This is an all encompassing post about appliance categories, brands and features...Start the new year off right...
Brands: SubZero, Wolf, Viking, Miele, Thermador
Features: Professional or integrated refrigerators, pro range or cooktop and wall oven, integrated dishwasher.
Budget: $15,000 plus
Comments: Category has been affected by the building market along with stagnant home values. Still, SubZero et al still has cache and great features for consumers who really use their kitchen.
Brands: Electrolux, GE Cafe, Bosch, Samsung, KitchenAid and JennAir.
Features: Shallow depth refrigerator, slide in range, stainless interior dishwasher.
Comments: Great niche for consumers who want luxury and aesthetics on a budget
Brands: Frigidaire, Frigidaire Pro, GE, Maytag
Features: Stainless Steel, Convection cooking
Budget: Under $2000
Comments: This is another great segment. Product looks good and performs well. Doesn't have shallow depth or slide in, but is otherwise comparable to the affordable luxury brands.
Brands, Frigidaire, GE, Maytag, Whirlpool
Comments: Still a big segment with great value as prices haven't really changed much in 10 years
How to buy:
1. Rebates....Products can have up to 30% at any given time
2. Service....Know the service provider before you buy anything, especially the more exotic brands
3. Social....What to buy and whom to buy from is much easier. Social media sites like Yelp and CitySearch can help somewhat.