With our new house came the need for need appliances.
When we bought our last house, everything came with the house and they were great. We didn’t blink an eye when the buyer of ours wanted to keep them as part of her purchasing our house since we figured we’d get whatever came in the next one. Unfortunately due to the fact we bought a short sale and the situation the previous owners were in, they were not able to include the appliances. Major bummer.
This left us in kind of unknown territory. Neither Albie or I had ever purchased something like a fridge, let alone a washer & dryer too. First off? My expectations of how much something would actually cost were WAY off. I thought a new, nice, stainless fridge was TOPS around $1,000… uh, wrong, think closer to $2k. I also thought I could get a reasonable washer & dryer for around $800, total… not EACH.
We spent a couple days going to every appliance store in town, local companies and big box stores. We learned a lot about what we were looking for – we wanted stainless steel fridge to match the stove/oven and we wanted a High Efficiency Washer and Dryer, still tossed around the idea of a front loader or top loader.
We read reviews to appliances like it was our JOB. We were on Consumer Reports every day trying to find the best appliances for our money and once we liked certain ones, we used the week before the 4th of July to cash in on some sales and bought all 3 from Sears.
We went with this french door 25 cubic feet Whirlpool Gold fridge:
We knew we wanted the freezer on the bottom since we liked that in our last house, but were impartial to the french doors or one door on the fridge. After talking to one salesman we realized our island was too close to the fridge and we would actually need french doors. We also were hoping to avoid the water/ice station int he front of the fridge because I had read people end up having problems with them down the road and I tend to like the fridge to be clean and plain looking on the front.
We do have a TON of capacity in the fridge and you can see that even after a trip to the grocery store we still aren’t using all the space.
The freezer was a bit more challenging to get organized only because I have been doing this cash budget and couponing so a lot of food is getting frozen right now. The drawers are easy to use and we LOVE having an automatic ice maker. We don’t use much ice but it’s nice to have since the last house didn’t have one even though it was a pretty new freezer.
This fridge did come with a water filter on the inside and it’s super tiny but easy to use. Since we seemed to have lost the Brita in the move, I guess I’m glad it came with one!
Full disclosure: We were able to score this fridge as an “open box” at Sears which is what made it affordable to us. We also had a great salesman who was able to squeeze some other deals for us. All said and done we were able to steal this fridge, delivered and installed, for about $1,000 (right at the budget point!) and saved over $900.
The digital displays made us nervous before we got them just because if it can break, for us it probably will. But so far we really like them! These really are like tiny computers – they sense your load size and disperse enough water to just wash what’s in there. They have pre-set load cycles that you can select for both the washer and the dryer.
It’s weird to look in and not see the agitator but it seems to wash the clothes really well without the mildew problems that front loaders seem to have.
Full disclosure: These were not open box, just plain ol’ good deals thanks to the 4th of July sales. We got both of these, delivered and installed, for right around $1,100. We saved about $600 on these thanks again to our awesome salesman and some good price hunting.
And just for fun here is our stove/ oven that we did get with the house:
When we first went through the house we weren’t sure we’d like the double oven, but it is so cool! Since it’s just us and we’re normally only making things on a cookie sheet everything we need can be cooked in that top tiny section. It takes less than 5 minutes to pre-heat to 350 and cooks really evenly. We have not needed the larger section yet!
Obviously my appliances may not be that super interesting to y’all but I wanted to put it out there in case anyone else is in the market for some. Also this could count as a sneak peak into the kitchen now that we’re all moved in. I promise to have some “after” pictures soon!
Now that I have these though, I want to keep them super clean. What do y’all use to clean your stainless steel appliances? Also anything good for class cook tops or can I stick with Windex?