One rule of thumb is to assign a maximum draw of 1.5 amps to each receptacle, which allows for 10 receptacles on a 20-amp circuit.
How many circuits do you need in a kitchen?
There are at least seven circuits that are needed in a kitchen and that is the minimum, but by no means the only, circuits you may want to add for your convenience. There is a 15-amp basic lighting circuit, two 20-amp small appliance circuits, and five dedicated circuits for specific appliances.
What appliances need a dedicated circuit?
Appliances drawing enough power to require their own circuit include ovens, stoves, dryers, washing machines, dishwashers and hot tubs. Some garbage disposals, space heaters, microwaves, refrigerators, freezers and garbage disposals also might require enough wattage to demand separate circuits.
What is the electrical code for kitchens?
The National Electrical Code (NEC) requires that kitchens have at least two separate 20-amp, 120-volt circuits for counter-top outlets, which must also be no more than 4 feet apart.