You can’t expect every member of a kitchen appliance team to pull its own weight. Consumer Reports has found this again and again in our test labs, and it’s why we suggest that if top performance is your top priority, you'll need to mix models—maybe even across brands.

But do you really want your stainless steel range clashing with the fit and finish of an excellent microwave from some other brand? Probably not. According to a survey of CR members, 70 percent want their kitchen appliances from a matching suite. You can often find matching appliances from the same brand, bundled at retail as suites.

"Manufacturers know that appliances don't need to be updated or replaced all that often," says Debra Mednick, CR's associate director of market trends and research. "So you'll often see some of the best deals on matching suites from a single manufacturer, because they know most people are only in the market for these products once every 10-20 years."

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We can help with finding a matching suite at a discount using a strategy that minimizes any sacrifice in performance. The key is to focus first on the cooking appliance, in part because your choices will be limited by whether you have gas or electricity. A range that performs poorly will ruin your roast; a stinker of a microwave will still nuke your coffee. It’s also important to look for a refrigerator with good energy efficiency, because it runs continuously.

Here, we’ve done the calculus on the trade-offs for you and assembled four great kitchen appliance suites around some of CR’s top-rated ranges and refrigerators.

None of the teams are made up solely of all-stars, but they're very impressive overall, especially in their matching stainless steel uniforms. Start with our buying guides for rangesrefrigeratorsdishwashers, and microwaves. Then, CR members can read on for the four best matching kitchen appliance suites using models from our ratings. 

Best Suite With a Gas Range: LG

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Cooktop high
Broiling

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Thermostat control
Temperature uniformity
Energy efficiency
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Best Suite With an Electric Smoothtop Range: Samsung

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Thermostat control
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Best Suite With an Induction Range: Kenmore

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Cooktop high
Baking
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Thermostat control
Temperature uniformity
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Best Pro-Style Suite: KitchenAid

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