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No Regrets: 9 Vital Questions to Ask Before Buying Your Next Appliance

by Ann Ferguson

Buying new appliances can feel like a real chore, especially if you don't get it right the first time! We've all been there, right? It's so easy to be drawn to the shiniest, latest model. But hold on! You've got some important questions to ask yourself first.

From figuring out your budget to deciding on the right features, answering these crucial questions can transform your appliance shopping experience. Let's dive in!

1. What's my budget?

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When setting your budget, consider what you expect from your new appliances. If you dream of smart features, hidden gadgets, and the latest technology, be prepared to invest a little more. On the other hand, if you're after the basics —appliances that do their job reliably without any unnecessary frills — you'll find plenty of options at more affordable prices.

Pro Tip: There are features for every budget, so make sure to research carefully!

2. How much space do I have?

Before you get excited and purchase that double-door fridge with an icemaker or six-burner gas range, let's talk about space. It's essential to measure your kitchen space before heading out to shop, or you might end up with a shiny appliance that doesn't fit your layout, or worse — it won't fit through the door!

So, measure your doorways, hallways, and where the appliance will go (at least twice) and consider the layout (which way the door will open). Remember, your appliances need to fit not just physically but also visually. So, always follow the golden rule: measure twice to buy only once!

3. What storage capacity do I need?

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Every appliance has the capacity of whatever food or laundry it can handle, but how much do you need? You might think the biggest capacity is best, but it depends on how often you use the appliance and your everyday needs. However, if you cook often or have a large family, the bigger-capacity appliances will do the trick. But if you're more of a takeout master, then smaller capacities will do.

The bottom line is, buy for your needs, not for the maximum capacity an appliance can handle. It's not a bargain if you're paying for extra capacity you won't use!

4. Should all my appliances have a matching finish?

The finish of your appliances might seem minor, but it can make a big difference in your kitchen's overall look. So, it's important to consider matching appliances and your current kitchen style! If you have a modern, minimalist vibe, sleek and simple finishes might be your best bet. But if you're more into the rustic, farmhouse style, consider finishes that add a bit of charm and character.

Since you'll live with these appliances for years, choosing a finish you'll love long-term is vital. It's not just about what's trendy now; it's about what will make you happy every time you walk into your kitchen.

Pro Tip: You can also look for kitchen appliances with custom panels that match your cabinetry so they hide in plain sight!

5. What features should I get?

Woman using her smartphone to operate her smart oven

Another thing to ask yourself when shopping for appliances is what features you should get. Do you want the latest features like air fry or smart settings? Or do you only want the basics? The price point varies for each, but evaluating the benefits of certain features is essential.

  • Air Fry: This feature, found in some ovens and microwaves, allows you to get that crispy fried texture with hot air instead of oil, offering a healthier alternative.
  • Eco Settings: Available in many dishwashers and laundry appliances, these settings are designed to conserve energy and water, helping you do your part for the planet.
  • Smart Features: These allow you to connect your appliances to your smartphone or tablet. Think of preheating your oven from the grocery store or getting a notification when your laundry is done.
  • Door Open Sensors: usually found in some refrigerators, door open alerts will emit a sound or drop an alert on your phone when the fridge door has been open too long!

There are several other features, so keep your lifestyle in mind and see which ones help streamline your daily chores!

6. Should I buy all my kitchen appliances at once?

Is it worth buying all your kitchen appliances in one go? Absolutely. With appliance packages, you get your appliances from the same brand and matching finish, which means a shorter learning curve and an instant design. And as a bonus, some of these packages come at a discounted price than if you bought everything individually — now that's worth it!

7. Should I invest in energy-efficient appliances?

Absolutely! Investing in energy-efficient appliances is a smart move. Not only do these devices use less energy, which is great for the environment, but they can also help you save on your energy bills in the long run.

Features like eco modes on dishwashers, laundry appliances, or Energy Star-certified devices are key considerations. While they might cost a bit more upfront, the long-term savings and benefits to our planet make them worth the investment!

8. Should I read the reviews?

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You should always read the reviews before making any major purchase — it makes the best sense! When you read reviews, you can see what potential problems an appliance could have, the features that someone loved (or hated—it happens), and comparison shop different models!

9. How do I dispose of my old appliances?

Once you've narrowed your choices, it's finally time to upgrade, but what do you do with your old appliances? It depends on their condition and what's available to you. Some retailers offer a haul-away option (usually for extra cash), while some municipalities provide curbside pickup. But if your appliances are in good condition, you can always donate them to a local charity or resell them!

Time to Shop!

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As you can see, choosing the right appliances doesn't have to be daunting — you just need to go in more informed! So, if you're ready to upgrade your appliances, Reece's Maytag Home Appliance Center has what you need! And if you have any questions, don't hesitate to give us a call or stop by. We're here to help!