While searching for appliances to use in my luxury investment home kitchen, I came across many good options. Ideally, your entire kitchen appliance set is manufactured by the same company, but this can be difficult due to the strengths and weaknesses offered by each. Below, in my opinion are the top 5 luxury appliance brands that I considered using:
Viking is a US company that has been manufacturing ranges since 1987. In the 90s and early 2000s, Viking ranges where present in most high end kitchens due to their stellar marketing. Viking started making refrigerators in the late 90s, an area in which they do not stand out. Their core product and strength is the range/stove, in which they continue to release new technology and a great looking product. They are at #5 due to their bad reputation with service issues.
Thermador, another US company, has been in business since 1916. They invented the first wall oven and cooktop in 1947, and introduced stainless steel into home appliances. Most affordable on this list with an attractive line makes Thermador a great choice. They have had poor reviews based on lack of customer service.
Gaggenau is a German company founded in 1681. They specialize in cutting edge built and designed home appliances. Gaggenau was the first on this list to come out with the convection oven. Style and sophistication coupled with a 7 year warranty make Gaggenau a great choice.
Miele, another German company founded in 1899, has many milestones in the industry including the world’s first dishwasher with a cutlery tray in 1987. Their quality is second to none, and their sleek design is perfect for the buyer that wants a “European look”.
1. Sub-Zero & Wolf
Leading the US market in sales, this family owned Wisconsin company set the standard in home refrigeration. Sub-Zero & Wolf, synonymous with excellence, luxury and quality, offer some of the best ranges/stoves and refrigerators on the market.
Choices for my kitchen:
I considered Gaggenau or Miele but ultimately went with Sub-Zero & Wolf. The price difference wasn’t much, and considering the fact this home will be on the market soon, I needed to make sure my kitchen appealed to a large audience.
- Refrigerator: Sub-Zero 72 inch combo 36/36 side by side stainless steel refrigerator and freezer.
- Rangetop: Wolf 48 inch 6 burner with griddle.
- Oven: Wolf double 30 inch wall mounted.
- Warming drawer: Wolf 30 inch.
- Cooling Drawer: Sub-Zero 24 inch double drawer.
- Dishwashers: 2 Askos built-in.
- Microwave: Wolf built-in.
- Ice maker: Sub-Zero 15 inch panel ready.