In search of a new appliance? Don’t just rush into buying the first one you see when you can make an informed decision that will bring you so much more satisfaction and save you money.
While there’s no actual appliance-buying handbook out there to guide you thoroughly, before you shop know there are tips for buying appliances that can help you choose the best one, budget-wise, space-wise and all things-wise. So there you have it, already two things to consider when purchasing appliances, budget and space. But first…
- Assess whether you actually need a new machine
This may sound obvious, but because appliances and specifically big appliances are major purchases, make sure that you really need a new machine in the first place. If the old one needs only be repaired and the repairs cost less than half the price for a new appliance, you may want to get that one repaired instead of buying new.
- Consider the amount of space you have available
Depending on how small or large your household and/or how big or small your family, you could find yourself having to compromise and that’s okay.
For example, if you have a bigger family or several children, it makes sense you’d want to buy a larger washing machine even if your house is smaller. But if you live alone and want to save space, a full-size machine will end up taking a lot of space for the same work that compact washing machines can do.
Also, always remember to measure doorways and space so that you know for sure your appliance fits.
- Determine your budget and your needs
Financially speaking, the newer or more modern an appliance is the more it costs. Many appliances today are designed with digital features and whether or not you choose to have these will determine the total and the following cost of your purchase considering future repairs.
Eventually all appliances have to undergo some repair jobs so before you make a purchase, consider all the functionalities that you may cost you in the future and that you may not actually need them.
At the same time, keep your focus on the efficiency of a machine and not the aesthetics.
- Fully inspect the machine in-store
This assumes you actually visualizing using the machine at home. Whatever the appliance – a refrigerator, a new washing machine, a dishwasher, toaster or a blender, try setting up a mental picture of yourself reaching for the milk bottle or making a smoothie.
If you find yourself comfortable using it, then you may have found the best appliance for you. And before making the payment, have the decibel levels inspected too. You’ll want your appliance to run as quietly as possible.
- Are there any accessories included?
Sometimes it pays off to wait and buy appliances during the holidays or big sale events like Black Friday. Appliances usually go on sale late fall, which means better prices and better yet, additional benefits.
For example, some appliances many have to be used with certain accessories, like stove with hood or cooktops with exhaust fans, which may or may not be included with your purchase. Consider waiting to purchase appliances that come with all the extra accessories included to have everything you need for the appliance to function in your home at a good cost.