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Buying Our Kitchen Appliances On Craigslist

Kitchen Appliances on Craigslist-2-10 copyWhen we bought our house last summer, we gutted our entire kitchen and remodeled the whole thing – cupboards, counters, island, walls, ceiling and floor. We also upgraded the appliances to nicer stainless steel ones from the ones that came with the house. We knew that a great way to stretch our budget was to buy used appliances instead of brand new ones. I also didn’t care if all the appliances were the same brand, so that widened our options quite a bit. You can read all the details of the rest of the kitchen remodel in this post.

First of all, we sold all of the simple, white appliances that were in the original kitchen. They all worked well and were in pretty good shape, so that was another way we were able to stretch our budget even more. Kitchen Remodel-1-48We looked for appliances at some outlet stores, but didn’t find the kind we were looking for at the time we were searching. That is another great option, it just didn’t work out for us this time. In the end, we ended up buying almost all of our appliances on Craigslist.

Double Oven

Frigidaire Electric Oven Model #PLEB30T9DCC. This particular model isn’t even sold anymore. Here’s a similar model.

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Having a double oven is a dream come true. It’s so convenient to have two ovens, since we have people over for dinner parties and have over night guests A LOT. At least a few times each month. I knew I would get good use out of both ovens. It’s great being able to cook your entree, side dish and dessert all at the same time.

We found this double oven on Craigslist for a fraction of the cost of a brand new one. Unfortunately, the gentleman who sold it to us was going through a divorce and was allowed by the lawyers to sell his kitchen appliances. He told us that the oven was still in perfect condition. It sure is. It looks like he hardly ever used it and the bottom one looked brand new. I’ve been using it all year and haven’t had any issues at all. I love the convection option that these ovens have.

We Paid: $700

New Model: $1,699

We saved: $999

Hood 
Whirlpool 30-inch Vented 300-CFM Wall-Mount Canopy Hood 

Kitchen Appliances on Craigslist-1-3Having a powerful hood was my husband’s explicit request and I am so glad we got it. With so much cooking going on at our house, this robust beastly machine keeps the smokiness and odors at bay. Sergi and my Dad installed the hood so that the exhaust goes through the attic and then the side of the house. This way, the smells are all suctioned and expelled outside, not blown around uselessly in the house. Now anytime I am searing steaks indoors, cooking fish or cabbage soup, the air in the whole house isn’t permeated with all those odors for days. When we lived in apartments, I used to have to open all the windows, doors and turn on the fans for a few hours during and after cooking to get the air smelling fresh again. Those wimpy apartment hoods just made noise and moved air around but didn’t do any good.

Even though it’s so powerful and effective, I think the noise isn’t too loud at all. It doesn’t get too dirty either. I’ve only had to clean it a few times, and then I just sprayed it with all purpose cleaning spray and wiped it dry.

The seller was a contractor who bought this brand new hood for a client, who ended up not liking how it looked and bought another one. How cool for us? We scored a brand new hood! It was still in the original packaging.

We paid: $170

New model: $599

We saved: $429

Refrigerator

Frigidaire French Door Refrigerator 

Kitchen Appliances on Craigslist-1-7I love our French door refrigerator. Not only does it looks really sleek and elegant, it’s so roomy. I can fit so much more food in it than the other refrigerators that I had before. It’s also really convenient for big items, like cakes, or when I have a large roast or even turkey prepped ahead of time. I can move the shelves around to fit whatever I need.

Kithchen Cupboards and Drawers-1-36The bottom freezer is very easy to keep organized. Since the drawer is divided into 4 sections, it’s really easy to see everything and to divide different food into their own space.

Kithchen Cupboards and Drawers-1-34We also bought this for a fraction of the cost on Craigslist and also are so happy with the way that it’s working.

We paid: $750

New model: $2649

We saved: $1899

Dishwasher

Samsung Top Control Dishwasher Model#DMT800RHS (this model is also no longer sold.) This is a similar dishwasher.

Kitchen Appliances on Craigslist-1-6The dishwasher was a learning experience. The sellers had the dishwasher stored in their garage. They told Sergi that they had recently upgraded to a newer model and that this dishwasher still worked perfectly. There was no way to test it, so we decided to buy it. Well, when we installed it and turned it on, we quickly found out that it wasn’t in perfect condition. In fact it didn’t work at all. There was an error message on it. When Sergi and my Dad took it apart, they found one of the hoses was cracked. The sellers stuffed some paper towels into the water sensor, so the sensor wouldn’t come on right away. The sellers definitely knew about this issue, since they had tried to cover it up.

That didn’t stop us. Doing some research online, my Dad figured out what the problem was, Sergi bought a replacement part online for about $20 and with the help of a YouTube video fixed the dishwasher and it works great now.

Moral of the story, don’t trust sellers. They will lie straight to your face. If we sell things on Craiglist, we are honest and reveal any problems that an item has, but not everyone is like that. From that day, we carefully test everything out before we buy it. If we can’t test it, we just don’t purchase it. It worked out for us in the long run. However, I wouldn’t recommend this particular dishwasher. I really don’t like the way it is set up and the way you have to load the dishes is very awkward for me. When we have some extra money, I would love to get another dishwasher, but for now I can’t justify spending money on another one, since this one does the job. It also looks really nice, and we especially like that the controls are on top of the door, not on the front of the panel.

We paid: $150

Hose: $20

New model:$699

We saved: $529

TOTAL saved on appliances: $3856

That’s pretty incredible!

The only appliance that we didn’t buy on Craigslist was our gas cooktop, and that’s simply because there wasn’t one available in the size that we wanted on Craiglist, no matter how long I looked for it. I am really happy with the cooktop that we bought. You can read more about why I chose to get a gas cooktop in this post.

We saved so much money by buying used appliances. Buying brand new, matching stainless steel appliances would have been nice, but the price really bites. With all the other remodeling work that we did, we didn’t want to deplete so much of our savings. It’s a good thing we didn’t, since I was already pregnant at the time and we didn’t even know it. The pregnancy, home health care, hospital stays, delivery and recovery were VERY expensive. That is a really good reason to have an emergency fund, you never know what may happen. Happy surprises can be very pricey too:).

Kitchen Remodel-1-31You know what, though?  The appliances work great, they look good (in my opinion, anyway) and the food that I cook is still the same. If I cooked on the cheapest possible appliances for years in all the apartments that we lived, and the food turned out well, I can certainly be very happy with the much nicer appliances that we have now. The quality of food has nothing to do with the appliances that you use anyway, unless it has major problems.

I hope this post was informative and encouraging for you. If you have any questions, I will be happy to answer.

Do you have any kitchen remodel stories to share? How about buying or selling on Craigslist? I’d love to hear your experience.

13 Comments

  • Kel

    Your kitchen is lovely! And I also really enjoyed this post – sharing how you made it work. I am sorry for the dishwasher sellers…..

  • Julie T

    Olga, your kitchen is beautiful great job on the whole remodel! We bought our house 4 years ago and completely remodel it, kitchen included we got out kitchen appliances at Costco with free delivery and set up for 4 pcs Whirlpool we paid $2300 with tax and everything it. Purchased it over one of the major holidays so they had a great sale on them and we used them for 4 years without any problems we also sold our old white appliances on craigslist for $800 for 3 pcs. You guys are wise to be so thriftly, blessings to you and your family! 🙂

  • mila

    What a fantastic post!! I never thought of using Craigs list for anything because I’m from New York City and let’s face it, people can be a bit crazy here. I am however (as my husband lovingly calls me) The Queen Of Ebay. I have scored some truly unbelievable deals from that site including brand new, high end designer evening gowns for less than $100 among other things.
    Sorry to hear about the crazy medical bills you got hit with. A couple of years ago, I was in-between jobs when I ended up having emergency surgery to remove an ovarian cyst. The timing couldn’t of been worse but thankfully I was okay after I went back to work we managed to climb out of our financial rut.

    • olgak7

      I would be scared to use Craigslist in NYC too:). There are lots of other ways to save money, just like you do with Ebay. Good for you!
      It’s ok about the medical bills. I’m very thankful for my baby and also very thankful for the medical care I received. Medical bills aren’t fun to pay off, but we were blessed to have an Emergency fund, so we didn’t have to be in a financial mess. From experience, we know that life can bring unexpected surprises, so it’s a good idea to be as prepared for unexpected things as you can. If nothing happens, then you have a nice savings stash:).
      I’m so sorry to hear about your medical scare. I’m so happy everything turned out ok.

  • Galina

    Olga your kitchen is beautiful!! I really like your granite countertops! We are building our house right now and spent a whole day yesterday looking for this similar granite and everything that we liked the look of was marble…😩but our reason for not purchasing marble is same as yours….anyways we ended up purchasing Quartz which looks like marble but is hard and durable like granite….it really looks like your granite too:))) …..thanks so much for sharing your recipes with all of us and God bless your beautiful family!

  • Olga G

    Your post makes my heart happy 🙂 I would never have thought to buy appliances on Craigslist. In a few years my husband and I want to update our entire home…especially the kitchen. I will definitely take your suggestions to save some money. Your kitchen came out beautifully! Blessings to you and all those who come to your home to eat and be blessed!

  • Tanya

    Olga, your kitchen looks great and very cozy. Thank you for sharing your post. I just bought yesterday my first appliances on craigslist, washer and dryer and washer is not working. It also gives error code just like in your story, wish I have read your post before I bought it )) but you encouraged me that hopefully we will fix it as well. Thanks for sharing! God bless your family!

  • Inesa

    I love going on your blog! I have been following you for around 2 years now… when I saw that you are pregnant I was so happy as if it was me being pregnant (witch I was) You are such a strong women in my eyes….

    We just bought a home and my husband is remodeling it now so I have been coming on your blog even more now because we will be buying appliances soon. You inspired me to have a white kitchen! 🙂

    I would really love it if you did more of your house tour…

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