Selecting Between Two Appliance Packages

frogsterDecember 4, 2012

Hi all,

We are closing in on our final appliance selections. One is an all Thermador package and the other is a package we put together from a "value" perspective. This "other" package is about $800 less than the Thermador package, or about $350 less if we use the Sharp microwave in both packages. They are very similar from a budget perspective. Here are the packages:

Thermador 48" Refrigerator KBUDT4855E
Thermador 36" Masterpiece Series Stainless Steel Induction Cooktop - CIT365KBSS
Thermador 30" Masterpiece Series Stainless Steel Double Wall Oven - ME302JSS
Thermador 36" Professional Stainless Steel Custom Hood Insert - VCIB36JPSS (1,000 CFM)
Thermador 24" Stainless Steel Micro-Drawer - MD24JS (Might swap out for Sharp for ~$500 less)
Thermador 24" Sapphire 6-Program Panel Ready Dishwasher - DWHD650JPR

KitchenAid 48" Refrigerator KSSC48QVS
Thermador 36" Masterpiece Series Stainless Steel Induction Cooktop - CIT365KBSS
Electrolux Icon Designer Series Electric Double Oven - E30EW85SS
Zephyr 36" Essentials Power Series Monsoon Stainless Steel One-Piece Hood Liner - AK9234AS (600 CFM)
Sharp 24" KB6524 Stainless Steel Microwave Drawer - KB6524SS
Miele 24" Futura Dimension Series Fully-Integrated Custom Panel Dishwasher - G5575SCVI

To us the major differences are:
1. The electrolux is a top and bottom convection, while the Thermador is top convection only. We are not sure that this really matters.
2. With one we get a Miele dishwasher and the other a Bosch equivalent.
3. Different hoods, though I am not sure who makes the Thermador, so I do not know how to judge this.

We are looking for things to push us one way or the other. Any guidance would be appreciated.


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Appliance manufacturers have strengths and weakness in their production line. Thermador's Blue Star closed burner range/cook top has a good reputation amongst closed burner tops for example. Thermador ovens are more variable, with some recurrence of uneven heating and laments with customer care when something goes wrong. I have Thermador ovens which for twenty years heat unevenly but they are old and I am biased because I love to bake and there lies the problem.

Your OTHER PACKAGE I find excitement with. Briefly, Miele Dishwashers are highly reputable as are Sharp Microwaves, Electrolux Ovens continue to make a good reputation for mid price ovens and offer features many love, Kitchen Aid Refrigerators (which I've had for years) are probably KA strongest suit. I can't comment on Thermador Induction.

Of your two choices, I'd spread my appliance eggs around some and pick OTHER which is filled with a lot of reputable working machines by different manufacturers. Good luck with your decision.

    Bookmark   December 4, 2012 at 9:35PM
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I did the full Thermador package/promotion last spring. So far, so good. I'm happy. Have posted on this elsewhere on this forum. Good luck.

    Bookmark   December 6, 2012 at 5:48PM
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