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Appliances: When to Splurge and When to Save 

Appliances: When to Splurge and When to Save 

Are you thinking about upgrading your appliances but are overwhelmed by all of the available options? It can be confusing. There are high-tech appliances that practically do all the work for you from an app on your smart phone. And, there are the basic appliances that work well in small spaces and fit within tighter budgets. Let’s take a look at what is available and what might work best for your home.

Refrigerators and Freezers

The refrigerator is often the hub of the kitchen. It likely gets the most use. If you have a large active family that is constantly going into the refrigerator for drinks or fresh snacks, or is leaving notes on the fridge door, you might want to consider one of the new smart models. There are refrigerator/freezer combinations that have interactive screens where you can leave messages, write shopping lists, display photographs, and even watch TV. Some of these also come with interior cameras so that you can check what is inside the fridge while you are at the grocery store from your phone. Many of these refrigerators also come with alarms that alert you when the door has been left ajar.

If you aren’t in the market for a giant, high-tech refrigerator, give some thought to the tidy, space saving built-in drawer units without all the bells and whistles. In addition to a small, slim, basic refrigerator, you can have a drawer freezer and/or a beverage drawer. The under-cabinet beverage drawer is a great space and energy saver. There is no need to repeatedly open the entire refrigerator door to get a cold bottle of water with the smaller drawer.

Ranges and Ovens

Do you have a super busy schedule and barely enough time to prepare meals in the evening? It may sound like science fiction, but there are ranges with smart ovens that act as refrigerators all day and then can be turned on from your phone or a timer to cook a meal before you get home. You can prepare a meal, such as a stew or whole chicken, place it in the chilled oven before you leave for work, and it will be cooked by the time you get back. Of course, with the convenience comes a steep price tag.

A more budget friendly option might be a wall oven/microwave combination. Wall ovens take up less space. The combo units allow you to cook a meal in a time saving convection oven or heat something up quickly in the microwave.

Washers and Dryers

Front loaders with stainless steel drums are the new favorites in large capacity washers and dryers. Some washers now have both front and top load sections where you can either do 2 loads at once or just do a really small load without having to run the entire front loader section. They also come with steam modes to take care of wrinkles. These are extremely convenient but they take up an enormous amount of space that often requires a separate room.

A simpler alternative for a smaller space is a washer/dryer combination unit that fits snuggly beneath a kitchen counter. These take a little longer to operate, but they get the job done without taking up precious interior real estate. And, they are surprisingly well priced.

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