Should my appliance brand names match?

Madeline616October 27, 2011

Hi GW friends-

I'm doing a kitchen project that will involve replacing my cooktop with a Wolf or Viking range. I'm very happy with my other appliances, but this will leave me with a Kenmore Elite wall oven and dishwasher, a Jenn-Air fridge, and the Wolf or Viking stove.

Is it a "don't" or a "no no" to have non-matching appliance brands? Am I violating some important kitchen design rule?

I don't mind personally, but I'm always keeping re-sale in mind.

Thank you!!

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Not an issue. I think you will find that many(most) on the members here have appliances from several different companies. The standing recommendation is to buy the best appliance you can for the job. There is no one company that excels in all areas.

    Bookmark   October 27, 2011 at 2:01PM
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Thanks so much for the reply. And I'm not pushing the envelope by having a Wolf range and Kenmore wall oven, right? (Meaning 2 "clashing" cooking appliances.)

    Bookmark   October 27, 2011 at 3:49PM
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Why would you care?

But the appliances you want.

    Bookmark   October 27, 2011 at 3:52PM
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I would get the appliance that most met your needs from different manufacturers.

Brickeye, prior the the "all stainless" orthodoxy there was another real estate orthodoxy regarding appliances that matched ( were from the same company or the same age) so it's not an invalid question.

    Bookmark   October 27, 2011 at 4:52PM
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If the question is about re-sale, a nearby real estate agent is probably a better source of advice. But remember you can always swap out an appliance later.

(From my own experience house-hunting, I'd much rather make my own appliance choices than have some random suite of spiffy appliances included in the purchase price of a house. Keep the Kenmore!)

    Bookmark   October 27, 2011 at 4:52PM
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Don't worry. I don't think the Wolf will be insulted being near a Kenmore.

    Bookmark   October 27, 2011 at 4:52PM
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I bought matching appliances because I wanted the handles to look the same. But my kitchen is configured so all of the appliances are fairly close to one another and are in your sightline at the same time; if you have some space between them, it would matter less. I think that having a different range, especially if it is a high-end brand, is even better - but I would still want my dishwasher and fridge to have the same handles. That's just me :O) I wouldn't let different appliances keep me from buying a home, though.

    Bookmark   October 27, 2011 at 4:59PM
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In a word... No.

    Bookmark   October 27, 2011 at 6:32PM
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I have a KA fridge, Sharp drawer MW, KA warming drawer (paneled so you really can't tell what brand it is), Kenmore DW (hoping it dies in a year so I can replace it with something better), Wolf ovens, and a Capital rangetop.

I was concerned about them matching for a few minutes very early in my planning. Then I realized that its best to buy the appliance within each type that best suits your budget and needs. To heck with matching.

    Bookmark   October 27, 2011 at 6:43PM
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Madeline616, I bought kitchen appliances that suited my needs and as long as they were all stainless, I stopped caring about the handles and stainless steel matching. At the end of November 2006, I bought my French Door LG Refrigerator. In October 2009, I bought the KitchenAid Dishwasher with the top drawer and the heated dry that I wanted that is so quiet. At first it bothered me that it was a different stainless steel but when I added in December 2009 the GE Caf� Range (Matches the LG Refrigerator) and the Zephyr Range Hood (matches both the LG Refrigerator and GE Caf� Gas Range so well), they all came together and it does not bother me anymore that the KitchenAid dishwasher has a different stainless steel coating. All the stainless steel appliances are so easy to keep clean but the KitchenAid dishwasher. I wish they would have used the same stainless steel as the GE Caf� Gas Range. I bought the appliances that had the features I wanted and they together well enough.

    Bookmark   October 27, 2011 at 6:55PM
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Thanks so much for the replies.

I love all of my appliances and don't want to change anything except for adding the range. I'm happy to hear that future buyers most likely won't be totally turned off by my non-matching collection :-)

    Bookmark   October 27, 2011 at 7:41PM
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Lynn, that's funny, because I also have an LG FD refridgerator, Kitchen Aid dishwasher, and GE Cafe range. The hood is a Wolf. They aren't right next to each other, so you really don't notice, and they are not horribly different in style. Haven't unpacked the microwave yet, but it's going to be in a corner where you don't really see it much.

If you think the different brands work together, go for it.

    Bookmark   October 27, 2011 at 9:12PM
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If I'm going to buy a house and not be able to afford to change out the appliances, I'd much rather see mismatched quality items at each station, than a matching set of lower level items. And since no one mfg. is great at everything, I would never expect to see the same brand everywhere. That said, I do think they should all be in the same color family, and if possible, all in the same or very similar style.

    Bookmark   October 28, 2011 at 12:11AM
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AnnC54, We both made choices on our appliances by the features and that is funny that we chose the same appliances! For my hood, I had to choose one that allowed recirculation so that is why I went with one of the nicer Zephyr fans that allow two carbon filters and it really has worked great at removing odors and giving light and I have not had any fire alarms go off since I bought it.

TominLa, I also like the appliances to be all in the same color or if possible go well together.

    Bookmark   October 28, 2011 at 1:02AM
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I agree with most people here. My DH and I have a Dacor range, a Samsung fridge and a Bosch dishwasher with a GE Advantium microwave/oven. They are all stainless and we just picked what we wanted. They all look good together too IMHO. I was worried about the different handles styles but like Lynn said the handles on my fridge and dishwasher match and the handles on my range and microwave match really well so it all coordinates.

For resale people won't care if they are all the same brand if they are nice appliances!

    Bookmark   October 28, 2011 at 8:15AM
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No they don't have to match. The GW wisdom is to get the appliance that you want in each category. I think that is good advice.

That said, and full disclosure: in designing our new kitchen I was a sucker for the look of my new fridge pro handles matching my Wolf range handles. Call me matchy-matchy!

    Bookmark   October 28, 2011 at 8:43AM
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Only do that if your primary goal in the reno is to make some marketing strategist feel triumphant. If, on the other hand, you want to make your kitchen work for you, then choose accordingly.

As others have said, no one brand makes the best everything. And many appliances are made for different brands by the same manufacturer, so there's no big plus in having an all-anything kitchen (except for the above-mentioned marketer's satisfaction). Usually that results in at least some appliances being of lesser quality than the others but simply with the same brand name.


    Bookmark   October 28, 2011 at 8:18PM
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