this blog post about appliance selection is worth a read
... even if just for the cartoon!
And here's something to keep in mind, too:
"The web-space is filled with passionate folks who got to that point because they had a bad experience and are eager to share. It is good to know how poor of an experience you could potentially have, but it's tough to understand the likelihood of having that experience solely from reading web posts."
I agree it is helpful to hear about issues others have had, but I have found it really difficult to get an idea about how frequently problems occur. I figure people who have a problem with something are more likely to complain where happy folks just go about their business. But is the ratio of unhappy to happy customers10 to one or 100 to one?
Anyway, this is something I would have found helpful when I was starting the process. Now that our appliances are sitting in the garage awaiting installation, it's more or less academic!
Here is a link that might be useful: article by appliance sherpa