It's time for another big grown-up milestone: new kitchen appliances. And I'm paralyzed by the thought of making the wrong decisions.
Our current kitchen set-up is: electric stove/vent hood original to the house (late 1980s), bottom-of-the-line fridge (a little over 10 years old), and mid-level dishwasher (about 10 years old). We want to re-do the whole shebang. I'm kind of irrationally drawn to the GE slate series
, but I want to be smart and not swayed by esthetics. I'd like to stick to new, brand-name items, not the cheapest but not the fanciest, and keep the whole budget (including install/delivery/whatever) around $5,000 if possible. I'm not averse to mixing-and-matching if that's the best solution. (Not concerned about resale value.)
The house is a cheaply built 1980s townhouse. Are we going to have issues with wiring? Should we have someone come in and check first?
I'm wary of the smooth cooktop stoves, but that seems to be our only option if we want convection or anything above the most basic level. How hard is it to keep them clean, really? How easy it it to damage them?
Our current basic fridge does not have ice or water attachments. I heard many different answers asking if a water line could be installed from the sink from "no problem" to "you have to call a plumber."
Is there a real difference in where you buy? Everyone seems equally fond of small print and hidden costs, and you can find online horror stories about everyone as well.
Extended warranty. I was brought up to think they were nothing but scams, but...should we get one? Maybe just for the stove and/or fridge?
Any and all advice appreciated! We are located in the DC metro area if that makes a difference.