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Need help/advice/recommendations for buying New kitchen appliances for New House

raju.p 10 30 June 3, 2016 at 07:09 PM
I am closing transaction on new house on 6/23. Home doesn't have any appliances and since I am moving from a rental apartment I don't own any appliances.

I need advice on how to/where to find good deals?
What things/features I should look out for when buying?
Which brand is good and affordable? I don't want to spend too much money for some fancy feature in a particular brand/appliance. I am looking for basic functionality with reliability.

Things I need to buy are
Refrigerator, Gas, Microwave oven, dish washer, laundry washer/dryer

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I am closing transaction on new house on 6/23. Home doesn't have any appliances and since I am moving from a rental apartment I don't own any appliances.

I need advice on how to/where to find good deals?
What things/features I should look out for when buying?
Which brand is good and affordable? I don't want to spend too much money for some fancy feature in a particular brand/appliance. I am looking for basic functionality with reliability.

Things I need to buy are
Refrigerator, Gas, Microwave oven, dish washer, laundry washer/dryer

Most new homes usually come with a dishwasher and microwave (along with stove and oven) in my experience. As to the rest, best place imo is to check online for prices and find the make\models you want and then hit up Lowes or Home Depot when they have a sale or rebate offer and use the 10% off mover's coupon (or equivalent). You can usually get coupons off of Ebay if you need one. Whirlpool, GE profile and Maytag tend to be OK though it does vary quite a bit by model.

You can try ordering online from some places to avoid the tax (a good refrig can run $2000+), but I found that to be problematic as often you have a hard time beating the local Lowes or Home Depot after the sale and coupon discounts and you have to deal with shipping charges.

As to features, imo the fancy side loading washers are just a new fangled way to part you from your money. Water is a minimal utility cost for most people and you need water to get clothes clean. The side load washers claim to save on water and charge you for it. Complete waste imo. A standard top loader will be just fine for almost anyone.

If you have natural gas hooked up, then get a gas dryer.

As to the refrig, depends on space and preference, but I prefer a french door design with the freezer on the bottom.
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Hey there, congratulations on the new home! I just had to purchase some appliances for a new home myself, so I was in a similar situation.

Features to look out for while buying, well, I'd say that can vary quite a bit depending on your budget and what you actually want from each of your appliances. As already mentioned, going to your local Lowes or Home Depot is pretty worthwhile. If you have a Fry's Electronics or Best Buy near you, those seem to have good deals depending on your model.

I'm someone who loves to online shop, but I think taking a look at appliances in-store is probably still the best thing to do, at least to fully grasp how it looks and how it measures up to the space that you'll actually have for it in your new home.

Refrigerator - I went with a side-by-side design (two doors) because they're going to be the cheaper models as compared to a French door design with a separate freezer drawer, but it depends if you can see yourself utilizing that space. GE, Whirlpool, Maytag, LG are all pretty decent brands for fridges. I've heard to avoid Samsung like the devil because of repair issues.

Washer/dryer - aforementioned brands are good. Top loader and standard stuff is probably going to be your best bang for buck. Double-check if your dryer is electric or gas. You don't want to end up buying the wrong one! Gas dryers are more efficient in terms of cost anyways.

Microwave oven / dish washer - I lumped these two together because I didn't have to buy these, and admittedly, I don't have too much research done on them. I'd imagine that any name brand would have decent quality for these.
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Get the low-end line of a tier one maker like GE, Kenmore, etc. If it was me, I'd go to Sears and get everything Kenmore and be done with it. Probably get 0% for 5 years financing from Sears as well.
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