Illustration of washing machines and vacuums

With Labor Day weekend on the horizon, we’re seeing a wide range of promotions on major appliances.

The thing is, a deal is only a deal if the product in question is a solid choice. So we set out to compare the advertised sales with our comprehensive ratings for dishwashers, ranges, refrigerators, and washers. So far, we’ve found decent markdowns on a variety of these appliances.

A note on shopping now: These sales are available online, and many retailers offer in-store pickup. If you decide to shop in a store, wear a mask and employ basic infection control practices.

Read on for our analysis of the best deals on fridges, dishwashers, vacuums, and other large appliances. We’ll continue to update this list as more sales are announced.

Dishwashers

KitchenAid 24-Inch Dishwasher

    This KitchenAid dishwasher offers solid, though not spectacular, overall performance. It slightly lags behind similarly priced competitors when it comes to washing performance, but it performs better than average in terms of noise, efficiency, and cycle length.

     

    CR’s test results: KitchenAid KDPE234GPS dishwasher

    KitchenAid 24-Inch Dishwasher

      A solid performer in all our lab tests, this high-end model comes with several premium features, including special wash zones, a lighted interior, and dedicated spray nozzles that target the insides of bottles and tall, narrow glassware.

       

      CR’s test results: KitchenAid KDTM704ESS dishwasher

      LG 24-Inch Dishwasher

        This LG earns high marks on CR’s tests, but its Overall Score takes a hit from middling ratings for reliability and satisfaction, based on data on LG dishwashers from CR’s member surveys. This weekend you can save about 30 percent on the fingerprint-proof stainless steel model.

         

        CR’s test results: LG LDT7808BM dishwasher

        Maytag 24-Inch Dishwasher

          This budget Maytag model excels at drying and is relatively quiet, too. It has a self-cleaning filter and stainless steel interior. Although its 155-minute cycle time is on the long side, this model is a solid performer. It’s also one of the few we tested in this price range with a self-cleaning filter.

           

          CR’s test results: Maytag MDB4949SHZ dishwasher

          Ranges

          Frigidaire Single-Oven Slide-In Gas Range

            This Frigidaire has the look of a pro-style range but costs thousands less, and you save even more—$300—during this sale. It performs as well as or better than a number of the true pro-style ranges in our ratings and comes with plenty of features, including five burners, a storage drawer, and continuous cooking grates for easily moving pots and pans across the burners.

             

            CR’s test results: Frigidaire FFGH3054US gas range

            Frigidaire Electric Single-Oven Slide-In Smoothtop Range

              Slide-in ranges tend to be more expensive, and they tend to go on sale less frequently than freestanding models. That’s why we like this handsome Frigidaire, which is being offered for about $120 off the regular price. It has chunky, pro-style knobs; a cooktop warming element; and a storage drawer beneath the oven cavity. One thing you’ll give up is convection, which you won’t find at this price in a slide-in.

               

              CR’s test results: Frigidaire FFEH3054US electric range

              Samsung Single-Oven Gas Range

                This Samsung is a feature-packed model with solid performance, making it one of the better deals we’ve seen for this holiday weekend. It has five burners, including an integrated griddle, on the cooktop, as well as a convection oven and storage drawer. You get a bigger discount if you opt for black stainless, $600, over stainless steel, $720, both of which are linked above.

                 

                CR’s test results: Samsung NX58H5600SS gas range

                Samsung Single-Oven Electric Smoothtop Range

                  It’s tough to find a range with so many features at this price, particularly one that performs as well as this Samsung. In addition to strong performance in our tests, this range has two high-powered burners—a rarity at this price—as well as a convection oven. Best of all, you can get it for up to $200 off the regular price, which is the biggest discount we’ve seen on this range in the past year or so.

                   

                  CR’s test results: Samsung NE59M4320SS electric range

                  Whirlpool Double-Oven Electric Range

                    This feature-packed double-oven range offers plenty for the money, even when it’s not on sale. Currently, you can get it for about $400 off the regular price. 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-power burners, and a Frozen Bake feature that lets you skip preheating for foods cooked from frozen, such as pizza.

                     

                    CR’s test results: Whirlpool WEG745C0FS electric range

                    Whirlpool Double-Oven Gas Range

                      This Whirlpool offers more for the money than almost any other gas range. It has five burners, continuous cooking grates, and—of course—two ovens. Both ovens have convection. It’s an average performer overall and is especially strong at baking, with a rating of Very Good. Only broiling is mediocre, which drags down its score. Now you can snag it for about $400 less than the regular price, which makes it an exceptionally good deal.

                       

                      CR’s test results: Whirlpool WGG745SOFS gas range

                      Refrigerators

                      Frigidaire Top-Freezer Refrigerator

                        This Frigidaire top-freezer is a strong performer in our tests, with an Excellent rating for temperature uniformity (meaning it does a good job of mitigating warm and cold spots). Our latest survey shows that Frigidaire top-freezers are quite reliable, too. This 30-inch model is a bit bare-bones, though, only offering a stainless steel finish and an optional icemaker (sold separately for $118 to $133).

                         

                        CR’s test results: Frigidaire FFTR2021TS top-freezer refrigerator

                        Kenmore Side-by-Side Refrigerator

                          Looking for a stylish side-by-side? This Kenmore offers good looks and great performance, and especially impressed in CR's tests when it came to temperature uniformity. Kenmore side-by-sides are also fairly reliable, according to our latest member survey. However, this 36-inch model’s only standout features are a through-the-door water and ice dispenser, and digital controls. But if you only care about the basics, this fridge is a great buy.


                          CR’s test results: Kenmore 51335 side-by-side refrigerator

                          LG Bottom-Freezer Refrigerator

                            This LG bottom-freezer offers impeccable performance in our thermostat control and temperature uniformity tests, the two most important tests of a fridge’s ability to keep your food fresh and cold. This 33-inch model will also go easy on your electric bill, because it earns a Very Good rating for energy efficiency. It features a stainless steel finish, spillproof shelves, an icemaker, and digital controls.

                             

                            CR’s test results: LG LRDCS2603S bottom-freezer refrigerator

                            LG French-Door Refrigerator (LFCS22520S)

                              This LG French-door is a terrific option for shoppers who want the French-door look without breaking the bank. It offers superb performance in our tests, especially when it comes to thermostat control. While this 30-inch French-door lacks a water/ice dispenser, it does come in a stainless steel finish with an icemaker, half shelves for better organization, spillproof shelves, and digital controls.


                              CR’s test results: LG LFCS22520S French-door refrigerator

                              LG French-Door Refrigerator (LFCS27596S)

                                Want a French-door fridge with a view? This 36-inch LG features a window on its right door that allows you to look for items in the door without opening it and releasing precious cold air. It offers impressive performance in all our tests, with a rating of Excellent for thermostat control. In addition to the window, this LG comes with a door-in-door design (allowing you to access items on the door without fully opening the fresh-food section), a stainless steel finish, an icemaker, half-shelves for better organization, spillproof shelves, and digital controls.

                                 

                                CR’s test results: LG LFCS27596S French-door refrigerator

                                LG French-Door Refrigerator (LMXS28626S)

                                  If you want a four-door French-door fridge without the high price tag, consider this LG. It receives strong scores in our tests, with ease of use being a top feature, and our members report high owner satisfaction for LG French-doors in our latest survey. This 36-inch LG comes in a stainless steel finish and features a through-the-door water and ice dispenser, spillproof shelving, uniquely adjustable shelving that can raise and lower without removing food, and WiFi connectivity for monitoring the fridge from a smartphone.


                                  CR’s test results: LG LMXS28626S French-door refrigerator

                                  Maytag Side-by-Side Refrigerator

                                    This Maytag side-by-side doesn’t have many features, but its sale price can’t be beat. This 36-inch model receives decent scores in our tests but really shines in our temperature uniformity evaluation (one of our most critical tests), receiving an Excellent rating. Maytag side-by-sides are also fairly reliable, according to our most recent member survey.

                                     

                                    CR’s test results: Maytag MSS25N4MKZ side-by-side refrigerator
                                     

                                    Samsung Top-Freezer Refrigerator

                                      While this isn’t the greatest discount, this Samsung top-freezer is an incredible performer for the price. This particular Samsung is the white version of the CR-tested Samsung RT18M6215SG (the black stainless-steel version), and should offer similar performance for nearly $200 less than the stainless model. The tested model scores high marks in most of our tests, and Samsung top-freezers have a solid predicted reliability in our latest member survey. Like our tested model, the white version comes with an icemaker, dual evaporators, and a flexible freezer compartment that can be converted to additional fresh-food storage with the flick of a switch.


                                      CR’s test results: Samsung RT18M6215SG top-freezer refrigerator

                                      Whirlpool Side-by-Side Refrigerator

                                        This Whirlpool side-by-side offers a good mix of performance, features, and price. It scores fairly well in all our tests, with a Very Good rating for thermostat control and strong scores for temperature uniformity. This 33-inch model isn’t packed with features, but it offers the ones you’ll probably want most: a through-the-door water and ice dispenser, a stainless steel finish, and digital controls. If your heart’s set on a side-by-side, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a better deal.

                                         

                                        CR’s test results: Whirlpool WRS321SDHZ side-by-side refrigerator

                                        Whirlpool Top-Freezer Refrigerator

                                          A CR Best Buy pick, this Whirlpool top-freezer combines performance and value. At less than $700 on sale, it gives you strong performance in our temperature tests and impressive energy efficiency, with a rating of Excellent. This 28-inch model comes in a stainless steel finish and has digital controls. You can add an icemaker to its freezer compartment (sold separately for about $100).

                                           

                                          CR’s test results: Whirlpool WRT518SZFM top-freezer refrigerator

                                          Vacuums

                                          Dyson Ball Animal 2 Upright Vacuum

                                            You can find this capable vacuum on sale at many retailers. The 17-pound Dyson Ball Animal 2 had impressive results in CR’s lab tests when it came to carpet cleaning. It aced our bare-floor and pet-hair tests, too. Emissions are clean, so this vacuum won’t spew debris back into the room (although emptying the bin can stir up some dust). It comes with attachments that help you get into tight spaces. In our brand reliability survey, Dyson uprights, including this model, scored well for predicted reliability and owner satisfaction.

                                             

                                            CR’s test results: Dyson Ball Animal 2 upright vacuum

                                            Dyson Cyclone V10 Motorhead

                                              The Dyson Cyclone V10 Motorhead is superb on carpets and bare floors, and it’s great at getting rid of pet hair. It makes a bit of a racket as you work, but you’ll appreciate the clean emissions. Like many other cordless stick vacuums, this model takes a hit because of subpar reliability ratings due to battery problems with cordless vacuums.

                                               

                                              CR’s test results: Dyson Cyclone V10 Motorhead cordless stick vacuum

                                              Hoover Onepwr Blade Max Stick Vacuum

                                                The Hoover Onepwr Blade Max BH53350 is part of Hoover’s cleaning system, which offers several floor-cleaning products that use interchangeable batteries. Its strengths include cleaning bare floors, removing pet hair, and zipping along the edges of a room leaving nothing behind. It’s not too shabby on cleaning carpet, either. It’s fairly quiet (although some top-rated models are even quieter). And its emissions are clean.


                                                CR’s test results: Hoover Onepwr Blade Max BH53350 cordless stick vacuum

                                                Hoover React Professional Pet Plus Upright Vacuum

                                                  At a regular price of less than $250, this vacuum is a bargain to begin with. And with the discount, it’s an even better deal. But even though it has “Pet” in its name, this Hoover might not be the best choice if you have furry friends. But if you have bare floors, it’s a winner, and it’s pretty good at cleaning carpet, too. Emissions are clean, so you can be sure what it sucks up isn’t spewed back into the room. It also has strong airflow, so you can use the attachments effortlessly.

                                                   

                                                  CR’s test results: Hoover React Professional Pet Plus UH73220 upright vacuum

                                                  iRobot Roomba i7+ Robotic Vacuum

                                                    The top-of-the-line Roomba i7+ cleans floors efficiently, moving fast and gathering up a lot of debris in a single pass. When it returns home, it has an automatic process to empty the vacuum’s contents into the dock, meaning it can run more cycles than most robotic vacuums before you need to step in and empty the bins. And because it’s smart, you can start a cleaning cycle from your phone, via IFTTT (If This Then That) software, or with voice commands to an Alexa or Google Assistant speaker. Our testers noted that pet hair had to be manually removed from the brush.
                                                     

                                                    CR’s test results: iRobot Roomba i7+ robotic vacuum

                                                    Shark Rotator Upright Vacuum

                                                      If you have mostly bare floors, this Shark vacuum is for you. It’s not bad on carpets, either, according to CR’s test results. This vacuum is easy to maneuver and keeps dirt trapped inside. But it’s not the best bet for households with pets; in our tests it struggled to vacuum up pet hair. It weighs 17 pounds and has a 30-foot cord.

                                                       

                                                      CR’s test results: Shark Rotator Professional Lift-Away NV501 upright vacuum

                                                       

                                                      Washing Machines

                                                      LG HE Top-Loader

                                                        Do a lot of laundry? This LG has a claimed capacity of 5.5 cubic feet, allowing you to do more laundry in one load, including a king-size comforter with room to spare. Wash time is 70 minutes using the normal wash/heavy soil setting. (The normal soil setting and TurboWash options will speed things up.) This WiFi-enabled washer lets you start or stop your washer from your smartphone and receive alerts when it’s time to transfer the laundry to the dryer.

                                                         

                                                        CR’s test results: LG WT7900HBA HE top-loader (and LG DLEX7900BE electric dryer)

                                                        LG HE Top-Loader

                                                          This LG performed similarly to the LG above but is more basic: It isn’t WiFi-enabled, and it doesn’t have a TurboWash option (wash time is 75 minutes). And capacity is 4.5 cubic feet—in line with many HE top-loaders.

                                                           

                                                          CR’s test results: LG WT7100CW HE top-loader (and LG DLE7100W electric dryer)

                                                          LG Front-Loader

                                                            High-scoring front-loaders often cost more than $1,000, so this LG’s appealing combination of price and performance make it a CR Best Buy. It’s WiFi-connected, and the 4.5-cubic-foot capacity is in line with other front-loaders. But wash time is a lengthy 105 minutes using the normal wash/heavy soil setting. Use the normal soil setting to cut time.

                                                             

                                                            CR’s test results: LG WM3500CW front-loader (and LG DLE3500W electric dryer)

                                                            Maytag Front-Loader

                                                              Some front-loaders vibrate quite a bit, but not this Maytag—plus, it doesn’t make a racket, making it a good choice if you want to install it near bedrooms. A king-size comforter fits in this washer’s 4.8-cubic-foot tub. (Any washer more than 4.5 cubic feet can fit one.) Cycle time is 95 minutes using the normal wash/heavy soil setting.

                                                              CR’s test results: Maytag MHW6630HW front-loader (and Maytag MED6630HW electric dryer)