AppliancesThe advancement of technology has been felt in all areas of our lives - even our home essentials like the kitchen. The amount of time we spend in our kitchen has also been drastically reduced, thanks to high-tech kitchen appliances preserving our food, cooking it in ever shorter amounts of time and making washing a breeze. The typical modern kitchen of today includes a large refrigerator, a hob or cooking range with a hood overhead, a counter top, built-in microwave and a dishwasher.
Although the main function of a kitchen is supposed to be cooking or preparing food, the kitchen can often be the centre of other activities as well, especially within homes, depending on the size, furnishings, and equipment. The typical kitchen tends to also be the place where the family eats, provided it is large enough and has a table and chairs. Sometimes, the kitchen is the most comforting room in a house, where family and visitors tend to congregate.
A large modern kitchen is still the psychological "heart" of the home. This makes many people choose fancy, expensive kitchen appliances and there are many options to choose from. 'American style' refrigerators are a very luxurious item, with the freezer on one side and the refrigerator on the other. Older ovens and hobs (or even 'combined' cookers) can be replaced by more modern appliances, such as a hob (gas, electric or induction) that is installed in the kitchen worktop and an oven built into the cupboards either low down or at eye-level.