Here Are the Best Appliances of 2016 for Your Gourmet Kitchen
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Here Are the Best Appliances of 2016 for Your Gourmet Kitchen


New kitchen appliances will not only make cooking for your family and friends a little easier, but will also attract more buyers if you sell your home.

Single men and married couples said new kitchen appliances rated ‘very important’ in their home-buying decision, according to a 2013 survey from the National Association of Realtors. Almost seven in 10 buyers said they would have paid more for a house with new appliances. And 37 percent added or replaced appliances soon after buying.

But the choices can be daunting. Using Consumer Reports’ 2016 Buying Guide, here’s a list that narrows down the options by showing the top-scoring and recommended kitchen appliances for each sub-category. Consumer Reports also selected “Best Buys,” which were not necessarily included in the below list unless they overlapped with the highest-rated appliance.

Consumer Reports looked at three types of cooktops—gas, electric and induction—in two common sizes, 30-inch and 36-inch. It tested the heating levels and compared different features such as power elements and finishes.


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Best 30-inch gas cooktop
Whirlpool WCG97US0DS

Best 36-inch gas cooktop
Thermador SGSX365FS

Best 30-inch electric smoothtops (tie)
KitchenAid KECC604BBL
Maytag MEC7430WS

Best 36-inch electric smoothtops (tie)
Maytag MEC7536W
Maytag MEC7636W

Best 30-inch electric induction (tie)
Kenmore 43820
GE Profile PHP900DMBB

Best (and only) 36-inch electric induction
Thermador CIT36XKB

Consumer Reports looked at two types of wall ovens—double electric and single electric ones. It tested the oven’s settings for baking, broiling, oven capacity and self-cleaning along with comparing different features. Consumer Reports noted that a cooktop and wall oven will cost $2,000, while comparable ranges will cost less.

Best double electric wall ovens (tie)
Whirlpool WOD93EC0AS
Maytag MEW9630A

Best single electric ovens (tie)
Whirlpool WOS92EC0AH
Maytag MEW9530AW

Consumer Reports looked at eight types of ranges, testing the cooktop’s heating levels and the oven’s settings for baking, broiling, oven capacity and self-cleaning.

Double Oven

Credit: Kitchen Aid

Best smoothtop, double oven (30-inch)

Best smoothtop, single oven (30-inch)
Kenmore 95052

Best electric coil
Kenmore 94142

Best electric induction
Kenmore 95073

Best gas and dual-fuel, double oven (30-inch)
KitchenAid KDRS505XSS

Best gas and dual-fuel, single oven (30-inch)
Samsung NX58F5700WS

Best pro-style gas and dual-fuel (30-inch)
KitchenAid KDRS-407VSS Dual-fuel

Best pro-style gas and dual-fuel (36-inch)
KitchenAid KDRU-763VSS Dual-fuel

Consumer Reports looked at six types of refrigerators, testing temperature performance, energy efficiency, noise and ease of use. It also considered a range of features such as freezer capacity and exterior width, depth and height.


Credit: Kenmore

Best top-freezer
Frigidaire Gallery FGHI2164QF

Best bottom-freezers (tie)
Kenmore Elite 79043

Best three-door, French-door bottom-freezers (tie)
Kenmore Elite 74093

Best four-door, French-door bottom-freezers (three-way tie)
Samsung Chef Collection RF34H9960S4
Kenmore Elite 72483

Best side-by-side
Samsung RS25H5121SR

Best built-in
Miele MasterCool KF1903SF

Consumer Reports looked at conventional dishwashers, testing washing performance, energy use, noise, ease of use and cycle time. It also considered a range of features such as hidden controls and self-cleaning filter.

Best conventional dishwashers (tie)
KitchenAid KDTM354DSS
Kenmore Elite 12793

Consumer Reports looked at two types of microwaves, countertop and over-the-range. It tested heating and defrosting evenness, speed of heating, noise, venting and size.

Best large countertop
Panasonic Inverter NN-H965BF

Best over-the-range
GE Profile PVM9215SFSS

Consumer Reports reviewed more than 2,000 brand-name electronics, home appliances, garden supplies and paint for its 2016 Buying Guide. The guide offers reviews, recommendations and advice on purchasing these items. For more information, buy and download the guide here.