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#From Kenmore Elite to Miele: Our Readers Review Their Kitchen Appliances!

Reader Intelligence Report

Shopping for kitchen appliances is tough. There's only so much you can learn about a particular model from the manufacturer, so I find making a decision often comes down to the product reviews I'm able to gather from friends and online sources.

In hopes of making this process just a little easier for those of you researching new kitchen appliances, we asked Kitchn readers to share their favorite kitchen appliance brands. The responses we got may be a small sampling, but surely a good place to start if you're looking to buy a new refrigerator, dishwasher, range, or cooktop. Here's what our readers had to say:

Most-Mentioned Refrigerator

I bought Kenmore Elite Appliances (range, fridge and dishwasher) and they have turned out very serviceable. I love my 31 cubic ft French door refrigerator. which was a big step up from the little fridge in our old house. The ice maker is very slim, so you don't lose a lot of space to that, the lighting inside is great, and the pull out freezer drawers prevent things from getting lost. We bought our fridge and range at the Sears outlet and were able to score great discounts on them. The fridge was scratched/minor dent on the side, but it didn't matter, since our cabinets wrapped around the fridge. If I was doing it all over again, I'd buy the same items. - MegW

I love my Kenmore Elite armoire style refrigerator. It is going on six years old so it is an earlier model. Key to my love affair are: the water dispenser is inside the door - it does not take up a lot of valuable space; inside the fridge is a long narrow drawer just under the vegetable crisper drawers - perfect for platters, a whole fish or even your stash of beer laying on their sides; above the crisper drawers is one flat space - you would be surprised how often you need a bit more room than just half the width of the fridge; the bottom freezer is a drawer - two tiers, the bottom one pulls out and if you need the second you pull that out as well. The layout of this refrigerator is a winner! - Gret

Like others I love my Kenmore Elite French Door fridge, it's so nice to be able to see everything, and most important for the baker in me, it holds baking sheets with ease. -bobcatsteph3

Other Refrigerator Favorites

We just redid our NYC Kitchen last spring and splurged on a Blomberg BRFB1040X refrigerator. We had wanted the bigger model but it put us way over on budget and there's only 2 of us so this size is just fine. It took a while to figure out what goes where and how to fit everything in when we do a big grocery shopping, but we got used to it. We love it! - LaurenAnn8

I have a GE bottom freezer refrigerator that was about $800. It runs quiet, maintains perfect temperature, and is easy to keep clean. I eat mostly fresh food, so all my food is at eye level (where a conventional freezer would be). My fridge is a single door, basic model and the color is bisque to match the range and over range microwave. These colors are "out-dated" but I really like them as opposed to stainless steel appliances which cost a lot more and get fingerprints and smudges on them. I painted the kitchen walls to match the appliances so it brightens the corner of my non-window condo kitchen. - BarbaraE

  • Northland 30" Refrigerator, $4,600

My Northland 30" wide fridge —- had it 15 years and only one $200 repair. Less expensive than a subzero and none of the problems. - 37RubyDog

My "pride joy" is my Beach Blue Big Chill retro fridge. Took me about 5 years to finally decide to buy it as it was about $3200, including a $500 shipping and inside delivery fee. It looks great in my 50s bungalow too. When I first got it, people wanted to come over just to see it and it still gets a lot of attention when someone comes over for the first time. "WHOA! That's the coolest fridge EVER!" People have pictures of their kids. I have pictures of my fridge. Just kidding. Well, kind of. - carreeokee

Most-Mentioned Dishwasher

  • Miele Dishwashers . $1,000 - $1,200: We know that Miele dishwashers are awesome (it was Faith's top dishwasher pick for her new kitchen!) and it appears that Miele dishwashers hold up well with our readers, too!

Love my miele dishwasher. It was a replacement right after we bought our house and the prior one conked out. Cost around $1000 which was covered by a home warranty. Would not usually spend that much on a dishwasher, but love it! Can't stand other dishwashers now.

  • top rack for flatware and utensils which I organize in my special OCD way
  • 98% of everything comes out sparkly clean with mostly no prior rinsing
  • Can program it to begin cycle four hours hence
  • Flexible lower rack configurations
  • Quiet and easy on the eye


I'm very fond of our Miele dishwasher for all the reasons coconut hill lists - including how it answers my OCD needs! It is also very, very quiet, which is important in our open-plan condo. With all the adjustable racks in it, I'm continually amazed at how much I can fit in there. It was approx. $1600 CDN, which is ridiculous, but that included taxes, delivery, installation by the approved Miele tech, and a 10 year warranty (which was the 'sale' feature). If we have to move, I'd be sorely tempted to take it with me. - kas_vic

A third thumbs up for Miele dishwashers. We had a mid price range Kitchenaid that only lasted 5 years, so we decided to ante up to the $1800 Miele. Does such a better job than the Kitchenaid, and we love the flat silverware rack. I also love that because it uses residual heat and a fan to dry the dishes, there isn't an intense heat source, so I can put plastic or melamine items anywhere in it with no problem. Also, with this drying system, plastic items actually get dried, unlike with our old dishwasher. The layout is completely flexible, so you can fit anything in it. It only uses about 4 gallons of water, and because thers no heating element for drying, it uses very little electricity. I find myself using it for everything, where previously I washed almost all our pots, pans, and Tupperware by hand, and I feel like I'm saving water and electricity. Well worth the extra money. Especially if it lasts longer than the five-year Kitchenaid! - justdunnit

Other Dishwasher Favorites

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