On Your Side: Best Buys

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April 10, 2007

As the saying goes, you get what you pay for...so maybe you feel the need to spend more on your big ticket buys like refrigerators and dishwashers.

But you may be wasting your money.

You walk into the store to buy an appliance, and you can't help but notice the one with the big price tag.

It's fancy, shiny and has all the bells and whistles on it. It has to be the best, you think.

But that's not necessarily true.

Consumer reports recently surveyed some readers about the reliability of their appliances.

The results might surprise you. In many cases, the expensive brands were more repair-prone than the cheaper ones.

Those include brands like Viking and Jenn-Air.

In many cases, they have more gizmos on them and many repairmen say all those extras just provide more things that can break.

One repairman says just stick to the middle of the road price-wise and you should be fine.

"They definitely need to go mid-grade on the appliances," said J.R. Wilson of Bailey's Appliance Repair. "I wouldn't suggest spending the money for the higher stuff like Bosch, Thermador, types like those."

The survey says one company does live up to its promise as being extra reliable: Whirlpool.

For electronics, the survey says go with Sony.

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