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Feb 16, 2014 05:47 AM

buying kitchen appliances!

Im remodeling. I can't decide on which brand of appliances to buy, it's driving me nuts! Just when I decide on something, I read bad reviews. Here's what I know for sure. I want a dual fuel, free standing 30" stove. I want a fridge that keeps it's set temp.! Thinking of KitchenAide or Bosh dishwasher. I had a kitchenaide dw 25 yrs. ago and I loved that thing. Help me! lol

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  1. 1. You will ALWAYS find bad reviews on any appliance, so weigh that when you read
    2. It really, really helps if you can see and feel the actual appliance. It's not always possible, but do visit several appliance stores if you can.
    3. Don't get sucked into buying a suite of appliances as each line has its strengths and weakness. Of course, if matching is important to you, weigh that against performance.
    If you do buy more than 1 appliance from a manufacturer, or are thinking about it, look to see who is offering rebates for multiple appliances.
    It shouldn't be THE deciding factor, but a little rebate never hurts.

    That's just to start!
    I felt that GardenWeb was also a terrific resource for everything kitchen redo!
    Here's a link to my kitchen redo set on Flickr. We did:
    KitchenAid- French door fridge, built in microwave, double wall ovens.
    Bosch- dishwasher
    Wolf- 5 burner gas cooktop
    Kohler- cast iron enamel sink and fauct
    Vent-A-Hood- range hood

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      1. re: jenniferrt

        I'd follow monavano's advice in that people sometimes get too hung up on matching everything brand-wise. Get what you like without worrying about whether it's all from the same manufacturer.

        1. re: ferret

          Yes. I've found three appliance centers about an hour from me I'm anxious to check out. They all three sell many different brands I've been looking at. All closed today :( I'm stoked.

          1. re: ferret

            monavano and ferret are completely correct.
            keep in mind that the company that manufactures the best stove may very well make the worst dishwasher (and vice versa).

            1. re: ferret

              concur with ferret and manavano.
              keep in mind that the company that makes the best stove may make well make a TERRIBLE dishwasher and vice versa.)

              1. re: ferret

                +1 to non-matching.
                None of my appliances match and the only one I'm wedded to is the Bosch DW, it's the bomb. I say this having previously owned GE, KA, Miele and another Bosch. I started researching again from scratch 3 years ago, but in the end nothing could beat a Bosch for the DW Trinity of water use, performance and quiet. so I got me another one and love it.

                My Brother ripped out his 3 year old and barely functioning KA DW and put in the same Bosch I've got (he fell in lust with my cutlery rack) 2 years ago. He's thrilled and can't believe he didn't get one sooner. They're so worth the money.

                1. re: DuffyH

                  I, too, would wholeheartedly recommend a Bosch Dishwasher. I have owned two with good luck. Had to replace the control panel board on one I most recently inherited [over a decade old], but was covered by home warranty within first year of owning it. Trouble-free for four years since replacing board. I also had a previous home with all Bosch cook products [cooktop and wall oven] and had zero issues in five years.

                  As an aside, I purchased a full-sized Bosch Front-Load Washer being cleared out for 75-percent off three years ago and it was the best appliance I have ever owned for under $300.

            2. re: monavano

              monovano, love your kitchen! Are those subway tiles you used? And your range hood, is it loud? We're in the process of starting to build our house. Any other advise you could bring, sure would help.

              1. re: chloebell

                Yes, they are subway tiles- hand made from a company in CA. That was on the "splurge" side of the equation.
                It's good to sit down and think about what you'd like to splurge on, and what you're willing to not splurge on.
                For instance, DH and I knew right away we wouldn't be spending big $$ on appliances. No built in Sub Zero (or any brand for that matter), no Viking range etc.
                All very nice, but we knew we'd be more that happy with KA.
                Splurges went to finishes such as granite and tile.

                As far as hoods goes, I don't think you can have high CFM's with whisper quiet. You look for low noise- something that can be "on" and you don't have to raise you voice to have a conversation.
                I really like the way the Vent A Hood functions and it's very easy to clean and care for.

                1. re: monavano

                  That built in Microwave is a real nice touch.

                  1. re: Tom34

                    Thank you- we were so pleased with how it turned out.

                  2. re: monavano

                    Really like our vent-a-hood, most expensive appliance we bought, and well worth it. The most quiet hood we looked at.

                    To the OP we had KA dishwashers for years and that's what we went with in this remodel.

                    1. re: mikie

                      I think KA is overall a solid brand- good looks and performance.

                      1. re: mikie

                        We did our kitchen about 14 years ago and went with a Vent-A-Hood that utilizes an 8 inch pipe to vent outside. Ceiling is still as white as the day we painted it 14 years ago.

                        We went with the top of the line KA dishwasher & installed a wooded cabinet panel on the front which makes it blend in nicely with the cabinets. Broke one set of door springs which costs $15.00 to the front door & took 5 minutes to install.

                        Amazing how many upgrades they have made to cabinets , fixtures & appliances.

                        1. re: mikie

                          I should add that the KA dishwasher is soooooo quiet, you don't even know it's running. Fortunately there's a little light on the front to remind you it's on.

                        2. re: monavano

                          Hmmmm, I was under the impression that subway tiles were on the cheaper end.........

                          Thank you for the info, bring on more if you can think of it. :)

                          1. re: chloebell

                            The tiles can range from inexpensive to more expensive. For example, you can get subway tiles at Lowes for about $2 a piece (bisque color/white), or you can get custom order handmade tiles like ours.
                            What's nice about the handmade tile is the slight variation in color with gives nice texture.

                            1. re: monavano

                              I just looked at your kitchen photos: beautiful.

                              Are the counters granite? Name? Is that a standard edge on them? I really want a built in microwave; what is the brand you got?

                              I definitely want all the cabinets to be white; my dark ones are depressing, uninviting. What model of vent a hood did you get?

                              1. re: walker

                                Thank you- we are so pleased with our kitchen. We actually started out with a kitchen and bath design company and wound up dropping them, even after the design fee was paid, because it was such a painful process.
                                We were simply a very poor fit. Letting that money go led to actually savings in the 5-figures. Gauging bastards!
                                We wound up with a designer that a handful of our neighbors used and the process was so relaxed, so organic, that I think it shows in the final product.

                                Granite- AJ Brown (yes, a granite, not a '70's funk icon!)
                                Microwave- KitchenAid
                                We love our shaker style cabinets in white, with a cherry island. Along with taking down a wall, it makes the kitchen so bright with natural light.
                                Vent A Hood- 36" B200 MSC

                                1. re: monavano

                                  Is AJ Brown the name of the color of granite? I definitely like swirls rather than confetti.

                                  1. re: walker

                                    Yes, AJ Brown is the name of the granite. It's not ubiquitous, but we were fortunate to be able to pick from 5-6 slabs in the warehouse.


                                    I forgot to add that the edge is bullnosed, nothing fancier than that should be done with this granite since it won't show as well as with other granites, like basic black.

                      2. re: monavano

                        Your kitchen is BEAUTIFUL!!! Can you tell me what paint color you used on your walls? Also, what is the name of your granite pattern? It looks very similar to the granite that's soon to be installed in my kitchen re-do. Mine is called Typhoon Bordeaux.

                        1. re: CindyJ

                          I will have DH find a paint can for the color of the paint- I believe we got it at Benjamin Moore.
                          My granite is A J Brown, and thank you!
                          It DOES look a lot like your granite. You'll love the variation in color and swirls of patterns!

                          1. re: monavano

                            Thanks -- I'd appreciate it. My designer has recommended a Benjamin Moore color called "Meditation" which looks similar to your wall color -- maybe a little more taupe, a little less gray.

                      3. We just finished a kitchen renovation in December 2013. Our kitchen is on the smaller side but I'm pleased with all of our appliances.

                        Range - 30" GE Cafe gas (love this. Check out recent threads. JoanN also recently purchased this as well and we are both enamored with the high capacity burner).

                        Dishwasher - Bosch 800 series. Great dishwasher. I was shocked at how clean our dishes and mugs got. It even washed out the brown coffee stains off the white mugs. Also, this dishwasher is super quiet and at first, we had to really listen for it to know that it was on.

                        Fridge - GE Cafe full size, french door. The cost for the full size was the same as counter depth. I refused to pay for less fridge/freezer space. What I am impressed with is how much longer vegetable life is in the drawers. Ours is a bit loud but it doesn't bother us.

                        Hood - Zephyr. I should have paid more attention to the hood. I'm happy with it but I wish the fans were more over the strongest burner. When I described my cooking to the appliance sales woman, she didn't try to upsell. She said that this vent was reasonably priced and would suit our needs.

                        Here is a pic of the main part of the kitchen. The fridge is to the left of where I was standing for the picture.

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                        1. re: beetlebug

                          Nice! Thanks for the input. Ya, I think I'll get a Bosch DW.

                        2. Keep in mind that many different brands are either owned by others, or that some actually farm out some manufacturing to others.

                          I would decide what you want to do with your kitchen first, then look at what will accomplish that.

                          Think about what you cook and go from there.

                          If you are more into appearance get whatever you like to look at.

                          I had to deal with a quirk of my kitchen that forced me to buy a GE Profile stove / oven I would not have. I found I love it. All the reviews were misleading.

                          I have a top of the line GE fridge that keeps food fresh ridiculously long, but has a computer motherboard that burns out and need replacing periodically. Turns out to be the same motherboard used by about six different brands. Relax and get what you like.

                          1. I have a dual fuel GE Profile stove. I am very happy with in in general. My only wish would be for a second 'high octane' burner... maybe one more powerful than what I have. Overall, it's easy to clean, does what I want it to and works consistently. That's what I need in a stove. I like having the middle griddle/extra burner. Almost never use as an extra burner because there isn't room.

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                            1. re: debbypo

                              Another thumbs up from me for GE Profile. The one I had was my favorite range ever (until my new induction range, but that's another thread). I preferred it over the 8-burner Jenn-Air prostyle that was in our last rental.

                              If I were still in a house with a gas hookup, I'd be cooking on a Profile or Cafe range, no question. They're not the most high end, or the fanciest, but they're solid and reliable and just plain get the job done easily, IME.

                            2. Good luck with your renovation! We had a great time doing ours and as Monavano has stated you will always get negative reviews from people. What we decided to do was weed out the products that had the greatest number of those negative reviews since there had to be some basis of fact.

                              We ended up purchasing a KA dishwasher because it has a grinder in it unlike the Bosch and Miele which have to be cleaned out periodically.

                              We just bought a 30 inch Blue Star stove (RNB) which is all gas but has a convection switch (my wife wanted all gas) because among many other reasons it has the fewest gadgets on it to go wrong.

                              As I said, enjoy the process.