Help? Critique? Please - re GE Cafe, XO, DCS, Kenmore mix for kit

legrabDecember 29, 2012

The year-end sales end shortly - and I've put off my decisions far too long. My kitchen is soon to be remodeled but is quite modest, and so is my budget. I have learned tons from this forum and from talking to sales representatives and friends, but would REALLY appreciate your completely honest critique of the mishmash I've put together. I feel like my brain is fried and can no longer think objectively - so much conflicting stuff out there.

DCS 30" gas cooktop - I'm pretty sold on this. Either that, or the salesman is laughing his head off at me.

GE Cafe 30" electric convection single wall oven (showroom sample so am getting a really good price); next choice, I think, is the DCS electric single wall oven - but it's $1,000 more money than the GE Cafe. Consumer Reports seems to think it's okay, but I worry about buying a discontinued item.

XO vented range hood - I haven't found much said about this anywhere. Is it a good product?

Kenmore dishwasher - not too worried about this - it's not sexy at all, but is similar to an old one I had and loved. It got the job done.

Kenmore French door 'fridge - again, this is not very sexy, but seems to have the features I think I need. What - other than ease of use - is important in a basic bottom freezer refrigerator?

Please help a neophyte? Thanks!

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You don't say which Kenmore FD fridge, but have a look at for a detailed evaluation of one.

    Bookmark   December 29, 2012 at 10:37AM
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Love my GE Cafe double oven- consistent baking, even temps and makes the fastest roasts and turkeys in convection mode. Almost one year in and love it!

    Bookmark   December 30, 2012 at 12:54AM
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You might want to reflect on the quality of tied A&E service in your particular area when it comes to Kenmore and other appliance purchases from Sears. There are wide variations when it comes to customer satisfaction.

    Bookmark   December 30, 2012 at 2:50AM
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Thank you so much for your input. I was very worried about quality of GE Cafe oven, and find your comment reassuring. I am also concerned about how these things will look together - the Kenmore the DCS, etc. A real mishmash, huh?

Doe anyone have any experience at all with the XO 550 CFM exhaust fan? I am not finding reviews - anywhere! Price is right, but I fear...

Thanks again!

    Bookmark   December 30, 2012 at 1:35PM
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