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9 Tips for Choosing the Best Appliances for Your Home

Sharon Monticello

Sharon Monticello is native to one of California's most picturesque areas— Petaluma, nestled in the heart of wine country, has been home to Sharon's...

Sharon Monticello is native to one of California's most picturesque areas— Petaluma, nestled in the heart of wine country, has been home to Sharon's...

Apr 11 5 minutes read

What are your guidelines when choosing your home appliances?

Picking the best appliances for your home (new or otherwise!) is challenging, especially when faced with an array of options. And while it’s easy to turn a blind eye and go crazy overspending on Smart appliances with the newest technology, it’s always best to go for the ones that best fit your home–literally and figuratively– and your “true” needs.

From finding dishwater to simplify cleaning to deciding on a fridge that stores all types of fresh produce, think of your home appliances as your closest helpers in supporting your family.

Here are our 9 Tips for Choosing the Best Appliances for Your Home.

Know What You Need 

As mentioned, it’s easy to get tempted to buy the prettiest appliance or the ones on sale, but choosing appliances that suit your individual needs is best. Understand your daily home routine. Do you tend to keep a lot of food in the freezer for later? Do you need a washer/dryer combo that accommodates large loads of laundry? Determine what you need and start there.

Read Fine Print 

Be sure to check instruction manuals before making any purchase, particularly for high-tech, modern appliances (which will often cost more money). Know how to work your way around the machine– settings and all. However, if you only need basic options, there’s no need to pay extra for settings you won’t use.

Check the Energy Efficiency 

Most people dream of receiving low-energy bills. But, if you’re concerned about the environment, too, choosing home appliances with high-efficiency ratings is vital. Research your appliance options by comparing Energy star ratings for different brands and models to know how many kilowatts they use and the estimated cost of running them.

Consider Your Available Space

Do you know the size of your kitchen? You should. It will determine the length, width, and depth of the space available for your appliance. As you measure your available space, don’t forget to consider the navigation space that you’ll need to install your items. Avoid buying appliances that can’t fit your doorway– and save yourself from going through the trouble of exchanging items– by giving the size factor the utmost importance.

Read Reviews 

Pay attention to reviews and complaints before buying an appliance. You can also ask your friends what they do and don’t like about their appliances and even check them yourself. Just be sure that you’re seeking reputable sources to avoid misinformation.

Aesthetics is Important 

Don’t ruin the design and theme of your home with obtrusive appliances! Choose ones that complement the design and the feel of your kitchen and your rooms. You also need to consider the finish and color of your appliances for maintenance. You can go for stainless steel appliances with smudge-proof finishes since they’re easy to clean. Another option is fitting your appliances with a false front to match the style of your cabinets to give your kitchen a seamless look.

Don’t Hesitate to Haggle 

Dealers will try to match the lowest price offered by competitors, so if you feel like the price is still high, ask the dealer for possible deals he can give you (e.g., when purchasing more than one appliance at once, etc.). If the dealer still insists on his price, ask for a free extended warranty, delivery, and installation instead.

Avoid Impulse Buys 

If you dislike shopping (in general), it’s easy to buy the first thing that looks good– a recipe for disaster. To avoid this, make an informed decision. Go appliance shopping with a list of features that are a priority for you. Compare different models, and consider waiting until you find what you want on sale. You can also bring a family member or a friend that can help you keep a level head.

Choose Your Dealer WISELY 

Ensure the retailer’s sales representative is familiar with all the unique appliance features across various brands to help you choose. Also, knowing the right time and place to buy can benefit your wallet– like during sales, Boxing Day, etc.

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