Honest opinions about how to buy Appliances and Lighting.

Wednesday, December 31, 2008

2008 Winners

2008 was a great year for appliances....Not. Although 2008 was a difficult year for every industry, certain segments of the appliance and lighting business saw big increases.


Appliances: Affordable luxury...Bosch, GE Cafe and Frigidaire




Lighting: LED (finally) and color rendering fluorescent.




2008 will be remembered as the year we turned the corner certainly for many of the energy efficient products which will be the standard in the future.


Happy New Year

5 comments:

  1. Hi Steve,

    Great Blog!

    I'm agonizing over replacing some appliances in an update of my mother's kitchen. Like your post on affordable luxury, I've been considering Frigidaire for the 30" gas freestanding range and for the refrigerator.

    My concern with Frigidaire is with the number of complaints that I've read about Frigidaire products and difficulty getting product problems resolved with Electrolux.

    Obviously, I'd like to get the best value, but I also want to provide my mother with appliances that won't be a headache.

    What are your thoughts on the most affordable luxury gas ranges and refrigerators with the best repair records?

    Thanks for your help!

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  2. Thanks Jon,


    First question I always ask: Is it the manufacturer or service provider?

    Often times in our industry, it is the later...

    That being said, our service department logged 35,000 calls in 2008. Frigidaire was better than average in service calls per sale.

    I would certainly consider this brand for your particular niche

    Steve

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  3. Thanks Jon,


    First question I always ask: Is it the manufacturer or service provider?

    Often times in our industry, it is the later...

    That being said, our service department logged 35,000 calls in 2008. Frigidaire was better than average in service calls per sale.

    I would certainly consider this brand for your particular niche

    Steve

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  4. Hi Steve,

    Thanks for your response. Certainly, service is important. My mother's house is in the Midwest. Where she lives, the best service provider is a GE only dealer.

    We looked at a Kenmore Elite gas range today. I understand that it is made by Electrolux. We also looked at Bosch and Electrolux. The Frigidaire PLGFZ397GC looks like a great value.

    Happy New Year! Thanks for the blog!

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  5. Great range....Look at this one the Glgfz386 and for a lesser expensive piece the fgf366

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