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Countertops or Appliances: What to Install First

by Michael Webster

Installing oven in kitchen

There are few remodeling projects that modernize the feel of a home more than an updated kitchen. Shiny new appliances and sleek new countertops are every home cook’s dream come true; however, a little planning beforehand is needed to ensure the best results. With the number of today’s new appliance styles and a variety of countertop materials to choose from, installing both of these elements in the right order is essential.

You may be wondering, “do you install countertops before appliances?” This may seem like an insignificant detail, but we’ll be the first ones to tell you ― it matters very much. One of the most troublesome areas for first-time kitchen remodelers is deciding if the countertops or appliances go in first.

But don’t sweat it! Our team of experts has put together a quick guide detailing everything you need to know to make the process go as smoothly as possible. Including a few tips and tricks as well as some of the best kitchen appliance packages that will save you both hours (and dollars) on the whole project.

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Do You Install Countertops Before Appliances?

Can Appliances be Installed Before Countertops?

Our Best Appliance Packages

Kitchen Appliance Installation FAQs

Why Trust Us?

Do You Install Countertops Before Appliances?

When it comes to the debate of, “do you install countertops before appliances,” you should always have the countertops installed first. It will be much easier to install appliances once you’ve accurately measured your space and the redo countertops are in place. Furthermore, it’s important to have a good understanding as to which appliances are going to go where so that you can determine where the countertops will be installed.

Can Appliances be Installed Before Countertops?

Installing wall oven

Technically, countertops should always be installed first, but that’s not to say you shouldn’t think about installing your appliances beforehand. The countertops you choose will certainly be influenced by the type of appliances you purchase. So, once these units are figured out, you will be able to refer to their specific dimensions and nail down where the countertop should go. You should always purchase your appliances before you have your countertops measured so that everything goes smoothly during the installation of your countertops.

For example, if you’re looking to invest in an oversized refrigerator or a drop-in cooktop, then you should most definitely consider those unique measurements before installing countertops. To help fill you in, here are the other appliances you should be mindful of when undergoing a kitchen remodel.

🗸 Stove: Your stove or range should be purchased at your home before you have your countertop measurements taken so that the appropriate space is accounted for.

🗸 Refrigerator: Your fridge should be purchased as well and ideally at your home before you have your countertops installed so that the measurements include enough space for the unit.

🗸 Dishwasher: Your dishwasher should be purchased and ready by the time of your countertop installation. You or the installer will want to mount the dishwasher first out of all the appliances to have it in place and ready to go.

🗸 Oven: Any oven units should be purchased and ready for measurements as well so that the size information can be provided and cut out before installation or during installation (if needed.)

🗸 Sink: Last but not least, the sink for your kitchen should also be purchased before measurements are taken. Either you or the staff measuring your counters and cabinets will likely have to take the sink or the template with them to cut it out during the creation of your countertops.

Learn More With Our Ultimate Guide to Measuring for Appliances

Our Best Appliance Packages

If you’re planning a kitchen remodel in your current space or moving into a new home, a kitchen appliance package could very well be the best choice. Along with being the most convenient option, kitchen appliance bundles are an affordable method of adding new appliances that not only save you money along the way but also add a cohesive and aesthetically-pleasing structure to your culinary design.

If you’re in search of a new set of appliances to install before your kitchen remodel, take a look at our expert’s top kitchen package bundles that will give your space complete functionality and its own unique, stylish appeal.

Frigidaire Gallery® 4 Piece Kitchen Appliance Package-Stainless Steel

Frigidaire fridge

If you’re searching for style, efficiency, and innovative features, this stainless steel kitchen appliance package from Frigidaire provides all the aesthetics and substance your culinary space needs. The counter-depth French door refrigerator included in this Frigidaire professional appliance package features advanced Custom-flex temperature-controlled drawers to provide a wide range of refrigeration and freezing to keep your favorite foods as fresh as possible. 

The freestanding electric range included with this Frigidaire appliance package includes a seamless edge-to-edge glass cooktop, Quick Bake Convection for superior baking and roasting results, and self-cleaning cycles available in two, three, and four-hour cycles. Convection is an efficient and speedy cooking method, but for even more versatility in the kitchen, the stainless steel over-the-range microwave from this Frigidaire Gallery appliance package automatically adjusts power levels and cooking times to cook a variety of items for every type of meal effortlessly.

And if you need a reliable and spacious dishwasher to handle after-meal cleanups, you’ll benefit from the included SpaceWise adjustable rack that allows you to quickly raise and lower your top rack to fit dishes and kitchen tools of all shapes and sizes. Plus, with the Dual OrbitClean Wash System, you can be ultra-confident knowing that your dishes will come out sparkling clean and free of blemishes.


Frigidaire Gallery® 21.8 Cu. Ft. Stainless Steel Counter Depth French Door Refrigerator

Frigidaire Gallery® 1.7 Cu. Ft. Stainless Steel Over The Range Microwave

Frigidaire Gallery® 24" Stainless Steel Built-In Dishwasher

Frigidaire Gallery® 30" Stainless Steel Free Standing Electric Range

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LG 4 Piece Black Stainless Steel Kitchen Package

LG appliance package

Stainless steel is always a popular finish for kitchen appliances, but for those looking for a little more visual flair, check out the elegance of black stainless steel with this LG kitchen appliance bundle. In this LG appliance package, you’ll be able to stock up and store all of your fresh food in style with a spacious French-door refrigerator. This fridge includes a generous 26 cubic feet of storage space, LG’s exclusive PrintProof fingerprint and smudge resistant finish, and a Slim SpacePlus Ice system to make sure no drink ever gets lukewarm.

The electric convection range comes equipped with a built-in Air Fry setting for quick and easy, healthier versions of your fried favorites without the need for any messy oil. The electric range also includes LG’s InstaView door that allows you to knock twice and check on the progress of your meal and a 6.3 cubic-feet convection oven that will efficiently prepare anything from frozen pizzas to prime rib.

To top off the cooking units of this LG 4-piece appliance package, the over=the-range microwave can detect the contents inside and automatically sets the optimal cooking temperature for your food. Even better, the EasyClean interior makes light work of any food spills or splashes that may occur inside the unit. And to efficiently clean and wrap up every meal, the built-in dishwasher features an exclusive QuadWash system, fully integrated LED controls, and an ultra-silent LoDecible 46dB operation.


LG 26.2 Cu. Ft. Black Stainless Steel French Door Refrigerator

LG 2.0 Cu. Ft. Black Stainless Steel Over the Range Microwave

LG 24” Black Stainless Steel Built-In Dishwasher

LG 30" PrintProof™ Black Stainless Steel Electric Convection Smart Range with Air Fry

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KitchenAid® 4 Piece Kitchen Appliance Package-Stainless Steel

KitchenAid appliance package

Kitchen appliances from KitchenAid undoubtedly enhance the aesthetic of any cooking space, but when included as an appliance package, you’ll be left with a premium culinary arrangement worthy of any home chef. The sleek stainless steel French door refrigerator offers supreme food storage flexibility and includes an ExtendFresh temperature management system, an In-Door-Ice and water dispenser, and a FreshChill temperature-controlled full-width pantry that lets you optimize temperature and airflow for the specific food you're storing.

Your guests will soon be in awe of the beautiful electric freestanding range that produces flawless cooking results with Even-Heat True Convection. Its unique bow-tie design and convection fan ensure the entire inside of the oven is heated to the perfect temperature. And at 6.4 cubic- feet, the ovens provide an extra-large capacity that lets you easily prepare multiple dishes at once.

The built-in dishwasher comes equipped with an adjustable FreeFlex third rack, an advanced clean water wash system, and a ProWash cycle that ensures all of your dishes are properly cleaned, sanitized, and dried efficiently.

And to top this stainless steel KitchenAid appliance package off, this kitchen bundle includes an over-the-range microwave that delivers high-powered cooking performance. This microwave oven features four different sensor functions to assist you in the kitchen by automatically adjusting the time needed to cook, reheat, or defrost ― without the guesswork. Plus, the unit’s interior CookShield Finish wipes clean with ease without the use of harsh chemicals, while the exterior displays a bold blend of professionally-inspired styling with sleek touches to enhance the ambiance of your kitchen.


KitchenAid® 26.8 Cu. Ft. Stainless Steel with PrintShield™ Finish French Door Refrigerator

KitchenAid® 30" Stainless Steel Free Standing Electric Convection Range

KitchenAid® 2.0 Cu. Ft. Stainless Steel Over The Range Microwave

KitchenAid® 24" PrintShield™ Stainless Steel Built-In Dishwasher

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Kitchen Appliance Installation FAQs

Chances are, you’re not an expert in installing kitchen appliances. But don’t fear! While we may not have covered every topic, we understand that you may have additional questions about the overall process. To help make matters easier for you, we’ve gone ahead and answered some of the most frequently asked questions when it comes to installing kitchen appliances.

Q: What gets installed first, sink or countertop?

A: You will install a new sink after you have installed your new countertop. It is recommended to wait 24 hours after countertop installation before putting in your sink.

Q: Can I install a fridge myself?

A: Installing a refrigerator yourself can indeed save you some money; however, please be aware that a fridge is an extremely heavy appliance. If you plan to install it yourself, please make sure that you have additional help with you and take extra precautions.

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