Monday is Veterans Day. It's also a good time to look for deals on appliances. Consumer Reports checked in with Home Depot, Lowe’s, and Sears and got the heads-up on sales of laundry and kitchen appliances. Some are so impressive that they’ve been recommended by the testers at Consumer Reports or came pretty close to being named a top pick. When shopping at Home Depot and Lowe's, ask about their discounts for military families.
Here’s something you don’t see too often, a matching washer and dryer pair for $1,200. The LG WM2650HWA front-loader and LG DLEX2650W electric dryer came very close to making our list of top picks (gas dryer is LG DLGX251W and costs a little more). The washer and dryer were excellent at their main task, but the washer is relatively noisy—a consideration if you’re placing it near bedrooms or the family room. The Samsung WA50F9A6DSW high-efficiency top-loader is a recommended model and on sale for $749. It offers impressive cleaning but is also relatively noisy.
The Samsung SMH1816S over-the-range microwave has the largest usable capacity of the models on our recommended list and sale price is $198. French-door refrigerators with bottom freezers are popular and our list or refrigerator picks includes the Samsung RFG298HD[RS], $2,800. We didn’t test the Samsung RFG297HD[RS] but it’s on sale for $1,598 and we expect it to perform similarly to the tested model although features may differ. It’s also available in white and black.
This home center will give you a Lowe’s $50 gift card when you buy two appliances that each cost at least $399. You’ll save $100 on three appliances, $200 on four, $300 on five, and $475 on six or more appliances with a mail-in rebate. Note that you have to spend at least $399 per appliance to get this rebate. You’ll find many Maytag and Whirlpool laundry appliances at Lowe’s. The’re made in America and so are GE washers.
The Kenmore 81172 electric dryer is a CR Best Buy and recommended and was excellent at drying and among the quietest we’ve tested. It’s a closeout model and on sale for $550. The gas model is Kenmore 91172 and like all gas dryers costs a bit more. Sears dropped the price of the Kenmore Elite 12773 dishwasher to $800. We didn’t test it but expect it to perform similarly to the tested Kenmore Elite 12783, $1,200, which was superb in our tests and is recommended, although features may differ.
Get the full picture of how these appliances performed by checking the results of our tests of laundry and kitchen appliances. And here’s a nice roundup of special restaurant offers for veterans and active military from Kiplinger.
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