How to get a luxurious kitchen for less
Consumers don’t need a bottomless budget to get a kitchen that looks and feels expensive, according to Consumer Reports.
Consumer Reports recently rated almost 350 ranges, cooktops, wall ovens and microwaves; almost 200 dishwashers; almost 350 refrigerators; 14 countertop materials; and more than 40 flooring products to make sure every dollar in the average homeowner’s $15,000 to $30,000 kitchen renovation budget goes further. Consumer Reports also polled more than 18,000 of its savvy subscribers to see which brands held up over time — and which didn’t.
CR recommends not being lured in by sleekness alone — and recognizing the spending traps. Those to watch out for include not visiting showrooms or talking with pros before buying, skimping on labor, paying more for little-used features and choosing fragile (and pricey) stone countertops. Finding a retailer that offers low prices, good service and top quality is another area where consumers can save time and money.
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