Here is the latest list of appliances we have settled upon for the new kitchen
- Refrigerator: Whirlpool GS6NBEXR in Satina. Main criteria: quality, look, and price. Purchased from Lowes.
- Cooktop: Kitchenaid KECD866RBL in Black. Main criteria: downdraft vent (our island will not have a range hood), quality, look and price. Purchased from Lowes.
- Oven: Thermador C302BS. Main criteria: quality, features, ease of use, and look. Not yet purchased. I was originally going to get the black one, but the stainless will work better in our kitchen, despite the fingerprints.
- Dishwasher: Existing GE Dishwasher (relatively modern and working fine)
I did a lot of research on the appliances, especially the oven. I wasn't impressed with the Whirlpool or Kitchenaid wall ovens, and decided to look at the mid to high range versions. I was really leaning towards the Fisher and Paykel, but Melissa (after standing in Expo Design Center while I bounced back and forth between all the stoves) liked the Thermador better. I believe Melissa's exact words were "We will get the Thermador."
The Thermador definitely fits the kitchen more, but I have to admit that I liked the solid airlock "thunk" that the Fisher and Paykel made when you closed the door. It would just look out of place in our kitchen. We also looked at a few others, including Dacor. We both agreed that complicated menu systems just don't belong on the front of an oven, no matter what how wonderful the 16 million possible RGB colors for the LED background. The Jenn Air just felt cheap in our hands, the Kitchenaid had nasty plastic-membrane buttons, and the GE just looked odd. The mid to high range ones were definitely budget busters, but this is an appliance I want to get only once, and have it last for next 20 years.