Helpful tips on choosing a kitchen retailer and what to look for.
One of the best ways to look after your kitchen doors is with micro fibre clothes. A wipe over with a lightly damp cloth and an appropriate mild detergent, then buff the door with the microfibre cloth and you should have a streak free finish. Different worktops will have different ways to clean them. Corian for example can take powder based cleaner such as Bar Keepers Friend which will remove any surface stains or fine scratches. All good worktop manufacturers will have care and maintenance instructions.
Short answer, someone you trust. If you can find a decent kitchen fitter or carpenter that comes recommended and you're able to inspect their work then you may be able to save some money. A good fitter will be keen to see your design to give you an accurate cost up front. You may find yourself being charged extra during the work or your fitter running out of time because the job is more complicated than they've anticipated. There is a good chance that you will bear the costs in this scenario.
Soda and other reputable kitchen retailers will take responsibility for the whole project to give customers peace of mind. Check to make sure your installation contract is not a 3rd party contract.
With so much information online and sites like Which finding the right appliance is much less of a minefield. Online reviews and customer feedback are a good indicator of an appliances qualities. Some appliances will have different positions in the kitchen such as an oven. A range cooker will give you a very different looking kitchen to an eye level double oven. Or you can tell your kitchen designer about the cooking and entertaining that you do and they can help you navigate.
Get ready for a very biased opinion because we love them. Induction hobs are very quick to heat up and cool down. In most cases the most responsive of all fuel types. If you like a juicy steak seared in a griddle pan or melted chocolate without having the faff of boiling water under a bowl you can do that with an induction hob.
There are two other considerations. The first is your existing saucepans might not work. Contrary to popular belief the don't have to be specifically made for induction, they just have to have Ferris based metal (iron) content in the mix of metals. So stainless steel pan with some iron mixed in will still work. The easy test to see if they work is if a magnet sticks then they should work very nicely. The second and most important consideration is that induction hobs may interfere with pace makers, so if you have a pace maker then induction is definitely not for you.
Poor online feedback can ruin company's, so we all work hard to try and get the best scores possible. If consumers have a bad experience they can be quick to leave negative feedback. You can tell a lot by looking at the detail of complaints online and gauging how well that company reacted to issues. This tells you a lot about the company.
If you Google for issues on specific companies the results can be quite scary. Search for Wren Kitchen disasters and your head will spin. All we would say is delve in a bit reaped. Online review sites can be very helpful used in conjunction with your other research.
The retail market is shifting more an more online, and as the high street you will find good retailers and bad retailers. We would recommend avoiding kitchen companies that you only interact with online particularly if they don't offer to measure your kitchen in person.
In the case of Soda, we don't have showrooms but are very much a Hampshire based company which take pride in selling Bespoke Germans kitchens in Romsey, Winchester, Southampton, Bournemouth and the surrounding areas. We are a new company, but with a huge amount of experience. The start of your kitchen journey with us starts online then the following steps are one on one interaction with your designer and installation teams. The best impartial advice we can give is if you're not happy with a kitchen company before you buy your kitchen, there's a good chance you won't like the finished product.
The major benefits of having a bespoke kitchen are the advantages of having a kitchen that has been designed around the space available meaning there are no wasted corners or ugly large panels filling gaps, maximizing all the usable space.
Every kitchen could be bespoke to capture the users individual needs as everyone’s dream kitchen is different. In a competitive kitchen market you can achieve a kitchen with individuality and kudos, but without the price being inflated.
Wooden worktops aren't for everyone as they do need care and maintenance. As detergent strips away the worktop oil from the surface the you'll need to replace it. Throughout it's life wooden worktops will also need oiling.
If you're wooden worktops are getting a lot of use then you will be spending time maintaining its beauty. Hot and wet areas will probably need oiling at least once a month with the rest of it needing treatment about every six months. The more you use your kitchen however, the more oiling you'll be doing. And if it starts to feel rough then it's probably time to give your worktops a sand.