Buying a new range, refrigerator, or laundry pair isn’t an everyday thing. In fact, I think buying a new appliance is a bit of a big deal. To make sure you spend your time, money, and energy (pun intended!) wisely, I’ve spoken with a variety of our in-store appliance experts to help pull together the Ultimate Guide to Buying Kitchen Appliances based on years of experience and happy customers.
Know Your Budget
First things first, you need to know how much you can invest in your new appliance(s). I say invest because while there is a wide range of price points in today’s marketplace, an appliance is still a bigger-ticket item than a new pair of shoes is for your family’s budget. Know what budget you are working within and go from there.
Know Your Needs & Wants
Make a list of mandatory features or needs for your new appliance(s). I find it helpful to put features into either a must-have or like-to-have column. This helps prioritize and also keeps budget considerations in check. Include in this any design features you’d like.
• Does Energy Star rating help your decision-making? Get to know what this means here.
• Here’s a helpful article we did on Five Things To Look For When Buying a Dishwasher.
• Today’s ranges offer up a lot of features, we’ve got our eyes on eight here.
Know Your Space
The picture-perfect refrigerator with all your wants and needs, including budget, is great except when it doesn’t fit into the space you have in your kitchen. A very critical step is measuring especially when it comes to picking a refrigerator. I’ll repeat, measure the hole where you want your new refrigerator, measure, measure. Oh, and measure again.
The biggest problem is that new refrigerators have massive doors, really deep cabinets, and non-standard heights. If you are planning a big renovation this step is less critical, but it is always best to start with your new appliances and then build the room around them rather than the other way around.
• Ever wonder what the pros and cons of a counter-depth fridge are? We go deeper into this here.
• Or maybe you need some help with which fridge configuration to go with. We’ve got some tips on that here.
• Or maybe you want to rearrange the room? Here’s some help for that.
Do your research. Read a variety of product reviews and consult reputable resources like Consumer Reports. You can also find literally dozens more helpful appliance articles, tips, ideas, and inspiration await on our blog, here.
• And adore the instant heat from induction
• Maybe this is the year to splurge on new connected appliances
Know Your Store
Visit your local BrandSource appliance experts and get to know the products before you purchase, they can provide insight on the product you are researching, the features, and how it compares to other products in the same category.
When in-store make sure to touch the products, open the doors, pretend to unload, touch the buttons and the drawers. An appliance expert can help guide you through your purchase and make you feel confident in your product choices.
We wish you happy appliance shopping and look forward to being part of the journey.
Isabelle, Your Appliance Expert