Is it time to replace broken or worn-out kitchen appliances? With so many products on the market, how do you choose the right one in your price range? These are great questions, but it will require a little bit of  research on your part. You can buy a membership to a popular review site, or there are several free sources you can search for the information you need. 

 

- Consumer Reports

 

This is a popular resource for millions of people looking to find out the best product based on real people testing them. The drawback? You have to pay for the information. However, it might be a good investment if you are starting out brand new and need to fill your house with appliances, furniture, linens, and fixtures. If you are just looking to replace a vacuum cleaner, you probably won’t see the benefit in the membership fee. 

 

- Blogs

 

There are so many blogs on the Internet that specialize in product reviews. Most are pretty specific, so you won’t want to search “product review blog”.  The results will be too broad.  If you are looking for a new coffee pot, search “coffee maker review blog”. You want to be as specific as possible.  If you already have a brand name or model number in mind, include that in your search query. 

 

- Customer Reviews on Web Stores

 

Consumers who buy from major online stores like Amazon, Wal-Mart, Target and Best Buy, will often leave comments about their purchase. You can check the star rating initially from these websites for your specific product, and when you have narrowed down your top three, go back and read some specific details about what works and what doesn’t.  This information can be very valuable in making final decisions.  Remember, these are real people that are using the product and they certainly aren't shy about sharing the opinions, good or bad.

 

These are just a few of the ways you can find product reviews for items in your household that need replacing, updating, or purchased for your new home. Spend a little time checking results and sources on reputable websites, and it will help you make an informed decision on which brand and style would best suit your needs and your budget.