Buying a new appliance can be a major purchase. With appliance prices rising across the board and mid-level kitchen packages running into the tens of thousands of dollars, smart consumers are more bargain conscious than ever before.
Looking for sales, buying on Black Friday, and comparison shopping are all great but what if I told you that there were even better deals to be had. What if you could find a way to stretch your new kitchen budget into your dream kitchen?
Welcome to the wonderful world of floor models.
A floor model appliance is an unboxed display item that becomes available for sale. Otherwise brand new, retailers are highly motivated to move floor models out of the store to make room for new, more current display units.
With this helpful guide you’ll know exactly what to expect, and where to find the unbelievable deals that will floor you!
‘Tis But a Scratch!
When you’re looking at floor model appliances-for-less scratches and dents are your best friends. Often times, blemishes can be found on parts of the unit that will be out of sight once they’re installed. It’s like that ancient monk said: if an appliance is scratched in the wall, but no one can see it, is it even scratched at all?
Expect to pay even less when a unit has more visible or more extensive cosmetic damage. And be honest with yourself, if you don’t care about a scratch, or if the unit is likely to get scratched once it’s in use anyway then you can get immense savings here.
Better With Age
Floor models often become available for sale when a manufacturer updates their appliance line. When that happens, retailers are looking to move out the “End of the Line” models to showcase the new product. And if you can take possession quickly, you can get fantastic prices on display models.
Mix and Match
The best deals will always go to the most flexible customer. If you’re willing to compromise on matching brands, or specific models and go with what’s available at the store level then you will maximize your chance at getting a great deal.
Bundle ‘Em Up
What’s true with new appliance packages is also true of Floor Models. The more you buy, the more you’ll save and if you’re prepared to help a retailer move out a significant amount of obsolete stock quickly, they’ll make it worth your while.
Priced to Clear
Many chain-store retailers have Clearance Centres or specific Clearance sales. At these specialty locations you can find floor models, unboxed units, scratch-and-dents, over stock, obsolete and even new items.
Whether you’re looking to put together a new kitchen, or just trying to replace a broken washing machine, clearance products offer you the best chance to find new appliances at rock-bottom prices.
Bonus Tip: What About Warranty?
Many manufacturers will offer the same standard warranty on floor models that they do on brand new appliances. Make sure to check with your sales professional before you buy to ensure there aren’t any warranty restrictions or limitations.
Now get out there and hit the floor (models)!
Isabelle, Your Appliance Expert