Budgeting a kitchen update doesn’t start with cabinets, countertops, or color. It starts with appliances. Choose appliances first, then build your kitchen around them—physically and financially There are three things you need to know before you buy appliances.
Buy appliances that fit
Unless you plan to scavenge Craigslist for used, unmatched, unwarranted appliances, accept that you need a budget to buy appliances. It’s not unlike buying a car: do you want a compact or a luxury SUV? In the same way, appliance features are arrayed in tiers that can take your budget anywhere from $2,000 to $20,000. That’s why you need to set your budget before even thinking about going out to buy appliances
The good-better-best way to buy appliances
Entry-level appliances tend to have only basic features. In the case of dishwashers, the racks are plastic and soundproofing is almost non-existent. Stepping up to mid-level dishwashers gets you vinyl racks and better sound-proofing. Premium-level dishwashers have more rugged racks and are nearly silent when running. You’ll find this same step-by-step feature allotment in ranges, cooktops, ovens and even venthoods.
Buy appliances to stretch your budget
It’s not unusual to see a mix of tiers in kitchen appliance packages. Steven from Nor-West Appliances says it’s a smart way to stretch your budget. “Do you really need a silent dishwasher if a mid or entry-level one will save you money for an upgraded cooktop?”
Measure before you buy appliances
Once you set a budget, measure your space before you go to buy appliances. Your kitchen may not be able to accommodate a 30-inch top-of-the-line convection oven. Understanding your space before shopping keeps you grounded in reality.
Speaking of reality, before you choose a gas cooktop for your island, make sure you have available gas at the island. Adding it can be costly and involve jackhammers which can mean adding a new floor to the budget. Measure space and specs before you buy appliances.
Buy the guy before you buy appliances
Getting the most appliance for your budget is easier when you’re dealing with someone you trust. Do they know more than you’ve read on the internet? Are they willing to show you options to save your budget?
Once you’ve found someone you can trust, trust them with your budget. When you work with someone who respects your budget and is willing to help you pick and choose to get the most kitchen for your money, you’re ready to take the big step and actually buy appliances.