Choosing the Right Appliances


Matthew and I have had such a busy last few days. The house is almost completely painted, but we still have three huge walls left to cover. I decided that I would talk about our experience choosing the right appliances to fit our new home. When we purchased the house there was a decent electric stove and refrigerator left behind. We are going to keep the refrigerator in the basement for extra storage and we are giving away the stove to Matt’s brother. As soon as we decided to renovate the interior of the home, I knew I wanted a dishwasher installed. Yes, at the moment (and for a while) it will only be Matthew and I living there, but I truly hate hand washing the dishes. Fortunately we were able to come up with a new kitchen design that allowed a dishwasher.

Once we had the new kitchen laid out, we made sure we knew the maximum measurements we could use when buying our appliances. It would have been awful if we had purchased an appliances and then found out later that they wouldn’t work with the space.  Matt and I knew from the start that we wanted to upgrade to all stainless steel appliances in the kitchen. We want our new home to have a very modern feel when it is finished. I budgeted between $4000-$4500 for appliances and fortunately we were able to stay right were we wanted to.

The Refrigerator:

We decided to go with the Whirlpool 25.0 cu. ft. French Door Refrigerator with thru-the-door ice and water inmonochromatic stainless steel. It had excellent reviews from numerous different sites that we researched and was exactly what we were looking for in our budget. This fridge has ample space for our food, a PUR water filtration system, LED interior lighting, a door alarm, a lower freezer bin and a fantastic temperature management system. We also wanted a fridge that had an ice maker and water on the outside of the door. We love the idea of the forth drawer as well for easy access to all our fruits and vegetables!

The Stove:

This was probably the toughest decision we had to make. Our house does not have natural gas or propane, so we were limited to electric stoves. Matt really wanted to purchase a slide-in range rather than a free standing one. I loved the idea as well, but they were much more expensive and once we looked into it, the stove actually would not fit in our design. We are not doing a tile backsplash up the walls and we would have needed to it we had purchased a slide-in range. Instead we decided that we would go with a double oven. It is more energy efficient and still looks very high end. We went with a GE 6.6 cu. ft. Double Oven Electric Range withself-cleaning convection (lower oven) in Stainless Steel.We loved the look of this oven and it offered us duel self-cleaning ovens with a digital temperature display, and the ability to cook multiple dishes at once at different temperatures.

The Dishwasher:

We really wanted a dishwasher that was completely stainless steel on the front. We also wanted it to match the fridge since these appliances are going to be on the same wall. We found a great top control dishwasher by Whirlpool that we fell in love with. It was exactly what we were looking for and very affordable. On Black Friday we purchased the dishwasher for only $398!! We went with the Whirlpool Gold TopControl Dishwasher in monochromatic stainless steel. Not only does it automatically select the right wash and dry settings for your load, it’ll even clean tough soils better while using just the right amount of time, energy and water. Matt and I tried to buy all energy efficient appliances and thanks to specialized options, breakfast bowls and coffee cups don’t need to sit in the sink until after lunch or dinner. The Top Rack Wash option saves you time and energy by washing dishes in the top rack, so you don’t have to wait for a full load to wash a few items!!

Washer & Dryer:

Choosing a washer and dryer was hard. They are all so expensive and have so many options, I honestly wasn’t sure what we actually NEEDED! Fortunately we found the perfect set on Black Friday that happened to be $500 off. They were the look that we wanted and had enough options for us. We had heard a lot of bad reviews about front loader washers and since we have the space in our new home, we decided to go with a traditional top loader. For our washer we purchased the Samsung 4.2cu. ft. High-Efficiency Top Load Washer in White. It claims to be quiet and wash more than a king size comforter. It has a stainless steel diamond drum that we love and the motor comes with a 10 year warranty. We also bought the match dryer, which was the Samsung 7.2 cu. ft. Electric Dryer in White. It is a large capacity dryer with a glass door that automatically adjusts the drying time by sensing the moisture in the load. This set had a lot of the features we were looking for, but were not too fancy.

Hopefully we have a good experience with the appliances that we bought! I would love to hear your recommendations or reviews from other appliances other have purchased. Appliances are such a big decision and so difficult to make. We spend about $4200 for everything, which was right within our budget!

Sooner than later,

The Tiny Professional