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Old 07-08-2007, 10:15 AM   #101
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I bought a Westinghouse electric bacon cooker at a garage sale and boy was that a big mistake. I bet it's the same kind Essie claims she got about 40 years ago. I wonder when they stopped making them? I wonder why they
made them in the first place, since I can't believe Westinghouse couldn't
detect the product's problems before releasing it to the public. I sure can't find anything on the Net about the product (except here).
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Old 07-08-2007, 11:00 AM   #102
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We also had a GE side-by-side refridgerator which was no good. Something went bad with it after only 4 years, something no longer under warranty, and too expensive to fix due to where it was located (labor costs) plus the replacement part was only going to be covered for 90 days! We bought a new fridge we'll be paying on for 2 years and already the ice maker has slowed down to the point where we're going to need to call the repair guy out again. This will be the third time. For the lack of space this side-by-side
has shown us, we regret not having bought a Sears large fridge (with no freezer section) and a separate under-the-counter (or standalone) icemaker. Since we already have two chest freezers in our basement, having a freezer with our new fridge wouldn't be a necessity. But that Sears no-freezer fridge was too big for the space we had. We told Sears they need to make a smaller version, preferably one with ice and water through the door, but I suppose there aren't enough customers with these needs. And I am not rich enough to have one custom built! So that's my story, and I stay away from GE now, and may stay away from Amana if my icemaker problem isn't resolved soon! Anyone else have troubles with GE or Amana? Is there no refridgerator brand which makes them to last, like they were in the 50s?
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Old 07-08-2007, 03:31 PM   #103
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The Kitchen Aid RVSA rotor slicer/shredder($44.95)- most of the cones had pretty dull cutting edges and the cones seem quite susceptible to rusting. Best I can say is that it's pretty good for grating fair quantities of parmagiano & locatelli.
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Old 07-08-2007, 04:27 PM   #104
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Magic Bullet Blender/Chopper Piece of Carp.
Doesn't chop worth beans, doesn't blend, motor
smells like it is overheating after 3 seconds.

Pffffffffffttttttt.

Glad I got it super cheap. :)
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Old 07-08-2007, 05:06 PM   #105
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To GrillingFool:
I came across the Magic Bullet at a garage sale for fairly cheap but
was wary, and passed it up. Now I am glad I didn't get it. How are they
able to make it seem to work so well on TV when it is really a piece of crap?
Has anyone else had the same experience?
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Old 07-08-2007, 06:10 PM   #106
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How are they
able to make it seem to work so well on TV when it is really a piece of crap?
Hype and aggressive marketing...and plenty of folks who are gullible enough to believe they, the Magic Bullet people, have built a better mousetrap. Plus, so many of us are desirous of doing things efficiently and quickly, to say nothing of the "healthy" aspect of what it was touted as doing for you with that regard.
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Old 07-08-2007, 06:55 PM   #107
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The Kitchen Aid RVSA rotor slicer/shredder($44.95)- most of the cones had pretty dull cutting edges and the cones seem quit susceptible to rusting. Best I can say is that it's pretty good for grating fair quantities of parmagiano & locatelli.


The K'Aid good grinder accessory (Model FGA).

What a piece of crap that is?!! It almost killed my K'Aid K-5SSUW Stand Mixer. It made the mixer start to labor and it almost siezed the transmission!

This accessory is all plastic, which I don't like, and to me, is flimsily-made!! Yeah, most of their accessories are made of cheap plastic materials which can break and become useless.

Only the grain mill is made of metal, and even THAT is said to be problemattic!

I returned it for a refund and bought a Waring Pro electric grinder instead, which performs very well, I might add. Its hopper is made of an all-cast metal housing and the worm drive as well. Even the feed tray is metal! The only plastic parts are the wrench and the pusher.
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Old 07-09-2007, 02:47 AM   #108
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Our worst appliance mistake was the whirlpool microwave/range hood combo that we installed when we replaced our appliances a few years back. DH installed it, so it is definitely vented to the outdoors, but the thing is just wimpy, it barely pulls grease, smoke, steam, odors, etc up into it, even on its highest settings (and it is a real pita to clean!). After comparing notes with friends who have similar appliances in their kitchens, and after reading the comments here in this thread, it's clear these appliances just don't work well. If/when we can afford a remodel, the microwave is going somewhere else and I'm going to install a proper range hood with enough pull to practically suck my pots and pans off the stovetop!
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Old 07-09-2007, 03:26 AM   #109
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I've had my fair share of useless appliance purchases. A food dehydrator and vacuum sealer...at least I used the dehydrator to make jerky a couple of times.

I have a Cuisinart waffle iron I've used maybe 3 times. Decided I like Eggos better.

I think I've got a breadman in my garage. I say think because I never took it out of the box and am not sure I took it with me in our last move.

And the king of them all...for some reason, someone gave me one of those hot dog cookers that uses the heated rollers. Needless to say it doesn't get much use.
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Old 07-09-2007, 10:03 AM   #110
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I'd say is my red Kitchen Aid stand mixer. The appliance looks great and cost me $ 100 (was a floor sample in clearance at Sears) but since I have little counter space, I rarely use it. Since I have granite countertops, I end up mixing dough by hand most of the time. Great investment, but little use.

The smoke and grease from the stovetop get trapped by a couple of fliter under the microwave. You must replace these filters about every 6 months.
At least, this is the way Jenn-Air does it.
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