Whether you’re looking into a new combination microwave or you’ve been eyeing a brand new retro refrigerator, fall really is the best time to upgrade your appliances. Steam ovens, double ovens, smart appliances, and small appliances like air fryers are huge this year, and when you upgrade in the fall you’ll have the entire winter to get busy in the kitchen.
Here’s a look at few must-have appliances for this fall, and why you’ll want to upgrade.
Fall rebates for appliances
Have you ever checked out the appliance rebates in your area? Where I live BC Hydro provides homeowners with a rebate on new appliance purchases. Most appliance rebates are for energy star appliances and include washers, dryers, dishwashers, and refrigerators, but you can check your local power company to see if they provide rebates for other appliances.
Major appliance upgrades
There are two major appliances that I would put at the top of my upgrade list for the fall: a refrigerator and a range. Why these two out of all of the other major appliances? Fall and winter are all about cooking, and having a new refrigerator and new range will make cooking so much easier and a lot more fun.
Choose a smart refrigerator
When it comes to refrigerators, one size does not fit all. Thankfully, there is a lot of different types of refrigerators in various sizes and styles you can choose from.
French door, full door, and door-in-door refrigerators are popular this year. You can choose a smart refrigerator with an LCD screen right on the door. With built-in cameras and a companion app, you can take a look inside your refrigerator from where ever you are. The LCD screen also lets you order groceries, sync family schedules, share photos, or stream videos, right to your fridge door.
Imagine not having to leave to go get groceries when the weather gets cold? You can just stand by your fridge, look inside, and order what you need.
Upgrade to a dual oven range
Upgrading your range to one of the latest models is a great idea when the weather gets chill. Dual-fuel ranges are popular because it offers you a gas range and dual-door electric oven so you can cook two different meals at two different temperatures, all at the same time. With two ovens you can bake a pie and roast a turkey at the same time, or you can just push a button and operate your oven as a single.
If you don’t need two ovens but you want a range that will up your cooking game, steam ovens are a great choice. By adding a burst of steam to whatever you’re making or baking, you get moister breads and tender chops or roasts. You’ll never worry about a dry loaf of banana bread again when you can add a burst of steam.
Upgrading a set of major appliances
Sometimes when you upgrade one appliance, you really want to upgrade them all. If, after you’ve picked out a new refrigerator or range, you decide you’re in the market for a complete upgrade, be sure to take a look for appliance packages that include refrigerators, ranges, dishwashers, washers, and dryers.
Choosing new small appliances
In my kitchen, I divide my small appliances into those that add convenience to life and those that are a lot of fun to have and use. You’ll want to keep that in mind when deciding which small appliances to add and which to upgrade.
Small appliance staples
Small appliances like toasters, blenders, and microwaves have come a long way over the past few years.
Golden brown toast is a tap away
If your toaster is burning more bread than it’s toasting, you may want to take a look at the latest models. With LCD screens, stainless steel bodies, and options for frozen, reheat, bagels, and more, the newest toasters will make your mornings that much easier.
Blenders that can do more
Long gone are the blenders that can barely move their blades through a handful of ice. If you’re considering upgrading your blender this fall, look for the latest models that can run at a blistering 1800 watts. They’ll cut through fruit, ice, nuts, and can even make soup. They’re easy to use and they’re easy to clean too.
Microwaves that can bake too
You’d be forgiven if you thought a microwave just reheats your food. The latest countertop microwaves include options that let you use steam while cooking or reheating and have technology built-in that senses how long your food needs to cook. There are even microwaves with Air Fry built in, so you can have the crispiest french fries and chicken strips.
Specialty appliances that are worth the upgrade
Some small appliances aren’t used every day, but they are go-to’s whether you’re cooking for a busy family or you’re a solo chef.
Deep fryers and air fryers might not be the first things you think about when it’s time to upgrade your appliances, but they’re definitely worth it. You can make everything from crispy french fries to juicy chicken strips, ‘deep fried’ pickles, and more. They’re convenient because you can have pub food at home, they’re fun to whip out and make a big feast for a crowd, and if choose one of the latest air fryers you’ll be able to have crispy chips while saving on calories and fat too.
Just because fall brings chilly weather doesn’t mean you have to give up all that great BBQ food. With indoor grills, you can easily grill burgers, chicken, ribs, and vegetables, all without leaving the kitchen.
You can make perfect hard-boiled eggs, yogurt, or cook entire roast beef in just over an hour. With a slow cooker, stew, soup, and pressure settings, everything you make in the Instant Pot will be done to perfection and cooked in half the time. The best part? You can set up a family dinner in the morning and it will be ready for you to eat when you get home.
Fall appliances you might want to try this fall
Maybe you want to add one of the latest large food processors or a new Belgian waffle maker for cold winter Saturday breakfasts? There are so many ways you can upgrade your appliances, and I’ve only scratched the surface of the different models and latest options.
Take a look at everything available on Best Buy right now, and get ready to enjoy a new way to cook and enjoy food.