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Kitchen Appliance Buying Guide

Written by Erik Larson, Community Blogger | Aug 8, 2017 1:25 PM

Whether moving to a new home or giving your kitchen a must needed renovation, you need to choose the right appliances for the room. These appliances can range from larger items like a refrigerator or range to smaller things like a toaster and coffee pot. It's helpful to start with a look at what you or your family actually needs.

Buying Everyday Appliances

Before you decide to spend thousands on all new appliances for your home, take the time to look around your kitchen to get an idea of what you actually need. Many coffee drinkers assume that they need professional espresso machines that cost thousands of dollars, but once they use one a few times, they go right back to using their old pots. Stick to the appliances that you actually need and will use to avoid throwing away items or adding things to your yard sale pile later.

Start Small

Starting small is the best way to shop for new kitchen appliances. Smaller appliances include coffee makers, toaster ovens, blenders and food processors. Toaster ovens can help you make a quick breakfast in the morning and make other simple dishes, while a blender will help you whip up smoothies and ice cream shakes for your whole family. If you have an idea of the colors that you want to use in your kitchen, you can search for smaller appliances in that same color family.

Consider Energy Costs

When you need to buy a large appliance like a brand new stove, you might find yourself so concerned with the price tag that you don't think about the overall cost of owning and using that appliance. You always want to look at the energy cost and find out if the appliance has an Energy Star rating. Energy Star lists the energy efficiency rating of products right on their boxes. If one oven has a rating of .90 and another has a .86 rating, you'll know that the first one is more efficient and will use less energy, which can help you reduce your energy bills.

Comparison Shopping

When you have a credit card to a specific store, you might feel tempted to buy appliances from there without doing your research. Doing research ahead of time is easy to do because so many comparison websites now let you read reviews from customers who bought products from that site or from other sources. Comparison shopping requires looking at multiple websites to see how far your money will go. If you still want to shop in a local store, write down notes about the reviews you read and take those notes with you. This helps you compare prices against reviews.

Buy Used

Some people hate the idea of buying used because they don't want to purchase others' rejects or castoffs. If you have a tight budget though, buying used can help you save a bundle. Refrigerators generally depreciate quickly. When you buy a brand new fridge from the store, it might be worth hundreds of dollars less by the time you set it up in your kitchen. You can get a great deal buying a used model. Used appliance stores offer warranties on the appliances they sell too. Freezers and ranges are also safe to buy used because these appliances last longer and need less maintenance than others.

Overall Features

As you shop for kitchen appliances, you really need to think about the features that you want and the features that will make your life easier. Some of the newer refrigerators now available have a digital screen on the front that lets you keep track of your groceries, write notes to your family and even view recipes online. Others have a window that actually lets you see inside that fridge. When shopping for other types of appliances, you'll need to find those that run on electric or gas based on the power supply in your own home.

Shopping for kitchen appliances requires some thought and research. The best appliances are those that fit the style of your home as well as the needs of your family. While you will want to look at finish and style, you also need to compare prices and look at the overall features on different models.

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