Major Appliances

Discussion in 'General Lounge' started by Dani, Sep 22, 2001.

  1. Dani

    Dani Well-Known Member

    Hi, just began shopping for kitchen appliances and a washer and dryer. I need to order them within the next 30 days. Who should I stay away from? I heard to stay away from Frigidaire, but there has been mixed reviews about everyone else. Thanks for you help in advance. Hope everyone has a good weekend.

  2. Momof3

    Momof3 Well-Known Member

    Hi Dani. Have you tried, there are plenty of reviews on appliances good and bad. I also think consumer reports have a website , then you can compare prices as well.
  3. Dani

    Dani Well-Known Member

    I forgot about eopinions. Thanks, Mom.

  4. Momof3

    Momof3 Well-Known Member

  5. IncomeHelp

    IncomeHelp Well-Known Member

    After reading the book "Jack" by the last CEO of GE Jack Welch I am looking at GE appliances now. They have very high standards.

    Also I don't think Kenmore has the quality edge anymore.

  6. Dani

    Dani Well-Known Member

    Thanks, John. I'll check out the book. The other brand I was considering was WhirlPool.

  7. cariba

    cariba Well-Known Member


    Check out may need a subscription, but they recently had a publication that listed major appliances, their prices and availability in DC metro area stores.

  8. Dani

    Dani Well-Known Member

    Thanks cariba for the suggestion. I will check it out.

  9. jamaicadeb

    jamaicadeb Member

    Hi, I was looking around the bb and came upon your question regarding best appliances. Actually I sell appliances (among other items) for a living. I recommend a recent copy of Consumer Reports. It gives you a great guide to comparison shopping. Whirlpool actually is not a bad product. The drum on the dryer has a 10 year warranty, so does the tub on the washer. Their refrigerator also has good insulation and sealing to keep the products colder.
    KitchenAid is actually the top of the line. You will pay a little more but Kitchen Aid (all of their products) are very well made. Kitchen Aid actually is the SAME companyas Whirlpool. Some people may not be aware of that. It is their topof the line product. Maytag is good, however base on the amount of returns for their Neptune Series I would not suggest that as a purchase option.
    The best way to judge something for you and your family is to go by family size. If you have large household it is always recommended to by a Heavy duty washer and dryer. Super Capacity is the best. Always look for the ENERGY STAR on appliances. This really is a saver on your electric/gas bill. If possible use gas dryers. A little more expensive, but if you have the hook up in your home a saver in the long run. Check the sealant on the refridgerator. If buying a side by side, make sure you measure the INSIDE of the space first. Many people don't and end up returning the product because the walls are uneven. In older homes the width in the back is sometimes smaller then the front width. Also if buying a refridgerator with icemaker, make sure you have the option to hook up a water line. There should be a little spigot coming out of the wall. This can save you the cost of having one put in. Where you spend money will be on your accessories. Tubing, optional ice kit, dryer connector, dryer cord ect....good luck!!..Deb
  10. Dani

    Dani Well-Known Member

    Thanks, Deb for all the great advice. It really helped. I'm pretty partial to Whirlpool and Kenmore, I have never had any problems with either brand. I completely forgot accessories. I got so caught up in appliances I forgot about the smaller items that are required to go with them.

  11. jamaicadeb

    jamaicadeb Member

    you are welcome...oops forgot to tell you if you are buying a dryer make sure you buy a "flexible" vent connector. They sell some that are stronger then the alummium but are more rigid and harder to shape. This is important if your dryer is in the home. IF your dryer is in the garage, it doesn't matter. However in the home there is generally limited space. It is Well off to read the rest of the board and find out how I can get my crazy Credit Union to give me loan. sigh...

    Happy Shopping!

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