I am going to remodel my kitchen and researching appliances. I am going to
need gas range, dishwasher and microwave. I am considering near high-end to
high-end models. I have budget of about $2200 for gas range, have not yet
figured out for dishwasher and microwave. I checked some online stores and
found that only Jenn-Air has gas ranges for my budget. Does anyone own
Jenn-Air ranges, are they good? Are there other brands to consider? What
about microwave and dishwasher?
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Jenn Air has not gotten a lot of favorable reviews. I think you can do
As for t he DW, Kitchen Aid, Whirlpool, Maytag and some models of Kenmore
(made by Whirlpool) have been favored. We recently bought a new KA and I
thought it was one of the best built.
Microwaves Panasonic and Sharp seem to be the leaders. Most are made by the
same few companies anyway.
With high end appliances come the latest technology, it's often not ready to
sell. Expect high repair bills. When people ask I always suggest middle of
the line because that's where you usually get the best value.
Jennair, some people love them some are sorry they ever bought one. If you
live in a cold winter area they can make a room pretty chilly if they are
not properly installed, you will have a 5" or 6" hole exiting a wall
somewhere for the downdraft vent. Second problem is slow cooking on the top
of the range. The same downdraft fan that cools your kitchen in the winter
will be pulling the heat away from the food you are cooking on the stove
Have you seen the Kitchenaid 2 drawer dishwasher? Pretty neat and if you
want top of the line then this might do it for you.
Check these out:
Pro Line Series
My entire kitchen has Jenn-air and maytag appliances. They are the best
value out there. I would only consider Maytag or Jenn-air, or thermador,
unless you can afford sub-zero. I've owned Kenmore, Whrilpool, and
frididare in the past. Kenmore is cheap crap, poor quality cheaply made.
Whrilpool and frigidare are not built to last.
I know what you mean when you speak of quality. Jennair and Maytage
refrigerators were/are Admilal refigerators. The biggest problem I recall
with these is that the refrigerator door seal retaining screws were screwed
up against the inside door liner which was plastic. Eventually the screws
pushed through the liner and the inside panel fell off. Ah, quality.
These are not big sellers around here so I don't know if that was ever
corrected. At one time they used metal retainers under the screws and the
door liner problem never existed. Ah, progress.
I had a Maytag fridge for 8 years - worst refrigerator I've ever had, and as
we just put in a new kitchen we bought a new one and donated the Maytag to
someone on PhillyFreeCycle. Before the Maytag was 1 year old we had to
replace one of the brackets on the freezer door. When it was just 4 years
old the seal around the freezer door had to be replaced, and the seal around
the refrigerator itself has now come loose and will need to be replaced.
When we went to an appliance store to purchase the new stuff I mentioned
this to the owner and he said that he no longer handled Maytag refrigerators
because he got too many complaints.
trying to pick out a range by price rather than function and purpose is
backwards. Sure you can buy a exotic car to drive to get your mail, but why
would you do that? Because you can?
I purchased a $1000 gas range for my last remodel. Made by GE no splash
with controls. My application was in a island and I needed something flat. I
thought that was a lot of money for something that is nothing more than a
Depending on what you want. 4 burners, 8 burners, fryer, well, single oven,
double oven. Spending $2k for a range will be easy. Try looking at
commercial units, like Vulcan.
Jenn-air/Maytag same company. I bought a Jenn-air cabinet depth refer last
February. Been good for my application. It is a LOT smaller inside than the
others and could be an issue for a family.
second on the search that I made
Verona, five star, Viking all have ranges in over the $5 price tag.
Sure why not?
Some of us like all the extras in spite of the cost.
A flame is a flame and it will boil water. Higher priced units tend to have
more feature, better quality, heavier materials, and yes, more things to
When I bought one of my cars, a co-worker made the comment that is will
break sooner, the trim will rust and a lot of reasons why the "second line"
would be a better buy. I still own it 14 years later, runs as good as the
day it was new, he is on his third car and has had major repairs on two of
We all have different values. Give $1000 to ten people and everyone of them
will do something different with it. Some will bank it, some will invest in
stocks, some will take a vacation, buy an appliance, throw a party. Is this
a great country?
Rather than staring with the budget, I suggest you start with a list of
required and desired features. Look for what you want, not a price.
I suggest you may want to take a look at Consumer Reports at the
library. They can offer some guidance. The library will have the older
I know more or less what kind of range I want. It is 30" four burners
stainless steel range. I would like to have a rotisserie in the range oven.
Beyond that I don't know what other features are useful as I never had in my
life good range. Regarding dishwasher and microwave I don't need anything
fancy, I just want good solid quality. I want them in stainless steel finish
too. I already have good refrigerator so I don't need one. I am going to
build all custom cherry cabinets and wooden enclosure of the range hood.
May I add one additional suggestion. Ask a few people who own stainless
steel appliances how they like them. The few people who I know who have
them may like them, but they all seems to have a bad thing to say about
keeping the finish looking good. Spots and fingerprints are a problem
I suspect your price for microwave and dishwasher are going to bump up
quite a bit for the SS feature.
As someone that is somewhat familiar with household appliances, I can tell
you that I'm talking "the same" machine with very different ratings. The
parts are interchangeable. The assembly line is the same. The only
difference is the name that's painted onto the control housing.
I think you should survey all your friends and neighbors, asking what
brand they have, how long it has been in use, whether it has been
repaired, etc. See of there is a source of repair parts near your home.
I just spent a long time looking for a source of the plastic ends for
a shelf bar in a frig. Gaskets, drawers, shelves need replacing from
time to time.
I installed Magic Chef appliances back in 1992. The dishwasher and
trash compactor are OK. The microwave and stove are awful. Both have
lots of plastic parts that break and like all plastic, attract dirt and
grease. The stove has lots of inside curves and creases that make it
hard to clean. The stove went through a spell of displaying "F1" but
nobody on the web or on the phone could tell me what that meant.
I have had excellent results with Kitchenade for stoves and fridges. The
Whirlpool, Armada, Maytag, and GE are also supposed to be very good. Most of
technology that goes in to these are made by the same manufactures. The
design is different to fit to their particulars for the model type. I
particularly like the new Maytag line.
As for the Microwave ovens, I have been very satisfied. Our last 4 ovens
since we've had microwave ovens, has all been Panasonic. I would not change
the brands that I like.
Forget KitchenAid dishwashers. Mine broke, first time a glass broke inside.
Glass breakage is something that occurs quite often in dishwashers, due to
the heat. $200 to fix it, just for parts, every time a glass breaks!
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