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

Steve Sheinkopf  |  May 04, 2015  |  3 Min. Read

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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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A few review sites have placed this at the bottom of their articles. So here is our take: Our mission is to find reliable products for you to buy. Other review sites may say this as well.

However, we don’t love every product. Quite frankly, it costs us way too much money in repair costs to support less reliable brands.

In fact, we sell fewer brands than most appliance stores. Here is why:

We feel it is our responsibility to repair your appliances after you buy them.

We now have 30 service technicians, each averaging 8-10 calls a day Monday through Friday, plus another 110 on Saturday. That's over 30,000 service calls logged in one year.

The labor rates of fixing an appliance do not come close to the true cost in any product’s warranty period.

That is why no major retailer has a service department. It costs too much labor, money and time.

Our Blog is a bit different than most others you will read. We cannot write glowing reviews of unreliable products.

Hopefully, the bloggers and organizations who write such glowing product reviews for every brand consider servicing these products first. Only then they will understand the consequences of their marketing.

Steve Sheinkopf

My goal has always been simple: I want Yale to be the best retail experience anywhere. I have tried to create a compelling environment for customers and employees alike.

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