Right now is a great time to buy a new appliance. I bought a gas stove at Sears with a 20% discount last week. Only to see it for almost the same new price on sale in the store today… I am seeing a lot of lower prices the week after I finally broke down and bought it.
Why did I buy new? To get it fixed was going to be about 2/3 the cost of a new stove and since mine was already 12 years old I went for it. Because I would hate to fix it and then have something else break on it in a couple of years. And craigslist was only offering units at 60% off the cost of brand new.
I shopped extensively online, searching for a good deal. I learned a lot from reading reviews. For example, some gas stove doors handles can be flimsy. Also, if you buy a gas stove with a vent on the top sometimes the heat can melt the electronics inside that control the oven. Finally you need to replace the gas connection flexi hose every time you install a stove (old or new) and use some “pipe dope” (thats name brand apparently) on those threads. A new hose kit is quite standard and costs about 15-20 dollars.
I signed up for a Consumer Reports subscription because I wasn’t going to the library with 4 kids so I could tell them every 2 minutes “to be quiet, stop hitting your sister, stop pulling the books off the shelf, please entertain your brother, what’s that in your mouth, get down off that stool, shhhhhhh….”. That was worth $5.99. However unfortunately only 2 models were even slightly close to my price range of $300. They started at $500, with the majority being reviewed being between $800-$1600.
Here are the best places I found to buy a stove Sears, Home Depot, Lowes, Best Buy.
Now here is where not to buy one…. Sears Outlet store (their prices are the same as the regular stores) and Appliance Smart.
However, if you are looking for something in mid price point, then maybe Appliance Smart is for you, they had some decent scratch and dents at 40%-50% off.
Again, I spent a LOT OF TIME reading reviews…But nothing compares to going out and touching the goods. Really I could feel which handles seemed like they would pop off given a good slam from any one of my zealous children or their momma.