The Brand Names
Some were chosen for specific features; others because of previous experience, availability or price. Comments where appropriate.
Kohler cast iron sinks We liked the selection of available accessories.
American Standard Americast tubs A compromise between cast iron and fiberglass. They are porcelain coated steel with a composite backing.
Delta plumbing fixtures We had them in our previous house and were satisfied with their performance.
Trane heat pumps/AC
Whirlpool refrigerator Doors have detents/stops? at 45 and 90 degree. Security of shelves and door bins. Ice dispenser is slow.
Whirlpool water heater Glass lined; lifetime warranty.
Hunter ceiling fans We had some of the Original Hunter fans we had purchased in the seventies. We brought them with us and bought 3 more of the latest remote control models.
Whirlpool range Smooth glass top and convection oven.
General Electric microwave oven We had been using them since 1972.
General Electric dishwasher Quiet, quiet, quiet. More room inside due to lower floor in interior. Drawback is not much room underneath to make connections. No pre-washing necessary.
Witex laminated flooring "Tough as nails" should be their slogan. Click here to see a saber saw blade after cross cutting a 7" plank. It is snap together; sides and ends. The underlayment is already attached. I laid a scrap piece in a gravel drive finished side down. I ran over it 21 times (42 if you count front and rear tires) with a 3/4 ton pickup. Some chipping around the edges but no breaks or indentions. It took two people 21 hours to lay 1100 sq ft. Update: More comments on moisture resistance and surface damage.
Toto toilets 2 3/8" gullet. 1.6 or 2.8 flush. Works every time.
Genie garage door openers Previous experience and ability to program for relative's and neighbor's multi-button remote controls. Yeah, we are close in the country.
Amarr garage doors Compared specifications and chose because of friendly, helpful dealer.
Dell computers I like to use computers not work on them.
Maytag washer and dryer