If you are planning to remodel your kitchen while staying within a tight budget, there are ways to cut costs without choosing second-rate kitchen appliances. The fact is, a low quality appliance may need replacing earlier, and when you choose good appliances, you have the option to repair rather than entering a cycle of replacing lower quality appliances.
When your remodeling project includes new cabinetry and flooring, then you may want to choose your kitchen appliances first. While most appliances are built to standard size, today’s modern refrigerators may be wider and some ovens may have freestanding (or separate) stovetops. Here are some tips for kitchen remodeling on a budget and choosing economical kitchen appliances.
Budget-Friendly Kitchen Appliance Tips
According to HomeAdvisor.com, kitchen renovations can range from $10,000 to $30,000, but a general remodel project can cost a lot less than that. Whatever your remodeling budget is, plan to allocate 10% of the total towards new kitchen appliances. So when a Viking range is out of the question, a good gas, electric, or induction range is not difficult to find.
Kitchen Range Options
If your fuel source will be electric, then the Frigidaire Freestanding Electric Range is rated as an exceptional value for a low-priced range (under $400). It features a 4.8 cu. ft. oven, is easy to use and even though it is not self-cleaning, it is built for ease of manual cleaning. The Whirlpool Freestanding Gas Convection Range is a great budget friendly option that offers a more consistent heat distribution and can cook food 25% faster.
Stylish Refrigerators on a Budget
Most homeowners will likely move from a standard 30″ fridge to one with French doors, a bottom-freezer, or a stainless steel model. Whatever you decide, there are good options for every budget, without losing energy-efficiency benefits. If you’re looking for an affordable stainless steel refrigerator (under $600), consider the Whirlpool WRT318FZDW 30 in. Top-Freezer Refrigerator in stainless steel with a spacious capacity of 18.2 cubic feet. The GE GTE18GMHES was voted “best bargain fridge of 2016.” It has a 17.5-cubic-foot capacity and is Energy Star qualified to save you on energy costs.
Inexpensive Ways to Update Kitchen
After you’ve selected your new appliances, there are a number of ways you can refresh your kitchen decor without spending more than your budget allows.
- Replace Backsplash – There are so many new backsplash materials and styles to choose from, including metal, ceramic tile, glass, and wood. No matter what your kitchen style is right now, a new and creative backsplash can make a big difference.
- New Lighting Fixtures – Add hanging pendants or track lighting fixtures for task lighting, wall sconces or recessed fixtures for ambient lighting, and replace the ceiling fixture with a modest chandelier for a touch of elegance or one with natural materials such a rattan to add warmth.
- Swap Plumbing Fixtures – A new kitchen sink and faucets can be swapped for versions that are stylish, multi-functional, and energy efficient. Consider replacing a single sink with a double sink that also has built-in colander and dish drainer.
When you want to make sure your kitchen is equipped with the right appliances that are in proper working condition, contact Wilshire Refrigeration and Appliance. We perform factory certified service on all makes and models of kitchen appliances, including Sub-Zero and Wolf.