When it comes time to upgrade your appliances, many people love the idea of checking out the options at local appliance stores. While browsing the new models can be a good place to start, it can also lead to an impulse purchase that may not be the best choice for your kitchen. There are many things to consider before you make your final purchase decision, so here we’ve compiled some top tips for your appliance shopping.
Set a Budget:
This must be your first step before you even set foot into a showroom. While you will need to have a rough idea of how much new appliances will cost, it is important that you have a realistic budget. If you’re planning a kitchen remodel, new appliances can be a significant portion of your budget. So, if you overspend, you may need to compromise in other areas of your renovation.
There is a vast choice of appliances on today’s market and the ones with the latest technology will have a higher price tag. So, if you head into the showroom without a budget in mind, you may be tempted to pick one with all the latest features.
This makes it crucial to keep your budget in your mind and only look at the appliances that are within your financial reach. If you do find a model with some interesting functions, you will need to assess the additional cost to determine if it is worth the extra cost.
Verify Your Measurements:
Many people assume that all kitchen appliances are a standard size, so they don’t measure the available space for specific appliances. If you have an abundance of space, choosing an appliance that is a little larger than your old one may not be a problem, but if you are replacing one appliance that needs to slot in between two cabinets under your kitchen counter, you need to make sure it will fit.
Take the height, width, and depth of the space and your current appliance, and be sure to double check your measurements. If your current appliance is a perfect fit for the space, you can rely on these measurements, but it is a good idea to also measure the space so you can check if you have a little wiggle room in case the new appliance is slightly larger.
Assess Your Needs:
When you start looking at new appliances, you may be surprised at what new features are available. So, you will need to think about what you actually need from your new appliance. Consider your habits, preferences, and lifestyle.
For example, if you don’t tend to like ice in your drinks, why bother with a fancy ice machine that makes different types of ice? Or if you don’t tend to bake or steam foods, there is no point in paying extra for a steam oven.
Think about what features would actually be useful for you and don’t allow salespeople to pressure you into a model with features that you simply won’t use.
Finally, consider what style of appliance would be best for your home. You’ll need appliances that are not only functional but will complement your room. The major brands tend to offer a variety of styles from different finishes to various designs, so you should be able to find the one that is a perfect fit for your room.
With these top tips, you should find it easier to start your appliance shopping, but if you still need inspiration, you can browse your options with our online home appliance collection or speak to one of our home appliance specialists for further help.