Wednesday, November 14, 2012

How to Shop for Appliances in Denver: Part 1 (Refrigerators)

Many years ago shopping for an appliance was simple, but today is different. There are so many choices to choose from and how in the world do you decide? Today I am going to deal with refrigerators, and I will pick up on the other appliances on a later date.

Refrigerators come in many different sizes, colors, and many of them do more than just refrigerate; they make ice, they have quick chill drawers, they can have defrost drawers, and some even have television screens that connect to the internet. They also vary in price from the inexpensive $160 under the counter refrigerator to a $15,000 commercial refrigerator. Now for the purpose of this blog I am going to write about residential refrigerators.

There are many different brands to choose from as well; Names like Samsung, LG, GE, Whirlpool, Kitchen-Aid, Kenmore, Maytag, Frigidaire, Viking, Sub Zero, and others.

Now to try and clear it all up there is a couple things to know.

LG and Samsung are made in Korea. They make good appliances and they have some good features, but the only drawback is that the parts are not as easy to get as some of the other brands, and there are not as many repair companies that work on them either. They also tend to make less ice as not as fast as other brands do. However I do believe the quality is as good as any other brand available.

Everyone knows GE and Whirlpool, but not many people know that GE owns Hotpoint, and Whirlpool owns Kitchen-Aid, Maytag, Jenn-Air, Roper, and Amana.

I like Whirlpool appliances and I think Whirlpool is a good company, but it's good to know that they build all the different brand names. Now while they all have similar parts in them, they are not all exactly the same. Kitchen-Aid for example is their higher end brand and they do build them a little bit better; heavier shelving, or fancier styles for example. The features vary between the different brand names as well. Roper is the brand that they build to compete with the lower end price. Roper uses many of the same parts as a Whirlpool brand, but may not have as many options and features. 

Now a little about Kenmore, Kudos to Sears for building such a well know brand name! The thing is that Kenmore is not built by Sears, but by all the other Manufactures; Again names like GE, Whirlpool, LG, Frigidaire and others. So when you're shopping Kenmore is good to know who built it. In the model number of Kenmore is a reference code. The first three numbers before the dot is the code. It will tell you who made it. There are different codes for different brands, as well as for different appliance uses, such as cooking, laundry, and refrigeration.

Sub Zero, Viking, Thermador, and some Kitchen-Aids, GE's and Kenmore's are built in models. The prices for those are in the thousands. I believe the main differences for the built-in refrigerators, are the sizes and the decor. The main components like the compressors, and motors are basically the same in all refrigerators. Some of the higher end brands are really big in the technology side, yet others are the most basic with hardly any technology at all. 

The bottom line is that many times when you are shopping different brand refrigerators, it's like shopping GMC versus Chevrolet in the car world. The thing to know is who made what and what are your needs and wants. Compare the construction of the appliances to see how well they are built. Compare the features and styles, and of course compare what you get for the price. Do your homework and you'll get the best price for the refrigerator, no matter what time of year it is.

Once you have decided on a couple different refrigerators, check for online reviews. People tend to be honest and will tell you the pros and cons of the different models. Keep in mind though that most of them are more willing to review it online when they are not satisfied. Not as many folks (percentage wise) will take the time to give a good review, so if the reviews are raving, there might be a good reason for it.

If you would like to have an appliance technician look at your old refrigerator to see if it is worth a Refrigerator Repair in Denver visit our website at, or call us at 303-422-5005.

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