Blinded By Beauty | Our Appliance Hunt

I’m a pragmatic girl, so when I got smacked in the face by an un-pragmatic decision – that peeved me. I’m recovering, albeit slowly. So when Jay and I got all pumped about our new appliances we did something very unlike us. We whipped out the credit card and bought those babies without doing our typical round of research. What can I say, the GE Cafe line had me at hello. Their insanely good looks threw me so far off, that I went and bought the least efficient refrigerator out there. Yes, it’s true. Yes, I’m ashamed. Do you see where our fridge is on the energy spectrum. At the top, the very, very top. The good news – there is only a $12 per year difference between our model and the most efficient, but still the penny pinching little greenie in me died a little when Jay showed me. ;)

GE Cafe Fridge Energy Usage

Energy Guide

But, that being said, so far we are totally digging the new additions. Jay stayed home on delivery day to get these bad boys in and it was quite the experience. The guys were super nice, and even brought our old oven out to our garage for us, isn’t that awesome! Here they are bringing the new oven in. They did not use a dolley, rather each had some serious straps on them and they simply lifted the oven (and fridge) up, and hoisted them into the house. To me that seems like quite a recipe for a bad back, but they were super careful about it, so I think they have a system down.

How to Lift Heavy Appliances

Appliance Delivery

We were so excited to see our new appliances coming in that Jay even snapped a photo of them across the street. There they are! About to join our little kitchen family!

GE Cafe Appliances

Appliance Delivery

One thing we noticed off the bat, was that the GE logo was actually black on our appliances, even though the ones we ordered online and had seen in blog land and in stores were actually red. Hmmm, what is the dealo? After a call to build.com (where we got our appliances from) the scoop they gave us was that the newest line of GE Cafe has black logos, so they are actually phasing out the red logos. The only wrinkle this presents us is that the dishwasher we were planning on buying from our local appliance shop, has the red logo. Urgggh. So now we will either have to hunt down a newer one (i.e. not on clearance like the original model we were looking at), or be ok with our logos not matching on the appliances. Still undecided on that one.

GE Cafe Line

GE Cafe Line

When the appliances came, they were hard core wrapped in plastic and protective coatings. We opted to leave the fridge cover on for now, since this guy will actually be chilling in our dining room until we get the kitchen all prepped by removing the cabinetry, painting the walls, etc. The current space for the fridge is actually too small as well, since our new guy is a counter depth unit and the old one was not, which leads to a 3-4 inch difference across.

GE Cafe Fridge

GE Cafe Fridge

So in the mean time, this guy is chilling in our dining room, which quickly went from this:

Double Pedestal Dining Table

Dining Room

To this, when the new appliances arrived. Uggg. Feels like we are officially in the middle of a reno, no?

GE Cafe Fridge

New Dining Room Setup

Here is our new oven. Mighty swanky!! The things we started to realize as we unloaded the goody goods, included the fact that we will have to move the electrical box peaking out above the oven right now so that the cord isn’t visible. We will also have to install another light socket above the current location, since the microwave hood will also need some juice. Just add that baby onto the to-do list!

GE Cafe Oven

GE Cafe Oven

Notice all the packaging on these guys? I’m glad they came sufficiently covered, but MAN it took us nearly two hours to unwrap the oven. No serrriously. That – that is too much packaging, ya think?