We all know that spending hours in the kitchen can be a dull experience. Many people choose to have a TV installed in the kitchen but even if you get a small model you can find that it still takes up an inconvenient amount of counter space. There is a type of TV that counteracts this problem by installing underneath a cabinet or counter. As they are designed to fit into a smaller area under cabinet TVs are generally much smaller than your average standard TVs. This way you get your TV and you also get to keep your precious cooking area. They are also a great way to keep a TV out of harms way in the rumpus room when the kids are playing.
Explore your options before you go out and purchase an under counter TV. There are models that include radios which can be a handy option if there is nothing on the box. You can also get a built in DVD player which is perfect for the kids rumpus room and great for learning new recipes off of cooking DVDs. Some other functions you might find useful are a count down timer for perfectly cooked meals.
The physical size and screen size are a bigger factor than normal as these TVs tend to need to fit into a more confined space. It also pays to make sure you have a power socket available as you don’t want power leads trailing all over your kitchen. Cheaper model TVs can have really bad viewing angles so check that when deciding on a model. Having a swiveling TV can counteract the problem of the viewing angle to some degree if you’re happy purchasing a cheaper model. One cool feature of some TVs is a magnetic remote. Never lose the remote or drop it in the soup again as it will always be safe and sound on the fridge.
A perfect time to shop for under the cabinet TVs is when you are remodeling the kitchen. You need to be certain of your chosen location of the TV though. Because of the way they need to be installed these TVs can be very difficult to move to another position. Depending on your installation you may have to relocate the power socket and and antenna socket as well. If you need to get an electrician in to do this then it could end up costing more than the TV itself. Naturally your TV will need to be viewable from most if not all of the areas of the kitchen. Keep it viewable in an area you know you are going to be spending most of your time in.
New LCD screens have made under the cabinet TVs more practical than ever due to their larger viewing angles. Extra features such as timers and alarms can make them useful for more than watching TV as well. Now you won’t have any running to the lounge room and back while you learn that new recipe off your favorite cooking DVD when you have a TV and DVD combo. You can find out more on the author’s website at under cabinet tv dvd combo.