Getting rid of broken equipment is never easy, but it’s usually for the best: The increased efficiency of newer appliances over their older counterparts means that the initial investment in the newer model is usually paid back within the first few years of use. Though, given it’s probably been a while since you bought for home appliance, a lot could have changed in the market.
That’s when the assistance of Reviewed comes in. We’ve been researching and testing appliances from the appliance store for over a decade, so you can trust our judgment on which cutting-edge models are worthwhile investments. However, you’ll need to answer some questions to help you zero in on the specific home appliance that’s right for you.
I need to know how much money I have available.
If you’re looking to upgrade to a new appliance, you might be concerned about how much it would cost. Set a budget before you go shopping for a new home appliance. Appliances can vary in price by several hundred to several thousand dollars. Depending on the features and brand, a dishwasher can cost anywhere from $300 to $2,000 or more. The good news is that you may find high-quality appliances in a wide price range. If money is no object, settle for nothing but the best; nevertheless, expensive doesn’t always mean better.
What kind of space do I require?
Be sure the new machine will fit in its intended space by taking precise measurements before making a purchase. Dishwashers come in standard sizes, but most other appliances have variable widths. Making sure the item fits in the designated location is a must.
Constraints can arise in any kitchen renovation or new construction, including situations where one wall is thinner than the other and houses the water or gas hookup. Just keep in mind that the new item will have to navigate your hallways and doorways on its route to its new home. Make sure you measure all the nooks and crannies in the house to forestall any delivery mishaps.
How much space is actually available for use?
Capacity can be found on manufacturer websites; however, it’s important to remember that the numbers provided there should only be used as ballpark figures. There is no industry standard for assessing refrigerator capacity, thus different brands may report vastly different numbers.
What options does a discerning buyer have?
You may get a feel for the place beyond reading our evaluations by checking out the photos we’ve provided of the inside. The gallon milk jug should fit snuggly in the large door bins of most refrigerators, giving you a good idea of how much space you’ll have for the other types of storage. Seeing it in person on the exhibition floor is the best option, though. Take lots of pictures of your appliance and bring them with you to the show floor to use as a comparison tool, particularly with a bag or pocketbook included for scale.
Unlike refrigerators, which are measured in terms of total cubic feet, dishwashers, washing machines, and dryers are often measured in terms of the number of place settings they can hold. The measures are directly comparable between similar home appliances.
What do people think?
Read what the experts have to say on Reviewed and other sites, and see what the owners think, too.
After purchasing a new appliance from an appliance store, we give it a full week of testing. Because of how long users are likely to be living with them, problems may crop up later in the product’s lifecycle (months or even years). Keep in mind that user reviews don’t always paint the whole picture. The people who take the time to compose them typically have strong opinions on the matter, either favorable or bad.