We’ve all been there either the washer dies and no amount of resuscitation can fix it, or the freezer has suddenly turned your house into a pool. Or even a new house needing all new appliances, it is hard to know exactly where to start! How do you find the best brands at the best prices? It’s a daunting task just to get started but here are some tips to help.
Choose a Price Range
Without knowing what price you are willing to pay for each item you are going to have a harder time finding brands that will work for you. By narrowing down options that do not work for your price range you are saving time on your research.
Wish List Time
Next, make a list of things in two categories, one what you are not willing to compromise on and what is negotiable. For example, you may know that for your family requires a large washing machine by excluding sizes like 3.8 cu ft. you are quickly able to narrow down the list of possible brands that will work for you. Or if you are like me a refrigerator with an ice machine is at the top of the list, I am able to search for that and exclude options that do not fit my criteria.
This is the part most people tend to dread when it comes to appliance shopping. There are so many places to look at reviews, and in some ways, it feels like a guessing game when it comes to what to get. The first place I would look is the website where you plan to purchase your appliance or appliances from. Where I live that narrows your store down to one option, for others there could be multiple places. But with your criteria in hand, you are able to quickly sort through what will and won’t work for you. Once you have a short list of options, start looking over reviews, even if you don’t plan to buy from that specific store the reviews are an invaluable resource for you. Other options for reviews would be Consumer Reports, J.D. Power, or Consumer Affairs website are all great options for reviews as well.
Go to the Store
Now that you have 1-3 appliances you have narrowed the search down to your next step should be going to the store if possible. Even if you plan to buy online it is easier to make sure you can reach the bottom of the washer before it’s installed than after (I may be speaking from experience here). Or the buttons to the oven may have looked great online but in store, they feel cheap and likely to break. These are all things to take into consideration.
Shop the Sales
At this point, you should know exactly what you are looking for. Now is the time to shop for some sales. Using sites like Honey or Flipp you can easily browse sales papers. These sites allow you to easily find what options you may have; one store may be able to save you hundreds off the purchase price! Also, you should be aware most large appliance manufacturers release new models in the early Fall. So. shopping in September or October may work out well for you. As well as these dates there are Black Friday deals to be aware of as well.
With all of these tips in mind, we hope to make appliance shopping a little less of a hassle and a lot more fun!
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