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If you’re shopping for an appliance this month—or making plans for an outing on Black Friday—we’ve done the research for you, comparing the deals at major retailers with the top tier of our comprehensive ratings for washing machines, dishwashers, ranges, and more.

We found a few more models discounted at Lowe’s than at Home Depot, but Best Buy boasted the highest number of discounts on appliances that performed well in our tests. (Many models are available at multiple retailers, at close to the same price.)

Read on for our analysis of the markdowns at Lowe’s. Or skip straight to the appliance you’re looking to purchase on (or before) Black Friday. For each category, the appliances are listed in alphabetical order.

• Dishwashers
• Ranges
• Refrigerators
• Vacuums
• Washers and Dryers

If you’re considering buying an appliance that’s not included here, be sure to cross-check the models with our full appliance ratings to see how it compares with the competition in terms of performance and price.


Go to Consumer Reports’ 2019 Holiday Gift Guide for updates on deals, expert product reviews, insider shopping tips, and much more.
 

Dishwashers

Bosch Ascenta Top-Panel Dishwasher
The deal:
 $629 at Lowe’s
CR’s test results: Bosch Ascenta SHX3AR75UC
Our top-rated dishwasher is rarely discounted more than 10 percent, and while this is hardly a doorbuster deal, you’re still saving $75 and getting the best dishwasher from our tests. It earns Excellent and Very Good ratings for washing and drying, respectively. Plus, its 95-minute cycle for a normal wash is almost the shortest of any dishwasher we test. 

CR's Top-Rated Appliances

KitchenAid Top-Panel Dishwasher
The deal:
 $699 at Lowe’s
CR’s test results: KitchenAid KDTM354DSS
This 39 percent discount represents the biggest Black Friday dishwasher deal we’ve seen. You’re saving $450 and getting a dishwasher that earns Excellent ratings for washing and drying. KitchenAid dishwashers generally rank above average in CR’s ratings, and this one outperforms even the brand’s much more expensive models. 

LG Top-Panel Dishwasher
The deal:
 $899 at Lowe’s
CR’s test results: LG LDT7808BM
This high-end LG performs respectably on all our tests, earning Very Good ratings for washing and drying. It’s also one of the quietest dishwashers we test. A 28 percent discount will put about $350 back in your pocket. 

Maytag Front-Panel Dishwasher
The deal:
 $479 at Lowe’s
CR’s test results: Maytag MDB4949SHZ
Though its 155-minute cycle time is on the long side, this budget Maytag is a solid performer. It earns an Excellent score for drying and a Very Good score for washing. It’s also one of the few models CR tests in this price range with a self-cleaning filter. You’ll save about $270.

Whirlpool Top-Panel Dishwasher
The deal:
 $449 at Lowe’s
CR’s test results: Whirlpool WDT730PAHZ
This budget Whirlpool earns a Very Good rating for washing, which is slightly lower than most machines. But it still gets the job done. Its grades for drying and quiet operation are better than average, and it earns top scores for both energy and water efficiency, a relatively rare feat for a machine that’s on the less expensive side. You can get it for around $200 less than full price.

Don’t see the model you’re interested in? Check our roundup of the Best Black Friday Dishwasher Deals for a look at the sales across a variety of major retailers.





Ranges

Frigidaire Slide-In Gas Range 
The deal: $849 at Lowe’s
CR’s test results: Frigidaire FFGH3054US
It’s rare to find a gas slide-in under $1,000, but this Frigidaire can be found for about $450 off its regular manufacturer’s suggested retail price, and for about $150 less than our shoppers paid. It offers a built-in look with front-mounted controls and no back panel, and the performance is solid across the board, especially on the cooktop. It has five burners, including a griddle burner, and continuous cast-iron grates. It doesn’t have convection or a warming drawer. 

GE Gas Slide-In Range
The deal: $1,199 at Lowe’s
CR’s test results: GE JGS760SELSS
This handsome GE is a stellar performer, particularly on top of the range, where it earns a rating of Excellent in our cooktop low test. It’s being offered for $800 off the MSRP, and about $100 less than the lowest price we’ve seen for this model. It has a high-end look, with front-mounted controls and no back panel. It has continuous cast-iron grates, a griddle burner, five burners, and a convection oven.

GE Double-Oven Slide-In Range
The deal: $2,499 at Lowe’s
CR’s test results: GE Profile PGS960SELSS
This GE is the closest you can get to a pro look without splurging on a model from a pro-style brand, such as Wolf or Viking. At this price, which is about $700 off the MSRP, it’s less than half the cost of many pro-style models, plus it features better performance; two ovens, both with convection; and five burners, including a griddle burner. 

LG Double-Oven Gas Range
The deal: $999 at Lowe’s
CR’s test results: LG LDG4313ST
As with slide-ins, it’s rare to find a double-oven range for less than $1,000. This LG is a top performer, and it’s available for a whopping $700 off its MSRP. It’s more than $200 less than our shoppers paid. In addition to double ovens, this model has strong top-of-the-range performance, with ratings of Excellent in both our low- and high-heat tests. Both ovens have convection, and it has five burners, including a central griddle burner and a single high-power burner.

Samsung Gas Range 
The deal: $599 at Lowe’s
CR’s test results: Samsung NX58H5600SS
Even at full price, this high-scoring Samsung gas range offers a lot for the money, like a griddle burner, stainless finish, and convection. The current price offers savings of around $500 off the current MSRP, and is about $80 less than what our secret shoppers paid for the range three years ago. We think that makes it a no-brainer. This range has five burners, a convection oven, and a storage drawer beneath the main oven cavity.

Frigidaire Electric 5-Burner Range
The deal: $549 at Lowe’s
CR’s test results: Frigidaire FFEF3054TS
This inexpensive Frigidaire can be had for about $250 off its regular price—and this is $130 less than the lowest sale price we’ve seen. The range is a strong performer, particularly on top of the stove, and impressively, it has two high-powered burners, which is a rarity on a range at this price. This model has five burners, a cooktop warming element, and a warming drawer, but the oven lacks convection. That means food may take a little longer to bake or roast, but performance doesn’t suffer—this model still earns a rating of Very Good for baking.

GE Electric Slide-In 4-Burner Range
The deal: $749 at Lowe’s
CR’s test results: GE JS645SLSS
Slide-in ranges are always a bit pricier than those with a back panel, so if you’ve had your eye on one, we think this model is a steal—it’s 47 percent off the everyday price, and more than $200 less than our secret shoppers paid for the very same range. This GE is a solid performer with front-mounted controls. It has four burners, a convection oven, and a warming drawer. 

LG Black Stainless Range
The deal: $749 at Lowe’s
CR’s test results: LG LRE3194BD
Ordinarily when you buy a black stainless range at this price, you have to sacrifice some features. That’s not the case here, but that’s because this is really an $1,100 range discounted to the realm of entry-priced models. The oven is the standout feature on this range: At 6.3 cubic feet, it’s one of the largest in its class—and don’t worry, it also bakes well and earns an Excellent score for broiling. This range has four burners, a convection oven, a digital control pad, and a warming drawer.

Samsung Induction Range
The deal:
 $2,199 at Lowe’s
CR’s test results: Samsung NE58K9560WS
This super-powerful induction range requires no compromises. The top of the stove has burners that simmer steadily and heat very quickly, and the oven is no slouch at baking or broiling, either. The slide-in design provides a polished look, and you can grab this model now for about $600 below MSRP. This range has four burners, convection, and a warming drawer beneath the main oven cavity. 

Whirlpool Double-Oven Electric Range
The deal:
 $999 at Lowe’s
CR’s test results: Whirlpool WGE745C0FS
We rarely find a double-oven range for less than $1,000—especially one of this caliber. At this price, it’s a full $200 less than what our secret shoppers paid for the same model. This range offers stellar performance and has two ovens, both with convection, and four burners, plus a cooktop warming element. 

Don't see the model you’re interested in? Check our roundup of the Best Black Friday Range Deals for a look at the sales across a variety of major retailers.



Refrigerators

Frigidaire Top-Freezer Refrigerator, 30 Inches Wide
The deal:
 $599 at Lowe’s
CR’s test results: Frigidaire FFTR2021TS
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. At just under $600, this stainless steel model is more than 40 percent off its list price, making it a great bargain.

Whirlpool Top-Freezer Refrigerator, 28 Inches Wide
The deal:
 $579 at Lowe’s
CR’s test results: Whirlpool WRT518SZFM
This Whirlpool top-freezer is a CR Best Buy pick, thanks to its combination of top-notch performance and relatively low price. Already a solid value at full price, this stainless steel model is marked down by about 30 percent for the holiday. It rates Excellent for energy efficiency, but its controls can be difficult to use.

GE Bottom-Freezer Refrigerator, 30 Inches Wide
The deal:
 $999 at Lowe’s
CR’s test results: GE GDE21ESKSS
This GE is a slick stainless steel bottom-freezer that runs quietly and receives an Excellent rating for temperature uniformity. It also comes with spillproof shelving and an icemaker, which make it a great buy for less than $1,000.

GE Bottom-Freezer Refrigerator, 33 Inches Wide
The deal:
 $999 at Lowe’s
CR’s test results: GE GDE25ESKSS
This GE bottom-freezer is discounted to the same price as the above model. The only differences are that it’s wider—giving you an additional 2.5 cubic feet of usable storage space—and it offers better energy efficiency. If this model will fit in your kitchen, it’s well worth it for the extra storage space and energy savings.

LG Bottom-Freezer Refrigerator, 33 Inches Wide
The deal:
 $999 at Lowe’s
CR’s test results: LG LDCS24223S
One of our highest-rated bottom-freezers, this LG offers stellar performance in just about every test. LG bottom-freezers also receive an Excellent rating for predicted reliability in our latest member survey. This model was on sale last Black Friday for about $1,100—this year’s deal is even better.

Whirlpool Bottom-Freezer Refrigerator, 33 Inches Wide
The deal:
 $999 at Lowe’s
CR’s test results: Whirlpool WRB322DMBM
This stainless steel Whirlpool bottom-freezer does well in our temperature tests, but it receives only a middling Good rating for energy efficiency. It comes with plenty of features, though, including an icemaker, spillproof shelves, and half shelves for better organization. At $999, it’s almost 40 percent off its list price.

GE Side-by-Side Refrigerator, 36 Inches Wide
The deal:
 $999 at Lowe’s
CR’s test results: GE GSS25GSHSS
Looking for a side-by-side on a budget? This GE model offers great performance. It rates Very Good for ease of use and comes with plenty of features, including a through-the-door water/ice dispenser, a stainless steel finish, digital controls that show actual internal temperature, and spillproof shelving.

Whirlpool Side-by-Side Refrigerator, 36 Inches Wide
The deal:
 $1,099 at Lowe’s
CR’s test results: Whirlpool WRS325SDHZ
This Whirlpool side-by-side is more than 25 percent off its list price at a number of retailers. It rates Excellent for temperature uniformity and offers decent performance in our other tests, too. This model features a stainless steel finish, a through-the-door water/ice dispenser, and spillproof shelving.

GE French-Door Refrigerator, 36 Inches Wide
The deal:
 $1,499 at Lowe’s
CR’s test results: GE GFE26JSMSS
This GE French-door is more than 30 percent off and packed with features. It comes with a through-the-door water/ice dispenser, uniquely adjustable shelves that can be raised/lowered without removing food, half shelves, spillproof shelves, digital controls, and a stainless steel finish. Of course, it also offers great performance, including a Very Good rating for thermostat control.

GE French-Door Refrigerator, 36 Inches Wide
The deal:
 $1,699 at Lowe’s
CR’s test results: GE GFE28GSKSS
This GE French-door offers impeccable performance and a few premium features that its sibling above lacks, including dual evaporators (which prevent odors and air from mixing between fridge and freezer) and a second icemaker. It performs very well in our tests and rates Excellent for ease of use. If you can afford to spend a few hundred dollars more, this GE is well worth the money.

Don’t see the model you’re interested in? Check our roundup of the Best Black Friday Refrigerator Deals for a look at the sales across a variety of major retailers.



Vacuums

Dyson Ball Animal 2
The deal: $300 at Lowe’s
CR’s test results: Dyson Ball Animal 2
You can find this capable vacuum marked down $200 by at least six retailers. The 17-pound Dyson Ball Animal 2 earns a Very Good rating for carpet cleaning. It aces 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 receive Good scores for predicted reliability and owner satisfaction.

Dyson V8 Animal
The deal: $300 at Lowe’s
We haven’t tested the Dyson V8 Animal, but it’s similar to the Dyson V8 Absolute, which we have tested. The V8 Absolute aces all our main cleaning tests—carpet, bare floors, and pet hair—and operates quietly and cleanly. It also zooms along the edges of a room, leaving no debris behind. So at $100 off the usual price, you’re getting a good deal. While our members who own Dyson stick vacuums express high satisfaction, they give the brand our lowest rating for predicted reliability.

Don’t see the model you’re interested in? Check our roundup of the Best Black Friday Vacuum Deals for a look at the sales across a variety of major retailers.



Washing Machines (and Matching Dryers)

Electrolux Front-Loader
The deal: 
$748 at Lowe’s
CR’s test results: Electrolux EFLW427UIW
This washer sold for $1,000 lately, so at $748, it’s a great deal. Cleaning is impressive, and Electrolux front-loaders earn a Very Good rating in predicted reliability, according to CR’s member survey. Wash time is 90 minutes, and claimed capacity is 4.3 cubic feet.
Matching dryer: Electrolux EFME427UIW (electric) or Electrolux EFMG427UIW (gas). Electrolux gas dryers earn a subpar rating in reliability, and CR cannot recommend them at this time.

LG Front-Loader
The deal:
 $599 at Lowe’s
CR’s test results: LG WM3500CW
High-scoring front-loaders usually cost around $900 or more, so this LG at regular price is already a good deal; a $100 discount on top of that makes it a great deal. It snags an Excellent rating in washing performance. So what’s the catch? Wash time is 105 minutes. Claimed capacity is 4.5 cubic feet.
Matching dryer: LG DLE3500W (electric) or LG DLG3501W (gas).

LG Front-Loader
The deal:
 $698 at Lowe’s
CR’s test results: LG WM3700HWA
This washer performs similarly to the LG above in every test and has the same capacity of 4.5 cubic feet. But this washer is faster, clocking in at 95 minutes in our tests. LG is the most reliable brand of front-loader, according to our member survey, earning an Excellent rating for predicted reliability.
Matching dryer: LG DLEX3700W (electric) or LG DLGX3701W (gas).

LG Front-Loader
The deal:
 $1,198 at Lowe’s
CR’s test results: LG WM9000HVA
The price for this washer has climbed as high as $1,620. One reason that it’s pricey is its claimed capacity of 5.2 cubic feet—among the largest in our ratings. That means you’ll be able to wash a king-size comforter (ditto any washer over 4.5 cubic feet). And it’s one of the few front-loaders to rate Excellent in our vibration tests. Cycle time is 105 minutes—the TurboWash option trims time.
Matching dryer: LG DLEX9000V (electric) or LG DLGX9001V (gas).

Maytag Front-Loader
The deal: 
$698 at Lowe’s
CR’s test results: Maytag MHW6630HW
We’ve seen this washer sell for $900 recently. It aces our washing performance tests, and vibration (a problem for some front-loaders) isn’t an issue. Maytag front-loaders garner a Very Good rating for predicted reliability. Cycle time is 95 minutes, and claimed capacity is 4.8 cubic feet.
Matching dryer: Maytag MED6630HW (electric) or Maytag MGD6630HW (gas).

Maytag Front-Loader
The deal: 
$648 at Lowe’s
CR’s test results: Maytag MHW5630HW
This is a CR Best Buy when it’s at its usual price of $810. At $648, it’s a great deal. It performs similarly to the Maytag above in most tests, also earning a Very Good rating in our noise tests. You’ll hear it working, but it shouldn’t disturb you with annoying, sustained noise.
Matching dryer: Maytag MED5630HW (electric) or Maytag MGD5630HW (gas).

LG HE Top-Loader
The deal: 
$580 at Lowe’s
CR’s test results: LG WT7100CW
At its usual price of $720, this washer is a CR Best Buy, combining impressive performance and an appealing price. At $580, it’s even more appealing. This HE top-loader is one of the few tested to earn an Excellent rating in washing performance. Wash time is 75 minutes, and claimed capacity is 4.5 cubic feet.
Matching dryer: LG DLE7100W (electric) or LG DLG7101W (gas).

Maytag Agitator Top-Loader
The deal: 
$648 at Lowe’s
CR’s test results: Maytag MVWB865GW
This Maytag has been selling for $900 lately, so take a look at it now. It earns a Good rating in washing performance, meaning it can handle most loads well but has a tougher time with heavy stains. Unlike most in this category, the Maytag offers impressive water and energy efficiency, extracting much of the water from laundry so that drying time is faster. The 5.2-cubic-foot capacity and the 70-minute wash time are more typical of an HE top-loader.
Matching dryer: Maytag MEDB835DW (electric) or Maytag MGDB835DW (gas).

Don’t see the model you’re interested in? Check our roundup of the Best Black Friday Washing Machine Deals for a look at the sales across a variety of major retailers.