How to choose your first kitchen appliances

Kitting out your first kitchen? Here's what you need to look out for when choosing your first appliances

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Kitting out your first kitchen can be a hugely daunting task, especially when most of your money has already gone on actually buying your home. Making a few savvy investments with your first appliances is the best way of making your money last for longer.

You’ll need somewhere to keep the milk, a way of washing your clothes and something to help with the washing up, so fridge freezers, washing machines and dishwashers are top of our list:


Buying your first fridge freezer

Freestanding fridge freezers have the biggest range of choice, so this type is a good starting point. You can also move them around, which is handy if you want to redesign your kitchen at some point in the future without having to buy all new appliances.Fridge freezer

Think about how much space you’ll need. Which space do you use more – the fridge or the freezer? Do you have a lot of fresh fruit and veg? Or do you like to freeze food in bulk? 70/30 models give you maximum fridge room; 60/40 models increase freezer storage space; and 50/50 appliances give you the best of both worlds.

Bear in mind that the manufacturer’s sizing is calculated without all the shelving and drawers.

Some good features to look out for: 

  • Frost free technology
  • Adjustable shelves
  • Door storage
  • Water dispenser for chilled drinks on-tap


Fantastic first time fridge freezer

This Daewoo DFF470SW fridge freezer is compact in width so it will fit most kitchens, but is tall enough to accommodate the weekly shop. Plus, there won’t be any arguments over whose turn it is to defrost the freezer because this one is totally frost-free.

Daewood fridge freezer

Buying your first washing machine

You could spend over £1,000 if you wanted all the bells and whistles, but you can still get a good washing machine for a more budget-friendly price.


Drum size

These range from 5kg to 12kg capacity (based on dry clothes) and you get the best efficiency if you fill it to the set limit – rather than under or over filling. 

Find out more about the different sizes with our washing machine capacity guideWashing machine

Spin speeds

Top spin speeds range from 1,000rpm to 1,800rpm. A faster speed can be more expensive, but also noisier. Between 1200rpm and 1400rpm is a safe bet and also gives you more choice. 

Some good features to look out for: 

  • Range of programmes i.e. Quick Wash and Anti Stain
  • Noise level between 50-55 decibels
  • Delay timer


Fantastic first time washing machine

This Hotpoint Smart WMFUG842G washing machine will help you cut down on your energy and water bills by recognising the size of your laundry load and managing the water levels and drum action for optimum results.

hotpoint WMFUG82GHotpoint WMFUG842G

Buying your first dishwasher

Put away the Marigolds and forget the Fairy. While a dishwasher might seem a luxury, it’s a seriously handy kitchen appliance that you’ll soon come to revere as essential.

There are 3 standard sizes – full-sized, slim-line and compact – so they’ll be able to fit in practically any size kitchen. 


Why is a dishwasher better than washing up by hand?

  • It's more hygienic as the water temperature can go up to 70°C, killing more bacteria
  • You can keep your sink and worktop clear of dirty dishes by storing them inside your dishwasher
  • They can use as little as 6 litres of water and cost 37p per cycle
  • Saves you time – up to 16 hours per month

Some good features to look out for:

  • Adjustable racks/shelving
  • Fold-down prongs
  • Anti-flood protection


Fantastic first-time dishwasher

This Kenwood KDW60S16 full-size dishwasher has space for 12 place settings and if you’re short on time, quick wash - one of its 8 programs – can get through a whole load in just 30 minutes.

Kenwood KDW60S16

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