Critique my appliances, please.
After immense amounts of help from many of you, I have tentatively selected a set of appliances. I have placed an order with AJ Madison so that I can get my MW immediately (ours died last night), but items are absolutely subject to change if need be between now and delivery some time this summer.
I'm trying to go for the Honda Accord of appliances. We can afford more function, reliability and style than the cheapest things out there, but we don't have a SZ/Viking kind of budget.
What do you think?
Cooktop: Bosch 500 induction, 30"
Double wall oven: Bosch 500
MW/Convection: Bosch 800 (I know this is more than $700 and that it's probably not much different than something much cheaper, but buying 3 Bosch appliances gets me a great rebate and the effective cost of this oven because it gets me the rebate is about $200, which I think is an excellent price for a well regarded MW/convection.)
Dishwasher: KA KUDE48FX (I considered a Bosch DW, which is so well regarded and which would have solved my 3 Bosch appliance problem, but the configuration of the racks doesn't work for us as well as a KA does. It's true that you can get in pretty much the same number of dishes, but because of the bigger spaces between the tines on a KA, baking dishes and similar things which are deeper than a dish fit into the KA along with a day's worth of dishes and that's just not true for the Bosch.)
Refrigerator: LG LMX25988 (The choice came down to Samsung or LG and I actually preferred the Samsung models, but I spoke to my appliance repair guy and he won't repair Samsung appliances because the parts problem is so bad. While parts aren't great from LG, either, at least he repairs those. I want to know that once I'm out of warranty and can choose my repair person, I can use the guy that's done a good job for us for years.)
Hood: Zephyr AK7136ASBF 36" with baffles. (This is probably my least certain choice. I'm concerned about heat from the halogen lights. I've asked here and many people say it's not a problem at all, but there's a sufficient minority of people who are bothered by the heat that it's giving me pause. I may switch to a Kobe, which has LED's. The sales guy at AJM says that Kobe is good, but Zephyr is better and that halogen isn't a problem. I will do further research.)
All in, including sales tax (I live in NY.), the $100 shipping charge for having them bring the stuff in the house, and assorted rebates, the whole package comes to about $8200, which seems pretty good to me. And they're sending out the MW next week with no delivery charge, while putting all the Bosch appliances on the same invoice, which is what I need to get the rebate. I appreciate that they worked with me on this.