There’s nothing quite as powerful as word-of-mouth information that comes from someone you trust. Your friends and neighbors are happy to share their hits and misses when it comes to major purchases. If you know someone who recently bought an appliance that’s on your wish list, find out what they love or hate about it (including its service record). Ask what they wish they had done differently.
Hearing the unvarnished truth: good or bad.
Being able to gather opinions informally without pressure to buy.
Finding someone who bought the exact appliance you want to buy could be difficult.
It may be that your friends and family have cooking rituals that are different from yours, which makes the information less valuable
If you discover a local friend or relative who owns the range, cooktop, or oven you’re evaluating, ask to see it in person. Cook one of your favorite dishes to see if that appliance performs the way you want.
"Too much information can be confusing. People are looking for someone without a vested interest to tell them about appliances that person believes to be the best."
Mick De Giulio
Kitchen Designer, Chicago