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Kitchenaid vs. Maytag vs. Whirlpool.

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jm1; arisk;
As much as I would like to carry on this debate I believe we'll get off topic, since I'm looking for feedback on the specifc brands mentioned from present owners.
Gigit wrote: We have a Kitchen Aid gas stove, which is wonderful. All of the rest of our kitchen appliances are Whirlpool. Dishwasher is AMAZING, best I've ever used, and it's very quiet. Our laundry pair are Maytag. Our appliances are new, so it's too soon to tell for repairs, but performance and looks are excellent.
Thanks Gigit, did you get the 30" 4 burner slide in range?
MMMM wrote: We have Kitchenaid Architect II. 3.5 years of use and no major problems. gas stove has worked flawlessly. Very easy to clean. The fridge is great. Never bothered to hook up the water line. Last week we replaced the pulley cables on the dishwasher. This is a common service issue for all of the mentioned brands (starts to creak). The repair took 15 minutes and cost 29.00 for the part. The dishwasher is not as quiet as our Miele in our old house but works well. No other repairs or problems. The venthood is great 600cfm and easy to clean. One light bulb burnt out no other issues.
Only major issue I know of with the stoves is certain models had/have an issue with the glass cracking during the self cleaning cycle.
Thanks, my wife tends to cook a lot as we entertain several times per month so I was thinking of getting the higher end line, I should actually check the reviews. I don't put a lot of emphasis on review because some tend to contradict each other. Something like, I give this dishwasher high marks as it cleans very well and is the quietest I've ever owner, and the next may say, this dishwasher sucks, I can't seem to get one clean load and it's so noisy it keeps us awake at night since we run it off peak time.
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I use Thermador gas stove since I moved in. Any comments on this brand?
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jm1 wrote: ... it would make sense that higher priced models use better quality parts than lower priced models ...
I think this is more wishful thinking on your part than making sense. Manufacturers don't sell on a cost plus margin basis. They sell on the basis of what the consumer will pay. So there is no basis to suggest a higher retail price indicates more expensive parts.
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Regular size, whatever that may be, 5 burner double oven
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I've had a Maytag washer, dryer and dishwasher 23 years, zero problems on all 3 items, they are low-end models. The dishwasher now requires manual cleaning of plugged water spray jets a couple of times a year, but it went the first 20 years without any maintenance at all.

I have an Inglis stove and fridge also 23 years, both recently had minor problems, but they work OK after inexpensive repairs by myself.

In a previous house I had a KitchenAid dishwasher for 11 years and it was very reliable and worked well.

My conclusion is that both Maytag and KitchenAid are good and I would buy these brands again.
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I would personally run, don't walk, run from KitchenAid major appliances and never look back. We had nothing but nightmares and repair after repair on our dishwasher. The fridge would mysteriously defrost and then come back down to temperature like nothing happened. Parts are expensive as heck and Whirlpool is difficult to deal with. I complained many times about the fact we needed repeated repairs, and they shrugged their shoulders and recommended repair people.

Here's a blog post of mine describing the quality of workmanship of KitchenAid/Whirlpool products:

http://estomach.blogspot.ca/2011/09/kit ... -rant.html
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adams7 wrote: I've had a Maytag washer, dryer and dishwasher 23 years, zero problems on all 3 items, they are low-end models. The dishwasher now requires manual cleaning of plugged water spray jets a couple of times a year, but it went the first 20 years without any maintenance at all.
In a previous house I had a KitchenAid dishwasher for 11 years and it was very reliable and worked well.

My conclusion is that both Maytag and KitchenAid are good and I would buy these brands again.
Thank you for your feedback.
Dr Butcher wrote: I would personally run, don't walk, run from KitchenAid major appliances and never look back. We had nothing but nightmares and repair after repair on our dishwasher.
Thanks for sharing your experience and link to your blog which I did read.

In the end I'm still at a loss since the reviews that I've read are mostly positive yet I do get the review that shares a really bad experience. I checked many other brands in the same price range and it seems to all be the same, mostly good with a couple really bad experiences which leads me to believe there is a quality control issue with most manufactures.

In the end, I think I'm going to go with all Kitchenaid and maybe opt for extended warranty. The exception will be the microwave which I will most likely be Panasonic.

Now to pick the specific models, order them for a later delivery and then plan the kitchen reno which I will do myself.
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Actually I checked and we have 5 burners in our dual oven KitchenAid stove. Not sure if I will ever use the thing... we shall see.
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Maymybonneliveforever wrote: According to consumers report, Kitchenaid and Jenn Air have the best reliability and in regards to bottom line etc, it's Whirlpool, Maytag, Kitchenaid, Jenn Air.
Not sure what you're looking at on consumer reports, but when I just looked now, Kitchenaid is one of the 'most prone to repair' brands..... ?
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I have the same gas range. I really like it, been using it for 2 years and no problems. You'll need a high CFM range hood for that many high power burners.
Maymybonneliveforever wrote: Thanks for the feedback, this is the oven we were thinking of getting. http://www.sears.ca/product/kitchenaid- ... KDRS467VSS
Employee discount is the exact reason for choosing these brands. Pricing would be around 50% off of list and on any item they carry, all brand new, not refurbished and full warranty including free delivery. This maybe a once in a lifetime opportunity that I'm thinking of taking advantage of. I would have posted this deal on this forum but it's invitation only and my wife is getting the invitation.
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adamm wrote: Not sure what you're looking at on consumer reports, but when I just looked now, Kitchenaid is one of the 'most prone to repair' brands..... ?
I was a hard copy that I was looking at, not online so I can't post the link. Having done more research, the reviews are like night and day on most appliances. It amazes me how many people rave about a specific appliance and other can say the exact opposite stated, it's the worse appliance they ever purchased. With that said it's difficult to base a purchase on those results.
callee wrote: I have the same gas range. I really like it, been using it for 2 years and no problems. You'll need a high CFM range hood for that many high power burners.
The range top puts out approximately 90,000 btu's so I figured I needed a 900 cfm range hood with possibly a make up air to meet code. Then I came across this Kitchenaid hood which is a 600 cfm which is rated for 108k btu which doesn't need make up air, is quieter then the 900 cfm so it seemed to solve two problems except for the price tag of $1200.00. Effectively handles the output caused by high heat cooking techniques on multiple burners, allowing installation over virtually any cooking surface.[IMG]http://www.kitchenaid.com/digitalassets ... 5X1290.jpg[/IMG]
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I've had 3 kitchen aid dishwashers, for each of 3 houses, all without any incident. I love my current one, cant hear a thing even when right above it, it is so quiet I have to touch the door to feel the water sloshing to see if I turned it it on. No issues with them at all.
Will be buying another one soon for our cottage.
Also, have a kitchenaid built in over and microwave that i love ( even though I welded an aluminum foil liner to the bottom of it the first time I used it. As it turns out, there is a reason to read those manuals :)
I also have a KA french door fridge, that replaced another kitchenaid fridge (that still works fine except for the ice maker - now its a christmas /beer fridge) .

I have a viking cooktop - i love too. And Whirlpool duet Washer Dryer, and I gotta say, im not entirely sold on the HE front loaders. they work ok I guess but never seem as clean. They ball and twist everything . Not a fan, Washed better with my Kenmore top loader. But they look good. And the steam feature is actually one that i use in both the washer and Dryer.

I've always lived kitchenaid, and never had negative experience. I think Kitchenaid can be positioned for resale more favourably/ a better investment for return than the others. And remember when you are reading reviews, as we all know, people that have negative experiences tend to be most vocal, and people that are happy, well, you don't hear from them. It is human nature.
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I suggest you buy the highest CFM you can afford and highest Sone you can tolerate; I don’t think a 600 CFM is strong enough especially if you do any searing or frying. The 1000 CFM high end hoods are out of my price range so I went with a much cheaper 900 CFM from kitchenhood.ca. The only bad thing is it’s rated at 7.5 Sone at 900 CFM so it’s loud. But for me it’s not the major factor since it’s inside my spice kitchen.
Maymybonneliveforever wrote: I was a hard copy that I was looking at, not online so I can't post the link. Having done more research, the reviews are like night and day on most appliances. It amazes me how many people rave about a specific appliance and other can say the exact opposite stated, it's the worse appliance they ever purchased. With that said it's difficult to base a purchase on those results.
The range top puts out approximately 90,000 btu's so I figured I needed a 900 cfm range hood with possibly a make up air to meet code. Then I came across this Kitchenaid hood which is a 600 cfm which is rated for 108k btu which doesn't need make up air, is quieter then the 900 cfm so it seemed to solve two problems except for the price tag of $1200.00. Effectively handles the output caused by high heat cooking techniques on multiple burners, allowing installation over virtually any cooking surface.[IMG]http://www.kitchenaid.com/digitalassets ... 5X1290.jpg[/IMG]
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callee wrote: I suggest you buy the highest CFM you can afford and highest Sone you can tolerate; I don’t think a 600 CFM is strong enough especially if you do any searing or frying. The 1000 CFM high end hoods are out of my price range so I went with a much cheaper 900 CFM from kitchenhood.ca. The only bad thing is it’s rated at 7.5 Sone at 900 CFM so it’s loud. But for me it’s not the major factor since it’s inside my spice kitchen.
Thanks for the reply Callee, I don't think it's a matter of what I can afford since the kitchenaid is the highest price and that seems to be my choice for a 600cfm hood. The reason I choose it was due to the 10" exhaust and a low 600cfm capacity motor having a 108 btu threshold with is a higher rating then a 900 cfm motor with a 900 btu threshold. I'm paying a premium to get a lower noise 600 frm motor to do a greater job at exhausting then a standard 900 cfm motor. I'm willing to pay a higher price for less noise less power consumption, great exhaust capababilty.
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We put in Maytag across the board when we reno'd our kitchen 12 years ago.
Flat-top stove/oven - no major complaints, except one burner heats VERY slowly
Range hood - no problems.
Microwave - no problems
Bottom mount fridge/freezer - no problems
Dishwasher - has NEVER cleaned dishes well. We don't bother putting anything in the top rack anymore...everything has baked on debris when "done". Extra clean cycle, 2x rinse doesn't matter. Complained numerous times to maytag...not even a response. Clean the jets several times/year, no difference. Enough of a problem that I'll never buy another Maytag..anything.
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