The Sweethome is my first stop for recommendations for household items,
and their sister site the Wirecutter for tech and electronic items.
Their reviews are very detailed and they clearly explain their testing
methodology. In this case, they don't have the facilities to actually
test large appliances, so they aggregated and analyzed data from
Consumer Reports, Reviewed.com, and other sources to narrow the field
I'll come back to that page when I can read it more closely, but I
skimmed it and it looks like it's got a lot of great information and is
well-written. The whole site looks really good. Thanks for the pointer!
I'm getting fed up with on-line reviews. It's often hard to tell
whether or not they are original or just regurgitated marketing spiel.
Many of the user reviews are little more than just unqualified,
uninformed, unspecific rants or raves. It's hard to draw a conclusion
when half the reviews are 1-star and the other half 5-, with nothing in
First off, I hate buying anything these days because of the shoddy
workmanship, cheap materials and lousy off-short customer/tech support.
Be sure you get the return policy you want in writing. There should be
a money-back guarantee for returns within a certain period. Try to get
60-90 days. This should be $$ back from the dealer - not the factory
and no "credit toward another purchase." Have to read the contract fine
Also be sure that if you return it, shipping will be paid by the dealer
after both purchase and return. If they don't stand behind the product,
you will know what kind of company or machine this is before you buy it.
You might call some local appliance repair shops and ask them. Some
mfrs like LG make it difficult for customers and independent shops to
get service info, which means expensive repairs or no replacement parts.
Others sell service manuals and have good phone tech support. Others
have service techs in India you can't understand and don't know $hit
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