Best Labor Day Sales on Appliances From Frigidaire, LG, Samsung, and Other Top Brands

Labor Day weekend is a good time to find discounts on refrigerators, washers and dryers, and other large appliances

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If you’re in need of a new appliance, Labor Day weekend is typically a great time to find one at a discount. And there are plenty of sales to be found on refrigerators, dishwashers, ranges, washers and dryers, and other large appliances leading up to the holiday weekend.

But if you’re considering an upgrade now to take advantage of a sale price, you may want to hold off.

This year, because of residual pandemic-related inventory problems and chip shortages, we are still seeing fewer deals and smaller discounts. Lower inventory levels, coupled with higher demand, mean retailers don’t need to offer big discounts to sell products right now. Hold off on making these big purchases and you may be able to find more opportunities to save in 2022. But if you need to replace a broken appliance now, there are still ways to save. (Check out CR’s advice on how to shop for a large appliance now.)

Consumer Reports is tracking sale prices on all the top appliances for Labor Day, and we’re seeing some good offers for refrigerators, ranges, and vacuums. To help you find the best blend of quality and affordability, we look at the results of our lab tests and member surveys, as well as the prices at major retailers, to determine when a sale really is a great deal.

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Refrigerators
Freezers
Ranges
Washers
Dryers
Dishwashers

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Refrigerators

Blomberg Top-Freezer Refrigerator

This is a narrow, 28-inch-wide top-freezer with solid ratings in our tests, especially when it comes to thermostat control. As for its features, this is about as straightforward as they come: You get an icemaker and digital controls. It’s not a standout model compared with the other top refrigerators from CR’s tests, but it’s an all-around great choice, especially if you can find it on sale.

CR’s test results: Blomberg BRFT1522SS

LG Bottom-Freezer Refrigerator

This LG fridge earns high scores for thermostat control and temperature uniformity, and does well for energy efficiency, noise, and ease of use. Based on our latest survey data, LG bottom-freezers earned impressive ratings for predicted reliability and owner satisfaction. Though this 33-inch model might look basic from its stainless steel exterior, it has an icemaker, spillproof shelves, a built-in water filter, and digital controls.

CR’s test results: LG LRDCS2603S

LG French-Door Refrigerator

This 36-inch French-door LG fridge performs exceptionally well in our tests. In fact, its only real flaw is that it isn’t very energy-efficient. It comes in a stainless steel finish and offers a ton of features, including a through-the-door water and ice dispenser, a second icemaker that creates LG’s large Craft Ice ice balls for cocktails and beverages, uniquely adjustable shelves that can raise and lower without removing food, a built-in water filter, and spillproof shelves.

CR’s test results: LG LRFXC2416S

Whirlpool French-Door Refrigerator

This Whirlpool French-door fridge is a solid option for the money. It earns top marks in all but two of our performance tests—noise and ease of use—where it still does okay. Whirlpool French-doors also received positive feedback for predicted reliability and owner satisfaction in our latest survey. This 33-inch model comes in a stainless steel finish and features an icemaker, spillproof shelving, half shelves for better organization, and digital temperature controls.

CR’s test results: Whirlpool WRF532SMHZ

Whirlpool Top-Freezer Refrigerator

It’s rare to find a good-quality top-freezer for less than $500, which makes this stainless-steel Whirlpool WRT112CZJZ a steal. It’s a top performer in our tests, receiving high marks for its temperature uniformity, thermostat control, and low noise output. The only drawback is that it’s on the small side at just 24 inches wide. Still, if you want an affordable fridge that’s built to last, this deal is a no-brainer.

CR’s test results: Whirlpool WRT112CZJZ

Freezers

Frigidaire Chest Freezer

This Frigidaire freezer matches the GE freezers test-for-test on temperature control and uniformity, meaning it keeps food safely frozen. It’s 50 inches wide, not quite as big as the GE below. This freezer doesn’t perform as well as others in our power-outage test, so if you live in an area that has frequent brownouts or blackouts, look elsewhere. It earns middling scores for noise, and the annual cost to run it is $35. Appliances Connection says shipping times may be longer than normal because pandemic-related problems have contributed to slower freezer production.

CR’s test results: Frigidaire FFFC13M4TW

Frigidaire Upright Freezer

This upright freezer gets top marks for temperature control, meaning it hits and maintains our set temperature. While it does land among the best freezers of 2021, we detected a few warm and cool spots, which lowers its Overall Score a bit. Still, it holds up well in the power outage test and runs quietly. We estimate it costs $36 a year to run.

CR’s test results: Frigidaire FFFU06M1TW

GE Chest Freezer

At a little over 6 feet wide, this is a big freezer. And with a usable capacity of 21.5 cubic feet, it holds far more than any of our other recommended chest freezers. Performance in our tests for temperature control and uniformity is superb, meaning the freezer hits its set temperature of 0° F and maintains it uniformly inside. It also holds up in our power outage test. This freezer runs quietly, and we expect its annual energy cost to be $45 based on the average price of electricity at the time of testing. It has bright LED lights inside, which, given its size, is helpful for finding what you’re looking for.

CR’s test results: GE FCM22DLWW

Ranges

Samsung Single-Oven Gas Range

This single-oven Samsung range delivers. It ranks near the top of our ratings and costs $1,000 less than ranges that don’t cook as well. It has five burners and continuous grates, which make it easy to slide pans from one burner to another. In our tests, it earns high marks heating water on its most powerful burner, and scored even better for holding a steady simmer. 

CR’s test results: Samsung NX60T8711SS

Samsung Smoothtop Double-Oven Electric Range

If you want a connected oven, consider this tech-heavy double-oven electric range from Samsung. The oven cavity has a slide-in partition that allows you to bake foods in two cavities at different temperatures—just remove the partition to bake larger foods, like a turkey. This model also has onboard diagnostics as well as an app that allows you to check on your smartphone to see if, say, you left a burner on. Performance is strong, too, with ratings of Excellent in both our low- and high-heat cooktop tests, and ovens that are great for baking and broiling. It has four burners and a warming element. 

CR’s test results: Samsung NE63T8751SG

Whirlpool Smoothtop Double-Oven Electric Range

This feature-packed double-oven range offers plenty for the money, even when it’s not on sale. The range has five burners, and it offers strong performance in our tests, particularly on top of the stove. It has convection in both ovens, two high-powered burners, and a Frozen Bake feature that lets you skip preheating for foods cooked straight from the freezer, such as pizza.

CR’s test results: Whirlpool WGE745C0FS

Washers

GE Top-Load Agitator Washing Machine

This GE top-loader has an average score in washing performance, meaning it can handle most loads, but for tougher stains, pretreating will help. And typical of agitator washers, it’s rough on fabrics and relatively noisy. Where this top-loader really stands out is speed. It takes just 35 minutes to do a load in our tests—half the time of some. And it uses less water than many in our ratings—13.5 gallons in our tests—meaning it’s not using lots of water to quickly clean your laundry. GE agitator top-loaders earned a Good rating for predicted reliability but only a Fair score for satisfaction. This washer is out of stock at multiple retailers, but these two still have a modest discount.

CR’s test results: GE GTW465ASNWW

Maytag Top-Load Agitator Washing Machine

This Maytag is much faster than other top models, taking 55 minutes in our tests, and it’s gentler on fabric. It’s noisy, however, which is typical for this type. Claimed capacity is a generous 5.2 cubic feet, and this is one of the few agitator top-loaders we’ve tested that is WiFi-connected, allowing you to receive cycle alerts on your phone and more. You have to pay 99 cents per month for a connected subscription after the first six months.

CR’s test results: Maytag MVW8230HC

Samsung Compact Front-Load Washing Machine

Samsung compact washers earn top scores in predicted reliability, making Samsung one of the most reliable brands in our member survey. This model is an eco-friendly Green Choice washer and a CR Best Buy, and offers impressive washing performance and exceptional water and energy efficiency. It operates very quietly and is gentle on fabrics. It vibrates, as most compact washers we test do. And wash time is 100 minutes using the heavy-duty setting. It can be stacked with its matching vented dryer, the Samsung DV22K6800EW

CR’s test results: Samsung WW22K6800AW

Samsung Top-Load Agitator Washing Machine

A CR Best Buy, this washing machine can be had for less than $650. With very good water and energy efficiency, this is a very quiet washer that rates highly on vibration, so it won’t rattle your laundry space (especially beneficial if it’s near a living area). But this machine is average at cleaning clothes, and when it does, it’s hardly gentle on fabrics. Cycle time is about 70 minutes.

CR’s test results: Samsung WA44A3205AW

Dryers

LG Electric Clothes Dryer

A CR Best Buy, this dryer is a great value, and LG electric dryers earn high scores, according to data from CR’s member survey, for reliability and owner satisfaction. This model is Energy Star-rated (it uses about 20 percent less energy than conventional dryers) and includes a moisture sensor and WiFi capability. Plus, it’s relatively quiet.

CR’s test results: LG DLE3400W

LG Gas Clothes Dryer

This Energy Star-rated LG gas dryer ranks high in drying performance and low on noise. It features custom programs and a moisture sensor, but no WiFi or steam options. LG gas dryers earn top scores for owner satisfaction and reliability, based on data from CR’s member survey.

CR’s test results: LG DLG3401W

Maytag Electric Clothes Dryer

This loaded Maytag is one of the quietest models—it could lull a baby to sleep—and offers superior drying performance, comparable to the MEDB955FW. This model, recommended by CR, has a stainless steel drum, custom programs, a drying rack, a moisture sensor, and a steam option. It’s Energy Star certified.

CR’s test results: Maytag MEDB955FC dryer

Samsung Electric Clothes Dryer

This Samsung electric dryer gets top marks for drying performance in CR’s tests, making it one of the best options under $800. It’s convenient to use and is pretty quiet. The Energy Star certified dryer offers a claimed capacity of 7.5 cubic feet, a steam option, and a moisture sensor that detects when loads are finished, perhaps a dryer’s most important feature. It’s also WiFi-enabled, allowing you to control the settings from a cellular device.

CR’s test results: Samsung DVE45R6300W

Dishwashers

Frigidaire 24-Inch Dishwasher

Frigidaire earns a middle-of-the-road rating in brand reliability, but this dishwasher delivers impressive results for cleaning, drying, and energy efficiency. That ranks it among the better Frigidaire models that we test. The trade-offs for the great price include a plastic interior, nonadjustable racks, an exposed control panel, and a relatively noisy operation.

CR’s test results: Frigidaire FFCD2413US

Kenmore 24-Inch Dishwasher (Hidden Controls)

Kenmore earned a middle-of-the-pack rating in brand reliability in our member survey. This dishwasher needs 145 minutes to get the job done, on the longer side of models we’ve tested, but it is superb at drying. The controls sit on the top edge of the door, so they’re hidden when the door is closed, just like the brand badge, for a look that’s clean and sleek whether you choose a stainless, black, or white finish.

CR’s test results: Kenmore 14573

Kenmore 24-Inch Dishwasher (Visible Controls)

If you prefer having the controls on the front of your dishwasher, consider this Kenmore model instead of the one above. This one gives impressive performance in CR’s tests when it comes to washing, and its score is almost as high for drying. However, its normal wash cycle, at 150 minutes, is a few minutes longer than the other model’s. And you may find yourself short of space to place your silverware.

CR’s test results: Kenmore 14523

Whirlpool 24-Inch Dishwasher

This model is about as basic as a dishwasher gets. It comes in white with a plastic tub and a front-facing control panel, and it doesn’t have a soil sensor. It earns high scores for washing and drying, but its score for noise isn’t quite as impressive, which means you may hear it running from across the room.

CR’s test results: Whirlpool WDF130PAHW


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I am an avid writer, editor, and consumer with an unusually deep love for finding amazing deals on amazing products, especially when those things can make my life, or yours, a little easier. When I'm not critiquing deals to find the best of the best, you can find me crafting on a barstool with a fancy cocktail or editing a science fiction novel (also with a cocktail). Follow me on Twitter (@sam_the_editor).