Honest opinions about how to buy Appliances and Lighting.

Tuesday, December 01, 2009

A 2009 Review

What should you buy? It really depends on what is important to you. You could be flipping the unit, buying a dream kitchen or a simple replacement. I do not have an all encompassing favorite, but several likable brands.

I can also be convinced to like another product if the rebates warrant a conversation. These are appliances after all, not proprietary medical equipment.

My favs...

Best Brands: SubZero/Wolf

Owned by the same person, these brands are different and better than their many competitors. Refrigerator has two compressors, an air scrubber and a way better gasket to keep air out. The stove has a better simmer, two convection fans and fancy clock and timer.

Best Affordable Luxury: Bosch

For a brand that is recently incapable of a good manufacturing decision, Bosch has weathered the recession quite well. This company does not have a french door refrigerator or a stove under $1000. Bosch, however, survives on being stylishly different (different is good), eco-friendly and produces the best dishwasher on the market.

Best Value: Frigidaire

With the deep pockets of parent Electrolux, Frigidaire was the original manufacturer of stainless steel appliances. Their latest release of Gallery and Gallery Pro is intriguing and very affordable. Their french door will be out second quarter 2010, and will shake up that segment.

Honorable mention: Miele and GE Cafe

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