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Mar 12, 2007 09:46 AM

Do kitchen appliances really need to match??

I'm hoping you guys can help resolve an ongoing discussion in my house. My wife and I are in the middle of our dream kitchen remodel and are choosing appliances. We both love to cook and have been really involved in the new kitchen design. Until now, we've agreed on everything...but she insists that we get the same brand of all major appliances so it all "matches." I'd rather go for the best in each category. I like the Miele dishwasher, the Viking 36" range, a Bosch wall oven, the Subzero built-in. She want's Miele across the board. Maybe I'm wrong, but I don't see a whole lot of difference in the appearance of stainless steel that it would even be noticeable if the brands are different. I'd rather get the best appliances going. If anyone out there has any experience either way please help!!! We could use the advice...

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  1. I think the question needs to be answered from the right perspective. What are you trying to do with the kitchen? Are you trying to create a kitchen that only you will ever cook in, i.e. you do not intend to ever sell the house until it will need to be redone again? Or are you concerned with the possibility that you might sell in the next couple years? And what kind of neighborhood are you in? You should consider the likelihood of any buyer ripping it all out. I've heard of a celebrity that did over a kitchen to sell the house, then the buyer, another celeb, ripped it all out. However, the closer you get to middle class areas, the less likely this will occur. Also, the person to really ask is a realtor, because they go in and out of homes all the time and take note of what sells and what does not. We have a neighbor that we plan on asking before we make final decisions.

    I was having part of this discussion with our architect this weekend, and my wife and I have ahd it, between only us and with various others. Having various manufacturers seems quite fine from those I have spoken to. If it is your dream kitchen, then fulfill your dream, imo. Personally, I am a fan of the Wolf cooktops, and after that am not too picky except I really don't care for the Bosch dishwasher we have right now. When it's on, noises come out from the sink drain, which shares common drainage piping with the diswahser, so that it soudns as if two dogs are right outside fighting. The first time I heard it I went to the window and looked for the dogs.

    Also note that the real expensive appliances do not seem to add much to value. We looked at a house that had $20,000 in ovens, and appliances all over, great freezer drawers, etc., but none of them added a dime to the value of the home. The a lack of the good brands may hurt you come time to sell, but the exotic great stuff won't increase the price over the merely good brands. Finally, I have heard good comments recently on Liebherr Refrigerators.

    1. I think matching appliances are the way to go.. For the kitchen in our new house, we went with Stainless steel, and all Frigidaire. I think it just looks better if they are all the same style and brand.

      1. I would go with your strategy galexy - best in each category. Besides, if you all invest in one brand, if that brand goes out of business down the road, you'll end up with the whole kitchen of unsupported/unserviceable appliances.

        1. I would think that from an aesthetic perspective you'd at least want to get appliances that don't clash horribly. But I'd agree with you that you should get the best fridge, the best cook top, the best oven, etc. If you can find one brand that does all of that for you, great, but I would want to pick and choose my pieces.

          The big thing, though, is your marriage! Ultimately, with the brand your wife likes, I don't think you're going to get bad appliances and you'll learn how to use them effectively...so if she's set on it, maybe it'll work out alright.

          1. The Jfoods have designed three kitchens for personal use and my wife designs kitchen for a living. This is an easy decision and is the first time I have heard anyone willing to sacrifice quality for color, especially with stainless. Having all of the same manufacturer is a detriment to seller versus a help.

            There is no single manufacturer that makes the best of all appliances.

            Take a look at high quality (just some examples):

            Fridge - Sub-zero, GE Monogram, maybe Viking
            Cooktop - Viking, Wolf
            Range - Viking, Wolf, DDS
            Wall ovens - Dacor, Bosch, Viking
            DW - Miele, Bosch
            MV - GE

            You will NEVER have to explain why you have the top of the line with every single product, you will have to explain why you do have a Miele Fridge.

            I also think your choices are absolutely outstanding. You are in AAA land.

            The only comment I will make is the Bosch double-wall ovens. Depending on how tall you and your wife are, there is a tendency for the Bosch to have the exhaust fan about 4'6" above the floor. If either of you are ~5' you will have this exhaust blow right in your face when it is engaged and you walk by the oven. No applince dealer that I know will give you that tid-bit. I believe Dacor has the exhaust on the bottom. Since Mrs Jfood is 5' I hear about it every time she walks by our Bosch ovens. Just a thought.

            The Miele is as quiet as a sleeping mouse, the Viking is my power machine and the sub-Zero and the GE are within a smidgen of eveness on the best.

            If your wife is concerned about the variant in colrs of the stainless, think about your cabinet maker making panels to have them buit in. This can be done for the Sub, the Miele and a compactor is you go that route. The only stainless will then be the frisge and the ovens.

            Good luck

            6 Replies
            1. re: jfood

              I feel compelled to mention with the GE Monogram line... look at the GE Profile line as well. A friend who worked for GE's tech support some years ago said the only difference between some of the Monogram and Profile products were minor aesthetic differences and a couple thousand dollars.

              1. re: JK Grence the Cosmic Jester

                It also depends whether they make them or license the logo. Some GE products never saw theinside of a GE factory (my Monogram double wall oven was made by Bosch)

                The other major diff, other than price is the Mono can go flush with the cabinets on the fridge and I do not think the Profile does, but juts a few inches. Both can be fitted with cabinet face panels though.

              2. re: jfood

                I'm actually getting me a new kitchen this fall, and thanks to a nice budget, went with the All-star kitchen set up. Viking,Miele, getting an advantium for the microwave though.

                Any recommendations on top of the line toaster/convetion ovens?

                1. re: jfood

                  Would you go out on a limb and print your choice between a viking or wolf range and between a viking and subzero fridge ? Thanks

                  1. re: Barbraluvstennis

                    After my research I came to the conclusion:

                    Viking Ranges = good
                    Viking Fridges = not good at all - try and find a good review where someone had had one for years

                    Edit: Forgot to say this research was a year ago when re-modelling my kitchen and was based on the two models I was considering.

                    1. re: Barbraluvstennis

                      jood owns a viking cooktop (he loves), owns none of those appliances, has not been in the kitchen re-decorating mode in several years, so it would be unfair to choose without first hand knowledge.