Choosing Kitchen Packages
We always advise clients to choose brands first then features. You want to choose a familiar brand with a decent service record. Many of these products function similarly, yet have a very different support level after the sale. Many features have probably been updated since your last kitchen purchase, especially in cooking and refrigeration, but are duplicated in most brands
At the same time, packages within the same brand will offer the best value and opportunity to save exceptional amounts of money. Rebates become a very important and often a deciding factor. Manufacturers typically increase rebates with multiple purchases.
Other advantages include matching handles and similar grains of stainless steel.
How Kitchen Suites Are Developed At Yale
At any given time there could be a manufacturers rebate, a national buying group rebate, a Northeast as well as a local buying group rebate. We try to group the most individual rebates and create packages accordingly. Sound hard? Three or four people are involved in the process.
Below are a range of examples of kitchen packages and the unique savings available if you stay within the same manufacturer. We have over 40 packages from 9 different manufacturers. You can view all of our exclusive kitchen packages here.
Best Stainless Steel Kitchen Appliance Packages by Manufacturer
Package Pricing updated for August 2014
Amana White Kitchen Suite
Amana is part of the Whirlpool family and they were always known for their freestanding refrigeration. Amana is considered a value brand that offers less bells and whistles than its sister companies, KitchenAid and Jenn-Air. It's a solid brand with a decent reputation.
The below white kitchen package includes an 18 cu. ft. top mount freezer, a 4-element electric range, standard 24" dishwasher and an over-the-range microwave. This package is used by many landlords for their rental properties. Btw, I realize this isn't stainless, but it is inexpensive.
Frigidaire Stainless Package
Frigidaire is owned by Electrolux. It's known as their value brand. This line offers one of the best sales-to-service ratio's in the industry.
The below stainless steel package includes an 18 cu. ft. fridge, 4-element electric range, 24" dishwasher and over-the-range microwave.
Maytag Stainless Kitchen Package
Since 2003, Maytag has been owned by Whirlpool. It has been repositioned as one of Whirlpool's mid-level brands. Other labels that fall under the Whirlpool parent are Jenn-Air, KitchenAid, Amana and Whirlpool itself.
This package offers an 18.5 cu. ft. bottom freezer. Bottom and French door refrigerators are more popular now due to the refrigerator being waist high. This package also includes a gas range with 4 sealed burners, over-the-range microwave and dishwasher.
Bosch 300 Series Kitchen Suite
Bosch still offers one of the best valued packages including a 36" counter depth side by side refrigerator. The Bosch product has always been recognized as very stylish. They've always been well known for their superior dishwasher technology and the promotional incentives they offer often make them a touch package to pass up on.
Aside from the 36" counter depth fridge and 46 DB stainless steel tub dishwasher, this package also includes a gas range with 5 sealed burners and an over-the-range microwave.
Bosch 800 Series / Jenn-Air Kitchen Suite
This is the only package combining two different manufacturers. It differs from the previous package with a better convection microwave (so it can cook, microwave or both), French door refrigerator instead of a side by side and Bosch's best gas or electric range with European convection and warming drawer. We included the Jenn-Air, because Bosch does not offer a french door counter depth refrigerator
Jenn-Air Counter Depth/Slide-In Kitchen Package
This is our best selling package, mostly because it has really decent aesthetics including a slide-in range and counter depth refrigerator. A slide-in has no backguard, so you can see your backsplash.
This package also offers a convection microwave(can cook as microwave, oven or both) and an integrated dishwasher with the controls on the side.
Jenn-Air Stainless Built-In Kitchen Package
There are tons of built-in combinations (I will be writing about a new article just for built-ins). I like this Jenn-Air package. Their induction (fast, magnetic heat) is powerful and includes bridge elements for odd shaped dishes. Their wall oven has the easiest, most intuitive controls in the industry.
The following package includes a 20 cu. ft. 36" counter depth French door refrigerator, 36" induction cooktop, 30" double wall oven with convection, 24" stainless steel interior dishwasher and 26" chimney style hood.
$8,199 - This package offers $1,270 in instant rebates plus $330 in manufacturer mail-in rebates.
Thermador Professional Stainless Kitchen Suite
Thermador is part of the BSH family (Bosch) and is known as a premium label within that group. Thermador is recognized as a leader in the appliance industry, boasting one of the best sales-to-service ratios. They're known for their professional style kitchens that offer a very stylish European design with a simple touch of a commercial look.
The following package includes a 36" pro-style French door built-in refrigerator with bottom freezer, 36" pro range with 6 sealed burners and an output of 108,000 BTU's, 24" stainless steel dishwasher and 36" pro style canopy hood with 1,200 CFM blower.
$13,701 - This package offers $3,398 in manufacturer mail-in rebates.
Which Is The Best Choice?
I recommend exploring at least 2-3 options with appliances that best meet your needs before making a final package selection. Explore the possible rebate incentives that may be available through the respective brands. Inquire about any additional promotions that may be available through your store.
Ultimately, buy what you like. Most brands have similar prices. Rebates after service ratings become the deciding factor
These are the top packages, just click the view all packages button below to see the rest.
For more information on how to purchase kitchen appliances, read our Kitchen Appliance Buying Guide. Over 60,000 people have already found answers in a Yale guide.