Built-in appliances give a sleek and sophisticated look to your kitchen. If you are designing a space from scratch, you can incorporate them for a seamless finish.
To help you decide whether these models are best for you, this part of our buyers guide explains the main advantages and disadvantages of built-in appliances.
WHAT IS A BUILT-IN APPLIANCE?
Built-in appliances are designed to keep the uniformity of a fitted kitchen as they are hidden, either completely or partially, inside units or cupboards.
The doors of most built-in appliances are fixed to the cupboard door, so they’re fully hidden from view and match the rest of the kitchen.
Other appliances, such as ovens and microwaves, can be built into the wall at eye level. These models are often slimmer and shorter than freestanding units. This allows them to fit under standard sized kitchen cabinets or into your wall.
Built-in appliances are designed to keep the uniformity of a fitted kitchen, as they are hidden inside units or cupboards.
You can use a height reduction kit with some appliances, like washing machines and dishwashers, to allow them to fit into your kitchen units. These kits normally include replacement feet or a lid to lower the height of the model.
Most built-in appliances require a plinth to cover the base of the machine, as well as a cupboard door to keep it concealed. If you are replacing a built-in item, you’ll just need to adjust these to suit the new appliance’s dimensions.
ADVANTAGES OF BUILT-IN APPLIANCES
The main advantage of built-in appliances is that they’re concealed and won’t disrupt the overall design of your kitchen or utility space. Unlike bulky, mismatching appliances, they create a seamless aesthetic while giving you instant access.
Because they‘re held in place by the surrounding units, the amount they can wobble is limited, and the cupboard door helps to minimise noise too.
You’ll also get more fuel options to choose from with built-in appliances. For example, it’s easier to mix and match built-in electric and gas cookers, ovens, and hobs than it is with the freestanding equivalents.
Built-in appliances create a seamless aesthetic while giving you instant access.
DISADVANTAGES OF BUILT-IN APPLIANCES
Fewer brands make built-in appliances as they have to make the models fit specific dimensions. This means you’ll have less choice and higher prices in comparison to freestanding models. They can also be harder and more expensive to install, often requiring an electrician to carry out the work.
As well as being harder to install, built-in appliances can be harder to repair. This means that engineers may charge more to fix or service your appliance.
Because built-in appliances are harder to remove, it isn’t as easy to take them with you if you move house.