Best Affordable Luxury Appliance Brands for 2022 (Reviews / Ratings)

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The Best Affordable Luxury Appliance Brands for 2022 are: 

1. Café Appliances

2. LG and Signature Kitchen Suite (SKS)

3. Bosch

4. Beko

5. GE Profile

6. Fisher & Paykel

7. Samsung

8. KitchenAid

9. JennAir

As I said last year, you don't have to spend a fortune to buy a beautiful set of affordable luxury kitchen appliances.

I also said you would have problems finding an affordable kitchen package due to COVID-19. It is worse this year with component issues and other supply chain holdups.

Outfitting your entire kitchen will be incredibly difficult.

So, this year's affordable luxury list will be completely different from last year, with availability as part of the equation. This year you will read about more brands in the hopes you will have more choices.

In this article, you will learn what to consider for affordable luxury appliances, the best affordable luxury brands, and their best appliance features, along with reliability statistics based on real service calls.

I know it's hard to find any appliance right now, whether basic, affordable, or luxury. You won't find all these brands in your area, but at least three should be available.

First, let's better define what makes an affordable appliance luxury and how it compares to luxury appliances.

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What Are Affordable Luxury Appliances?

bosch-kitchen-with-counter-depth-refrigerator-at-yale-appliance-in-hanoverBosch Kitchen at Yale Appliance in Hanover

 

Affordable luxury appliances are a step up from regular appliances. Instead of a freestanding refrigerator and range, you're buying a counter-depth refrigerator and slide-in range along with a quieter dishwasher.

What’s the Difference Between Affordable Luxury and Luxury Appliances?

Affordable luxury is far less expensive than luxury appliances. The average affordable luxury kitchen is $7,000 to $12,000 versus $30,000 and up for luxury.

Let's look at the differences between each category of appliances.

Affordable Luxury vs. Luxury: Range

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With luxury appliances, you have a professional range with higher burner outputs, better broilers, and grill or griddle options on the stovetop.

Affordable luxury ranges may offer a standard 30-inch grill or griddle with the range. Luxury professional ranges offer larger grills and griddles for 36,48 and 60-inch sizes.

By the way, the output differences are not as pronounced as years past. Most affordable luxury ranges have at least two “Power” burners over 15,000 BTU (British Thermal Units).

Affordable Luxury vs. Luxury: Refrigerator

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You also have a professional or integrated refrigerator for luxury appliances. An integrated refrigerator blends into the cabinets seamlessly, while a professional refrigerator is more of a statement piece in stainless steel.

For an affordable luxury refrigerator, it's typically a counter-depth French door refrigerator as your main option.

Affordable Luxury vs. Luxury: Ventilation

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Lastly, your other main difference is ventilation. With luxury, you have a higher CFM hood instead of an over-the-range microwave.

Wall ovens and cooktops can be classified as affordable and luxury, but better brands like Miele and Thermador are considered luxury.

You can blend luxury items in affordable luxury kitchens, especially by incorporating a standard 30-inch professional range or panel-ready dishwasher.

Overall, your main differences between affordable luxury and luxury are the oven, refrigerator, and ventilation brands.

Appliance Package Rebates

Both luxury and affordable luxury appliances have rebate programs, so buying one brand is a good idea from a financial standpoint. Also, you aren’t mixing finishes like different stainless steel finishes and handle styles.

Read More: Best Luxury Appliance Brands

Now, let's talk about the best affordable luxury appliance brands for 2022.

Best Affordable Luxury Appliance Brands for 2022

1. Café Appliances

Cafe-Appliances-Yale-Appliance-in-HanoverCafé Appliances at Yale Appliance in Hanover

 

If you don't want another stainless steel kitchen, Café Appliances has the most popular alternative - white. Yes, white finishes have returned with different hinge and handle finishes like copper and brass.

GE Profile has a mirrored finish trending as a minimalist style as well. GE Appliances is the parent company of Café Appliances and GE Profile.

Café Appliances has exceptional gas and induction double oven ranges, including a 6-burner 30-inch range. Their refrigeration includes Keurig coffee as an option. Their whole line has Wi-Fi connectivity as well.

PROS: Customization that won't make you crazy, great ranges and refrigerators, good color choices, Wi-Fi.

CONS: Not a ton of options like most, but it's a pretty solid line.

2. LG and Signature Kitchen Suite (SKS)

LG-SKS-KitchenSKS Kitchen Appliances

 

Let's give LG some credit. Nobody has shipped better than LG during the last 18 months. Their product has been reliable, as you will see in the reliability section.

It's also unique with interesting products. For refrigeration, you have their see-through InstaView and slow-dissolving craft ice options. Their stoves are amongst the largest, with a 6.3 cubic foot oven with pure convection, even in gas. 

Their SKS line has a unique Titanium finish on their appliances.

SKS's best kitchen appliance package includes a French door counter-depth refrigerator, front control range, convection over-the-range microwave, and a 39 dB (decibel) dishwasher.

All of their appliances are Wi-Fi enabled and can be operated remotely through an app on your phone. The best part is their appliances are available and $6,499 for the suite.

PROS: Great price for a kitchen appliance package, including good style and options.

CONS: Finding service if your store doesn't have any. I could say the same for most of the others as well. Their dishwashers are reliable yet basic.

3. Bosch

Bosch-HII8056U-Induction-RangeBosch Counter-Depth Refrigerator and Induction Range

 

Bosch has always been considered one of the best affordable luxury brands. They are part of the BSH Corporation along with Thermador and Gaggenau.

Their CrystalDry dishwasher uses volcanic elements to absorb moisture and emit heat. It can even dry plastics.

Their refrigerator is popular with two compressors. They placed stainless on the back of their refrigerators because it absorbs cold better. Their HomeConnect Wi-Fi system could be the easiest to use and best in the industry.

Their cooking needs to be updated. It shouldn’t be hard with just one range in gas, electric, dual-fuel, and induction.

PROS: Great dishwasher with a fantastic new refrigerator.

CONS: Not a ton of cooking options. They lack the product selection of other brands.

4. Beko

beko-pro-rangesBeko Pro-Style Range and Dishwasher

 

Beko is the fastest-growing brand at Yale. Great appliance availability is part of the reason.

Beko has a front control range, a French door refrigerator, a quiet dishwasher, and a microwave for under $6,000. It also looks good with excellent first-year reliability.

They rank highly on availability, innovation, and reliability.

The refrigerator has blue lighting in its drawers to promote photosynthesis and an ethylene filter to keep food fresh longer. We tested Beko against other brands for one month with fruit and vegetables in our Project Produce experiment.

Beko kept food fresher than every refrigerator except Sub-Zero.

The dishwasher has Wi-Fi, an unbelievably quiet 39 dB rating, and an intense spray arm to clean casserole dishes. Ranges have a ton of automatic programs and an 18,000 BTU burner.

PROS: Great refrigerators, dishwashers, and packages. Best availability of products on this list.

CONS: Name recognition and limited product line.

Read More: Should You Buy Blomberg and Beko Appliances?

5. GE Profile

GE-Profile-Induction-RangeGE Profile Induction Range

 

GE Profile has decent functional products. Their ranges have 21,000 BTU output burners. You can buy a French door refrigerator in any number of sizes and styles.

Their new dishwasher with special sprays for bottles and silverware may be the best at $1,199. GE Profile is similar to Café Appliances, just in basic stainless steel without customizable options or the more upscale products.

GE Profile appliances are Wi-Fi enabled through their SmartHQ app.

PROS: Great overall products with decent features.

CONS: The line is solid but unspectacular.

6. Fisher & Paykel

Fisher-and-Paykel-kitchen-at-yale-appliance-in-hanover-featuring-paneled-integrated-refrigeratorFisher & Paykel Kitchen at Yale Appliance in Hanover

 

Fisher & Paykel has an interesting portfolio for appliances like counter-depth refrigerators, custom finishes, and dishwasher drawers.

They have an interesting new product, including pro-style ranges in custom colors. I use the word interesting because you may be looking for a diversion from stainless steel.

Café has some options, and Fisher & Paykel is in that same category with red, white, and black options.

The products have a certain design edge to them as well. It's also the best of what I call the "non-pro, pro-looking ranges." In other words, it looks like a professional range without the high output and price tag.

Their panel-ready integrated refrigerators are $5,000-$8,000 less than other built-in types. They're also the only company with a double-drawer dishwasher.

Their availability has been excellent as well. Availability has been the reason it is ranked this high.

PROS: Fisher & Paykel's strengths lie in ranges, the dishwasher drawer, and a few refrigerators. They are pretty reliable as well, especially in refrigeration.

CONS: Fisher & Paykel has a limited product portfolio and is the most expensive brand on this list.

7. Samsung

Samsung-front-control-gas-rangeSamsung Kitchen With Double Oven Range at Yale Appliance in Hanover

 

Samsung's biggest problem is and will be availability. Their second biggest issue is service availability, as so many people have commented on this blog. They do not have an adequate service network for their growth.

Their refrigeration is well-conceived with tons of models from French-doors to double-drawers and 4-door refrigerators. However, some of their products can be over-engineered.

Their double oven ranges cannot reach temperature independently. I like their FamilyHub refrigerator with the smart tablet built into the door, but your phone has more functionality.

Their dishwasher with a WaterWall spray arm revolutionizes the way a dishwasher washes dishes. However, a dishwasher needs to be quiet and clean dishes, not be revolutionary.

PROS: Samsung makes some of the most advanced freestanding refrigeration and ranges in gas and induction. You can buy packages at any price range from $3,599 to $10,000.

CONS: The downside to being number one is their customer service.

Samsung's customer service could be better, as well as their parts and service availability, nationally. (We service what we sell, so it's not a huge issue for us).

If you have a problem with a Samsung appliance, it will likely be an issue, your issue (depending on where you live). Always check for available service in your area.

8. KitchenAid

KitchenAid-low-profile-over-the-range-microwaveKitchenAid Kitchen Appliances

 

KitchenAid upgraded their dishwasher line. They now have four levels of wash action and a cool new third rack.

However, their refrigerators haven't changed in at least 10 years. They are single evaporators instead of dual evaporators for better temperature management like the other brands.

They have zero home connectivity and smart features. Their stoves are just OK with good capacity, but they haven't changed in a while.

Many of these brands like Bosch, GE, LG, and Samsung have Wi-Fi-enabled appliances. KitchenAid's appliances are fairly basic now, but their features are evolving. Pretty soon, smart capabilities will be a feature to consider. KitchenAid should at least get started.

PROS: Incredibly good dishwashers.

CONS: Solid but not innovative, no Wi-Fi or advanced features of any kind.

Read More: Best KitchenAid Dishwashers

9. JennAir

Jenn-Air Kitchen at Yale Appliance in BostonJennAir Professional Kitchen at Yale Appliance in Boston

 

JennAir is the highest-end brand in the Whirlpool family. In many ways, they have identified themselves as a premium, not an affordable luxury brand. Their once-popular slide-in package is probably being phased out and sold in the KitchenAid lineup.

PROS: A great package of appliances and rebates during promotional holidays

CONS: Poor Wi-Fi functionality and limited product selection.

Which Affordable Luxury Appliance Brands Are Most Reliable?

Based on over 48,000 service calls logged last year, the average product service rate was 9.5%.

Service can be tough to find in certain areas. Always inquire about service availability before buying any appliance.

Overall Appliance Reliability for December 2020 to October 2021

  Service Ratio
LG 4.4%
GE Profile 6.1%
KitchenAid 10.2%
Café Appliances 10.9%
JennAir 11.1%
Bosch 11.7%
Beko 12.9%
Samsung 13.2%
Fisher & Paykel 16.1%

These figures are based on a minimum of 800 sold per brand and over 31,000 total pieces.

We calculate appliance reliability by looking at the products sold compared to the products serviced by brand for one year.

Read More: Most Reliable Appliance Brands

Best Affordable Luxury Appliance Brands: Key Takeaways

You can spend $4,000 to $15,000 for affordable luxury appliances in several different finishes and features. Before you spend $30,000 on a luxury kitchen appliance package, check out these brands for less than half that.

You can always combine certain luxury elements like a professional range in an affordable luxury package without blowing your budget. You have plenty of options. We always recommend starting with cooking or figuring out what's important to you and working from there.

In 2022, be feature loyal, not brand loyal. Brand loyalty will probably mean you cannot buy a complete kitchen. Availability is that poor.

However, buying features like a range with high output burners or a quiet dishwasher will open the possibilities of many brands.

You will need many options this year because most brands will have supply issues. You may be brand loyal to Samsung or Bosch but end up buying Café, Beko, or Signature Kitchen Suite appliances with the same features.

Lastly, make sure you know who will be fixing your appliances before you buy them. Samsung, Beko, and SKS are smart considerations, but only if you can get them fixed promptly.

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Steve is the third-generation CEO of Yale and a lifelong Bostonian. He currently resides in Boston, one mile from where he was born. Despite being one of the worst goalies of all time, he is a huge hockey fan of college hockey and the Boston Bruins. The love of his life is his daughter Sophie.

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