Viking Appliances - Are They Worth the it?

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    Feb 01, 2015 2:03 PM GMT
    Radd saidDamn... I should just go with GE.
    YES YOU SHOULD. had a 30-40 year old cook top with bad burners and i called GE direct. They took the time to research the old pdf's and shipped me replacement burners.


    new burners, the old unit clean up nice
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    Feb 01, 2015 2:09 PM GMT
    Cash said
    Radd saidDamn, so it seems someone has something negative to say about all the top-end appliances. Maybe I should just go with GE. icon_confused.gif


    Did You really think You would find one unified opinion on here???

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    Well, it looks like everyone agrees that the Viking isn't worth the cost, so yes.
  • Destinharbor

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    Feb 01, 2015 2:57 PM GMT
    Ya, that' about it. But Wolf, Sub Zero, Meile, and Thermador are all great. La Cornue. Better stuff really does work better and noticeably so if you're a serious cook. And at a certain price point in a house, I look for that level of kitchen. GE wouldn't cut it. But like all luxury stuff, to go up that step isn't 30% more, it's 3x.
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    Feb 01, 2015 4:28 PM GMT
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    I'm renovating my house and I want top of the line appliances but damn.....the Viking fridge I want is $10,000.00! How exactly do they justify these prices? If anyone owns Viking appliances I'd love to know why you bought them and what makes them worth these prices.

    Check Consumer Reports magazine for ratings. If you don't subscribe you can find their annual buyers guide in paperback book format in many stores.

    Viking ranges, as I recall, do not rate very highly, despite their reputation. And most built-in refrigerators have a much worse repair history than stand-alones, regardless of brand.

    Virtually everyone we know prefers a gas range. We can't have one in a condo, and this area doesn't have city gas lines anyway. Our friends who own a private house had a propane tank installed outside, so they could have a gas range. Actually 2 of them, side-by-side, 8 burners! Along with 2 refrigerators and a deep freeze. But all stand-alone, not built-in.

    So I would recommend you get your hands on Consumer Reports for this matter.
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    Feb 01, 2015 4:50 PM GMT
    Art_Deco said
    Radd saiddc2e45f17b306824b07904441335bfd5.jpg
    I'm renovating my house and I want top of the line appliances but damn.....the Viking fridge I want is $10,000.00! How exactly do they justify these prices? If anyone owns Viking appliances I'd love to know why you bought them and what makes them worth these prices.

    Check Consumer Reports magazine for ratings. If you don't subscribe you can find their annual buyers guide in paperback book format in many stores.

    Viking ranges, as I recall, do not rate very highly, despite their reputation. And most built-in refrigerators have a much worse repair history than stand-alones, regardless of brand.

    Virtually everyone we know prefers a gas range. We can't have one in a condo, and this area doesn't have city gas lines anyway. Our friends who own a private house had a propane tank installed outside, so they could have a gas range. Actually 2 of them, side-by-side, 8 burners! Along with 2 refrigerators and a deep freeze. But all stand-alone, not built-in.

    So I would recommend you get your hands on Consumer Reports for this matter.

    I saw that issue. I don't think their reviews focused on things that matter to a good cook. Unbelievable that Wolfe or Thermador wasn't at the top of the gas cooktop list. Invalidated the whole article for me.
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    Feb 01, 2015 5:08 PM GMT
    Miele has a really good reputation in Australia , my kitchen was renovated a few years ago , and i switched to all miele appliances , they so far have been very reliable .
    I have kenwood appliances in my flat in the U.S , and am very happy with their reliability .

    Whoa , 10.000 quids for a refrigerator , i would never spend that much on ONE appliance only ...lol...
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    Feb 01, 2015 10:19 PM GMT
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    I saw that issue. I don't think their reviews focused on things that matter to a good cook. Unbelievable that Wolfe or Thermador wasn't at the top of the gas cooktop list. Invalidated the whole article for me.

    But the built-in refers, per your original question, also don't score well for performance & repairs. And that's been consistent for many years.

    A built-in being what I'm guessing your $10,000 Viking model must be. Well, you asked for input, so there it is. And I can't imagine too many guys here actually own a $10,000 built-in Viking refrigerator.
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    Feb 01, 2015 10:24 PM GMT
    Really, the only reason to spend $10K on a fridge is to impress snooty friends. If you don't care about keeping up appearances, then buy yourself an LG or GE fridge.
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    Feb 01, 2015 10:34 PM GMT
    xrichx saidReally, the only reason to spend $10K on a fridge is to impress snooty friends. If you don't care about keeping up appearances, then buy yourself an LG or GE fridge.


    God no. I have zero snotty friends. I'm more concerned about the resell value of the house and I've heard that high end appliances are a big attraction.
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    Feb 01, 2015 10:58 PM GMT
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    xrichx saidReally, the only reason to spend $10K on a fridge is to impress snooty friends. If you don't care about keeping up appearances, then buy yourself an LG or GE fridge.

    God no. I have zero snotty friends. I'm more concerned about the resell value of the house and I've heard that high end appliances are a big attraction.

    If this is a renovation and a flip then Consumer Reports is irrelevant. Ask your realtor what kitchen appliance brands in your market will draw the best price in a sale, whether they're worth it or not.

    If you're gonna be using it yourself for a while, I still think consumer ratings are a good indicator of what to buy.
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    Feb 02, 2015 12:45 AM GMT
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    Virtually everyone we know prefers a gas range.

    Probably not because they're cooks but because that's what they're told they're supposed to want, like granite (and now composite) countertops.

    I had a home renovator over for quotes and she (an Italian "housewife") criticized my high end Electrolux double convection oven with induction cooktop as a "glass cooktop," saying real cooks like her needed gas. I told her that most working mothers use their stoves to reheat takeout and a real cook would either buy my house and run a gas line for $800 to connect a new stove to, or would be swayed by a placard I'd leave atop the stove with articles by chefs rhapsodizing on how induction cooktops trump gas, and how top-of-the-line that oven was. She had to agree.

    If I'd renovated the kitchen for resale instead of a built-in refrigerator I would've had a professional six burner gas stove which would've needed a cabinet-losing professional hood above it (a combo microwave/exhaust fan would've sufficed with a regular gas cooktop), but I didn't. So on my placard I'd also make a mention of how hot those professional stoves get, how much cabinet space one loses, and how a microwave would have to either sit on a counter or, as I've seen in many homes, be at knee level in an island (stupid).

    P.S. - People complain about how hard smooth top stoves are to clean but I find them easier than taking apart and cleaning a gas cooktop.

    Sounds excessive but I had a good ten year run flipping houses which are usually purchased by the second or third person who reads my brochures (because I can say things brokers can't or won't).

  • Destinharbor

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    Feb 02, 2015 1:08 AM GMT
    I forgot about induction. I couldn't get one because it takes something like 7 inches below the cooktop and my cabinets had a wall oven below the cooktop. And I'm in a condo so no gas. Still, you think it's better than gas? And Electrolux? I've seen the ads but i've never actually seen one. Good?
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    Feb 02, 2015 10:25 PM GMT
    ^ If gas isn't allowed/there's no gas I'd definitely go with induction. I've been very happy with my Electrolux.

    As for induction versus gas, there are lots of useful links on the subject including this (gasp!) forum: http://ths.gardenweb.com/forums/load/appl/msg07013949547.html

    and a New York Times article: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/04/07/dining/07induction.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0

    As for renovating for resale, my feeling is that most buyers are still too uneducated for induction. That's why I'd put a placard atop mine upon resale but most die-hard gassies wouldn't consider switching, hence my recommendation for people to put in six burner commercial/professional gas stoves for wow factor over built-in refrigerators regardless of the high heat.
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    Feb 02, 2015 11:50 PM GMT
    Radd saiddc2e45f17b306824b07904441335bfd5.jpg
    I'm renovating my house and I want top of the line appliances but damn.....the Viking fridge I want is $10,000.00! How exactly do they justify these prices? If anyone owns Viking appliances I'd love to know why you bought them and what makes them worth these prices.



    Liebherr is the only price break out there. I have clients that prefer it over their Sub zero.
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    Feb 04, 2015 3:05 PM GMT
    I have yet to pay 10 grand for a car let alone a fridge...

    But if you like the brushed steel look but want something more unique go with copper appliances.
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    Feb 04, 2015 8:54 PM GMT
    Wyndahoi saidI have yet to pay 10 grand for a car let alone a fridge...

    But if you like the brushed steel look but want something more unique go with copper appliances.

    Copper? Dahling - the latest thing in appliances in Arctic Ice finishes (white or black):

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    But back to copper.

    YES:
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    NO:
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    Feb 05, 2015 1:41 AM GMT
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    I walked into an appliance showroom today and feel in love with this Sub Zero refrigerator. I knew it was going to be expensive so I held my breath and asked the price. $17,000.00! icon_eek.gif
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    Feb 08, 2015 10:41 PM GMT
    Radd said648prosrt486gso30uwwd30ws30pi543418mr-50
    I walked into an appliance showroom today and feel in love with this Sub Zero refrigerator. I knew it was going to be expensive so I held my breath and asked the price. $17,000.00! icon_eek.gif


    LOL! I looked at the pic and went, "Oooooh." Then I read your comment and went, "Aiiiiiiiiiiiiiii!"

    That is pretty, but I wouldn't spend $17K on that.

    Today I went to the Rockland County (NY) Home Show and scheduled a kitchen consultation for next Saturday - a full renovation. I'm glad I have a small kitchen and hope that the whole project will be less than $17K.
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    Feb 09, 2015 1:51 AM GMT
    Radd said648prosrt486gso30uwwd30ws30pi543418mr-50

    I half expect a Farm Stores/Dairy Barn cashier to step through that glass door.
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    Feb 09, 2015 4:30 AM GMT
    I think some people need a reality check. Buying a $10K fridge won't make your house appreciate in value by $1 million dollars. icon_lol.gif