The Best Times of Year to Buy an Appliance
Many people wait until their appliances die before considering a replacement.
While that approach squeezes the most out of an old appliance, it does nothing to help the buyer save money on a new appliance.
If you know the average lifespan of your home appliances, you can plan your replacements accordingly.
For example, most refrigerators last between 10 and 20 years, while dishwashers generally need to be replaced every 5 to 10 years.
By spreading out your appliance purchases, you can avoid big hits to your budget and take advantage of sales or special offers. Plus, you’ll always have a backup appliance in an emergency.
Plan ahead, and you can save on new appliances while keeping your home running smoothly for years to come.
So when is the best time of year to buy, when prices are low, and inventory is ripe for the picking?
September & October
According to CNET, the best months to buy a dishwasher are September and October. Manufacturers release new models in November and December, and retailers are trying to clear old stock during these months.
As with cars, you can get a great deal on a dishwasher if you buy it during the right time of year. Keep this advice in mind and wait to make your purchase. You’ll be glad you did when you see how much money you saved.
January & February
According to Time, January and February are the best months to buy a washer or dryer. These appliances go on sale around Presidents Day and are discounted through February.
You’re also more likely to find a deal on these appliances during spring and summer because that’s when most people are shopping for other big-ticket items, like patio furniture. The demand for appliances is lower, so the prices are too.
According to Consumer Reports, the best months to buy a refrigerator are in the spring. New models come out in July and August, so retailers mark down older models to make room for the new inventory.
You can also find good deals on microwaves, because new models are introduced in April and May. The old stuff has to go!
The Fourth of July weekend is one of the busiest times for retailers.
Shoppers are out in full force, looking for deals on summer essentials like clothing, patio furniture, and grilling supplies.
While holiday weekends offer an excellent opportunity to snag some discounts, shoppers need to be cautious. Just because a store offers a sale price doesn’t mean it’s the best deal.
Many stores offer various deals simultaneously, so it pays to shop around. For the persistent buyer, this can lead to huge savings. So before you head out to the mall this holiday weekend, remember to do your research.
End of the Month
It’s no secret that many retailers have quotas they’re expected to hit at the end of each month. And while this can put shoppers in a tough spot when it comes to haggling over prices, there is some light at the end of the tunnel: Appliance retailers tend to loosen up on otherwise tight price grips when inventory dwindles near the end of the month.
So if you’re flexible on timing and patient with negotiation, you might be able to walk away with a great deal. Of course, this isn’t always the case — sometimes it pays to shop early — but it’s worth trying this approach if you’re looking for appliances on a budget.
Do Your Research
Your home runs on appliances — from the refrigerator that keeps your food fresh to the washer and dryer that keep your clothes clean.
These appliances are a significant investment. Choose them carefully to get the most bang for your buck.
Reading reviews, comparing prices, and checking for energy-efficiency ratings can help you find the best appliance for your needs.
Once you’ve found the perfect appliance, take care of it to make it last. Regular cleaning and maintenance will extend its life.
And if something does go wrong, be sure to call the professionals at West Coast Chief Repair.