Kitchen appliances can easily blow up a kitchen remodel budget. This is because a lot of big ticket items reside in the “heart of the home” such as cabinetry, countertops and of course the kitchen appliance themselves! In this post I’m sharing my top 6 tips that saved us thousands on our kitchen appliances so that you can save big time, too!
1. Set a Budget for Kitchen Appliances
To be successful at staying within a budget for your kitchen appliances you first have to set one. I highly recommend going through your finances BEFORE shopping to see what you can realistically afford instead of vice versa. This will save you a lot of time, decision fatigue and of course money!
To be completely transparent with you guys, my budget for kitchen appliances was a flexible $5-8,000. I was doubtful it was enough but I challenged myself to stay with my goal to save as much as possible without sacrificing style, quality and durability.
I spent hours researching and hunting online and to my surprise in the end we were able to stay remarkably UNDER budget and spent only $4,150 total (all appliances included).
Keep reading to find out how!
2. Shop Facebook Marketplace First
Whenever I’m looking for a deal I always check Facebook Marketplace first.
You might be surprised that people sell some pretty great kitchen appliances on Marketplace simply because they’re upgrading or moving. A lot of the time there isn’t anything mechanically wrong with the appliance and it just needs a good cleaning.
Take our refrigerator for example, it’s an older Kenmore Elite model that was listed for FREE on Facebook Marketplace. The previous owner had removed it from their rental property because it had a simple problem he didn’t have time to fix.
Since the refrigerator was free we figured it was worth the hassle of picking up and hauling home. After all even if we couldn’t fix it we wouldn’t be out any cash!
After we got the refrigerator home and my husband had some time assess it. We discovered that it just needed new lightbulbs and voila, it worked perfectly!
We’ve had our refrigerator for well over 8 months now and haven’t had any issues and couldn’t be happier with how spacious and roomy it is. I’m so glad we checked Facebook Marketplace before dropping a whole bunch of dough at a big box store.
NOTE: One appliance that I do not recommend getting used is a dishwasher. This is because most of the time dishwashers have hard water build up, are corroded or rusted out. They can also have hidden pockets of old food, gross!
3. Consider a Competing Brand
I spend the majority of my time cooking in the kitchen so having a professional gas range was important to me. This was the one kitchen appliance I was most willing to splurge on.
When I first started looking for a gas range, I had my heart set on the Cafe range in matte white from GE. But the more I researched and read reviews, I felt that it was terribly overpriced simply because of the pretty, aesthetic exterior. Plus at the time it was seriously back ordered– like 6-9 months back ordered.
For those two reasons I started exploring other options and came across the Kucht Pro-Style 30in gas range. It’s more basic than the GE Cafe range but it had all the features I was looking for such as a convection oven, simple knobs and a stylish exterior.
Kucht ranges are fully customizable and come in 6 different door colors and 5 knob colors! What’s even better? Both the door and knobs can be switched out completely if you get tired of the color you originally chose or just want to try something new.
Purchasing a Kucht range instead of a GE Cafe range saved us $1,500!
4. Find New Scratched or Dinged Discounted Kitchen Appliances
Although I didn’t end of up purchasing the cafe range, I did end up with one appliance from the oh so trendy GE Cafe series and that is my convection oven with a built-in microwave!
I had double ovens at our last house and it was awesome to have all the extra baking square footage for Thanksgiving and Christmas, but I wanted something more space saving in our current kitchen. So when I began looking for a microwave I knew I wanted one that could also be used as an extra oven in a pinch.
Besides the gas range, this was also a splurge worthy appliance in my mind (because of it’s dual purpose) but I definitely wanted to save money on it if I could. So I started looking into scratch and dent retailers on eBay and found our current convection oven/microwave. It was new but had a few dents and dings in it so the seller was giving the option to make an offer. I did make an offer and eventually the seller and I came to an agreement on the price and I made the purchase!
Once the convection oven/ microwave arrived a few weeks later, however, it had a lot more dents on it than I had imagined. Also the cord to plug it in had been crushed during shipping and needed to be replaced in order to be safe.
Thankfully, I was able to contact the seller and they refunded us $250.00 for our troubles. My husbby was able to replace the power cord and in the end we paid $1150 total for our unit and saved just over $1,000.
5. Look for Special Offers or Sales on Kitchen Appliances
Most retailers will have special offers or sales during the holidays. The two best holidays to purchase or finance appliances are Labor Day and Black Friday.
We purchased our Bosch dishwasher around Independence Day weekend of 2021 and special financed it through Home Depot.
So if you’re in the market for new appliances and a holiday is around the corner I urge you to wait that extra week or so!
6. Purchase a Kitchen Appliance Package/Bundle
My hubby and I purchased a kitchen appliance package for our last home and I was so pleased with the set I almost ordered the same one again for our current home!
The beauty of choosing a kitchen appliance bundle is that it saves you the headache of individually sourcing each appliance AND you receive a hefty discount from the manufacturer for simply staying within their brand.
Another benefit of appliance bundles is that they are extremely affordable. It’s not uncommon to find a deal for $5,000 or less.
Kitchen appliance bundles are great because you are pretty much guaranteed to end up with decent quality kitchen appliances that will last for years to come.
Cost Break Down Of My Kitchen Appliances
- Refrigerator – FREE
- Kutch Gas Range -$2,000
- GE Cafe Convection Oven/ Microwave -$1,150
- Bosch Dishwasher -$1,000
I hope this post was helpful! Want to learn more about our budget kitchen remodel?