Can anyone help a newbie with KitchenAid choices?

jennifer2413July 10, 2012

We are getting ready to do our first kitchen remodel -- replacing all four major appliances with stainless steel. We've never bought appliances before, and this is my first post here. (So go easy. ;-)

We have a discount hookup for anything in the Whirlpool family (Amana, Maytag, Whirlpool, Kitchen Aid, Jenn Air) so it has to be those brands, leaning towards mostly KA.

Right now, am thinking:

Fridge -- KFXS25RYMS, 4 door French door 25 cu ft. Standard depth, even though it will stick out a bit, much to our decorator's horror. The other choice would be the 21.8 cu ft counter depth French door one, but I really want more room.

Freestanding 30 inch Gas Range/Double Oven: KGRS505XSS

Also like the slide in Architect series one, KGSS907SSS, with a single oven.

I'd like to save some money on a simple, no frills microwave. Can't find many reviews for this Whirlpool, but it seems straightforward: WMH31017AS

This Maytag 1.6 cubic feet is well reviewed and similarly priced: MMV1164W

The KA microwaves are really stretching our budget.

Dishwasher -- Leaning towards KUDC10FXSS from the KA classic line. (With integrated console, but no pot scrubbing.)

KUDS30IXSS, from the Superba line, has the pot scrubbing but no integrated console and got some strongly negative reviews online, which makes me nervous. But similar in price.

Also considering spending more for KUDS35FXSS, from the Architect series. (Does anyone know the difference between this one and KUDS30FXSS?)

FWIW, a friend swears by Maytag mdb7759aws, which is a similar look and features, but at a lower price point.

Any and all thoughts, suggestions, alternatives appreciated.

Thanks!

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flevy

I'll tell you...I lean more towards the basic lines. Amana and Maytag are my favorites. They make good, reliable, appliances. No frills, but they work consistently. It seems that the more features that are added and the associated higher price tag, the greater the tendency for things to break. I love when a company remains true to what they do best.

All that being said, I'm getting the KA counter depth fridge for the new remodel. I currently have a Kenmore (Maytag) French door and I love it. Works fantastic, hasn't needed service in 7 years and plenty of room.

Like you, my designer is horrified that I want a std depth fridge. I agreed to the CD for now, but it remains to be seen if it will last. I do like the interior layout of the KA 36, but not the 42. One of the big selling features is that the 36 retained the single deli drawer. I currently use mine for everything ....big platters when we have parties, kids snack foods because that's where they can reach, overflow of whatever I've purchased. I would hate to go back to a divided drawer like in the 42 and the jenn Air 42 has the same divided drawer so I ruled that out.

The KA fits an 18" round platter and a large pizza box.

I'm jealous that your going to get the std depth though. I love a big fridge that holds lots!

    Bookmark   July 10, 2012 at 10:21PM
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jennifer2413

Thanks, Flevy. My husband said, "I am NOT spending $40k on a kitchen only to get a fridge SMALLER than our current one!" (And more expensive, too...)

So now I'm leaning towards the Superba Architect DW but still need a microwave option. Whirlpool? Maytag? Amana? Anyone?

    Bookmark   July 10, 2012 at 11:34PM
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ak0402

Must you get an OTR MW? They're not a good choice, unless you are very space-constrained. A hood and an inexpensive countertop MW you could stick on a shelf would be a better choice, if you have the space.

    Bookmark   July 11, 2012 at 8:33PM
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