for each person. The way of your shopping plays an important role, too. If you are accustomed to do shopping less frequently but in larger quantities, a large refrigerator will be suitable.


Energy Saving

When choosing energy efficiency, you do not need to hesitate, if it is a refrigerator that runs continuously throughout its lifetime: the cheaper the refrigerator, the higher the class of energy consumption. Some old refrigerators could even be included in Class G, but most today’s refrigerators are in classes between Class A ++ and Class B. You can affect the consumption yourselves e.g. by placing the appliance away from heat sources (radiators, oven etc.).

Do you need one set of cutlery or do you need a second, more festive one, too? Does it make sense to buy special cutlery? And what style should you prefer?

You do not think above certain utensils until it is time to buy new ones. A spoon is simply a spoon and a fork simply a fork.

A motley collection of silverware gathered during several generations certainly has its charm, however a nice new set looks better. How to choose it?


What Size Of A Set?

Cutlery sets can be usually found in version for the minimum of 6 people, so that a whole family could comfortably eat their dinner. If you are 2 or 3 and you have a cutlery set for 8 people, it is certainly no fault, at any time you do not have to wash the dishes over and over again.

Double the number of people in a household is considered to be the practical minimum. It means that if you are 2, you need a set of cutlery for at least 4 people, so that one lost teaspoon did not cause a problem.


Pay Attention To Good Quality

Can you remember the aluminium cutlery, which was once commonly used at homes and later taken on travels, because it was so lightweight? You can still buy similar or even worse goods today. These are metal stampings that can be bent with the slightest pressure and they can even be cheap imitations of more expensive brands.

So how can the price guide you, when you buy a cutlery? The price range is very wide and it roughly corresponds to the quality of the goods.


Both For Weekdays And For Holidays

You can avoid the need to purchase a special set of cutlery for special occasions, if you buy a set that is stylish enough, for everyday use. In any case, the cutlery should match festive dishes otherwise you lose the desired effect.

And in which case you should really get a set of cutlery for festive occasions? The frequency of use does not matter so much, as the formality of your festive events. There is no sense in buying silver cutlery for Christmas, if you sit at the Christmas table wearing jeans. Contrariwise, a suit and an evening dress look for more expensive cutlery.

When purchasing a festive cutlery, make sure that the number is sufficient enough for all the guests who are going to participate in such an event. It does not look good at festive table, if 4 people use silver forks and the other 2 have to do with stainless steel ones.


Glossy Or Matte?

The pros and cons are clear: a cutlery with a glossy surface looks particularly impressive on a table, but every touch is seen on its surface. On the other hand, you never need to polish a matte cutlery, but it will not shine on your Christmas photos.

We recommend you to buy a matte cutlery set, and to pay more for a good design. The difference is clearly recognized. You should prefer the glossy ones only in the case, you want to use them along with the festive set of dishes. You can simply polish the cutlery few times a year and rest of the time, a dishcloth will be enough.

Cutlery with wooden handles is especially suitable for children or for elderly family members, because they are better hold. They naturally have their aesthetic function, too. Keep in mind, that the combination with wood often looks rustic, which should correspond to the dishes and to other features.


Special Cutlery

You need a soup spoon, a fork, a knife and a teaspoon as the basic utensils. Further decisions depend on the meals you like or the food you would like to try. For instance, do not refuse the snail tongs just because you have never eaten this delicacy. Get a pair of cutlery and then try to incorporate something new into your diet.

Do not forget the details that can otherwise be easily overseen: your cutlery should match e.g. the soup ladle or the serving utensils for meat.


How To Take Care Of Them?

If you use a dishwasher, always put the cutlery in it with its tips facing up, and not in contact with other utensils and dishes. You can wash all the cutlery with a mild dishwashing soap, a thorough cleaning can be done with a product intended for the specific material.

Silver and silver plated cutleries should not be cleaned in a dishwasher and rather be washed by hand, instead. They do not tolerate many other materials, e.g. they should not be washed with aluminium utensils at the same time, and additionally, they can be scratched relatively easily.

A cooker hood, even though it may not seem so, is a very important household appliance. Someone choose it as a distinctive feature of their kitchen, while others hide the whole apparatus in the upper cabinet instead.

Cooker/fume hoods are used in the kitchens to exhaust fumes and odours caused by cooking. The types include the suspended hood, built-in hood, fireplace hood, chimney hood to the wall or chimney hood into the interior (i.e. islet hood). In this case, the term “chimney” does not mean that the hood must be connected to a chimney, but rather that looks like a chimney. The suspended (overhead) hood is mounted directly below the upper cabinet, the built-in (recessed) hood is built in the cabinet and the chimney hood is inserted between the upper cabinets.


Cooker hoods are manufactured in various colours, black and white are the most often, as well as of various materials, such as aluminium and stainless steel. At present, the hoods made of combination of stainless steel and glass are undoubtedly prevailing. It is also possible to have the whole hood, or its part, sprayed with paint from the RAL colour range. The width of the hood should correspond to the width of the cook top and it should not be narrower, but it is possible and appropriate that the hood is wider than the cook top. Most frequently, a hood 60 or 90 cm wide is used.

The most important parameter of a cooker hood is the suction power. This should correspond to ten times the volume of the room, but if you get a fume hood with a more significant reserve, it will sufficiently extract even at lower power levels and it will be quieter. The exhaust air should be conducted out of the room and of the building, so the hood can be connected to a chimney (be careful not to connect it to the chimney from a boiler or a fireplace!), or the exhaust can be diverted through the wall out. There is a wide range of special accessories on the market, that allow conducting fumes almost invisibly out to a flue outlet located a few meters away.


If there is not the option to divert the vapour out, it is also possible to put an activated carbon filter into the fume hood using recirculation. The filter must be replaced every 6 months. The re-circulating hood has a slightly lower output and increased noise. Each cooker hood is equipped with a grease filter, which is used to capture grease from the fumes. A metal filter that can be cleaned in a dishwasher is a better choice than a fabric filter that cannot be washed and must be replaced regularly. The built-in light is a matter of course.

When choosing a fume hood, it is good to get some advice from an expert. However, you have to pick up the design yourself according to your own taste. Fortunately, manufacturers keep this in mind and offer you various, often somewhat extravagant, design types.

Kitchen sinks, which have been overseen for a long time, have come into the limelight recently. During the implementation of kitchens, sinks are increasingly emphasised, not only because of their irreplaceable function, but also because of their design.

The choice of a kitchen sink can accentuate the style of the kitchen cabinets, to make them special or to complement them in an unconventional way. On the other hand, you can do a lot of harm by a wrong choice. The sink is simply a very important part of the kitchen, and it is good to consult its choice with an expert.


Materials, Style, Processing

Kitchen sinks do not have only the practical function of a place, where you wash dishes and where running water is, any more. Modern kitchen sinks are beautiful pieces elaborated to the last details. Long gone are the enamel sinks you can see only in country cottages today. New materials and shapes have emerged and they are inspired by the latest fashion trends.

Anyway, the practical function of the sinks has not receded due to their appearance. Conversely, manufacturers managed to combine the latest technology with quality materials and beautiful treatment. The most frequent materials are stainless steel, ceramics and artificial stone. As to the materials used, the absolute hit in kitchen designs are uniform materials. Kitchen cabinets with a stainless steel worktop are typical. The stainless steel surface of the worktop with a perfectly integrated sink is highly functional and it looks very elegant.


Kitchen Sink Placement

As to the placement of the kitchen sink, there are 3 options to choose from. A kitchen sink can be integrated into a worktop, installed flush with the worktop or installed below the level of the worktop. When installing a sink flush with the worktop, an integrated unit is created, in which all parts are in one level without any disturbing transitions. The sinks installed under the kitchen worktop are probably the most popular nowadays. They are distinguished by their elegance and practicality. The edge of the sink does not diminish the desktop and any dirt on kitchen countertops can be pushed into sink easily. These sinks are best in the combination with the worktops made of natural stone or composite materials.


Washing Facility/Centre

Washing the dishes does not need to be your biggest hobby to purchase a compact washing facility – making your work easier is enough. Washing facilities (centres) offer a practical solution for all kinds of kitchen work, where running water is needed. Washing the dishes, filling containers with water, cleaning vegetables or cutting large quantities of raw materials will be virtually limitless with a washing centre. The core of multifunctional cleaning centres consists of a sophisticated connection of all the necessary components in one location.

The washing centres attached to a sink (often a double one) are directly connected with a drip area. They are complemented by a number of functional accessories, such as a cutting board made to measure to the given sink, drip pans, etc. The sink can be equipped with an eccentric outlet which enables you to drain water by simply turning or pulling the knob. So you do not need to dip your hands into the dirty water any more.

The washing centre can also be directly connected to a system of waste containers. You simply fold the cover in the worktop and sweep the waste conveniently into the shaft and a waste container. No opening of a door or a bin is necessary.


Kitchen Water Taps

The kitchen sink would be hardly of any use without the right kitchen water tap. It is simply a necessary complement of each sink. The taps with clean lines, made of stainless steel with a chrome finish, are the greatest hit nowadays. These water taps are very resistant to mechanical damage. The pleasant surprise, we have seen, are the variants both for the right-handed and for the left-handed users. The water tap should be practical, above all. Ideal is the kitchen water tap with a pull-out shower, which can reach to all corners of the sink and which can be used to fill a large pot, high vase etc. easily.

Do you like to look out of the window, when working in the kitchen, so you wish to have a sink under a window? It is no problem, if you choose a matching kitchen tap. Some companies offer water taps, which can be inserted or pulled up and put in the sink. There is no obstacle preventing you from opening of the window, then.


Choosing A Kitchen Sink

When choosing a kitchen sink, it is a good to consider the size of the dishes you are going to wash in the sink most often. The shape, the depth and the diagonal of the kitchen sink are all important. If you frequently wash large pots or baking sheets, you will surely appreciate a large sink into which all these things fit comfortably. The choice of a kitchen sink depends on your lifestyle, too.

If you often work with fresh vegetables and fruits, you will certainly appreciate drip pans and cutting boards made to measure for your sink. You may not forget the needed space around the kitchen sink, as well. If you manage to choose the right shape, size and material according to your needs, and to complement the sink with compatible accessories and a practical water tap, the time spent in the kitchen will certainly be among the most pleasant ones.

A pantry or a food cabinet is part of every kitchen. It is a place designated for storing stocks you do not store in a refrigerator. You can choose from various solutions of a pantry, depending on the type and arrangement of your kitchen.


modern storage solutions


A Brick Or A Furniture Cabinet

A brick pantry is larger than the furniture one, it is usually a small room with a separate door. However, it is more demanding on space due to the width of its walls (about 10 cm) and to the installation of door frame. It can have either a rectangular plan or it can be built into a corner of a larger room (usually a kitchen). We should always keep the dimensions of the room and the future kitchen cabinets in mind, so that the pantry would not be an obstacle in place needed for a desktop or kitchen appliances. A furniture food cabinet can fill its function as efficiently as a brick pantry. Due to the small width of the walls (2 cm), it does not occupy extra space. It is practical to incorporate the pantry into the kitchen cabinets.

The pantry´s size is variable, it can be a narrow case 30 cm wide as well as a more spacious equipment with the dimensions of 60 – 90 cm. Its height is generally adapted according to the height of the kitchen; it can either be aligned with other cabinets or build up to the ceiling, thus making full use of the storage space available. The cabinet´s door should be the same as the other doors in the kitchen. It is always advisable to use ventilation for all the types of food cabinets, which makes the storing conditions in the cabinet better then outside in the room. The grids should be installed on the bottom and on the top part of the cabinet.



The small handy boxes for storing of food are widely used both in small kitchens and as a supplement to other storing options. The narrow pull-out boxes (15-30 cm wide) and the practical wooden “blinds” are popular nowadays. The containers, which are used in nearly every kitchen now, are also suitable for food storing.


The Inner Equipment

The days we used only shelves for the storage are gone. Manufacturers offer a plethora of interior equipment currently, which makes the stored food easily accessible and neatly organized. Although the most of the internal equipment is intended for food cabinets, it can be used in a brick pantry after some adjustment, too. The front runners are among the most popular internal fixtures. They are made of wire and they can have different widths and heights. According to the comfort level required, they can have the subdued closing. The wire systems can be supplemented with an inserted full bottom to prevent loose foodstuffs from falling through. Increasingly popular are the drawers that can be pulled out fully and have a high load capacity. The drawers pull out individually after opening the door. The internal equipment includes also additional equipment for the runners and for the wire systems. You can purchase the sorting grids, box holders and many other accessories.


We are not perfect and sometimes we are too busy, so we can forget one thing because of another one. These appliances can make your life easier in the kitchen at least, because they can think for you to some extent.


The Hobs

You can find a safety lock on gas hobs, as on the free standing ones and on the hobs incorporated into stoves. The safety lock closes the gas supply off if the flame goes out accidentally. In addition to it, most modern types have an automatic ignition in a button, so you do not need to handle matches or a lighter.

Some ceramic plates offer the function of protection against overflow, which turns the hob off automatically, when a liquid overflows from a pot and gets to the control panel. At the same time, the buzzer lets you know about an accident.

The “residual heat indicator” means another handy help, which informs you about higher temperatures of the cooking zone, when the hob is turned off. You can find it in induction hobs, too.

The induction hobs have many security features, e.g. they work only when they detect the presence of the correct container on the surface. Each zone is activated only if the container has adequate size and if it is magnetically conductive (so it does not start heating when you lay your glasses or a ladle on it by mistake). And finally, the hob is not so hot during cooking to burn you, if you touched it.


The Smart Ovens

From a number of cool things, we can mention the “cold door” function, when the door does not burn you, however clumsy you were (e.g. the temperature of the oven door, with the function of the dual air control, does not exceed 35 ° C).

The function of pyrolysis is also very helpful. It is an automatic cleaning, during which the door is blocked, so that it cannot be opened by mistake.

The telescopic rails are very practical, so you do not need to worry about a roasting pan accidentally slipping out on the floor, or even worse, on you.

And as to the timer, it controls the time needed to prepare a meal.


The Refrigerators and The Freezers

Does it ever happen to you, that you do not close the refrigerator door fully, or even completely? With the acoustic or light warning signal, you will be informed. The appliance will alert you in the same way, if the internal temperature increases, which may occur e.g. during a blackout. These are some of the clever features used in modern refrigerators and freezers.

You can hardly forget the ice build-ups inside it, but you can be too busy or the fridge may be full of food at the moment. This problem will disappear when you purchase an appliance with the “automatic defrost” function. Moreover, it will save your money, as the system prevents energy losses that occur because of the ice build-up.


The Dishwashers Can To The Job For You

Are you afraid to turn the dishwasher on and walk away, because something might happen with it? The dishwashers are, however, equipped with a safety system, which can interrupt the water supply form the mains in case of overfilling with water. Furthermore, there is one more security element: a filling hose with double coating, which cannot crack due to the wear or because of excessive pressure.


The Child Lock

The “child lock” can block the appliance so that no one can turn it on by mistake, or it changes the settings during use; this function is used in hobs, ovens, microwaves and dishwashers. Certain appliances, such as dishwashers, offer a “double child lock”, which does not allow opening the door, as well.


Small Household Appliances

Many small appliances are also equipped with the functions that think for you to some extent. For example, toasters with quartz glass and a temperature sensor regulate the time of toasting, so you do not burn the toast. Electric kettles can have the function of maintaining the water temperature for up to 30 minutes. So when you forget the kettle during the morning rush for a few minutes, you do not have to reheat it.

Even though your old kitchen cabinets are still serving, you may be already tired of them. Or maybe your requirements have changed over the years, so you would like to upgrade your cabinets. Is it possible without significant problems?

It is crucial, what exactly you want to change, so let’s talk about the individual elements.


A Worktop

The replacement is not complicated. Uninstall the appliances and other elements, remove the old worktop, fasten a new one in place and install all the appliances, sink and taps back. First of all, you have to measure the worktop thoroughly.  When mounting a worktop made of stone, glass or ceramics, any additional adjustments are impossible. You can adjust the laminate or the solid wood ones to a certain extent, however you need the professional equipment and an experienced worker.

What Materials Are In? The selection is large, worktops can be made e.g. of laminate, glass, natural or artificial stone, wood or ceramics.


A New Sink

In this case, you can choose from a wide range of sizes, materials and ways of installation into the countertop. Attention must be paid to the size of the sink which is related to the size of the cabinet underneath it: the cabinet´s width is the maximum width of the sink. And if you want a smaller sink than you have now, you need to replace the worktop, as well.


Changing Of Taps

The taps can be changed virtually anytime, whether they are built into the sink, into the worktop or into the wall. When purchasing the taps, keep in mind the dimensions and try out in rough outline, how comfortable the work at the sink will be (e.g. compare the taps with the short and the long arm).


The Cabinets´ New “Guts” Or A More Comfortable Opening

Is it manageable to replace the old shelves with the modern retractable ones with the storage systems? Theoretically it is, but practically it is not common. You would have to dismantle the entire cabinet, have the necessary components installed in it, assemble it and install it back – provided the material of the cabinet can carry the load. ..

This solution is not recommended, not only for economic reasons, as a quality assembly e.g. of the running gear is implemented and guaranteed by the manufacturer of the cabinets. However, it is possible to replace a cabinet with another cabinet or to add additional storage space.

Likewise, the way of opening is solved during the assembly of the cabinets (not later): if you want the flaps or a more comfortable opening of the drawers, i.e. by simple touching or tapping.


There Is Never Too Much Light

Maybe you have not considered yet, if your work area is lighted well or if you can navigate in the cabinets easily. You can fix this issue later by installing an additional lighting, which may be placed on the rail above the worktop, below the bottom of the upper cabinets or by means of the LED strips. Some kinds of lights can be cut into the bottom of the cabinet, without having to remove the cabinet first.

However, you cannot update anything; this applies to the lights which have been mounted into the cabinets directly in the production (however, the glass bottom lights are practical).


The Backboard Between The Upper And The Lower Cabinets

Similar to replacing a worktop, a new backboard is one of the most widely implemented enhancements to an existing kitchen, which promises functionality and a significant visual change. If the base is flat and in good condition, you can stick the new material on the old one. Again, it is necessary to measure everything thoroughly, including the locations of the electrical outlets etc., since many materials cannot be adapted later.

The Glass Tiling – You can install new tiling made of tempered glass directly on the old one. It is advisable to degrease the old tiling with the soap water or technical alcohol before applying any special adhesives with high adhesion to various construction materials.


Replacing The Doors Or The Face Boards Only

Undoubtedly, you can revive an old kitchen with new cabinet doors, if they match the dimensions, hinges and their spacing. However keep in mind, that the doors generally mean the most expensive part of the kitchen cabinets.


The Built-In Appliances

The replacement seems to be easy, if you find the appliance, which corresponds to the measures of the old one. If the new dishwasher is lower than the old one, you can simply add the missing inches by a base. In addition to the measure, the structure of the appliance, the size of the doors and the type of hinges are important, too. It also holds for a fridge: the cabinet door can be hinged to the cabinet body or permanently attached to the door of the fridge.

And if your kitchen’s dimensions allow it, you can get a new cooking island additionally. It is especially suitable, if it will serve for preparing as well as for serving food, and it may be possibly equipped with a bar.

In addition to its basic function to cool or freeze the stored food, modern refrigerators offer something more.  You can choose which of the other features or the technical solutions can come handy to you.

The purpose the technological enhancements is to create the very best environment for your stored food, although the saving of energy and time is practical too, in the case your appliance does not require to be defrosted.


Which Motor Is Energy-Saving?

There are various types of motors. For example, an inverter motor is better than the classic one. The classic motor transmits electricity to the rotor by the carbon brushes, which wear out and must be replaced. Contrariwise, the inverter motor is controlled directly electronically and it does not use the brushes, which proved to be a more practical solution for several reasons: the refrigerator works well but with the minimal power consumption and it is virtually silent.


Is Defrosting The Past?

The standard refrigerators have the direct cooling. In practice it means, they need to be defrosted after some time, otherwise the ice sheet would increase the consumption of energy. Conversely, an appliance equipped with “No Frost” technology maintains a constant temperature, so the refrigerator or the freezer does not need to be defrosted. You can compare it to the “Low Frost” technology that promises to lower the frequency of defrosting; the frost forms, but to a lesser extent, so it does not need to be defrosted so often.


The Food Fresh All The Time

Manufacturers use various technologies to keep the stored food fresh as long as possible.  For example, the “BioFresh” function guarantees an exact temperature just above 0 ° C, so that the food does not get damaged by the frost.

In turn, the “Active Oxygen” technology regularly releases ozone into the interior of the fridge, which helps to reduce the spread of bacteria, microorganisms and the unpleasant odour significantly. The “IonAir” technology also helps to kill bacteria and to maintain the ideal humidity.


What Is the Circulating Air Good For?

You certainly know, that the air is warmer at the top of the fridge than it is at the bottom. That is why some manufacturers equip their appliances with inside fans. The fan distributes the cold air throughout the refrigerator so that the temperature is constant everywhere. Another solution relies on air channels, which distribute the air inside, too. As a result, the food stored in the upper compartments will remain in perfect condition longer.


Quickness Above All

If you often put a larger quantity of fresh food in your refrigerator, the function that cools or freezes them quickly could come handy to you. With it, the temperature inside the appliance does not unnecessarily, though temporarily, increase and the previously stored food do not warm up. The function has various names, such as “Coolmatic /Frostmatic” or “Super Cool/Super Freezing”.


The Practical Drawers

Typically, there is the temperature of about 5 ° C in a refrigerator and e.g. the meat needs a storage temperature of around 0 ° C, or the vegetable need a slightly higher temperature (according to its type) from 2 ° C to 10 ° C. That is why the interior of the refrigerator is designed with the “zero zone” at the bottom, where the low-temperature drawer designated for meat and meat products is placed. The box for vegetables is placed above it and the rest of the foods should be stored in the higher compartments. Lower temperatures are maintained in the lower part of the refrigerator.

If the fridge is equipped with the special drawer, the function may have various names for different brands, such as BioFresh, VitaFresh or PerfectFresh.


The Healthy Ones Are Good Ones

Some manufacturers offer an antibacterial surface of the fridge or a gasket to prevent the bacteria and microorganisms from growing. The purpose is to keep the food in a perfectly clean environment.


Frequent Opening Of The Door is Bad

To work well, the fridge needs to maintain the optimum conditions both of the temperature and the humidity. But you disturb them by the normal operation, i.e. by opening and closing the door. However, if the appliance is equipped with the function “Multiflow/MultiAirFlow”, the fridge responds immediately and recovers its internal environment as desired.


The Things You Should Know

The standard white fridge typically includes a classic motor, an adjustable thermostat, glass shelves and a classic light. The “No Frost” stainless steel fridge is more expensive. The extras generally include the special antibacterial surfaces, an inverter motor, the “Active Oxygen” technology as well as other enhancements mentioned above. The prices vary, but the rule is, you always pay more for the extras.

An outdoor kitchen has several advantages: it embellishes your garden in an original way, it makes your barbecues and later cleanings easier and it provide you with a cosy space for the evenings. You can do your office work there so that it is more pleasant.

Many people enjoy spending the evenings doing a barbecue in the hot season. They usually use grills of various designs and a wide range of prices. However, you can also build a stylish outdoor kitchen in your garden.

“The number of orders to the garden kitchens is growing. The people want to be different from their neighbours and want to remodel their gardens in a tasteful way,” a fireplace specialist says.

It is natural, that the life of the family moves to the outdoor kitchens over the summer. And it is not only a romantic matter, as most of us are too busy for it. It is nice to open your laptop there and do your work in the open air.


  1. Orient The Layout According To The Sun

The outdoor kitchen is mostly made up by a fixed fireplace and a worktop. It can be adjacent to the house or it can be free-standing under a pergola.

“When designing the outdoor kitchen, it is good to know the route of the sun during the day. The kitchen should be positioned in a way so that it did not disturb the neighbours or the kids sleeping inside the house, and it should also provide shade during the hot summer days. You need to consider your needs and imagine the future usage. It is always good to hear more opinions which help you reach the correct layout of the garden kitchen,” the expert adds.


  1. Pay Attention To The Equipment

You can have both a fireplace and a smokehouse in your garden kitchen. Many customers are interested in connecting the fireplace with the classic kitchen cabinets, which create a spacious surface. The grilling “connoisseurs” can have two furnaces built: the classic one for the solid fuels and the secondary gas one with lava stones used to prepare fish.


  1. The Kitchen Appliances

The outdoor fireplace´s furnace is typically at the height of a kitchen worktop. The fireplace is equipped with an adjustable, removable grate or with a grill insert.

It can also be equipped with an integrated or inserted motor used for grilling of a piglet, a whole ham and other delicacies. A garden kitchen can serve in the same way as an indoor one. You can use a blender, an electric kettle and other handy appliances there.


  1. Keep The Networks In Mind

When planning your garden kitchen, it is necessary to realize, that it will require a foundation for the built parts as well as the electricity and water connections.

The materials used for the building are not deciding essentially, but you have to consider the weather conditions when doing the design. That is why it is advisable to consult a specialist, or at least someone who already has some experiences with building of an outdoor kitchen, maybe your neighbour.


Are you tired of arduous peeling of potatoes or grating cheese? You need not to be. The modern kitchen equipment will do these jobs for you in a flash. Pamper yourself with the new kitchen helpers!

A day spent in the kitchen preparing a great food can be romantic, but you do not always have so much time. Even the ordinary opening of a tin or grounding fresh spices can seem stressful and lengthy for you. So why not to make the work easier, sometimes? The kitchen gadgets can “save” you, when you are in a hurry.

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The Spices Always Freshly Ground

Do you prefer freshly ground spices, or do you rather buy them? If you want to really enjoy your food, nothing compares to the freshly ground spices. Their aroma and flavour are the most intense immediately after the grinding and so they last for a few following minutes.

The hand spice grinder has its charm, however the electrical one can handle much more. You simply tilt it to one side and it grounds the very amount of spices you need. So adding spice to your meals will be even faster than reaching for the bag, you have bought.


The Grater For Cheese, Chocolate And Nuts

Would you like an automatic or an electric grater? Anyway, with these devices you need not to exert any strain and handling them is safe. Both have powerful motors and solid removable graters, which can cope with both soft cheese and hard nuts. They shred the foods in a moment and some of their parts are dishwasher safe. The electric grater has also a cordless operation and it is powered by a rechargeable battery. The automatic grater works only with AA batteries. And if you want to make homemade breadcrumbs, you can use any of the two graters.


The Citrus Press

The vitamins found in the fresh fruit cannot be replaced by any other form, however effective they may seem. Nor can the necessary amount of vitamins be found in citrus juices, though there are reportedly full of them. But in citrus fruits, they are plentiful and, moreover, there are no preservatives or artificial sweeteners. But who is willing to squeeze quantities of oranges only because of vitamins every morning?

The electric citrus press can squeeze citruses quickly and without effort, so it is suitable to every home with kids. It is not completely silent, but it squeezes the oranges to the last drop. It is designed for squeezing of halved citruses and it turns on automatically, when you press the citrus to the surface.


The Potatoes Peeled In a Few Minutes

Can you peel 1 kg of potatoes in 2 minutes without getting your hands dirty? The electronic vegetable peeler can do it. In addition to potatoes it can peel other root vegetables in the same short time.

Just put 1 kg of raw material and a cup of water into the container and it will be peeled in just 2 minutes. The peeler can handle every size of produce, but sometimes it is necessary to finish cleaning the vegetables by hand. This device is appropriate for larger families.


The Electric Knife Can Cut Anything

The electric knife is capable to cut raw, frozen, boiled or roasted meat, cheese, bread, vegetables and many other foods in a few seconds. It can cope with fresh and old baked goods alike as well as with hard pie bases. The vibrating blade of the knife moves fast enough not to crease the sliced bread, so a single crumb will not be wasted. The blades are very sharp, so they should never get into kids´ hands. You can purchase a stand for the electric knife, too.

There are also wireless electric knives on the market, whose batteries are recharged via the stand.


Prepare A Homemade Yoghurt

If you have had the opportunity to taste yogurt on a farm, you know that it cannot be compared to regular yogurt from a department store. The homemade yoghurt is authentic and genuine, it has an inimitable taste and typically it does not contain any synthetic flavours or preservatives. However, you do not have to go to a farm to taste yogurt like this, as you can make it right in your kitchen.

A simple yoghurt maker prepares more than 1 l of yogurt in just 6 hours.


As Sharp As A Razor

A knife sharpener is suitable into every kitchen. Whether you use knives often or hardly at all, every knife becomes dull during the time and the sharpening steel is not be sufficient to sharpen it. The knife sharpeners can sharpen knives with smooth and wavy blades alike by means of diamond discs. Some types of sharpeners also polish knives thus increasing their lives. For a normal household, the cheapest sharpener is sufficient.