3 Steps To Shopping For Major Appliances Online

home appliances
When looking for major appliances like a washer and dryer, it's usually always best to buy them new. While buying a used dryer on Craigslist's for example can save you a good chunk of change, there is no exact way to tell what condition the appliance is in. And if it breaks down shortly after you buy it, dishing out the money to fix it can make the appliance cost much more than it's worth (speaking through experience).

While new appliances, at least you have the comfort of knowing you are granted a return policy and hopefully a warranty if things go awry.  But while some new appliances can get a bit steep, that doesn't mean that you have to break the bank to get a quality, fully-functional appliance. Below are some simple steps you can take to find the best appliance deals featured online.

Use Google Shopping

Google, which is by far the most popular search engine, doesn't only direct you to stores that sell the item you're looking for, but it can automatically categorize items by price. All you need to do is go to the top of the home Google page and in between the “News” and “Mail” tab is the “Shopping” tab.  Use this tab to search for appliances using keywords like dryer or by searching for a specific brand name. The results page will show the price of the appliance on the left hand side—this price is the exact value, meaning tax and shipping costs are included. There's also a button underneath the price tag that will compare prices with both online and brick-and-mortar stores, so you can see if you're getting the cheaper deal.

Look at Reviews

You don't want to just settle getting the “cheapest” appliance you see online. You want to make sure that it will be an investment well spent and that it's left other customers satisfied.  That said, make sure to read all of the comments and reviews listed below the product image before making any final purchases. You want to get some kind of feel for what you're getting yourself into. *Warning: some companies make fraudulent reviews to boost sales. If a reviewer makes it sound like the product is just too good, it's because it's probably fake review. Proceed with caution.

Use Coupon Codes

Lastly, before checking out make sure to see if there is an area where you can insert a coupon code to get additional savings—you may only end up saving an additional $15, but anything  can help. Usually a simple Google search can point you in the right direction, but various websites like RetailMeNot can provide free coupons to certain brands, stores, and products.

Can't afford a new major appliance? Consider financing an appliance purchase.

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