Appliance shopping

by Stef on July 22, 2014

in Wyoming Home

The first phase of our appliance saga concluded this weekend when we finally picked up this load of boxes.  Buying six appliances at once was scary (exciting, too! but mostly scary) but, like the lights, we knew it needed to happen.

photo 1

photo 2

Why the saga? Because Wyoming.  From now on, just assume that’s my answer for everything.

We have a set budget for the immediate work that needs to be completed on the house.  If/when we ever finish, I’ll share the actual numbers.  The budget does not include things like a new couch, TV, and king size bed which are things that we “need” as opposed to things we NEED.  It is intended for roof work, appliances, a lawn mower, adding carpet to the bare subfloor in our bedroom, a wood stove, lights, wood floors, fenced yard for the dogs, etc.  Some of these areas are fuzzy and bleed over into the “fun purchases” realm (lights, you were sort of fun) but they’re all necessary in that they’re missing right now or are general maintenance items for the upkeep of the place.  Unsurprisingly, the budget is disappearing quickly so I’m being a straight up hardass about where it goes and how we save money.

You know the drill – Home Depot and Menards are 4 hours away, Lowe’s is in Idaho falls.   I did some price shopping and quickly ruled out Menards, Lowes, and Sears.  On my birthday trip to Casper, we scoped out appliances at Home Depot and mentally committed that no matter what we bought, it would come from Home Depot.

Brands:  We ruled out GE which I’m still annoyed about because I reeeeally wanted the new GE Artistry Series.  My parents have owned more than a dozen places and warned against GE based on their experience.  In Alan’s words, I spent a lot of years not listening to my dad, and now I’m old enough to admit that I value his advice.  They said to avoid GE, we listened.  It’s worth noting that I finally saw the Artistry Series this weekend and, while beautiful, everything is pretty small.  They would have been perfect in our Detroit house but may have been quickly dwarfed by this place, so I feel a little better about passing on them.

Colors:  I thought all black would darken an already dark space.  Alan was oddly excited about appliances so I told him to pick white or stainless steel and didn’t care which he picked.  He said stainless.  Fine.

Features:  Basic.  We wanted things that would last, but this was not the time to buy fancy, upgraded appliances.

This is already long, so for now it’s going to be a lot of look at all the things we bought.  I stacked a bunch of savings together to arrive at our final number, so I’ll share that (hopefully helpful) info next.

Fridge

We started here and let that dictate the other choices

Side-by-side, no French doors or bottom freezers.  Given current appliance trends, this eliminated all but 3 options that we could view in-store.  We knew we’d end up selecting most of our choices online, but I felt strongly about seeing the fridge in person so I could open drawers, move things around, etc.

Lots of freezer storage – living where we do, I buy a ton of bulk produce.  I also do annoying things like saving veggie/meat scraps to make my own broth.

The layout of the ice maker on the door – Ok, this is crazy but Radio gets her own ice from the fridge and we don’t intend to stop her  so we needed a setup that she could use.  Thought I put this last on the list, honestly Radio’s ice maker was pretty much our #1 criteria, which is ridiculous to admit.

Samsung  24.5 cu. ft. Side by Side Refrigerator in Stainless Steel

Model #  RS25H5111SR

Original Price: $1699

fridge

fridgeinside

Side-by-side, stainless, with a good ice maker for Radio.  Perks: the in-door ice maker made for a ton of freezer space and the produce drawers were very smooth.  I’ve only owned fridges with wire bins in the bottom of the freezer, never full drawers, so this is special and I’m going to feel really spoiled.

 

Stove

Gas

30″ width (We thought the opening was smaller, thrilled to find it out its not)

Yeah, that’s about it.

Since we’d already picked a Samsun fridge, I started my search with Samsung stoves.  Though matching wasn’t a priority, if they could match, why not?  My search process was literally -> click Ranges -> Gas ranges -> Brands: Samsung -> Color: Stainless or Stainless look -> Review Rating: 4 stars and up -> Sort: Price.  The cheapest one also had great reviews and anything is an upgrade from our current option.  Sold.

Samsung  30 in. 5.8 cu. ft. Gas Range with Self-Cleaning Oven in Stainless Steel

Model #  NX58F5300SS

Original Price: $899.00

stove

stovetop

Perks: 5.8 cu ft of space means I’ll have plenty of room.  My parent’s place has dual ovens and I’ll admit that I’m going to miss being able to do so many things at once.  The stove also has 5 burners, which is apparently a “thing” these days and I don’t hate that idea.  It matches the fridge… who would complain about that?

 

Dishwasher

I don’t care one bit, as long as we have a dishwasher.  My parent’s recently redid the kitchen at their farm and my Mom highlighted a few things that are really nice to have – super quiet operation and tall tub for plates/big things.   I searched for “quieter” (among the rankings of quiet, quieter, and quietest) and stainless.  I didn’t worry about it being part of the same suite since it’ll be across the kitchen from the fridge.   With almost 1,900 reviews and 4.5 stars, I let the people’s voice be heard and trusted their choice.

Whirlpool  Gold Top Control Dishwasher in Monochromatic Stainless Steel

Model #  WDT710PAYM

Original Price: $599.00

dishwasher

dishwasher_inside

 

Microwave

I had some debate here – my original plan was to get a range hood and find a cheap standalone microwave that we could hide in a cabinet.  I’m not going to pretend we don’t use a microwave because it definitely gets used daily to defrost things.  I just, for lack of a better explanation, don’t really care about a microwave.  During our shopping I discovered that a range hood is “merchandise” and a over-the-stove microwave/vent combo is an “appliance” which was crucial to my money saving scheme.  Hood vent was out, over-the-stove microwave was in.  The reviews are currently showing 1 star which was definitely not the case when I picked it, so I’m now mildly concerned about my choice.

Model # ME17H703SHS

Samsung 30 in. W 1.7 cu. ft. Over the Range Microwave in Stainless Steel with Sensor Cooking

Original Price: $299

microwave_cropped

Washer & Dryer

I am not on the front loading/cool colors/fancy washer and dryer bandwagon at all.  They’re beautiful, but so unnecessary for us.  We wanted basic, basic, basic.  One step above total bottom of the line was actually our goal here.  Our current dryer (parents house, not our new house which has nothing) is an actual bottom of the line and doesn’t have a true cool drying mode, which means our stupid jeans shrink a few inches every month.  With both of us being tall, it’s a huge issue and we’re burning through jeans at an alarming pace.

True low/cool mode for drying

Large capacity.  Huge is better, massive is amazing.

Top loading washer, front loading dryer.  Simple.

Alan kept picking machines that were $899-999 each, I wanted to keep things under $1000 for the set, which is pretty much the perfect example of how we shop.  We checked out in-store models and saw this sale price, and made the decision within 2 minutes.

price

 

Maytag  Bravos XL 7.3 cu. ft. Electric Dryer with Steam in White

Model #  MEDB725BW

Original Price:  $799.00

dryer

Maytag  Bravos XL 4.5 cu. ft. High-Efficiency Top Load Washer in White

Model #  MVWB725BW

Original Price:  $799.00

washer

Though FAR nicer than we originally planned, these were on sale and seemed to hit all our criteria.  I talked them over with my Mom and she said they purchased the same set for one of their houses and she loves them.  She was also pretty certain that they were $999 each back when they purchased the units, so the price seemed amazing to all of us.  Sold.

Rereading this, clearly we run a lot of things by our parents.  My parents have moved a ton and split time between multiple houses, so they just have a lot of experience under their belts.  They’re also finishing up work on their new house that they built in a barn, so this stuff is fresh in their minds.  Alan’s Dad is a firefighter by career but also has tons of years of experience flipping houses and working as a professional handyman.  He’s a general around-the-house badass and wealth of information.   Meanwhile, Alan has lived in base housing and been through multiple deployments with less than ideal housing situations.  I owned our place in Michigan and it came with the appliances that it came with, then I nursed them along with repairs until we sold the place.  Buying all (or any, actually) new appliances is such a foreign, fancy concept that we were happy to accept input from all directions.  So yeah, we’re 30 and run things by our parents and welcome their feedback.

I think we all know that appliances never sell for full retail, but before I break down where we saved money, I wanted to see the full retail total.

Samsung Side by Side Refrigerator, Original Price: $1699

Samsung  Gas Range, Original Price: $899.00

Whirlpool  Dishwasher, Original Price: $599.00

Samsung Microwave, Original Price: $299

Maytag  Bravos XL Dryer, Original Price $799.00

Maytag  Bravos XL Washer in White, Original Price $799.00

TOTAL: $5094

Our total, pre-tax, was $3285.90 which translates into 35.5% savings!  I’m really proud of this number.

 

If you liked this, check out:

{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

Stacy July 22, 2014 at 1:02 pm

I am so jealous! I have never bought a room full of furniture or appliances before. Our kitchen needs to be gutted, and I think that I might just get to do what you did. :) Please keep us posted on the performance of your appliances. Us practical people like to know how things turn out.

Reply

Stef July 22, 2014 at 2:07 pm

I’m still a bit amazed about them myself. We knew the house didn’t have appliances so it was a necessary evil, but it still feels so special and indulgent. Our kitchen should probably be gutted, but I can’t stomach taking on the work right now. Are you planning your kitchen soon, or is it just somewhere on the future To Do list?

Reply

Stacy July 22, 2014 at 3:12 pm

Enjoy it!

Our kitchen remodel probably won’t be soon. My guess is that it is about 18 months-2 years off. BHH needs so much outside work in the form of painting, rot repair, roofing and side shingle repair, that I think the bulk of our money will be tied up there for awhile. Winter comes early here too, so timing is tricky when it comes to outside work.

Reply

Stef July 22, 2014 at 4:25 pm

My roof officially sympathizes with your roof. We need that business settled before winter here as well.

Reply

Lori July 22, 2014 at 1:48 pm

I have the same washing machine and it changed my life. I love it so so so much. I upgraded from a basic model that was more than 20 years old, so the difference was pretty striking. It is like doing laundry in space. Enjoy!

Reply

Stef July 22, 2014 at 2:10 pm

That’s such great news! Our laundry situation feels like a daily fight so the thought of having something really nice makes me almost giddy. Glad you still love your machine!

Reply

emily @ go haus go July 23, 2014 at 1:30 pm

OK, I just took note of the washer and dryer you bought! I am in the market and those are gorgeous. And yes, I agree with you on the GE Artistry Series… I have these and they are for SMALL kitchens. The fridge, for example, is apartment sized. I love your choices… especially that oven!

Reply

Stef July 23, 2014 at 2:35 pm

We unboxed the washer and dryer last night and they have all these super fancy features that I’ve never seen before, having only owned really old/lousy machines. I’m actually excited to do the first load of laundry once we move in! I hope you’re loving the Artistry series. I’m still thinking about the setup we saw in the store. They’re definitely doing a lot right – loved the styling, really loved the prices.

Reply

Leave a Comment

Previous post:

Next post: