WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE?
As the name suggests, built-in appliances are installed within your kitchen units or cupboards, whereas freestanding models stand on their own.
Freestanding appliances offer better flexibility and are often less expensive. Built-in models can be a little pricier but are great for achieving a seamless finish.
There are several factors you should take into account when you’re choosing between a freestanding and built-in appliance. This section of the guide will help you decide which type is best for you.
WHICH IS BEST FOR YOU?
When you’re deciding which appliance to buy, there are some factors which you should consider:
• What size kitchen do you have? Would you spend a bit more to get compact, built-in appliances that give the illusion of space?
• What look do you want your kitchen to have? Do you want a sleek and uniform feel, or do you not mind if your appliances are visible?
• What’s your budget? Are you aware that built-in appliances are often more expensive, plus you may have higher installation costs?
• Are you likely to move house a lot? If so, do you want to take your appliances with you easily?
• Do you want a wide choice of models, features, colours, and sizes to pick from?
WHICH APPLIANCES CAN YOU BUY?
Most appliances are available in freestanding models, but not as many can be bought as built-in versions. The main appliances that are available as both types are dishwashers, washing machines, washer dryers, cookers, microwaves, fridges, and fridge freezers.
Most appliances are available in freestanding models, but not as many can be bought as built-in versions.