|Kitchen Appliance Overview
A number of major appliances have become
standard equipment in the typical kitchen.
In general, these appliances should match
in appearance, which means they should be
from the same manufacturer and same product
line. Unless you are on a very strict budget
and expect the next owner of your home to
replace your appliances, we recommend avoiding
the low end appliances. Similarly, unless
you have a strong desire to simply splash
money around, we also suggest avoiding the
very top of the line models. The best value,
in general, is in the upper grades, where
the emphasis is on form and function at a
justifiable (but not always reasonable) cost.
When shopping for appliances,
- purchase price - shop around for a deal;
although we recommend buying matched appliances,
you may need to acquire them one at a time
throughout the year to get the best deal.
- operating costs - energy efficient appliances
can save you a lot of money since appliances
like refrigerators are always on.
- ease of use and cleaning - your appliance
does not need to do everything: avoid paying
for features that are useless gimmicks such
as a talking refrigerator, but if your budget
can afford it, make sure you get valuable
time-saving features such as self-defrosting
You can learn more about individual kitchen
appliances in the Kitchen section of this guide or by following the links
on the left..