We get asked often what appliances we would buy when shopping. We have a very different perspective than the average appliance purchaser. We have serviced appliances for 30 years and focus on what will likely break down on an appliance when we go shopping. So here we go.
We will begin with the washing machine. The creme de la creme is the Speed Queen TC5000WN. It goes for about $1,000.00. It is a little steep for a top load washer but it makes up for it with durability. It is not sexy and pretty much only comes in white. Two years ago Speed Queen put out the TR series which was a disaster. It had the aesthetic of the classic Speed Queen utilitarian beast but was made with cheap parts and a problematic MCU (motor control unit). We have about six repairs on those. Landers carries these units and they are good guys.
For the dryer we will suggest Whirlpool. With Whirlpool, we mean Maytag, Roper, KitchenAid as they are manufactured by Whirlpool. They all have the same internal parts for the most part. The Whirlpool dryer can last 30 years potentially.
Refrigerators are a little tricky. There are a vast array of different models and incarnations such as built-ins, counter depth etc… This being the case we will offer our recommendations for what we would buy in a universal situation. Our choice is the Big Chill retro refrigerator. This is a vintage, fabricated refrigerator with chrome heavy duty handles on the front for both freezer and refrigerator (Old School Baby!). The company is based in Boulder, Colorado. They use Whirlpool refrigerator as the base and fabricate the forns onto them. The Whirlpool refrigerator they use is the WRT311 which is solid using the ATC Embraco (made in Brazil) compressor. You can get them in any color combination you want and looks great in the garage or kitchen. The unit retails for about $1300.00.