We know buying a major appliance is a major purchase. As your local appliance retailer we have put together buying tips to help prepare you online so you can feel confident shopping for your next household appliance. We look forward to showing you around our appliance warehouse.

First, Take Measurements

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 or carpet can make a big difference for what dishwasher or cooking appliance fits. Some appliance doors open on the left or right, so think about which direction fits your space best. Look behind your existing gas range; if the gas pipe protrudes, your new range may protrude too. And watch out for a fridge or front-load washer whose door opens so wide it blocks traffic.

Keep in mind that we we offer FREE delivery and installation to all of Grand County. 

Then, Size Up Your Needs

Appliance cavities come in different heights and widths. For kitchen appliances like dishwashers, cooking ranges, and refrigerators, make sure they can fit your favorite pans and have enough room and storage for the size turkey you like to cook. For washers and dryers, make sure they can fit the size loads that you need to make laundry day efficient. You should also consider you needs for small electrical appliances. For example, if you and your family are coffee lovers consider getting a 10-cup coffee pot instead of a smaller size.

Appliances at High Altitude

In places like Grand County that are high altitude, gas is not as efficient. All gas appliances need to be modified to function properly at high altitude and most manufacturers have high altitude models. If you are interested in gas appliances, ask our staff for recommendations to see if gas is the best fit for your home appliance needs.

Ask Friends About Their Appliances

Talk to your friends about their appliance-related delights and disappointments. Invite yourself over to kick the tires of their new front-load washer, check out the storage capabilities in their new refrigerator, or heat up a cup of coffee in their stainless-steel microwave. 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. More information on appliance repairs located on the About Us page.

Refrigerator Buying Tips

Think about your family's current and future needs when buying a new refrigerator. Refrigerator space is measured in cubic feet and generally you need 4-6 cubic feet of fresh food storage for every adult in your household. Refrigerators with the freezer on top allow for lots of storage in a smaller space, bottom-freezers place fresh foods at eye-level, side-by-sides are not as energy efficient but have equal space for fresh and frozen food. Think about extra features you cannot live without: through-the-door ice and water dispensers, door-in-door storage, temperature controls, and door locks for those curious toddlers.

Deep Freezer Buying Tips

The deep freezer is a great addition to any household that wants to preserve large amounts of meat and vegetables over a long period of time. Stand-alone deep freezers enable you to shop in bulk, saving you time and money. There are two models, chest or upright, and you should consider size, floor space, and energy demands when you purchase a deep freezer. Chest freezers are more budget-friendly and energy-efficient than upright freezers, but typically take up more floor space. Upright freezers typically come with more settings if you are looking to freeze different types of food. Look for adjustable temperature controls that can accommodate your needs. 

Washer & Dryer Buying Tips

Top-loaders are easy to use and don't require bending over. Front-loaders typically use 65 percent less energy and a third less water, since their basins don't completely fill. However, newer and pricier top-loaders rival the energy efficiency of front-loaders. Some washing and drying machines can be equipped with pedestals, which sit underneath the appliance and raise it for easier loading and unloading. Many include drawers for stashing detergent, bleach, and stain-removal sticks. 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. We carry most sizes for top of the line brand appliances, but the most common sizes range from 24 to 30 inches wide. 

Dishwasher Buying Tips

Make sure you purchase the right dishwasher size and model for your household in terms of capacity and special features. Dishwashers with standard-size tubs fit 12 five-piece place settings. If you entertain frequently, consider ones with tall tubs, which store 14 place settings and can easily handle large stockpots and cookie trays. Compact 18-inch models are ideal for smaller kitchens and hold six to eight settings. Stainless steel appliances are sturdy, maintenance free, and energy efficient. Some features to think about include a delay-start option, sanitizing cycle, and a steam cycle to get baked-on grime off dishes while using less water.

Cooking Range Buying Tips

When selecting a cooktop, it is important to consider how many burners you will need and how much heat you want. You can control the flame with precision on gas models; electric versions heat food and boil water faster. Dual-fuel ranges pair gas cooktops with electric ovens. An oven with a convection setting circulates heated air to cook more evenly and about 25 percent faster. Some other features to think about include an easy-to-clean cooktop, warming drawers, and steam technology. Ceramic glass surfaces might look sleek compared to the traditional exposed coil rings, but if you enjoy canning, we don't recommend ceramic glass surfaces because they can break under the weight of a pot full of jars. Talk to us about vent hoods, which help to maintain air quality in the kitchen and makes cleaning much easier.

Microwave Buying Tips

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. 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; popular features to consider include integrated bean grinders, temperature adjustment, water filters, and permanent coffee filters to reduce landfill waste. Toasters come with 4 to 6 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; higher wattages pulverize ice, frozen fruits and nuts more easily than lower wattages.

Mattress Buying Tips

We advise replacing your mattress every seven to ten years. There is no perfect mattress for everyone, so stop in today to test the top of the line brands we carry. There are four main types of mattresses: innerspring, memory foam, latex, and air core. Innerspring has been around the longest; the thicker the springs the firmer the mattress. Memory foam conforms to your body; the denser the foam the firmer the mattress. Latex is hypoallergenic and is similar to memory foam mattresses. Air core lets you control the firmness of the mattress by adding or deflating air.

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