From Fridges to Ovens, How to Choose the Right Appliances for You

updated Dec 17, 2019
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Are you thinking about renovating your kitchen? Do you have a refrigerator that’s way (way) past its expiration date? If you’re just starting your search for a new appliance (or appliances!), you’ll quickly find that there are a lot more factors to consider than you may have anticipated.

Is a top freezer or a bottom freezer better for the way you store your stuff? Is a counter-depth or a built-in fridge worth the extra expense? Should you get a convection oven, or maybe you should go for that vintage range you’ve been eyeing for years? And what about a microwave oven? Do you need one (we say yes!), and should you go for a countertop version or a microwave drawer?

Here are your top-asked questions answered.

Of course, when it comes to buying any appliance, there are a few big, universal questions you should ask yourself. Namely, what’s my budget? and what kind of space am I working with? In most cases, these two factors will narrow your choices significantly.

When it comes to budget, the sky really is the limit with kitchen appliances. There are plenty of bells and whistles and if you want them all, it’s going to cost. But if you’re working with a limited budget, what are the right features to invest in?

If you’re lucky enough to have gobs and gobs of space, you might not worry about the extra width of a French door fridge. If you live in Brooklyn and your kitchen is teeny-tiny, that French door fridge might not even be an option.

Of course, functionality is also key! And let’s not forget about aesthetics. The kitchen is the heart of your home and that La Cornue range would be quite the centerpiece.

Feeling overwhelmed? Don’t be. We’re here to help you make a smart and informed decision.