Many of us work hard to buy our food and other products from local sources. Why not our large investment items, like appliances? In the US, unless you live in Wisconsin or North Carolina, truly local appliance purchases are tough. But, sourcing your big home purchases from your home continent can be done.
There are companies that were born in the USA and never left, and there are those who are bucking the trend to move to cheaper labor available overseas and are working to bring manufacturing back to the US. Will you pay more? In some cases, but consider the ramifications of buying appliances made overseas with cheap labor and long transport. Will you have a longer-lasting higher quality product? Will you feel better about your purchase? Here's a collection of American-made appliances to consider.
(NB: We cannot vouch for country of origin of all the parts used in the appliances.)
Above: BlueStar appliances are made in a factory in Reading, PA, where Prizer-Painter Stove Works Inc. has made ranges since 1880. Family-owned BlueStar has stayed true to its focus on specialty cooking products with a line of ranges, ovens, and cooktops that are still hand built. BlueStar's RNB Series Freestanding Ranges come in five sizes ranging from 24 to 60 inches (a 48-inch range is shown above) and an ultra-powerful 22,000 BTU burner. They are available in over 190 colors (from the RAL color chart), including new metallic finishes. Contact BlueStar for dealer near you. N.B. Big Chill creates their retro-style cooking appliances using BlueStar appliances that they cover with faces of their own design in Boulder, Colorado (their refrigerators are from Whirlpool and made in Mexico).
Above: Wolf (owned by Sub-Zero) cooking appliances are manufactured in Fitchburg, Wisconsin. The Wolf 36-inch Dual Fuel Stainless Steel Range (df366) with six dual-stacked burners (other configurations available) featuring 15,000 BTU and 9,200 BTU sizes, all with simmer capabilities, and a large dual convection oven. Available with red or black knobs; $9,200 at Abt Electronics. Wolf also recently introduced a New Line of Feature-Loaded Gas Ranges.
Above: Both Thermador (part of the BSH Bosch group) and Dacor manufacture their cooking appliances in the United States - Thermador in LaFollette, Tennessee, and Dacor (a family-owned company) in City of Industry, California. The Thermador Pro Grand PRG366JG 36-Inch Range is among the highest-rated ranges ($7,299 at AJ Madison) and the Dacor Epicure 36-Inch Dual-Fuel Range is favored for its clean look and performance ($8,399 at abt Electronics).
Above: In the undercounter refrigeration category, Perlick is a highly regarded manufacturer, according to our sources at BSC Appliances in San Francisco. It is a Sub-Zero neighbor; both are made in Wisconsin. The company offers a 24-inch-wide (same as a standard dishwasher) stainless steel two-drawer undercounter refrigerator: the Perlick Signature Series HP24RO5. With a 5.3-cubic-foot capacity and full-extension adjustable shelving, it retails for $3,649 at AJ Madison.
Above: U-Line is another Wisconsin designed, engineered, and manufactured line of undercounter refrigerators, ice maker, and wine coolers. The U-Line 3000 Modular Series 36-Inch Beverage Refrigerator is $3,549 at AJ Madison.
Above: Part of the BHS Home Appliances Corporation, Bosch manufactures their 300-, 500- and 800-series of dishwashers in New Bern, North Carolina. The heritage of German engineering crossed with American manufacturing (not to mention their highly rated performance) make Bosch an attractive option for many US consumers. The Bosch 800 Series Fully Integrated Dishwasher (SHX68T5) is $894.60 at AJ Madison.
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