Time leaves wear and tear on refrigerators, stoves, washers/dryers and other major appliances. For this reason, you may be asking yourself: when and where to buy appliances in 2020?
Some homeowners upgrade when they tire of the old models, but sometimes the need to replace an appliance takes us by surprise. When you can plan ahead or you are remodeling, what’s the best time of year to buy appliances?
Typically, major sales may hit in early fall. Money Crashers reports that new models typically enter the stores around September and October, making these months prime time to buy the outdated models. However, the site also notes that May and January offer good deals, too. Of course, we all notice sales around Memorial Day, Labor Day and Fourth of July.
Given all these options, when and where is the best place to buy a new appliance? Is there really a better time? Here are some things to consider when shopping for an appliance upgrade.
Floor Models Could Be Cheaper
During the year, stores may offer their floor models for sale. These models are usually cheaper, because, think about it, shoppers have been touching and examining the appliance for months. While floor models aren’t used, they may have some visual imperfections from being on display.
If your budget is tight, though, snagging a floor model could save you some serious money. Head then to that store near you that offers good prices on floor models before they sell out!
Imperfect Options: Buying an Imperfect Appliance from an Outlet
You might have an appliance outlet store near you. These stores may offer appliances that have visual wear and tear. There could be dents, marks, scuffs or other imperfections. However, the appliance should still be in working order.
Since these models are visually less than perfect, the price will reflect any damage. A slightly dented or marked up appliance might not matter to you, especially if the imperfections can be hidden from view. If you’re buying from an outlet, you can get some great deals. However, it’s important to ask questions about any concerns you may have. That way, you know what you’re buying!
CNET offers a great buying guide for those who are looking to purchase a scratched and/or dented appliance. Not all damage is the same; the site advises against purchasing an appliance with cracked glass. This could lead to issues down the road…and cracked glass isn’t safe!
Holiday Sales: Research those Prices
Appliance sales are common during major (or not so major) holidays. You may see advertised sales during Memorial Day, Labor Day, Fourth of July or maybe even Black Friday. But are these the best deals?
Before you look at that price and assume you’re snagging a major deal, you should research your options. Compare prices at other stores and online, too. Also, consider energy-efficient appliances and how they could save you money over time (even if the price tag is a bit higher); energy-efficient appliances also add to the appeal of the home.
Sometimes you may be able to score better savings with an insider deal or maybe the appliance is offered at a lower price online. Visit multiple retailers to ensure you really are getting the best savings. Prices for your favorite appliance may be the same across multiple retailers. Or one store could offer a huge amount of savings.
Hidden Costs: Are Delivery and Set-Up Included?
Homeowners may look at only the sticker price for an appliance, but this isn’t always the whole cost of the item. Some stores may charge for delivery, set up and/or to remove your old appliance. Those charges can add up fast and really bump up the price of the original purchase.
When you’re researching the best deals, always ask about the other costs. You could find a store that offers free delivery, set-up, and removal. Sometimes, though, free delivery may be dependent on how much you spend.
Conservative or Unique: Colors, Designs & More
Sometimes out of favor colors or designs could go on sale. However, before you buy that red stove with the super low price, think about that purchase. Yes, you could save a lot of money, but you’ll be stuck with a crazy hued (or designed) appliance for years. What if you need to sell your home? That blue or red color in the kitchen may be a negotiating point, and you could lose some money.
Also, traditional appliance hues like white, black and stainless steel are always on trend and in style. Even if the model is five years old, the hue of the appliance won’t automatically date it. Think about the ‘70s and how specific hues were associated with this funky decade. Many appliances were purchased in Harvest Gold or other of-the-moment colors. But through the years, that golden fridge looked more dated than maybe the same model in a more conservative hue.
While holiday sales and fall months may be the best time of year to buy appliances, you can score deals anytime and anywhere! If you are patient you may easily find out when and where to buy appliances in 2020.
Research prices online, and consider purchasing a floor model from your local store for even better savings. If you’re not too picky about the outward appearance of the appliance, you could find amazing prices on slightly imperfect appliances at outlet locations. Just be sure to ask questions about the item before you swipe your card!
Sometimes, though, a washer, stove or refrigerator stops running and we need to find a replacement fast. Stay on budget when finding an emergency replacement and go online and for quick cost comparisons…and don’t forget to factor in charges for delivery, set-up and/or removing the old appliance. However, no matter what appliance you purchase, taking care of it and servicing regularly will help you maximize the life of your investment.