GE and Whirlpool manufacture some of the best-rated, most reliable appliances, although the brands have different specialties. For instance, while Whirlpool gets top ratings for its refrigerators, GE ovens are the more reliable brand.
Whirlpool not only makes refrigerators that require relatively few repairs in comparison to other brands, but it produces a wide range, from bottom-freezers and top-freezers to side-by-side models. On the other hand, GE refrigerators have a reputation for having to be repaired often, especially where the icemakers are concerned. Kenmore also makes reliable refrigerators. However, nearly the opposite is true for cooking appliances such as ovens, cooktops and ranges. GE's appliances are reliable and top-rated while Whirlpool isn't even in the mix.
Whirlpool also manufacturers reliable, high-performance dishwashers. The other top brands in this category are Kenmore and Bosch, not including GE. However, GE also isn't at the end with the most unreliable appliances such as Maytag and Amana.
Experts suggest that those looking to buy major appliances stick with Whirlpool, GE and Kenmore. Consumers should not equate expensive appliances with reliable and high-performing ones. Often, the most expensive appliances break down and require repairs more often. Reliable appliances also often come hand-in-hand with efficient and high-performing appliances.