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Submitted by Happs on May 10, 2009 - 12:45pm
I am in need of a new side by side refrigerator and a washer and dryer. It's not urgent but I've spent the last month or so scouring different websites, researching different brands. I get so much conflicting information and user opinions that it's very confusing. It seems like all the major brands have negative reports on them and people spend $1400 on a refrigerator only to have many problems in the first two years and frustrations dealing with the manufacturer. I'm specifically looking for a unit with a reliable icemaker but all seem to have problems with this part. Then there are two schools of thought as to whether front load washers and dryers are really worth the extra $$$. I forsee a day where people will come to expect an $800 front load washer and dryer in a house vs a $300 top load washer and dryer. It seems like as little as 10 years ago we weren't faced with crappy appliances. There are hardly any sales at big box and appliance stores these days and they want $1500 for a genuine stainless steel side by side refrigerator with an ice maker that will probably go bad in two years time and a compressor that will probably only last six years. I have a Lowe's 10% off coupon that expires in a few weeks but every week I have gone there, there are no sales a barely any clearance items on side x sides.
Where does the consumer go to get the strait scoop on which brands are reliable and also why don't people hook up their appliances if they are trying to sell them? I see many ads for appliances that are in the backyard, garage, in the middle of the living room disconnected and no way to demonstrate they work.
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