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My Summer Cottage Kitchen Renovation: Choosing the Appliances!

In paid partnership with Bosch:
Thank you so much for all your positive feedback on the summer cottage kitchen renovation plans I shared with you last week. I'm starting to feel so excited now! There's just one thing left to do before we rip everything out: choose the appliances. We knew early on that we'd go for Bosch since we've had their white goods for years and they're a perfect fit with IKEA kitchens - but now I realise that's only the beginning. There are other decisions to make. Like, do I go integrated or visible? And which model? Guh! I paid a visit to Elgiganten here in Malmö a few weeks ago to take a look at the options and I've finally narrowed it down to this: 

FRIDGE FREEZER
To be seen or not to be seen - that's the question! At home our fridge is on display but at the cottage I'm thinking that it's since it's a small space, it would be nice to go for a cleaner finish by hiding it behind the cabinet doors (inspired by the image below). 

After a little deliberation I've gone for this streamlined model which is designed to be hidden behind cabinet fronts. Apart from the fact that it would more than cater for our summer wine and cheese (which is our No.1 priority, of course!) it also has a low energy consumption (A++), saving 25% compared to fridge/freezers with energy class A. Nice! It also features NoFrost technology, so we'll never need to defrost it (our kids seem to be incapable of closing a door so it usually looks like the arctic in our freezer) which leaves more time to enjoy... well, the wine and cheese! 

OVEN
We have a built-in oven at home (seen below - note: this is an older Bosch model which is no longer sold) and I love that they take up less space than a range cooker and you can fit more storage around them as a result. Vital in a teeny space! 

Since the oven will be on show, the design is important, and to me, this is the sleekest one in the range! Admittedly, I'm unlikely to appear on MasterChef anytime soon, but I do love to make a Sunday roast (you can take a girl out of England....) so, naturally I love that this comes with a built-in meat probe known as 'PerfectRoast'. All you need to do is insert the thermometer and enter the desired temperature. The oven will let you know when your food is ready and turn off the heat! No more overcooked roasts (can you hear my family breathe a sigh of relief?!). I'm also liking the self-cleaning function which turns all the dirt to ashes, so you never need to clean the oven by hand. Amen to that! 
HOB
Our current cottage stove has seen better days (understatement!) so anything will be an improvement. But since we only plan on updating our kitchen every 50 years (the last time it was 'done up' was in the 1970s) we might as well go state-of-the-art with an induction cooktop. Plus, induction hobs look so neat and. are really easy to clean - as exhibited in the beautiful Danish kitchen below! 

As soon as I saw this one, I felt super excited! Not only does it have a FlexInduction feature which, I learned, means you can use it like a conventional induction cooktop (4 rings) or combine them to make two large, continuous cooking zones - which is awesome for feeding larger crowds. It also has a 'FryingSensor Plus' which essentially means we can fry our food to perfection (cue no more over cooked and under cooked meatballs in the same serving = very happy kids!). It also has a string of other benefits which you can read about here.  

I love a visible fan as much as the next person but once again, we need the cabinet space (minimalists we are not). So instead, we're going for a hood that's practically invisible when not in use, and once pulled out it has the most amazing capacity to clear out the kitchen fast and it's super quiet (if I still manage to burn something with my new oven and hob - no one will ever need know!). What's not to love?!

DISHWASHER
There may or may not be a dishwasher lurking behind the beautiful cabinets in Anna Pirkola's Finnish kitchen, but that's just how I like it! So, for this appliance, I'm going all in 'invisible'. 

We were actually tempted to go for a 45cm dishwasher until a friend pointed out that we'd spend our entire time unloading and reloading it (especially as the kids seem to go through 25 glasses an hour in the summer - do you find the same?!). Which brings me to my next point. And no, unfortunately it doesn't put everything back into the cupboards for us, although that would be amazing! But it is super efficient. The VarioSpeed Plus option rinses three times faster. So, if we've got a back-log of glasses (likely), we can reduce the rinse time by up to 66% at the push of a button. Ha! You won't beat us kids! 
So, that's where I'm at. 

I'd love to hear your thoughts on my choices and please do share your own experiences, I'd love to hear any tips you might have. 

It really does feel like we can actually start tearing out the existing kitchen any day now - woohoooo! Let the fun begin! 

Niki

Photography credits: 1. Niki Brantmark / My Scandinavian Home 2. Photography: Osman Tahir, Stylist and Home owner: Catrine Åberg / Cooee Design   3. Bosch Home 4. Niki Brantmark / My Scandinavian Home 5. Bosch Home 6. Our Food Stories 7 & 8 Bosch Home 9. Anna Pirkola 10. Bosch Home

*This series is in paid collaboration with Bosch. However, all words and pictures are my own and I only ever work with brands I love and think you will too.



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  1. I got a chance to try an induction cook top a few years ago in Germany (in our hotel room of all places) and I loved it. I'm still not sure if I would opt for that over my gas stove top. I don't have that decision to make right now though, because, no matter how I want new appliances... mine just keep on going!

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    1. Sounds to me like you have chosen the right appliances as they just go on and on!! :)

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  2. Just wondering if you considered built in venting on the stove top? seems to become state of the art ...

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    1. Hi Lilly - I am so glad you brought this up as I forgot to mention this in the post. I love hobs with a down draft, Bosch has some great ones and I considered them for this space but unfortunately they just felt too wide and I felt I would lose too much countertop space. If I ever renovate my kitchen at home, I'm definitely going for one!

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  3. A beautiful kitchen and I am so envious!! I have taken inspiration from the fridge/freezer as my husband and I want to remodel and downsize at the same time-we want a more efficient fridge/freezer to serve just 2 people since our son is now an adult and no longer raiding said fridge. If you have a grocery store within walking distance and can shop for fresh items as needed, why do we need a giant fridge to store everything?! We hope to find these Bosch items here in the US and lighten our energy consumption at the same time. Many thanks-love your blog, especially posts about Denmark!

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    1. Hi Jules, I'm so happy this post has inspired you - I am certain you'll be able to find this Bosch fridge freezer in the US! I totally agree with you on the size front: even though our children are still relatively young we love to shop a little more frequently and buy fresh ingredients (especially when we're at the cottage) and it helps to reduce waste too. Thank you for your kind words about my blog :) I'll definitely work on finding some more danish inspiration!

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  4. I was inspired by this post too and found the fridge on the US Bosch site. Search for bottom freezer type and then scroll to the bottom on the web page.

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    1. Great! Thank you so much for the tip. Happy to hear you felt inspired by this post :)

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  5. could you please let me know where the wooden stools are from?

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    1. I bought them from a local shop in Malmö called Geiersgatan 53 - love them! I'll see if I can find out the brand (there's no marking on them).

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