In this article, you will learn about the 12 best luxury appliance brands, their strengths, and some possible drawbacks.
Towards the end, you will learn a few problems with buying luxury brands nobody ever talks about.
Ultimately, this article will help you start your kitchen project. But first, let's look at luxury products, prices, and then the best brands.
What Makes a Kitchen Luxury or High-End?
Luxury kitchens are based on premium refrigerators, cooking, and ventilation. You have better options for dishwashers, but the other categories are more important.
Sub-Zero and Wolf Kitchen Featuring Integrated and Professional Refrigeration at Yale Appliance in Hanover
You should expect pro-style or integrated refrigerators in a luxury kitchen. A pro-style refrigerator has a compressor on the top. An integrated refrigerator is hidden with a custom cabinet front. Both options are either cabinet-depth or flush to the cabinet for better aesthetics.
Wolf 36-Inch Rangetop and Pro Dual Fuel Range at Yale Appliance in Framingham
The professional range is the luxury appliance of choice with cooking. You can also consider a wall oven and rangetop. Pro ranges are centralized, whereas your wall oven can be placed anywhere.
Ventilation Hood and Wolf 48-Inch Professional Range at Yale Appliance in Boston
Ventilation is another aspect of luxury kitchens. You can buy a high CFM pro hood or customize your vent with a wood enclosure.
Customizing Your Luxury Kitchen
Wolf Built-In Steam and Speed Ovens at Yale Appliance in Hanover
You can also customize your kitchen with specialty appliances such as:
- Coffee Makers
- Steam Ovens
- Speed Ovens
- Microwave Drawers
- Undercounter Refrigerators or Wine Units
In summary: Your first three focus points for designing a kitchen should be refrigeration, cooking appliances, and ventilation.
Do Luxury Appliances Need to Be Smart or Wi-Fi Enabled?
Any manufacturers have promoted smart technology or the ability to operate your appliance remotely. Smart appliances offer great future potential but are presently basic. You can turn your wall oven or range on, off, or change modes from an app on your phone.
However, it lacks the integration for more advanced commands like "bake lasagna" for a fully cooked lasagna to your liking in 45 minutes.
In Summary: Smart technology and Wi-Fi are good features for appliances but not essential for a luxury kitchen.
How Much Does a High-End or Luxury Kitchen Cost?
A high-end kitchen costs $25,000-$50,000 for a professional range, refrigerator, pro hood, and dishwasher.
However, prices will vary between brands and options. You can buy a La Cornue range for $150,000. You could add other elements and features to other brands and spend much more than $25,000 easily.
In Summary: A luxury kitchen costs $25,000 and up depending on your brand and appliance selections.
Now that we have some guidelines, let's look at the best luxury appliance brands for 2022.Short on time? Get our free Appliance Buying Guide
Best Luxury Appliance Brands for 2022
La Cornue and Sub-Zero, Wolf, and Cove tied for first place for the best luxury appliance brands for 2022.
It's really hard comparing La Cornue to Sub-Zero and Wolf. La Cornue is completely customizable with 50 colors to choose from but costs two to three times more than a Wolf range.
La Cornue offers larger ranges, while Wolf has a much broader line of ovens, cooktops, and rangetops.
Wolf, however, has their new Wolf Gourmet system installed in its dual fuel ranges. You place the food in the oven and select how you want it cooked. The range will provide the optimum time, temperature, and even the rack position.
La Cornue is French-made but owned by US Middleby, while Sub-Zero and Wolf are American-made and family-owned. You are probably leaning toward one or the other because they are such different products.
Let's start with La Cornue.
1. La Cornue
Château Suprême By Ferris Rafauli, Courtesy of La Cornue
La Cornue is beautiful and will enhance your kitchen's look like a piece of furniture. However, your ability to customize the range truly sets La Cornue apart.
For instance, you can buy Drake's (the rapper, not the cake owner) range, the Château Suprême at $130,000 shown above. How about a pink Suzanne Kasler range?
Suzanne Kasler La Cornue Range, Courtesy of La Cornue
You can customize the range's cooktop into any configuration. Your La Cornue range could have an induction cooktop, a grill, gas burners, a wok burner, a griddle, or a French top.
It's all made to order, so almost any combination is possible.
The oven has an arched top for natural convection, and the oven can be customized in electric or gas. Electric is better for baking, whereas gas heat is better for roasting and broiling.
La Cornue has over 400 color combinations to complement any style.
Drawbacks: Although it's great-looking and customizable, La Cornue has no controls, not even a clock.
1. Sub-Zero, Wolf, and Cove
Sub-Zero and Wolf Kitchen at Yale Appliance in Hanover
Sub-Zero, Wolf, and Cove is still the most well-known luxury appliance company. They are American-owned and operated with factories in Arizona, Kentucky, and Wisconsin.
Sub-Zero has the most refrigerators offered in various sizes.
They focus on keeping food fresh longer, and their features consist of vacuum-sealed doors, air filtration, and an air scrubber. Sub-Zero's air scrubber cleans ethylene gases of spoiling foods to keep food fresh.
They are also the best for preserving wine by keeping light, heat, humidity, and vibration from destroying the tannins of the wine.
Sub-Zero has three series:
- The Pro Series: Stainless inside and outside to emulate a restaurant refrigerator.
- The Built-In Classic Series: Available in 30, 36, 42, and 48 inches. It's available in several configurations in the bottom freezer, side-by-side, and French door. You can buy the Classic in stainless or panel-ready.
- The Designer Series: It's available in 18, 24, 30, 36 inches in several refrigerators, freezers, and combination units. The Designer Series is made to fit seamlessly in cabinets and looks great with cabinet panels.
The Wolf line has menu-driven controls. Wolf's oven features their VertiCross convection blower. This provides a more consistent heat than the standard convection fan.
Their Gourmet function allows you to choose the food and how you like it cooked. The oven calculates time, temperature, and rack position.
Their dual fuel is new for pro ranges with their blower convection, LCD screen, Wolf Gourmet, and now smart integration.
Along with BlueStar and La Cornue, Wolf features a French top configuration. A French top can cook many foods at different temperatures on the same surface. Wolf offers a full array of speed and steam cooking products as well.
Wolf and Sub-Zero are some of the most reliable luxury appliances sold based on our 48,392 service calls logged last year.
Drawbacks: Sub-Zero might have the most features but is also the most expensive refrigerator on the market. Wolf's gas pro ranges need updating for self-cleaning and more output (their grill, griddle, and French top are amongst the best).
Current lead times are longer than usual but Sub-Zero and Wolf are dedicated to improving those wait times.
Read More: Are Wolf Professional Ranges Worth It?
Gaggenau Kitchen at Yale Appliance in Hanover
If you want truly unique-looking appliances, then Gaggenau is your best choice. They were designed by Bang & Olufsen, the Danish modernist designers. Their products are reliable, and they have the best functioning steam ovens.
Along with their side-swing ovens, they have a commercial-looking 36-inch pizza oven. The ranges have more modes to cook any type of food.
Gaggenau is the best you can buy for precision cooking.
Drawbacks: The controls on Gaggenau are mode-driven rather than intuitive like Miele and Wolf. You can do more with Gaggenau, but you have to spend more time learning.
Miele 48-Inch Professional Range at Yale Appliance in Hanover
Over the last ten years, Miele's developed new wall ovens and steam ovens. Miele's wall ovens feature a menu-driven MasterChef program and steam assist.
Steam assist, featured in Miele's wall ovens and pro range ovens, uses three bursts of moisture. It's great for caramelizing foods or baking bread.
Miele's pro ranges and steam ovens have M Touch controls, making them the simplest to use.
Miele's new G 7000, lower-priced G 5000 series dishwashers, and compact laundry are the best in the industry.
With automatic dispensing and heat pump technology, their products are bold and unique. Miele's appliances are also generally reliable.
Drawbacks: Miele's Contemporary styling may not fit every kitchen. Although the controls are advanced, you have no Wi-Fi, and it can't be operated remotely from your phone. Miele is the only major company without Wi-Fi and app integration.
Read More: Best Miele Dishwashers
4. True Refrigerators
True Refrigeration at Yale Appliance in Hanover
I almost want a game room just for one of these refrigerators.
You can buy True in a 42 or 48-inch refrigerator or in a designer refrigerator, freezer, beverage, or wine column, as shown here in bright yellow.
The units have ten color options, with 6 for hinge accents. True is all stainless and impressive in terms of installation.
Drawbacks: You can't place a panel on a True refrigerator. They only sell refrigerators.
Read More: True vs. Sub-Zero Professional Refrigeration
Thermador Kitchen at Yale Appliance in Hanover
Thermador had changed the styling of their lineup a couple of years ago. Their strength has always been cooking with their StarBurner and ExtraLow simmering feature.
Thermador professional ranges are reasonable and are available in two series, the Pro Harmony and Pro Grand, with the availability of steam in the larger 48 and 60-inch sizes.
They also have the most extensive line of integrated refrigerators with new stainless interiors. Their refrigerators have better bin storage and allow you to push to open and pull with a handle. Their dishwashers have zeolite, a volcanic element, for a 20-minute wash and dry cycle when available.
Thermador has the most wall oven options with side-swing doors, steam ovens, and combination wall ovens.
They incorporated one of the best Wi-Fi experiences with their HomeConnect app as well.
Drawbacks: Although their cooking appliances are new, they feature single convection only. They also lack menu-driven controls like Wolf, JennAir, and Miele. Like many other manufacturers, Thermador has availability issues.
6. Signature Kitchen Suite (SKS)
SKS Professional Range With Sous Vide and Induction at Yale Appliance in Hanover
SKS has been the fastest growing premium line mostly because it has been available.
However, the product is worth considering for its features.
Their 48-inch range has 23,000, and 15,000 BTU sealed burners along with induction and Sous Vide.
Their ovens are convection in the main with a full steam oven in the side oven. Their column-style refrigerators have the largest internal capacity and are all stainless on the inside. The whole SKS line is Wi-Fi enabled through LG's ThinQ App.
SKS may not have the brand reputation of the others, but they are worth considering.
Drawbacks: Limited amount of products.
Viking 48-Inch Rose Bold Professional Range
In many ways, Viking was the first luxury brand - debuting the first pro range in 1987. Over the years, they added other appliances to round out a whole suite.
Their best ranges are the Tuscany and their 7 Series pro ranges. The 7 Series range has the most powerful sealed burners. Their new Rose Bold range is beautiful. Lastly, they have a promising new refrigerator line after years of issues.
Drawbacks: Viking is plagued by service-related issues, especially for refrigerators and dishwashers. We do not sell or service Viking, so we can't provide service rates.
BlueStar 48-Inch Professional Customized Range
Their Platinum series ranges have the highest output at 25,000 BTU with the only pure convection system. BlueStar's ranges are available in five different series.
BlueStar is a range company, and you can buy any type of pro range from 24 to 60 inches.
You have a French top, grill, griddle, and even a series with French doors in a limited size. Their new pro refrigerators are all metal on the inside and are designed to fit a sheet pan.
Also, you can completely customize your range with 1000 different colors and ten trim options. For colors and customization, BlueStar is the best on this list.
Seventy-five percent of Bluestar ranges sold at Yale are customized.
Without question, if you want a unique look in your kitchen, BlueStar is your best choice, next to La Cornue. Their ranges are excellent.
Drawbacks: BlueStar is not for everyone. Their ranges are basic without clocks and certainly without Smart functionality. Unlike the others, BlueStar is not a full line of appliances. Just cooking and refrigeration.
Read More: Best BlueStar Professional Ranges
9. Dacor by Samsung
Dacor Professional Kitchen Appliances
Dacor was purchased by Samsung four years ago. They went from a family-owned company to being part of one of the most innovative multi-industry companies. They market some interesting pro ranges with steam in high-tech finishes.
Dacor also has stainless interior refrigerator columns with cool controls. It's all Wi-Fi enabled. With the rapidly innovative Samsung behind Dacor, their appliances could be worth considering in the future.
Drawbacks: The problem, at least with Samsung, could be served after you buy it. For reference, we don't sell or service Dacor.
10. Fisher & Paykel
Fisher & Paykel Professional Kitchen
Fisher & Paykel has some impressive pro ranges. Like SKS, they feature a combination of induction and gas burners. Their 48 inch is half gas at 23 and 15,000 BTU burners, with the other half being induction.
They also offer column-style refrigerators. Their double drawer dishwasher has always been different.
Drawbacks: It's limited in terms of selection. The columns are only 30, 24, and 18-inch widths. Thirty-six inches is the most popular.
JennAir Professional Kitchen at Yale Appliance in Boston
JennAir won Best New Products at the Architectural Digest show years back in 2018 with their current lineup. Their highly styled products are available in the Rise and Noir series.
JennAir's pro ranges have always been popular, but their new series changes the brand's look and perception. Their wall ovens have always been the easiest to use.
JennAir's wall ovens will calculate the time, temperature, and even show you how the food will look before cooking it.
The whole line is well styled and available with Wi-Fi connectivity. JennAir elevates your cooking with their cooking app for fresh recipes. However, the line has been plagued by poor availability. It almost locked into their 2018 introduction and hasn't evolved.
4 Luxury Kitchen Appliance Problems
Delivery, especially in Boston, is a problem. Before you buy your appliances, make sure you have a good delivery service available. A delivery team needs to lift and navigate 600-pound luxury appliances into your home on increasingly soft floors in a tight area.
A lot can happen during the delivery of a Sub-Zero, Viking, or Thermador appliance in terms of damage to your house and appliances.
Never sign any delivery without a full inspection. Google reviews for the delivery experience before you buy appliances from any store.
Installation isn't usually a problem. Your contractor is usually under contract to install your appliance. But, you may want to ask how comfortable your contractor is placing cabinet panels on an integrated refrigerator or dishwasher. It's incredibly hard.
We now have 18 installation teams daily installing what contractors aren't comfortable with. If you are installing the appliances yourself, you may need to move your electrical and water lines.
Service is the biggest problem in this industry. You must inquire and vet service before the sale. If the dealer doesn't have service, find out who they refer to.
Ask, investigate, and read reviews.
The average technician can't handle your new Thermador range with a steam oven. Find out who can or doesn't buy the brand when no local service is available.
Availability is anywhere 6-14 months. In 2019, it was 1-4 weeks, with special orders like La Cornue being six months. Before 2019, appliances were an afterthought. You bought them after the cabinets if you remember.
Now you have to buy appliances even beforehand. It's not that hard to do once you understand the flow of your kitchen.
The best place to start with your kitchen design is with this webinar. Titled appropriately How to Start Your Kitchen.
Luxury appliances have evolved to be some of the most advanced products in your home. However, service is a problem in certain areas.
You may think you will receive that "Lexus" or "Mercedes" service treatment, but in fact, most companies on this list do not operate service.
Besides exploring your options, it's very important to know the service behind all these brands before you buy.
You will love cooking on a pro range, induction cooking surface, or steam oven. Just make sure you can get it fixed.
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