The Where, What, and Why of Washers and Dryers

Whether you’re furnishing your first home or replacing old appliances, you need to consider a few factors before you buy a new washing machine and dryer: 1) Where are you going to put the laundry appliances -- stacked in a hall closet or in their own room? 2) Do you want top-load or front-load? 3) Do you want high-efficiency or traditional models? 4) Which brands are reliable? If you’re short on space, stackable appliances can come in handy, and Bosch makes collections specifically for compact spaces. Some of their models are so compact that they fit under or beside kitchen cabinets, and they’re capable of cleaning with the same power as their full-size counterparts. Besides personal preference, the main differences between top- and front-load machines are top-loaders use less energy, water, and detergent, but front-loaders are less noisy and more compact. If you’re debating between high-efficiency models or traditional washers and dryers, each has pros and cons. High-efficiency washers use less water and energy, and they produce fewer suds and allow more motion to offer a more concentrated cleaning deep into fibers. But, the lower water levels mean longer wash cycles, and even though they cost about the same as traditional washers, they require a special detergent that costs more. In contrast, traditional washers have shorter wash times and are gentler on clothes, but they use more water and tend to clean only surfaces, not deep into fabrics. Some brands to consider are Electrolux, which received the 2016 Best in Show award at the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show; Whirlpool; Samsung; and Maytag, which has a Maxima Series with PowerWash capabilities.

How to Pick a Refrigerator That Is Meant to Last

As with washers and dryers, you’ll want to assess your available space when you are shopping for refrigerators. Does your kitchen have enough space for a double-width refrigerator, or are you looking at mid-width models? Or, are you very limited on space and need to consider compact refrigerators? LG, Frigidaire, GE, and Whirlpool carry a variety of refrigerators in the 10 to 11 cu. Ft. capacity range. Secondly, you’ll need to decide whether you prefer top freezer, bottom freezer, or side-by-side refrigerators. Next, you’ll want to list the added features that are your must-haves and which ones you’re willing to live without to get the most bang for your buck. Some convenient functions include: ice makers, water spouts, LED lights, flexible storage options, and door alarms to chime when the door isn’t fully shut. Electrolux offers luxury refrigerators that offer specially designed lighting and crisper drawers. No matter the bonuses you choose, you’ll want to pick a brand that’s built to last, like Viking, which is known for its simple yet powerful products.

DCS
$14627.00

The RDV2-488 48 FreestandingDual FuelRange from DCS offers 48 cu ft main oven capacity and 2 cu ft secondary oven capacity for bak...ing with perfection and ease It features8 dual flow sealed burnersgriddle broil mode true convection and convection bake read more

DCS
$13127.00

The RGV2-486GL Gas Range from DCS will perfectly complement your kitchen interior while enhancing your cooking experience It featu...res6 dual flow sealed burners 53 cu ft main oven capacity 24 cu ft secondary oven capacity grill infrared broilerand con... read more

DCS
$14627.00

The RDV2-488 48 FreestandingDual FuelRange from DCS offers 48 cu ft main oven capacity and 2 cu ft secondary oven capacity for bak...ing with perfection and ease It features8 dual flow sealed burnersgriddle broil mode true convection and convection bake read more

Fulgor Milano
$9656.00

Experience Fulgor Milano39s French Door Refrigerator from the 600 series that willbe a perfect match forrange hood wall oven range...s or cooktops from its line or with your own unique style and design already set in your kitchen Offering 208 cu ft of s... read more

DCS
$14827.00

The RDV2-486GD 48 FreestandingDual FuelRange from DCS offers 48 cu ft main oven capacity and 2 cu ft secondary oven capacity for b...aking with perfection and ease It features6 dual flow sealed burnersgriddle broil mode true convection and convection bake read more

DCS
$14827.00

The RDV2-486GL 48 FreestandingDual FuelRange from DCS offers 48 cu ft main oven capacity and 2 cu ft secondary oven capacity for b...aking with perfection and ease It features5 dual flow sealed burnersgrill broil mode true convection and convection bake read more

Dacor
$10134.00

Hot new elements for any kitchen Dacor39s Distinctive 36 Electric Cooktops bring essential performance and style to a wider range ...of home chefs Now even more homes can showcase the design and distinctive features typically found on higher-priced elec... read more

Dishwashers Are Awash with Features and Possibilities

OK, we’ve all lived the lovely life of doing all our dishes by hand. While it may not be considered torture, who can argue with the joyous convenience dishwashers provide? But what you may find questionable is the convenience of selecting a dishwasher that’s right for you. For instance, did you realize how many types of dishwashers there are? Models vary among built-in dishwashers, drawer dishwashers, countertop dishwashers, panel ready dishwashers, and portable dishwashers. In order to choose the right one for you, really think about your lifestyle and how you will use your new dishwasher most of the time. If you tend to host dinner parties often, you may want to look at larger dishwashers with flexible shelves and a heavier setting to easily accommodate pots and pans. Some models offer a light wash option and stemware holders to easily clean delicate crystals after your wine-tasting parties. But if you’re really looking for luxury, select a dishwasher with a pre-heat feature for rapid wash times or futuristic add-ons, like the Powerbeam feature from Thermador that projects the remaining wash time onto the floor so you can easily see it. If you have a small family, you may want to look at dishwashers that have an upper/lower rack feature to save water.

Fisher Paykel
$749.00

This 24 single DishDrawer dishwasher by Fisher and Paykel offers 7 place settings in a small size design that can still accommodat...e 13 plates This dishwasher also features ergonomic design that allows for easy opening and closing true half load that ... read more

Fisher Paykel
$749.00

This 24 single DishDrawer dishwasher by Fisher and Paykel offers 7 place settings in a small size design that can still accommodat...e 13 plates This dishwasher also features ergonomic design that allows for easy opening and closing true half load that ... read more

Frigidaire
$387.00

This 24 built-in dishwasher by Frigidaire offers 14 place settings and is Energy Star Qualified for energy efficiency This dishwas...her also features dual spray arm system Eco-friendly cycle sensor for automatic cycle adjustments SpaceWise silverware b... read more

Frigidaire
$369.00

This 24 built-in dishwasher by Frigidaire offers 14 place settings and is Energy Star Qualified for energy efficiency This dishwas...her also features dual spray arm system Eco-friendly cycle sensor for automatic cycle adjustments SpaceWise silverware b... read more

Fisher Paykel
$649.00

The 24 Energy Star Rated DishDrawer Single Dishwasher from Fisher and Paykel will be the best addition to your place The drawer di...shwasher feautres 7 Place Settings Cutlery Basket SmartDrive Technology Quiet Operation Fan Assisted Drying Fold Down Ti... read more

Fisher Paykel
$649.00

The 24 Energy Star Rated DishDrawer Single Dishwasher from Fisher and Paykel will be the best addition to your place The drawer di...shwasher feautres 7 Place Settings Cutlery Basket SmartDrive Technology Quiet Operation Fan Assisted Drying Fold Down Ti... read more

Frigidaire
$429.00

DGCD2444SA is24built in full console dishwasher with 15 place settings that give you space to wash everything you need for party t...o go on for the night It has 4 wash cycles and 5 wash levels and blade spray arm provides more cover water coverage for ... read more

Round Out Your Kitchen from Top to Bottom with Cooking Appliances

Rounding out your dream kitchen is all about selecting the right cooking appliances. After all, in order to make delicious food to put on your dining room table, you need the right tools to get it there, like ranges, range hoods, ovens, and microwaves. Start by asking yourself: does your space allow for a multi-oven range, freestanding range, cooktop, or a wall oven? Widths vary from 24 inches to 48 inches. Then, you’ll need to decide whether you want gas, electric, or dual-fuel appliances. And don’t forget the importance of range hoods, which are available in an array of styles: wall hoods, island hoods, downdraft hoods, and under cabinet hoods. After the large items are selected, it’s time to round out the kitchen with smaller, but no-less-important gadgets, like blenders, mixers, food processors, and other small kitchen appliances. But perhaps the most important small kitchen appliances are microwaves. Like large appliances, microwaves have several options to choose from, depending on your available space and what wattage you need. You can choose between built-in microwaves, countertop microwaves, and over-the-range models. Brands like Viking and Thermador offer products that look like masterpieces.

DCS
$15015.00

The RGV2-366 Freestanding Gas Range from DCS will perfectly complement your kitchen interior while enhancing your cooking experien...ce It features6 dual flow sealed burners 53 cu ft oven capacityinfrared broiler and convection bake read more

Ilve
$10397.00

The 30 Majestic Series Freestanding Gas Rangefrom ILVEwill be the best addition to your kitchen The range features5 Burners Infrar...ed Grill-Baking or Broiler 3 cu ft Oven Capacity Full Width StorageWarming Drawer Digital Clock and Timer and Flame Fail... read more

Ilve
$10397.00

The 30 Majestic Series Freestanding Gas Rangefrom ILVEwill be the best addition to your kitchen The range features5 Burners Infrar...ed Grill-Baking or Broiler 3 cu ft Oven Capacity Full Width StorageWarming Drawer Digital Clock and Timer and Flame Fail... read more

Ilve
$11798.00

The 36 Majestic Series Freestanding Gas Range from ILVE will be the best addition to your kitchen The range features6 Sealed Burne...rs Digital Clock and Timer 35 cu ft Oven Capacity Infrared Grill-Baking or Broiler and Backguard read more

Appliances Connection Features Countless Home Furniture Possibilities

The kitchen and laundry room are stocked, so let’s find the right home furniture for the rest of your house. Before starting your furnishing pursuit, identify what theme you want your decor to follow. Are you planning to use modern color schemes or create a charming cottage-style home? Do you want warm and cozy tones that will complement your fireplace or bright, bold colors that bring new life to your spaces? Your answers can help you decide between leather or fabric sofas and ottomans for your living room; dark or light wood for the desk in your office; and a metal or wood frame for your bed. The possibilities are endless, and that’s half the fun of selecting your furniture. Look to Appliances Connection for bedroom style inspiration, how to make an appealing man cave, and how to design spaces with creative storage solutions at affordable prices.

Flash Furniture
$119.99

The High Back Fabric Executive Swivel Office Chair with curved arms to the chrome base extending upper back integrated headrest an...d 360 degrees swivel It is designed with a chrome base that adds stylish look to any office It also features waterfall f... read more

Pulaski
$258.00

The Emory accent table proves that simple can be stunning The steel base is finished in a gleaming gold that sets off the sophisti...cated marble top The Emory table will add a handy surface and a touch of elegance to any room read more

Diamond Sofa
$119.00

The Ritz cube ottoman offers convenient and mobile extra seating The ottoman is covered in sand faux linen with contrasting design...er handle and button tuft providing a flawless accent to your home39s decor read more

Samuel Lawrence
$1590.00

The Glamour 86885303411 Twin Size Storage Bed ritz and sparkle of Hollywood comes to life This is a girl39s dream and will turn th...e bedroom into a star39s dressing room The dark cherry finish is accented with a brushed silver painted finish for extra... read more

Meridian
$2534.48

This amazing Palmas collection pewter finished sofa has additional items to give you room a traditional look Chaise loveseat and c...hair may be purchased to add up to your royal-style living room This living room collection is an impeccable example of ... read more

Meridian
$2254.73

This amazing Palmas collection pewter finished sofa has additional items to give you room a traditional look Chaise loveseat and c...hair may be purchased to add up to your royal-style living room This living room collection is an impeccable example of ... read more

Ashley
$586.48

The Kaslyn bedroom set evokes a lovely cottage feel with the white finish and round pilaster accents adorning the bed and nightsta...nd Drawers feature clear sealed drawer boxes with ball-bearing side guides and dovetail construction Stylish turned bun ... read more

Bring Indoor Comforts Outside with Outdoor Furniture

Now that your home is full of quality furniture and appliances, let’s head outside and spruce up your patio or deck with outdoor furniture. How do you envision your outdoor home persona? Do you dream of spending long nights nibbling on s’mores by a fire in your ideal outdoor patio space? Appliances Connection offers fire pits, lounge chairs, patio sets, and even outdoor beds to make your evenings cozy. Add in a few patio heaters to extend your season and get the most of your space. But perhaps you’re looking to host epic backyard barbecues where you can be your own grill master. In that case, you’ll need to find the perfect grill and outdoor kitchen options, and Appliances Connection offers a complete grills buying guide to walk you through the process. And of course, your guests will need a place to sit, so don’t forget lawn furniture and umbrellas to shield the sun.

Zuo
$198.00

Mid-Century Modern re-invention as the Tidal Dining Chairs offer a fun outdoor design and features a sloped-moulded polypropylene ...seatback supported by classic sphire base in soft beechwood colored Acacia Wood legs With just the right Modern touch to... read more

Zuo
$198.00

Mid-Century Modern re-invention as the Tidal Dining Chairs offer a fun outdoor design and features a sloped-moulded polypropylene ...seatback supported by classic sphire base in soft beechwood colored Acacia Wood legs With just the right Modern touch to... read more

Vifah
$702.95

The Bradley V1336SET20 4 PC Outdoor Dining Set is designed to be maintenance free Every piece is carefully finished with a beautif...ul multi-coated and weather-resistant paint that will not fade due to over exposure in the sun It will maintain its new ... read more

Vifah
$825.95

The Renaissance V1297SET19 6 PC Outdoor Dining Set is hand scraped that looks like a distressed heirloom piece of furniture This h...and-scraped hardwood dining set is a unique way to display your personal style Made from 100 Acacia hardwood that is nat... read more

Vifah
$603.95

The Renaissance V1297SET18 4 PC Outdoor Dining Set is hand scraped that looks like a distressed heirloom piece of furniture This h...and-scraped hardwood dining set is a unique way to display your personal style Made from 100 Acacia hardwood that is nat... read more

Abbyson Living
$194.34

The Penelope outdoor bar stool features a sturdy powder-coated iron frame and strong polyethylene-wicker construction to withstand... weathering The monochromatic brown weave blends easily into any outdoor area and makes everyone feel at ease Built-in f... read more

Flash Furniture
$44.99

The backless stool is made with metal and plastic in a powder coat finish Its stackable design allows you to stack up to ten chair...s high to save space Cross brace underneath the seat adds stability to the stool while the protective caps prevent the f... read more

Vifah
$634.95

The Renaissance V1297SET22 4 PCOutdoor Dining Set is hand scraped that looks like a distressed heirloom piece of furniture This ha...nd-scraped hardwood dining set is a unique way to display your personal style Made from 100 Acacia hardwood that is nati... read more

Products at Walmart
Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate
Bouquets from FTD

This item has been added to your list

This item has been added to your sale alerts