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Best Appliance Brands

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by Jonathan Trout ConsumerAffairs Research Team

Shopping for home appliances can be a difficult task. We're all trying to find that perfect washer, dryer, refrigerator or microwave that's affordable, energy efficient, smart app compatible, and gives your kitchen those accents you've always wanted. Fortunately, we've looked at all the biggest names — like Whirlpool, Bosch and Osterizer — to give you our list of best appliance brands and recommendations for your next buy.

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Bosch Appliances
Read 969 Reviews

Founded in 1886 and headquartered in Stuttgart, Germany, Bosch is an engineering company that manufactures electronics, auto parts and appliances. Its family of appliances consists of dishwashers, ovens, microwaves and cooktops.

Frigidaire
Read 628 Reviews

Frigidaire is an American subsidiary of Electrolux and is located in Charlotte, North Carolina. It manufactures home and commercial appliances for kitchens, laundry rooms and facilities.

Dacor Appliances
Read 456 Reviews

Dacor was founded in 1948 with a self-contained ventilation hood designed by Stan and Anthony Joseph. Today, it designs and manufactures ranges, cooktops, ovens, ventilation vents, microwaves, dishwashers and refrigeration units.

Amana Appliances
Read 531 Reviews

Founded in 1934, Amana makes affordable appliances for cooking, cleaning, heating and cooling. Their freezers include upright and wide designs and range in price from $229 to $649.

Cuisinart
Read 749 Reviews

Cuisinart is a home products manufacturer specializing in small appliances and goods for the kitchen. Founded in 1971, Cuisinart offers many products including kitchen electrics, coffee makers, cutlery, cookware and more.

Rheem
Read 389 Reviews

Rheem manufactures heating, cooling, water heating and commercial refrigeration products. Through its family of brands, it offers the foodservice industry various refrigeration products and equipment.

Thermador
Read 520 Reviews

Thermador produces kitchen appliances including ovens, refrigerators, microwaves and cooktops. Consumers can request a quote and a demo online for any appliance.

Fisher Paykel
Read 975 Reviews

Headquartered in Auckland, New Zealand, Fisher and Paykel was founded in 1934 and designs appliance that are distributed to over 50 countries. It was acquired by Haier Group in 2012, allowing it to expand even further.

Sunbeam
Read 246 Reviews

Sunbeam designs and manufactures electronic home appliances. It was acquired by Jarden Consumer Solutions in 2004, who continues to sell the Sunbeam brand of kitchen appliances and bedding.

Electrolux
Read 766 Reviews

Electrolux was founded in 1919 and is headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden. Electrolux designs and makes kitchen, laundry and home-care appliances such as washers and dryers, refrigerators and freezers.

How to buy appliances

1. Purchase preparation

Buying a new appliance isn’t easy, especially when a larger home appliance can cost you thousands of dollars; however, we at ConsumerAffairs are here to help. Before you buy the next appliance that is destined to update the look of your kitchen or make your clothes dry faster, we created a few important steps for things to go as smooth as possible.

  • Measure twice, cut once
    If you are buying a large item like a fridge or washer/dryer combo, make sure to measure the space and the surrounding area. Will the door to the unit be able to open all the way? Can the gas line be installed into the back of the dryer? Do you have a water line that can reach your fridge? Can you even fit it through the entryway into the room you want the appliance placed? Do your due diligence to observe the designated space and always measure everything.
  • Accessorize
    Range ovens need exhaust fans, coffee makers need filters, and vacuums need bags. Most appliances need their own specific set of accessories and add-ons that either allow it to function or function better. Take a look and speak with an expert regarding what else you will need to purchase with your appliance, then build that into the overall cost.

2. Buying your appliance

Now it’s time to buy your appliance. As you check out your options, make sure to keep these steps in mind.

  • Choose the right time
    Sometimes, when you buy your appliance is just as important as where you buy your appliance. Looking out for annual sales as well as knowing when new merchandise is going to hit the market can be vital in getting the best deal possible.
  • Buy the appliance that fits your lifestyle
    Are you a great chef with a large family to feed? Choose an oven that will house all those meals you’re going to cook. Not much of a cook? Choose a microwave with various sensors that help cook those leftovers perfectly and in no time at all. Take a few minutes, think about your lifestyle and your expectations for an appliance.

3. What to do after the purchase

Even after your done with your purchase, your job isn’t quite complete. Before moving on to your next home upgrade, you need to take care of a few things.

  • Get that rebate
    Most appliances have a company rebate that is usually mailed in after purchase, so make sure to confirm any rebates with the brand’s info/helpline or the store where you bought the item. You should also follow up carefully as these rebates generally need to be submitted within a finite amount of time. Another rebate to check out is the Energy Star Rebate, where the US Environmental Protection Agency will give you several rebates for things like the disposal of your old unit. Check out their rebate finder for more information.
  • Sell your used appliance
    If your previous appliance is clean and in working order, why not sell it? There are many online marketplaces where you can list anything from a microwave to a washer/dryer combo, and there are even more people out there looking for a deal. Just remember three things: Have a friend or family member with you at the time of sale, make sure to include “buyer pick up” in your advertisement (you don’t deliver!), and be prepared to test the appliance for the buyer before purchase.
  • Keep track of the fine print
    Does your appliance have a 90-day warranty? Do you need to service the item regularly? Where can you go for returns, replacement accessories or have your new appliance fixed? All of these details can usually be found towards to back of most user manuals or can be answered directly through a company helpline or email.

New vs. used appliances

New appliance pros and cons

  • Pros: When purchasing a new appliance, there is usually a limited warranty that goes along with the buy. A new appliance also brings with it the peace of mind you are buying the most advanced item in the market, as new standards are developed every day for energy efficiency, user-friendliness and tech integration.
  • Cons: You will be paying far more for a new item than a used or refurbished appliance. Another thing to remember is whether the new appliance features are actually needed, or if you are looking for the item to do its job. For example, do you need your refrigerator to be accessible through an app, or do you want it to simply keep your food cold?

Used/refurbished pros and cons

  • Pros: With a used or refurbished appliance you are looking at a significantly lower price. In fact, some prices on used or refurbished items can be haggled with the seller. Another pro to think about is not everyone uses their appliances before putting them on the secondary market, making your used purchase practically brand new.
  • Cons: Used purchases usually don’t include a warranty, which can be problematic when you are purchasing an item with medium to moderate usage. You may also be buying an item that isn’t backed by a store purchase guarantee, especially if you are looking at appliances from private sellers.
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Compare Appliance Reviews by Brand

Hunter Fans
Read 285 Reviews

Located in Memphis, Tennessee, Hunter has been engineering and manufacturing fans for over 128 years. It offers a collection of ceiling fans that can be customized while still maintaining a consistent style throughout a home.

Jenn-Air
Read 402 Reviews

Jenn-Air was originally founded in 1947 as an industrial fan manufacturer. It was acquired by Maytag in 1982, which was purchased by Whirlpool in 2006. Today, the Jenn-Air brand sells appliances, refrigerators and cooktops.

Haier Appliances
Read 148 Reviews

Founded in 1984 and headquartered in Qingdao, China, Haier is a home appliance and consumer electronics company that designs and manufactures air conditioners, computers, microwaves, washing machines, refrigerators and TVs.

Black & Decker Appliances
Read 67 Reviews

Black & Decker makes budget-friendly home appliances including cooking appliances, coffee and tea makers, blenders and juicers and more. Black & Decker appliances are sold on the brand’s website and at Wal-Mart.

Mr. Coffee
Read 447 Reviews

Mr. Coffee designs and manufactures coffee, espresso and iced-tea makers. Its line of coffee makers can brew multiple cups of coffee as well as dispense single cups.

Oster Appliances
Read 135 Reviews

Oster is an American manufacturer of kitchen appliances. Founded in 1924, it is known for countertop ovens, blenders, toasters, rice cookers and more. It is the top selling blender brand in America.

Haier TVs
Read 95 Reviews

Haier was established in 1984 and manufactures and distributes household appliances worldwide. It offers consumers multiple sizes of LED TVs that come with multiple features like auto-volume levelers and dynamic contrast ratio.

Magic Chef
Read 256 Reviews

Magic Chef has been around for 85 years and makes multiple appliances for your kitchen and home comfort. It makes two chest freezers ranging in size from 3 to 7 cubic feet as well as upright and portable freezers.

Healthmaster Blender
Read 280 Reviews

Developed by Montel Williams, the Healthmaster blender comes in two models, the Healthmaster and the Healthmaster Elite. Both models are used for blending fruits, vegetables and many other foods.

Farberware Coffee Makers
Read 163 Reviews

Owned by Meyer Corporation, Farberware was founded over 100 years ago. It makes kitchen cookware, blenders and coffee makers. Its two models of home coffee makers come with various features and settings.

BUNN
Read 234 Reviews

Incorporated in 1963, BUNN is a privately-held company that designs and manufactures dispensed beverage equipment. It focuses on providing coffee and tea makers for both home and commercial use.

Avanti Wine Coolers
Read 37 Reviews

Avanti designs and manufactures a full line of compact, countertop specialty appliances for rooms where space is limited. Its line of wine coolers are designed to maintain proper temperature and showcase wine collections.

Black & Decker Coffee Maker
Read 339 Reviews

Black and Decker, Inc. makes multiple models of coffee makers that vary in size and color.

Rowenta Steam Irons
Read 293 Reviews

Rowenta is a Germany-based manufacturer of household electrical appliances. It offers multiple steam irons in various colors that include anti-scaling, anti-drip and auto-off features.

KitchenAid Mixers
Read 285 Reviews

KitchenAid was started in 1919 and is now owned by Whirlpool. It designs and manufactures multiple countertop appliances including stand-mixers. KitchenAid’s stand-mixers come in multiple sizes and with various functionality.

Asko Appliances
Read 86 Reviews

Founded in 1950 and located in Sweden, Asko is a worldwide producer and distributor of household appliances such as refrigerators, dishwashers and washing machines. Its appliances boast energy efficiency and smart features.

Black & Decker Toast-R-Oven
Read 178 Reviews

Bissell Appliances
Read 148 Reviews

Bissell is the leading manufacturer of floor care products in North America. Today, it makes carpet cleaners, vacuums and steam and hard floor cleaners.

Danby Wine Coolers
Read 39 Reviews

Danby has been designing and making refrigeration appliances for over 65 years. Based in Montreal, Canada, it offers multiple refrigeration units for entertaining, including different sized wine coolers.

Conair
Read 105 Reviews

Conair is a privately-owned company that sells small household appliances. Along with its line of hair care appliances, it offers showerheads and mirrors to fit any home.

Krups
Read 178 Reviews

Krups is a German kitchen appliance manufacturer that can trace its founding back to 1846. Headquartered in Solingen, Germany, the Krups brand offers a line of coffee makers and grinders, kettles and cooking appliances.

Singer
Read 26 Reviews

Singer manufactures multiple types of sewing machines, including electronic, mechanical, embroidery and serger units. Singer sells its sewing machines worldwide.

KitchenAid Coffee Makers
Read 85 Reviews

KitchenAid was started in 1919 and is now owned by Whirlpool. Along with its family of kitchen appliances, it makes a line of coffee makers and grinders. Its coffee makers come in varying capacities, colors and carafe types.

KitchenAid Icemaker
Read 25 Reviews

KitchenAid was started in 1919 and is now owned by Whirlpool. Along with its multiple lines of home appliances, it manufactures and sells an ice maker that produces 25 pounds of ice for home or commercial use.

LG Dehumidifier
Read 44 Reviews

LG is a home appliance and consumer electronics company headquartered in Seoul, South Korea. Among numerous home appliances, it offers two dehumidifiers that boast impressive features and quiet operation.

Kenmore Coffee Makers
Read 35 Reviews

Kenmore has over 100 years of home appliance innovation and has become one of the most recognizable brands for home appliances. It designs a small line of home coffee and espresso makers with various colors and features.

Haier Dehumidifier Read 8 Reviews

Haier makes multiple household appliances, including a line of dehumidifiers. Its dehumidifiers come in multiple capacities and powers and are available worldwide.

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Jonathan Trout ConsumerAffairs Research Team

As a member of the ConsumerAffairs Research Team, Jonathan Trout believes having access to free, comprehensive information on products and businesses is vital to making smart purchasing decisions. He focuses his efforts on researching and reviewing multiple brands across a variety of industries, with the goal of writing unbiased buyers guides to help inform consumers on impending purchases.