An informal and continually updated rundown of everything we picked!
I have been asked by multiple people what appliances we got for our home (primarily our kitchen since it’s the only thing that’s done at the moment!) and I thought I’d post some info, links and informal reviews. As we upgrade more things throughout the house, I will add them below.
I hope this helps with your big decisions!
Range: We went with the LG Gas Double Oven Range & Cooktop (LG LDG3017ST). I knew that I wanted two ovens but I didn’t have the space for a wall mount double oven and separate stove. After a little research I saw that companies were making smaller versions of double ovens incorporated as a freestanding range. I highly suggest looking into this if you’re in the same boat. The price is a little more than a single oven, but the convenience of having two ovens will make cooking complex meals much more manageable. (Note: some manufactures versions are a single oven with a ‘warmer’ in place of the small upper oven – this doesn’t give you as many options as it is not a true second oven.) The LG version of a double oven range got great reviews and also had an incredible cooktop. Ian was especially excited about the griddle and superboil options with the stove (which not all models have, so double check) and that finalized our decision. We waited for a sale at Home Depot and got about $800 off of the standard list price. It was delivered a few days later and thus far we’re happy. I will update this review if notice problems after use, but so far so good!
Dishwasher: We selected the Maytag Jetclean Plus Dishwasher (MDB8959S). Since living with our parents as kids Ian nor I have had a dishwasher, so picking one was kind of a challenge. Anything was going to be better than hand washing every dish every night! We finally settled on the Maytag Jetclean for two reasons. First, it has a grinder rather than a filter. This means that if food stuck on plates goes in the dishwasher it will be ground up like any food disposal. Filters stop food from going down the drain, but they require removal and cleaning once or twice a week. This was more maintenance than we wanted. Also, not all dishwashers have drying options (this surprised us!) and drying abilities were definitely something we wanted. Like the Range, we have not used this yet but it sure does look good in our kitchen! If I have issues with it once it’s been in action, I will update this review.
Refrigerator: This was the first appliance we bought because we were so excited about it. We have had it for a couple months now, but just this weekend we moved it to it’s final home and hooked up the ice maker/water dispenser. We went with the LG Ultra-Large 3 Door French Door Counter-Depth Refrigerator. Although we haven’t used the fridge to it’s full capacity since we haven’t really grocery shopped yet, it’s worked great so far. We knew we wanted a French Door design and we wanted counter depth. This model gave us both of those and and is slightly wider than a standard fridge so we didn’t compromise on storage space. The high price is probably the only drawback to this make/model, but we waited for a sale and saved about $1000, which was more than worth it.
Hot Water Heater: We went tankless! Ian and I selected the AO Smith Condensing Tankless Gas Water Heater. It’s an Energy Star model and goes up to 180,000 BTUs. We decided to get a tankless system when no less than everyone we talked to (including multiple plumbers) recommend it. The tankless system works by using a heat exchanger much like a car radiator rather than keeping a giant tank of water hot 24/7. Thus, it is more energy efficient and only supplies hot water as you need it, which is why it is also referred to as an ‘on demand’ system – and also, why we picked it. Tankless systems aren’t for everyone though, below is a Pro/Con breakdown of the tankless versus standard tank hot water system:
- You will never run out of hot water since you aren’t worried about emptying a tank.
- They last 5-10 years longer than standard hot water tanks.
- They are more efficient with no ‘standby energy loss’ when you’re not using them.
- As they don’t require a tank, they take up significantly less space in your basement or garage (they can even be installed outdoors!)
- There is no possibility of flooding due to a faulty tank.
- They can cost up to 3 times as much as a standard hot water tank (although currently there is a $300 federal tax rebate)
- Your hot water output is split among your fixtures (ie – if you’re using multiple at a time each one won’t get as hot)
- You may need to add a larger natural gas line to heat it.
- There is a short, but noticeable lag time between turning on the hot water and feeling your water get hot.