March 10, 2010

Shopping for appliances

We needed a refrigerator.  We also needed a microwave/rangehood combo.  We really didn't need a new range.  We have an older one that was my parents', but (there's always a "but") because I love to bake, I wanted a decent range.  We weighed the options and decided to just buy everything new.  These are items we will use just about every day, so it's worth it to have new, functional appliances in our kitchen.

Sears was having a great sale on all appliances for Presidents' Day Weekend, so we went to check it out.  When we got there, they didn't have the fridge with bottom-mount freezer that caught our eye online in stock at the store.  We browsed the rest of the display models, but nothing quite sparked interest.  We headed over to the ranges and saw a few nice ones in our price range.  At this point, we were discussing which color to get.  We already have a used dishwasher in black and our cabinets will be painted white.  We weren't too sure about white appliances and white cabinets, so we ruled that out.  The bottom line on choosing between black or stainless was the price.  Going with black would have saved us a few hundred dollars.

Notice how I used "would have"?  :-)  We splurged a little and went with stainless!  Yay!  I love the look of it and I think it will look great in our tiny kitchen.  Black would have looked OK, too, but we made our decision because over the life of the appliances, spending a few hundred dollars isn't really a big deal and they will look so much nicer!

So, do you want to see what we picked out?

Kitchen Appliances

The refrigerator is by LG and range and microhood are Frigidaire Gallery.  All should be delivered shortly!

I don't think our black dishwasher will look too bad with the stainless.  It's old and, if it craps out on us, we can get a new one in a stainless finish.  I'm also looking into swapping out the front panel of the dishwasher with a stainless one or experimenting with some stainless-look appliance paint.

I'm just really happy to have appliances purchased!  The kitchen is coming together!  


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