Buying appliances for your kitchen – old or new – can sometimes seem impossible. There are so many options and brands and most of us have no idea what will be best. We have a few tips for your appliance shopping trip that will help you make the right decisions and be happy with them. You should always remember that you have to live with the appliance and be happy with it. Follow these tips.
Be realistic about your situation. Buying a huge dishwasher if you live alone and hardly cook is a waste of money. Having fancy gadgets and appliances that you will never use because you hate cooking is also not a good idea. Take a look at yourself and your kitchen behaviors. Decide what you absolutely need and make notes of what will be most comfortable for you to use. Appliances are difficult to return and you should be sure about what you want and need before you leave the house.
Avoid impulse buys. If you followed the first tip, you should have an idea of what you want. Make a list of the features that you want in your appliance, for example, energy-efficient, stainless steel, etc. This way, you can compare different brands based on the features and make an informed decision.
Measure your space and keep the access in mind. It happens time and again to even the most intelligent people. They buy this wonderful new appliance without considering the space where it will be used. It either won’t fit in the space allotted to it or they won’t be able to get it in the house. Before going appliance shopping, take measurements of the space where you want the new fridge to stand. Also consider the doorways, stairways, etc. that the delivery guy will have to battle with to get it there.
Read the fine print. Ask the sales person questions and read up on the user manual and instructions. If it is 100 pages long, in Spanish, or you don’t understand a word, rather move on. No appliance should be more complicated than university calculus unless it is made for the space program.
With these tips, you should not find yourself regretting your purchase but rather enjoying the new appliance.