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While reconfiguring the house plans, Sam asked for a complete list of appliances. For some people this is easy, but for me it’s been a chore. I’ve purchased so many rotten appliances in my life — dishwashers that can only clean pre-washed dishes for example — that I’m ultra-wary of every advertising claim. And there are so many choices that it’s mind boggling.

To get started I went to a couple of my favorite online appliance stores. But today I found out one has a great tool, if you’re in the open market for an appliance and don’t know where to start.

First, go to AJ Madison. Then choose the type of appliance you are looking for, such as refrigerators. Click on the link to that section.

Next choose a general category to search. I’m looking for a side-by-side, so I click on that.

Now, look at the array of search options you have! You can narrow your search by a huge number of choices. For example, I’m looking for a built in with an external water dispenser. So I select those two options. Now my search has gone down from hundreds of selections, to just 21!

Last, I will scan down this much smaller list, and put a check mark on those that interest me. When I’ve finished checking my selections, I just click the “Compare” link on any of those I selected. Viola! I now have a side-by-side feature comparison of all the refrigerators I am considering.

It still took a number of hours, but the process of determining all my appliance choices was made so much easier by going to a vendor who has a great selection of appliances and a very flexible search and comparison tool.

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  • Lacy June 23, 2009, 10:43 pm

    Pretty nice post. I just stumbled upon your blog and wanted to say
    that I’ve really liked browsing your posts. Anyway I’ll be subscribing to your blog and I hope you post again soon!

  • cldeanalo June 29, 2009, 1:02 pm

    You only need a tool like this because there are way too many choices in appliances. Why do we need so many variables? I just want to keep my food cold.

  • Alison Moore Smith June 30, 2009, 1:08 am

    Thank you, Lacy!

    I’m with you, cldeanalo. I’d be happy with just two choices: harvest gold and avocado green!

  • equalbutbetter October 12, 2009, 3:42 am

    If you hate choices, I have a short list of great communist countries you can move to!

  • Patrick January 2, 2010, 6:32 pm

    It must help your stress levels blogging as you build like a passive release, great Idea. As for appliances personally I don’t think you can go past Miele all their range are just fantastic and I cannot recommend their induction cook top enough, and the dishwashers are just smart.

    Good luck……
    .-= Patrick´s last blog ..Pin sharp photos – Part 2 EXPOSURE =-.

  • Alison Moore Smith January 3, 2010, 4:11 am

    True, Patrick. We actually like building (this is the third time we’ve built, second full custom home), but it does get busy. The process is fun and interesting to me, so it’s a natural to write about.

    I have been impressed with many of the Miele products. Don’t quite have the entire set selected, but will soon!

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