I’m about to start a long planned remodel of our kitchen, and reviews of everything from appliances to sinks are driving me nuts. It seems like you have to shop for the cream of the crap and especially for the best warranty service because everything has terribly mixed reviews and reliability issues.
The thing giving me fits now is my kitchen sink, which will be a 23 x18x10 stainless rectangle undermount adhered to granite, so I really need to get it right. I see little to no difference between reviews (of which most seem fake) of expensive vs. cheap sinks in my range. From scratches to water pooling to even corrosion issues.
Same deal with the fridge; I’ve cancelled my Bosch order and switched to a better made (from fit and finish) identical one from KitchenAid, a brand I liked many years ago, but my dishwasher from them is expensive crap, that I’m going to gift wrap in a cabinet panel and pretend it’s new even though the old $200 Maytag that was here when we moved in was better at cleaning.
The good news is the appliance store will handle all post purchase warranty claims for the life of my appliances.
I’m not buying as high end as I would if we planned to stay here more than 5-8 years, but I’m not buying cheap, either, unless there’s no difference in apparent quality for the money. So far, not so much.
Thanks for any experiences with newer stainless sinks, especially. My cooktop will be Dacor Distinctive, my below counter oven and over the range microwave/hood (don’t have room for real hood, also almost never generate grease or high smoke in my kitchen, due to cooking style and that’s what my Weber is for), my Fridge will be a 22 CF counter depth French door KA.