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Old 09-10-2007, 10:20 PM
 
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I will be moving to a new home and I have no idea which is the best refrigrator ans washing/drying machines, there are so many of them, at least for audio/video I can go to AVS Forum, so is there any good forum/suggestions for buying appliances for a budget of around 5k.
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Old 09-10-2007, 11:14 PM
 
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Go to your local library and check out Consumer Reports, or you can go to their website, but they charge for access. There's no advertising, and they've been testing products for decades.
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Old 09-11-2007, 06:43 AM
 
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yes--newer CR has report on designing kitchens/appliance but you might also want to check epinions. com on line---people post w/personal insights about products--I find it is fairly useful depending on how common a product you are looking for information about

you might want to get refrig to match what cooktop and dishwasher are there as far as look--don't know if brand matters that much since refrig usually go with if you move later...

suggestion for where to get them once you know what you want--try big box outlet store--like the Sears in Grapevine Mills Mall--they have dents and dinged models, last years, floor samples---with full warranties...don't know about delivery/installation...

once you get it in the house you are the only one who will know it was not show-room fresh

maybe try Craig's list and see if anyone has what you are looking for--some people doing remodels can have some fairly good stuff for sale but you would have to move/install it yourself...
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Old 09-11-2007, 02:49 PM
 
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Costco also tends to have decent prices on Appliances, but selection is VERY limited.
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Old 09-11-2007, 03:23 PM
 
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When I bought appliances for my new home, I went to all of the major stores' websites and compared prices, models and features. I ended up buying the washer and dryer at Best Buy online and had it delivered and I went to the local Sears store to look at and buy the refrigerator and dishwasher. (Sears often has special in-store deals and floor models for sale.) The fridge I bought was a special purchase and the dishwasher was a floor model that I got at a great price. I had them delivered and installed. I brought my stove from my former home.

The washer is a front loader and I LOVE it! It uses very little water, gets the clothes super-clean and has a whole lot of washing options. Best Buy really did have the best buy on front loaders! The local Best Buy store doesn't sell major appliances but you can still buy them online and have the local store deliver.
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Old 09-12-2007, 07:56 AM
 
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my best buy store sells appliances--in Hurst/NE Mall area--think it depends on your store--also you might have some luck if you price your models then go to local appliance store and see if they will match the price--I find that local stores give better service cals than Sears or others who contract out to service repair company anyway--the Sears in my area only does service calls on a weekly area basis--if my washer went out on Tuesday I might have to wait 4 days to a week to get a service man out--we bought sears appliances but used local appliance store's repair dept...
but the appliances usually never needed service within the year's warranty so I was not "gving up" anything...
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Old 09-12-2007, 09:29 AM
 
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I'd suggest seriously considering a front loader. Not necessarily because they're a better design, but because I believe that Energy Star regulations are changing how much energy/water (I can't remember which) can be used by a washer. Consumer Reports mentioned this in their last article and pointed out that the latest top loaders actually performed more poorly than older models due to the stricter rules.

Front loaders are more complex by design, but are more efficient, so it may make sense to go that route. In general, I also think that some front loaders are more gentle with your clothes, but this would be something you'd need to research for a particular model.
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Old 09-13-2007, 10:54 AM
 
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You can also check epinions online, they have reviews of products. You can also go to Dealtime and look at appliances and where they are selling them. I like this with appliances such as dishwashers I am looking at right now. You can search by price, color, with a food disposal or not, how many washes ect. just by clicking on what you want. It also provides all the details on the machine. It really helps you narrow down the choices. Other places to look for reviews would be sears and amazon online. They are pretty helpful.
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Old 09-13-2007, 02:22 PM
 
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For common household Appliances I agree that consumers report is the best resource.

They have this mag at the magazine stands like Barnes and Noble & Borders.
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