Tips on Choosing Kitchen Appliances    

The purchase of appliances is not, although it may seem, a simple action. Today there are thousands of options and features that will complicate your choice. We recommend that you follow these tips to improve your decision when choosing kitchen appliances.

12 tips for buying kitchen appliances

Find out before making the purchase. Nowadays, the Internet offers access to all kinds of information, from usage tips or technical information to consumer opinions. The idea is to complement this information with visits to stores to see what they can offer you and consult specialized magazines.

Before choosing, think about how you will use it . You may have seen a yogurt maker or a bread maker that you loved, but are you really going to use it? It can also happen that only very occasionally you use the oven and that it goes unnoticed the rest of the year. So do you need a last generation oven or just a good oven that works when you want to use it and that has the basic functions?

Do not be afraid to use appliances of different brands. There is no rule that says all kitchen appliances must be of the same brand and with the same finish. You can experiment and even get a better combination of functionalities with which to cover your needs.

Decide what you need and how much you are willing to pay. Before going to buy or make a final choice, it is advisable to make a list with the essential features that the new appliances in your kitchen should cover and how much you would be willing to pay. As we already mentioned, there are a lot of options, many of them can satisfy needs that we do not have while raising the final price.

No oversize the purchase. It is very likely that there are electrical appliances that you will or will need, such as a washing machine or a refrigerator. These appliances are sold with different capacities and if we are a small family it is likely that we never finish filling a large freezer, lose useful space and have an additional expense in electricity.

Gas or electricity. When choosing some kitchen appliances, especially the plate or the water heater, the cost of energy can play an important role. Nowadays, gas would be cheaper than electricity. However, it has some drawbacks such as the need for an installation and, in case we use cylinders, we have to be aware that it does not run out because we run the risk of not being able to use our appliances.

The quality is paid. If we opt for an appliance for the kitchen of a renowned manufacturer that uses quality materials and technology the price will go up. Remember also that cheap is often expensive.

It never hurts to try to get a better price. If we are going to buy all the appliances of our new kitchen in the same establishment we do not lose anything trying to negotiate a discount.

Do not forget the additional expenses. Although the most typical additional expense is transportation, this is not the only one. Hiring someone to install the appliance, a cable or hose or even changes in the pipe system are frequent expenses and do not have to be irrelevant.

Warranty. The law requires manufacturers to offer at least two years of warranty in Spain and Europe. It is possible to find manufacturers that offer more years or that offer extended guarantees by adding a small amount to the invoice. When choosing appliances this is a relevant issue not only because we make sure that after the first two years, if there is a problem the manufacturer will be responsible, also for what is known as programmed obsolescence , according to which there are manufacturers that design their products for that have a specific lifespan.

Measure twice and buy one. It is very common to find buyers who do not know what to answer to questions such as, what size is the hole for the microwave. We must also bear in mind that some decisions affect others, for example, if we opted for a larger oven we may have to choose a smaller dishwasher.

Seek professional advice. Even if you think you already have things clear, it is always advisable to hear the opinion of a person with experience and knowledge about the subject. Their knowledge can guide us towards a better option or make us see an error that we could have made.

10 Tips for buying outdoor bar stools

If you want to take the comfort of your home to the outside then consider buying bar stools specially designed to be used on the patio or in the backyard. There are things to consider when buying outdoor bar stools as they are often different from traditional indoor stools.

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Weather Resistant: since the stools will be outside they must be able to stand up to the elements. During the summer months it rains quite often and unless you want to be continuously moving your bar stools inside each time it rains you need to find a good stool that repels the weather.

Comfort: If you are planning to entertain outside it is key that you find the most comfortable bar stool on the market. There are bar stools that have padding and cushions to keep you relaxed and happy for a long period of time. The stool should also have a high back that allows people to sit back and relax.

Colorful: A great way to liven up your backyard is to find a fun colorful bar stool that makes you and your guests want to sit outside and enjoy the weather.

Wooden stools: if you are purchasing wooden bar stools for your outdoor bar it is important that they have some sort of protective coating that enables them to withstand the rain, sun, heat and wind.

Metal Stools: always keep in mind that these stools will be outside throughout the day and therefore they will heat up. Therefore when buying metal bar stools you should always purchase some sort of cushion or upholstery to ensure that you are in fact able to sit on the stool.

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Height: when looking for bar stools to go with your outdoor bar or patio furniture, you must ensure that the height of the stool matches the height of the bar. You should also ensure that it matches and looks good with the rest of the outdoor furniture that you have.

Footrest: If you plan to do a lot of entertaining then always looks for bar stools that have a footrest. Making sure that your feet won’t dangle or hang down will also add to the comfort level of the stool.

Protection: If you are unable to store the bar stools inside during the winter months, it is important to find some sort of protective cover. This will ensure that you won’t need to replace your bar stools each spring.

Less is more: People always think that they need to spend a great deal of money on their bar stools but less is often more and going for a laid back, relaxing feeling will make people want to spend all of their time outside on the patio or at the bar.

Shop around: always compare prices of stools and ensure that you are getting the best value for your money. Paying more doesn’t always mean that you are getting the best bar stool.