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Old 10-01-2014, 08:19 AM
 
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We are trying to decide which appliances to get for our kitchen remodel. We are looking at lower-mid priced appliances, nothing super expensive.

After much research, reading what others have to say and talking to a few sales people at different appliance stores, I've been leaning towards the kitchenaid 25 cu ft French door refrigerator, 30" gas convection slide-in range and dishwasher.

As of now, I still think the Kitchenaid fridge will be fine, but I've heard a lot of bad things about the slide-in range. I'm not sure how good the dishwasher is. I haven't done any research on it yet.

I like the look of the range, but after hearing so many bad things about it, plus hearing that the black ceramic top scratches, I need advice on another brand that is really good. I don't need anything fancy. Just a gas range/oven combo that works well and has convection.

Also, I'd love black appliances, but the black scratch badly. I don't care for stainless and they are a pain to keep clean. Fingerprints would really bother me. Besides, we have an old log home, and I really don't think stainless would look right with our style. We have a stainless Gladiator in the garage, and I have yet to find something that will clean it well. It has fingerprints and streaks all over it. Yes, I know about the fake stainless fridges, but they all scratch and no magnets. I've also heard of the white ice, but hear it's very modern and isn't very popular(Don't know if they scratch easily like the black?)

Right now, our appliances are the old white(textured fridge and glass top stove). Both clean up easily and there are no problems with magnets on the fridge.

I've been told to get a cheaper fridge at an outlet store and paint it. I don't care for that.

We are going with medium colored hickory cabinets with a weathered look. I don't care about resale, since we will be here for a long time or forever.

I'm looking for advice on a very good 30" gas convection slide in range that just works well for everyday family cooking and once in awhile baking(Don't need the bells and whistles) and what color fridge to get(would love a black textured FD, but only a couple lower end brands make one).

If you have appliances that you've had for awhile that work well and you are happy with the color, please advise.

Thanks in advance for any suggestions!

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Old 10-01-2014, 09:42 AM
 
Location: Berkeley, Denver, CO USA
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We have had the older version of
Products - Ranges - Slide-in Ranges - HDI8054U
and are happy with it.
Stainless and black. Dual fuel.

For a dishwasher, I would recommend Bosch. Just get one with a list price of >$999.
Have owned 3 Bosch dishwashers. The only one I was not happy with was the one the builder installed (too cheap and noisy).
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Old 10-01-2014, 05:51 PM
 
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If anyone else has any appliances you've had for awhile and really like, please let me know. Thanks!
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Old 10-01-2014, 06:42 PM
 
Location: Moku Nui, Hawaii
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Black shows fingerprints like crazy. Anyone just thinks about opening the refrigerator door and, I swear, it instantly makes fingerprints all on it's own. I don't know if beige is a choice in appliances anymore, but if it were available and I lived in a log house, that's likely what I'd choose. I'd steer away from black if fingerprints bother you.

For power use (electricity is crazy expensive here), the less than 24 cu ft, freezer on top and ice maker in the freezer was one of the most economical to run refrigerators.

For stoves and ranges, how many BTU's they put out is most important for me, but not all folks put function over form.
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Old 10-02-2014, 11:07 AM
 
Location: Denver CO
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I had Frigidaire appliances in the home I just sold. I had their "Professional" line which is just their name for it, they are not restaurant level appliances, but I was happy with what they looked like and satisfied with how they worked. The (electric) stove needed a replacement burner element at one point, the repairman said it was a random thing but sometimes they crack. The icemaker froze up on me once and needed to be repaired but it was also a minor fix. No other issues in 7 years.

I personally like stainless and do not feel that it gets any more fingerprints or smudges. I actually thought the black glass cooktop (electric range) showed dirt and dust far more than the stainless front so I personally would avoid black, particularly high gloss black.

I looked at the White Ice collection by Whirlpool when shopping for my new house. I think it looks great, but when I saw a piece in the store, the white one had all kinds of dents and scratches where the paint had chipped off. Stainless gets dents too but no paint to chip so they are less noticeable. I was also worried because I had to go to about 5 different stores before finding a White Ice appliance to see in person. I would be hesitant to buy something that is that unpopular because what if one breaks and needed to be replaced and they stopped making that line?
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Old 10-02-2014, 11:54 AM
 
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I looked at the White Ice collection by Whirlpool when shopping for my new house. I think it looks great, but when I saw a piece in the store, the white one had all kinds of dents and scratches where the paint had chipped off. Stainless gets dents too but no paint to chip so they are less noticeable. I was also worried because I had to go to about 5 different stores before finding a White Ice appliance to see in person. I would be hesitant to buy something that is that unpopular because what if one breaks and needed to be replaced and they stopped making that line?
I just replaced our stove with one from the White Ice collection. Both Home Depot and Lowes had them on display.
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Old 10-03-2014, 10:10 AM
 
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Any other 30" gas convection slide-in stove anyone likes that hasn't had any problems?
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Old 10-04-2014, 02:38 AM
 
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When I visited my aunt last month, her Samsung gas convection slide-in stove grabs my attention, well it's not 30". I guess, she has been using it for years now and she's satisfied with it. Maybe you could try it.
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Old 10-04-2014, 04:00 AM
 
Location: The Triad (NC)
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We are trying to decide which appliances to get for our kitchen remodel.
We are looking at lower-mid priced appliances, nothing super expensive.
White. Major brand. Least expensive model offered.


eg: just ordered a new refrigerator...
it's a Frigidaire, it's white, it's basic, it's big enough at 18CF ...all for $500.
Can't beat it.
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Old 10-04-2014, 08:39 AM
 
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I personally like stainless and do not feel that it gets any more fingerprints or smudges. I actually thought the black glass cooktop (electric range) showed dirt and dust far more than the stainless front so I personally would avoid black, particularly high gloss black.
I agree. I understand that some people don't like stainless but I can't imagine anyone being happy with a black cooktop. We have a stainless gas range with a glossy black cooktop that holds and shows every drop, smudge, speck, fingerprint, streak, etc. It performs well and was $$ so unfortunately I'm stuck with it.
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