It’s not every day that we buy new kitchen appliances. In fact, most of us have been using the fridge that we purchased in the 90s or the cheap toaster oven that we managed to get on sale 5 years ago.
Truthfully speaking, these purchases are expensive and while (most of them) tend to go a long way before giving up; kitchen appliances do break down and need replacing once in a while.
Since you wouldn’t want to make costly mistake and order something you won’t like after some days – we have created a list of helpful tips that will help you make a wise decision when shopping for kitchen appliances.
The best advice anyone can give you before you choose a large appliance for your home is to measure the area you are planning to keep the machine at. Be sure to measure with the doors open as well. It is also important that you measure your home’s doorway as many times products are delivered to the home but are unable to fit in the desired place.
Some other aspects to consider include:
- The Budget – Large appliances like refrigerators, dishwashers, and kitchen range come in varied styles which significantly impact the price tag. Makes sure that before you go shopping, you have a tentative budget in mind as overspending might leave you with less (or no) money in hand for other items.
- The Features – Have you considered the features you are looking for in the appliances? Do you plan to use the dishwasher daily or occasionally? Would you prefer a fridge with glass shelves or will wire ones do? Keep in mind the must-haves. This way when you are out shopping, you will have an easier time selecting.
The key with small appliances is to think about how frequently you are going to use it. If you are in search of a toaster oven, then do you plan to make toasts every morning? What about coffee makers? Do you drink a lot of coffee in a day or is it just for an occasional dose?
Keeping the usage in mind will help you make a better choice for what features to look for when you go on a shopping spree.
Here’s what else you need to know about these common kitchen gadgets.
Microwaves come in two main styles – countertop or over-the-range. Countertop microwaves are more common. They are affordable, easily installed, and you can place them wherever it is more convenient for you. On the other hand, over-the-range microwaves are a bit expensive. And even though they look good and free up counterpace, you will be required to call a professional to install it.
Toaster ovens are very handy as they don’t just toast bread but also small pizzas, breads, and leftovers. In short, they are able to handle most of what the actual oven does – just on a small scale.
Before purchasing a toaster, make sure you read the toaster oven reviews as some products look appealing but are hard to control by users who have little or no knowledge about the different dials, buttons, and screen located on the oven. It is also a good idea to check out sales as many times you can manage to get cheap toaster ovens in them.
A coffee machine is not a one-time investment. If you go for a single-serving coffee maker, you will be required to buy the essential pods and capsules. On the other hand, if you buy a drip machine, you will need to replace the filters and add grounds and beans. These expenses can run anywhere from $5 to $15 monthly.
Before buying, take stock of how much coffee you need per day. For one cup a day, a single-serving coffee maker is the best choice but if you need 4- 5 cups to get moving, then go for machines that have larger pots.
These were just some of the tips that we suggest you should keep in mind before going shopping for kitchen appliances. Remember, no one shops for these items frequently. This is why when the time comes to replace, make sure you make the right choice by analyzing your budget, requirements, and reading up on reviews.
Good luck and do let us know what you buy!