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These are the brands for your dream kitchen. They have the most features and look the best.

If you are a home builder, these names will help sell your project.

Luxury brands focus mostly on designer refrigeration, professional cooking appliances, and ventilation.

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In this article, you will read about the best luxury appliances, as well as the pros and cons of each brand.

I have updated price estimates based on this year’s tariffs plus you will see the latest innovations as well.

You’ll also see reliability ratings on each brand as well as the difference between luxury and affordable luxury brands.

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Now, I am not implying that you should only consider these brands if you have the budget or specific need for them.

Honorable mention to Dacor and BlueStar, which can be considered luxury in the future.

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What do you get with a luxury appliance brand?

As I stated earlier, most luxury brands revolve around cooking and refrigeration first.

You will probably also consider separate steam ovens, speed ovens, microwave drawers, and undercounter refrigeration or wine storage.

Dishwashers have also become interesting. Miele has always been considered the best, but Thermador has their new dishwasher with a 20-minute wash and dry cycle. Sub-Zero introduced their Cove dishwasher line.

Refrigeration would be either professional with the compressor on the top or integrated behind the cabinet. You can also add drawers and another point of use of products.

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Yale Appliance Boston Showroom - Refrigeration Display

For cooking, you're looking at either a professional range or a wall oven combination with a cooktop or rangetop.

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Yale Appliance Boston Showroom - Professional Range Display

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Yale Appliance Boston Showroom - Rangetop Display

Luxury brands are about better style and function. However, most are slow adapting to Wi-Fi technology and controlling your kitchen from an app.

Only Dacor (through Samsung), Thermador and Jenn-Air have started to address Wi-Fi. Samsung, GE and LG are the other pioneers.

Estimated Prices

I added the total price of what a typical kitchen would cost with a 48-inch range, a 48-inch professional refrigerator (or 2 integrated adding to 48 inches), a dishwasher, and a hood for each brand below.

This is just a range of prices. It will change depending on your selections.

The 7 Best Luxury Appliance Brands

Viking

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Viking was the first company with a professional range in the U.S. They've had ranges since 1987. Their marketing has been one of the best in the appliance world.

There was a time when most high-end kitchens had a Viking range and a Sub-Zero refrigerator. Out of Mississippi, Viking continues to innovate and has now introduced the Tuscany range as an alternative to the expensive La Cornue ranges.

Viking also maintains its professional stainless steel cooking line as well. Viking's strength is their cooking without question, and they have recently upgraded their iconic range with better BTUs.

If this was the 1990s Viking would be number 1 or 2; but their initial product launches of refrigerators (late 1990s), dishwashers (2010), and the D3 (2012) line launch were quite problematic.

Unfortunately, the line suffers from past service issues and a bad reputation on the internet, especially in refrigeration and dishwashers.

To be truly iconic, the product must work.

What's New:

Their 7 Series range has sealed 23,000 BTU burners on the front across all the range.

To be totally transparent, we no longer sell Viking products.

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  • Strengths: Cooking
  • Weaknesses: Reliability, dishwashers, refrigeration
  • Promotions: Free dishwasher and hood promotion – restrictions apply
  • How much will a Viking kitchen cost? $21,000-$25,000

Thermador

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Yale Appliance Boston Showroom - Thermador Kitchen Display

Thermador Integrated Refrigerators

 

Thermador Wall Ovens

 

Thermador is out of California and has been manufacturing appliances for over 75 years. They are credited with producing the first wall oven and downdraft.

Bosch purchased Thermador in the late 1990s to add reliability to the innovation.

Their newer integrated refrigerators have customized bins.

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Yale Appliance Boston Showroom Thermador Refrigeration Display

Thermador is also very strong in cooking, especially pro ranges, wall ovens, and induction. They have now taken the step forward into steam like many other brands.

See how Thermador compares to all the other major brands in our Appliance Buying Guide

Newer product introductions include the 48-inch steam professional range (2014) as well as a 60-inch pro range (2016) with a steam oven and warming drawer, induction hybrid pro range (2018), as well as new induction cooktops (2018).

In 2019, Thermador updated their wall ovens with a new look and controls. They are now Wi-Fi enabled. However, it is still the more basic single fan convection as well.

Their new dishwasher uses Zeolite, a natural volcanic element, to wash and dry in 20 minutes instead of 60 minutes.

Thermador Star Sapphire Dishwasher

 

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Thermador Harmony 48" Range PRD48JDSGU

Thermador is also the most affordable of the 6 with great rebate programs including free dishwashers and one other appliance i.e. a hood and blower or microwave drawer.

  • Strengths: Refrigeration, cooking, induction
  • Weaknesses: Wall ovens refreshed but still lacking a bit in cooking technology, no colors or customizations
  • Rebates: Free dishwasher and another free appliance promotion - restrictions apply
  • How much does a Thermador kitchen cost? $17,000-$22,000

Jenn-Air

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Yale Appliance Boston Showroom - Jenn-Air Kitchen Display

Last year Jenn-Air won Best of Show at the Architectural Digest Design Show.

That product is now available, and it is stunning.

They have 2 lines, the Rise and Noir. The knobs and the overall look is beautiful. Their integrated refrigerator has 3 zones of cooling as opposed to two zones with Sub-Zero.

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Yale Appliance Boston Showroom - Jenn-Air Kitchen Display

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Their wall ovens are the most functional. The correct time and temperature will be calculated if you want that meat medium rare.

The wall oven will show you a picture of that meat before you cook.

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  • Strengths: Best temperature refrigerator controls, Fantastic pro ranges, and wall ovens
  • Weaknesses: It's new. There usually is a learning curve with new products. No colors or customization's
  • Promotions: $1,399 Credit
  • How much does a Jenn-Air Kitchen Cost? $21-26,000

Gaggenau

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Yale Appliance Boston Showroom - Gaggenau Kitchen Display

Gaggenau is also owned by Bosch was founded in Germany in 1681. They have been on the cutting edge of style and technology and produce some of the finest appliances in the world.

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Yale Appliance Boston Showroom - Gaggenau Kitchen Display

Bosch’s purchase of the company reinvigorated the brand by redesigning and restyling the product, essentially bringing the brand to its roots. Now Gaggenau is once again trendy and attractive with trend-setting products like steam ovens for example.

Gaggenau has had a convection steam oven long before Miele, Thermador, and Wolf, and it is still the best and most versatile.

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However, with Gaggenau, you have a very distinctive, industrial style designed by Bang & Olufsen.

Your kitchen will be different looking with Gaggenau products than any other brand. The products work better than any other but need to be learned. They do not have the intuitive, easy to learn controls of a Jenn-Air, Miele or Wolf.

  • Strengths: Style, wall ovens, plumbed steam oven, ventilation, induction, style
  • Weaknesses: Limited offerings, need more guided controls, No Wi-Fi, no color or customization
  • Rebates: None
  • How much for a Gaggenau kitchen? $30,000+

Miele

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Yale Appliance Framingham Showroom - Miele Display

I remember seeing the Miele factory in 2004. They were pushing their vacuum cleaner into a wall repeatedly to simulate 20 years of life.

They also built the machine that pulled the vacuum into the wall. Such is their commitment to quality with about 100 years in the appliance industry.

Their wall ovens, coffee systems, and especially dishwashers and laundry, are all excellent with incredible reliability.

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Yale Appliance Framingham Showroom - Miele Wall Oven Display

Miele has joined the ranks of brands like Sub-Zero and Wolf by introducing a pro range in 2014 with some great technology.

Their 48-inch pro range even has a microwave warming drawer with steam assist built into it. The pro range, as well as some of their wall ovens, connect to a water line for steam cycles which are fantastic for bread as well as finishing foods.

Miele simplified cooking in their M touch series ovens and ranges with their MasterChef system which automatically cooks based on your inputs.

Their new laundry with a 110 heat pump is by far the best in the market.

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HR 1956 DF GD 48" Dual Fuel Range

  • Strengths: Cooking, dishwashers, and 24-inch laundry
  • Weaknesses: Hood needs to be sized bigger than the range, modern styling may be a turn-off
  • Rebates: 10% during different times of the year
  • How much for a Miele Kitchen?  $23,000-$30,000

Sub-Zero / Wolf

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Yale Appliance Boston Showroom - Sub-Zero/Wolf Display

Don't buy a Sub-Zero refrigerator for name recognition and resale, buy it for 2-compressor performance, air scrubber, vacuum seal, and water purifier all maintaining food fresher and longer.

For over 60 years, Sub-Zero is a family-owned Madison, Wisconsin company successfully competing against the largest companies in the world.

Sub-Zero bought Wolf 15 years ago and revolutionized cooking with the double convection technology and great simmer capabilities on each burner.

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Yale Appliance Framingham Showroom - Sub-Zero/Wolf Kitchen Display

The new M series ovens now have much more intuitive control panels as well as blower convection instead of fans.

Sub-Zero still outperforms every other product on the market and is still the standard for our industry.

Their wall ovens have similar functionality as the Miele with new convection blower technology.  It deploys blowers to deliver more air than conventional fan convection

 

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  • Strengths: Best refrigerator, great cooking
  • Weaknesses: All gas pro needs better output
  • Rebates: Free wolf gourmet products – restrictions apply
  • How much for a Sub-Zero/Wolf kitchen? $24,000-$35,000

La Cornue

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Yale Appliance Framinham Showroom - La Cornue Display

La Cornue is a French custom line that introduced the first chateau range in 1964. They offer custom made ranges in sizes ranging from about 3 feet wide all the way up to 6 feet wide.

In addition, there are large island ranges, cabinets, and cooktops available. Tons of color options add to the customization. La Cornue specializes in cooking. For example, you can have dual ovens, one gas, and one electric.

You can also choose the cooktop configuration with options such as gas, electric, induction, and/or a French top.

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The Chateau range is the luxury appliance for a kitchen. The top is fully customizable so you can pick induction, gas, French top, grill or griddle elements.

Their gas ovens have natural convection with arched tops so air flows naturally without a fan assist. It is the best oven to bake.

You can spend $7,500 on a 36-inch wide range or go all the way up to $160k for a much larger and more elaborate La Cornue.

  • Strengths: The range
  • Weaknesses: Pricey
  • Rebates: None
  • Prices: $26,000-115,000. La Cornue only makes cooking products.

 

What luxury appliance brands are the most reliable?

  Service Qty Shipped Qty Service Ratio
Gaggenau 27 251 10.76%
Miele 298 2235 13.33%
Wolf 399 2173 18.36%
Thermador 638 2882 22.14%
Jenn-Air 1056 4419 23.90%
Subzero 452 1717 26.32%
La Cornue 17 36 47.22%
Grand Total 2,887 13,713 21.05%

What appliances are the most reliable?

Wall Oven Reliability

  Service Qty Shipped Qty Service Ratio
Gaggenau 3 38 7.89%
Miele 33 303 10.89%
Wolf 77 451 17.07%
Thermador 61 270 22.59%
Jenn-Air 103 363 28.37%
Grand Total 277 1425 17.37%

Dishwasher Reliability

  Service Qty Shipped Qty Service Ratio
Gaggenau 2 42 4.76%
Miele 155 1078 14.38%
Thermador 123 711 17.30%
Jenn-Air 170 908 18.72%
Grand Total 450 2739 16.42%

Professional Style Refrigeration

  Service Qty Shipped Qty Service Ratio
Gaggenau 4 46 8.70%
Miele 9 71 12.68%
Subzero 332 1043 31.83%
Jenn-Air 270 780 34.62%
Thermador 119 240 49.58%
Grand Total 763 2267 33.7%

Duel Fuel Professional Ranges

  Service Qty Shipped Qty Service Ratio
Jenn-Air 17 57 29.82%
Wolf 70 215 32.56%
Miele 11 31 35.48%
Thermador 54 108 50.00%
La Cornue 12 24 50.00%
Grand Total 164 435 37.7%

Professional Gas Ranges

  Service Qty Shipped Qty Service Ratio
Thermador 85 346 24.57%
Jenn-Air 36 138 26.09%
Wolf 75 278 26.98%
Miele 10 20 50.00%
La Cornue 1 2 50.00%
Grand Total 207 784 35.53%

Looks pretty grim, doesn't it. Now look at this.

  Invoice Count Sum of Has Parts Sum of Has Labor Sum of % Parts Jobs with Labor But No Parts
Jenn-Air 536 383 473 71.5% 32.3%
Wolf 259 163 224 62.9% 42.9%
La Cornue 7 4 7 57.1% 42.9%
Thermador 274 155 246 56.6% 48.4%
Sub-Zero 200 113 168 56.5% 51.8%
Gaggenau 33 18 30 54.5% 50.0%
Miele 178 62 174 34.8% 66.7%
Grand Total 1487 898 1322 60.4% 44.6%

Almost 45% of these service calls are resolved without parts.  

They were not product problems per se, but other issues.

Installation has become an issue for appliances. Placing panels on dishwashers is not easy, but on refrigerators, it's problematic.

Many of the steam appliances also require direct plumbing feeds which are sometimes overlooked.

The other issue is education. As much as we can address the concerns over the phone, we send techs anyway to mitigate problems and teach people how to use their new, unfamiliar appliances.

As appliances become more complicated, I do not see us saying no to customers looking for help. 

But, luxury brands are in line for reliability with other high end appliances as a percentage.

Should You Buy Luxury Appliances

Although the costs will approach $30,000 and more for a whole kitchen with a La Cornue Range-topping at $115,000.

Luxury appliances are still the best investment in your house in terms of ROI (return on investment) compared to any other home improvement.

Over the last few years, most of the brands have improved cooking performance and introduced new technology to make your life a bit easier, at least in your kitchen.

Luxury vs. Affordable Luxury Appliance Brands

Affordable luxury is one of the fastest growing segments in appliances. The difference between the two are the refrigerators and cooking products as well as roughly $12-20,000 less.

You can read (and should) read the whole article on affordable luxury appliances, but let's look briefly.

Refrigerators

For luxury, you are either selecting a pro or integrated refrigerator. The Affordable Luxury is a shallow depth or a regular looking French door with less depth.

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Yale Appliance Boston Showroom - Full Depth Refrigeration Display

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Yale Appliance Boston Showroom - Counter Depth Refrigeration Display

Cooking

For luxury, you will be selecting a pro gas range at 30,36, 48 or 60 inches wide or wall oven and cooktop. For affordable luxury, it will be a 30-inch slide-in only.

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Yale Appliance Boston Showroom - Slide-In Range Display

These are general observations, but there are different methods to value engineer your kitchen and still have luxury appliances by buying showroom display pieces or going to clearance events. You can always buy a bit of luxury and affordable luxury to lower your costs as well.

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Editor's Note: This article was originally published on January 3rd, 2014 and has been updated for accuracy, freshness, and comprehensiveness.

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However, we don’t love every product. Quite frankly, it costs us way too much money in repair costs to support less reliable brands.

In fact, we sell fewer brands than most appliance stores. Here is why:

We feel it is our responsibility to repair your appliances after you buy them.

We now have 30 service technicians, each averaging 8-10 calls a day Monday through Friday, plus another 110 on Saturday. That's over 30,000 service calls logged in one year.

The labor rates of fixing an appliance do not come close to the true cost in any product’s warranty period.

That is why no major retailer has a service department. It costs too much labor, money and time.

Our Blog is a bit different than most others you will read. We cannot write glowing reviews of unreliable products.

Hopefully, the bloggers and organizations who write such glowing product reviews for every brand consider servicing these products first. Only then they will understand the consequences of their marketing.

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