When buying kitchen appliances, you want something that is functional, safe to use and has a long life. Yet, there’s a whole variety of kitchen appliances in the market today – enough to leave you confused. What makes the shopping experience even more overwhelming is that the manufacturers of these appliances may be different, but they all promise the same things; functionality, safety, and longevity. Although all machines will keep needing appliance repair service time to time, you don’t want an appliance that breaks down a few days after installation. To avoid buyer’s remorse, this guide will help you make the right decision.
First, talking to a trusted friend who made a similar purchase should help you decide whether what you’re about to purchase is worthwhile. Ask questions such as how often their appliance breaks down, what features they like the most, and if they think that the appliance is worth the price. If you do not know anyone, go to google reviews and see what customers are saying about their purchase. Although no machine can be 100 percent satisfactory, a great appliance should at least have 70 percent positive reviews.
You’ll be forgiven you if you make impulse buys for say, fashion items. But with kitchen appliances, you can’t afford to let those shiny buttons carry you away. Kitchen appliances are generally expensive and if you buy something you don’t really need, your pockets will hurt. For instance, if you live alone or in a small house, why do you need supersized refrigerators or washers? Before you hand over your cash, first assess your needs and only buy what fits those needs.
If you like what you see and have gotten great reviews about the appliance, it’s time to read the manual. The guide should be straightforward and easy for you to understand. If you purchase an appliance whose manual you don’t understand, you’ll obviously have a hard time operating that machine. Go through the manual and if you don’t understand something, clarify with the manufacturer or the salesperson before you make the purchase. The buying guide should also help you understand what else you’ll need to buy. Some appliances need you to purchase other additional items for assembling. Find out if the appliance needs additional parts and if the manufacturer sells those separately.
Then, do a wholesome calculation and do a comparison. Many dealers have competitor prices so you can make an informed decision. If you get what you need but the price is above your budget, see if you can negotiate. Many salespeople would be happy to offer a discount to a repeat customer, a new client, or just that person who asks for a discount!
Now that you are about to click that cart button, find out how the appliance will get to your house? Who will do the assembling? Ask these relevant questions to ensure that you have a safe delivery. If you need your machine upstairs or through a narrow doorway, you do not want to damage the appliance or even the foyer.
Lastly, what happens if the appliance malfunctions? Understand the warranty details and the appliance repair services offered. Some expensive gadgets need a lifetime guarantee or frequent maintenance. Make sure you keep those little documents safely just in case you need to use your warranty later.
Now you know what to look for when buying kitchen appliances so go ahead and make that purchase.