As the need to stay at home for everyone’s safety increased, more time was also spent in the kitchen. This has led to an important realization: your kitchen appliances are overdue for an upgrade. But how does one even begin to shop for new equipment online and from the safety of their home?
Italian heritage brand and trusted Filipino kitchen partner La Germania shares a quick online shopping guide to getting the right kitchen appliances.
1. Know what you need
Function and quality should always come first. While you’ve probably come across pretty appliances while scrolling through social media and trawling through the internet, keep in mind what you will be using your appliances for and how often you’ll be using them.
A vintage cooking range with a rustic vibe may catch your eye, but if the cooktop is only able to go up to a few heat settings or the oven doesn’t have a timer, those are added worries when you need to be more precise with your cooking.
Read up on the features, tech, and quality of each appliance to ensure that it suits more than your aesthetic, but also your needs. La Germania’s product range offers both precision and flair to your cooking and it’s only a matter of figuring out which one works best for you.
2. Know your space
Before you begin your hunt for your replacement refrigerator or range hood, take measurements to ensure the product you’re getting fits into your kitchen space. Knowing the dimensions you can work with immediately helps narrow down your search.
Consider also the layout of your kitchen and where you’re staying. You don’t want to get a fridge that opens to the right and bumps into your kitchen door all the time, for example. If you’re staying at a condo, induction cookers will be ideal as you wouldn’t have to worry about where to put the gas tank and they typically don’t produce as much smoke when cooking.
3. Know your seller
As with anything bought online, it’s important to make sure that you’re transacting with legitimate sellers that you can trust. You want to have assurance that you’ll actually get the item that you’re paying for. And it’s never more vital than when you’re buying big items such as kitchen appliances.
Your best bet is to head to the brand’s official website to make your purchase. Alternatively, you can confirm their list of official retailers—whether online or offline—on their website or their official social media pages. This way, you can breathe easy that you’ll get authentic products complete with quality assurance and warranty.
4. Take delivery logistics in consideration
When making your purchase online, you shouldn’t forget to check the delivery policy of your chosen retailer. If they don’t have it explained within the page, don’t be afraid to chat up their sales representatives. E-commerce channels and websites typically have a built-in chat function so you can speak to a representative about your questions or concerns even before you hit “add to cart”. You want to make sure that your item reaches you in good condition so making these clarifications should be a priority.
Some online shopping malls or platforms may also be able handle delivery of products only up to a certain size, so double-checking a brand’s official website to compare product availability is always a smart step.