Final picks help: Electrolux v. KA cooktop and fridge

Andrea Hadley RichardsonSeptember 27, 2013

Thanks to all the insights from this forum I am comfortable with my DW and wall oven choices (for new build home). They are:

SHX68TL5UC Bosch 24" Dishwasher - Stainless - 3rd Upper Rack - 44 dBA Sound
EI30EW45JS - Electrolux 30" Built In Double Oven - 2 Glide Out Racks

I know a lot of folks here are proponents of getting the best app for the job but DH says he can't live with all different brands in the kitchen. He says it will look like a clown circus ;) Other than that he really leaves it up to me so I've narrowed it down to KA or Lux for a french door fridge and 36" cooktop.

KA considerations -
fridge model KBFS25EWMS - I'm ok with the look and feel. It doesn't overly impress but it seem fine. I am somewhat concerned about condensation issues but willing to take my chances. There is option for internal water dispenser which my family is in favor of. I don't want external anymore. With rebates and price differential we can save close to $1000 which I can definitely put to good use elsewhere.

Lux considerations -
fridge model EI27BS16JS - I am crushing a bit on the look at feel. It seems solid. I like the easily removable glass shelves but no option for internal dispenser. I feel like it is harder to find thorough reviews of Lux apps which makes me think they aren't so prevalent which makes me worry about ease or repair/replacement parts. Someone on this board can set me right I'm sure.

Why no thoughts on cooktop? They look different certainly but both have similar burner profiles, grates, knobs, etc. At this point I almost feel like cooktop is along for the ride based on the fridge choice. Maybe that's wrong, perhaps it should be the other way around? Help?? :)

Any thoughts, considerations, experiences would be most helpful especially from the guys that seem to know so much about repair/durability. I can't recall their screen names right now but I think they are rock stars on this forum especially when it comes down to helping all us novices get good value out of our investment.

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foodonastump

I think you should challenge your husband to find pictures of a Sub Zero/Wolf kitchen with a Sub Zero or Wolf dishwasher. Or a kitchen with Bluestar, Capital, Lacanche, etc. etc. etc. cooking equipment that has matching dishwashers or refrigeration. ;-)

    Bookmark   September 28, 2013 at 11:12AM
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Andrea Hadley Richardson

Scratch the KA option. The cooktop was ok but the french door fridge not so much.

After two hours at Ferguson last night I feel I'll be happier with the lux french door fridge with no dispenser. This means cooktop options now are:
36" Electrolux and
36" Bosch 800 series

Both look nice to me and are comparably priced so no help there. Burner config is pretty close too though the Bosch basically has three mid-range rather than a low simmer but I'm good with that.

Anyone have experience with or knowledge of reliability/durability of either or both?

Thanks.

    Bookmark   September 28, 2013 at 3:50PM
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