Appliances are an interesting thing. You know there are all kinds of features and specs to compare, but really as a designer, how can you not go on looks and materials...
I have the KitchenAid one pictured but in electric (no gas in the loft). Had it for about a year and half, no problems, seems good quality. Wish the handles were more straight looking like the GE aesthetically.
Previously I've had a Frigidaire (also electric). Similar to one pictured but previous model. Had it for 8 years, no issues.
All these things have tons of features you'll never use. I cook a lot and maybe use 10% of the functions.
Many of these companies are the same OEMs.
For example, Whirlpool Corp (http://www.whirlpoolcorp.com
) makes -
and some high end "German Brands"
They also make IKEA appliances
Aesthetically to me the GE in your pics looks the nicest, but I'm more leary of the brand.
From my research, at this price point, best bets are- (in no particular order)
I can't believe I'm saying this, but you might want to check out IKEA appliances. As mentioned they are made by Whirlpool so probably have the same build quality as some of the KicthenAid stuff, and the design is very nice. I honestly get more comments about my IKEA microwave which was a last minute addition to the kitchen plan than any of the KitchenAid stuff or the $1000 carbon fibre Kohler Karbon faucet that was supposed to be the jewel in the kitchen crown!
I haven't looked at the IKEA ranges in particular so don't know if they are decent or not quality/material wise.