Local retail stores will stock all sorts of breakers, GFCI, AFCI, whole
house surge protectors, add-on ground bars, etc. for ONLY one or two
brands of panels.
With that said, it is nice to buy a panel for which you can go to the
store and get the add-on's you need. (Not have to order it.)
Both Lowe's and 'Depot stock Square D QO panels and breakers. Most big
box stores also stock GE and a number of other brands. Easy availability
is not a reason to buy a low end panel, and in the case of Square D QO
series it is readily available so the modes extra cost is the only
potential decision factor.
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