Appliances Made to BREAK! What Should You Buy Built to LAST?

Appliances Made to BREAK! What Should You Buy Built to LAST?

I’ve been asked hundreds of times “What appliance should I buy if I want it to last longer than what I already have?” Well, here you go. I decided to discuss this if you’d like to take 20 minutes to get some ideas.

DISCLAIMER: Everyone has different experiences with different brands and models. This list isn’t exhaustive, nor perfect. I tried to list models that, in my OPINION are going to last longer than others, while not being unfathomably expensive like machines you’d only find at a laundromat that require hardmounts or really oddball requirements.

Models mentioned or referenced in the video that I’d buy if I needed new appliances. I am having trouble linking to most Appliance Connection products, so here are links through AJ Madison:

P.S. Cleaning your dryer vent and refrigerator condenser will increase your appliance’s life span considerably! Consider buying a cleaning kit, too: https://bit.ly/3zQGFYK

Washing Machines:

Speed Queen TC5003 Set: https://bit.ly/3NB5PQw
Amana NTW4516FW: https://bit.ly/3lSvsRm
Maytag MVWP575GW: https://bit.ly/38QtHRM
LG WT7400CW (Impeller/Washplate): https://bit.ly/3lQe2o6
LG WT7005CV (Agitator): https://bit.ly/3NJSPbI
LG WM3400CW: https://bit.ly/3z11y4T
Speed Queen FF7008WN: https://bit.ly/38YFbCx
LG WKEX200HBA WashTower: https://bit.ly/38OuW3W

Dryers:

Amana NED4655EW: https://bit.ly/3lSvsRm
Speed Queen DC5003WE: https://bit.ly/3t3GLd8
LG DLE7000W: https://bit.ly/3NHHsAK
LG DLE3400W: https://bit.ly/3MYZkHo  
Speed Queen DF7000WE: https://bit.ly/3lUunrW

Stoves (not that I called them out extensively):

GE JBS160DMWW: https://bit.ly/3PL0aJH
Frigidaire FCRE3052AS: https://bit.ly/3sYLzAr
Whirlpool WFE320M0JS: https://bit.ly/3LVvPVC
GE Gas JGBS30REKSS: https://bit.ly/3wU6jf6

Refrigerators:

Top-Mount
Frigidaire FFTR1835VW: https://bit.ly/3wWJxn8
GE GTS19KGNRWW: https://bit.ly/3x4AaSt

Side-by-Side
GE GSS25GMHES: https://bit.ly/3wWHWfE
Maytag MSS25N4MKZ: https://bit.ly/3wWHVIy
Whirlpool WRS321SDHZ: https://bit.ly/3wRHmQp

French Door / Bottom Mount Freezer
Bosch 800 Series B36CT80SNS: https://bit.ly/3lSdBd9
GE Cafe CWE23SP4MW2: https://bit.ly/3PPUkGO
Whirlpool WRF535SWHZ: https://bit.ly/38ZMt94
Whirlpool WRB322DMBM: https://bit.ly/3t6erXF

Dishwashers:
Bosch 500 Series: https://bit.ly/3agtrvt
Bosch 800 Series: https://bit.ly/3GsKmai
Frigidaire FFCD2418US: https://bit.ly/3wRKk7v

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Video Timeline:

Intro: 00:00
What Washing Machines to Buy or Avoid (Top Loaders): 02:04
Front Load Washers to Consider: 07:43
A Discussion About Dryers: 11:18
What’s the Deal with Stoves: 13:00
Refrigerator Styles and Brands to AVOID: 15:06
Really Only One Brand to Discuss for Dishwashers 19:01

50 Comments

  1. Robert Lanza on December 6, 2022 at 12:32 am

    What about freezers? I have had terrible luck with them.

  2. Toby Whaymand on December 6, 2022 at 12:33 am

    I don’t know if they are in the US but Miele are well known for making appliances that last donkey years, if not a lifetime. Miele is a very expensive brand.

    Dude the US wattage is fairly low. I think it higher for appliances but you need to be careful. The UK operates on 230 volts… We need are electric kettles to boil fast to feed our tea addiction addiction 🤣 (joke) Kettle do boil much faster here in the UK because of our 230 volts.

    Speed Queen sounds like the US version of Miele.

  3. Jeffro Bodine on December 6, 2022 at 12:34 am

    I bought a Maytag over the range microwave for $400 and it broke after only one year. I replaced it with a no name microwave from a Home Depot sale for $99 + tax and it has worked for the last eight years.

  4. Level 70 on December 6, 2022 at 12:35 am

    What stacked washer/dryer combo would you recommend for apartment condos?

  5. dkeck on December 6, 2022 at 12:39 am

    What is the best top load economy washing machine?

  6. Driftless Hunter on December 6, 2022 at 12:40 am

    I replaced a 29 year old Maytag washer a year ago. I bought a Whirlpool top loader (WTW5057LW0) to replace it, and it crapped out exactly a year later. I replaced the suspension rods, & it still shakes violently! It will no longer finish a load. I bought The Speed Queen TC 5 (classic) today from a local mom & pop store. After the first load, I can sense the solid, well-built operation of the TC 5. A 5-year warranty (parts & labor) seems worth it after this most recent experience. If the TC 5 performs well, I don’t mind paying extra for it.

  7. Mike Hawk on December 6, 2022 at 12:40 am

    My family purchased a kenmore elite washer and dryer set 13 years ago, back when sears was still a thing, and they’re still going strong. The dryer is gas powered and has been bulletproof, and the washer only needed to be repaired once for a pump failure. Its going to be a sad day when they need to be replaced, if that day ever comes

  8. Ryzz on December 6, 2022 at 12:42 am

    The term we used in the business I was in was Built-in obsolescence. Just remember when you buy from giant companies that advertise the cheapest price you know you’re getting the worst product.

  9. John Mitchell on December 6, 2022 at 12:43 am

    Excellent video! We’re using a Harvest Gold Maytag washer & dryer that my late father bought new in 1968. I’ve replaced the washer timer once (found NOS on ebay out of Michigan) and the dryer heating coils twice. (last time about 15 years ago). When picking up my last coil, the guy at the counter said "never shut your dryer down without letting it go thru the cool down cycle". Great advice! That last coil might be my ‘last coil’ since circular lint screen in the back of the dryer is getting holes and doesn’t seem to be available anywhere. It’ll be a sad day!

    Meanwhile, our LG French Door fridge (no water dispenser or ice maker) compressor failed this summer after 6 years. When I finally found someone at LG Customer Service who I could understand, I was directed to LG Out-of-Warranty site where I was charged over $300 labor to replace the compressor. Fridge had a one year warranty but a 10 year compressor warranty. Compressor was on warranty but you have to pay in advance for the labor. It took over a month to connect with the repair company & get a tech out to check the fridge. It then took another 3 weeks to get the new compressor delivered to the tech guy (apparently, they don’t give the repair company a stock of new compressors). The tech took about an hour total to complete the job. So, no charge for the compressor but $300+ to swap it out. That’s the last time I’ll buy LG anything. Also, your comments re Samsung, I’ve heard many, many times from friends and family. There oughta be a law! Thanks!

  10. Jcewazhere on December 6, 2022 at 12:43 am

    What government laws?
    Maybe efficiency standards?
    Environmental concerns?

    Meh, to me it smacks more of switching from stakeholder crapitalism to shareholder crapitalism. Maybe at one time machines were made to last to engender some goodwill from the customer and to protect the reputation of the company and its stakeholders. Now with most companies being owned by a few megacorps, and almost no one actually knowing who makes what we buy, as highlighted in one of your recent videos, the corpos can get away with shoddy overpriced work.

  11. Karl Park on December 6, 2022 at 12:44 am

    Thanks for the video. I was thinking about buying Samsung brand but LG brand will do. Really appreciate your opinion based on your experience.

  12. Andrew van Leeuwen on December 6, 2022 at 12:45 am

    Back in the day, quality because it needs to last long
    Today we have a shit ton of spare parts so if it breaks we can sell these business is booming

  13. Swerv Splatt on December 6, 2022 at 12:45 am

    Greed is simply the answer. Nothing else. Greed. Can’t make money off you if you only purchase the product once every few decades.. Just like healthcare.

  14. 0HellcatMary0 on December 6, 2022 at 12:46 am

    Yo, but for real, if by today’s standards I’m spending upwards of 3 or 4 grand for "reliable" to mean 10 years and a series of interim repairs, I’d rather save up an extra 2 grand and pay to fully restore a vintage appliance from its respective heyday. 40s stove, 50s fridge, 60s washer and dryer, 70s dishwasher. They look better, they work better, and their features are, I dunno, actually useful. I don’t need my fridge to tell me when I’m low on milk, thanks I have eyes, but it would be super effing great if I could get one to keep my vegitables from rotting in the drawer or my butter spreadable.

  15. Cregg Calhoun on December 6, 2022 at 12:47 am

    My grandma’s old singer ringer washer from the 1930’s is still working my cousin has replaced the ringer rollers and still uses it

  16. JulesNiner on December 6, 2022 at 12:47 am

    Had an Amana while moving around 20 yrs in the Marine Corps, then we purchased an LG set. 🤞, so far so good! I do a deep clean every 3 months of both.

  17. larchman on December 6, 2022 at 12:50 am

    I have an old 1990 kenmore laundry center only needed a belt change. But worked on a 10yo ge dryer and the drum spins against a plastic "front bearing" that looks flimsy almost like it’s designed to fail.

  18. J P on December 6, 2022 at 12:53 am

    Do you like me Electrolux washers?

  19. Matthew Menteer on December 6, 2022 at 12:54 am

    Hmm, harbor freight has a lot of lifetime warranty products…

    I have a top load samsung from 2011, it sees about 1~3 full loads a day, it’s had some issues, just a waste water pump and some rust. Used by 7 people. We don’t use anything but high efficiency detergent like tide pods.

    Was staying at a friend’s house they had a high end whirlpool topload and it couldn’t clean some simple bed sheets. It was designed very similar to the samsung above, it just was just too lethargic, and without the agitator the two sheets just sat slightly rippling on top the water. The samsung tosses the clothes around during a wash without an agitator.
    Other family members have had problems with other top loaders, Even premium models couldn’t remove soil from clothes. (don’t know if it’s from government regulations as I’m using my experience with a 2011 model compared to 2020s)

    as far as fridges, they all seem to last 8~14 years, Did have some problems under an extended warranty for a side by side where the defroster circuit wasn’t turning on and melting the ice in the coils. It went out like 3 times in a year (I think the modern technicians can’t trouble shoot properly.) then they credited the fridge in part for a purchase of a new one. I for the life of me can’t remember that brand, but we switched to samsung and had less issues lol.
    Sadly it’s always some poorly made electrical components going out not the expensive compressor. Those logic boards inside of fridges/washers/general appliances probably are 20usd max to make, but they’ll cost you 300usd out right to buy

  20. Adam on December 6, 2022 at 12:55 am

    I recently bought a Whirlpool kitchen set with the ‘fingerprint proof’ finish (the fridge shown at 18:28). Never again- within the first year I am already seeing signs of rust developing along some of the edges (around stove window, bottom edge of dishwasher etc). I do live in a humid climate, but gimme a f’-in break. Unlike real stainless steel, you can’t really ‘buff’ them out- the rust is developing UNDER the protective finish coating :/

  21. Rob's Red Hot Spot on December 6, 2022 at 12:55 am

    Was running a catering company and ended up getting a bunch of used ceramic (or glass I guess) top stoves used for our kitchen. We figured out quite quickly that these are really inadequate for any kind of heavy use. They cracked simply from having large pots and pans on them (not even dropping them), and apparently replacing the top is more expensive than a used replacement stove. Electric stoves ftw as far as I’m concerned. They can be repaired with parts from any hardware store.

  22. Albert J on December 6, 2022 at 12:57 am

    What a crazy idea to put freezer on upper side and refrigerator on bottom. So you have to bow each time you need to take milk bottle, cake or whatever.
    But nevermins. Video itself very interesting. I’m sure that about non US brands all you said apply also to UK/EU market, but if we talk about US brands, I’m afraid that apliances for UK /EU are completely different designs.
    And there is also different voltage in the grid which makes differen e for electric parts (maybe not electronic which probably works anyway on DC 12V or something,).

  23. pat cola on December 6, 2022 at 12:57 am

    Why would LG be the best on the market if they fix the compressor ? As long as the refrigerator and freezer can keep their proper temperatures and their reserve capacity. I would think any brand should be fine.

  24. lexwaldez on December 6, 2022 at 12:59 am

    Thank you!

  25. Wooddawgz on December 6, 2022 at 12:59 am

    My dryer keeps blowing that fuse deal … probably 4 times a year maybe a little more.. I’ve cleaned all the lint things … anyway I’m gonna get another

  26. Beniamin Marin on December 6, 2022 at 1:01 am

    I have a Zanussi Aquacycle from 2003. It works flawlessly with minimal repair over the years.

  27. Chris Butcher on December 6, 2022 at 1:02 am

    My folks finally bought their dream house when they retired and It has Wolf and Sub Zero appliances in the kitchen (already in the house when they bought it) and they have been horrible from a reliability standpoint. I can’t think of a single one that hasn’t needed a repair in the last few years.

    I have an 15 year old house with original Amana and Hot point appliances (except for the dishwasher that was replaced with a bosh unit 2 year ago) and they have never given me any trouble. I am sticking with the cheap stuff!

  28. Geoffrey on December 6, 2022 at 1:06 am

    Me who’s Samsung TV just died: Yah F Samsung!

    Also for dishwashers, I’ve been pretty happy with the little hotpoint in my unit, Works as well as dishwashers can be expected, and very repairable.

  29. Andrew Adams on December 6, 2022 at 1:06 am

    a few years ago Hurricane took out my really good Frigidaire side by side fridge. Talked to my friend that repairs this stuff for a living. First this he said is: don’t expect any of them to last like your old one…5-7 years maybe. bottom drawer or side by side…side by side…physics works against you on bottom freezer and the fan that blows the cold air up goes out. Which brand: Frigidaire #1, Whirlpool is good…GE means "don’t do that again", Samsung…he fixes those more than any….LG…too complicated, too many things to break and they will break…off brands..stay away. I got a Whirlpool because it was about a 3 month wait to get a Frigidaire.

  30. Donny Moose on December 6, 2022 at 1:07 am

    i retired a few years ago and i learned to fix washers and dryers and i take the dryers out in the yard and use a leaf blower to clean out the dryer most are just full of lint and money

  31. Kellyn Grey on December 6, 2022 at 1:10 am

    Trurh: things aren’t built to last to keep you buying said things.
    Companies can’t make money if you don’t buy their stuff.

  32. flyonbyya on December 6, 2022 at 1:13 am

    Best channel EVER !!!

  33. Todd O on December 6, 2022 at 1:13 am

    What a great video. Your opinion is important, you’re the one out fixing these things every day.

  34. Tully Mars on December 6, 2022 at 1:14 am

    Any input on Miele clothes washers/dryers?

  35. Essie Boulton on December 6, 2022 at 1:14 am

    Very informative video. Thank you.

  36. Geek Hillbilly on December 6, 2022 at 1:16 am

    I have that Amana washer the video shows and in the 5 years I’ve had it, I have had no problems what so ever. It washes good and It replace a 15 year old Roper which finally stripped its plastic gears. My dryer is a 35 year old Hotpoint which runs like there is no tomorrow. Only thing I’ve had to do is put a belt on it and that was after 33 years of service and I originally bought it used. Best $50 I ever spent.
    I do have 2 old Speed Queen Wringer washers, one fitted with a 3 HP lawnmower engine for use when the power is off.(Quite often here in Eastern Kentucky) I found both in a junkyard. Cost for both $10. Cost to restore 1 and Hillbilly engineer the other, Maybe $60 max. Both work too.The lawnmower engine powered one is an example of what can be done when the situation demands an unconventional solution. I do not like the over computerized internet connected appliances at all, those can be remotely hacked as I have demonstrated time and again. ( I repair, refurbish and program computers as a hobby. I’ve done this for 51 years now.) I’d rather have the good reliable dumb machines to deal with. I even have a 1950s era rounded Philco fridge that is approaching 70 years of use.(It belonged to my grandparents.) Never has had a problem.

  37. Dean Kingston on December 6, 2022 at 1:17 am

    I had a Samsung front load washer for 7 years before I sold it, family of 6, zero problems, including no mold issues. Thing was a life safer doing 14 pairs of jeans. My buddy had an LG and hated it, so go figure. Also my Samsung dryer had steam clean which we loved.
    Our Samsung Convection Induction stove was built like a tank, also loved its steam clean.
    So go figure, 100% satisfied buying Samsung.

  38. David Gaines on December 6, 2022 at 1:18 am

    Thanks much for the thoughtful video! FYI, the warranty information at that Amana washer link only gives a one-year, not a five-year.

  39. Chris R. on December 6, 2022 at 1:18 am

    You’re an idiot if you think you can’t buy an old appliance because of the government laws.

  40. KittinPyro on December 6, 2022 at 1:20 am

    If you think machines are built to break try buying an electric blanket and attempt keep it working like new for more than the first winter.

    Others in northern states with harsh winters know my pain, Those things are built to break in the time between spring and the next winter. You have no choice but to buy a new one every winter if you want a warm bed to sleep in. 😓

  41. Dan McBride on December 6, 2022 at 1:21 am

    Please do a tear down and comparison of new and old machines.

  42. PLATINUM on December 6, 2022 at 1:22 am

    What are your thoughts on Lg Dishwashers?? I see the failure rate is very low compared to Bosch according to Consumer Reports.

    This is a hard decision 😪 😕

  43. Stephen David Cavuoti on December 6, 2022 at 1:22 am

    I can’t tell you we’re a new guy other wise you could have just been honest and said Whirlpool still made in USA and well it was one of the Kenmore -Sear brands and if you buy Whirlpool topper one you will be getting a good machine that will last!

  44. insomnia9999 on December 6, 2022 at 1:23 am

    I have the lg stackable front load I’m going into year 2…so far so good.

  45. Cregg Calhoun on December 6, 2022 at 1:24 am

    Speed queen electronic models are very reliable if you put a surge protector in line I’ve had mine for around 8 years I’ve had to replace the surge protector twice! Had no problems

  46. Bens Appliances and Junk on December 6, 2022 at 1:25 am

    Many people asked about the teardown video, here it is! https://youtu.be/NHrPcx0xkGU

  47. jayer 1981 on December 6, 2022 at 1:26 am

    He claims today’s Samsung washers are garbage. My sister has one and it’s been trouble free for a solid 10 yrs. Dryer just had a new heating element installed but both are still going strong. Maybe they should be examined and figure out why theirs has lasted this long. Maybe they got a unicorn

  48. C-Q C-Q on December 6, 2022 at 1:26 am

    One more tip: buy your washer and dryer in white. We bought a nice metallic avocado green kenmore set, and when the washer’s spider bracket broke and it wasnt practical to fix, metallic avocado green was no longer available, and I had to buy a whole new matching set.

  49. C.W. MILES- Cowboy Cook & Story teller on December 6, 2022 at 1:28 am

    How about upright freezers??

  50. C.W. MILES- Cowboy Cook & Story teller on December 6, 2022 at 1:28 am

    Id love to see a video of Old verses New

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