next on deck…appliances.
When we were shopping for appliances I REALLY, REALLY, REALLY wanted some beefy, professional grade appliances. Professional appliances are the jewelry of the kitchen in my opinion. But, hot dang! They are pricey. It was a tough sell since cooking is at the bottom of likes on my chore list. I spend an hour in the kitchen preparing a meal then half the family loves it, the other half complains and just want macaroni and cheese, then meal time is over in 10 minutes and I’m left with a mess. It’s worth the 10 minutes of family time around the table but I’m so hiring a personal chef when I come in to money! 🙂 Anyway, at the time they were giving a way a free dishwasher with purchase of a range so we went for it. We were able to save money in other places by purchasing the floor model hood for under $300. (normally $1500) and bought a floor model microwave for a song.
The Jennair gas range / electric oven rocks! I don’t know a whole lot about BTU’s but this thing will singe your eyebrows right off your face and set your nachos on fire if you turn around for a second (trust me).
My only complaint is merely a design element issue. The oven is operated by this digital computer face. The perfect height for a toddler. It does have a lock feature. To unlock it you simply slide the box up with your finger….totally not child proof at all. I mean c’mon. We live in an age where kids can operate an ipad, iphone and tv simultaneously at age 2. My toddler had this figured out at 13 months and to him it’s just a big ipad on the oven. We really have to keep an eye on him.
The dishwasher has been wonderful too. The thing I’ve loved best about it is how quiet it is. We used to have a dishwasher that could only be run at night because it was SO noisy. You can’t even tell when this one is running. We did have to call a repair man once because it stopped draining. A small annoyance but the repair man fixed it and we’ve had no problems since.
Our KitchenAid Refrigerator has french doors for the fridge and a drawer for the freezer. It’s a little over 2 years now. It’s been okay…I mean it keeps the food cold and that’s what it’s supposed to do but we’ve had a few issues that have made it a bit of a pain.
The major annoyance is that the fridge door doesn’t shut very easily. You’ve got to make sure to give it a good push to make sure it’s good and closed. AND, you have to make sure and shut the right side first or the left side won’t shut and lock properly. Not a good feature with kids (or adults). We once left the house and came back 10 hours later to find that the fridge had been open all day long and all the food was pretty much spoiled. It does have an alarm that beeps after 5 minutes but add two or three 5-minute intervals throughout a day and that’s leaving your fridge open for 10-15 minutes per day.
Over one week that like leaving your fridge open 70 – 105 minutes or 60 – 91 hours per year!
All the energy efficiency savings they claim, pretty much go out the window because the darn thing never shuts and you’ve wasted a lot of energy and money.
When shopping for a refrigerator I did NOT want a water dispenser on the outside of the door. Been there, done that and
we were I was constantly wiping water drips off the face of the door. This time I wanted a water dispenser inside the fridge and the Kitchen Aid had just that.
2+ years later, I’ve used that water dispenser only a handful of times. The water shoots out with such force that it shoots right in the cup then out again all over the place. Also, the water doesn’t really taste all that good even though it’s supposedly “filtered” and we’ve changed it three times since we’ve had it.
Lastly, the bottom crisping tray drawer has a lid that pops open when you open the drawer. When it’s open you can’t open the drawers above it or close the fridge for that matter.
When my mom was visiting she broke the lid that opens when she opened the drawer above it. It was actually kind of cute how she revealed what she did. She said, “I broke this lid off for you because I knew it was just a matter of time before your kids did it and I wanted to take the heat for them so they wouldn’t have to get in trouble.”
I laughed out loud!
At any rate, its just another poor design problem. When I called to have it fixed under the expensive warranty I bought they said they don’t cover design flaw issues. So now I’ve got this crisping drawer that is useless.
A year back we had an issue where the freezer was no longer was cold. I’ll spare you the story because I’m sure I’ve beaten a dead horse at this point. The end result was it was covered under warranty. Suffice it to say, this fridge has not been my favorite to say the least.
You also may remember I had my stainless steel appliances protected with a special chemical that is supposed to make keeping them clean a cinch with just water and a microfiber towel. I have liked the result but I still do use Citrushine every once in a while when I really want them to sparkle. It doesn’t have harsh fumes and makes your stainless steel look dazzling (and I’m not being paid to say that). 🙂
I have loved my JennAir Range and Dishwasher and would buy them again in a heartbeat.
The KitchenAid Refrigerator has not impressed me at all and I would not purchase it again.
What kind of appliances do you have? Have you liked/disliked them? Would you purchase them again?