Kitchen Appliance Buying Guide

Before shopping for a refrigerator or range, have a design plan and budget for your remodel
Modern Kitchen With an Ocean View

Modern Kitchen With an Ocean View

This beautiful modern kitchen features a large eat-in island, a professional gas cooktop and a view of the ocean.

By: Annalisa Burgos

Renovating your kitchen isn't as simple as going out and buying a new fridge or stove. It's a major undertaking that requires significant planning before you even step into the appliance section of your home improvement store.

Start with HGTVRemodels' Kitchen Planning Guide and develop a well-thought-out plan for your kitchen remodel. You should identify goals and priorities, with the help of a completed Day in the Life of Your Kitchen Questionnaire and Kitchen Goals Worksheet. You also should have a clear vision of what your new kitchen will look like, after exploring various kitchen designs and layouts and planning out space and storage. Finally, you should have a solid budget to follow.

Appliance Buying Guides

Once you have a solid design plan, check out the articles below for tips on choosing your kitchen appliances:

Cheap Versus Steep: Kitchen Appliances

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Cheap: Basic Appliances

If you're on a tight budget, you can save money by purchasing basic black or white appliances without a lot of frills. Unless you're a serious cook, these appliances should provide all the functions you need.

Photo By: Wendell Franks

Cheap: Stainless Steel Film

If your current appliances are in good shape but could use an aesthetic update, try refacing them with peel-and-stick stainless steel film. This DIY option will give your kitchen a new look at a fraction of the cost of new appliances.

Mid-Range: Stainless Steel Appliances

Upgrading to basic stainless steel appliances will add value to your home and create a high-end look.

Mid-Range: Cooktop With Double Oven

If you cook a lot and want to go a step beyond basic stainless steel appliances, try pairing a cooktop with two ovens for extra meal preparation space.

Steep: Professional-Grade Range

For serious cooks, chef-grade ranges are worth the extra cost. Gas ranges are the most popular choice for gourmet cooks, but induction cooktops are growing in popularity. Professional ranges are sometimes equipped with extra features like griddle burners and pot fillers.

Photo By: Designer, Beth Haley Design

Steep: Integrated Appliances

Homeowners with larger budgets can opt for high-end appliances that blend seamlessly with their cabinetry. Image courtesy of Liebherr

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