A group of designers were having a discussion on Twitter this week, about the fact that we often need a second opinion when making decisions for our own homes. The fresh eye of another designer, can either re-enforce our confidence in the choices we’ve made or lead us to think about a direction we haven’t gone in before. One participant was discussing redoing her bathroom and I talked about being midway into my kitchen demo. I was lamenting about how difficult it is to make a purchase when you know the full range of available products for any given project.
It’s hard y’all!
We’ve seen what’s out there and we have a pretty good idea about what’s coming out in the near future. There are some amazeballs appliances on the marketplace. I likened the experience to cruising a Ferrari dealership while driving a Pinto. Once you’ve seen the best, it’s impossible to un–see it.
While hunting for new ovens for my kitchen, I was reminded how difficult decisions can be for the average homeowner. As the old cabinet housing my previous ovens was removed, we found an instructional video for it. It was on VHS! That’s how long it’s been since I’ve had to make a choice about what kind of oven to buy.
It is hard to part with the all mighty dollar. I know what features are non-negotiable for me: I need a minimum of 30″ in width, at least one convection oven, and styling that will work well with the appliances that I am keeping.
Here are three ovens that made the first cut:
|The Dacor Classic comes in at around $3900.00|
|The JennAir Professional Series is in the $3000.00 range.|
|And this one from Bertazonni comes in at around $5000.00|
Sooooo, as of today, I haven’t gotten any closer to making a decision. I have several more manufacturers to investigate, reviews to read and comparisons to make. I have to take a look at all the bells and whistles, figure out exactly what is necessary, what I can do without, and make sure I’m making the smartest decision for my particular circumstances.
Just like when buying a car, I have to compare apples to apples, instead of apples to oranges, long term cost of use, and approximate cost of maintenance over the expected lifetime of the product. It is no easy task. Heaven help me, because I could really use a second designer’s opinion right now!
Let’s just agree to no #eastwooding. Okay?