If the kitchen is the heart of the home, its major appliances are what keep it pumping. So it’s no surprise that 46 percent of American homeowners cite the cook space as the area where they’d most likely splurge on a remodel — and 56 percent of those planning work have set their sights on new appliances, according to a recent national survey by LG Electronics.
If your last kitchen remodel was years ago, a lot has probably changed since the last time you bought a fridge, dishwasher, range, or cooktop-oven combo. You’ll need to factor in the latest high-tech features, as well as your kitchen’s size and layout, your family’s cooking and eating habits, your aesthetic taste, and, of course, your budget.
To save money, it’s smart to comparison shop online, hunt for coupons, and negotiate with retailers for a better deal or perks like free delivery and installation. And think ahead: Buying a model that has earned an Energy Star label can mean lower electric bills over the lifetime of your new appliance.
Above all, before you make any big purchase, measure not just your space but also your doorways to make sure your sparkly new appliance will actually fit in your home.