31 Days to Building Your Dream Home:: 5 Tips for Selecting Appliances

Now that you’ve started picking out lighting, it’s also time to start selecting your appliances. If you are doing a renovation yourself or doing a custom build, you’ll typically have the ability to select from any type of style or brand that fits within your allowance or budget.

There are a ton of options out there, each with different features and functionality. Here are a 5 tips for selecting appliances that will help you narrow down your choices and get the most for your money.

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Research

This is probably an obvious piece of advice, especially with appliances. But, it’s a really important one. Different brands have better reputations than others so it’s important to spend a considerable amount of time researching the web or Consumer Reports to see which brands have a better reputation, will last the longest and have the best warranties. Even if you fall in love with the look or features of a specific appliance, if it’s just going to break in a few months, it’s definitely not worth shelling out hundreds or thousands of dollars on.

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Appliance Sales

While you are doing your research on models and brands, spend some time researching when is the best time to buy. Many appliance stores run big sales around certain holidays like Memorial Day, Labor Day and Black Friday. You can save hundreds of dollars if you wait and buy your appliances during one of their big sales. Also, ask about any special rebates or special offers that certain manufacturers or brands might be running that you can take advantage of on top of the store’s promotion.

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Mix and Match

Most people think they have to buy the same brand for all their appliances. While it’s important to make sure your appliances match and go together {i.e. all stainless steel, etc.}, that doesn’t mean you have to buy the same brand for everything. Sometimes you can save money by buying 2 or 3 appliances from the same line, but consider alternative brands for the rest of your appliance needs. For example, with the manufacturer rebate we could save hundreds of dollars by getting a Frigidaire refrigerator, Frigidaire double oven and Frigidaire dishwasher. But, adding additional appliances from their lines didn’t save us any additional money. So we looked at other brands and were able to save even more by going with a Jenn Air range top and Sharp microwave drawer.

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Counter Depth vs. Standard Refrigerator

Refrigerators come in two different sizes, counter depth and standard. Counter depth means the fridge is as wide as the counters and standard is slightly larger. If you are having your kitchen cabinetry custom built, you have the option for choosing either size and have your cabinetry built around the size you choose.Β  This was something we didn’t know about until we were in the middle of the process. Once we discovered we could build the refrigerator cabinet to any size, we opted for the larger standard size and have slightly more refrigerator and freezer space {and bonus, standard sizes are typically cheaper than counter depth since counter depths are bought more frequently}. If your cabinetry is being built to a specific size or you’re looking to replace your existing refrigerator, you more than likely will need counter depth.

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Special Features

These days, appliances can come with all sorts of bells and whistles or come packaged with special features. Shop around and browse in store to know what features you would really like to have or what you could really live without. I knew I wanted stainless steel appliances but I also knew stainless steel showed lots of fingerprints and smudges. I could just envision several years from now with little kiddos constantly having to wipe everything down. So for me, getting most of our appliances with the smudge proof finish was an added feature I definitely wanted to have.

Appliances are something you’ll use for many many years {hopefully} so take your time making selections that you’ll be happy with in the long run and selections that allow you to get the most for your money.

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    • says

      It is tough and I didn’t know about the refrigerators until going through the process either! Can’t wait to actually use these appliances!

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