What is the best appliance brand for kitchens? They all have the same surprising flaw

Did you know? Most kitchen appliance brands have the same manufacturer? Kenmore product line, for example, was created by Electrolux, Whirlpool, and LG.

What is more, newer kitchen appliances are deliberately less robust than older ones. This makes choosing a brand all the more difficult.

Almost anything you bought at Sears or Home Depot could have lasted a good 20 or so years but now things are different.

There was a time when some brands were known for quality and strength but when?

Some older homes have appliances that lasted forty plus years but today you would be surprised if your newer high-end fridge lasted more than five years.

Here are a few things to keep in mind as you search for new kitchen appliances:- No matter which brand you buy, it will need to be serviced eventually so you want to look for appliances that are good in terms of technology, simplicity and customer service.

These are the best appliances for kitchens ordered according to customer reviews.

Bosch BEST in Customer Service, Simplicity and Technology

Appliance repair technicians will tell you that if you are going to buy a new appliance, go with Bosch.


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MayTag – Commercial grade for domestic use

Performs well in refrigerators and ranges but not great with microwaves unless you buy commercial grade.
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KitchenAid – Known for It’s Mixer Good Quality

Created by Whirlpool Corporation similar quality to MayTag

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Whirlpool: Whirlpool Corporation flagship brand.

Trusted by many households and has a long track record of quality.

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General Electric –  Easy to find repair parts

General Electric makes some of the best ranges but one of their XL series had to be discontinued because the touchpad was located immediately above the oven vent and would melt from the heat of the oven.

The touchpad should not come in contact with the heat and should be located on the coolest spot on the stove.

There is a problem with water condensing under the vegetable trays and there are also some issues with water leaking onto the floor from the freezer.

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Thermador – Luxury Brand – Cooktops Designed for Higher Output

Thermador designed their cooktops for higher output with a star shape. The one con to this design is that most people find it hard to clean.

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Electrolux – Some good some bad.

Owned by the same company that makes Frigidaire, newer design and supposed to appeal to more high-end kitchen owners, but buyers have mixed reviews about how good it is. To most people they expected it to do more than what Frigidaire can do.
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Frigidaire – Very easy to find parts

Frigidaire is a household name. Look closely at some older appliances and you will see the Frigidaire tag. If you are looking for function over form and on a budget then this kitchen appliance brand is you best bet.

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Thor Kitchen – Up and Coming

ThorKitchen is an up and coming brand that you need to watch out for. Most customers who bought this product was very satisfied with it. If you are looking for a high-end feel that matches performance then you can give this appliance brand a try.

Keep in mind though that if you need to replace it with a different brand you may have to spend more money to rework another brand into your kitchen since Thor Kitchen appliances are mostly built for custom kitchen cabinets.

The main issue is that it’s still a new brand and does not yet have a track record for performance.

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Samsung – Well known  but least liked

Samsung is at the bottom of the list when it comes to the satisfaction of people who bought their refrigerators. Most say flat out say that the product does not work or stopped working after a while.

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LG – Very good advertising but…

LG have very bad reviews overall.

Appliance repair experts say the main issues with this brand exist because of the convoluted way that their appliances are assembled.

Newer appliances are inferior by design – Because of this one surprising flaw

Let me introduce you to my little ‘touchpad’. So convenient, right? You can turn on your range by just touching a button, no need to turn a ‘laborious knob’.

But that tiny improvement will bring about the failure of your perfectly good appliance in the next five to ten years.

The culprit is the modern electronic controls panel. Once it’s gone, it’s gone for good. Bye-bye. So you may have a sturdy looking refrigerator and range combo but no way to turn it on. Once the electronic circuit board goes down you may as well start looking for a new appliance.

I first met the electronic control panel while working at my first real
job at a little refrigeration repair store in 2002. They were just
coming in, and I remember my boss saying that he will need to go back to
learn how to repair them. Little did he know that they would bring a
whole new wave of change to the refrigeration repair industry.

According to the popular consumer research TV show, MarketPlace, the touchpads are created to last just about ten years, so if you had plans to give your son your old fridge in ten years time when you upgrade, you may as well budget to buy two.

Which brands have held true to their Mantra of long-lasting performance?

Best Kitchen Appliance Brand – Range Buying Guide

What should you look for when buying a range? Or a gas stove as they call it in my part of the world?

  • Reliable cooktop performance
  • Varying burner sizes
  • Accurate Oven temperatures
  • Ample oven capacity
  • Adjustable oven shelf positions
  • Availability of spare parts

Refrigerator buying guide

  • CRs Take
  • Overall, this is a very good refrigerator with
  • Excellent thermostat control
  • Very Good temperature uniformity
  • Very Good energy efficiency
  • Excellent at noise
  • Fair icemaking performance
  • Fair crisper performance
  • digital controls on its front door that show the actual internal temperature
  • an external water dispenser
  • dual evaporators
  • a door open alarm
  • a built-in water filter
  • spillproof shelves
  • ice storage in its refrigerator

Microwave buying guide

According to an article by consumer reports, the most important features of a microwave are:
  • Power rating
  • Sensor
  • Numeric Keypad
  • 1-minute or 30-second keys
  • Turntable vs. tray
  • Convection cooking, grilling, and browning


Bottom line in finding the best appliance brand for your kitchen:

Buying bundled appliances according to the brand may not be in your best interest. For example, a brand may be good for refrigerators but their stoves are crappy at best or visa versa. The same thing may applies to microwaves.

Many times you will hear stories about  a refrigerator and a range lasting for many years but the microwave died long before.

In trying to find the best appliance brand look for the best that each brand has to offer in each different product.


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