Upgrading your Appliances at The Home Depot

Almost every homeowner has to face one of the biggest decisions of their house ownership life: buying appliances. That time has finally come for us. The time to make the commitment to choose what appliances we want in our home for the next few decades. Wow, if that doesn’t scare you, good. If it does scare you, it shouldn’t. Not if you do your research and talk to the right people. I know we did. We marched into our local Home Depot, spoke with the Appliance guru Eric in Eagle, Idaho and he simplified the choices down to 4 major components.

Gas/Electric

The first component is your classic Ford/Chevy debate. Do you want to go gas or electric on the power source? Both have pros and cons. For example, electric is convenient if that’s what you already have wired in, and it is super easy to clean the glass surface.

 

And then there is gas, the el natural. The pro is that you have incredible control over the temperature. No more watching helplessly as your dinner boils, then simmers, then boils again all on different parts of the pot. With gas you are the captain. You control your destiny, whether in the oven or on the cook top.

Capacity

When it comes to the oven, you have to ask yourself, how much is really enough? Because let’s be honest, while it’s just you and your significant other for now, what will happen in 2-3 when it’ll be the 3-4 of you and then you decide to do a crazy thing like ADULT and host your extended family over for Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner? I’ll tell you what, you’d better get the right size in the beginning or uncle Jerry, who might not see straight, but will probably share his opinion on how there is not enough food. If that don’t sting, I don’t know what will.

Burner size

The burner size is as simple as it sounds. It’s the surface area that puts out the most heat. So the bigger the burner size, the more limitless you are. Now you don’t have to worry if you will use your 5 gallon pot or that small little pot for boiling eggs because you’re ready for whatever comes your way in the next few decades.

Convection

Now, let’s talk about the power behind the punch. Convection fan versus no convection fan. Eric explained it this way: when you bake or broil with a traditional oven that does not have a convection fan, temperatures vary all over the oven. For example, that’s exactly why homemade pizza can come out burnt on the crust, but raw and runny on the top. Eric said a convection fan allows for the temperatures to circulate throughout the entire oven chamber and bakes/broils things very evenly and under control…or as we like to put it, “As Seen On TV” because we all know, that is not the way out entrees come out most of the time.

 

Microwave

And then we have the shoes to match our evening gown: the microwave to our range. Eric explained that for the purpose of resale, but most importantly ascetics, you want to try matching the rest of your appliances to your range, especially the microwave, since they both work together. He said when trying to figure out what model to go with, look for the highest CFM, which is the power rating for the amount of gas, smoke or smell that is exhausted or evacuated out as fast as possible. He said to make sure you get anything 400-500 CFM or more. This option is available with both electric or gas ranges, simply because you can either have burns, gas, or even both. So you better be ready for anything.

And of course, the ability to “nuke” two plates is out of this world. That means no more kids crying over who gets their lunch or dinner first and that simply means that mom and dad can be left alone quicker.

What We Chose

We took everything Eric said close to heart, and found the perfect solution for our lifestyle and family dynamic. We went with a Samsung, And here’s why.

  1. Samsung has the 5 Burners that are all completely different in size, which gives us the ability to be efficient.
  2. Samsung offers the gas option and we chose that because we wanted something that would help with better heat control when cooking. Also, having a griddle was a dream. The gas option is perfect for this.
  3. Eric recommended to have a matching microwave because it helps with resale. He said buyers like to see a matching set. We also went with this particular microwave
  4. Samsung has the 5 Burners that are all completely different in size, which gives us the ability to be efficient.
  5. Samsung offers the gas option and we chose that because we wanted something that would help with better heat control when cooking. Also, having a griddle was a dream. The gas option is perfect for this.
  6. Eric recommended to have a matching microwave because it helps with resale. He said buyers like to see a matching set. We also went with this particular microwave ving the overall open feel in the kitchen. Samsung really knocked it out of the park.

 

 

 

 

Ordering/Delivery/Installation

Ordering could not have been any easier. Anything over $399 qualifies for free shipping from Home Depot to your residence. When we finally found the perfect range/microwave combo, Eric at Home Depot quickly input our address into the computer, took our payment and our units showed up a week later. Once the units showed up, the guys installed the appliances because we paid the $15 installation fee when we ordered which made the process so much smoother less stressful. And the best part? They even hauled away the thick bulky boxes, which saved me a trip to the recycle place. It literally could not have been any easier.

Old Unit Disposal

If you do not own a truck or maybe it is hard to find the extra hands to haul away that old unit,  Home Depot offers a haul away service of your old unit that same day for only $15. Now you can rest easy because The Home Depot created a one-stop shop for you get the job done.