What I've learned about home appliances over the years. Not that much, but enough.
- In general, Kenmore appliances (from Sears) are the way to go. Solid products (mostly private-labeled) and solid customer repair service. A lot of appliances are private label Amana or Bosch. Fagor is a Spanish appliance company and their appliances look nice. Not sure about quality.
- Always good to go to the back of dept stores and see floor models and returned appliances for big discounts 30-40% off. We've gotten a bunch of stuff that way. If you buy a set or multiple appliances, bargain for more of a discount. Good to buy during a holiday sale weekend.
- Also, look for the EnergyStar label. However, non-EnergyStar appliances are already more energy efficient than appliances from 10-15 years ago. Look for rebates from your electrical and water companies, you could get $100 to $300+ back.
I like BlueStar a lot. Crazy expensive, near restaurant grade heat and temp control but they look *much* better than Viking and others. Induction cooktops are really cool (highest energy efficiency and temp control) but about 5 – 7 years from being affordable. Don't get self cleaning ovens.
Whatever brand you get, get a top mount refrigerator (where freezer is the bottom). The $200 difference is worth it. Ours is just Kenmore-Amana.
Bosch all the way (again ours is Kenmore-Bosch). Interior should be stainless steel.
We have Bosch labeled and Kenmore-Frigidaire. Both washers are front loaders, the higher the rpm 1000 to 1200 the better. Front loaders are more efficient with its use of water and spinning water from the clothes for faster drying.
Go for vented (most common) rather than condensation dryers since the vented ones will dry faster.
The all-in-one washer/dryers are supposed to take a long time to dry so the higher capacity ones that are coming out are supposed to be best.
Go for the extended warranty and repair.