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Old 10-14-2014, 06:54 PM   #1
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We are currently remodeling our house. We do not need a new refrigerator, since it is not that old. It is an LG stainless steel. I have picked out a Bosch 800 series dishwasher. I am having a horrible time picking out a gas range that is freestanding. I had a Samsung picked out, until I read a few reviews about them catching fire. I liked an LG one until I read that the knobs have plastic in them and quite a few people had to get the knobs replaced at $75.00-$89.00 per knob and then those knobs cracked. I have not even started looking at microwaves that go over the stove and vent. I am not a shopper and I am getting so frustrated and have no idea what to get. We were wanting to get the convection oven.

So, does anyone have any appliances that they have had good luck with and like?
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Old 10-14-2014, 07:18 PM   #2
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I am very happy with my LG appliances - front load washer and dryer, 2 refrigerators, a range/dual oven, even the microwave/hood that took 4 service calls to get the problem properly diagnosed and fixed.

From my experience, LG is the first choice, and everything else is way down the list.

No experience with gas, though, so don't know what to think about the control knobs.
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So, does anyone have any appliances that they have had good luck with and like?
Not really.

Bought a few 3 to 4 years ago. The Whirlpool fridge is great. But...

The Samsung over the range microwave has an "SE" error. This is a huge problem and all over the internet. The cause is cheap electronics. Disappointing to see it after 2.5 years.

My GE range has a ghost in the machine and resets at whim every now and then.

Both frustrating errors. It is hard to recommend anything. The electronics are too fragile.
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Old 10-14-2014, 08:46 PM   #4
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Bought all new appliances two years ago from Sears. Not all same brand. Love the kenmore fridge, dishwasher, wine chiller. Have had some problems with the kenmore stovetop. The frigidaire range and ice maker have been a nightmare. Bought Sears extended warranty and it has been even more difficult. I am on a first name basis with the service guys. Whatever you do don't buy from Sears and whomever you do buy from- get the extended warranty. Appliances aren't made for the long term IMHO.


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Old 10-14-2014, 08:56 PM   #5
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I've been very happy with my Bosch dishwasher (10 yrs old) and Bosch stovetop (2.5 yrs old). Both got very high ratings in Consumers Reports.

We are also doing some remodeling and i dread having to select new double ovens, fridge and washer, dryer. I will be going with new Bosch dishwasher and stovetop is staying.

I would be very interested in knowing what you selected and why.
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Bought all new appliances two years ago from Sears. Not all same brand. Love the kenmore fridge, dishwasher, wine chiller. Have had some problems with the kenmore stovetop. The frigidaire range and ice maker have been a nightmare. Bought Sears extended warranty and it has been even more difficult. I am on a first name basis with the service guys. Whatever you do don't buy from Sears and whomever you do buy from- get the extended warranty. Appliances aren't made for the long term IMHO.


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This. We purchased a very expensive Kenmore Elite fridge that died a week after it was delivered. It took Sears almost a MONTH to repair it. I've NEVER had such an issue with service. We have a Samsung range (elelectric) and built in microwave that has worked flawlessly for about a year. Our dishwasher is a Whirlpool that refuses to dry the dishes...I think it's designed that way though.

I'd love to have my Dad's Lady Kenmore appliances he had installed in his home when it was built in 1973...but he's still using them. He finally had to replace his two water heaters when they hit 35 years of age!

They certainly don't make things like they used to.

I have heard that if you need service, Home Depot is the way to go, although I've never had to call them.

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I'd start with Consumer Reports, as someone mentioned above. Nothing wrong with asking here, but any of us could have a good or bad experience with any brand, that may not be representative at all. Best of luck...

We replaced all five kitchen appliances during a full remodel Summer 2013, and relied on CR for every selection. One year doesn't prove anything, but we have no regrets on nah appliances we bought. Time will tell.

And Kenmore isn't a brand, they are all rebrands from various manufacturers. I'd do the research on any specific Kenmore appliance to find out who built it and research that manufacturer before buying.
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We remodeled our kitchen two years ago with all stainless steel LG appliances. The dishwash has no knobs, all touch control, and by far the most quiet one I have ever heard.
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We replaced all of our kitchen appliances in a full kitchen remodel about five years ago. Bought high end Kitchen Aide and Thermador models. About $10K total. But, after deciding on what we wanted by visiting local outlets, we bought everything online. Saved several thousand dollars. Took several weeks for delivery, but well worth the wait.


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We bought an Electrolux range, Kitchen-aide dishwasher, GE microwave and Samsung refrigerator five years ago when we remodeled and they have all been great. We did our research on Consumer Reports and weren't let down.
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Isn't a gas range supposed to catch fire?
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How did you arrange for installation of the items bought on line?

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We replaced all of our kitchen appliances in a full kitchen remodel about five years ago. Bought high end Kitchen Aide and Thermador models. About $10K total. But, after deciding on what we wanted by visiting local outlets, we bought everything online. Saved several thousand dollars. Took several weeks for delivery, but well worth the wait.


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Remodeled kitchen earlier this year, bought Kitchen Aide appliances on sale locally, no issues so far with any of them, dishwasher is super quiet
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"How did you arrange for installation of the items bought on line?

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With the exception of a gas cooktop, I installed them myself. I would have installed the cooktop as well, but we didn't previously have a gas line in the kitchen. I hired a plumber to run the new line and install the cooktop.



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Sigh. I was afraid of that. Mr. A. and I would not even be able to bring most items into the home, let alone install them. I imagine it would erase most of the on-line savings if we have to arrange separate installation.

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With the exception of a gas cooktop, I installed them myself. I would have installed the cooktop as well, but we didn't previously have a gas line in the kitchen. I hired a plumber to run the new line and install the cooktop.



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Sigh. I was afraid of that. Mr. A. and I would not even be able to bring most items into the home, let alone install them. I imagine it would erase most of the on-line savings if we have to arrange separate installation.
Perhaps not. He said he'd saved "several thousand dollars" by buying online. Those would have to be pretty complex installations to cost that much.
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I'd start with Consumer Reports...
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I am also "not a shopper", and so I just take my chances with CR's recommendations. It's sometimes a pain, though, because the models they test are not always available.
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Been pretty happy with my GE Profile range cooktop combo.
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Been pretty happy with my GE Profile range cooktop combo.
And my GE Profile is giving me problems. My bigger gripe is that since it is intermittent, they were not able to fix it, despite replacing a bunch of stuff. I should have stood on my head and demanded a new appliance, but I had stuff going on (still w*rking) and didn't have time. They also wanted me to replace my house wiring first. Really? So, I live with the intermittent reset. Means we have to baby-sit while baking.

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I am also "not a shopper", and so I just take my chances with CR's recommendations. It's sometimes a pain, though, because the models they test are not always available.
That's the problem with my Samsung over the stove microwave. Slight model differences introduced a problem. A very similar appliance was highly rated by CR for reliability. This one is the pits.

Now, the internet has lit up saying Samsung is taking care of all people with the problem, regardless of appliance age. I don't have time to wait for a repairman again, so I fixed it myself by adding insulation on the shorting wires.

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Hmmm, I think the theme here is that retired people shouldn't have a problem because you can sit around and deal with all these repairmen. Gives you something to do.
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Whatever you decide, make sure to pay for it with a credit card that doubles the manufacturer's warranty. Manufacturer warranties are quite skimpy these days. Our fridge was only 12 months and when it needed some expensive repairs after 18 months were were glad we had the credit card extended warranties. I got a $600 check back from my credit card company.
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