We are purchasing our first home- having it built actually. The builder we chose is giving us an appliance allowance and we can choose what we want. Ive never chosen kitchen appliances before. To stay in budget Id go with the convection one piece oven/stove, microwave with exhaust, dishwasher and refrigerator of course . Id like energy efficient and a decent sized refrigerator/freezer. The appliance lady said builders prefer GE bc they are easier to work with especially if something goes wrong. My question is how do you choose a brand? Is GE the best? We only have about 12,000 in our budget for appliances. There are so many name brands out there- i dong know where to begin. Id like good quality, energy efficient, quiet but I dont want to over pay for something just bc of the name. can you suggest anything ?