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How to Shop for Kitchen Appliances Online

by Bill Welles

Shopping for major kitchen appliances online doesn’t need to be a daunting or overwhelming feat. Big Sandy will act as your online appliance store with our expansive catalog of sleek and thoughtfully selected, energy-efficient kitchen appliances. We will help you navigate through our selection of appliances so you can make an informed and confident purchase when shopping online.  

We’ve rustled up a helpful guide to make shopping and measuring for online appliances easier than ever! Follow along to learn more!  

Modes of Shopping 

If you’re wondering how to narrow down your search, our website features a specific tab for every kitchen appliance category, including cooking, refrigeration, dishwashers, and appliance packages. Simply click on your desired appliance category and venture into the many models and features that our selection of luxury brands has to offer.  

And for an even more refined selection, here are a few features for which you can apply filters for any given appliance:  

  • Cost range 
  • Brand or manufacturer  
  • Dimensions  
  • Appliance finish or color  
  • Energy-Star-certified  

Kitchen Appliances 

Wall Ovens 

It’s time to get down to business: wall ovens are the first item on our list of online kitchen appliances. Nothing says sleek like an oven built into a wall. For homes that are short on kitchen space but big on cooking plans, this is the appliance of your dreams. Save space, time, and stress with built-in wall ovens and start cooking like a pro with any of these subtypes: 

  • Electric Built-In Single Oven 
  • Electric Speed Oven 
  • Electric Built-In Double Oven 
  • Electric Built-In Microwave-Oven Combo 
  • Gas Built-In Single Oven 
  • Warming Drawer 

As you can see in this list, wall ovens are a predominantly electric appliance, which can limit the options for you gas users. If you’re torn between a wall oven versus a range, space constraints should be your deciding factor. With wall ovens, you don’t need to sacrifice under-counter storage, and you have the added benefit of double ovens. You can get twice the cooking done in half the time—that means baking a pie in one oven while you roast a turkey in the other, or serving delicious appetizers while your main dish broils. A wall oven does not take up counter space; however, if paired with a separate cooktop, your cooking appliances can occupy more square footage than an ordinary range. 

It's also important to consider your cooking style and needs in the kitchen. Do you require a convection setting to save time during dinner? Perhaps you’re interested in steam combination ovens? What about an oven that features both? Convection will ensure a quick and even bake for every meal, and cooking with steam will allow you to prepare your food without cooking out all the vitamins and nutrients.  

But, if you’re all about luxury and eye-catching kitchen finishes, you’ll want to explore high-tech bonus features to add to the allure of your kitchen appliances. With features such as a touchscreen display, WiFi connectivity, remote preheating, recipe management apps, and self-cleaning cycles, you can invest in an oven that is as smart as you are. The latest wave of culinary sophistication blends seamlessly into your oven and your kitchen. And there are Energy Star appliance versions as well so you don’t have to sacrifice energy efficiency for convenient cooking.  

And you can’t forget about space constraints. You have to measure the available space for your new appliance to ensure it will be the right fit. Everything you need to know about measuring is available here:

Ranges and Range Hoods 

We briefly mentioned the comparison of ranges and wall ovens, but if you’re set on purchasing a new range, we’ve got your hosting needs covered with affordable online appliances that will braise, broil, bake and burn (if you like your food crispy). Whether you want stainless steel, matte black, or a traditional white finish, you can find freestanding or slide-in ranges in gas, electric, or induction fuel types.  

But no range is complete without a proper range hood to go with it. If you need to blow off some steam, you can vent to us. Proper ventilation is important for keeping the air in your kitchen free of contaminants and preventing the smoke alarm from going off. Look at your kitchen design and notice the location of your range and whether your vents move air outside or circulate the air inside.  

Whether you need an under-cabinet hood, wall-mounted hood, island hood, ductless hood, or an insert hood, vent hoods are available to reduce the buildup of grease and odors in your kitchen so can enjoy cooking in comfort. 

Cooktops  

Before we move on, we have to briefly mention cooktops. No foodie’s kitchen is complete without a versatile cooktop. We've got you covered with reliable brands and high-end products. “Wow” your guests with five cooking elements, glass cooktops, and easy-clean grates. The selection of cooktops includes:  

  • Gas  
  • Electric 
  • Induction 

Refrigeration  

There are countless refrigeration options to choose from. Are you looking for more shelf space or drawer space? Ice maker or water dispenser? There are many things to consider, so here are some of the most popular models to help get you thinking:  

  • French-Door Refrigerator 
  • Side-by-Side Refrigerator 
  • Top-Freezer Refrigerator 
  • Bottom-Freezer Refrigerator 
  • Built-In Refrigerator 
  • Counter-Depth Refrigerator 
  • Freezerless Refrigerator 

Other features to keep in mind when purchasing a refrigerator are whether or not it’s an Energy Star certified appliance or if it’s fingerprint-resistant. If you want to save a few bucks on your energy bill and limit the time you spend wiping off grimy fingerprints, be sure to check these two items off your wish list.  

There are plenty of appliance finishes to choose from, including stainless steel, black stainless steel, and slate, and there are also custom-panel models that allow you to customize the exterior of the fridge to match your kitchen cabinetry. Installing a new fridge can require some precise measurements, so let us help you:

Dishwashers 

Time to dish out some cleaning appliances online. When we’re done preparing our meals, the last thing we want to tackle is the stack of dishes in the sink. When the cooking is phenomenal, the mess usually is too. You can enjoy your home-cooked meals without dreading the mess—choose from our large selection of dishwashers in every color and finish to accent your kitchen’s style with precise efficiency and performance.  

With innovative features like Wi-Fi-connective apps, LED lighting, bottle jets, third racks, and Energy Star certified performance, you’re getting more than a dishwasher—you’re getting an extra hand in the kitchen. Leave the dirty work to us and explore the rundown of front-control and top-control dishwasher styles including: 

  • Built-In Dishwashers  
  • Portable Dishwashers 
  • Drawer Dishwashers 

Kitchen Appliance Packages 

If you’re looking for a way to bundle your appliances and lower your price point, consider shopping for online kitchen appliance packages. Appliance packages are a great solution when starting a new kitchen build or remodel. Big Sandy offers a wide selection of appliance packages so you can create a uniform and stylish way to revamp your kitchen affordably. Your appliances should look as good as they perform, and our tested brands like LG and Whirlpool will ensure that every time.  

Make the Most of Your Online Kitchen Appliance Shopping  

Similar to shopping in a physical store, it helps to have a general idea of what you want before you start shopping online. Research all the top brands and features ahead of time—this will save you time and reduce the chance of having to return the product later on.  

The good thing about shopping for appliances online is you can always find some stellar product sales and discounts. Major holidays are a great time for appliance sales online and in-store. There is a wealth of online information from appliance and home-design experts to help you find finishes and features that suit your taste and needs. Be on the lookout for the next big promotion and be ready to strike.  

Grab Your Tape Measure  

You can’t do any shopping until you’ve properly measured the appliances and the space where your product will go. Measuring refrigerators, wall ovens, cooktops, and ranges is an essential part of the shopping experience, and it won’t do much good if your appliances can’t fit through the door.  

Measure twice and measure a third time if you have to—if you’re off by just half an inch, your appliance won’t properly fit. It's crucial to be as precise with your measurements as possible, so that you can choose your appliances appropriately and avoid unpleasant surprises on the day of delivery.  

Each type of appliance has its own specific measurements and will play a specific role in your home. Whether you have the kitchen capacity for a larger appliance or you require something a little more compact, the overall size and layout is an important item to consider.  

We’re Here to Help 

If you have any questions about online kitchen appliances or any of our other kitchen accessories, we are always available by chat or phone to assist you.   

Simply click the icon on the bottom-right side of our homepage. A window will pop up where one of our team members will be able to live-chat with you. If phone calls are your thing, remember to give us a call at your preferred location or our toll-free number at 888-610-2449  

For any appliance needs big or small, don’t hesitate to contact our industry experts here at Big Sandy—we're happy to help in any way we can.