Buying new appliances is everybody’s least favorite expenditure. Sure, you’ll shell out $50 for a Belgian waffle iron if you’re feeling creative, but when it comes to buying essential appliances like refrigerators or anything else that costs a significant amount of money, chances are you’ll look at the new models, read their price tags, and cringe. If you’re on a budget and can’t wait until you’ve saved up enough for new appliances, you might want to consider going with refurbished models rather than new ones.
“Refurbished” can mean a lot of things, but for your purposes, it need only mean “affordable product that actually works.” Companies that specialize in refurbished products generally maintain a standard of quality control, so you don’t need to worry about, say, a refurbished refrigerator that leaks Freon or a refurbished washing machine that infuses your clothes with sediment. You can often get away with paying a fraction of what you would for a brand-new product.
How to Choose
The trick to buying refurbished appliances is to do your research. The best way to do this is to read product reviews from your fellow consumers to determine which brand and year you want to go with. You can look at new appliances in stores as well to get a feel for which brands and models would best suit your needs. You can purchase refurbished goods on several websites, but you should keep in mind that not all refurbished appliances were created equally. There is a big difference between a company that specializes in refurbishing appliances and someone who is just trying to make a buck off their used appliances. That isn’t to say that you can’t find quality private sellers, but that, when in doubt, always go with the professionals, especially if they offer you a guarantee on the quality of their goods.
If you are buying something for entertainment purposes, like a computer monitor or a Blu-Ray DVD player, make sure you have any necessary cables and software to ensure full compatibility with your existing system. Also be sure that you have the necessary hook-ups for refurbished washers and dryers. You may need to purchase new ones if the old ones are corroded. Check the inventory for the item before making new purchases, though, as some companies will include applicable hardware like tools or adaptors. Finally, if you are purchasing a larger appliance, you should also take measurements, not just the area the appliance will occupy, but also your doors and any other entryways to ensure the appliances will fit with ease.