Major Appliances

What you should know when shopping for kitchen appliances

The kitchen is often the one room in the house with the largest number of major appliances. Typically, these appliances consist of a stove, microwave, dishwasher and refrigerator. Though these kitchen appliances have been around for decades, they've been gradually evolving in new ways while also taking some nostalgic turns to the models of yesteryear.

Stove Appliances

Microwave ovens may have taken a large portion of the workload away from stoves, but stoves still remain an essential household appliance. The pairing of oven and stove has been common for many years, however newer trends increasingly see stoves as independent built-in units. Hence even the word stove is being phased out and replaced with cooktop instead. Cooktops give the discerning cook more variety in the type of heat and designs than conventional stoves.

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Refrigerator Appliances

Like the stove and oven, freezers and refrigerators are starting to exist separately. This move allows for increased fridge size and features like double doors and ice makers. The size of the fridge is generally the most important attribute; the more people in the house, the bigger the fridge space you'll need. If you plan to replace your refrigerator, be sure to take precise measurements of the location, especially if it is surrounded by cabinetry; your new fridge should have plenty of clearance. Make sure to note which way the door opens so that your new model won't conflict with an already functional kitchen layout.

Dishwasher Appliances

The dishwasher is a truly modern convenience, helping to automate one of the less pleasant daily household chores. A dishwasher may be a luxury for someone living alone, but when faced with the amount of dishes that a four-person family can generate each day, many families consider them a necessity. Rather than stand at the sink for an hour or so cleaning up – each family member can scrape off their plate and put it into the dishwasher themselves. You also don't have to worry about having a sink overflowing with dishes while waiting for the designated dishwasher to get around to the task.

Buying Major Appliances

While it's always nice to be able to get a shiny new kitchen appliance in your favorite color, often affordability comes first. As with most major purchases, such as those made for a bedroom or laundry room, you should take the time to determine what you want, including the size specifications and features. Start getting prices for any major home appliances well before you're ready to buy, that way you're more likely to recognize a good deal when you see it. If you need an affordable appliance immediately, look into purchasing discount kitchen appliances instead. They are often available from major retailers as scratch and dent, display or discontinued models.