How Long Does It Take to Order Major Appliances?

Steve Sheinkopf  |  May 19, 2021  |  3 Min. Read

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Demand for appliances started to skyrocket last year. After all, we couldn't travel or do much else, so home improvement became a hot category.

At the same time, suppliers struggled with producing any products due to COVID-19 issues, parts issues, and unlikely freak issues.

I detail ice storms, port issues, container shortages, COVID-19 changing factory efficiency, parts problems, and other logistical problems in other articles.

But the basics are like your old high school Economics class: Too much demand and not enough supply.

That said, in this article, you will learn the current lead times as quoted by the manufacturers for in-stock and out-of-stock appliances or best and worst-case scenarios.

In the end, you will have a realistic sense of how long you need to wait for your new appliances.

If you are experiencing problems with appliance shipments, let us know in the comments below, and we will check the estimated time of arrival for you.

How Long Does It Take to Order Major Appliances?

yale-appliance-delivery-team-strapsYale Appliance Delivery Pre-COVID-19

 

At the Beginning of 2020, I had a routine. I would wake up, work out, play with my daughter, and go to work.

Then my routine changed, and my first call was to this man.

Jay-Upton

Jay heads our purchasing department. Every appliance, part, and building supply for the company flows through his department.

I hired Jay almost 20 years ago. He was my last direct trainee.

He started in sales, became a store manager, and then assumed his current role.

It was good training because he understands different brands and could quickly pivot from Bosch to KitchenAid or Miele for a dishwasher.

Our call would be a realistic evaluation of the situation and how we can fulfill it for our clients.

Also, salespeople would rush to my office, saying a competitor quoted one week for an item with a two-month lead time.

For that, I had a two-word reply. They can't.

The following list is the lead times for every manufacturer as quoted yesterday.

Lead Times for Appliance Deliveries in 2021

  Minimum Wait Maximum Wait
Amana 2 weeks 16 weeks
Asko 1 Week 4 Months
Beko 1 Week 6 Weeks
Best Range Hoods 1 Week 4 Months
BlueStar Range 8 Weeks 12 Weeks
Bosch Two Weeks 6 Months
Café Appliances 1 Week 6 Weeks
Cove 1 Week 4 Months
DCS Two weeks 6 Months
Fisher & Paykel Two weeks 6 Months
Gaggenau Two Weeks 6 Months
Galley 2 Weeks 4 Weeks
GE 1 Week 6 Weeks
Hestan 3 Weeks 8 Weeks
JennAir 2 weeks 16 weeks
Kalamazoo 6 Weeks 14 Weeks
KitchenAid 2 weeks 16 weeks
La Cornue 2 Weeks 5 Months
LG 2 Days 6 Weeks
Liebherr 1 Week 4 Weeks
Lynx 2 Weeks 20 Weeks
Marvel 2 Weeks 10 Weeks
Maytag 2 weeks 16 weeks
Miele 2 Weeks 6 Weeks
Profile 1 Week 6 Weeks
Samsung 1 Week 12 Months
Scotsman 1 Week 4 Months
Sharp 1 Week 8 Weeks
SKS One week Three weeks
Speed Queen 2 Days 6 Weeks
Sub-Zero 1 Week 4 Months
Summit 2 Days 6 Weeks
Thermador Two Weeks 6 Months
Traeger 2 Days 6 Weeks
Uline 1 Week 4 Weeks
Weber 2 Days 6 Weeks
Whirlpool 2 weeks 16 weeks
Wolf 1 Week 4 Months
Zephyr 1 Week 3 Months
In-Stock Merchandise

Yale-Appliance-Warehouse-Campanelli---Stoughton (1) Yale Appliance Warehouse

 

You almost have to see it at this point.

If the product is in stock, pay for it and take delivery immediately because that is highly unusual.

You will find most in-stock pieces more for essential appliances like dishwashers, washers, dryers, and some stoves.

I did not mention refrigerators because it turns out all the insulation for refrigeration is produced in Dallas, Texas.

Which, unfortunately, was knocked out by that ice storm in February.

Out of Stock Items

empty-warehouseEmpty Warehouse

 

You should plan for the worst-case scenario for each manufacturer without question.

What is frustrating is when you are quoted for two months. Your contractor will line up the plumber, electricians, and cabinet people only to be told it's another two months.

We have a fleet of loaner refrigerators and stoves in these cases, even when we quote worst-case scenarios.

Possible Solutions

1. Buy What Is In Stock

First, buy what's in stock. It seems overly simplistic. However, as we have said, don't be brand loyal, especially to an out-of-stock item.

For example, if you can't buy a Bosch dishwasher under $1,000, then consider a Miele, KitchenAid, LG, Asko, or even a newer brand like Beko as long as it has the features you want.

2. Take Delivery As Soon As Possible

You will probably have to take delivery anyway. Most retail stores don't have warehousing.

So when all this product becomes available, there will be no place to store it.

Still, as the product arrives, you want to take it, or perhaps the next person on the list will.

3. Prepare for the Worst-Case Scenario

It's the middle of May, and already we are seeing December due dates.

My cousin is planning for home construction late next year. I told him to order late this year.

To do that, start the planning process early.

Picking out your appliances ahead of schedule means you can start the cabinets earlier as well.

Once the kitchen is drawn, you can then order your appliances.

Key Takeaways

First, if you need an appliance, consider buying a different brand or model.

It will increase your chances of success by looking for a quiet dishwasher versus, say, a Miele or any other out-of-stock brand.

If you are in the planning stages, start every part of your process early. You should not have an issue if you are eight months to a year ahead.

If you are unfortunate to be in the middle, do some research. Find in-stock alternatives.

Most appliances like refrigerators, stoves, and dishwashers have the same outer dimensions.

Don't make specific cutouts until you are sure of that brand's stock status.

That way, if you change, it won't affect the cabinets.

Good luck. I thank my lucky stars that I finished my renovation in 2017.

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Steve Sheinkopf

Steve is the third-generation CEO of Yale and a lifelong Bostonian. He currently resides in Boston, one mile from where he was born. Despite being one of the worst goalies of all time, he is a huge hockey fan of college hockey and the Boston Bruins. The love of his life is his daughter Sophie.

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