Appliance Buying Tips

I have luckily (knock on wood) haven’t had to buy any major appliances yet. I know, I know. I’ve always been able to get great hand-me-downs or move into a place that was properly outfitted. But now that my refrigerator is making a strange buzzing noise, I’m starting to panic. I’ve read up on tips for buying major appliances over at This Old House and I had to share their great advice.
1. Ask Around – Check in with friends, neighbors and family. See if they’re happy with a particular brand or product and find out their gripes too.
2. Avoid The Impulse – It’s easy to get carried away by looks (“I realize now that I neeeeeed a red dishwasher!”) but wait for a sale. According to This Old House, the best time to shop is the fall.

3. Take Measurements – If you’re eyeballing if that stove will fit in your new kitchen, well, don’t. Take measurements of the space and ask a salesperson for a model that will fit in the room – and through your doorway.
To read all of This Old House’s tips – read the full article here. And print it out the next time you go shopping.

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Timothy Dahl

Timothy Dahl

Founder/EIC at Charles & Hudson
Timothy’s background includes stints at This Old House, ELLE DECOR, Metropolitan Home and Woman’s Day. His work has been published on Wired Design, Bob Vila, DIY Network, The Family Handyman and Popular Mechanics and he has been featured on the Martha Stewart radio show and as a speaker at the ALT Design Summit, K/BIS and the National Hardware Show.
  • Kerry Hoffman

    Great image! This episode was one of my least favorites because the chefs seemed so uncomfortable — it seemed more like survivor than Top Chef. I’m all for a new twist and/or good challenge but C’MON.