Black StoveWhether you are buying a bike, a car or a house, never assume that the more expensive the product, the better the buy. Just because something costs more doesn’t mean it is the absolute best product out there!

The same goes for appliances. Many people believe that the more expensive brands look the best in their kitchen and work most effectively. However, every appliance boasts different needs and requirements, and not all of the expensive brands may suit your lifestyle.

Are you considering new kitchen appliances? After taking a look at this recent Buy Owner article, there are a few things you’ll want to keep in mind. Aside from affordability, what else do you need to consider?

  • Space: If your kitchen is fairly small in size, you may need to purchase smaller appliances. If the laundry room boasts mostly cabinet space, you may need to look for a stackable washer and dryer. Always measure the rooms before you even start your search!
  • Style: White appliances are a basic standard. However, stainless steel is a decorating a favorite. Some refrigerators even come with chalkboard doors or wood paneling that will complement cabinetry or flooring.
  • Design: For example, in regards to refrigerators, you could get a side-by-side, a freezer-on-top or a freezer-on-bottom. Each major brand features a specific look, as well. Once you know the size you need and the style that would best suit your decorating taste, it’s time to pick a design. It should not only be aesthetically pleasing to your eye, but it should suit your lifestyle. If you do not eat frozen food that often, the freezer-on-bottom refrigerator may be for you! If you tend to cook with both frozen food and fresh fruits/vegetables, then the side-by-side fridge may be your best bet.
  • Usage: Some high-end appliances showcase new digital features that might not be that easy to operate. Some of the luxury washers and dryers boast LCD touch screens that may seem confusing, even after you have read the manual. If you are not all too up-to-date on your technology, a simple, basic appliance is the one for you.
  • Maintenance: Appliances that rely heavily on electronic components will most likely have a higher repair cost than more simple models.

Amana, Kenmore, Kitchen Aid, Whirlpool, General Electric… the list goes on and on! Forget the brand names! Just follow this list of helpful tips, and you will find the most efficient and stylish appliances that suit your every want and need.