Fun fact: did you know that Best Buy stocks over 1500 major appliances online? It’s no wonder that it can be so tough to pick out just the right ones for your new home or renovation. But with so many great appliances to choose from, your final picks are bound to be just right… Even if that means you might take a couple extra minutes to make your final selection!
These four tips will help you shop for appliances like a pro, so you can still get perfect results while saving time.
Step 1: Measure
The first step for any appliance refresh is to measure the size of your space. Figure out how wide and deep each appliance needs to be, and don’t forget about depth. The height and width of an appliance are easy to remember, but countertops are not always the same depth—so you’ll need to make sure your new selection will slide in just right. As with any home project, measure twice and write down your numbers before cutting or purchasing anything. A drawn-to-scale floor plan comes in handy here, especially if you already have graph paper lying around from your kids’ math lessons, but one that’s sketched by eye and thoroughly labelled works too.
From there, narrow down your search by measuring the doorways and hallways in your living space. Especially in small apartments, townhouses, or new infill housing, it can be tough to get major appliances into your home and through all your doorways. Avoid complications with delivery and setup by making sure that any appliances or furniture you buy will arrive in boxes small enough to enter the room they need to be in, or have small enough proportions that you’ll be able to make all your tight corners.
(Am I the only one thinking about that classic scene from “Friends” right now? Come on, folks: pivot!!!)
If this is the first time you’re replacing your appliances, you’re in luck: the Best Buy blog has a few additional articles ready to help you out. Here’s one on getting ready for your new appliances, which talks about delivery, water and gas connections; one about recycling your old appliances; and one that’s all about measuring your kitchen for a new dishwasher. You know the gist of that one already: measure twice!
Remember to factor in connections when measuring (especially for items such as dishwashers and washing machines), and make sure you’re taking the appliance’s doors or handles into consideration. Switching appliance styles will sometimes mean that what’s coming in will take up more space in some ways than what’s going out, even if the measurements are the same. For instance, a fridge with a single door may need more space in front of it to open fully than one with French doors will.
Step 2: Explore your options
Major appliances, like anything else in your home, have an expected lifespan. For some items, that’ll be close to 9 or 10 years—things like dishwashers, which have lots of moving parts and need regular care. With routine maintenance, you can make these items last longer (perhaps even doubling their expected lifespan), but eventually, they’ll need updating.
Other items, like refrigerators and stoves, are expected to last longer—probably close to 15 or 20 years. But when technologies are updated at a rapid pace, you may find that you want to replace your fridge before it breaks; perhaps to switch to a model with a smart screen or water filter.
Best Buy is moving toward more brand-centric shopping (both in-store and online), so there are a few important brand store pages to check out, too. Matching appliances aren’t a must-have in any home, but I personally prefer it when my appliances do match. You end up with a more visually cohesive room, and each interface will work similarly, so it’s a smoother transition when you move from one appliance to the next. When bought as a set, appliances typically share the same “quirks” in their programming and design.
In my family’s last kitchen reno, my mom went with mostly Samsung appliances in a stainless steel finish. She had to redo the floor plan a couple of times to make sure the fridge, oven, and dishwasher could all be opened at once without bumping anything, but we’re all thrilled with the results.
All three of the new Samsung appliances operate similarly. Each button and dial makes sense, and their smart systems are programmed in similar fashions.
Step 2.5: Keep exploring!
Even if you’ve updated your appliances within the last five years, you may be surprised by just how much the industry has changed. While you’re researching, the following articles on the Best Buy blog might help.
|Should you choose a French door or a side by side refrigerator?||The first consideration you should make when purchasing a new refrigerator, whether it’s French door or side-by-side, is size.|
|Ovens 101 – Oven shopping made easy||If you’ve ever wondered what the difference between stove, cooktop, range, and oven are, you’re not alone. All of these terms have been used to describe the appliance in your kitchen that cooks your food, but there are important differences between them.|
|Induction cooking: what is it and is it for you?||Induction cooking is a cooking method that cooks your food with magnetic induction instead of a gas flame or electric heat.|
|Where should the freezer be on your new refrigerator?||Deciding whether to choose a refrigerator with a top freezer, bottom freezer, or side freezer is about more than just aesthetics. Each has it’s own pros and cons, so it is important to choose your new refrigerator based on your needs.|
Step 3: Read reviews
When I’m making a big purchase, I like to read reviews before I click the “checkout” button. Small design flaws can make a big impact on your everyday life, and sometimes other reviewers will notice something about a product that isn’t apparent in a fact sheet or in-store demo.
The new dishwasher in my parents’ kitchen, for instance, sings a little song when it’s done–something that I never would have even known to look for. It pops the door open as soon as a load is finished and the song lets you know that the cycle is complete, but someone who prefers a silent living environment might not. My sister and I will hum the tune while we’re doing chores (whether or not we’re at home!), and I’m pretty sure the ever-presence of the little tune is slowly driving everyone in our lives a little nuts. We love it, but make sure to read the reviews if small details like that would get on your nerves!
There are thousands of reviews on BestBuy.ca from customers who have already purchased the products in question (appliances included), and there are professional appliance reviews on the blog as well. One review for the popular Bosch 24″ 50 dB Tall Tub Built-In Dishwasher, for instance, notes that the “price was great! After installing, found that the unit was so quiet that I wasn’t sure if it was working or not, but listening a bit more I could hear the swish swish of some water. Dishes come out clean, no pre-washing needed.”
Step 4: Visit a store for the appliance that’s right for you
Finally, if you’re still struggling with choosing the right appliances (or if you’re pretty sure, but need to be certain before you buy), consider going in-store to get a feel for each item or talk to a sales specialist. The brand centres set up throughout Best Buy Experience Stores can really help inspire your final design for each room, and seeing the major appliances on display will help you see if the way each one is customized is a good fit for you.
Find a wide range of major appliances online at Best Buy today.
For more resources on major appliances, check out Best Buy Canada’s major appliance help hub.