Tips On How To Shop Appliances For The Home

Buying appliances for your home can be an exciting endeavor. But where should you start? Obviously, if you have an appliance that is Mal-functioning or has quit working altogether, that would be the first item to replace. But if you simply have a general list, perhaps as a part of a large-scale home improvement project, then it makes sense to start with your kitchen, since much of the running of your household from day to day revolves around storing, preparing, and enjoying food:

Refrigerators & Freezers
Refrigerator/freezer combos usually come in two styles: freezer on top or bottom, or a side-by-side model. Side-by-side models are unique, but unless you have a lot of room for the doors to open outwards, you may find that such a refrigerator cramps your style — and your kitchen. Freezer-on-bottom models are often a bit more energy efficient, and most common. Consider if you would like to have a water and/or ice dispenser on your refrigerator, but keep in mind that these features will eat into the storage space of your appliance.

Stoves
First make sure you are shopping the appropriate selection: gas or electric. Next, figure out if you want an all-in-one range (burners on top, oven/broiler on bottom), or a cooktop with a separate wall oven. Check the installation and configuration options as well, because sometimes the new, sleekest looking model is the one that will be the most difficult to install. Take the time to shop the selection thoroughly, as a range or cooktop is one appliance that will be getting almost daily use – so you’ll want to truly love and be satisfied with what you select!

Dishwashers
While a dishwasher may be considered a luxury, one could argue that dishwashers are both energy efficient and more efficient with water, which could free up your hands and time, and reduce your monthly water bill. When shopping for a dishwasher, consider first the available space you have for it. Most conventional dishwashers are 24 inches in width and have varying depths, so be sure to take measurements first. Set a budget, such as under $500 or nothing over $800, and limit yourself to looking at only those dishwashers that fit that guideline. Consider your needs, too: will you be washing only plates, bowls, glasses, and utensils, or do you plan on using your dishwasher to clean pots and pans, too? Varying dishwasher models will have different features and rack styles, so you’ll want to pick one that can hold the items you’ll be loading into it.

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