The best time to buy appliances

Appliances are usually major purchases. After all, replacing a broken stove or freezer probably won't be cheap. While you could shop for new appliances during any month of the year, timing your purchase carefully could save you some money. Read on to learn about the best time to buy appliances for your home, including refrigerators and air conditioning units.

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When to Buy Major Appliances

The general consensus among experts is that the fall is the best time to buy most major appliances. Some say that it's best to start shopping around for large appliances in September or October. New products tend to arrive during these months. So in an effort to get rid of old inventory, retailers often slash prices on appliances significantly in autumn.

According to Consumer Reports, December is the best time to buy many major appliances. Consumers are more likely to get great deals because retailers usually have big sales at the end of the year. Dishwashers in particular are often much cheaper in December. If you don't need to buy the newest model on the floor and you'd be happy with a dishwasher without a bunch of fancy features, it's possible to find one for $600 or less.

Holidays – especially three-day weekends – are another great time to purchase large appliances. If you can wait until Labor Day weekend or Memorial Day weekend to start shopping for a new washer or dryer, you'll improve your chances of walking away with a deep discount. If you don't mind the lines, shopping for major appliances on Black Friday could also pay off if you're on a budget. Black Friday and Cyber Monday are also two of the best times to find deals on small appliances.

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If you wait until January rolls around to look for a major appliance, there may be some sales if there's any old inventory left over. But if you want the best deal and you think your old appliance can last for another month or so, you may want to consider putting off your shopping trip until Presidents' Day weekend.

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10. Sephora

This may be the most surprising name in the top 10, but Prophet explained that "Sephora has won women over by making beauty shopping an interactive experience, and it [has] outdone itself this year." The researchers cited its new small-store format as well as its "Tinder-esque" "swipe it, shop it" approach on its app, as leading to dramatically increased sales as well as its place on this list. 

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9. Pixar

Beating out its parent company, Disney, Pixar overcame its first relative flop The Good Dinosaur to rebound with the mega success of Finding Dory. "In an era of content overload, Pixar doesn't need gimmicks to keep audiences engaged," wrote the research firm. "It sticks to its strength: Animated films featuring charming characters and entertaining storylines that are beloved by all."

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6. Samsung

Despite the problems it had with its Galaxy Note 7, where exploding phones led to a recall, Samsung (NASDAQOTH: SSNLF) remains a relevant brand. "Tech snobs love its superior quality, with better pixel density and camera size," wrote Prophet. "And the masses love the freedom of choice, with 50 phones available at a variety of price points." The researcher did note that the recalls might slow its growth going forward.

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5. Google

It's hard to use the internet without using Google. Consumers did not rank the company this high because of its experiments like self-driving cars. Instead the research found that "people love Google for its fierce pragmatism." Prophet found that Google's "tools have become essential to our everyday lives: Chrome, Gmail, Google Maps, Google Docs and, of course, search."

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4. Netflix

It's fair to say that the streaming leader has changed how people watch television. Netflix (NASDAQ: NFLX) created the concept of binge watching by releasing full seasons of new shows all at once and it made cutting the cord with cable viable for millions of people. "Whether NarcosChelsea, or Stranger Things, its content appeals to nearly every customer segment. And viewers all agree: Netflix is off the charts in dependability and delivering a consistent brand experience," the research company wrote. 

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3. Android

Even though Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) gets more attention, Android has over 85% of the global smartphone market. Prophet said the brand ranked this high because "people love Android's ease of use and warm, welcoming advertising." 

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1. Apple

While Apple coming out on top may not be a surprise, Prophet explained that the brand was truly dominant. "What's astonishing is that Apple comes up No. 1 in three out of four dimensions that drive relevance -- even in a down year," the research firm wrote. The company's four dimensions are "customer obsessed," "ruthlessly pragmatic," "distinctively inspired," and "pervasively innovative." "It is still the gold standard for practical innovation," Prophet wrote. 

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Car-buying experts say that if you want a discount, one of the best times to buy a car is the end of the month. The same may be true for appliances. Many sales professionals are paid on commission for selling appliances. If a retailer is trying to meet a particular sales goal, it may be open to lowering the sale price if you try to negotiate.

The Best Time to Buy a Refrigerator

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If you don't want to spend a fortune on a new refrigerator, you probably shouldn't buy one in the fall. In fact, the best time to buy a refrigerator may be the month of May. That's when new refrigerator models usually appear. So you'll probably be able to find a fridge in the clearance section when retailers hold their annual sale for Memorial Day.

Of course, if your refrigerator suddenly breaks down, you may not be able to wait until May to buy a new one. If you don't have much money to spend on a new fridge, you can check online for bargains or find a local liquidation center.

The Best Time to Buy an Air Conditioner

If you're interested in buying a new air conditioning unit, purchasing one at the beginning of the summer probably isn't the best idea. When interest in a particular product increases, the price tends to rise as well.

Consumer Reports suggests that August is the best time to buy an air conditioner if you want to save money. You'll probably be able to get a bargain on an A/C unit during this time of the year. The only downside is that there may not be many models to choose from.

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The Takeaway

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There's usually a perfect time of year to buy all sorts of items. Unless you're buying a new fridge or a new air conditioning unit, the best time to buy appliances is often in the fall or on a holiday weekend. Just keep in mind that you'll need to compare prices. Even if a store is advertising a huge sale, another retailer may be able match or beat their prices.

Besides the upfront cost of buying a major appliance, it's also a good idea to think about the long-term cost of your purchase. Buying a cheap fridge may save you money in the short-term. But if the quality of the appliance is poor, it probably won't last for a long time. An energy-efficient appliance might cost more money than you're willing to fork over. But if it'll save you money on electricity, it may be worth purchasing.

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