The Homeowner’s Guide to Buying Kitchen Appliances
Buying kitchen appliances can be overwhelming if you’re not sure where to start. There are several things to consider before making your purchase, including functionality, style, and budget.
In this article, we will explore these considerations and guide you through the process so you can make a more informed purchase when the time comes.
Do Your Research
Buying kitchen appliances is a lot different than buying a pack of gum in the checkout lane at the grocery store. Never, ever impulse buy an appliance no matter how good you think the deal is.
Research is important when it comes to this purchase. There are so many variations of appliances in the market. Some are nearly identical with radical price differences, while some are similar in both specs and price. Others may lead you to believe you need add-ons that you will never use, causing you to overspend greatly.
Before you begin shopping, you need to know what you are looking for. Take your time to research and read reviews and specs of key appliances. Know the size, style, and design it should be. Know the details and the specs. And, of course, know the price range. Shop around, find the best deal, then make your purchase.
Go for Beauty and Brawn
You have likely been told time and time again in life not to judge a book by its cover. See, books may have a beautiful, intriguing cover and offer you nothing inside. Or, it could have a blank cover and an exciting and undiscovered world inside.
The same applies to your kitchen appliances.
Don’t fall for the pretty appliances or the ones that look nice. Because, although it may look nice, you may find that the appliance you just bought didn’t have any of the perks you were hoping for. So, “it looked good,” would not be a wise response to an appliance purchase.
Measure, Measure, Measure
Once you know where you are putting your kitchen appliances, measure them out well. Don’t just take a round of quick measurements and assume that you are off to purchase something new. Instead, take the time to do it right so that you don’t encounter any issues in the future. Consider the following:
The height of the appliance and the height of the cabinets. This is important when purchasing things such as a range or a dishwasher.
The way in which doors open on your refrigerator. Be sure that they open in the direction you need and that the refrigerator is located in the best possible space that won’t tie up traffic as you are in it.
If you are buying a kitchen appliance that is to be counter-depth, make sure that it truly is and that it doesn’t have a handle sticking out or something of the sort.
Remember, while it is about your appliance, it is also about where the appliance is going to be. So, be sure to take the surrounding environment into consideration – and include measuring your doorways and hallways, as you will have to get the appliance from point A to point B without damaging your home.
Keep It Uniform
If you want your kitchen to look uniform and well put-together, then you are going to want to keep your appliances the same. For example, having some porcelain appliances and the rest stainless-steel can cause it to look off balance. Even stainless steel can vary from one brand to the next, causing a mismatch in colors. In addition, some appliances may have knobs while others have buttons, etc. Any difference in design can throw off the entire look of the kitchen.
The best way to keep your kitchen appliance uniform in design and color is to purchase an appliance suite. If you need multiple appliances or your appliances are dated and in need of repair, you may want to consider making a one-time larger purchase one of these combo packages. A kitchen appliance suite is a package of multiple appliances that come together, giving you a set of new appliances of the same color, make, and design. This is, by far, the best way to ensure uniformity within your kitchen – and to save money on multiple appliances.
Your budget is important when it comes to purchasing kitchen appliances.
There are plenty of kitchen appliances in the market to ensure that you are able to get one that fits your needs and your budget – without breaking the bank.
Before pursuing your future appliance, take time to determine your budget so you know exactly what you have to work with and stick to it. If you are need of more than one appliance, determine the price you are able to spend on each – and know your wiggle room. If you are looking for, say, a top-of-the-line refrigerator, then know you may have to take a more budget-friendly dishwasher.
Just as a kitchen appliance suite comes in handy for uniformity, it also works well for budgeting. For those who are purchasing a bundle of appliances, suites can give a better deal on each when purchased collectively.
Buying kitchen appliances is something that will arise at one point or another when owning a home. When it does, you will be prepared. Just remember to set your budget, do your research, keep it uniform, and never – never – impulse buy.
Going home with a great deal on an appliance that doesn’t match and won’t fit is just a waste of money. And, it’s a total sale-elation deflator. Just don’t do it.
Be smart when purchasing appliances – know what you need and what you want – and you will be happy with the end result.