I have been a homeowner for nearly 15 years and in that time, I have had the great fortune to buy very few appliances. One washer/dryer set, one refrigerator, and one dishwasher. I am a researcher by previous profession and by nature, so the process of buying electronic items is often long, drawn out, and painful. And now I have to buy a whole set of new appliances! And though I worry about being on the wrong end of the trend, I’m going with stainless. I hope I don’t hate everything in five years. Or less!
On the upside, I’m pretty excited that I will have–for the first time in my whole life–an oven that is completely clean and unused by anyone but me! However, I was hoping to buy a freestanding range with a smooth cooktop with the operating knobs on the front instead of on the back panel. This is not difficult to find with gas cooktops, but impossible with electric. So I’m on the hook for a slide-in range, which is not only more expensive, but will mean more expensive countertops. But I really dislike having to reach across cooking food to operate the cooktop.
Then, there’s the refrigerator. I want a French door, counter depth refrigerator. This is not difficult EXCEPT I don’t want an ice/water dispenser on the front (or a water dispenser at all). I can’t stand dispensers and they also take up too much valuable real estate inside. I’m already challenged because of the shallow depth, so I’m not interested in giving up another square foot to a dispenser. I don’t even use ice most of the time and I don’t like really cold water.
Next up is the microwave. Instead of having one of those purdy vent hoods over my range, I will have a microwave with an exhaust fan…that exhausts into the room because installing a vent to the outside would be difficult and expensive (two story home, not an exterior wall). I’ve survived okay for the last 10 years without a real exhaust fan, so I hope that will continue. It’s only bad when I fry stuff, which I do only rarely. And there’s a window nearby. And I’ll need one that’s on the larger side, too. And installed at just the right height (eye level). I have an LG model now that it is more than 10 years old and it works great, so I hope they’ve kept up with their quality. We are actually bringing the LG washer and dryer with us that’s just 5 years old because well, that’s one less expense and we know they work. There’s just not much of a guarantee about that any more. Warranties only last for 1 year!
Last is the dishwasher. It’s the one thing I’m not too picky about except I don’t love the basket on the door models. Wait. Not last. Then on to the faucet and the door handles and light fixtures…so many choices…
I’m not optimistic that I’ll be able to find what I want for all the appliances in the same brand or product line, but I hope that they will look similar enough that it won’t look odd. So, friends, if you have appliances you love, please do share the brand and, preferably, the model number (ha!). I’m hoping to save the cost of a Consumer Reports subscription.