At a Glance
So, you are buying all new appliances for your kitchen. It's not easy researching each unit, but there is a better way.
Consider buying by brand.
This strategy works because all your appliances will match. Rebates also increase when you buy a whole kitchen appliance package from one manufacturer. It’s a more cost-effective way to shop.
At the same time, this is your kitchen. Buy what you like and what you will use. Just be mindful of the different handle styles and shades of stainless of the different brands.
Should You Buy a Kitchen Appliance Package? [Video]
The best packages change monthly as rebates, specials, and promotional holidays affect prices throughout the year.
In this article, you'll see the most popular kitchen appliance packages. Keep in mind, if you have a specific need, we can always look at rebates and help you find a different set.
You'll also learn about which appliance brands are the most reliable by manufacturer and product type will be at the end as well based on 34,687 service calls logged by our service department last year. You should know who can service your appliances before you buy.
Kitchen Appliance Packages And Pricing
Appliance Kitchen Packages at Yale Appliance in Framingham
These packages are repetitive by brand. The prices increase by due to appliance upgrades. I will explain each upgrade so you can decide whether it's worth the extra money. In each package, the range and refrigerator change the most. The dishwashers change to be quieter with a few more features. The microwaves are usually the same.
Presently, the best and least expensive packages are Samsung appliance packages. There are other competitively-priced brands, but none match for features, style, and reliability.
A small note about Samsung appliances: Samsung is the number one brand in the U.S., but their repair and support can be lacking in certain areas.
You should inquire about service before you buy as opposed to finding out later. Same should be said for every brand.
Many of the Bosch and KitchenAid dishwashers also include a $99 installation offer as part of our Labor Day promotion.
Best Stainless-Steel Kitchen Appliance Packages
Samsung Top Mount Package
Samsung has stylish stainless-steel kitchen packages. with identical ranges, microwaves and dishwashers. In this package, the refrigerator has twin cooling, so the air of the refrigerator and freezer do not commingle. Thus, there will be less freezer burn and your frozen food will taste better.
In addition, you can convert your freezer into a refrigerator and back again for added flexibility. Samsung has one of the most reliable brands and the most reliable dishwasher based on our 34,469 service calls last year.
It is good looking in a clean, modern way. However, in the first package, the electric range is not self-cleaning. Just be mindful of that.
Because of the price and a refrigerator designed to fit a 30-inch cabinet, this is popular with builders. However, it’s also a good consideration if you do not need the self-cleaning feature.
These next packages are identical except for the refrigerator.
Both packages have convection self-cleaning freestanding ranges, over the range microwaves and the same dishwasher. The refrigerator changes from a side-by-side to a French door.
Samsung Side-by-Side Package
This Samsung packages adds a 25 cubic foot side-by-side refrigerator for more space. Side-by-side refrigerators are not as popular as French doors, but will give you more cubic feet per dollar.
Samsung Counter Depth Package
This package is popular because of its counter depth refrigerator. These units look better in your kitchen because they don't protrude from your cabinet.
GE Profile Full Depth Package
GE is known for their cooking. You have their best-selling, freestanding range and a convection oven in this package. Having convection as an option in your microwave allows you to microwave or bake in a small oven.
The real benefit is combining the two, so you have speed without losing texture and flavor. The refrigerator is a full depth, side-by-side. The dishwasher is integrated to complete the package.
KitchenAid French Door Package
KitchenAid features a counter depth refrigerator and a convection oven as well as a quiet dishwasher and over-the-range microwave. Their new style is more industrial, commercial looking.
Bosch Slide-In Kitchen Package
This package includes a French door counter depth refrigerator, slide-in convection range, an almost noiseless dishwasher, and an over-the-range microwave hood.
Bosch is mostly known for its dishwashers, but their styling is appealing. We have two other Bosch packages with better dishwashers. Click here to view the best Bosch kitchen package options.
Jenn-Air Counter Depth Package
Jenn-Air is one of the best selling packages for more upscale appliances, especially for cooking. The range has the largest capacity plus an additional baking drawer below.
The over-the-range microwave is also convection so you can cook microwave, convection or combination to save time without losing flavor and texture.
Package includes a shallow depth refrigerator and quiet dishwasher.
Ge Profile Counter Depth Package
GE Profile has an induction range. Induction is magnetic, electric heat. It's the fastest (faster than a professional range) and lowest on the simmer.
It is also the most child safe because you need to talk to activate the magnetic burners.
Jenn-Air Premium Package
This package may be the most interesting. Jenn-Air just discontinued the professional-handle style, so both the range and refrigerator dropped $700 to $2,499.
How You Should Approach Discontinued Products
Buy them only if:
- You are saving more money than buying a new one.
- There are no feature differences or less features in the new release.
- You can match it with other appliances, especially if it's unique looking.
- The new model has a long lead time.
- You like it better do not care either way, or can live with it (don't buy at any price if you hate the look because it will be staring you in the face for 6-12 years).
Best Professional Kitchen Packages
Thermador 30-Inch Kitchen Package
The range in this package is also unique. It is another recently discontinued model. We bought the old one, because it is all 18.000 BTU burners. The new one is only 2 18,000 and 2 15,000 BTU burners.
We matched it with a Thermador dishwasher and a Yale 600 CFM exhaust.
Jenn-Air Professional Package
Gas - $8,397
Jenn-Air has 2 20,000 BTU burners, self-cleaning and LCD display. Like the Thermador, you match it with a regular counter depth Jenn-Air refrigerator, rather than a pro to keep costs down. It also features a 600 CFM hood.
This is a great way to have a pro kitchen for less money. It features the Thermador range with high output burners and extra low simmer. The dishwasher is free with the range. You also buy the powerful 600 CFM Yale hood.
Rather than spending another $8-12,000 on a pro refrigerator, buy the Bosch refrigerator with matching Thermador handles.
Which is the Best Choice?
Well, this list runs the gamut. If you are just starting out and buying your first kitchen package or you are a builder, then Samsung has the best decent options under $4,000.
Samsung is popular because it is beautifully styled and fairly inexpensive. But most brands have decent packages in the mid to high-end range.
Bosch, KitchenAid, Samsung, and Jenn-Air have decent packages in the $4,000-$8,000.
On the high-end, all are solid choices.
Ultimately, it depends on what you want. Below we will explain how to choose a package based on what differentiates one package from another. This includes product upgrades and reliability.
When Is The Best Time To Buy A Kitchen Appliance Package?
As we have said throughout this blog, you should wait to buy appliances during specific times if you can. Manufacturers always promote to some degree during these holidays.
- Presidents' Day: 2 weeks in February
- Memorial Day: 1 week at the end of May
- July 4Th: 10 days around July 4th
- Labor day: Late August/ early September
- Black Friday: Now All of November
How to Choose an Appliance Package
There is no one best package for everyone. You should always start with the basics.
First is to know your measurements and what will fit in your space. It may seem odd, but in the city, your refrigerator can be 24-48 inches wide. Ranges can be 20-48 inch.
Typically, the refrigerator is 36 inches and the range is 30 inch, but measure anyway.
The second is to know the fuel type you will need. Is it gas or electric. Don’t be in a rush to run propane or a gas line when induction is a better range. Then again in certain buildings, you do not have the amps to run an induction range.
The third is to focus on venting. Inspectors in certain areas are checking for Makeup Air. If you are venting a professional range or want a hood over 400 CFM, you have to plan for Makeup Air.
It is simple to do at the beginning of your project and way harder after the fact. We explain this better in this article.
Now the easiest part is choosing your appliance features and types.
Your Appliance Options and Features
Top Mount, Side-By-Side, French Door, Counter Depth
Top Mount: You see top mounts on the less expensive packages with freezer on the top and refrigerator on the bottom.
There is nothing wrong with a top mount, BTW, except you do stoop for fruits and veggies. They are also available only in the 18 and 21 cubic foot styles.
Side-By-Side: You have organized storage in a side-by-side, but less lateral storage for trays and platters.
French Door: Side-by-Side top with a pull out drawer. It is the most popular because you do have lateral storage.
Counter Depth: These refrigerators do not protrude past the cabinet, so you do not see the textured side. You do pay more for less cubic feet, but it looks better in your kitchen.
Professional: It emulates the commercial restaurant range with the compressor on the top. The style is industrial. The added features include air scrubbers for restricting spoilage, magnetic gaskets to keep air out and an added compressor for better temperature management.
Sub-Zero Professional Refrigerator
Slide-In vs. Freestanding: Freestanding has the backguard. Slide-ins do not, so you can see your backsplashes without looking at range controls (in my opinion, slide-ins and counter depths are the least expensive way to improve the look of your kitchen without remodeling).
Convection: Fan forced heat for a more even temperature
Warming Drawer: Keeps food warm for up to three hours
Two Ovens: Instead of storage or warming, you have two ovens
Professional (Pro) Gas Range: Multiple high output burners for faster boiling, heating or woking
Pro Gas Ranges
Induction (electric): Magnetic heat for speed to boil and simmer. Induction is also safer and requires less venting.
Convection/Microwave: Ability to cook like an oven, microwave or both at one time.
Quiet: Any level under 44 DB is quiet, and 42 would be virtually noiseless.
3rd racks: a place for silverware over the cups.
Miele 3rd Rack
Integrated: Controls on top.
Samsung Dishwasher Integrated Controls
Concentrated sprays: KitchenAid, Samsung, and GE have more concentrated sprays to power out tough sprays in their better dishwashers.
What Appliances are the Most Reliable?
Based on 34,687 service calls. Following are the most reliable brands in order of product type.
French Door Refrigerators
The average service rate for French door refrigerators is 28.94% in the first year versus 13.6% for appliances in general. From almost every manufacturer, the numbers aren't good, to say the least. However, the most common issue for French door refrigerators stems from their ice makers. Sending a frozen cube through a warmer refrigerator is problematic. However the refrigerator does still work.
|Service Qty||Shipped Qty||Service Ratio|
|Signature Kitchen Suite||2||33||6.06 %|
|LG Electronics||6||71||8.45 %|
|Fisher & Paykel||41||261||15.71 %|
|Bosch Appliances||105||408||25.74 %|
|Frigidaire Professional||23||6||383.33 %|
|Frigidaire Gallery||11||1||1,100.00 %|
|Grand Total||807||3062||26.36 %|
The average service rate for dishwashers is about 9.93% in the first year for all dishwashers and about 13.6% on all appliances. The best dishwasher brands to buy based on service and parts availability are any from the Whirlpool companies (Jenn-Air, Kitchen-Aid, and Maytag) and Bosch.
|Service Qty||Shipped Qty||Service Ratio|
|Signature Kitchen Suite||0||17||0.00 %|
|LG Electronics||4||78||5.13 %|
|Bosch Appliances||303||2735||11.08 %|
|Fisher & Paykel||42||175||24.00 %|
|Bosch - Benchmark||38||158||24.05 %|
|Frigidaire Gallery||5||8||62.50 %|
|Frigidaire Professional||2||2||100.00 %|
|Grand Total||1159||8852||13.09 %|
Simpler gas ranges with fewer features are more reliable. For instance, Bosch's average range has a service rate of 19.38% within the first year, but their more featured Benchmark Series is 28.57%. Samsung and LG contradict that trend. All their ranges are considered highly featured yet have lower service problems.
|Service Qty||Shipped Qty||Service Ratio|
|Signature Kitchen Suite||1||28||3.57 %|
|LG Electronics||3||51||5.88 %|
|Bosch Appliances||44||227||19.38 %|
|Bosch - Benchmark||10||35||28.57 %|
|Grand Total||383||2678||14.30 %|
The average repair rate for electric ranges is about 7.76% in the first year. Appliances, in general, are about 13.6%. In the chart below, we removed any brands with fewer than 5 ranges shipped in 2018. Electric ranges haven't changed much and are some of the most reliable appliances. Having burners under glass helps as well.
|Service Qty||Shipped Qty||Service Ratio|
|Bosch - Benchmark||1||6||16.67 %|
|Bosch Appliances||15||105||14.29 %|
|LG Electronics||0||49||0.00 %|
|Grand Total||108||1391||7.76 %|
Our Final Advice for Choosing a Kitchen Package
Focus on the features you want and then the package from there.
We can write about packages and brands forever (I think there are 20+ packages to choose from on our site). Leave a question or comment below if you need any help.
Looking for more help on appliances? Get the free Yale Appliance Buying Guide with the 10 most frequently asked questions, their answers, features on the major brands, and lastly, advice for the best buying strategies. Well over 580,000 people have read a Yale Guide.
My goal has always been simple: I want Yale to be the best retail experience anywhere. I have tried to create a compelling environment for customers and employees alike.
A Note About Pricing