When shopping for kitchen appliances, getting caught up in style and extra features is easy. Manufacturers love to advertise them, and they look gorgeous when displayed. Ultimately though, it's not the additional features or color of your dishwasher that will matter to you in the long run. When purchasing appliances, you need to consider measurements, your needs, where they will fit in your home, and what everyone is saying about the kitchen appliance before committing to one.
Know your needs
The first thing to do before shopping for a new kitchen appliance is to take a step back and understand your needs. Listing the specifications you need between functionality, price, energy efficiency, and style will make deciding on a new kitchen appliance much more manageable.
Sure, more refrigerators do the same basic things, but what do YOU need them to do? Do you need it to produce lots of ice, keep vegetables fresh longer, or have lots of storage space? Considering how you will use your new kitchen appliances and the most important features to you are essential to know before you start shopping. Also, be aware of any additional parts you may need. If you buy a new oven and stovetop, ensure that you have everything required to properly install it. For example, if it's a gas stove, make sure you have a gas line to hook it to.
This is easy to remember, but it's worth noting. As with all home updates, it's essential to set a realistic budget and stick to it. Conduct research to see what a reasonable price range is for kitchen appliances that do what you need them to, then find out about additional fees such as installation, shipping, and taxes that may not be included in the price tag. You'll set a realistic budget without having a shock when you see the final bill.
Is style ultimately as important as functionality or price? No. But you probably also don't want a dishwasher that sticks out like a sore thumb. Purchasing kitchen appliances that match the rest of your kitchen space and are in a style you like is more relaxing and helps you love and enjoy your kitchen for years to come. Yes, make sure the appliances work well and are within your budget, but making sure it's in a style you like is important too.
Energy Efficiency is often overlooked but is a significant factor in your kitchen appliances. Energy-efficient appliances will help reduce monthly power bills and give you peace of mind that you are reducing your carbon footprint without sacrificing the quality of your kitchen appliance. Kitchly has many energy-efficient kitchen appliance options, from our Zline Autograph Edition dishwasher to our Zline 36" Freestanding French Door Refrigerator.
Measurements are easy to forget to take for kitchen appliances. However, measurements are vital for finding the right kitchen appliance for your home. Refrigerators usually fit into small areas, and purchasing one that doesn't fit could lead to expensive renovations. It's also vital to find range hoods that cover the area they need to. Taking measurements gives you a better understanding of your kitchen's space and how the appliances will fit into it.
Fit the Kitchen Layout
On top of measurements, you should make sure your new kitchen appliance fits into the room's functionality. The last thing you want is a refrigerator that gets in the way of kitchen or pantry doors. Appliances and doors fighting for space can be one of the biggest frustrations in a kitchen and is something easy to overlook when purchasing a new kitchen appliance. Understanding your kitchen's layout and how your new appliance will fit into it will significantly reduce stress in the long run and make your kitchen much more comfortable.
Pay Attention to Criticisms
Conducting thorough research takes more than looking at product details. Reading reviews of kitchen appliances you are interested in will give you an understanding of what they will be like daily. Reviews can tell you if a dishwasher tends to be a bit loud or if you should heat your food a few seconds longer than is recommended in the microwave to get it cooked all the way through. Reading multiple reviews will help you decide which kitchen appliance will best meet your needs. You'll see what is excellent or not so great about an appliance from people using it and see which one will work best for your home and lifestyle.
Don't Buy on Impulse
Shopping for kitchen appliances is not the time to make an impulse purchase. The newest, flashiest microwave might look beautiful, but that doesn't mean it will fit like a glove in your kitchen or do what you need it to.
In conclusion, finding the right kitchen appliance within your budget, that meets your needs, fits your kitchen's style and layout, and is well-reviewed is no small task. However, finding the right appliance will make you happier and your life easier in the long run.