Buying a major appliance is a major purchase. Be prepared in advance and check out these appliance buying tips:

Take Measurements & Size Up Your Needs

Before you buy a new household appliance, measure the old appliance(s) in your home and the space where the new one(s) will go. Measure the doors and hallways you have to go through to get your new appliance into your home. New floors can make a difference for what kitchen appliance fits. Think about which way you want the appliance door to open. Make sure the appliances are the right size: ovens big enough for your cooking style, refrigerators the right size for your food storage needs, washers and dryers large enough to make laundry day efficient. Ask the friendly sales staff if there's anything else you need to buy such as a vent hood for that new cooktop.

Keep in mind that Gambles offers FREE appliance delivery to Winter Park, Fraser, Tabernash, Granby, Grand Lake, and Hot Sulphur Springs (delivery to Parshall and Kremmling available for a fee).

Appliances at High Altitude

Gas may not be as efficient in high altitude places such as Grand County. Most gas kitchen appliances need to be modified to function properly at high altitude and most manufacturers sell models specific for high altitude. If you are interested in gas kitchen appliances, ask the staff for recommendations to see if gas is the best fit for your next kitchen appliance.

Ask Friends About Their Appliances

Talk to your friends about their appliance related delights and disappointments. Invite yourself over to check out their new french door refrigerator or see how they have organized their deep freezer. Ask them which features they like the most, how often they've had to call for repairs, and what they'd do differently if they could do it again. Make sure to consider Energy Star appliancesand how much you will save on your bills if you purchase an efficient appliance. If your appliance needs repair, then click here for information on local appliance repair companies recommended by Gambles.

Refrigerator Buying Tips

When buying a refrigerator, you should think out what size will fit in your kitchen, and then decide on door style. Today, most people opt for french-door fridges because they look sleek and have wide shelves and drawers that keep fruits and veggies at eye level. If you prefer a bigger freezer, the side-by-side fridge is the choice for you. The classic top-freezer tends to be the most budget friendly refrigerator on the market. Think about extra refrigerator features you cannot live without: through-the-door ice and water dispensers, door-in-door storage, temperature controls, adjustable compartments, and door locks for those curious toddlers. A fridge is a major home appliance purchase, so come check out the different models Gambles keeps in stock in-store. Check out Consumer Reports for more information on refrigerators.

Deep Freezer Buying Tips

A stand-alone deep freezer is a great addition to your household appliances if you are a hunter and/or like to be prepared by prepping meals and stocking up on budget-friendly bulk foods. Consider whether a chest freezer or upright model will suite your needs best, available floor space, size, capacity, and energy use. Chest freezers have more usable space, tend to be more energy efficient, and don't self-defrost so the temperature stays consistently lower. Chest freezers can be harder to organize and have a larger footprint. Uprights take up less floor space, are easier to organize, and have a manual or self defrost option. If you plan to keep a deep freezer in a living area, consider how noisy it is. All deep freezers come in three different sizes, compact/small (5 to 9 cubic feet), medium (12 to 18 cubic feet), and large (more than 18 cubic feet).

Washer & Dryer Buying Tips

 A good washer and dryer can take some of the dreariness out of laundry day. Stackable units can fit in a closet and tend to be smaller that side-by-sides. Dryers are available as gas or electric, so know what your house can support. Standard washers are 27" wide and how much laundry they hold depends on the style. Front-load washers can handle more clothes and do better with bulkier items. Dryers need to be larger that washers because your clothes puff up as they dry. Top-loaders are less expensive, while front-loaders are more efficient and clean better. Regardless of what washer and dryer you purchase, account for an extra 4" to 6" behind the washer and dryer for hook-ups. Modern day washers and dryers have lots of features such as digital display, energy star, and a steam mode.  

Dishwasher Buying Tips

According to Energy Star, owning a dishwasher saves you 230 hours per year. Start your time savings today and head to Gambles to purchase the right dishwasher size and model for your household. Conventional built-in dishwashers are the most common and are 24" x 24". Dishwashers also come in smaller sizes for apartments or smaller kitchens. Dishwashers are available in white, bisque, black, slate, stainless, and black stainless. Before you start selecting dishwashers, consider want extra features you may want like adjustable racks, soil sensor, and special wash cycles. Make sure to consider the noise factor and Energy Star compliance as well. Dishwashers can vary in prices from less than $500 to $1,000 or more, so do your research online first.

Cooking Range Buying Tips

Oven appliances are the most used kitchen appliance.Gas ranges require you to have natural gas or propane at your home and electric ranges will work in any house. If you're replacing an existing cooking range, consider buying a newer model of the same type and size. If you have a radiant electric range, consider an induction range that tends to outperform all the other types of ranges. Freestanding ranges are the most common and the easiest to install. Slide-in ranges give a custom, built-in look. Most ranges are 30 inches wide. Consider single- or double-oven configurations. Double-oven ranges have a smaller oven up top and a larger oven below. Think about special features such as control lockout, convection heating element, and delayed start.

Microwave Buying Tips

Your first decision in buying a microwave is where in your kitchen you want to put it. Countertop microwaves are the most common and come in compact, mid-size, and full sizes. Over-the-range microwaves save counter space, can take the place of vent hoods, and can fit a 15" casserole baking dish. This microwave model needs to be installed, which Gambles can do for a fee. Another microwave that frees up counter space is the built-in model, which pulls out from a drawer or oven. Microwave power is measured in watts and a 700-watt microwave can boil a cup of water in 2 and a half minutes. A stainless steel microwave will be easier to clean. 

Small Appliance Buying Tips

When buying small appliances think about how much counter space you have, if it is available in the color and finish you want, and how easy the appliance is to clean and maintain. Coffee makers come in single-serve or full-pot brewing and popular features to consider include integrated bean grinders, temperature adjustment, water filters, and permanent coffee filters to reduce landfill waste. Toasters come with two to six slice openings, with the option of extra-long or extra-wide slots to handle everything from baguettes to bagels. Blenders and juicers have watts ranging from 200 to 1,500, and the higher watts pulverize ice, frozen fruits, and nuts more easily than lower watts.

Mattress Buying Tips

Consider the fact that you sleep for one-third of your life when setting your budget for a new mattress. Mattress retailers advise replacing your mattress every 7-10 years. There are four types of mattresses: Innerspring mattresses are the most budget friendly and more firm mattresses have heavier wire coils with a lower number (gauge). Memory foam conforms to your body, which is good for people who are experience pain. Density is important to make sure to test these out. Latex and gel mattresses are similar to memory foam but springier and hypoallergenic. If you have back pain, memory foam and latex mattress are your best option. Air core mattresses let you control the firmness by adding air or deflating it. Spend your money on a good mattress instead of an expensive box spring. 

ENERGY STAR Appliances

On average, home appliances account for 20% of your home's electric bill. An ENERGY STAR certified appliance will use 10% - 50% less energy per year. Appliances that are ENERGY STAR have been certified by the Environmental Protection Agency to guarantee significant energy savings. When you replace a conventional washing machine with an energy-efficient model, you can save up to $50/year on utility and water bills. In addition to conserving energy and saving you money, Mountain Parks Electric offers a rebate on certain ENERGY STAR rated household appliances, electric water heaters, electric HVAC equipment, and more. Click here to learn if you qualify for a rebate!

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