All household appliances can be bought as freestanding models including dishwashers, washing machines, washer dryers, cookers, ovens, fridges and fridge freezers. Freestanding appliances have many benefits and can be placed in a location that suits you. This section of our buyers guide tells you all you need to know, including their main advantages and disadvantages, to help you decide if they’re suitable for you.
What is a freestanding appliance?
A freestanding appliance can stand on its own and isn’t attached to any of your kitchen units. These appliances are fully visible, and can be placed in any space which is large enough.
Advantages of Freestanding Appliances
There are a variety of freestanding appliances available across a range of brands, prices and colours, so there’s something to suit all tastes and preferences.
Freestanding models are often available in a wide range of sizes, making it easier to find an appliance suitable for your capacity and space needs.
Freestanding appliances offer more flexibility regarding where you can put them, whether it be in your kitchen or a utility room. As long as they’re near the required power outlet, ventilation pipe or water outlet, you can choose the best place.
This flexibility also means they’re easier to remove and take with you if you move house.
Freestanding appliances are usually cheaper than built-in models and can often be fitted by a non-professional.
A freestanding appliance can stand on its own and isn’t attached to any of your kitchen units.
Disadvantages of Freestanding Appliances
If you’re after a sleek, uniform finish to your kitchen, then a freestanding model might not be suitable as they won’t match your existing kitchen units and are always visible.
Due to their bigger dimensions, bear in mind that they might not sit flush with the rest of the units. In this case, a built-in appliance might be more suitable.