Appliances can be purchased at Best Buy, Walmart and Sears. Most appliances can also be purchased online at each retailer's website. Amazon.com also provides an online location to purchase appliances.
Major and common household appliances can be purchased in-store at Best Buy and Sears. Walmart does not carry major appliances such as full-size refrigerators, water heaters, stovetops and washing machines in stores or online. Amazon.com sells both major and common household appliances online.
While many retailers sell their appliances online, Consumer Reports warns shoppers about potential pitfalls. A small appliance can be bought at a store and then taken home without any concern over shipping fees. However, online buyers can be charged steep shipping fees, especially for heavy appliances. Shoppers should always include the cost of shipping when price-checking between retailers.
Purchasing a major appliance online prevents the shopper from handling the appliance before receiving it. Buyers should inspect the appliance in a store to be certain it is the correct item to purchase. Selecting the color and finish of an appliance should be done in person. Images also cannot convey how a door opens or a handle feels. If purchasing online, buyers should try to find the same model in a store to test out and inspect beforehand.