If you’re looking to purchase a large appliance, then this article is for you. Here are ten of the best places to buy them.
10. Home Depot
Home Depot and Lowe’s together account for nearly half of all major-appliance sales among Consumer Reports members. The reason why Home Depot is a leading retailer for major appliance purchases is due to its wide selection of products and simple shopping experience.
Then there’s the retailer’s “Special Buy” promotion that heavily discounts select models, not to mention the sales they have that correspond with most major holidays. Plus, Home Depot has a 10 percent price-match guarantee that says if you find a product for less somewhere else, they’ll beat the price by 10 percent.
And, if all that weren’t enough to reel you in, Home Depot also offers free delivery with any new purchase totaling $396 or more.
If you’re looking for free extras, Costco is the place to go. They offer free shipping, free installation, and free haul-away of your old appliances. They also offer an optional extended warranty (two years) and free technical support on major appliance purchases. And, when it comes to pricing, Costco earned high marks in a recent survey by Consumer Reports.
FUN FACT: Despite being a brick-and-mortar store, 85 percent of Costco’s major-appliance sales occur online. According to Martin Lachter, a senior research associate in Consumer Reports‘ survey department, this is likely due to the fact that Costco offers a much wider selection of major appliances on its website that it does in its stores.
8. P.C. Richard & Son
According to ConsumerAffairs.com, family-owned electronics and appliance retailer P.C. Richard & Son is the best store to shop for large appliances. In fact, reviews customers have left on ConsumerAffairs.com say that P.C. Richard & Son not only has a large selection of popular brands, they also work hard to ensure their customers are completely satisfied.
A word of caution: According to Consumer Reports, this store is the most aggressive retailer when it comes to extended warranties. We’re not saying that extended warranties are bad. In this case it may be necessary to purchase one. But, oftentimes you don’t even need to splurge on the extra coverage. Before doing so, you should “research the product you’re buying, and also check if you may have coverage through other sources, such as a manufacturer’s warranty or through your credit card,” MoneyTalksNews says.
7. Nebraska Furniture Mart
Yes, this is a furniture store. But, they sell a full complement of major and small appliances as well. According to a survey conducted by Consumer Reports, Nebraska Furniture Mart has an excellent selection of appliances. The store also earned top marks for service and in-store atmosphere, and favorable marks for pricing and shipping/delivery.
Nebraska Furniture Mart has stores in Omaha as well as in Kansas, Texas, and Iowa. You can shop online, too. Beware, however: the store doesn’t fare that well when it comes to website usability.
Amazon consistently (for the past 12 years) ranks high with Consumer Reports members. According to the survey, the internet giant ranked high when it came to shipping and delivery, as well as website usability — which makes sense since Amazon is an online retailer. Its pricing and selection, though not as robust as most brick-and-mortar stores, fared favorably as well. Still, if you’re looking for harder-to-find appliances, like European or gourmet models, Amazon may be your best bet.
Just be careful when buying large appliances from Amazon — or from any internet retailer for that matter. That’s because you may not be able to easily return them should they arrived damaged. Therefore, “as soon as your new appliance arrives, and before the delivery people leave, look over the appliance carefully for visible defects,” Kevin Brasler, executive editor of Consumers’ Checkbook (checkbook.org), told Consumer Reports. “Reject delivery of an appliance that arrives with scratches, dents, or other damage.”
Lowe’s accounted for nearly 25 percent of all major appliances purchased by Consumer Reports survey participants. Here are some of the reasons why:
-Holiday weekend sales
-A 10 percent price-match guarantee
-Free next-day delivery on purchases of $396 or more
-Free installation of freestanding ranges, refrigerators, washers, and electric dryers
-The lowest prices on extended warranties
-Helpful, friendly, knowledgeable staff to answer all your questions
-All the major kitchen and laundry appliance brands, including Whirlpool, GE, Maytag, Samsung, LG, and more
4. Best Buy
Because Best Buy is a tech superstore, they offer a great selection for those of you looking for the best in home appliance technology. But, they offer more than just smart-home appliances. They also sell basic refrigerators, dishwashers, and other such products.
Additionally, the store offers free delivery on appliance purchases of $399 and up. They also offer special appliance packages and a price match guarantee that matches all local competitors as well as online competitors like Amazon, Dell, HP, and Newegg.
Best Buy also runs frequent promotions on their appliances and holds holiday weekend sales.
For nine years in a row, Abt Electronics and Appliances has been the top major-appliance retailer in the Consumer Reports survey. It consistently earns top marks when it comes to pricing, selection, service, in-store atmosphere, shipping, delivery, and website usability.
Although most of its sales come through its 100,000 square foot store in Glenview, Illinois, Abt ships nationwide.
-Abt is a family-owned store that has been around since 1936.
-Abt won the Better Business Award for Marketplace Ethics.
2. AJ Madison
If you prefer shopping online but are looking for an alternative to Amazon, AJ Madison is your store. They offer an “unrivaled selection” on appliances from more than 150 brands, including GE, LG, Whirlpool, Maytag, Frigidaire, FiveStar, Samsung, Viking, and Smeg. Plus, they have a rebate center where you can score some great deals on appliances from your favorite brands.
This store has only one location (Brooklyn, NY), but they will ship purchases to anywhere in the continental United States. There are several delivery options for large appliances, including standard, white-glove, and in-home delivery.
1. Alternative Options
If you’re in the market for a major appliance, but can’t or don’t want to buy it brand new, consider these alternatives:
-Liquidation Centers: These centers have closeout, return, overstock and liquidation items for sale at a fraction of the original cost.
-Refurbishing Centers: These centers repair old appliances brought in by previous owners and re-sell them to new customers.
-Craigslist: Depending on what you’re looking for, you can get gently used appliances from this website for about half the price of what you’d pay in-store.
-Scratches and Dents: No, this isn’t the name of a store. We’re talking about actual scratches and dents on appliances. If you see an appliance in-store that has even the slightest little dent or scratch, you might be able to snag it at a huge discount. So you don’t have to search each and every item yourself, you can ask the salesperson to see if they have any appliances with dents or scratches.
Do you have a favorite go-to store for all your large appliance purchases? Tell us about it in the comments below. Thanks for reading!