What is the difference between 'cuisine équipée/aménagée'?

These two terms are often listed on French property adverts and it is good to know the difference so you know what to expect from your new kitchen

13 August 2021

Another term you may come across in adverts is 'cuisine américaine', so we explain what this one means too Pic: Asya Nurullina / Shutterstock

By Liv Rowland

Reader question: In property adverts, what is the difference between a cuisine aménagée and a cuisine équipée?

A cuisine aménagée – a fitted-out kitchen – means it has furniture, such as cupboards, work surfaces and a sink.

It should also have sockets, a water supply and other essentials.

A cuisine équipée, on the other hand, is ready for you to cook in and has the white goods, such as cooker and hob, fridge and freezer, dishwasher, etc.

Note that one other term you may come across in adverts is cuisine américaine.

Contrary to what you might think, this does not indicate a luxuriously appointed kitchen with a huge fridge but rather a kitchen that is in one corner of the living or dining room, possibly separated by a small counter, as opposed to it being a separate room.

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