HomeworX: Buying the Best

Splurge Worthy Kitchen Appliances

When undergoing a home renovation, the size and style of the renovation usually dictates which appliances to splurge on. If you’re starting a kitchen renovation or building a new house, people usually consider buying new splurge appliances. I wouldn’t say there is a top splurge, though. It’s all personal preference, depending on clients’ needs. There’s a lot to choose from and a lot to consider.

Choose wisely Be shrewd. You want something that works for your family, without breaking the bank. At the same time, you want something that has good resale value. If your kitchen appliances are top-notch, that’s a selling feature. All appliances are in and around the same area, and then there are a few that are up above in terms of price range and brand.

Urge to Splurge I would suggest getting a top-of-the-line stove or range. A set that includes convection, microwave, double oven, and gas stove top would be a splurge in the kitchen.

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There are expensive brands like Wolf (most common in homes in terms of high-end use and price), GE Monogram and Gaggenau. Buying a Wolf GR series of gas ranges (for serious chefs and for cooking things evenly) or IR series of induction ranges (for cooking things at a quicker pace), or Gaggenau 400 or 200 series cooktops would be splurging. Also worth mentioning are Thermador, Viking, Bosch and Dacor, and generic brands like Jenn-Air and LG, KitchenAid, Whirlpool and Electrolux. If you’re an avid chef at home, having a gas or induction stove is commonplace. If you’re not much of a cook, you don’t need to have anything more than electric.

Brandstanding and Grandstanding All these brands are competitive and most offer the full range of kitchen products. There’s a big difference in brand, though, depending on appliance. There’s also a certain amount of showmanship and impression-making, especially in the kitchen where a lot of time is spent with family and where a lot of food is made. People tend to make their appliance-purchasing decisions based on status as much as they do based on brand.

There’s also a certain amount of showmanship and impression-making, especially in the kitchen where a lot of time is spent with family and where a lot of food is made.

Price, Price Baby Some people are firm believers in going with a Sub-Zero fridge in the $20,000 range, whereas the majority of fridges are in the $7,000 range. There’s quite a difference in pricing. They all do the same thing, so spending twenty grand doesn’t make a lot of sense.

Status symbols The bigger the kitchen, the bigger the fridge. The 36″ is more common, but people have been going for bigger fridges, such as a 42″ if they can afford it, and if they can afford it in terms of space.

I generally advise on which appliance will show off the best, or make the most sense. Some people splurge on generic appliances for most of their renovation, then they go with an ultra quiet Miele dishwasher.

Having people come into your kitchen and see a Wolf, Miele or Gaggeneau is status and resale value.

I generally advise on which appliance will show off the best, or make the most sense.

Shop around Some brands show better than others. Compare prices because all these stores want to beat out the other. Read testimonials and do market research to see what people are saying. You’ll find that most people love or dislike, not that one is above the other.

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