- 1. Strategy 1: Purchase appliances with best feature/price combo from Costco
Pros: Get the 4 year parts & labor warranty, lowest overall cost and the 4% rebate, which would seem to be the best overall strategy, EXCEPT
Cons: The first two years of the 4 year P&L warranty is through the mfg, the last 2 years is through Costco concierge services acting as an agent
between the buyer and the mfg. Online reviews of almost ALL of the appliance mfg service / warranty departments are terrible, and online
reviews of Costco concierge services
are equally horrible (with many people commenting they are giving one star only because there is no option to give 0 stars).
2. Strategy 2: Purchase appliances with the best combo of reliability history and mfg warranty from Costco
Pros: Least chance of having a headache with appliance and if there is an issue in first 4 years at least it only costs time not money
Cons: Costco is completely out of many appliances and has no idea when they will be back in stock so this is not really an option.
3. Strategy 3: Purchase appliances from a local appliance shop
Pros: They have their own repair staff, parts and a direct line to the mfgs
Cons: They do not sell LG or Samsung due to months long delays in getting repair parts. That leaves Whirlpool, GE, Frigidaire and the high end
Bosch, Meilie, Wolf, SubZero, etc Whirlpool, GE, Frigidaire would be fine, but these shops charge more for these appliances than Costco (but Costco is out)
a. Buy low cost LG or Samsung from the big box stores. If something goes wrong, depending on which appliance it is, deal with the wait for repairs or just use the money saved between this and option c to buy a new appliance at that time. This will only be cost neutral if only one appliance fails.
I am leaning toward this option because given the current shortage, I'm not going to get what I really want no matter how much money I spend.
b. Buy middle range cost LG or Samsung that are somewhat available. Buy some from Costco, some from Home Depot (they have different availability than Costco). Hope the one that goes out is the one I bought from Costco and deal with the repair aggravation.
c. Buy higher end GE, Frigidaire or Whirlpool models from a local appliance store and hope the added cost reduces chance of an issue, and if there is one the local appliance store will deal with it, for a price after 1 year warranty (and using Costco card I can get warranty doubled and at least get reimbursed for warranty repairs in 2nd year)