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Best American-made appliances

Dozens of top-performing models from Consumer Reports' tests

Published: May 21, 2015 06:00 AM

The thousands of products that pass through Consumer Reports test labs each year come from all corners of the globe. There are washing machines and water heaters from Mexico, TVs and refrigerators from South Korea, dishwashers and vacuums from Germany. We see lots of appliances that are made right here in the U.S. too, of course. Every country has winners and losers when it comes to quality and performance.

Here, we focus on the best American-made large and small appliances available now. Especially with so much recent reshoring, the U.S. is competitive in these categories, so you have plenty of choices. You may have to spend a bit more, however, since in many cases, appliance manufacturers have brought production of premium lines home , while continuing to outsource lower-priced models.

Read our special report, "Made in America," to find what's really a U.S.-made product and not an import. ANd find out what makes a car ‘American’.

GE Profile PWE23KMDES

Refrigerators

Among all bottom-freezers and built-ins we’ve tested, roughly 40 make our recommended list, including these 10 American-made models. (Most top-freezers and side-by-sides are manufactured overseas.)

French-door bottom-freezers

Conventional bottom-freezers

Built-ins

KitchenAid KDTM354DSS

Dishwashers

In this category, KitchenAid is the safest bet because all its dishwashers are manufactured in Findlay, Ohio. Bosch and Kenmore mix of domestic and foreign production, but the models below are made in the U.S.

Whirlpool WOS92EC0AH

Wall ovens

Michigan-based Whirlpool (which also owns Maytag and KitchenAid) makes many of the best performing wall ovens on the market. GE’s innovative French-door oven is also a recommended model.

KitchenAid KDRU763VSS

Ranges

Looking for a great American-made range? Many electric models score highly in our tests, including the top induction model from Kenmore. The best pro-style ranges are made in KitchenAid’s factory in Cleveland, Tenn.

Smoothtop electric

Induction

Gas

Pro-style

Whirlpool WTW4850BW

Washers

About a third of our washing machine picks are American-made. No dryers produced in the U.S. make the cut in our current Ratings.

Front-loader

HE top-loader

Conventional top-loader

Frigidaire FFFH17F4QT

Freezers

About half of our recommended freezers are made in the U.S. , including both upright and chest configurations.

Self-defrost upright

Manual-defrost upright

Manual-defrost chest freezer

KitchenAid Classic (250 watt) K45SS[WH]

Small appliances

American-made small appliances are hard to come by. Indeed, no recommended toaster, coffeemaker, or food processor is made here. But the mixer and blender choices below are all top-rated.

Stand mixers

Blenders

Weber Genesis S-330

Gas grills

The vast majority of gas grills are manufactured in China. But all Vermont Castings grills are made in central Vermont, and Weber’s Summit and Genesis lines are made in Palatine, Ill.

Editor's Note:

This article also appeared in the July 2015 issue of Consumer Reports magazine.


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