How to Compare Models on Appliances
by Kristan Hart
Appliance models may have similar features if they are the same brand, but even different models of the same brand can be quite different. Knowing what to look for in an appliance will help you get the appliance you're looking for. When you compare appliance models, consider what you need and what is best for you and for your budget. Taking time to conduct your own appliance comparison will help you spend your money wisely.
Stock your kitchen with the right appliances.
Read the labels either hanging inside the appliance or secured to the outside. These labels provide important details that can help you compare appliance models. Manufacturers include the same information on each label, so it's easy to compare models to determine the differences and the similarities between appliances.
Look at the size of each model. One brand of appliance can come in multiple sizes. Determine the size you need, then find one that best meets your needs.
Compare the estimated annual energy consumption using the Energy Star labels on refrigerators, freezers, dishwashers, clothes washers and water heaters. Energy consumption may differ from model to model. This information is detailed clearly on the Energy Star label affixed to the appliance.
Read the Energy Guide label to determine the energy efficiency rating of air conditioners, heat pumps, furnaces, boilers and pool heaters. Look for an energy efficiency rating that will help you save money over time because the appliance runs efficiently.
Examine the list of features for each appliance as provided by the manufacturer. Delayed start, self cleaning and adjustable shelves are features you may find in different appliances. These features might not be part of the basic package, though, so not all models will have them.