Kitchen Appliance Buying Guide

Kitchen Appliance Buying Guide

Purchasing kitchen appliances for your home or remodel takes a significant amount of planning. MBS Interiors suggests 3 simple tips for choosing the right appliances: assessing your needs, consider the operating cost, and do not make an impulse purchase.

Kitchen Appliance Buying Guide

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If you’re getting ready to remodel your kitchen or build new, we know one thing is for sure, you don’t have a lot of spare time! Consumer Reports provides an extensive Kitchen Planning & Buying Guide for consumers just like you who need help sifting through the huge variety of kitchen appliances on the market. We have consolidated our favorite tips to assist in your appliance shopping. Keep reading to find out what types of appliances are available, which features to prioritize, and those that are splurge worthy!

Refrigerators

Kitchen Appliance Buying Guide

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Refrigerator Types

  • Built-Ins
  • Top-Freezers
  • Bottom-Freezers
  • French-Doors
  • Side-by-Sides
  • Compacts and Minis

Features to Prioritize

  • Capacity
  • Ice and water dispenser
  • Water filter
  • Adjustable shelves
  • Energy Star-approved
  • Humidity-controlled drawers

Features to Splurge On

  • Digital controls
  • Multimedia combinations
  • Glass doors
  • Coffee brewing system
  • Counter-depth models
  • Wine chiller

Ranges

Range Types

  • Electric Smoothtop
  • Gas
  • Electric Induction

Features to Prioritize

  • Capacity
  • Self-cleaning
  • Control lockout

Features to Splurge On

  • Convection
  • Double ovens
  • Warming drawer

Cooktops

Kitchen Appliance Buying Guide

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Cooktop Types

  • Electric Smoothtop
  • Gas
  • Electric Induction

Features to Prioritize

  • Hot-surface warning lights
  • Expandable burners
  • Control lockout

Features to Splurge On

  • High Btu/hour
  • Built-in sensors
  • Digital controls

Wall Ovens

Wall Oven Types

  • Single Wall Oven
  • Double Wall Oven

Features to Prioritize

  • Capacity
  • Self-cleaning
  • Oven window

Features to Splurge On

  • Convection
  • Variable broil
  • Digital controls

Range Hoods

Range Hood Types

  • Under-Cabinet
  • Wall-Chimney
  • Island
  • Downdraft

Features to Prioritize

  • Airflow (faster ventilation)
  • Multiple fan speeds
  • Ducted models
  • Sone (noise) ratings

Features to Splurge On

  • Exhaust timer
  • Aesthetics – focal piece
  • Change filter indicators
  • Lighting

Microwave Ovens

Microwave Types

  • Countertop Microwave
  • Over-the-Range Microwave
  • Built-In Microwave

Features to Prioritize

  • Capacity
  • Power rating
  • Sensor

Features to Splurge On

  • Convection
  • Grilling features
  • Stainless steel finish

Dishwashers

Kitchen Appliance Buying Guide

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Dishwasher Types

  • Budget Dishwashers
  • High-End Dishwashers
  • Dishwasher Drawers

Features to Prioritize

  • Rinse/hold cycle
  • Adjustable racks
  • Energy Star-approved

Features to Splurge On

  • Heated dry
  • Quiet performance
  • Cabinet-front panel


If you’re ready to find the perfect appliances for your functional needs, checkout MBS Interior’s selection of quality kitchen 
appliances for every budget and style.

 

Source:

“Kitchen Appliances | Home Appliances.” Consumer Reports. N.p., n.d. Web. 28 Mar. 2017.

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