With all the options available on the market today, choosing the right appliances is not an easy feat. Most large appliances will last for many years, so this type of purchase is a major commitment that requires some research on the part of the buyer. Keep reading for 3 Simple Tips for “Choosing the Right Appliances” and start shopping!
Assess Your Needs
Each person and every family has their own unique set of needs for their home. Some homeowners take great joy in cooking expert meals on a regular basis and therefore require more advanced kitchen appliances. Families of five or more might be concerned with the capabilities of their washer and dryer to quickly and efficiently wash and dry clothing and stand up to heavy use over time. It is very important to take your specific needs as an individual, couple, or family into consideration when shopping for appliances. Your requirements (and personal taste) will play a large role in determining the right appliance for your home. Be sure to take the following factors into consideration:
Features – You will encounter endless feature options during your research to find the right appliances. Be sure to consider some of the more popular and common feature options available with most major appliances including energy efficiency, touch screens, panels to blend your appliance with surrounding cabinets, and quieting features. The options are endless but Consumer Reports can help you sort through the bells and whistles to determine which are worth the extra cost.
Size – One of the most important steps in the appliance buying process is to determine what size of appliance you need. Many appliance manufacturers provide detailed tips for measuring for your appliances. Measure carefully, keeping in mind to include wheels and appliance feet, as they are sometimes not included in manufacturer’s dimensions.
Color and Finish – Most appliances are available in the typical black, white, stainless steel, and off-white options, but certain lines of appliances are available in a fun selection of bright colors! The hottest color on the market in 2016? Slate by GE!
Consider the Real Cost
Don’t forget to look past the initial price tag of appliances. According to Energy.gov, “When you’re shopping for appliances, think of two price tags. The first one covers the purchase price — think of it as a down payment. The second price tag is the cost of operating the appliance during its lifetime. You’ll be paying on that second price tag every month with your utility bill for the next several years, depending on the appliance.” When committing to paying the operating cost for a decade or more on most major appliances, you will want to take special care to consider how energy efficient your final choice is. How do you know which appliances are energy efficient? Look for the ENERGY STAR® label to find products that typically exceed minimum federal standards. Energyguide Labels are also another important factor to take into consideration when appliance shopping. “To help you figure out whether an appliance is energy efficient, the federal government requires most appliances to display the bright yellow and black EnergyGuide label. Although these labels will not show you which appliance is the most efficient on the market, they will show you the annual energy consumption and operating cost for each appliance so you can compare them yourself.”
Don’t Make an Impulse Purchase
Finally, the most important tip for choosing the right appliances for you and your home is to take your time. Not only are products being advanced on a daily basis, it can take time and a good deal of research to find the perfect fit for your home, style, and budget. Houzz states “Kitchen appliances are investments, so it’s important to shop with caution. You may have your heart set on a massive stainless steel range, but be prepared for an equally massive price tag to go with it. Decide on your budget beforehand and then research which appliance shapes, sizes, styles and setups will work for your kitchen.” When in doubt, be sure to check out consumer reviews, they can be telling of the products quality.