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When Is the Best Time of Year to Buy Appliances?

Looking to get a great deal on a new appliance, but not sure the best time to buy? Check out the best months, days and times to buy.

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Want to update your appliances without spending a fortune? It’s all about knowing when to buy appliances — and it can literally save you hundreds, sometimes even thousands, of dollars. Here’s some insight into the best time to buy home appliances.

Timing Is Everything

So, specifically, when is the best time to buy appliances? It depends on what you’re looking for. The general consensus among experts is that fall is the best time to buy most major appliances, but the best month to buy appliances varies, depending on what you’re in search of. Similar to what Doug Berg said, other researchers say to shop the last days of the month. They also agree that Thursday, in particular, is the best day to buy appliances. Here are the specifics for some of the major items you may be considering purchasing:

Online Versus In-Store

First things first: Should you buy online or in a store? With so many buying options available, it’s hard to know where to shop first. Your best bet? Shop around. It’s actually pretty common to find a solid deal in a store, but then you search online for that same product and end up finding an even better deal.

When it comes to shopping for appliances online, data tracker and CEO of TrackIf, Doug Berg, says that the best times to buy are:

  • In November
  • On Thursdays
  • On the 4th, 5th, 23rd and 29th of the month
  • At 3:00 p.m.

Technically, that means Thanksgiving may be your best bet. But if you don’t want to interfere with family time, there’s always Cyber Monday (the Monday after Thanksgiving).

If you prefer to actually see and feel the product that you’re considering purchasing, pay attention to in-store deals during holidays, three-day weekends and on Black Friday (the Friday after Thanksgiving).

Kitchen Appliances 

The best time of the year to buy most kitchen appliances is in the fall and winter. Manufacturers introduce their latest models (with the exception of refrigerators) in September and October, so they tend to reduce prices of older models then. Dishwashers, in particular, are much cheaper in December. For further price reductions, but a more limited selection, shop in January. Refrigerators, however, tend to be the cheapest in May, as their new models are introduced in the spring.

Washers and Dryers 

 Wait until Labor Day or Memorial Day to find the best deals on washers and dryers.

Air Conditioners

  • If you want to save money on a new air conditioner, hold out until the end of the summer, when demand isn’t so high. Although sellers begin slashing prices at the end of July and August, they reduce the prices further in the “off” months of October through February.

BBQ Grills

How to Save Even More

If you want to be extra thrifty, don’t stop at the price on the tag. Compare that price to other stores. See if the store you want to purchase from price matches other retailers. Consider whether joining a rewards program could save you even more. And don’t forget about good old-fashioned haggling. You’d be surprised at what retailers would consider selling an item for just to move the products out the door.

After the Big Purchase

So you’re ready to buy that big-ticket item. What next? Don’t forget to ask about a warranty. Most manufacturers offer a standard one-year warranty; however, many also offer warranty extensions for an additional fee. Determine if that’s something you would consider. And if you want to make sure you’re always covered for the unforeseen, consider adding your new appliance to your American Home Shield® home warranty, if it’s not already covered. That way, you can rest easy knowing you’re protected no matter what. 

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