So far, all my appliances have long enough cords - but just barely. Them dangling down is something I really don't care for. I wish now I would have thought a bit more about outlets, their number and location. Not sure on the front of the cabinet is a good idea - you are just trading one place cords are in the way for another. Just above the backsplash would probably be ideal.
I'll be posting on my blog a "thoughts on the Oliver
after living in it a week" either tonite or tomorrow.