Kitchen buying guide

What to look for and how to stay on budget.
 
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04.What to buy

Refrigerators

Already ready to buy a fridge? Check out our Refrigerator What to buy recommendations and compare models using our comprehensive interactive tables.
Take a look at our fridge buying guide to find out what styles are available and what to look for.
 

Dishwashers

Already ready to buy a dishwasher? Check out our Dishwasher What to buy recommendations and compare models using our comprehensive interactive tables.
Use our buying guide to find out what to look for when buying your next dishwasher.

Cooktops

Gas cookers are popular and efficient, but because CHOICE has not tested them for a long time, we can’t recommend any reviews here. Instead, you might consider our recommendations of induction cooktops, or find out what to look for when buying an induction cooktop.

Ovens

Already ready to buy an oven? Check out our What to buy recommendations and compare models using our comprehensive interactive tables for:

Ovens priced between $850 -$1900

Duel fuel 90cm ranges

Ovens priced between $1500 - $4800

Double ovens

Check out our buying guide to find out what to look for and the pros and cons.

 

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Tradesman survey results

In July 2009, CHOICE surveyed our members to find out whether they paid more or less for services provided by tradespeople (electricians, plumbers, tilers, builders, plasterers, painters and cabinet-makers) in the past six months, as well as satisfaction with the quality of their work and whether they found sourcing “tradies” difficult. Members who had renovated their kitchens in the past two years also took part in the survey.

  • On average, members spent $25,000 for a full renovation of their kitchen, with cabinets accounting for 40% of the average cost.
  • When selecting new kitchen appliances, members are six times more likely to go by CHOICE recommendation than those of their friends.
  • About 40% of members chose to use a specialist retail store to help them design their new kitchen, and 55% were “very satisfied” with the results.
  • About 55% of members were “very satisfied” with their tradies’ services.
  • The cost of and satisfaction with the quality of work rendered by most tradies were “about the same” compared with two years ago, although 70% of members said they pay more for builders now.


 

 
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