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This article is an update from June of 2020.

Back then, the supply chain issues were just starting as demand surpassed supply.

One year later, the situation is far worse as appliance components, and raw materials are scarce.

Add freak events like ice storms knocking out insulation plants in Dallas and port problems in Los Angeles, and, amazingly, you can buy one appliance instead of four.

However, it still can be done.

This post will show you what is available, your best brand options, and then as an added bonus, you will learn how to create your own package using different brands.

Don't worry. You can still do this. It's just a bit harder to find appliances.

Please feel free to leave any comments or problems you are experiencing. I will answer directly.

Unavailable Appliance Brands

Almost every brand has changed from last year's article.

Last year, we had 20 available packages on our site. Now there are seven.

Samsung has had hard problems shipping anything this year. Coordinating a Samsung package is a bit like playing the lottery.

It can happen, but incredibly unlikely. You have better odds with a scratch ticket.

Bosch just decreased their output targets by another 25-30%. That's on top of the previous 25-50% announced earlier.

I respect the company. Their CEO has taken full responsibility with an apology on their website.

However, apologies don't help you buy a package.

GE had a few packages. They have been a good supplier throughout this crisis. However, it's hard to coordinate a kitchen package with all GE labels.

Miele, Sub-Zero, Wolf, Thermador, JennAir, BlueStar, and True have 4-14 month lead times.

I will be publishing exact lead times in the next few weeks.

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Available Appliance Brands

LG

LG has been somewhat consistent during the pandemic. At the same time, their product is stylish and, more importantly, reliable.

SKS

SKS is the best appliance within LG's product portfolio, including its professional ranges and integrated refrigerators.

Beko

Beko just started importing into the US as the pandemic hit. Their products are interesting, like the Active Fresh Blue Light and ethylene filters to keep food fresher in your refrigerator.

IonGuard pulses negative ions canceling the positive ions of odors for fresher smelling appliances.

As gimmicky as it seems, the products work.

They only have a limited number of dealers, so their inventory doesn't seem limited. You can buy Beko appliances if you can find a dealer in your area.

Fisher & Paykel

Fisher & Paykel may be from New Zealand but are owned by Haier. They also own GE. Their unusual products, like their DishDrawer, aren't sold everywhere, so you have a good shot with this brand.

KitchenAid and JennAir

KitchenAid and JennAir are part of Whirlpool. They have nearly identical products, although JennAir may have a better warranty and more "refinements."

If you live in Boston, you will find these brands. It could be different depending on where you live.

Now, let's take a look at the best stainless steel kitchen packages.

7 Best Stainless-Steel Kitchen Appliance Packages for 2021

LG Side-By-Side Kitchen Package

Electric - $3,672| Gas - $3,772

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LG has some good features even in their base models.

Their refrigerator has two evaporators to keep the refrigerator and freezer air separate for better tasting food, especially in the freezer.

LG's freestanding range has convection with the largest oven capacity at 6.3 cubic feet, while the dishwasher has its "QuadWash" and the third rack for silverware.

This kitchen package includes:

LG Counter Depth Kitchen Package

Electric - $5,106| Gas - $5,506

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This package is popular because of its counter-depth, French door refrigerator. These units look better in your kitchen because they don't protrude from your cabinet.

Microwave convection ovens allow you to cook as a microwave, an oven, or a combination to save you half the cooking time without the rubbery microwave texture.

The oven has front controls, so you can see your backsplash.

This kitchen package includes:

Beko Counter Depth Kitchen Package

Electric - $6,276 | Gas - $6,379

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Beko is one of the most popular selling packages sold at Yale.

The refrigerator features Active Fresh Blue Light. This feature mimics sunlight to prolong the life of your fruits and vegetables.

The ethylene filter removes gasses from spoiling foods and has twin evaporators to separate the freezer and refrigerator air.

Beko was second-best in keeping food fresh in a four-week experiment. Sub-Zero placed first for keeping food fresh the longest.

Beko's dishwasher has special sprays and cycles to scour your bottom dishes.

It's also a noiseless 39 dB (decibels).

The range is large at 5.7 cubic feet with convection as well.

This kitchen package includes:

KitchenAid Full Depth Refrigerator Kitchen Package

Electric - $6,747 | Gas- $6,846

KitchenAid-Kitchen-Package-2021KitchenAid features a full-depth refrigerator so you can fit 25 cubic feet worth of groceries. The oven is convection as well.

Their dishwasher is 39 dB tied with Beko as the quietest you can buy.

This kitchen package includes:

SKS Kitchen Package with Craft Ice Refrigerator Ice Maker

Gas - $7,199

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SKS appliances have a titanium finish. It's a shade lighter than stainless, so it looks unique.

The refrigerator is excellent. It's a French door with a secondary "Door-in-Door" so you can easily access your milk and juices without opening the whole refrigerator.

It's metal on the inside. Metal absorbs cold better and is easier to clean. You have the two evaporators like the regular LG.

You also have "Craft Ice" or cylindrical cubes dissolving slower for less water in your drink.

The dishwasher is quiet and uses steam to power out tough stains.

The range and over the range is convection.

This kitchen package includes:

JennAir Professional Package

Gas - $10,296

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The JennAir Pro range is striking and feature-packed.

You have two 20,000 BTU burners on the top and twin convection for even temperature in the oven.

It is also Wi-Fi enabled, so you can turn it on or off remotely through an app on your phone as well as change temperature.

Their Wi-Fi is better than most because it has tie-ins to JennAir's cooking app, so you can download recipes to elevate your cooking experience.

The hood is designed to handle high output at 600 CFM.

At 22 cubic feet, the refrigerator is one of the largest in a counter depth refrigerator.

The dishwasher is unique, with separate sprays on the top rack for bottles.

This kitchen package includes:

Fisher & Paykel Integrated Package

Gas Only - $9,397

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And now for something different.

The Fisher & Paykel refrigerator is integrated, so it is flush with your cabinet. Even the door doesn't protrude, so it looks great with custom cabinet panels.

The dishwasher is the Worlds only drawer type. You don't have to bend to fill the top drawer. It also looks great in stainless steel.

The professional range has good output, convection, and unique styling, while the hood can handle the exhaust.

This kitchen package includes:

How to Choose an Appliance Package

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There is no one best package for everyone. You should always start with the basics.

The first is to know your measurements and what will fit in your space.

It may seem odd, but in a city like Boston, your refrigerator can be 24-48 inches wide. Ranges can be 20-60 inches wide.

Typically, the refrigerator is 36 inches, and the range is 30 inches as the most popular size, but measure anyway.

The second is to know the fuel type you will need. Is it gas or electric?

Don't rush to run propane or a gas line when an electric induction is a better range.

Then again, in certain buildings in Boston, you do not have the amps and power to run an induction range.

The third is to focus on venting. Inspectors in certain areas have been checking for Make-Up Air, a newer regulation, since 2007.

If you are venting a professional range or want a hood over 400 CFM, you have to plan for Make-Up Air or retrieving the equivalent outside air.

It is simple to do at the beginning of your project and way harder after the fact.

Your Appliance Options and Features

Now the easiest part is choosing your appliance features and types.

Refrigerators

Types-of-Refrigerators

Top-Mount Refrigerators: You would see top mounts on the less expensive packages with a freezer on the top and a refrigerator on the bottom.

Top mounts are at a premium because of last year's rush. People were buying them as secondary refrigerators to store more.

The most available top mounts are Whirlpool and LG.

Side-By-Side Refrigerators: You have organized storage side-by-side but less lateral storage for trays and platters.

Side-by-sides have become more popular because of their larger freezer capacity.

With the Covid-19 crisis, freezers have become scarce, so many people have purchased side-by-sides for storage.

The most available side-by-side refrigerators are from LG, GE, and Beko.

French Door Refrigerators: A French door refrigerator is a side-by-Side top with a pull-out freezer drawer. It is the most popular because you have lateral storage.

Counter Depth Refrigerators: These refrigerators do not protrude past the cabinet, so you do not see the textured side.

You do pay more for fewer cubic feet, but it looks better in your kitchen.

Counter depths can be side-by-sides, French doors, or professional types.

Professional Refrigerators: Professional refrigerators H=have the compressors on the top for a commercial look. The style is industrial. Sub-Zero, True, and Viking are the most popular brands.

Professional refrigerators have lead times of four months (True) to 14 months (Sub-Zero).

Integrated Refrigerators: Integrated refrigerators are shallower than counter-depth refrigerators. It fits within 24 inches, so it's seamless with your cabinet.

They look great with cabinets because you can't distinguish between the refrigerator and your cabinet if you decide to place a custom cabinet panel on it.

The Fisher & Paykel in the featured packages includes an integrated refrigerator. Other brands are Sub-Zero, Thermador, JennAir, Liebherr, among others.

Lead times are four weeks to 12 months.

Learn More: Counter Depth Refrigerator Buying Guide

Ranges

Types-of-Ranges

Slide-In vs. Freestanding Ranges: Freestanding has a backguard. Slide-ins and front control ranges do not, so you can see your backsplashes without looking at range controls.

(In my opinion, slide-ins and front control ranges, as well as counter depth refrigerators, are the least expensive way to improve the look of your kitchen without remodeling).

Convection Ranges: Convection ovens use fan-forced heat for a more even temperature.

Warming Drawer: Underneath the range, you can warm food for up to three hours instead of a storage drawer.

Two Ovens: There are a couple of double oven combinations. You can buy them with the smaller oven above and below.

Professional (Pro) Gas Range: Multiple high output burners for faster boiling, heating, or wok cooking.

Induction Ranges: Induction is electric magnetic heat with the fastest speed to boil and the lowest simmer. Induction is also safer and requires less venting.

Learn More: Gas Cooking Buying Guide

Microwaves

Convection Microwaves: Ability to cook like an oven, microwave, or both at one time.

Dishwashers

Styles-of-Bosch-DishwashersBosch Dishwasher Styles

 

Lower Silence Ratings: Any level under 44 dB is quiet, and 42 dB would be noiseless.

Third Racks: A third dishwasher rack above your cups for silverware.

Integrated: Integrated dishwashers feature hidden controls on the top of your dishwasher.

Concentrated Spray Arms: KitchenAid, Samsung, Beko, JennAir, and GE have more spray arms in their dishwashers.

Learn More: Dishwasher Buying Guide

Kitchen Appliance Package Prices and Rebates

Appliance packages are repetitive by the brand. The prices increase due to appliance upgrades.

These packages have the best rebate percentages right now.

The manufacturer and local and national buying groups may have different rebates on the same appliance for a low price.

However, these rebates can expire at different times, so developing a package over the long term is incredibly confusing.

They may also have different delivery dates, so you have to accept delivery by a certain date to qualify.

Yes, it's confusing and frustrating - it's probably designed that way.

Other rebate programs have been ongoing for years. Thermador has "1,2, free" or free dishwashers and hoods with qualifying purchases.

JennAir Pro has had a similar $1,399 rebate based on their qualifiers.

Other Ways to Create Your Own Package

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You have to be creative. You have probably figured that out as you are building your house.

Let's say you don't like the available packages. You can mix and match.

Normally, I would dissuade you from doing so because you lose rebate opportunities.

However, rebates have been limited, and they won't help an out-of-stock brand.

The other issue is coordination. You would want the appliances to match like steel and especially handles.

To minimize this issue, let's look at your basic kitchen design.

The stove and dishwasher are usually together while the refrigerator is off on its own.

That's by design.

So, let's look at that dishwasher again. Can you buy a non-existent Bosch, Miele, Beko, or any other brand with a pocket handle?

Then you will have no design differences between your stove and dishwasher.

You can always look at placing a panel on your refrigerator or dishwasher as well, but the options are more limited.

Best Stainless Steel Kitchen Packages: Key Takeaways

From a brand standpoint, you only have a few choices like Beko, Fisher & Paykel, LG, and SKS, as well as premium Whirlpool brands like KitchenAid or JennAir.

All are good options, but the amount of brands and models is limited compared to last year or the heady days of pre-COVID-19.

You can still buy a decent package by mixing brands.

When Is the Best Time to Buy a Kitchen Appliance Package?

As we have said throughout this blog, you should wait to buy appliances until promotional holidays or sales.

Now, promotional holidays serve as the last opportunity to purchase before the prices increase.

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected supply and demand.

It's still worth it to wait for a promotional holiday to buy appliances or start a kitchen remodel.

The best times to buy appliances are:

  • 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

What Appliances Are the Most Reliable?

Based on 37,061 service calls, the following are the most reliable brands in order of product type.

Reliability is another key component because parts are harder than appliances to order.

Counter-Depth Refrigerators

The average service rate for counter-depth French door refrigerators is 21.1% in the first year versus 9.7% for appliances in general. From almost every manufacturer, the numbers aren't good.

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 still works.

French Door Counter Depth Refrigerator Reliability for December 2019 - November 2020

  Service Ratio
GE Appliances  12.1%
Bosch Appliances 16.9%
Fisher & Paykel 17.3%
Beko Appliances 18.1%
Samsung 20.9%
KitchenAid 21.6%
Café Appliances 21.9%
GE Profile 22.8%
LG Electronics 27.8%
JennAir 36.7%
Average 21.1%

These figures are based on a minimum of 20 sold per brand and over 3,000 total pieces.

Read More: Most Reliable Counter Depth French Door Refrigerators

Dishwashers

The average service rate for dishwashers is 11.2%.

The best dishwasher brands to buy based on service and parts availability are any from the Whirlpool companies (JennAir, Kitchen-Aid, and Maytag) and Bosch.

Dishwasher Reliability From December 2019 to November 2020

  Service Ratio
Blomberg 0%
LG 1.9%
Whirlpool 2.1%
Thermador 7.6%
Beko 7.67%
Miele 8.2%
GE Profile 10.5%
Samsung 10.6%
JennAir 11.0%
KitchenAid 11.0%
Asko 11.6%
Bosch  12.8%
Bosch Benchmark 18.4%
Café Appliances 18.8%
GE Appliances 19.5%
Fisher & Paykel 27.8%
Average 11.2%

Each brand represented has a minimum of 50 units sold and a total sample of over 10,000 pieces.

Read More: Most Reliable Dishwashers

Gas Ranges

Simpler gas ranges with fewer features are more reliable.

For instance, Beko's average range has a service rate of 3.91% within the first year, while JennAir has a service rate of 12.2%.

Gas Range Reliability from December 2019 - November 2020

  Service Ratio
KitchenAid 1.75%
Whirlpool 2.14%
Beko Appliance 3.91%
Bosch 3.95%
Samsung 4.33%
JennAir 12.20%
Grand Total 4.62%

These figures are based on a minimum of 100 ranges sold with over 2400 total pieces.

Read More: Most Reliable Gas Ranges

Electric Stoves

The average repair rate for electric ranges is about 3.06% in the first year. 

Electric ranges haven't changed much and are some of the most reliable appliances. Having burners under glass helps as well.

Electric Range Reliability for December 2019 to November 2020

  Service Ratio
Whirlpool 0.59%
Samsung 2.38%
Bosch 4.76%
GE  7.41%
Beko  8.25%
KitchenAid 8.54%
Grand Total 3.06%

These figures are based on a minimum of 90 ranges sold and a sample of over 1900 total pieces.

Read More: Most Reliable Electric Ranges

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