My husband and I are planning on making some major improvements to our house this year. Besides some painting projects that we have planned for our garage, and son's room, we are also replacing some worn out things in our house. One of those includes kitchen appliances. We've been in our house for 20 years and have only replaced the dishwasher so far. Although they are still functional, they are not in the best shape. Our microwave frame is cracking and the vent above it is taped in place to keep it from falling off. Our dishwasher is super loud and has a piece broken off on the top rack. Our range has a crack in the lower drawer handle, and some paint chipped off from something that fell on it along with permanent grease stains on the oven door from a self cleaning setting that allowed the inside grease to escape out onto the oven door and is now baked on and I can't remove it.
We went shopping this weekend and looked at some new appliances. We want to replace everything with stainless steel. That will also increase the value of our house (for when we move in the future). Stainless steel (whether you like it or not) is what is going in all of the new houses in our area. When we eventually sell our house, we will be competing with many new homes in our area. So, everything we do to our house needs to be something that will add value to our house.
We looked at refrigerators and decided that we don't want the large freezer drawer on the bottom. We will most likely go with this one. The LG brand came highly recommended.
The main reason is that I have arthritic problems with my back and I found bending over and trying to reach for something near the floor would be difficult. Plus your food basically has to be stacked on top of each other so you have to dig for it.
The units without the drawer are also less expensive, which is a bonus.
We really liked this model. It's a side by side with a small outside door that opens up to more frequently used items.
I also like the ice maker/water dispenser in the door that has it's own lever rather than having to change the setting each time you want ice or water.
We looked at gas ranges and matching microwaves. We are not sold yet on the brand though. But this is the basic style that we will go with.
And finally, we looked at dishwashers. I'm pretty sure we will go with the Maytag version. It looks similar to this. The store didn't have one on the floor to show us but we read the specs and that brand came highly recommended.
It was fun getting to see all of the advancements made with kitchen appliances! I love so many of the features that I don't currently have.
We decided not to go with a "bundle package". We didn't find it saving us that much money and you had to buy the style that they included with each bundle package to get that price. Most of them had styles that we didn't want. So, we did look into that.
Some of these appliances are on sale too. So, we can basically replace all of our appliances for just over $3000. I think that's very affordable!
If any of you have recently replaced your appliances and love them or hate them, I would like to hear about it.
Thanks for stopping by!
~ Kelly ~