I renovated my own home, from top to bottom, in 2014. The entire thing took me so long I had not one, but two babies in the process! Even though this is what I do for a living, my renovation took me so long because I was so indecisive. I had so many ideas and I was often paralyzed by indecision.
Renovating is hard. Part of the reason renovating is so hard is the sheer number of decisions that need to be made – many of them costly ones. And when you factor in the demands of house, work, and family responsibilities on top of the demands of renovating, it can be super overwhelming. So to help you navigate one part of the decision making process, and hopefully make renovating a little easier on you, here is a little insight on how to pick the best appliances for your family.
I recently helped the DiFonzo family, a family with 6 grown sons living at home, to transform their kitchen and laundry room with dependable appliances. With my own 6th child on the way, I get that appliances need to be dependable for families.
So whether your family is large or small, if you’re in the market for new appliances here are a few things for you to consider to make sure you make the right choice for your family:
1. Appliance size
Size is the first thing I would consider when selecting your appliances. Before getting her new extra-large capacity top load washer by Maytag, and extra-large capacity dryer, Rachel was doing laundry every single day. With the increase in size of the appliances (Rachel and Joe owned front load machines before), Rachel has cut her laundry time to every other day due to the increased load size. The extra-large capacity dryer has the space to dry 26 towels at once (!!!) to save precious energy and time. In some cases, where space might be an issue, stackable front loader units might be the best choice for a family. But hands down, the efficiency and time saved an extra-large capacity set will bring a family is pretty incredible.
2. Look for features that will make your family’s life easier
There are a ton of fun features available today with increased technology in appliances- but navigating them can be overwhelming. Look for features that will save you time and make your family’s life easier. For example, my favourite feature in Rachel’s new dryer is the Steam Refresh, which reduces wrinkles by using a fine mist in the heated dryer drum to refresh clothes with steam as they tumble. This saves time going to the dry cleaner, or standing there with a hand steamer and steaming clothing manually. Another example is Rachel’s new fridge from Maytag’s new fingerprint-resistant stainless steel kitchen line that resists streaks, smears or fingerprints. I have tested this myself personally- and it is pretty impressive how resilient the exterior of the appliances are, saving time cleaning up pesky fingerprints typically associated with stainless steel appliances. Look for the features that will make your life easier, based on your unique needs.
Price is a major factor to consider when selecting your kitchen or laundry room appliances. I don’t have a formula or percentage of your overall budget that your appliances should take up- but my best advice is to spend as much as your budget will allow on appliances. Appliances are items that will work hard for your family, and do a lot of work for you. And when things do go wrong, look for a company that is willing to stand behind their product with a warranty and efficient service care.
Lisa Canning is an interior design expert in Toronto, Canada specializing in 2-hour design consultations. She lives in a house that she is constantly renovating with her husband and soon to be 6 children. www.lisacanning.ca