Gambles of Grand County knows buying a major appliance is a major purchase. Your local appliance store has provided the following tips to help prepare you for your next home appliance purchase:

Take Measurements & Size Up Your Needs

Before you buy a new appliance, measure the old appliance(s) in your home and the space where the new one(s) will go. New floors can make a big difference for what dishwasher or refrigerator fits. Some appliance doors open on the left or right, so think about which direction fits your space best. For kitchen appliances make sure they can fit your favorite pans and have enough room and storage for the size roasts you like to cook. For washers and dryers, make sure they can fit the size loads that you need to make laundry day efficient.

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 is not as efficient in high altitude places such as Grand County. Mostgas 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 appliance purchase.

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. If your appliance needs repair click here for information on local appliance repair companies.

Refrigerator Buying Tips

When buying a refrigerator, think about your current and future needs, what size will fit in your kitchen, and what door style your prefer. Refrigerator space is measured in cubic feet and generally you need 4-6 cubic feet of fresh food storage for each adult in your household. French doors are the most popular style and have the freezer located the bottom. Side-by-side doors are best for people that want more freezer space. Top-freezers are the classic style and tend to be the most budget friendly. 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.

Deep Freezer Buying Tips

A deep freezer is a great addition to your household appliances if you like to cook dinners in advance or preserve large amounts of meat and vegetables. Stand-alone deep freezers enable you to shop in bulk, saving you time and money. There are two common models, chest or upright, and you should consider accessibility, floor space, and energy demands when you purchase a deep freezer. Chest freezers have more usable space and typically tend to be more energy-efficient than upright freezers. Chest freezers can be harder to organize and typically take up more space than upright freezers. Upright freezers have more controls and come in more styles than chest freezers. Look for deep freezers with adjustable temperature controls and baskets so your freezing needs can be accommodated.

Washer & Dryer Buying Tips

If you’re putting your laundry appliances under a counter or stacking them, you’ll want front-loaders, which typically use 65 percent less energy and a third less water. On the other hand, top load washers and dryers can handle higher spin speeds, which means it will take less time for your clothes to dry. Measure the area where you will put your washer and dryer and add an extra 6 inches behind the washer and dryer for water hookups. While Gambles carries most sizes, the most common sizes range from 24 to 30 inches wide. Think about washer and dryer features that you can't live without: drawers for stashing detergent, noise reduction, and different laundry cycles like quick wash and eco-cycle.

Dishwasher Buying Tips

According to Energy Star, owning a dishwasher saves you 230 hours per year. To start your time savings, head to Gambles to purchase the right dishwasher size and model for your household. Gambles recommends a standard 24" dishwasher for family use and a compact 18" dishwasher is great for a couple or small kitchen and occasional use. If you entertain frequently, consider ones with tall tubs, which store 14 place settings and can handle large stockpots and cookie trays. Stainless steel appliances are sturdy, maintenance free, and energy efficient. Some features to think about include adjustable racks, soil sensors, washing time, special washing cycles, heated dry, hidden touch pad controls, and the noise factor.

Cooking Range Buying Tips

Cooking ranges combine a cooktop and oven into a single kitchen appliance. When considering cooking ranges, think about gas or electric, types of burners, manual versus self-clean, and convection baking. The standard width of a residential range in 30 inches, but higher-end ranges can extend to 36 inches and beyond. You can control the flame with precision on gas models and electric versions heat food and boil water faster. An oven with a convection setting circulates heated air to cook more evenly and 25% faster. Some other features to think about include an easy-to-clean cooktop, warming drawers, and steam technology. Visit Gambles today to check out vent hoods, which help maintain air quality in the kitchen and make cleaning easier.

Microwave Buying Tips

Microwaves come in three different types. Countertop versions can be placed anywhere; over-the-range models save space and often have lights and exhaust fans on the bottom so they double as vent hoods; drawer microwaves free up counter space and allow you to stir food items without removing anything from the microwave. The higher the wattage, the quicker food will cook. Look for turntables that rotate automatically for even cooking results. Ceramic cavities are easier to clean, while a stainless cavity heats food up quicker. Other features to think about include convection mode and sensors that shut off the microwave when food is done by calculating how much steam is being emitted from the food―no more overcooking or undercooking.

Small Appliance Buying Tips

Before buying small appliances think about how much counter space you have, what your food preparation needs are, 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

Mattress retailers advise replacing your mattress every 7-10 years. There is no perfect mattress for everyone, which is why you should stop into Gambles today to try out the top of the line brand mattresses. There are four types of mattresses: Innerspring mattresses are typically the most budget friendly; more firm mattresses have heavier wire coils with a lower number (gauge). Memory foam is not springy and conforms to your body, which is good for people who are in pain. Latex mattresses are similar to memory foam but springier and hypoallergenic. Air core mattresses let you control the firmness by adding air or deflating it. You sleep for one-third of your life, let the experts at Gambles help you with your next mattress purchase.

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