Dear Mary: We are remodeling our kitchen, which means all new appliances. Do you have a suggestion for the brand we should consider? And should we get matching appliances or do more of a mix-and-match to get the best prices available? Also, which type of countertop do you feel is better? We have nine grandkids, so we want everything to be very durable.

-- Liz

Dear Liz: With this, I do tend to be rather opinionated. (Ask my husband!) I'd love to weigh in on your situation. I think you will be happiest with your new kitchen when your appliances match -- all the same brand and finish. As for which brand to choose, Whirlpool and GE are two of the top appliance manufacturers in the United States. I'd stay away from Samsung and LG because if the appliances require service (Samsung and LG do, and more often than you'll believe), it's not easy to find a repair shop that will work on them, even during the warranty period. So, if your budget allows, I would go with either the Whirlpool Gold or GE Profile lines.

As for when countertops meet up with lots of kids, I don't think you can beat quartz counters for durability, easy care and beauty. Quartz doesn't stain, doesn't require any kind of sealant and cleans up like a dream. And it's cheaper than granite.

mary@everydaycheapskate.com|Everyday Cheapskate, Box 2099 Cypress, CA 90630

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