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 briefly compare affordable luxury versus luxury kitchen appliances. Then we will introduce the best brands to consider and describe the pros and cons of each one.
The 5 Best Affordable Luxury Appliances
What is an affordable luxury brand?
The good news is, you no longer need to break the bank to own attractive and functional appliances. The affordable luxury appliance market spans the gap between your basic four-piece kitchen package and ultra-high-end professional-style products.
Most 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 2017, their points of pride, and their shortcomings.
Affordable Luxury vs. Luxury Brands
Luxury brands like Sub-Zero, Miele, and Thermador have professional or integrated refrigerators along with powerful professional ranges or advanced wall ovens for cooking.
You won't be able to buy either 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.
What does Affordable Luxury Include?
Instead of a professional refrigerator, you will be looking at a regular counter depth French door refrigerator. With a counter depth French door refrigerator, you still have the luxury having the refrigerator not protrude from your cabinets like a professional refrigerator.
Instead of a professional range, a high-end gas or electric slide-in range is one of your cooking choices. You do lose some aesthetics and some functionality but you will still have a very great kitchen set for less.
Let's take a look at the 5 best for people who still want good looking, yet functional appliances at a decent price.
The 5 Best Affordable Luxury Appliance Brands
LG and Signature Kitchen Suite (SKS) are new to the list. LG, a South Korean multi-national electronics company, has focused on Wi-Fi capability and customization for their appliance lines. SKS, a new appliance series made by LG, puts emphasis on design, and is especially attractive.
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.
KitchenAid is probably one of the most recognizable appliance brand names in the industry today. KitchenAid is owned by the Whirlpool Corporation along with brands Jenn-Air, Maytag, Whirlpool, and Amana.
Pros: About two years ago, KitchenAid underwent major aesthetic improvements and today has an industrial look. Although KitchenAid is best known for their dishwashers and refrigeration, their front control range deserves special consideration for design and performance. The high-end Whirlpool brands (Jenn-Air and KitchenAid) also make ranges with a full-size top oven and baking/warming drawer underneath.
Cons: They do not offer features in refrigeration and are way behind in Wi-Fi capabilities such as compatibility and apps.
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 that is comparable to the other affordable luxury brands on this list and can sometimes compete against high-end Miele, Wolf, and Thermador packages.
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 a very limited 2 refrigerator models and 3 ranges. Like KitchenAid, they should be focusing on apps and Wi-Fi compatibility. They also need to make refrigeration a priority as they outsource their two models.
Samsung is a huge South Korean company best known for manufacturing electronics and televisions. Their claim to fame was originally rooted 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.
Pros: Samsung makes some of the most advanced freestanding refrigeration. The 4-door flex refrigeration system is arguably the move versatile out there. It brings your fresh food to waist level like a French door, yet allows you the organization of a side-by-side underneath. The flex system allows you to customize the temperature in the bottom right refrigerator/freezer to accommodate your needs as they change.
The Family Hub refrigerator is also unique. It looks like a giant Samsung tablet on the front of your 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.
After years of competing with Apple, Samsung knows about style and their products are beautiful. Not to mention, Samsung is the only company to pass our fork test for their Black Stainless Steel finish.
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 $5,000 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. 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 more aesthetically pleasing. They are also on 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. Jenn-Air is also well known for their obsidian refrigerator interior on their built-in refrigerators and select freestanding models.
Cons: However, Jenn-Air, like every other brand, has to keep pace with Samsung and LG's design and technology, especially in refrigeration.
You don’t have to spend over $8,000 to get a nice appliance package. The affordable luxury market gives you great options in a variety of brands. Typically, in the same brand you have access to both high-end and entry-level packages, so you can buy affordable packages with different features depending on how you use your appliances.
Before you spend $18,000-$23,000 on a luxury appliance package, check out these brands for less than half the price.
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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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