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Kitchen Reno: Appliances, what we picked

Our kitchen now…with the old white appliances. (that are failing/leaking/too small)

This is going to be a long post, partially because I want to explain our thought process about appliances -An expensive addition to any kitchen and therefore worthy of long posts. As you know we’re at a point where all of our appliances are in need of replacing, due to leaking, monster noises at night, or not functioning as we need them to be. Skipping back a few months, on Boxing Day, Aubrey and I bit the bullet and bought appliances. The reason why I didn’t show you them is because we kept putting off the delivery of them as I was having a little bit of buyers remorse. Aubrey and I went back to Appliance Canada and revisited some of the brands we really liked. I kept thinking of one line, the GE Cafe. It’s interesting, what led us to GE Cafe line is actually their fridge, and after that the rest fell into place.

Choosing a fridge for us was actually pretty easy for the fact that we had a lot of criteria that narrowed down our choice. The first thing is, is that we have a galley kitchen. Part of the problem that a galley kitchen  is that a regular fridge in my mind, is too deep. (It cuts into your walkway.) So the first thing we knew was that we wanted was a counter depth. By going counter depth you’re narrowing your selection dramatically and raising your price. Counter depth fridges are sadly, much more expensive than regular fridges. But – we justified the expense because it would have been a huge annoyance loosing walking space in our already small kitchen. The next thing that narrows down the fridges right away is the handle style. 90% of fridges have bow handles.

Your typical “Bow & Arrow” Handles

Aubrey and I saw on a Design Inc. or perhaps a Sarah’s House, a part of an episode where Tommy says to Sarah that he doesn’t like bow & arrow handles and ever since Aubrey and I saw that episode, we can’t look at handles the same way. We had fallen for the more modern look of the straight handles. That brings us to us standing in Appliance Canada, looking at counter depth fridges that have straight handles, and that brought us to look at really 4 fridges out of hundreds, and we focused in on the GE Cafe line.

The line itself reminds me of a cafe. Slightly industrial, very professional looking, and well. Awesome. That’s the GE Cafe Counter Depth fridge, and matching appliances set up in the store. Read more about the rest of the appliances that we picked after the jump….

I pretend that angels sing when the fridge opens. Look at it. YAY! It’s gorgeous!!! We picked the GE Cafe Counter Depth fridge. Which led us to look at the rest of appliances and I fell for their ovens.

Although I would have liked to have gone gas, we couldn’t vent it outside. I’ve heard contradictory information on venting outside, so I just decided to go with what I felt was right and went with their electric range. Next to the fridge, this is the appliance I’m most excited about because it will fit normal baking sheets and pans. Our current oven is apartment sized and doesn’t fit much. I’m going to be Martha Stewart and bake a feast when this baby gets installed!

I fell in love with the handles. Again, I focused a lot on the design of the appliances, and little things like the little red dots reminded me of something industrial, and made it a little different. The handles on the stove are also straight, something I preferred.

We went with the over the range microwave that has a hidden vent as well as lights perfect for over the stove. I’m a litter nervous about the touch pad, it looks kind of high tech but I’m sure I’ll figure it out. Aubrey loved the look and I loved once again, the handles.

And finally the dishwasher. It matches the rest of the appliances which was a bonus, and has a stainless steel interior. Things I never would have thought of when buying appliances, it’s somewhat overwhelming. The thing I like – it has hidden controls, which means Oscar can’t press the buttons and start it.
We saw all of the appliances at Appliance Canada – and they happen to have a sale on the line right now. That being said, we worked directly with GE Cafe on the purchase of all of the appliances, in return for us showing you why we decided to go with the line. 🙂 We heart them.

There you go, the appliances that we’ve picked. 🙂 The Fridge, Oven, Microwave and Dishwasher.

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