Appliantology Newsletter
Insider Tips for the Savvy Appliance Consumer
  January 2014
Samurai Appliance Repair Man
Kenmore: Just another brand or yet another scam?
Sears is a popular place to buy appliances because they are located all over the country, they frequently have special offers, and they are an old, familiar name. When you stroll through the rows of shiny machines in a Sears store you see all the major brands, including lots of Kenmores. Does buying this "Sears brand" have any downside for the consumer? Ya sure, ya betcha!  Read More
What brand of appliance can you buy today that will give 10 to 15 years of trouble-free operation?
Ahh, the good ol' days, back when you could buy an appliance with the reasonable expectation that it would last 10 to 15 years trouble-free.  In case you didn't get the memo, those days are long gone, my friend. 
Many appliance owners are frustrated today because they don't realize that the days of buying an appliance and having it work trouble-free for 10 to 15 years are long gone.

The good news is that you can buy an appliance today for about what you would have paid 15-20 years ago.

The bad news is that there's an on-going cost of appliance ownership in doing repairs-- industry average is every 2 to 4 years.

What varies among brands and models is how big will that repair need to be, not whether or not it'll need one-- I guarantee you it will!

Short answer to the question asked in this section is NONE! That brand doesn't exist anymore.
What about Protection Plans or Extended Warranties for New Appliances? Are they worth buying?
I get asked about new appliance protection plans and extended warranties a lot both during real-life service calls as The Appliance Guru and via emails from the Appliantology forums forums. So, FWIW, I thought I'd offer my contemplations and musings on the topic.  Read More
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