That’s so true, it’s just luck. Every time we research an appliance the reviews for every brand are filled with bitter comments from angry, frustrated consumers. So far our Samsung french door fridge is working ok. . . but the veg drawer fills with water! I try to be zen about it. Two LG dehumidifiers went kaput in the first six months. . . the neighbor’s Liebherr ice maker can’t be fixed, it’s simply junk.
Have been involved with old appliance boards. A whole nation of people out there are buying old things and learning how to fix them. Since the parts for many older appliances are still available and the technologies are straightforward, they are ok with the hassle, and a lot of them enjoy the process. But but but. . . has it really come to that??
The old fridge people are happy campers, but the machines are not energy efficient. However, I wonder about the sustainability of all this new junk hitting the landfill after a few years!!
PS: we buy our plumbing stuff from a local plumbing supply and they match internet prices. We buy our appliances from a local store, and they do their own repairs. When they can’t match a big box price we pay the extra $100 or whatever. Not a panacea for crap equipment, but it’s been worth the peace of mind for us. So far so good.