2 Things To Think About As You Shop For New Appliances

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If you are upgrading your kitchen, it can be exciting to pick out new appliances. However, making quick decisions might cost you time and money down the road. Here are two things to think about as you shop for new appliances at places like Gringer & Sons Inc, so that you won't regret your decision later.  

1: Maintenance Requirements

Each and every kitchen appliance requires a different amount of maintenance and care from the homeowner. While your stove might run fine for years, your dishwasher might develop trouble unless you carefully remove that lime scale buildup. As you shop for appliances, think about these things that might make maintenance a little trickier:

  • Ease of Cleaning: Although your last refrigerator might have had easy-to-remove drawers and smooth, non-porous shelves, that new model might not be as simple to clean. When you shop, check to see how easy the drawers and racks are to remove, so that you can wipe up all of those little spills.  
  • Replacement Parts: That upscale European appliance might look beautiful in your new kitchen, but will you be able to find parts for it if it ever breaks? Ask your sales representative about repair costs for each appliance, so that you can get things fixed without any delays.
  • Lifespan: When it comes down to it, some brands last a lot longer than others. Check your local consumer reporting agency to compare different brands, so that you can find an appliance that lasts as long as you need it to. 

It might seem silly to grill your salesperson or scour the web for maintenance information, but if you run into trouble a few months down the road, you might be happy you did.

2: Functionality

Sometimes when people start renovating, they tend to think a little more about looks than they do about functionality. Unfortunately, buying a brand new microwave won't help you much if it doesn't contain that "simple defrost" option that you use constantly. 

Before you hit the stores, think carefully about which features your devices need to have. Only look at appliances that can accommodate your current and anticipated needs, and try to ignore the features that you know you would never use. Also, think about the size of the appliance, and compare it with the cookware that you use on a regular basis. For example, you might want to measure your largest pan before you shop for an oven, so that you can make sure that it will fit.

Taking the time to choose appliances that you will love for years might help you to get your chores done a little faster and avoid unplanned expenses.

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