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Any appliance or fitment not attached to anything else.

Can look great, for instance - American Fridge Freezer, Range Cooker, or maybe not so good, for instance - Washing Machine, Tumble Dryer.


Any appliance installed into a cabinet. Not under the work surface. Affords the convenience of "eye level" cooking, refrigeration and more recently dishwashing.


Any appliance installed under the work surface. Allows for an uninterrupted worksurface and plinth line.


Any appliance designed to have a "furniture" door fitted to it, to be hidden from view. Intended to make your appliances look like cupboards and your kitchen look great.


Any appliance designed to be partly hidden from view (applies to some dishwashers). Gives an alternative "look" which may be preferred by some, perhaps where free-standing appliances are present in the design.



A specialist tap that can offer 100°C boiling water alongside regular hot and cold with the additional option for filtered chilled and sparkling water. Learn more about Quooker Taps.


Single Oven

One cooking cavity containing both the oven and the grill. Can be built-under or built-in, gas or electric. The basic requirement for most kitchens but not very versatile. Only the oven or grill can be operated at any one time.

Double Oven

Two cooking cavities, usually with a larger oven below and a smaller 2nd oven above which also contains a grill. Can be built-under or built-in, gas or electric. More versatile as the oven and grill, or two oven operation is available at the same time.

Fan Oven

The most popular heat method. An element around the fan distributes heat evenly and quickly throughout the oven for same temperature cooking at all levels. Consistent and quick.

Conventional Oven

Heat is produced by elements usually at the bottom and/or top of the oven. The heat travels by natural convection. Good for long slow cooking. Not as popular because they are slower, but preferred by some clients for certain types of cooking.


Has the option of fan or conventional cooking, grill or fan grilling. Offers the versatility of different types of cooking. For the more discerning chef.


Gas Hob

Naked flame produced by gas fuelled burners. Pans supported by metal pan supports. Preferred by some for the "real flame" cooking.

Ceramic Hob

Works using radiant heat generated by elements beneath the ceramic surface. The flat surface is easy to clean and looks "sleek" in a contemporary setting.

Halogen Hob

Uses light sourced heat, backed up by radiant heat from halogen light generated beneath the ceramic surface. Similar to a ceramic hob but quicker.

Induction Hob

The latest method. Works using a strong electro-magnet (induction coil) positioned beneath the ceramic surface. Heat is generated directly in the pan and not in the ceramic surface. Very efficient, quick and safe.



Intended to extract cooking smells and vapours from the kitchen and to introduce lighting above the hob. Usually ducted outside the house but if this is not possible, a filter is installed and the air re-circulated. This alternative is also very efficient.


Fitted as a visible feature. Available in many colours but predominantly stainless steel and glass. Can look fantastic and become a real focal point.


Placed into and "hidden" in an artificial chimney, usually suits a more classic setting. Attends to the extraction and lighting issues whilst not impacting on the "look".


Installed between wall units and hidden by a door. Gives a continuation to the wall unit arrangement. Very often a good approach where a wall unit run is short.


A new wave of extractor hoods where the line between appliance and art has become blurred. Welcome to the future.



Silestone is Natural Quartz created for kitchens and bathrooms decoration from a treatment that offers beauty and a wide range of colours, extraordinary textures and outstanding properties. It offers a very high stain resistance and scratch resistance.


Dekton employs exclusive Sinterized Particle Technology, a high tech process which represents an accelerated version of the metamorphic change that natural stone undergoes when subjected to high temperatures and pressure over thousands of years. It is extremely resilient and so wouldn't be damaged by scratching, staining,  and heating. As well as being non-porous.


Sensa is a granite surface by Cosentino, a high-quality surface that offers such reliable performance that it comes with a 15-year certified warranty. Using natural granite which is sourced from South America, India, and Africa; Cosentino applies a protective treatment which makes Sensa much more resistant to staining than granite in its raw form.


Corian is a synthetic, solid surface which is developed by Dupont. Corian is popular in kitchens as it can be joined without a visible seam. It also offers stain and heat resistance.


Granite has vast advantages that make it ideal for a homeowner looking for a  wow kitchen. A major positive is that every slab is unique and cannot be duplicated. It also requires very little maintenance, and by its nature, granite is extremely dense and excellent for repelling stains.

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