Supreme Court Won’t Stop Class-Action Lawsuits Over Front-Loading Washing Machines

Supreme Court Won’t Stop Class-Action Lawsuits Over Front-Loading Washing Machines

After several years of shutting down class-action lawsuits or affirming businesses’ ability to preempt such suits with forced arbitration, the U.S. Supreme Court today chose not to hear challenges to a trio of class actions about supposedly defective washing machines from three leading manufacturers. [More]

Home Depot Sells Woman Imaginary Refrigerator

Home Depot Sells Woman Imaginary Refrigerator

When you hand over $1,400 for a new refrigerator, you sort of expect to get a new refrigerator. Home Depot sold a California woman a fridge in early June, promising delivery in early July. Only the specific appliance that they had sold her wasn’t sitting in a warehouse somewhere, waiting for delivery. It hadn’t even been manufactured yet.  Oh.  [More]

My KitchenAid Oven’s Self-Cleaning Cycle Is A Self-Destruct Sequence

My KitchenAid Oven’s Self-Cleaning Cycle Is A Self-Destruct Sequence

Harry bought a KitchenAid oven back in 2006, but he doesn’t use his oven very much. He was deployed in the military, and hasn’t even been home for much of the time that he’s owned the appliance. Cleaning his house in preparation for his upcoming wedding, he tried out the oven’s self-cleaning feature for the first time. This turned out to be a bad idea. [More]

Yech.

Sears Saves The Day When Self-Cleaning Oven Fails And Whirlpool Shrugs

A few weeks ago, we shared some photos that reader Susan sent us of her new Kitchenaid oven. Its new-fangled self-cleaning system was pretty terrible at a key function: actually self-cleaning. “So… every time you want to clean your cool new oven, you’ll be scrubbing it yourself!” she wrote. That’s not a very good feature. [More]

In for more cleaning.

My Advanced New Self-Cleaning Oven Needs A Lot Of Help To Clean Itself

Susan’s new Kitchenaid gas range is pretty nice, but she writes that exciting advancements in self-cleaning oven technology aren’t all they’re cracked up to be. Whirlpool’s Aqualift self-cleaning system seemed to be a technological advance comparable to see-through dishwashers, but she reports that her oven only cleans the bottom center, and not the sides or the corners. You know, the parts that you want your self-cleaning oven to take care of for you. [More]

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Should Appliance Makers Pay To Replace Stainless Steel Appliances That Rust?

One of the more widely held beliefs about stainless steel appliances is that they will never rust. Alas, this isn’t necessarily true, as the alloy’s corrosion-resistance depends on its level of chromium and nickel. As the demand for stainless steel has risen in recent years, more customers are learning this the hard way. [More]

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Whirlpool Welcomes Me To The Era Of Disposable Appliances

What’s worse than an appliance breaking down and having to pay for the expensive repair? When it happens and the appliance is only a few weeks out of warranty. That’s what happened to Jonathan. His Whirlpool refrigerator broke down when he had owned it for thirteen months. Yes, a repair was possible, but cost only $300 less than he originally paid for the fridge. What’s with all of these disposable appliances? [More]

Lowe's Tries To Replace Busted Fridge, Whirlpool Says No

Lowe's Tries To Replace Busted Fridge, Whirlpool Says No

We’ve written before about people who, after having no luck getting an appliance fixed by the manufacturer, successfully turned to the retailer for a replacement. But here’s the story of a New Jersey woman who thought Lowe’s had thrown her a lifeline to pull her out of the hellish swirl of Whirlpool’s horrid customer service, only to find that even the hardware giant was no match for the appliance company’s incompetence. [More]

Owner’s Manual Error Made My Steam Cleaner Self-Destruct

Owner’s Manual Error Made My Steam Cleaner Self-Destruct

The Whirlpool Fabric Freshener is a device that lets you steam clean your clothes at home, or just quickly get wrinkles out of a piece of clothing without ironing it. The contraption isn’t cheap, but is easy to store and very useful. Andrew purchased one last year, and used it quite a bit. He followed the instructions given for cleaning the system with vinegar every few months, and then….it stopped working entirely. What did he do wrong? He called up Whirlpool to find out. [More]

Leaky Dishwasher Wrecks Hardwood Floor And Ceiling Below, Sears Shrugs

Leaky Dishwasher Wrecks Hardwood Floor And Ceiling Below, Sears Shrugs

Sometimes, you buy a defective appliance and your only problem is that that the appliance doesn’t work. It’s sad, but you replace the item, either using a warranty or by purchasing a new one. Sometimes the company will stand in your way, and you have to fight them for a replacement. And then sometimes your defective appliance warps your hardwood floor, leaks through to your basement ceiling, and causes more than $4,000 worth of damage. That’s what happened to Nachos Grande and his wife (not his real name) when they bought a defective Whirlpool dishwasher from Sears. [More]

Class Action Lawsuit Seeks Recall Of Whirlpool Dishwashers For Alleged Fire Hazard

Class Action Lawsuit Seeks Recall Of Whirlpool Dishwashers For Alleged Fire Hazard

Doing the dishes is no fun (for most of us, at least), which is why having a dishwasher is super great. But if that appliance starts to smoke and burn inside while it’s running, well, that’s not so fun. Just such a fiery experience is what one man claims happened with his Whirlpool dishwasher, prompting him to seek a recall from the company. [More]

You Can't Fix A Washing Machine With A Microwave Door

You Can't Fix A Washing Machine With A Microwave Door

Lori’s front-loading Whirlpool washing machine is broken, and has been since the end of November. This would be less infuriating if Lowe’s hadn’t sent six large boxes of the wrong parts to her house, as well as two repairmen who can’t do anything because the correct parts still haven’t shown up. She wrote to Consumerist in what is clearly a laundry-induced rage. [More]

Man Gets Freezer Burned On Defective Maytag Fridge

Man Gets Freezer Burned On Defective Maytag Fridge

Frank has had to use up five days of timeoff because of his leaky new Maytag fridge that they just can’t seem to ever repair correctly. Like when he told them to bring out the UV light since the last tech had installed a dye so you could find leaks. The rep said oh yeah, we’ll make a note of that. Then the guy shows up with only a mulitimeter and says, hm, we’re going to have to send another guy out here with more tools. No kidding! [More]

Whirlpool, Free Us From This Fridge's Unholy Buzzing Sound

Whirlpool, Free Us From This Fridge's Unholy Buzzing Sound

Justin and his wife saved up and bought a sweet, petite, shiny new Whirlpool refrigerator from Lowe’s. They were thrilled with their new purchase for about three weeks, until it began to make an unholy buzzing noise. No one can make the buzzing stop. Not Whirlpool, not Lowe’s, not an endless procession of repairmen, and not either company’s executive customer service. What now? [More]

Sorry, Your Four-Year-Old $3K Oven Is Too Old To Repair

Sorry, Your Four-Year-Old $3K Oven Is Too Old To Repair

Are all appliances, not just cheap ones, now considered disposable? Celia tells Consumerist that she paid $3,000 for her KitchenAid double oven four and a half years ago. The appliance broke down after she did something completely unreasonable during Thanksgiving: she tried to use both ovens at the same time. After a lengthy attempt to get it repaired, she learned that it wouldn’t be possible to get the oven fixed. Why? Because Whirlpool, parent company of KitchenAid, doesn’t make the part anymore. [More]

KitchenAid Doesn't Care That Your Oven Won't Turn Off

KitchenAid Doesn't Care That Your Oven Won't Turn Off

Chris writes that he spent $1,700 on a KitchenAid brand stove four years ago, and that stove now has a problem that the company isn’t interested in fixing. The off button for the oven doesn’t work. Chris correctly thinks that this is a safety issue, but there are no authorized repair technicians willing to travel to where he lives. KitchenAid representatives promised to help…but now the warranty has expired, and now the company offers no help at all. [More]

Clusterfracas of Stove Delivery Incompetence Loses Best Buy a Customer

Clusterfracas of Stove Delivery Incompetence Loses Best Buy a Customer

Add “delivering a stove” to the list of things Best Buy is not very good at. Heather bought one from them, then was subjected to various delays and bogus fees, and now has to wait for Best Buy to “trick” its system into giving her a refund for a fee she should never have been charged in the first place. Here is the email she sent CEO of Best Buy, Brian Dunn, explaining the series of events leading up to her decision to never shop at Best Buy again: [More]

Facebook And Twitter Complaint Gets Dead Whirlpool Oven Fixed

Facebook And Twitter Complaint Gets Dead Whirlpool Oven Fixed

When Adam’s oven died in the middle of baking a batch of cookies, he did what most modern, hyper-connected people would do: he complained about it on Facebook and Twitter, asking his friends for help. Help instead came from a new friend: a Whirlpool employee monitoring the social media, looking for unhappy customers. [More]