How to Choose Appliances That Buyers Will Want In Their Kitchen

 July 21, 2014

The kitchen is one of the areas buyers pay close attention to. It is where they see themselves gathering with their families and entertaining friends. It should contain the best appliances and have a cozy, welcoming atmosphere. Sellers can create beautiful kitchens even with limited funds. With a good eye, they can turn their kitchens into buyer bait.

So, how can homeowners choose appliances that appeal to buyers?

Choosing appliances that have a high return on investment

Choose Appliances that Have High ROI

Updating the kitchen can be a costly endeavor hence sellers should only invest in appliances with a high return on investment. Valuable kitchen appliances can increase the selling price of a property. They add to the beauty of the space and make a home stand out from others in the neighborhood. Kitchen appliances with a high return on investment include refrigerators, ranges, dishwashers, microwaves, and slow cookers.

Select Long-Lasting Appliances

When buying appliances, homeowners must make sure that they buy from the best manufacturers. Some manufacturers make appliances that offer nothing in terms of function. The products start having problems immediately after the warranty expires. Sellers should buy appliances from reliable manufacturers like whirlpool, Bosch, Frigidaire, Rival, Subzero, and General Electric. These companies make products that last for years.

Choose Function and Beauty

Kitchen appliances are some of the biggest investments in a home and must meet the needs and lifestyles of buyers. If they don’t, they are not worth buying. Sellers must choose appliances that are functional, cost-effective, and energy-saving. They should only buy appliances that buyers will need and use. Kitchen tools that make life easy are a joy. These include slow cookers, microwaveable Tupperware, and nonstick pans.

Consider the kitchen design and the lifestyle of the family

Consider the Kitchen’s Design

Sellers should choose appliances that fit into the designs of their kitchens. Some kitchens look good with ranges, others look good with cooktops, while others look good with wall ovens. Buyers want appliances that look good in a space and cater to their needs excellently. For instance, sellers targeting families can opt for gas cookers as they heat up fast and allow people to cook under precise conditions. Those targeting singles can choose electric cookers as they heat up slowly and are loved by new cooks.

Know Where to Splurge

It is important for sellers to know where to save and where to splurge so as to add the best value to their kitchens. Appliances they should not cut back on include:


These are must-haves in every kitchen as they help keep food fresh and work day and night. They hold prime spots in kitchens and can impact the style of the entire space. Modern buyers like refrigerators with French style doors as they are big and can accommodate many food items. Advise your sellers to choose refrigerators with useful features like digital settings, high preservation, dual refrigeration, adjustable glass shelves, interior ice and water dispensers, and humidity-controlled crispers.

Select appliances that have function and beauty


Ranges are kitchen staples. They come in different designs and use gas or electricity. A new range can turn a kitchen from drab to stunning. It can make buyers picture themselves cooking for their families and friends. Sellers must choose ranges with excellent features like double ovens, griddle burners, and different cooking settings. New ranges come with superb features buyers will love; some even remember a user’s favorite cooking settings.


No kitchen appliance offers as much convenience as a dishwasher. These days, stainless steel dishwashers have become very popular. They have gradually phased out white dishwashers. Buyers want dishwashers that offer excellent cleaning performance, are easy to load, operate quietly, and have different compartments for cookware, flatware, and glasses. Sellers should keep this in mind when buying dishwashers.

Regardless of what appliances are chosen keep in mind the long-term ROI (Return on Investment) value. If you need assistance giving more home improvement tips to your clients, look to the iHouse blog.

Ronique Gibson

By Ronique Gibson

Ronique Gibson is an Associate Architect and a LEED Accredited Professional, who has been in the design industry for over 13 years. She started her design blog in 2009 and today it has become a premier destination for helping homeowners with everyday lifestyle challenges. Her readers check in daily for help with their homes, DIY project ideas, recipes, crafts, and inspiration to beautify and enjoy their homes.