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What Do I Need to Know Before Buying Home Appliances?

Whether you are replacing an old appliance or buying for a new home, the idea of shopping for new home appliances seem overwhelming and it can be difficult to know where to start. We have compiled a list of common questions to help make the process of selecting and purchasing common household appliances such as washers and dryers, refrigerators, dishwashers and microwaves easier and more efficient for you.

How do I choose a new refrigerator?

The refrigerator is one of the biggest investments you’ll make in terms of home appliances. Since a new refrigerator can be expected to last for many years, it’s important to do research up front to be sure this is a purchase you will be happy with in the long run. First, measure the space where the unit will sit. Once you’ve confirmed the dimensions, it’s time to choose a type of refrigerator. Visit several retailer websites to compare features of various models and manufacturers. Customer reviews are often helpful in choosing what will work for you. The web is also an excellent place for comparing prices once you’ve determined which type of refrigerator you want to buy. Comparing extended warranty options can be helpful in deciding where to buy. Finally, compare energy consumption data for the models you are considering. A more efficient unit could easily mean hundreds of dollars in savings over the life of the appliance.

What do I need to know when choosing a new washer and dryer?

Dimensions are very important when choosing a washer and dryer set. A combined unit, with the dryer stacked above the washer, may be desirable for a small space or apartment. If space is not an issue, there are more options available. As with any major purchase, upfront research can save money and potential buyer’s remorse. Visit retailer sites to compare models and prices. Once you’ve narrowed your selection to a couple of top choices, go to the manufacturers’ sites for more detailed descriptions as well as energy and warranty information.

How do I go about purchasing a new dishwasher?

If you are replacing an existing dishwasher, the decision whether to buy a built-in, portable, or countertop unit has likely been made for you. Next, consider the size of appliance that will meet your needs. Standard dishwashers are usually 24″ and are typically recommended for families. 18″ compact dishwashers are available for homes where space is at a premium or for single person households. Once these choices are made, it’s time to dig into the details of the models. Dishwashers vary in wash cycle time, drying efficiency, and rack configuration. Consult retailer and manufacturer websites to compare these once you know what size you need.

Where do I start in choosing a new microwave?

Microwaves come in a variety of size and price ranges. Determine what space you have available for the unit and how you plan to use your microwave. If you will be cooking entire meals in the unit, it’s important to find the model with the most interior space. If you will only use the microwave for reheating, then a smaller, lower wattage unit may be adequate. Research retailer sites to compare before going to the store to make a purchase.

What is the most important consideration when it comes to purchasing new home appliances?

Measurements! It’s vital to know the dimensions that will fit into the space where you will be placing your new appliance before making a purchase. Nothing is more frustrating than learning your shiny new unit will not work in the space available. As long as you take the time to prepare, get correct dimensions, and research ahead of time, you should have no problem finding the perfect appliances for your needs.

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