Earlier this summer, we felt the excitement of replacing all four of our major kitchen appliances after nearly 15 years. We have now had the majority of those appliances for eight weeks, with the exception of the microwave which we have only had for four weeks because of backorder issues. We are now to the point where the excitement has settled down and we have grown pretty accustomed to the new appliances so I think this is a great time to rate and review all of them.
Our previous appliances purchased in 2006, when we moved into our current house, were all very basic models with none of the bells and whistles that were available even at that time. I say this even with our previous washer & dryer combination in mind as well, which we only just replaced last year after 14 years. None of those appliances were overly attractive or had any cool features, but they functioned well for a considerably long time. As we move forward with these new appliances, it is those unattractive but highly durable ones that I will inevitably be comparing the performance of these ones to. Those basic models were beasts and held up through everything we put them through. I was even able to replace inexpensive parts on that old washing machine myself on two separate occasions to keep it going. Alas though, as we get older and can more easily afford some of those bells and whistles, we naturally want to benefit from the modern conveniences they offer. However, there are environmental benefits to replacing aging home appliances as well.
The impetus for new appliances was a two-fold event, just about a week apart. First to go was the oven, which didn’t necessarily stop working but rather we thought it safest to quit using it. The oven had been lit to preheat for some time and just as both my husband and I had remarked that we could smell the odor, mercaptan, added to natural gas, we heard a “whoosh” sound that I also felt as a pressure against my ears. The oven was lit well enough then, dinner went in as planned and baked without incident but we agreed that it was not a great idea to push the limits of such an old appliance after that. We stopped using the oven and were researching new stoves when, about a week later, the microwave quit heating altogether. One of the kids had put a bag of microwave popcorn in for movie night and when nothing happened and the bag was still cold to the touch, I knew we had reached an expiration, on not just the stove and microwave but on all of our 15-year-old kitchen appliances.
The first appliance we had definitively decided on was the stove. The other three appliances were chosen for how well they would match with that one. Coincidentally, the stove is the appliance we both agree comes out ahead of the others in performance rating. Click on the name of an appliance to see my full review it.
Overall rating: 4.5 out of 5
Overall rating: 3.9 out of 5
Overall rating: 3.5 out of 5
Overall rating: 2 out of 5
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