My 9 year old GE Profile just broke and I was quoted $1,000 for the compressor, if they could get one. I was told that it was made with Samsung parts and they are hard to get still. The salesman at Best Buy said that both Samsung and LG are better with replacement parts but only if you are an authorized repair shop. Whirlpool was recommended to me, so I bought the WRX916 model. I have had 2 within the past 3 or 4 weeks and I can't stand it. The first one never worked. The second one is keeping the food cold but has all kinds of problems and is waiting for parts that are estimated to take 5-6 weeks. I have had 3 repair visits from 2 different companies and Whirlpool won't do anything other than send people out. I'm ready to buy an import and take my chances with parts.
The thing that is making it hard for me is that all these new fridges have all kinds of shelves that do nothing but take up space and cannot be removed. There are two narrow sliding shelves in my new freezer and the bottom part is sectioned off for pizza boxes and whatever else. It takes up so much space that I can only fit a few things in there. All of the fridges I looked at were like this. It drives me nuts. It seems like all the companies went nuts with bells and whistles and forgot about usable space. I wished I paid to have the old fridge repaired at this point.
I have purchased appliances on BF before and got a good deal, but there is usually a long wait time because of backorders. It was almost March when I finally got my washer and dryer last year.
GE doesn't make appliances anymore. A couple years ago, GE sold the business to Haier. Haier bought the entire business including manufacturing, R&D, and the employees. GE invested $1m in the Louisville facility as part of the deal. As part of the deal, GE employees get a discount on these appliances. Over the last three years, I have replaced my washer and dryer, stove, refrigerator, and dishwasher. I am very happy with all of the appliances -- so is Consumer Reports and a number of other reviewers. I recommend anyone pondering an appliance purchase start their research at consumersearch.com.
I would hold off on a dishwasher purchase as the president is going to rollback regulations that have made dishwashers less effective, more expensive, and less reliable: https://www.nytimes....y-rollback.html
The biggest determinant of failure on a refrigerator is design. The ones that include ice makers and water dispensers are least reliable. The most reliable refrigerators are the freezer over refrigerator style. They are also cheapest. I have a 30 year old GE top freezer refrigerator in my basement which still runs great. Unfortunately, it is rusting through. It has survived the frig that replaced it.
As for washing machines, the problem is with the energystar objectives. Hopefully, these regulations are being scrutinized. No appliance wastes enough energy to offset the cost of manufacturing a replacement and the value of the landfill space consumed by the efficient appliance. When I was shopping for a washer, I bought one of these...
It's a top loader which means it cost less and will last longer. Best feature? Deep fill! Deep fill adds water to the tub when you actually need clean clothes.
I bought a smooth top electric range with convection oven. Love it! Easy to clean and consistent to cook on. Extra counter space when I am not cooking.
I replaced my microwave as well. No magic in microwaves -- just common sense: Big Enough, Easy to Clean, Turntable. I mounted mine over the range which gave me some additional counter space and put the over at eyeball height which really helps with cleaning.
JC Penny is a great place to shop for appliances. Watch for sales and cash back from them and others.