Avoid These Common Mistakes When Buying New Home Appliances

New appliances in the kitchen and laundry room can make that space seem updated and fresh, and they can also make cooking, dishwashing, laundry and other such chores easier overall. When you are ready to shop for new appliances, note a few common buying mistakes that you'll want to avoid so that you know you'll get the pieces you need and be happy with them for years to come.


A big, new refrigerator or oven or oversized washers and dryers may be very tempting purchases, as these can allow you to store lots of food, cook gourmet meals and make quick work of the family's laundry. However, you need to consider how these items will fit into your home; note whether or not they can slide between cupboards, if they would jut out from the wall too much, or if a piece would even block a drawer or cabinet door. Also consider the size of the doors of the appliances and whether they would open easily without bumping into an adjacent cabinet or doorway, and consider whether you could fit an appliance down your basement stairs or through a kitchen doorway.

On the other hand, getting new appliances means the opportunity to upsize your pieces, as long as they will fit into your home. If you want to stock up on produce and fresh foods without crowding the refrigerator, or if you want to have more space in the washing machine and dryer, don't invest in the same size appliance that you have currently; choose the largest size that will easily fit in the home for more convenience and storage.

Understand energy efficiency

The term "energy efficient" doesn't necessarily mean that an appliance will use less energy to operate; it means that more energy will be devoted to the purpose of the appliance, such as keeping food in a refrigerator cold, versus running other parts. As an example, a very large refrigerator may need lots of energy to keep the interior cool; it may be energy efficient, but will still cost more money to run than a smaller refrigerator. Keep this in mind when buying appliances, as you don't want to assume you'll save money on your utilities.

Repairs and maintenance

Note the warranty of any brand of appliance, and try to price replacement parts. Check out the expected lifespan of the pieces and their internal parts. You may see that a more expensive appliance doesn't necessarily mean one that is expected to last, and its replacement parts can be expensive as well. Consider the long-term costs of ownership when buying appliances so you're happy with your purchase and can afford it for years to come.