Mistakes I Made When Choosing My Old Kitchen Appliances – My “Museum of Historical Appliance Colors”

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Kitchen appliances are one of the largest investments of money and functionality in your home!  Just think about how many times that refrigerator door opens every day.

I remember my very first “owned” stove and refrigerator.  My grandfather gave me his old ones to put in my first house.  He loved fried foods and was a typical guy – you can imagine the condition of the stove.  I spent hours and hours cleaning both the stove and refrigerator, polished them until they looked like…, well… better.  I never would have been able to afford buying new ones and appreciated his help so very much!

Biggest mistake I made when choosing my kitchen appliances…  When I got married and a moved into a new house, we took some of my husband’s things and some of mine.  Yup,  you know – mismatched.  And then we replaced as things broke and did I try to match?  No, I always thought, I’ll get the one in style now and then as the next one needs replacing I’ll match it.  But I did that every time!  *slapping forehead*.  So I have a “Museum of Historical Appliance Colors”.  I have a beige refrigerator, my “almond” phase.  A black dishwasher and the newest addition, a stainless stove.  *sigh*  What was I thinking?!

Another mistake…  As far as brand, I chose whatever-was-on-sale when an appliance died.  Again, what was I thinking?!  As a consequence, all my appliances are different brands.  I’m starting to picture that little kid that dresses themselves for the first time, with a mixture of seasons, colors and prints.  Yup, that’s me.  Not exactly ready for “Design Star”, am I?

Well, all of that is about to change!  “Squee”!!!!  I’ve been chosen as a brand ambassador for Maytag !!!  Maytag is going to be sending me new kitchen appliances to test drive and share the experience in posts.  So come with me on the Maytag journey!

I’ve already changed the mismatched brand problem.  When our dryer died this summer, I bought a Maytag Bravos XL to replace it!! Yay!!!  I love, love, love it.  And rather than wait until the washer died (it was terminally ill but not yet gone), we also replaced the washer with a Maytag Bravos XL!  But, could I get everything right?  Of course not, I did mess up on the color.  I bought white, my old frugal self came out and I didn’t want to pay extra for the granite color (now kicking myself).  The new kitchen appliances will be a beautiful stainless/gray.  Oh well, if I was perfect, my friends wouldn’t recognize me!

Next mistake – not considering energy efficiency.  I’m always looking for a value, a bargain, ways to save money.  But when I bought my appliances, I looked only at the price.  I should have looked at the “lifetime cost”.  Taking into consideration the cost of running an appliance is the smart way to evaluate choices.  An appliance may be inexpensive to buy, but use so much energy that it costs you more in the long run.

One more mistake – being dazzled by features, rather than considering lifestyle.  We are once-a-week grocery shoppers (or sometimes even less) and freeze meat and fruit.  I’m also trying to lose weight and eat frozen meals on and off.  But instead of considering that when we were shopping for a refrigerator, I was dazzled by the features of the side-by-side.  There are things I love about that design, but the freezer configuration isn’t one of them.

Ready for the Before and After?


When the new appliances arrive, I’m most looking forward to…

  • the change in the look of my kitchen
  • a dishwasher that works
  • having an ice maker/water dispenser on the door of the refrigerator that works
  • the room in a freezer drawer instead of my side-by-side
  • an over-the-stove microwave and the room I’ll gain where my old one was
  • seeing my utility bill drop
  • watching my daughter try the snack drawer in the refrigerator
Being chosen as a #MaytagMom is an honor.  When I applied, I wanted to be certain that it was a brand I could honestly and proudly represent.  The Maytag name is synonymous with quality workmanship and most of all, dependability.  For over 100 years, they have been manufacturing appliances that help us cook, clean, and create the home we want for our family.  Thank you for choosing me, Maytag and Mom Central!

 I’m going to be researching things-to-consider, product features, what-to-look-for, when shopping for appliances and sharing what I find.  If you are about to replace something in your home, I hope I’ll be able to help!  So, hang on, it’s going to be a fun ride!

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Did you make any of these mistakes when you bought your last kitchen appliances?

Disclosure of Material Connection:   I wrote this post participating in an Maytag Moms Dependable Kitchen Ambassador program by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Maytag. I will be provided with a Maytag kitchen appliances set, including a refrigerator, microwave, dishwasher, and range to facilitate my posts.  


  1. 1

    I LOVE all of the new appliances you are getting from Maytag! Contratulations! :-)

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    Natalie J Vandenberghe says:

    Sounds so familiar…thanks for the memories ;)
    p.s. I’m envious!

  3. 3
    Cindy Brooks says:

    Congratulations! This post made me smile :) When we built our home we decided on some top of the line appliances (after all it’s our retirement and last home!). The salesman let me know that I could get a microwave from another company that was exactly the same and made by the higher end company. It just wouldn’t have the high end logo. I wavered for just a second before I decided that logo was worth an extra $300 so that everything matched. The salesman didn’t get it. Fortunately, my sweet husband did :)

  4. 4

    Those mistakes you listed are great and so true! I used to try to buy whatever was on sale too so now I have learned with a major purchase you need to go for quality not the cheapest price. Great read! Thanks for sharing :)

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