Is Appliance Delivery Ever Free?

Steve Sheinkopf  |  January 14, 2021  |  3 Min. Read

Appliance Delivery  |  Pro Appliance Tips

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We recently increased our delivery charge from $79.99 to $99.99. At the same time, we are offering free delivery when you use our Yale store card.

With so many companies offering free delivery, including us, I wanted to see how we compare to Lowe's, Home Depot, Best Buy, and two of the largest online companies - AJ Madison and Appliance Connection.

Which appliance store offers the best services and deals?

The answer is: It's hard to know.

If you search most companies' delivery policies, you will find it hard to understand what delivery includes.

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Your Main Appliance Delivery Problem

Unless the delivery policy is clearly stated, you will pay for what you would think is normal at the time of delivery.

Take delivering a refrigerator up a flight of stairs as an example. Your home, along with many others, might have multiple staircases.


Top-Floor Refrigerator Delivery with Yale Appliance 2018

I live in a Brownstone and have more than I care to climb.

Most stores' delivery policies, including Yale's delivery policy, will have additional charges for climbing stairs.

We charge after the third floor without an elevator because it takes time and usually three delivery people.

Many companies will charge $29.99 per staircase, which is $89.97 in fees to just the 3rd floor.

Two companies have problems with stairs. Home Depot will not deliver over the second floor.


Appliance Connection will not deliver your appliances with any type of stairs, according to their website.


In 2019, we published a Delivery Checklist. It's a worksheet for you to compare stores in your market.

You can download it for free by clicking here.

In this article, you will learn about all the major companies' hidden fees and how to avoid them.

You have the most leverage at the time of the sale and almost none at delivery.

Always try to negotiate delivery if you can at the time of sale.

You want your delivery to go like this even if it's on the 10th floor of a Brownstone or up a hill like this:


Let's take a routine refrigerator delivery and price out the various free deliveries from all the largest appliance vendors.

Appliance Delivery Time Frames

Time is the most important. How much you lose waiting for a delivery is often worth more than free delivery.

At this point, the minimum is 4 hours. Home Depot charges $20 for a 4-hour window.


Lowe's and Best Buy will automatically pop up at 4 hours on the checkout form.

AJ Madison and Appliance Connection don't publish a time. They are both based out of NY and don't have local trucking. Delivery coordination is much harder.

We offer a 30-minute delivery window and an app to track your delivery truck to your home.


Removal of Existing Appliances During Delivery

Every vendor charges about $30 for the removal of an old appliance when offered. Home Depot was the cheapest at $25.


That's per removal, so it's $120 to remove four appliances or a typical kitchen of appliances.

In many cases, removal does not include the box except Lowe's, Home Depot, and Best Buy.

Appliance Delivery and Installation

AJ Madison will charge $75 to hook up your refrigerator. It's included for Lowe's and hard to know for Best Buy.


Home Depot will charge you $17.24 for a kit. Appliance Connection does not offer the service.

Appliance Delivery and Door Removal

Many refrigerators are bigger than the door frames, so the doors must be removed and reinstalled in your kitchen.

What's the charge for this service? I didn't find a conclusive answer.

Many companies just say it's extra, like AJ Madison and Appliance Connection, without an idea of how much.

Lowe's, Home Depot, and Best Buy don't mention door removal in their policies yet have independent contractors doing your delivery.

In all cases, you should get any promises or agreements in writing before the time of delivery.

Is Appliance Delivery Ever Free?

The only free delivery, including door removal if needed, installation, and removal of your old appliance, are offered by Yale.

But there is one catch.

You must place the purchase on our Yale store card with 6-month financing. You also have discounted warranties, but free good delivery is part.

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Why Use a Store Card?

You are wondering why so many companies push their store cards. In most cases, they want to push offers.

A few others, Yale included, simply are tired of paying credit card fees.

Rather than paying a credit card company, I would rather give a store card to you with free, professional delivery and some other benefits.

You are the customer.

Click here to apply for the all-new Yale card.

Key Takeaways

In a previous article, you learned what you should expect from a good appliance delivery.

Here' what a good appliance delivery should look like:

  1. Your appliance is properly delivered and installed.
  2. Your old appliance is removed along with any debris from the delivery.
  3. Everything is done in a tight window of time with no damage to your property or the appliances.

Cheap or free delivery doesn't necessarily mean it's a good delivery experience.

Unfortunately, we have all been accustomed to Uber picking us up on time and Amazon delivering on time.

Appliance deliveries, behind installation and service issues, a huge problem in our industry.

Spend time researching each vendor on Google and Yelp.

Free is only better than spending money if the whole delivery is perfect along with your floors not being scratched and your house not destroyed.

Additional Resources

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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.

Steve has also been featured in numerous publications such as 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.

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