Consumer Advice on Appliances

Consumer Advice on Appliances


The holiday season can be one of the best times to upgrade and replace appliances. With so many choices, many people rely on Consumer Reports to help find the best quality products. Their $35 membership fee is quite reasonable and, because they don’t accept money from advertising, your membership fee helps pay for the research. It’s a great way to get the information you need about products you aren’t usually able to return.


Today, Deborah Elliott-Shultz discusses some of her research finds from the Consumer Reports website. Check out the list below for the first and second highly recommended appliances:


Front Loading HE Washing Machines

  • Maytag Maxima—model number: MHWH200FW
  • Maytag—model number: MHW815OEW

Top Load Washing Machines

  • LG—model number: 5680HVA
  • Samsun—model number: WA5K760AW


  • Samsung—model number: DV56H9100EG
  • LG—model number: DLEY1701U


  • Kitchen Aid—model number: KDTM354DSS
  • Kitchen Aid—model number: KDTM384ESS

Refrigerators: Top Freezer

  • Blomberg—model number: BRFT1522SS
  • Samsun—model number: RT21M6215SG

Refrigerators: Bottom Freezer

  • LG—model number: LDC24370ST
  • Kenmore Elite—model number: 79043

Refrigerators: French Doors

  • Samsung—model number: RF28HDEDPWW
  • Samsung—model number: RF28MFEDES8


  • RUUD
  • Train or American Standard (both rated the same)

Windows Energy Efficient*

  • Anderson 400 Series
  • Pella Proline 450 Series

Windows Vinyl*

  • Simonton ProFinish (only available through contractors)
  • Reliabuilt 3900 Series

*It may seem odd to buy windows in the winter, but companies are clearing out inventory and many window products are on clearance.

Consumer reports is a great investment to help make purchasing products a little less risky while providing you with helpful information. Check out Consumer Reports here.


If you would like more information about this or anything real estate related, contact Deborah Elliott-Shultz at (719) 641-1357.