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Appliance shopping will drive you crazy as you try to weed out the lowest prices. It didn't take us long to find what would fit into our tiny kitchen (not much), but it did take us awhile to find the lowest prices. While what we learned may have all changed a year from now, we hopefully pass along our tips and humbly ask for any criticism.
1. Prices on most major appliances vary slightly
2. Tax and shipping additions can vary the price greatly
3. The internet has totally changed the amount of choice and comparison shopping available
4. But sometimes the best deals are close to home (because your local seller may want to beat the internet prices)
Deciding on the Goods:
Because our kitchen is very slim and we wanted as much counter space as possible, we decided on a cooktop and wall oven that goes beneath. This is a more expensive option to purchasing an oven/stove unit, but it can really make a difference in the look and feel of your kitchen.
We looked at the Miele, Gaggenau a Delonghi 24" four burner cooktops and liked the Meile best, but the Delonghi was also very good and much cheaper. The Gaggenau we found poorly designed as the burners were too close together:
Delonghi DEGCT424FX 24"" Gas Cooktop (@ $400)
Miele 24" 4 Burner Gas Cooktop - KM360 (@ $730)
Gaggenau 24"" Gas Cooktop - KG260234 ($1000)
The Wall Oven:
We looked at wall ovens and quickly discovered that in order to have an electric wall oven we'd need to do some major electrical conversion (to 220 volts) in our apartment. That wasn't going to happen. We quickly (and happily) found ourselves matching our Delonghi cooktop to a Delonghi wall oven.
The Range Hood:
We loved our simple inexpensive Broan range hood that had been in our kitchen and which was now gooey and gummy from years of cooking, so we simply cut to the chase and found a newer model that was a small step up.
Shopping for Prices:
This is where the fun began and we spent many days (and nights) on the web and coming up with different prices and shops. In the end, the best places we found were:
These places were awesome tools for quickly figuring out the range of prices available and computing tax and shipping fees.
Top shops for a great range and great prices. Because we're in NYC we have to pay tax at AJMadison, and ironically AJMadison was Amazon's appliance seller, so there was no advantage there for us other than we could get 7% back on the purchase through Amazon because we are an Amazon Associate.
After looking on the web, we turned to Levi Capland who was recommended and had listed on AT.com. We sent him the model numbers and he returned with excellent prices. He charges no tax and waives some shipping, but does add 2% for credit card purchases.
Here is our final scorecard for all three items:
SALES TAX: $143.80
TOTAL PRICE: $1,860.80
SALES TAX: $0.00
TOTAL PRICE: $1,573