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5 questions to ask before buying a new appliance

Buying a new appliance can be daunting. The hundreds of options available out there can leave you feeling overwhelmed. Appliances are a big purchase and a major investment, so you want to be fully informed before even visiting a single store. But how do you make a smart decision when you’re browsing the market?

Before taking the plunge, there are five key questions to ask no matter what you're on the hunt for—a cooktop, oven, fridge, washing machine, tumble dryer, or even all of these at once.

1. What’s your budget?

Before anything else, figure out how much you’re willing to spend on a new appliance. If you’re purchasing more than one type, make sure you have enough money in your budget for everything you need to buy.

Sales, specials, and shiny new models can sway you—but don’t get carried away. Shop around for something high-quality but still within budget. You’ll also want to factor in the cost of delivery and installation in the total price.

2. Will it fit in your space?

Nothing can be more frustrating than finding out that the new wok burner you bought or steam oven you purchased doesn’t fit in your kitchen. So before visiting the store and checking out appliances on the showroom floor, grab a tape measure and jot down the measurements of the area in your home where the appliance will be stored or installed. Then, bring a tape measure to the store or showroom and measure the appliance you want to ensure that it matches the dimensions of your space.

Don’t forget to measure other areas where the appliance will have to go through such as doorways and openings. Your new dishwasher may fit into your renovated kitchen, but it might not fit through your doorway.

What must-have features are you looking for?

When you’re on the hunt for a new appliance, additional features can be appealing. But it’s best to focus on your needs first and think of the extras later.

Make a list of your must-have features for the appliance you’re planning to buy—those that you simply can’t live without. It can be a premium-quality fridge or washing machine that’s energy efficient, a stylish yet durable induction cooktop, or a sturdy dishwasher that blends in with your kitchen’s design. Knowing what you need makes it easier to zero in on the appliance that ticks off all the features on your list.

Does it cater to your lifestyle?

Your new appliance should address your needs, but it should also fit your lifestyle. If you don’t have time to regularly clean your oven, a self-cleaning pyrolytic oven may be perfect for you. Consider getting a different material than stainless steel if you hate fingerprints and smudges. If you love throwing big dinner parties, get a dishwasher with an extra-large capacity so you can wash bigger loads.

It’s best to keep your needs in mind when purchasing a new appliance, but it’s also good to factor in your habits and way of life.

What other special features or accessories do you want?

After working out your budget and must-have features, list down all the add-ons you want. If you love a good barbecue, a grilling plate is an excellent accessory for your cooktop. A warming drawer is great for heating dinner plates or cups of coffee in your oven. Meanwhile, a hidden pedestal drawer underneath your washing machine is an ideal storage space for detergent and clothes hangers.

If you have room in your budget for more, get an appliance that not only meets your must-haves, but also comes with the extras you want.

Answering all these questions will help you choose the appliance that best suits your needs. Need more help choosing appliances? Browse our website, find an ASKO dealer near you, or contact us directly to discuss how our appliances can improve your home and lifestyle.