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Upgrading lifestyle, the built-in way

May 23, 2021

By Remona Divekar

Built-in appliances have become a key element when it comes to designing a truly high-end kitchen to add a sleek and more cohesive look. Experts from renowned brands share with Kitchen Ideas how built-in appliances, if integrated smartly into the kitchen cabinet design, can create a delightful ambience.

In today’s fast-paced world, where everyone is racing against time, built-in appliances have become indispensable for kitchens. Premium housing lifestyle, growing disposable income and increasing customer awareness about modern kitchen appliances are some reasons believed to be driving India’s built-in kitchen appliances market.

Speaking on the effectiveness, functionality and popularity of built-in-appliances, Ridhvika Chawla, Director – Marketing, Hacker Kitchens India says, “The supplies of built-in appliances like built-in hobs, ovens and hoods are widely available in India and are gaining popularity because of their sleek designs aligned with the kitchen cabinets to give a chic look. The modules for these appliances are designed and customised in such a manner that the appliance suffers absolutely no harm and can be used efficiently. Multiple varieties are available in the built-in-category for the appliances so that the consumers get to choose from whether they want basic appliances or whether they want to upgrade to high-end appliance.”

"Built-in appliances are a very important part of the modular kitchens as over the period of time they have become Indianised whether it is the built-in fridge or oven which was not even thought of a couple of years ago and now it is an integral part of the built-in industry, apt for the Indian market."

Ridhvika Chawla

Director - Marketing

Hacker Kitchens India

The USP of these appliances is that unlike free-standing appliances, built-ins do not make the kitchens look cramped, or cluttered but provide enough space to work on. Built-in appliances are nothing but just an extension of that transition towards a more functional and ergonomic as well as visually appealing kitchen. These devices are part of the permanent construction and create a seamless appearance. Their greatest asset is they become almost invisible, allowing to focus on other design features in the room. The fact that they blend in with any home décor makes them very popular features since they also add convenience and value to the house.

Built-in appliances are housed in cabinets and provide a flawless, sophisticated and stylish appearance to the kitchen, enhancing its overall ambiance.

Architect and Interior Designer Hemanti Sutaria of Centre of Living and Planning for Tomorrow says, “The built-in appliances are extremely effective as they not only save a lot of space in kitchens but also match the units in volume, depth and overall look. They provide seamless aesthetics. Built-in appliances can be customised in any possible manner to blend well with the overall look of the kitchen. Since they are housed in cabinets, they provide a flawless, sophisticated and stylish appearance to the kitchen, enhancing its overall ambiance.”

The benefits of built-in appliances

Even though modern homes might be getting smaller, there has been a resurgence in popularity for large format appliances that do more. An integrated design ensures the kitchenette doesn’t jar with the rest of the living room. 

“Yes, brands play an important role all the time because its value for money. They not only give the right hardware for the kitchens but they also give different types of shutters, panels, glasses, handles and more such.”

Hemanti Sutaria

Architect and Interior Designer