If you love cooking, you probably spend at least an hour or two a day in the kitchen. When you get a chance, you might prepare every single meal of the day, including dessert and occasional snacks. But, you might find yourself spending just as much time cleaning the kitchen as you are making food. This can be discouraging, but after saving up enough money to do a kitchen remodel, you can change this reality. Focusing on features that will make the entire space easier to clean should be your top priority.
If you are looking to get a countertop on the more affordable side, you should consider laminate because it can cost as little as $7 per square foot and is extremely easy to clean. When you are willing to spend more money on a more permanent option, you cannot go wrong with soapstone. It is quite durable and cleaning it only requires water, soap, and a cloth or sponge to wipe down the entire surface.
Hardwood or tile are easy winners for the kitchen. If you are worried about water damage, you can just choose tile floors as this will keep you from having to clean up spills right away. Also, similar to the countertops, the only thing you need to clean tile is soap, water, and a bit of time to handle the task itself.
Another part of the kitchen that you will naturally use on a regular basis is the cabinets. Food, utensils, dinnerware, pots, and pans are all things that you may store behind cabinet doors. The first feature that you will want to prioritize is large hardware that allows you to hold on to it to open the cabinets. Bar pulls, bin pulls, and window sash pulls are all examples of hardware that keeps your hands off the cabinets. Bin pulls are super easy to clean, so they are an excellent choice as long as it fits your kitchen's style.
The question regarding appliances is not so much about what ones to put in the kitchen, but what finish to get for simple cleaning. It may require you to spend a decent amount of money, but stainless steel appliances that have a higher gauge of steel, which range from 8 to 30-gauge, will be easiest to clean. This should be your number one pick, but a stainless steel finish in general is a good option as well.
If you want to spend more time cooking and less time cleaning, then consider these kitchen upgrades.