We all know that spending hours in the kitchen can be a dull experience. The TV is a popular option but even though you can get some pretty small models they still take up valuable counter real estate. For those of us short on counter space we can get an under the cabinet tv. They are smaller than a conventional TV and are designed to hang down on the underside of the counter. This way you get your TV and you also get to keep your precious cooking area. They can also make a great space saving option in the bedroom or kids play room.
Before you rush out and buy an under counter TV you need to explore your options and decide on what you might need and want. Some models come with radios in them which can be handy if you just want to listen to some tunes or the news when there is nothing on the tube. 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. Because they are going to be used mostly in the kitchen many of these TVs have a built in clock and timer feature.
Screen size is more important than stand alone TVs as you probably have a confined space to fit it in. It also pays to make sure you have a power socket available as you don’t want power leads trailing all over your kitchen. Another thing to check is the viewing angle. Some cheaper models have a terrible viewing angle meaning you have to be right in front of the TV to see the image. You can counteract the problem of a poor viewing angle by ensuring the TV can swivel so you can see it from all areas of the kitchen One cool feature of some TVs is a magnetic remote. You’ll always know where the remote is as it magnetically attaches to the fridge for easy access and storage.
If you’re remodeling the kitchen and have decided on an under cabinet TV then be very sure of the location. 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. Install the TV in an easily viewable location where you are going to be spending most of your time such as the sink or stove.
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. With a TV and DVD combo you will be able to follow the instructions on your favorite cooking DVD while you are in the kitchen. You can find out more on the author’s website at under cabinet tv.