Should we go GE or KA?
We are building a home and are starting to consider kitchen appliances. We need to select a range, a range hood, a dishwasher, and a refrigerator. I realize this might be a "Coke vs. Pepsi" question, but I would appreciate general feedback on the merits of GE vs. Kitchen Aid.
The builder is proposing a GE package, but we can get whatever we want. IÃ¯Â¿Â½ve had GE ranges, refrigerators, and dishwashers in the past and have generally been pleased. IÃ¯Â¿Â½ve never owned any KA large appliances (just hand mixer and stand mixer).
We have a $3500 allowance which can be applied to the range, range hood, and dishwasher (he does not include the fridge in the package). Will pick up a few bucks in our favor because weÃ¯Â¿Â½re not going with an over-the-counter microwave which is part of the package(IÃ¯Â¿Â½m too short, so weÃ¯Â¿Â½re sticking with our countertop model). Would like to stay within the allowance but are willing to spend a bit more if something truly outstanding presents itself.
As you can tell from the allowance, we're not into high-end territory. Looks are a factor, but performance/reliability is more important. The last thing I want is for the repair tech to become part of the family. Any shared wisdom would be appreciated.