Built-in appliances give a sleek and sophisticated look to your kitchen while allowing instant access. If you are designing a space from scratch, you can incorporate them for a seamless aesthetic. To help you decide whether these models are best for you, this part of our buyers guide takes you through the 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 by being housed, either wholly or partially, inside units or cupboards.
The doors of most built-in appliances are fixed to the cupboard door, so they’re completely hidden from view and match the rest of the kitchen.
Other appliances, such as ovens, can be built into the wall at eye level, and the door is kept uncovered for maximum visibility. These models are often slimmer and shorter than freestanding units, allowing them to fit under standard sized kitchen cabinets or into your wall. However, you can use a height reduction kit if it doesn’t quite fit.
When installing built-in models, most 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 design, you’ll just need to adjust these to suit the new appliance.
Built-in appliances are designed to keep the uniformity of a fitted kitchen by being housed inside units or cupboards.
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. Instead of bulky, un-matching appliances, they create a seamless aesthetic but still give you instant access.
They‘re held in place by the surrounding units which reduces the amount they can wobble, and the door helps to minimise noise.
Built-in appliances also give you more power source options. For example, it’s easier to mix and match built-in electric and gas cookers, ovens and hobs than it is freestanding equivalents.
Built-in appliances create a seamless aesthetic but still give you instant access.
Disadvantages of Built-In Appliances
Fewer brands make built-in appliances, which means less choice and higher expense in comparison to freestanding models. They can also be harder and more expensive to install, often requiring an electrician.
As well as being harder to install, built-in appliances can be trickier to repair. This tends to mean that engineers will charge more to fix or service your appliance.
Because built-in appliances are harder to remove, you don’t have the same freedom to take them with you if you move house.