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Jenn-Air vs Bosch Stainless Steel Packages: Which is Better?

February 2nd, 2012 | 1 min. read

By Steve Sheinkopf

Most people will always look at Jenn-Air and Bosch and immediately ask which is better. Jenn-Air and Bosch are arguably the best affordable luxury brand in the market. They are both worthwhile and both have their competences.

So the answer depends on what you want...

Let's look at the packages:

Jenn-Air vs Bosch...

jennair stainless package image


bosch stainless package image 

Jenn-Air Stainless Steel Kitchen Package: $4,549


Bosch Stainless Steel Kitchen Package: $3,249

The Companies:

Jenn-Air was an independent company until the late 80s when it was purchased by Maytag, who was purchased by Whirlpool. It languished until 2009 and has recently became aggressive with new products and rebate promotions. The strength of the line is cooking, especially slide-ins and pro ranges.

Bosch burst on the scene in the 90s with the worlds quietest and most efficient dishwasher. They added cooking to the mix and are strong in built-ins. I like Bosch, because it looks different and has always had a good value proposition. Curiously, the refrigerator seems limited with just a side by side in the all important counter depth category.

Let's compare the products:


 jennair gas range JGS8850CDS


 bosch gas range HGS5L53UC

Jenn-Air JGS8850CDS 


Bosch HGS5L53UC 

They are very different units. Jenn-Air is a slide-in (controls on the front) with high BTU burners, convection and a warming drawer. The Bosch is a simple, freestanding unit with basic controls on the back. For detailed information on the difference, read Slide-in vs Freestanding Ranges.



 jennair french door refrigerator JFC2089WEM


 bosch refrigerator B22CS30SNS

Jenn-Air JFC2089WEM


Bosch B22C30SNS

The refrigerator, along with the cooking, is the linchpin of a stainles steel package. Both are good refrigerators, but consumers want french doors for lateral storage. Jenn-Air has it, but Bosch does not...still.



jennair dishwasher JDB3200AWS


bosch dishwasher SHE43RL5UC

Jenn-Air JDB3200AWS 


Bosch SHE43RL5UC 

I like the Bosch, but Jenn-Air is really a KitchenAid dishwasher, so this could vary depending on the price. Both are quiet with stainless on the inside. Read this post Bosch vs KitchenAid Dishwashers for a feature difference.


Over The Range Microwave

jennair microwave JMV9186WS


bosch microwave HMV5051U

Jenn-Air JMV9186WS


Bosch HMV5051U

The Jenn-Air is the sleeper pick, because it has convection and microwave integrated with the hood whereas Bosch is simply a microhood.

Bosch will be less expensive primarily due to a lesser expensive range and a less desirable refrigerator. The name, however, has a certain cachet with builders and upscale renovators who want a great name for less.

The Jenn-Air is an excellent consideration for great features like the convection microwave (so you have two ovens), french door refrigerator and slide-in. This package has real merit for the price and has captured customers from the $4000-7500 dollar range.


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Steve Sheinkopf

Steve Sheinkopf is the third-generation CEO of Yale Appliance and a lifelong Bostonian. He has over 38 years of experience in the appliance industry, and he is a trusted source of information for consumers on how to buy and repair appliances.

Steve has also been featured in numerous publications, including the New York Times, Consumer Reports, The Boston Globe, Bloomberg Radio, the New York Post, The Wall Street Journal, and Entrepreneur, for his knowledge of how to buy appliances and appliance repair.

Steve is passionate about helping consumers find the best appliances for their needs, and he is always happy to answer questions and provide advice. He is a valuable resource for consumers who are looking for information on appliance buying, repair, and maintenance.

Despite being the worst goalie in history, Steve is a fan of the Bruins and college hockey, loves to read, and is a Peloton biker. The love of his life is his daughter, Sophie.

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