Appliances You Should Never Buy

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Unfortunately, there are appliances you shouldn’t buy. Some are cleverly marketed, so you won’t know until they have taken residence in your kitchen or laundry room. Then it’s too late. Having a framework of what not to do will bring you closer to a functional and well-designed kitchen. In this video, you will learn about the top appliances to avoid. You also see some worthy alternates to consider.

Many of these problems are annoying yet manageable. Air frying modes, for example, don’t work, but the rest of the stove functions do. Having a super quiet yet expensive dishwasher is not the end of the world. I can always say that the steam oven will add to my resale. It’s also a great place to hide my daughter’s chocolate bears. We never use it, so she doesn’t think to look.

However, choosing the wrong cooking appliance and ventilation is a big problem. Plan those well, as they will go a long way to enjoying your kitchen and the rest of your home.


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0:00 Intro
0:37 Extra Quiet Dishwashers
1:07 30-Inch Dual Fuel Pro Ranges
1:51 Ranges with Air Frying Mode
2:29 Anything You Won’t Use
2:54 Black Stainless-Steel
3:37 Combo Washers and Dryers
4:21 Downdraft Vents
5:04 Key Takeaways


  1. Paul Ohlstein on September 24, 2021 at 12:12 am

    Is there a blower that can operate in a hot attic and be used with a hood, so that the noise is not in the kitchen? Variable speed, up to 400 cfm would great.

  2. phdonme1 on September 24, 2021 at 12:15 am

    I’m surprised you didn’t mention buying quasi commercial equipment. It’s almost the same price to buy real commercial and you won’t have it breaking down nearly as much.

  3. Logic’s Finest on September 24, 2021 at 12:16 am

    The sad truth is a dishwasher is the most useless thing in your home. You have to scrape plates free of food and debris, pre soak any caked on food, ensure enough separation between plates, and scrape the utensils. With all that prep, just soap and hand wash. I have a fancy double drawer dishwasher that’s a beautiful thing to look at but doesn’t get normal use at all. It’s mostly used just to keep the seals from drying out since most people don’t use them regularly and the seals dry out if not used and can leak. If you want to look fancy buy a built in wine cooler instead and get some actual use from it. Or refrigerator drawers.

  4. Brad Miller on September 24, 2021 at 12:17 am

    Induction is the way to cook!
    With my setup, you can take the pot off the burner and the surface is only slightly warm. All the heat is transferred to the pan, and it cooks like a beast!!

  5. Kevin Fagan on September 24, 2021 at 12:18 am

    Great tips, simply delivered with clear, easy-to-understand and information. Excellent video!

  6. Tony Haven on September 24, 2021 at 12:20 am

    Steam oven is a very luxury hiding place for most modern families 🤣 I’ll stick with a box in my office

  7. Mitch Johnson on September 24, 2021 at 12:20 am

    Downdraft vents also look like absolute crap. Friends don’t let friends buy downdraft vents. Just put the sink on the island. What are the chances that you’re just standing at the range for twenty minutes at a time stirring pots or pans or whatever?

  8. Tim Otheus on September 24, 2021 at 12:21 am

    Can’t you just use a cold bluing solution to color the scratches?

  9. Linda Tisue on September 24, 2021 at 12:22 am

    Induction stoves are not for people that really cook. They just aren’t flexible enough, can’t use glass, aluminium or ceramic, can’t "cheats" like roasting chillies over a burner. The temperature control is good, but cooking methods are just too limited.
    Clothes dryers without vents that condense the water are awful. Take forever to dry, and the "smart energy savers" shut off before the clothes are dry enough to prevent mildew if left in the dryer over night. I didn’t know they existed until I bought an apartment in Seeden with the un-vented machine. It does conserve the heat, but that is not a good thing even in the summer in Sweden.

  10. Person of No Color on September 24, 2021 at 12:25 am

    After 33 years with a Tappen refrigerator, I just bought a low end black stainless steel replacement – Whirlpool. I didn’t know about the easy scratch issue but too late now. It’s slightly larger but fit exactly, width and depth wise. It’s a little bit taller. Too new to say much about it but time will tell. It feels cheap but low end stuff is, well, low end. I avoided Samsung as a few people I know who had them disliked them. As for LG, it was split, one friend had one and hated it and the other loved his.

    Also I bought the super duper Frigidaire gas oven/stove with AirFry feature after getting rid of a pilot light gas stove that was 32 years old. Love it. It’s a year old now. Just fine. The only shocking thing about it is how much electricity it uses when baking or using the convection or AirFry features. The Frigidaire is mostly black with a few parts stainless steel. So the refrigerator and oven look good as a pair.

    I live in a four unit building and we share one front loading washer and dryer. The washer has vibration reduction technology. Since I live directly above the laundry in a wood frame building I noticed the difference immediately when we bought it over a dozen years ago. The old machines we had would rattle my pots and pans. Oddly, everyone here dislikes Samsung but that’s what ours is and they are still working fine. We do take a few precautions like always propping the door open after washes so the interior doesn’t get funky. We also have an old towel handy to wipe out the rubber ring. And every so often we run the self clean option with one of those tablets. The dryer did require a service call but it was still under warranty so no cost. The issue was it wasn’t drying very well. Turned out to be lint build up in the vents. So now we have a snakelike circular brush to clean the vents of excess lint. We do that twice a year or so. So, for any brand of washer and dryer, if you take care of the machines, they last longer. Okay, we could also be the lucky ones to get a good set. There ought to be a lemon law, if one doesn’t exist already, for appliances just like they have for cars.

  11. Trevor Lambert on September 24, 2021 at 12:26 am

    Cooks Illustrated has a recipe for oven fries that yields perfect results in a regular oven, same amount of fat as an air fryer. I went into the store to investigate air fryers, and half of them are just toaster ovens with a shallow basket instead of a tray. The more fancy ones are still very tiny compared to an oven. An 8qt air fryer can’t make enough fries for my family of four, but my oven can, plus it’s not taking up any extra space. I suspect air frying is a gimmick that’s going to go the way of the "bread machine" before too long.

  12. Clint B on September 24, 2021 at 12:28 am

    Samsung and LG owned by several friends, report they would never repurchase.

  13. Bruce Ryan on September 24, 2021 at 12:28 am

    A couple of places I’ve worked on have drawers in the toe-space of the cabinetry, I’m a plumber gasfitter, if you can get your sink cabinetry made with real wood instead of compressed mdf, it will be stronger and straighter for longer, I installed an induction hob, but prior to the wall linings I installed a gas pipe with a male thread underfloor to allow something to connect to a pipe they may not be available for fittings in the future, the gas pipe might be useful for alternative gases we arnt using yet, if you’re in doubt, just install copper, another thing I did was fit an LED light behind the high mounted cabinets where the kettle is and toaster, it’s better than blinding yourself late at night turning on the ceiling lighting, and I recommend installing washing machines dishwashers and fridges over a channel drain or drip tray, they will leak one day. Don’t use gas ovens, they are really inadequate in manufacturing and become very degraded internally with bugs,grease and the electronics still die.

  14. Peter Bindig on September 24, 2021 at 12:29 am

    Good tips. Appliances are always a major expense

  15. Cal Bob 750 on September 24, 2021 at 12:32 am

    A washing machine manufactured by Whirlpool?

  16. Freddie Nerkury on September 24, 2021 at 12:34 am

    Robot vacuum cleaner was the one of the best appliances I’ve ever owned. I cook everything in the microwave nowadays Air filters are a good idea.

  17. Mikael Chuaungo on September 24, 2021 at 12:34 am

    I bet everyone has "Air Fryer" in their mind as soon as they clicked this video.

  18. Leonard Gibney on September 24, 2021 at 12:36 am

    Keep it simple was always my idea. The more gadgetry the more can go wrong.

  19. Ivan Rusev on September 24, 2021 at 12:39 am

    Is it possible to get an induction stove, that doesn’t just pulsate on and off? Like, is it even possible with this technology to adjust the power, instead of how long the pulses are? Like how easily you can adjust the gas stove…

  20. Curt Brown on September 24, 2021 at 12:42 am


  21. Mark Marten on September 24, 2021 at 12:42 am

    I would say before you design a kitchen talk to the person who is going to use it, why pay money for stuff you won’t use and lose space in the process. I would say that a small kitchen can work because it has to, take a boat it might be small but clever planning and use can work well. Know what you want and do the research first, don’t let a shop assistant or agent tell you what you want ,as they will be paid to push certain brands or models. Stay on a boat for a week and you get to see things differently,it might only be 40 or 50ft in size but can be used anywhere. Take your time and do it right.

  22. LS lover on September 24, 2021 at 12:42 am

    A lot of these aren’t the end of the world. Black stainless steel is more of an aesthetic choice. A washer/dryer combo is mainly going to be used by people with low real estate. An air fryer stove tells the manufacturer that there is demand and people want an integrated device. But ultimately, getting the best functional device for your needs is the main thing.

  23. James Penn on September 24, 2021 at 12:43 am

    I wish I would have watched this before buying my appliances

  24. puirYorick on September 24, 2021 at 12:44 am

    Just wanted to add in those mounted combination microwave ovens with the range vent hood built in. The slightest thing goes wrong and you’re likely down two appliances and the parts are expensive and possibly hard to find anywhere. In fact nearly all combo appliances will be bad ideas except for a good toaster oven IF it suits your lifestyle.

  25. Kay Dublin on September 24, 2021 at 12:45 am

    I just got a new microwave, oven, and dishwasher, I’m so glad when I went to Lowe’s to buy, the salesman was awesome, he talked me out of black stainless saying the same thing about it.

  26. elkensteyin on September 24, 2021 at 12:47 am

    appreciate the advice here – will keep it in mind

  27. First Last on September 24, 2021 at 12:47 am

    We learned if a traditional family not to buy dishwashers & laundry machines!
    We thought was making their lives easier, but just ended up giving more time for them to trash talk us & sleep with neighbors…😁

  28. cl4re4d4ms on September 24, 2021 at 12:48 am

    Don’t buy a dryer, full stop. I’ve never had one.

  29. J B on September 24, 2021 at 12:49 am

    Maytag Bravos washing machine. The agitator busted in 9 months. No availability for a technician through Maytag so I fixed it myself

  30. Casey w on September 24, 2021 at 12:49 am

    Half the things he says are "good" like the beko is garbage this guy obviously has never had to work on half this shit Miele ranges will cost you triple what a decent jenaire or even kitchenaid would cost and its garbage I will tell anyone out there I would always stay in the WHIRLPOOL family the comment he made about dryers lasting 3 years and lint stopping motor is a lie i have been repairing all appliances over 18 years never seen it happen this guy is obviously misinformed … remember folks whirlpool family that’s Amana estate roper whirlpool may maytag jennair kitchenaid they usually keep making parts available over 10 years unlike LG Samsung ge and Frigidaire from a tech standpoint you will get the best bang for your buck sticking in the whirlpool family

  31. InTheNameOfOman on September 24, 2021 at 12:51 am

    All these products I don’t own them 😅

  32. Chris W on September 24, 2021 at 12:52 am

    I thought this was going to be weird clickbait, but these are excellent suggestions. I did not know about the black stainless finish, and the notion that a combo washer-dryer is designed to work for only 3 years… wow.

  33. Tony Haven on September 24, 2021 at 12:52 am

    Best advice I can give for the future is avoid gas cookers and hobs if buying new today because the costs will be going up rapidly over the next ten years, if money is budgeted for you then go electric from today onwards

  34. Bettie Torres on September 24, 2021 at 12:57 am


  35. Mitch Johnson on September 24, 2021 at 12:58 am

    I still don’t understand the advantages to an electric oven. What’s better cooked in the electric oven than the gas oven?

    Also, why are people into induction ranges? Just because they’re easier to clean? They look awful.

  36. Keith on September 24, 2021 at 12:59 am

    I thought this was going to be, don’t by Samsung or LG. I had an LG refrigerator and the icemaker died after about 7 years. No one would work on it. I tried every repair business or person in my city and they all said no, that LG and Samsung were junk. I then went to a parts store and I was going to buy a new solenoid. I wasn’t sure that was the problem, and the part would have cost $130. The parts guy told me that while he would have loved to sell me the part, he didn’t recommend it because in his experience, the compressor would probably go out at any time, and that the life expectancy of an LG refrigerator was only 7 or 8 years. I replaced it with a Kitchen Aid.

  37. Bigcmcg on September 24, 2021 at 12:59 am

    Avoid Samsung anything, you’ll thank me later.

  38. WillN2Go1 on September 24, 2021 at 1:01 am

    Great advice and insight, terrific channel. I wish you were in Los Angeles, I’d gladly pay a premium for my appliances to know that I’m getting value for my money and I’m not about to stumble into buying junk. I just bought an LG refrigerator. I had a few questions, I first went online, then called LG. Two hours later I gave up (the operators didn’t actually know anything and were looking at the same useless web pages that made me call them in the first place. I figured out enough to swap the door, shrug off any other questions I had and just got on with it. One troubling detail. Doing research prior to buying and while trying to set it up, I found many people asking, "Is the stainless steel door magnetic?" (I know that generally stainless isn’t but nickle content varies so some stainless is) Every answer was "No, the doors are not magnetic." My magnets say otherwise. Whose answering these questions?
    (That’s a long beef I’ve had with Apple. Have a problem and they direct you to the customers supporting customers web chat where…. you can find a lot of people with the same issue or question; of course they don’t have answers that’s why we’re there. It’s like going to the doctor for a medical problem but instead of ever getting to see the doctor, you can only speak to other people in the waiting room. If they have the same symptoms they might have some knowledge- if they knew the cure they wouldn’t be there. How effective is that going to be? When the Magic Mouse (version 1) had reliability issues the top rated answer was You should only use the Apple branded rechargeable AA batteries because _they’re a slightly different size_ than all other AA batteries. Seriously! The world’s largest company was addressing a widespread consumer issue with pure nonsense. The second answer was how to fold paper to squeeze into the battery compartment. The answer I finally arrived at was, get a Logitech mouse.)

  39. Nisa Night on September 24, 2021 at 1:02 am

    Your presentations are always really well done.

  40. Al Herrera on September 24, 2021 at 1:04 am

    Just learned the hard way: DON’T buy LG Refrigerators. Had an LG with Linear Compressor feature just die on me after less than 5 years. Tried reset on main board but nothing. Repair would have cost over $600.Good thing my spare WHIRLPOOL in the garage which is on year 25 is still going strong.Went out looking for replacement and EVERY store I went to had over 70% floor models that were either LG or Samsung. Another customer comes in and I overhear him tell the salesperson his LG fridge also just quit after 3 years. Bought a GE French door model – had to wait over a month because of the chip shortage due to Covid. A coworker has a SAMSUNG that started acting up after 6 months- Ice maker freezes up and he has to defrost it with a heat gun once a month 🙄. They just don’t make ’em like they used to 😌.

  41. qaz3000 on September 24, 2021 at 1:04 am

    Im glad I watched this I was considering the washer/dryer combo.

  42. puirYorick on September 24, 2021 at 1:05 am

    Surprisingly good advice all around.

  43. Jenn D on September 24, 2021 at 1:06 am

    I don’t know if any of these are in my budget. I live in a tinyish house, 800 ft2 and I was considering a UK style kitchen with a combo washer/dryer in the kitchen beside the built-in dishwasher. I just don’t see value or environmental stewardship in having to replace the appliance in three years.

  44. Sarah Westling on September 24, 2021 at 1:07 am

    Do you have any insight about ceiling mounted vents, like Zephyr?

  45. hsmd on September 24, 2021 at 1:08 am

    What an awesome video – I’m a new subscriber.
    **I’m crossing my fingers you can answer this question**: I noticed in your kitchen you have some cabinets right on the countertop. I love that look but I’m wondering what happens if you spill something? Doesn’t the liquid seep under the cabinet where it’s impossible to clean?
    Also, I’m in Boston and I’m buying all new kitchen appliances so I’ll be heading your way soon!

  46. Garrett Ashby on September 24, 2021 at 1:08 am

    Excellent video. I’m not in the market for appliances but enjoyed it. Thanks algorithm.

  47. PeevishPolonium on September 24, 2021 at 1:08 am

    I will also add a toaster to the list. They’re impossible to clean and hence attract a lot of germs, people (or I) rarely use them, and toast is quick on a pan anyway

  48. Dawann Williams on September 24, 2021 at 1:10 am

    I love ❤️ your videos. We bought LG products originally for the slate type color. BIG MISTAKE. The dishwasher lasted 3 years due to water pump failure and the range hood 2 years the motor went up. Thanks to your videos l learned about quality over aesthetics. Based on your videos we bought a 800 Bosch integrated panel dishwasher and painted the panel the same color of our cabinets . I love ❤️ the dishwasher . We also bought a Fotile wall mount range hood and a hood cover that we painted the same color as our cabinets and it’s powerful and sucks most of the smoke 💨 out of the air when cooking. I would suggest anyone looking to purchase new appliances to do research and look at your videos so that they will not buy inferior products that they have to repair or replace in a few years. Thanks for all you do.

  49. Brad Ashcraft on September 24, 2021 at 1:12 am

    Not all combo machines are garbage. I really like my stacked washer and dryer combo machine that was designed for apartments. I just get extra space and it costs so much less than stackable versions while being big enough that I can do more than enough in a load.

  50. Shag Sheep on September 24, 2021 at 1:12 am

    I have a bosh washing machine that has done over a thousand washes and only just recently have I changed the brushes in the motor.

    I have also brought a Beko fridge / freezer a year ago and that thing is not only going very well, it had the best warranty out of all brands and is quiet.

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