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Buying Guides

2019 Cooking Appliance Buying Guide – Best Ovens and Ranges for Your Money

Our 2019 Cooking Appliance Buying Guide is here to help you find the best ovens and ranges for your money, and we’ll do it by answering these two questions: How reliable is each brand, and what is the quality of their customer service when the product breaks? How can you determine which ovens and ranges… Read more »

2019 Laundry Buying Guide – Best Washers and Dryers for Your Money

Like our 2019 refrigerator and dishwasher buying guides, this 2019 Laundry Buying Guide will help you find the best washers and dryers for your money by answering two questions: How reliable is each brand, and what is the quality of their customer service when the product breaks? How can you determine which washers and dryers… Read more »

2019 Dishwasher Buying Guide – Best Dishwashers for Your Money

Similar to our 2019 refrigerator buying guide, this 2019 dishwasher buying guide will focus on two questions: How reliable is each brand and what is the quality of their customer service when the product breaks? How can you determine which dishwashers are better at the task of dishwashing? To assist with answering both questions and… Read more »

2019 Refrigerator Buying Guide – Best Refrigerators for Your Money

Let’s get one thing clear right off the bat: this 2019 refrigerator buying guide is going to be much different than others. Most focus on the same few things—style, specs, special features, energy usage, and so on. Combining decades of experience as appliance service technicians with a product engineer’s understanding of how these refrigerators are… Read more »

What Does Refrigerator Repair Cost?

Is it more cost-effective to repair or replace my refrigerator? There is a lot of variance in terms of refrigerator repair costs, which makes it difficult to answer these questions simply. Still, if you’re looking for an expert opinion on whether to repair or replace your refrigerator, you’ve come to the right place. What are… Read more »

Is it time to replace your oven? [INFOGRAPHIC]

Everyone has had that moment when a trusty, old appliance stops working correctly: “Oh no, is this it? Is this the end?” Deciding whether to call up a repair company or just replace the darn thing is always a tough decision. Some issues can seem insurmountable, making ‘replace’ seem your only option. Other times, the… Read more »

Best Washers / Dryers 2017 Buying Guide

Did you know October is one of the best times to buy a new washing machine, dryer, or both? Because new models are released in October, dealers and distributors are eager to clear their inventory of older models to make way for the new crop. And that means sale prices, folks. Our own Todd Daganaar,… Read more »

What we wish smart appliances actually did.

More and more smart appliances are unveiled every year, but when we look at what makes them “smart,” it can be kind of a letdown. “So what if I can preheat my oven on the drive home? Is that worth the higher price tag? Where’s the futuristic Jetsons kitchen I really want?” It doesn’t help… Read more »

Are Smart Appliances Worth Buying Now? An Expert’s Take

Have you ever watched a science fiction movie and found yourself paying more attention to the gizmos and gadgets than the actual plot? You’re not alone. Product designers have gotten tons of inspiration from these visions of the future. But there’s one fixture of the home that has been conspicuously absent: major appliances. When was… Read more »

Just How Reliable Are Top Gas Range and Oven Brands?

The Lifetime Cost of Appliance Repair When it comes to buying appliances, we often overlook the fact that, like cars, there is a lifetime cost associated with which brand and model we decide upon. How often will the appliance need to be repaired? How costly will the repairs and replacement parts run? Although one brand… Read more »

Top load or front load washer: How do they stack up?

When it’s time to buy a new washing machine, one of your most important decisions will be between a front-loading or top-loading machine. Each type has its pros and cons, and in this article we’ll point out a few considerations to factor into your selection. Accessibility and space Your laundry room’s size and layout will… Read more »

Should I buy an extended warranty for my new appliances?

That’s a question our Nebraska Home Appliance customers often ask us. Our answer may surprise you: extended warranties are rarely a good use of your money. We don’t recommend buying an extended warranty on any appliance. Here’s why: Warranty companies insure appliances only for the time they are least likely to fail. Let’s say you buy… Read more »

Microwave repair – is it affordable?

When your microwave quits heating, the inevitable question is whether to repair the microwave or replace it. While the answer will never be 100% clear without having a factory trained technician inspect the microwave, allow me to educate you as to some of the factors to weigh: Microwaves are made of up of about 2-3… Read more »

Energy Efficient Appliances

Question: Isn’t it more eco-friendly to buy a newer more energy efficient appliance? Answer: Often, no.  It may seem like it makes more sense to buy a newer, more efficient appliance, but once you factor in the waste produced by getting rid of your old appliance, and the much shorter life cycles of the newer… Read more »

When to Buy a New Appliance

Question: Should I keep this appliance or should I buy a new one? Answer: The answer varies widely depending on the situation. If you have chosen a quality appliance, we will usually recommend repair within the first 10-15 years if the repairs do not exceed 50% of the cost of replacement with a similar unit.… Read more »