A Rundown of our Appliance Selections

It’s been quite the whirlwind since we moved into the house — unpacking, deliveries, decorating, organizing, maintenance visits, and tons of shopping, all while holding down our normal jobs, of course. Add into that my best friend’s wedding and a work trip to Europe and I’m still trying to get my head to stop spinning!

So many fun, amazing things, but it hasn’t given me a lot of time to sit down and write about our move and some of the early decisions we’ve made as we’ve begun to settle in to our new home.

One of the very first things we did after closing was order our appliances. Since we essentially started staying at the house the moment we got the keys, we were without appliances for nearly a week — thank goodness for the grill we had in storage (and takeout, obvi), or else we would have starved.

The majority of our appliances were ordered on Friday and arrived the following Thursday. A good friend extended us his GE employee discount, which was great because we were already a big fan of GE appliances as they had a lot of the features we were looking for in their products. We got our fridge, gas range, dishwasher, and washing machine from him.

Our dryer and microwave were purchased at a local store called Big George’s. If you are in the Ann Arbor area, I cannot recommend Big George’s enough. Their salesmen are friendly, knowledgeable, and very low-pressure. Their customer service is great, delivery was seamless, and their prices are the best around.

We picked up the TV and microwave on the day that we moved and had the dryer delivered and installed. Troy installed the microwave above the range himself without too much difficulty.

I wanted to give a quick run-down of the appliances we purchased and why — they are going to likely make quite a few appearances in future posts, so hopefully it will help to have this information all in one place.

First up, the kitchen…

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GE Cafe Series 22.1 Cu Ft Counter-Depth French-Door Refridgerator We went back and forth on the fridge purchase (french-door or side-by-side; internal or external water dispenser; regular or counter-depth). In the end, I left it up to Troy to make the final decision, and he chose this beauty. I love how much space we have (even in the freezer, which we originally feared would be too small) and the counter-depth is the perfect size for that space — if it stuck out any further, I would definitely be running into it as I rounded the corner at top speed. My only qualm so far is that the ice really shoots out of the dispenser so a cube or two often ends up on the floor.

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GE Profile Series 30″ Slide-In Double Oven Gas Range I’m so in love with this appliance. It was definitely our splurge, but so far it has been worth it. I really wanted the double-oven range, since we love to entertain and have been known to utilize our neighbors’ ovens for large family meals in the past. I also really appreciated the look of the front-panel controls, which gives the appearance that there is more room between the range top and the microwave above it. The number of burners, including the extra-large center burner, is more than I think we will ever use at one time, but I fully plan to test that theory ASAP. I also like the quick-boil feature, although it gets the pot incredibly hot.

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GE Stainless Steer Interior Dishwasher with Hidden Controls I’ll be honest with you, there were two things that made this dishwasher a no-brainer: it has hidden controls and the photos on the GE website show it loaded with our exact dish set. SOLD. I do also like the sensor cleaning option (press one button and go) and the bottle cleaning feature for potential future kiddos.

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GE 1.7 cu. ft. Over-the-Range Microwave Oven This was another appliance purchase I didn’t put too much thought into. During the craziness of the move, we had to stop by the appliance store to pick up our TV, so I hurriedly chose this microwave over a slightly less expensive version without sensor cooking. For whatever reason, the salesman gave us nearly 50% off, which was an incredible deal! I’m glad I didn’t cheap out on this one — and I have used the sensor cook feature more than anything else! Win.

And in the laundry room…

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GE 5.0 DOE cu. ft. Capacity Washer with Stainless Steel Basket This is another appliance that is way smarter than any other I have owned — pick the type of clothing (whites, darks, jeans, etc) and press go and the washer automatically detects how large of a load you’ve put into the machine and takes care of the rest. It also makes a nice little 4-note melody when you press start and I like to believe it’s thanking me for giving it a job to do today (yes, I anthropomorphize my appliances). I also like the energy indicator that lets you know how much electricity each load will take (based on cycle time and water temperature).

GE 7.8 cu. .ft. Steam Gas Dryer w/ Stainless Steel Drum The companion to the washing machine, this guy does a great job while still being reasonably energy efficient. It’s sensor is pretty good if you are washing all like materials, but when I threw sheets and towels in the same load, it stopped when the sheets were dry but before the towels were completely so. I also was really excited about the steam refresh cycle, but I haven’t had any luck successfully using it yet — normally I realize something is wrinkled as I am pulling it out of the closet to put on, and the cycle is not only relatively long at 20 minutes, it also gets your clothes soaking wet and works best with multiple articles (I normally just need a blouse or two freshened up).

I’m excited to get the adaptor that will connect the two appliances in the laundry room and allow them to “talk” — the washer will tell the dryer what size load it should be expecting and the dryer will automatically choose the correct cycle. The dryer will also be able to determine what time of day it’s most efficient to run a time-delayed cycle.

So far we are incredibly happy with all of our purchases. I plan to post more on this topic in a few months when we’ve lived with them for a while and can give more thorough reviews.

Disclaimer: I was in no way compensated by GE to share any information on these appliances; all opinions are my own.

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4 thoughts on “A Rundown of our Appliance Selections

  1. Oooh, shiny! That range has got to be the best option short of double wall ovens ever and we love the sensor feature on our microwave and dishwasher, too.

  2. Hi Maria! After running into pre-appraisal issues initially too, our T2300 house is moving right along and should be ready near the end of the year. We are starting to shop around for a refrigerator, so I came back to your website for advice:) We don’t have the exact measurements on the fridge space yet, but we have been trying to decide between the regular vs. counter-depth. Is your counter-depth fridge all the way back, or is it pulled forward from the back wall? Also, from the picture it looks like the front of the fridge is just slightly behind the wall on the left, which is what I would like for ours as well. But, are you able to open that left hand door enough to pull the drawers out inside? Are you still happy with the GE? Any tips or advice you have would be appreciated. Thanks!

    • Hi Susan! Thanks for your comment. I’m glad to hear you were able to work through the appraisal issues!

      The short version: I LOVE OUR FRIDGE.

      The long version: Going with the counter-depth fridge was one of the best decisions we made. With so little space between the front of the fridge and the side of the counter that faces it, we were worried that a standard fridge would stick out too much. The counter-depth is the perfect size for this issue. As far as I know, it is pushed back up to the wall, as much as it can be, at least, to allow a little ventilation and room for the power cord. We were also worried about that wall on the left and the potential for the fridge doors to not completely open, but we have not had any issues at all. In our specific model the drawers don’t pull out much past the line of the fridge anyway, but even if they did, we wouldn’t have a problem. The doors open to their complete “wingspan” with no issues. So far we have had no issues at all with any of our GE appliances (knock on wood) and I am loving all of the features. In the fridge, specifically, I’ve really enjoyed the hot water feature, especially since it’s been getting colder outside and I have tea almost every night before bed. The only tiny problem we’ve had is that the ice in the ice maker will occasionally jam, which just requires a quick shake of the canister to break things loose. This only happens on occasion, not all the time.

      Other tips: since you’re buying an entire house worth of appliances, use that to your advantage when shopping around. Even the big box stores run specials for multiple appliances. I’m a little hesitant to encourage Black Friday shopping, because I have heard that the quality of the products is sometimes less in order to get the prices lowered, but I don’t have any personal experience here, just what I have heard. If you live anywhere near the Ann Arbor area, I can’t recommend Big George’s enough, they were amazing to work with and gave us the best deals and customer service anywhere!

      Please let me know if you have any other questions! I plan to do an appliance check-in post soon and give a rundown of everything now that we’ve been living with it for a bit.

      Happy shopping!

      • Thank you so much Maria, I appreciate your help!

        We actually prefer the counter-depth but were afraid we’d have trouble with the doors, so I’m really glad to hear it’s working out fine for you. There is a GE model I’ve been looking at, so I’m also happy that you’ve had good luck with yours. I checked out Big George’s website, and I think we may be making a trip there one weekend now.

        Thanks again, and have a nice weekend. Too bad the weather we’ve had this week couldn’t hold out for just a few more days…

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