Jenn-Air vs Viking D3 Appliance Packages (Reviews/Ratings)
We have sold Jenn-Air quite a bit over the last 18 months. Quite simply, they have bribed you to buy it. The product is good and comparable to Bosch, GE Cafe, Frigidaire Pro and KitchenAid, but the rebates are much better, and thus so is the value. It is an easy purchase. That is, until the rebates expire or a manufacturer has a more compelling rebate or product for similar prices.
Viking D3 is certainly tempting. D3 is Viking's lower priced line with very good design and the iconic Viking label, but should it be considered against the more aggressive company with deeper pockets?
Jenn-Air vs Viking D3 Appliance Packages
Jenn-Air Pro-Style Kitchen Package
Viking D3 Kitchen Package
The D3 has the better range with 18K and 17,000 BTUs compared to Jenn-Air's 16,000 BTU. Both are convection. Jenn-Air does have the warming drawer, but Viking has a fifth burner.
This is a tie as both are manufactured by Whirlpool to the same specs.
Jenn-Air has a convection oven, whereas the Viking is just a microwave. Big advantage to Jenn-Air as you can cook, microwave or use in combination.
I like the Viking dishwasher...when it works. Hopefully, their second release will be better. (dont worry, we can fix them). Jenn-Air is manufactured on the same platform as KitchenAid. Advantage Jenn-Air.
Viking has a 3-year warranty to Jenn-Air's 1-year and better name recognition, especially the range. Brands still matter (what are you wearing now?). With D3, you also can customize the knobs and handles of the appliances. Viking is the only company to do so. This approach does work in other industries, since Harley Davidson really invented mass customization.
Jenn-Air is still $1,300 cheaper and is serviced 7% less than Viking. Absent the range and refrigerator, the Jenn-Air dishwasher and convection microwave are better than the Viking D3. So this comparison really depends on what you use and value. Either way, the D3 is the first company to challenge Jenn-Air in Kitchen packages...for now.
What do you think?
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