Some styles of kitchen appliances include refrigerators, stoves, dishwashers and countertop appliances, such as microwaves, toasters and blenders. Many of these appliances are finished in stainless steel, white paneling or black paneling. Occasionally, a manufacturer offers different color variations or custom designs.
There are many types of refrigerators, and each design has a different value. A basic model is the top-freezer model with a smaller compartment on top of the unit for frozen food. There are bottom-freezer options in which the freezer is a larger drawer or compartment, and side-by-side models with vertical freezer and refrigerator compartments parallel to each other. There are designer options for professional chefs, with added spaces for crisper and meat drawers.
Stoves or ranges are available in countertop styles, freestanding units or units installed between standing cabinets. There are gas ranges powered by natural gas or propane, or electrical ranges with open coils or smooth-top designs. Convection ovens circulate heat through the unit with fans, while trivection ovens use thermal and microwave power to heat the unit. The main difference in dishwashers is the size and cycle types. Countertop appliances are made for specific tasks, such as brewing coffee or mixing batter, and come in more colors and metal finishes than the other appliances.
Stainless steel units are typically more expensive and have more features than other units, as of 2016. Units with black or white panels are less expensive but suit many kitchen design styles. Paneled units are easier to keep clean, as stainless steel units require special cleaning agents to wipe away fingerprints and smudge marks.