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

Take Measurements & Size Up Your Needs

Before you buy a new household appliance, measure the old appliance(s) 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. Think about which way you want the appliance door to open, and keep in mind that most appliance doors can be switched to open on the other side. 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 for laundry day. Ask the friendly sales staff if there's anything extra you want to buy such as a vent hood for that new cooktop.

Keep in mind that Gambles offers appliance delivery to Winter Park, Fraser, Tabernash, Granby, Grand Lake, Hot Sulphur Springs, Parshall and Kremmling 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.

Appliance Repair

Talk to friends about their appliance related delights and disappointments and how often they had to call for repairs. Invite yourself over to check out their new kitchen appliance or washer and dryer. Ask them which features they like the most and what features they could live without. Gambles does not offer appliance repair in-store but has recommendations in case your appliance needs to be repaired. 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 larger 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 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.

Deep Freezer Buying Tips

A deep freezer is a great addition to your household appliances. When considering a chest freezer or upright model think about 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 lower. Chest freezers can be more difficult 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. Unlike chest freezers, uprights are available in a variety of finishes, such as slate and stainless steel. If you plan to keep a deep freezer in a living area, consider how noisy it is.

Washer & Dryer Buying Tips

Dryers are available as gas or electric, so know what your house can support. Stackable units can fit in a closet and tend to be smaller than side-by-sides. 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. Top-loaders are less expensive, while front-loaders are more efficient and clean better. Dryers need to be larger than washers because your clothes puff up as they dry. 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 compliance, and steam mode.  

Dishwasher Buying Tips

According to Energy Star, owning a dishwasher saves you 230 hours per year. Conventional built-in dishwashers are the most common and are 24" x 24". Before you start selecting dishwashers, consider extra features like adjustable racks, soil sensor, and special wash cycles. Pay attention to what the dishwasher's interior looks like and the placement of tines and racks. Make sure to consider the noise factor and Energy Star compliance as well. New floors or counters can make a difference so measure the space where your new dishwasher will go ask ask our staff for the full height range. Click here for a guide for how to measure the space where your new dishwasher will go.

Cooking Range Buying Tips

Oven appliances are the most used kitchen appliance; do your research here before checking out the offerings in store. If you're replacing an existing range, consider buying a newer model of the same size. If you have a radiant electric range, consider an induction range as this model tends to outperform other types of ranges. Freestanding ranges are the most common and the easiest to install. Slide-in ranges give a custom, built-in look. Double-oven ranges have a smaller oven up top and a larger oven below. There are several types of cooktops: gas, electric, electric induction, and dual fuel. Our friendly sales staff can help you figure out what appliance would be best for your kitchen. 

Microwave Buying Tips

There are three main microwave types. Countertop microwaves are the most common, do not require any extra installation, and this kitchen appliance can move with you. Built-in models need to be professionally installed and free up counter pace. Over-the-range models can also double as a vent hood. Internal capacity ranges from 0.5 cubic feet (fits 10" dinner plates) to 2 cubic feet. Look at wattage when buying a microwave because wattage equals power. A good baseline to start at is 1,000 watts. Different microwaves offer a lot of great extra features such as automatic defrost, pre-programmed settings, and sensors.

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 firmer mattresses have heavier wire coils with a lower number (gauge). Memory foam conforms to your body, which is good for people who are have pain. Latex and gel mattresses are similar to memory foam but springier and hypoallergenic. Air core mattresses let you control the firmness by adding air or deflating it. 

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. 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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