How We Chose Our New Kitchen Appliances
Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Maytag. All opinions are my own.
I’m excited about so many things in our new kitchen. The layout works so much better for our family. The cabinetry colors are perfection. And the new lighting makes the space extra cozy. But I have to say, I’m most happy about our new kitchen appliances. These are important items we use every single day, and our old ones were not cutting it!
As I mentioned way back in this post, our old appliances were in rough shape. I had a towel permanently laying underneath our fridge because it dripped constantly and our oven died on us the week before hosting Thanksgiving last year. Ughhhhh. New appliances that get the job done, look good, are dependable, and work for our family were on the tippy top of our must-have list for our new kitchen. That’s why we went with Maytag.
If you’ve been a long-time blog reader then you know I’m a big fan of Maytag® appliances. All of the units (both kitchen and laundry) in our condo were from Maytag and they worked like a dream. I especially loved our French door refrigerator because Finn organized it like a champ!
Here in our current home, we again went with Maytag® appliances for our laundry room. We’ve had them for a year now and they are amazing and incredibly durable. (We do lots of laundry with our sweet Rory girl.) Choosing Maytag for our kitchen renovation was a no-brainer for us.
Our New Kitchen Appliances
Here’s a look at all of the appliances we added to our new kitchen…
Now that you’ve seen each of them in our new kitchen, let’s dive into the details about each one.
Note: I took these photos before our shelves were up, so it might look a tiny bit different than what you saw from the big kitchen reveal.
Our New Refrigerator
Everyone has their preference when it comes to refrigerators, but we opted for a French door style. I like it because you can fit wider items in it (looking at you pizza boxes!) and we’re just better able to keep everything organized. Plus, I like having more fridge space and less freezer space, instead of 1/2 and 1/2.
I specifically wanted a counter depth fridge in our new space so it wouldn’t stick out past our cabinetry. This does cut a few inches of depth out of the fridge, but it’s absolutely worth it to me! The only parts of the fridge that “stick out” past the cabinets are the doors and this is a necessity so they can open and close.
I’m also excited because this refrigerator, and the rest of our appliances, have easy-to-clean fingerprint-resistant stainless steel. Soon Rory is going to be on the move, crawling and climbing everywhere, and I know she will get her cute hands all over our kitchen. Having no fingerprints to clean up sounds like a dream!
Here is one more important thing to discuss. There’s a place to pour a glass of filtered water inside of the refrigerator. I don’t love the look of a water dispenser on the outside of a fridge, but we drink so much water that a water station is a must! This hidden one is great and we use it constantly.
Top Control Dishwasher with Dual Power Filtration
We ended up going with this dishwasher from Maytag and it lives in our kitchen island next to the sink. We like this one because it has the controls on the top of the dishwasher. Not only does this create a more streamlined look in the kitchen, but Rory won’t be able to push any buttons!
So far we love the performance of this dishwasher. It has the industry-exclusive Dual Power Filtration feature, which combines 100% microfiltration and a 4-blade stainless steel chopper, so you don’t have to scrub or pre-rinse. Instead, it disintegrates any lingering food when you run it. I haven’t had to do any hand washing lately, which is the best feeling after doing dishes in the bathtub for two months!
Choosing a Double Wall Oven
Since Finn is the chef in our household, he was very involved in the planning process. From the start, he was adamant that we get a double oven for the new space. Since I don’t do much cooking, it didn’t matter much to me.
We opted for this electric double wall oven. It’s a convection oven, so it can cook things a tad faster, which is always good in our busy household! It’s also big, with 10 cubic feet of space, and it can hold a 30-pound turkey – as it did this past Thanksgiving!
Finn has loved having two ovens over the last month and his Sunday food prep goes by so much faster. He can roast veggies in one oven and cook chicken in the other. It’s been a game changer!
A Gas Cooktop
Finn likes being able to easily control the heat of the burners. Whether he needs it low to simmer his spaghetti sauce or more intense to fry some bacon, the Power Simmer dual stacked burner lets him stay in control.
Our new microwave is hidden inside our pantry. I’ve never had a microwave in a pantry before, but it has been super functional for our family. We just made sure to have our contractor add an outlet to the back of the cabinetry and we put the microwave on a shelf inside. It also has that same fingerprint resistant stainless steel, so we can keep it looking good, even though it is hidden away.
So there you have it – a detailed look at all of our new Maytag® kitchen appliances! We’ve both been loving these additions to our new kitchen. Finn is cooking up a storm and I’ve been cheering him on with a cocktail in hand! (I promise I do my part and regularly load the dishwasher!) Cheers to finally being done with this space!
You can use my code DIYPLAYBOOK10 for 10% off regular-priced appliances on maytag.com now through 12/23. You can find the details right here.
Catch Up On Our Kitchen Renovation
- Kitchen Before Photos
- Hiring a Designer
- Our New Kitchen Layout
- Design Plan & Mood Board
- Single vs Double Bowl Sink
- Ordering Our Kitchen Cabinets
- Tasks To Do Before a Kitchen Renovation
- Our Old Kitchen Is Out
- Creating Our Electrical Plan
- Our Kitchen Cabinets Are In!
- Kitchen Hardware Guide
- Dining Nook Design Plan
- Choosing Quartz Countertops
- Painting the Kitchen
- Our Dining Room Nook
- Finding a Kitchen Runner
- Our New Lighting
- Our Wood Butcher Block
- The Kitchen Renovation Timeline
- The Big Kitchen Reveal
- What I Learned from Our Kitchen Renovation
- Kitchen Before & After Video
- Our Kitchen Appliances
- Renovation Budget & Cost
I’m Casey Finn, the voice behind The DIY Playbook. I’m married to Finn & mom to Rory and Ellis. Together we’re creating our dream home in Chicago, one DIY project at a time.