Making large purchases has always caused me a great deal of anxiety. I blame my father – who never buys a thing without researching, consulting consumer reports, and debating for months on end. (Did we ever get that new computer, Dad?)
When it came to selecting new kitchen appliances, the hubs and I debated over a few different options:
Stainless Steel vs. White
We fluctuated back and forth between these two options for a week or so. While I’m not happy with the way some of our old white appliances have yellowed, I’m also not convinced that Stainless Steel is a “must have” in a kitchen, as I’ve seen some lovely white kitchens with white appliances that look nice and open, like this one:
In the end, we settled on Stainless Steel, primarily because we discovered the Gallery Collection from Frigidaire, which boasts a nice smudge-proof finish. The hubs is quite the perfectionist, and I knew that he would have some issues with constantly cleaning fingerprints and marks off of shiny stainless steel appliances.
I like the way the SS appliances look in this white kitchen:
So we bit the bullet and went for a new fridge, stove, microwave and dishwasher from Frigidaire. We’ve already moved the new refrigerator up into the kitchen, and it is lovely. Plus, we’re really going to appreciate the energy-efficiency of all these new appliances!!
Hood vs. Over-the-Range Microwave
Another tricky decision – I love the look of a pretty stainless steel hood, but I knew that could benefit from the space-saving aspect of an over-the-range microwave. Right now our microwave is hogging precious counter space, so I think we will really appreciate having it built up out of the way.
Stove vs. Wall Oven/Cooktop Combo
This one wasn’t a very difficult decision, once we realized it would cost us about $1,000 more to replace both our old wall oven & our gas cooktop, rather than switching to a single stove. I kind of enjoy the vintage look and convenient access of the wall oven, but I know I will really enjoy the extra cabinet and few feet of counter space that we will gain!
So that is the tale of our new appliances – which (with the exception of the fridge) are currently hanging out in our garage just waiting to be installed! In the meantime, I’m busying pinning & collecting all the new recipes I’ll be trying once I have an oven that bakes evenly, and a range that lights on the first try! Woo!! 🙂