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    Renovation Diary: Researching Appliances Is Like Dating

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    And I hate dating. Luckily I don’t need to worry about that anymore….but researching appliances reminded me of those painful days of trying to find one’s perfect match.

    You know…browsing through what seemed like an endless sea of profiles, everyone single one giving the sales pitch. Well, browsing through appliance models online is much the same. So, in an effort to try & narrow down the field and make informed decisions, I bought a month’s subscription to Consumer Reports. I’m determined to weed out the “bad dates”, or trouble making appliances.

    The result was 2 hours spent on a Saturday night looking at appliance reviews. TWO HOURS of Frigidaire vs. Kitchen Aid, Maytag vs. LG. And do you know what I learned at the end of it? Don’t buy any Samsung or LG appliance because they will break. A lot.

    I have realized that there was a reason I hated dating as much as I am beginning to hate picking appliances: every review seems to contradict the other one, and you really do have to test each model out, so to speak.

    Did I actually choose my top 3 refrigerator options? No. Turns out…they don’t have a brand reliability option for French Door refrigerators. What, you say? Consumer Reports doesn’t have exactly what I’m looking for, for $6.95 per month??

    No, friends, they don’t. I have since learned that on Consumer Reports, you should check overall brand reliability and then go view reviews at Amazon of those brands’ various models.

    Or, in my case, throw your hands up in the air and just start picking what’s pretty. Because at the end of the day, it seems that unlike dating – picking what’s pretty may just be the best answer.