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Best Affordable Appliance Ideas for Your Kitchen (Reviews/Ratings/Prices)

May 4th, 2015 | 2 min. read

By Steve Sheinkopf

I read and respond to every review at Yale. I read comments like “rich man’s Home Depot” and kind of laugh.

You probably have the wrong idea of us, but we sell way more Frigidaire, Bosch, Electrolux and Whirlpool than Sub-Zero, Wolf and Miele.

If you are a first time buyer or looking for an inexpensive suite of appliances, it does not mean appliances have to look terrible. Quite the opposite actually.

With the advent of stainless steel, you can really buy a good looking kitchen without breaking the bank. Let me show you how.

Affordable Appliance Ideas for Your Kitchen

Freestanding Kitchen - $1,599-$2,499

I like this in many applications. It is basic stainless steel with an 18 cubic foot refrigerator, dishwasher, over-the-range microwave and hood as well as a stove. Possible upgrades are a larger refrigerator, convection range and slightly better dishwasher. My advice is to upgrade refrigerator and range first.

Frigidaire is the best brand for value and reliability. Amana will have a decent package with a bottom freezer sporadically. GE has competitive packages as well, but we do not sell the brand.

Bosch / Affordable Luxury Kitchen - $2,999-$3,499

You should always consider the lesser expensive Bosch series for value. Their freestanding range is made by Frigidaire and their refrigerator by Whirlpool, but it looks better under the Bosch brand somehow. You will be buying a counter depth refrigerator, a really quiet dishwasher, freestanding range and over-the-range microwave.

Bosch is really the standard brand for affordable luxury. Other affordable luxury brands would include KitchenAid, GE, Frigidaire Gallery and Electrolux. When Bosch has their rebate for a full kitchen to $2,999, it is really a unique price for you to consider.

Slide-In Kitchen - $3,999-$5,499

The two last upgrades would be a slide-in range and French door counter depth refrigerator. Slide-ins do not have a backguard so you see the kitchen backsplash. It’s a minor detail, but looks much cleaner in your space.

I like counter depths for the same reason. You do not see the sides, so it is much better looking especially in the middle of the kitchen.

We used to have a $3,999 Jenn-Air package last year with the slide-in, French door refrigerator, integrated dishwasher and over-the-range convection microwave. They have upgraded to a more expensive range, so that package is now more. Brands to consider would be Bosch, Frigidaire Pro, GE Profile, Electrolux and KitchenAid (their new range should be better).

Tips / Advice

  1. Rebates: Yes they change all the time. Prices can differ 10-20% during the year. Find a likeable salesperson and tell them to call you at the first of the month with rebate info. Seriously, it matters.
  2. Buy the Same Brand if Possible: Aesthetically it will look better, but these manufacturer rebates are predicated on multiple purchases.
  3. Brands: For curb appeal, I like brand first and then products, especially if you are selling a property. Bosch and Frigidaire have the same range, for example, but people will naturally like the Bosch better.
  4. Upgrades: Buy what you will use. However, I like the refrigerator and range upgrades the best, because the basic dishwashers will still wash the dishes. Microwaves typically will never make or break a kitchen.

Final Thoughts

You do not have to spend 10,000 or even $6,000 for a nice suite of appliances. There are some great brands and products for far less.

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Steve Sheinkopf

Steve Sheinkopf is the third-generation CEO of Yale Appliance and a lifelong Bostonian. He has over 38 years of experience in the appliance industry, and he is a trusted source of information for consumers on how to buy and repair appliances.

Steve has also been featured in numerous publications, including the New York Times, Consumer Reports, The Boston Globe, Bloomberg Radio, the New York Post, The Wall Street Journal, and Entrepreneur, for his knowledge of how to buy appliances and appliance repair.

Steve is passionate about helping consumers find the best appliances for their needs, and he is always happy to answer questions and provide advice. He is a valuable resource for consumers who are looking for information on appliance buying, repair, and maintenance.

Despite being the worst goalie in history, Steve is a fan of the Bruins and college hockey, loves to read, and is a Peloton biker. The love of his life is his daughter, Sophie.

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