The 10 Best Upscale Luxury Appliance Brands

Steve Sheinkopf  |  June 06, 2014  |  4 Min. Read

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The 10 best brands have been chosen based on customer preferences since the beginning of 2013. We added service reliability in the Boston area as an additional metric.

10 - Dacor

After years of being irrelevant, Dacor has returned with some cool products like the wine steward along with their always decent cooking. They no longer produce outside their comfort zone with 30 inch dishwashers and refrigeration.

Dacor also has some really interesting packages below their ultra premium competitors.

  • Strengths: Wine Steward, ranges and packages
  • Weaknesses: Refrigeration, specifically in the ultra premium market

9 - KitchenAid

KitchenAid used to own affordable counter depth refrigeration, wall ovens and premium dishwashers. Still a great brand, but parent Whirlpool has focused more on Jenn-Air.

  • Strengths: Dishwasher, surprisingly good built in cooking
  • Weaknesses: Packages, Slide-ins, lack of truly compelling product

Read more: A Comparison of KitchenAid, Bosch and Miele Dishwashers

8 - Viking

A fall from grace due to reliability issues and lack of customer service. New owner Middleby will be focused on manufacturing efficiency and product quality (hopefully).

  • Strengths: Range
  • Weaknesses: Service ratings, Refrigeration

Read more: 30" Pro Range Packages

7 - Electrolux

Love their functional, modern cooking products. Their laundry is surprisingly good. Company rebounded after a refrigerator fiasco by actually taking care of aggrieved customers. Smart long term move.

  • Strengths: Laundry, Induction, Modern Styling, Intuitive controls
  • Weaknesses: Built-in Refrigeration

Read more: Differences Between Electrolux Washing Machines

6 - Bosch

With the launch of Benchmark, Bosch wants to be a company known for more than just a dishwasher. They are stylish, affordable and most importantly reliable.

  • Strengths: Dishwasher, Benchmark, styling
  • Weaknesses: Very limited refrigerator offerings

Read more: New Bosch Benchmark Series: What You Need To Know

5 - Jenn-Air

Whirlpool invested 300 million dollars reanimating Jenn-Air. The features for the pro ranges, wall ovens and packages are the best for the money in the industry.

  • Strengths: Packages, wall ovens, pro ranges, cooking
  • Weaknesses: Slide-ins need to be revamped (will be August 2014)

Read more: New Jenn-Air Counter Depth French Door Refrigerator

4 - Miele 

Miele is the most reliable appliance company in the industry and is still produced in one tightly controlled factory in Germany. They are about to launch pro ranges later this year. Serious jump for a niche company.

  • Strengths: Reliability, dishwasher, wall oven
  • Weaknesses: No packages ever, Not in the Pro range market (will be shortly), Refrigeration is good but sourced from Thermador, No slide-in products

Read more: Best Miele Dishwashers

3 - Gaggenau 

Incredibly stylish, but very reliable, Gaggenau sets the standard for city chic. It is designed by Bang & Olufsen and even has a handless touch control oven.

  • Strengths: Unbelievably cool product
  • Weaknesses: Cool…but limited

Read more: Side Swing Wall Ovens

2 - Thermador 

So many of their new products are state of the art. The Freedom all burner induction cooktop and pro range with steam ovens are just two examples. Thermador is reasonably priced for ultra premium and incredibly reliable as well.

  • Strengths: Maybe the best value in luxury appliances, Induction, pro ranges, wall ovens and cooktops, incredibly reliable as well
  • Weaknesses: No Slide-ins

Read more: Thermador Pro Grand vs. GE Monogram 48" Pro Range

1 - Sub-Zero & Wolf

Sub-Zero invented professional refrigeration for the home and has spent most of the last 40 years improving it with Air scrubbers, water filters and LED lighting. Wolf has twin convection and great cooking modes.

  • Strengths: The name sells, Great technologically advanced refrigeration, Twin convection for even heating in the stoves
  • Weaknesses: Some cooking needs to be updated (and will be), No slide-ins

Read more: New Sub-Zero Integrated Refrigerator Columns

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