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Choosing Appliances Homeowners Will Love

by Leah Serra, Contributing Writer for The House Designers®

The kitchen is said to be the heart of the home. When combing through the countless appliance options out there, how can you as a builder assure that the heart of your new build will appeal to any and all potential buyers? To make things easy on yourself, just consider these key factors—today's home buyers are simply looking for new kitchens that are functional and eye-catching.

KitchenAid 30-Inch 5 Burner Dual Fuel Double Oven Convection Range

This KitchenAid® dual fuel convection range packs the punch you're looking for in a small package, with a double oven and 5 burners. Just imagine how much easier even large holiday meals could be with a fully loaded cooking center like this!


To make sure the kitchen of your new build is as functional as possible, consider appliance size and feature availability. For the small, quaint side of the market, packing as much punch into as little space as possible is key! Double ovens, even in smaller to average-size frames, keep a kitchen's functionality high without eating up counter space. And with these oven options, you'll often find extra high-end features included.

For luxurious and spacious kitchens, the possibilities are endless. Exceptionally wide ranges and cooktops with 7 burners will wow gourmet kitchen lovers. Their self-cleaning capability is a lifesaver for homeowners with busy schedules. And don't forget about double ovens that will make holidays and entertaining a breeze! Side-by-side models are available in many wide ranges, but you can also split the range into a cooktop and wall ovens if you need to fill space and create different work zones. Your customers will imagine beautiful and impressive family gatherings the moment they enter, with these appliances as the highlight of their new home.

Whirlpool 36-inch Wide Counter Depth French Door Refrigerator - 24 cu. ft.

This Whirlpool® counter depth French door refrigerator is pantry inspired, with 30% more space than comparable units. Consumers love the fingerprint-resistant black stainless shown here, but it's also available in four other finishes to match a variety of aesthetics.

Sleek and Stylish Design

Luckily, appliance manufacturers have the same desire as their customers. They want to offer the most stylish appliances on the market, while their customers want to have the most stylish kitchens on the block! The now classic stainless steel option is always a crowd-pleaser. It can be paired with nearly any flooring and countertop choice. Plus, anti-fingerprint technology has rebooted the popularity of this finish again, even for young families. Stainless steel makes design easy on you and appeals to the broadest customer base—you can't go wrong.

Matte blacks and grays became the new must-have for a classically clean and sophisticated kitchen a few years ago. Never before have these appliances been so beautifully polished, with lines that make for a sleek and stylish design. Just as the stainless steel options do, matte metallic appliances in neutral tones can go with nearly any kitchen color choice, and will never go out of style. Plus, manufacturers say these black and gray stainless options are even more stain- and fingerprint-resistant than their counterparts. They help to offer that slightly softer and less industrial look, for a warmer kitchen feel.

Now for the "WOW" factor option. Brightly colored appliances have become what every millennial is looking for. They are the must-have for every new and newly renovated community. Gorgeous, but tasteful, color options are sure to keep customers talking about their new homes. Beautifully bright reds, bold and lovely blues, and so many more, keep your kitchen's look fresh and cohesive throughout. So long as you choose strong, pure hues, the kitchen won't age itself in the future.

If you need investment-worthy appliances for your builds, you can find a wide range of stylish options across all price points from Whirlpool®, KitchenAid®, and Jenn-Air®. There are so many styles and finishes to consider—you're sure to discover appliances that homeowners will love to come across when touring your builds. And of course you can always shop our Fabulous Kitchen House Plan Collection if you need homes with impressive kitchens to start with! With a great layout and finishes, this part of the house can make all the difference to potential buyers.