To select top-rated kitchen appliances, check both professional and consumer reviews. Once you've settled on a brand, shop for that appliance in home improvement stores, department stores or online.
Better Homes and Gardens and Consumer Reports offer professional reviews of many kitchen appliances. Both sites organize appliances according to recommendation, type and brand. For instance, in 2015, Better Homes and Gardens published articles related to refrigerators based on design. The ratings were based on ease of use, temperature maintenance, storage space and ability to keep food fresh. Consumer Reports offers general recommendations on its free site, but it requires users to join for a fee for more comprehensive ratings.
Some websites such as Best Buy and Amazon.com feature customer reviews. People who have purchased the appliance assign a star rating to the item and leave comments. The comments are generally related to why the customers assigned the star rating, either detailing problems or reasons for satisfaction with the appliance.
Appliance, home improvement and department stores usually have a showroom with several appliances displayed. Stores often carry only certain brands, though, so call ahead to ensure they have the brand you want. Appliances are also available online, and online inventories are usually larger. Most major stores offer both online and in-store stock. In many cases, they allow consumers to purchase a model online and pick it up in the store for free. They sometimes offer in-home delivery free of charge as well.