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The Appliance Love Curve

There are lots of lofty, intellectual topics on which to post today, but I’m not addressing any of them.  Instead, I want to talk about my appliances (HOUSEHOLD appliances, before you get too excited out there!).

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We got a new range and fridge last week.  Yea!  They both replaced 26 year old appliances, one of which (the oven) had stopped operating correctly years ago.  I finally got tired of food being half raw and burned on the bottom.  It was WELL past time to upgrade.

Let me say that I love – LOVE! – my side-by-side fridge/freezer WITH ICE AND WATER IN THE DOOR!  (Yes, I am easy to please!).  I was worried about space, but it is about 40% larger than our old unit.  Who knew?  And the new self-cleaning ceramic topped range with DOUBLE OVEN, delayed start, true convection, hidden electric element, and turbo boil burner makes me drool.  I am in love with both of them!

Is it just because those appliances are new?  Nope – here’s an older one I love:  our coffee maker that grinds the beans just before brewing, which can be pre-programmed with a built-in timer.  (You can barely see it up there to the right of the range).  I don’t even drink coffee, but I can “make” John’s coffee just in time for him to walk out the door in the morning with a completely fresh cup without ME having to wake up at the crack of the middle of the night when he gets up.  That appliance is almost 2 years old and I still love it.

My laptop is also two years old, and I still love it, too.  Many of you may not consider a laptop a home appliance, but mine is stationed in the kitchen and gets as much, if not more use, than any appliance in my house except maybe the fridge!  So to me, my laptop is DEFINITELY an appliance and one I love dearly.

But my dishwasher is about 5 and a half years old, and I am pretty indifferent to it.  Yea, it gets the job done.  And when it broke a few weeks back, I missed it sorely until it was fixed.  But it is starting to show signs of wear on the racks and I really don’t think it’s worth $200 to replace those racks yet!  The clothes dryer is about 7 years old, I think.  And the washing machine was new when we bought the house, so it’s 12 years old.  I’m pretty indifferent to them, too.

But it can’t be ALL about age.  My trusty Honda Odyssey is 7 years old and I still love it!  Of course, it helps that it got all new interior throw rugs this summer AND a portable GPS unit last Christmas.  Maybe it feels new again and that’s why I love it still?

So how about you?  What is your favorite household appliance and why – and how old is it?!

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