Are pop-up sockets any good for kitchens?

Pop-up sockets are a retractable device that offers convenient power sockets hidden when not in use, but easily extended for when charging or power is needed. They have become popular in kitchens for their practicality and modern design features. Their ability to sit seamlessly into a benchtop and then be brought up in the most convenient location have made them very popular. But the question is, are they actually any good for kitchens? Here we’ll go through and discuss. 

It’s clear pop up sockets offer added convenience, however, at what cost? They need to be installed in a benchtop, and depending on the model and colour – they may or may not fit within the overall design of the kitchen. In this case, it’s important to choose a model that does fit in. Often a pop-up socket can be a stand-out feature in itself. Attractive designs – ones with glass tops or seamless stone inserts can make them elegant and stylish. Additionally, the futuristic motorised raise functionality adds a touch of modernism to any space. 

The added convenience from pop-up sockets is not only from the power outlets, but additional features such as wireless charging and direct USB-C ports make them a game-changer. The company motto for Modern Power Solutions is “convenience for a lifetime”, meaning a simple kitchen addition can really make a difference to the functionality of the kitchen. 

What about kitchen messes? Spills, dirt, crumbs – kitchens can be messy places when it comes to preparing food. Pop up sockets need to withstand these types of environments otherwise they would be a burden to the space. Premium models have a seal when closed – so they are fairly easy to wipe down and keep clean. Models that have small niches, cracks, grooves can be more difficult to keep clean – these models are best to avoid in kitchens or other messy spaces. 

Installing a pop up socket in a kitchen is usually straightforward – especially when done during the construction phase. Most models are plug and play, meaning no electrical work is required for an installation. The bottom of the pop up socket has a cable with a plug – to plug straight into a socket under the benchtop. The hardest task is usually creating the hole. This needs to be done on the top of the bench-top. Stone benchtops require diamond head drill bits with precision and water flow to eliminate dust and reduce heat. Wooden bench-tops are easier as centre-hole aligning bits can be attached to any standard drill, and they don’t require water or expensive bits. 

The cost of a pop up socket can vary significantly, but the prices for models best suited for kitchens are usually in the higher range. This is because kitchens require added functionality and features including waterproof seal and a stronger build to withstand the messy environments. Kitchens can be an expensive build in general, so the cost difference between a low spec and high spec device may be negligible anyway. 

The safety of pop up sockets for kitchens is a common concern. Kitchens are environments with often lots of liquid, oil and high humidity. Most pop up sockets feature built in overload safety devices and fuses to prevent short circuits or too much current draw. Additionally, it’s also worth ensuring pop up sockets are electrically certified in the local region where purchased. With these things in mind, a pop up socket should be safe in any kitchen environment

In summary, if the right pop up socket is installed in a kitchen – they can be great for kitchens. Stylish and the added convenience make them a stand out feature that adds strong value to the space.

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