When you're shopping for an appliance, there are a lot of things to consider. From price to how an appliance will look in your home, manufacturers and products vary substantially. One of your top priorities should be considering the dependability of your appliance – after all, the high cost of an appliance will be an even bigger hit if you have to repair or replace it within just a few years. The dependability of a manufacturer depends on the appliance, but we've put together a list to help you get started in your research.
Whirlpool makes the most reliable top-freezer, bottom-freezer and side-by-side refrigerators, according to a 2012 Consumer Reports study. This is even true for refrigerators that include an ice-maker, which tend to break down a little bit more frequently because of the complexity of their design. If you have an ice-maker refrigerator, its important to remember to empty it and turn off the function if you go away for a while.
According to Appliance Assistant, the most dependable washing machines were made by LG, with only about 5 percent needing serious repairs soon after purchase. Samsung did almost as well, although neither produced a top-loading washer.
Consumer Reports found that General Electric made some of the most reliable stoves, ranges and wall ovens. The next runner-up was Frigidaire, who in addition to scoring well for the aforementioned appliances did well for microwaves.
The top three Consumer Reports surveyed manufacturers for dishwashers were Bosch, Whirlpool and Kenmore. A rinse-aid is recommended for extending the life of your dishwasher, as is installing a water softener to prevent sediment from building up in your appliances.
Dependability is important when it comes to appliances. That's why TotalProtect® Home Warranty is the only home warranty company that provides a 180-day repair guarantee. Investing in a home warranty will reduce your liability into a low, monthly payment.
The information in this article is intended to provide guidance on the proper maintenance and care of systems and appliances in the home. Not all of the topics mentioned are covered by our home warranty or maintenance plans. Please review your home warranty contract carefully to understand your coverage.