At a Glance
- What is an Affordable Luxury Brand?
- What Does an Affordable Luxury
Kitchen Package Include?
- The 5 Best Affordable Luxury Appliance Brands
- Brand Reliability
- Should You Buy Affordable Luxury Appliance
- Affordable Luxury vs. Luxury Brands
You do not have to spend a fortune to buy a good looking set of kitchen appliances. Due to fierce competition among large appliance companies, it is probably less expensive than you think.
In this article, we will introduce the best brands to consider and describe the pros and cons of each one. Then we will briefly compare affordable luxury versus luxury kitchen appliances.
The best affordable luxury appliance brands are:
- Bosch Benchmark
- GE Cafe
- Fisher & Paykel
What is an Affordable Luxury Brand?
The affordable luxury appliance market spans the gap between your basic four-piece kitchen package and ultra-high-end professional-style products.
Many appliance buyers will purchase products from the affordable luxury market. For this reason, there are many brands to choose from and many products and features to sort through.
This article will address the top five affordable luxury brands of 2019, their best features, and their shortcomings.
Then you will see reliability stats by brand and product as well based on 34,687 of our service calls last year.
What Does an Affordable Luxury Kitchen Package Include?
You should expect a counter depth French door refrigerator, a mid to high-level slide-in range (so you can see your backsplashes), a quiet dishwasher and over the range microwave or microwave convection.
There are different choices within each category. You can also buy a wall oven and cooktop instead of a range for more money.
The 5 Best Affordable Luxury Appliance Brands
Honorable Mention: LG/SKS
LG and Signature Kitchen Suite (SKS) are new to the list. LG, a South Korean multinational electronics company, has focused on Wi-Fi capability for its appliance lines.
As an affordable luxury line, it is a bit limited. However, 1-3 years from now, LG/SKS could be among the top three appliance brands.
SKS, a new appliance series made by LG, emphasizes on design and is especially attractive with their titanium finish.
Pros: The range offers Wi-Fi and the only pure gas convection range available other than BlueStar.
Cons: Both lines only offer a few cooking products and tend to be more expensive.
5. Fisher & Paykel
I never thought I would ever mention this company. However, Fisher & Paykel was bought by the Chinese company, Haier, and introduced more reliable, highly styled products at a good value.
You can also buy pro looking ranges for far less money.
It is the best of what I call the “non-pro” pro-looking ranges, meaning they look like a pro range just without the BTU output and the cost. That group would include Smeg, Bertazzoni, and Ilve.
Fisher & Paykel Professional Range
You can also buy the double drawer dishwasher and some unique refrigerators. Their integrated French door is $3-7,000 less than any other on the market.
Fisher & Paykel French Door Refrigerator
Pros: Pro looking ranges, unique styles, colors, and integrated and counter depth refrigerators.
Cons: More expensive than the other affordable luxury brands with fewer models. No Wi-Fi as of yet (which is surprising).
4. GE Cafe
GE is also new to this list. GE Cafe is their best affordable luxury line. It has different color options and different handle style, so there is limited customization.
They may have also figured out a true alternative to stainless - their high fashion white. They also have a few other finishes worth considering.
They have exceptional gas and induction double oven ranges including a 6 burner 30-inch range (I wonder how many pots it can accommodate).
Cafe refrigeration includes Keurig coffee as an option. Their whole line is Wi-Fi as well.
GE Cafe Slide-In Range
Pros: Customization that won't make you crazy, great ranges, good color choices, Wi-Fi.
Cons: Dishwashers, brand perception to some extent (which will change).
3. Bosch Benchmark
Today, Bosch is considered one of the highest-end affordable luxury brands out there. They are part of the BSH Corporation along with Thermador and Gaggenau.
In the past, Bosch products spanned the value range, today Bosch offers a product comparable to the other affordable luxury brands on this list.
Bosch has attractive styling. For all of you reading this outside Boston, Bosch is the best company when there are issues.
Pros: Bosch Benchmark is the upper echelon of Bosch. Their gas and electric slide-in ranges are excellent as are their wall ovens and cooktops.
Cons: This is a company with very limited refrigerator models - two - and 3 ranges. They should be focusing on apps and Wi-Fi compatibility to compete with Samsung, GE, and LG. This will matter in the near future.
They also need to make refrigeration a priority as they outsource their two models. Later in 2019, there will finally be Bosch built refrigerators.
Samsung is a huge South Korean company best known for manufacturing electronics and televisions. Their claim to fame was rooted initially in attractive and affordable refrigeration and laundry.
Today, Samsung is the number 1 sold brand in the U.S. Mostly because their refrigeration is so well conceived with tons of models from French Doors to double drawers and 4-door refrigerators.
Their cooking is surprisingly good, well styled and priced in electric, gas, and induction. In fact, it may be the best value on the list. Their dishwashers are more reliable than Mieles.
Pros: Samsung makes some of the most advanced freestanding refrigeration. The 4-door flex refrigeration system is arguably the most versatile on the market.
The Family Hub refrigerator is also unique. It looks like a giant Samsung tablet on the front of your refrigerator.
Samsung Family Hub Refrigerator
Their cooking has become competitive with their Blue Light Wi-Fi induction cooktop and their Flex Duo oven, a range that can be separated into two separate oven sections operating at two slightly different temperatures with reduced flavor transfer.
Samsung Wi-Fi Induction Cooktop
Samsung Slide-In Range
After years of competing with Apple, Samsung knows about style, and their products are beautiful. Not to mention, Samsung is the only company with Bosch to pass our fork test for their Black Stainless Steel finish.
See this video before buying that finish. It will change your mind.
Black Stainless Steel Scratch Test
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).
Since 2008, Jenn-Air continues to be the highest-end brand in the Whirlpool family. Jenn-Air products span from front control ranges and microwaves to pro gas ranges and built-in refrigeration. Jenn-Air is one of the only brands to offer downdraft ranges and cooktops.
Their slide-in package around $6,000 includes a slide-in range with convection and warming drawer. You also have a convection microwave, so you have two ovens and a warming drawer for cooking.
Jenn-Air Counter Depth Kitchen Package - $6,069
Also included is an integrated dishwasher and counter depth French door refrigerator.
It is the most popular sold affordable luxury package in the U.S. because you have plenty of ability to cook plus it's better looking. They are also at the forefront of technology.
Pros: They were one of the first and only affordable luxury appliance brands to adopt a menu-driven cooking system in their wall ovens. Their most popular package is probably the single best package available.
Cons: However, Jenn-Air, like every other brand, has to keep pace with Samsung and LG's design and technology, especially in refrigeration. Their Wi-Fi is the best, but it is limited.
What Affordable Luxury Brands are the Most Reliable?
Last year, our service department logged 34,687 service calls (we are on track to do more this year). We divide sales into service calls for a percentage.
Here is a breakdown of our reliability by brand with Samsung, Bosch, and Fisher & Paykel being in the top 10.
Signature Kitchen Suite
Fisher & Paykel
Bosch - Benchmark
LG and Samsung numbers a bit skewed because they sell laundry, a more reliable appliance category.
Here is breakdown by product.
|Service Qty||Shipped Qty||Service Ratio|
|Signature Kitchen Suite||0||17||0.00 %|
|LG Electronics||4||78||5.13 %|
|Fisher & Paykel||42||175||24.00 %|
|Bosch - Benchmark||38||158||24.05 %|
|Grand Total||1159||8852||13.09 %|
For dishwashers, Samsung and Bosch are statistically the most reliable.
Gas Ranges Reliability
|Service Qty||Shipped Qty||Service Ratio|
|Signature Kitchen Suite||1||28||3.57 %|
|LG Electronics||3||51||5.88 %|
|Bosch - Benchmark||10||35||28.57 %|
|Fisher & Paykel||3||8||37.50 %|
|Grand Total||383||2678||14.30 %|
Once again, Samsung looks great. Now would be a good time to tell you that Samsung may have tech support issues in certain areas.
If you are outside of Boston, inquire before you buy Samsung or any other brands. In Boston, we fix Samsung in and out of warranty to Yale customers.
Electric Ranges Reliability
|Service Qty||Shipped Qty||Service Ratio|
|LG Electronics||0||49||0.00 %|
|Fisher & Paykel||0||2||0.00 %|
|Bosch - Benchmark||1||6||16.67 %|
|Signature Kitchen Suite||1||1||100.00 %|
|Grand Total||108||1391||7.76 %|
LG, Samsung, and Bosch are decent considerations for reliability.
Counter Depth French Door Refrigerator Reliability
|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 - Benchmark||12||0|
|Grand Total||807||3062||26.36 %|
Samsung followed closely by Fisher & Paykel.
If you buy a kitchen appliance package, you will probably need service within a year or two. You want to make certain that whatever you buy can be fixed.
You should shop service as well as price.
Should You Buy an Affordable Luxury Appliance Package?
You don’t have to spend over $8,000 to buy a stylish appliance package. The affordable luxury market offers you great options in a variety of brands.
Typically, in the same brand, you have access to both higher-end and entry-level appliances, so you can buy affordable packages with different features depending on the use or need.
Before you spend $18,000-$23,000 on a luxury appliance package, check out these brands for less than half the price.
Affordable Luxury vs. Luxury Appliance Brands
Typically a luxury kitchen distinguishes itself from an affordable luxury in 2 main categories - cooking and refrigeration.
We cover this more in our Best Luxury Brands post.
Luxury brands like Sub-Zero, Miele, and Thermador have professional or integrated refrigerators instead of the more basic counter depth.
Yale Appliance Boston Showroom Display
The sizes differ from 36-72 inches depending on what you choose. The refrigerators all cool your food. The professional and integrated refrigerators have more functionality, but the main difference is appearance.
Integrated refrigerators will fit inside 24 inches in depth, so it will be seamless to the cabinet. Professional refrigerators are made to be noticed with the compressor on top.
In cooking, instead of a slide-in range, you are either buying a professional stove or a wall oven and cooktop.
Slide-In Ranges at Yale Appliance in Framingham
Pro ranges are available from 24-60 inches and have higher output, grills, griddles, steam ovens and induction tops depending on the brand.
Professional Ranges at Yale Appliance in Framingham
With the professional ranges, you will have to rethink how you vent as well, instead of having an over-the-range microwave.
You won't be able to buy these in an affordable luxury kitchen. However, You will spend $3,500 to $8,000 for the best affordable luxury brands versus $20,000 to $40,000 for the more expensive luxury brands.
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Editor's Note: This article was originally published on October 28, 2015, and has been updated for accuracy, freshness, and comprehensiveness.
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