How To Shop For Kitchen Appliances By Analyzing Current Market Trends

Posted by on Apr 1

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Kitchen Large Appliance Trends Outdoor KitchenIn the market for a kitchen upgrade or two?  Before scouring the countless options available, it might be prudent to learn about the popular types of products being bought these days, as well as why those kinds of products are flying from the shelves.

Executive sales consultant Darren Widas at Trail Appliances (a sizable retail chain in western Canada) was recently interviewed regarding the steady trends in large kitchen appliances. Here's a portion of the advice he graciously passed on for the rest of us:

Induction cooktops are in and will be for a long time to come, now that Widas believes the price points are stabilizing. For those unfamiliar with the process, induction is a technology to make your pot or pan the main heat source that cooks the food -- which means not having to rely on a generated heat source like an electric coil or gas flame.

Outdoor kitchens are in, especially in regions that have a lot of warmer weather. Many homeowners are renovating their properties to include more than just a barbecue in their backyard. You can now find wall ovens, refrigerators, warming stations, and even hood fans specifically made for outdoor use.

Those in their twenties and fifties are capturing the largest target market on average. Widas notes that buyers in their twenties are a new, rising generation of cooking enthusiasts that are following popular media trends, while those in later years "are too busy and just need an appliance to do its job."  But he exempts the 50-59 crowd from this list, saying they "can finally enjoy cooking."

Warranties now typically last one year when it comes to stainless steel or wood paneling options. This is an especially crucial concern when it comes to appliances that use water. According to Widas, these types of appliances have an 18% chance of requiring an average repair cost of $250. He recommends looking into extended warranty options for refrigerators, dishwashers, freezers, and other water-related appliances.

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