On Mar 3, 10:50 am, firstname.lastname@example.org (MICHELLE H.) wrote:
Quality is commercial grade and most manufacturers have them , go see
what laundrymats use. Our last set was a maytag commercial set up it
lasted 35 years at least. Consumer stuff is made not to last. Just
check the weight of a commercial unit to a consumer grade, commercial
units have everything heavy duty, just like consumer stuff used to be.
Sears does not make anything, including their Kenmore and Craftsman
products. Check the first 3 letters of the model number and go here to
see who made it.
In a completely non-similar vein, I've wondered about something.
It's hard for the novice to tell an appliance brand just by looking at it -
almost all refrigerators are taller than they are wide - and the
manufacturer's logo is often quite discrete.
So, then, to impress your guests (or mother-in-law), why not replace the
manufacturer's subtle logo with one from a junked VERY up-scale brand (LG?)?
You could even get an "Electrolux" logo from a defunct vacuum cleaner and
slap it on your Sunbeam fridge (use Liquid Nails).
Probably that information can even quickly and easily be acquired
online. At least here in Germany, the German equivalent of Consumer
Reports (called "Stiftung Warentest" here) makes their entire stock of
current and past tests / reviews available online via their website.
It's not free, but not really expensive either: Just search their
website for, say, comparison tests of dryers, and for only 0.99 EUR
you can download the whole review along with all tables, graphs and
pictures in PDF format, just as it appeared in their printed magazine.
I would be surprised if Consumer Reports in the US wouldn't offer a
similiar, convenient online service.
You have probably figured out by now that folks have a few "opinions"
on this subject. This is partly because of the fact that several of
the old "tried and true" brand names have had their companies raided
by accountants and mergers. All I can offer are observations from
personal purchase and business associations:
- Amana used to be top of the line and they (Amana/Raytheon) literally
invented the microwave. The brand has fallen victim to engineering-by-
- The good old reliable Maytag brand has fallen to a similar fate. A
couple of dealers in our area that have handled Maytag for decades
- When we built our house 1-1/2 years ago we went with a mix of Bosch
(diswasher) and GE (Gas Range, Microwave). Very happy.
- We looked at LG and were very impressed. The local dealer told us
that the equipment was very high quality; and the service folks were
impossible to deal with.
As said, our GE/Bosch arrangement seems to be working fine,
Not only in appliance world, it happens every where. As a brass player I
own vintage Besson horns. Besson is still in the market but ownership
moved to Germany from England and they are made in China under German
supervision. What the hell does it mean? I currently have GE/Whirlpool,
so far no problems after more than 15 years in use.
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