Shopping for major appliances can be a major headache. On top of searching for deals, you also have to factor in things like size, energy efficiency and compatibility. And since they're usually too big to return, you really only get one shot to get it right.
So what's a homeowner to do when their dishwasher goes the way of the dodo bird? Well, you could turn to friends for advice on replacements, or you can consult Consumer Reports.
The CR research labs just rolled out its first-ever Appliance Brand Reliability Rankings, which compares different brands across multiple appliances.
Some of the biggest names in home appliances also happened to be some of the best for reliability. Brands like Miele, LG, Thermador, and Bosch ranked high with several Very Good and Good ratings. Meanwhile, brands like Samsung, Electrolux and Viking received Fair and Poor ratings.
Surprised Samsung ranked so low? Blame it on the tech. As Consumer Reports spokesperson Sara Morrow explained to CTV News, “Appliances today have sensors and circuit boards that control and monitor functions, so your dishwasher can sense if it needs to run longer and your dryer will stop running when your clothes are dry. But all those electronics can introduce reliability problems that weren’t common 30 years ago.”
So who came out on top? Read on to find out.
Most Reliable Refrigerator
The Thermador Freedom Collection Professional Series was the only brand to receive an Excellent rating for their built-in refrigerator. According to survey results, owners are very satisfied and highly recommend this product.
Most Reliable Dishwasher
When it comes to dishwashers, four brands received Excellent ratings. Bosch, Miele, Thermador and Whirlpool all scored over 80 for reliability and owner satisfaction.
Most Reliable Range
Seven brands including LG, Bosch, GE, Kenmore, Whirlpool and Frigidaire received Very Good ratings for their ranges. Bosch, GE and Whirlpool all received Excellent ratings for their electric range, while Samsung was the only brand to receive an Excellent rating for their gas range.
Most Reliable Cooktop
In the cooktop category, Bosch and Samsung received Excellent ratings for their gas products and Very Good ratings for their electric cooktops.
Most Reliable Electric Wall Oven
The LG LWS3063 and GE Profile PT9051SLSS scored 90 and 87, respectively, to secure an Excellent rating in this category.
Most Reliable Washer
As far as washers go, LG comes out on top with Excellent ratings for compact and front and top-loading machines. Miele also received an Excellent ranking for their compact washers.
Most Reliable Dryer
LG also creates the most reliable dryers. The company's gas and electric dryers were both listed as Excellent. LG's compact dryer, however, only received a Good rating.