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anyone with access to consumer reports? i'm kitchen appliance shopping. tanx ;-)
Posted by: robfilms
Date: November 29, 2021 01:05PM
some of our 16yr old kenmore (re-branded Frigedaire) kitchen appliances are starting to show their age.

we are looking at gas stoves and refrigerators.

i looked at wirecutter as a starting point but their suggestions are based on data collection rather than actual hands-on testing.

i figured i could head to my local library and see if they still subscribe to the consumer reports magazine (they had for years. i always remember that april is the car reports!)

anyone with access to consumer reports and feels like sharing?

thanks in advance.

stay well.

rob
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Posted by: jdc
Date: November 29, 2021 01:35PM
Somone might, but I would say try not to overthink it.

We just had this conversation over thanksgiving with my 6 closest neighbors, we all had different makes (except ranges, GE profile, came with the house) or fridges and washer/dryters.

they all seemed about the same.

We did buy a new fridge 6 months ago, Fridgiedaire, french door, counter-depth, no water in door -- and its fine. We looked at 3 others in the same $ range and specs, numbers were nearly identical. We have always had counter depth, so knew that our choices might be limited going in.





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Posted by: cbelt3
Date: November 29, 2021 02:28PM
My library card gives me access to Consumer reports through their portal. But.. their ratings are not that useful for appliances.. they mostly look at features and cost, and not actual reliability numbers.

I'll simplify,

1- NEVER Samsung. Their quality is horrible, and durability is about zero. Guaranteed to fail as soon as the warranty expires, if not before.

2- LG Quality control has been suffering desperately lately. They are at the level of Samsung now.

We recently replaced a Frigidare dishwasher and microwave and a GE Profile stove with all GE appliances. So far so good, except GE's microwave lighting scheme is incredibly stupid. Who puts a pin halogen bulb with NO reflector ? Really ? There's room for a huge LED strip, and they just dropped in this crappy halogen pin bulb.
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Posted by: Ombligo
Date: November 29, 2021 03:26PM
Just remember that a few companies make most of the brands we know.

Whirlpool also makes KitchenAid, Maytag, Amana, and Jenn-Air
Electrolux company currently owns Frigidaire, Tappan, Kelvinator, and Gibson appliance
Haier manufactures GE, Hotpoint, Cafe, Profile, Fisher 7 Paykel, and Monogram
LG and Samsung pretty much makes everything under their own name.

If I was buying, I would look sat something from the Whirlpool family.
I would also avoid Samsung like the plague.



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Posted by: Fritz
Date: November 29, 2021 04:27PM
what Ombligo said.
I would avoid LG like the plague as well.
Our formerly busy appliance service guy told us 15 or so years ago when we redid the kitchen, "whirlpool or their stuff for other badges."
So far (knock steel and plastic) he's right.



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Posted by: Markintosh
Date: November 29, 2021 04:58PM
^ what Fritz said above...and by the way, Consumer Reports is trash too.



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Posted by: SDGuy
Date: November 29, 2021 05:44PM
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...If I was buying, I would look sat something from the Whirlpool family...
agree smiley
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Posted by: FormerlySaleenl
Date: November 29, 2021 06:06PM
I would check out the reviews by Yale Appliance. Search their blog for articles about repair rates and in-depth reviews. [www.yaleappliance.com]
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Posted by: jdc
Date: November 29, 2021 06:33PM
In that same vein -- check out AJ madison.

its an online appliance store -- but they have *tons* or models, the ability to compare features, and prices -- so a great place for research. lots of bundles, rebates, and options you wont see in the big box.





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Posted by: C(-)ris
Date: November 29, 2021 06:42PM
I went with Samsung, because it was by far the cheapest, I liked KitchenAid if I wasn't on a budget. If you are looking for a deal, I was able to use a 25% off Home Depot movers coupon on my range. It saved me over $200. Ended up with a $1k range for $568 after the sale price and the 25% off were stacked.



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Posted by: Filliam H. Muffman
Date: November 29, 2021 07:03PM
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C(-)ris
I went with Samsung

Do you remember the model number?



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Posted by: Ombligo
Date: November 29, 2021 08:32PM
One thing is to consider the individual appliance -- a basic range is pretty foolproof. It is when you start adding electronics that things get flaky.

Samsung Ranges work pretty well, but its refrigerators, dishwashers, and microwaves are not reliable at all. There is a reason the brand is the least expensive - it's called cheap components and built-in obsolescence.

The days of appliances lasting 30 years or more are over. The manufacturers can't make money on something you don't replace.



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Posted by: C(-)ris
Date: November 29, 2021 10:51PM
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Filliam H. Muffman
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C(-)ris
I went with Samsung

Do you remember the model number?

This one: [www.homedepot.com]



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Posted by: robfilms
Date: November 30, 2021 07:59AM
helpful.

thank you.

but no clear "winners".

blogs have 15% very dissatisfied (1 or 2 stars), no matter if you spend $1k or $2k or $3k.

my point is throwing money at a given brand/model, still produces a 15% dissatisfaction rate.

now i am depressed AND confused.

maybe jdc was right?

don't over think it winking smiley

thumbs up.

rob
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Posted by: Robert M
Date: November 30, 2021 11:16AM
Ombligo,

Correction. Haier may own Fisher & Paykel but they aren't manufacturing their products for them. That's significantly different than owning the company and manufacturing the products. A friend purchased a F&P fridge about 10 months ago. Very happy with it. Pricey by his standards but he's happy with it nonetheless.

Robert
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Posted by: Filliam H. Muffman
Date: November 30, 2021 02:39PM
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C(-)ris
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Filliam H. Muffman
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C(-)ris
I went with Samsung

Do you remember the model number?

This one: [www.homedepot.com]

Thank you. :-)



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