There are only a limited number a major appliance manufacturers left in the marketplace. Over the years, the big ones have bought up the smaller ones and merged those product designs into their own product lines. They now produce products under the various brand names they own.
Often there is only cosmetic differences in the appearance of the appliance, while the underlying mechanical workings are very similar, if not the same. The manufacturers warranty may also differ between brands and models.
To aid in comparing new appliances, I have compiled a list of some of the major appliance manufacturers and the brand names they own. I have also tried to note where a product with a particular brand name varies greatly from the other brands of the same manufacturer.
(previously owned by Maytag,
now owned by Whirlpool)
Danby ( 5 )
Imperial ( microwave, refrigerator )
Maytag ( washers with models starting SAV, NAV... )
Speed Queen (older domestic models)
Viking (US fridges except built-in models)
(NOT an actual manufacturer,
rebrands other companies'
Coldtech Commercial ( actual manufacturer )
Simplicity ( Canada only )
Climette ( current models )
Comfort Aire ( window a/c's )
Crosley ( some window a/c's )
Emerson Quiet Kool ( a/c's )
Hamptom Bay ( some a/c's )
Maytag ( window a/c's and dehumidifiers )
~ non-USA brands below ~
Airdryer ( dehumidifiers )
Bosch ( 12 )
Capehart ( freezers & dehumidifiers )
Citation ( freezers )
Dometic (microwaves - serial number prefix "HG")
Design Manufacturing ( D&M )
Euroflair ( 1 )
Harvard Logic ( dehumidifiers & microwaves )
Kenmore ( see Sears below )
O'keefe & Merritt
Polaris ( freezers & dehumidifiers )
White Westinghouse ( major appliances only )
commercial products by|
Arctic Air ( fridges and freezers ) ( 9 )
Edina ( refrigerators )
Edina Technical (freezers converted to pop machines)
Fedpak (freezers converted to soft ice cream freezers)
Imperial ( freezers ) ( 9,10 )
Venex (freezers converted to vending machines)
General Electric *
Amana (older dishwashers)
Beau*Mark ( most )
Kenmore ( see Sears below )
Monogram ( 1 )
Ace Hardware ( 6 )
Crosley ( 6 )
Dayton ( 6 )
Emerson ( 6 )
Franke ( 6 )
Frigidaire ( 6,7 )
Kenmore ( 6 ) ( most )
KitchenAid ( 6,7 )
Master Plumber ( 6 )
Maytag ( 6 )
True Value ( 6 )
Whirlpool ( 6 )
Wolverine Brass ( 6 )
Arco Aire ( mini-split a/c )
Carrier ( recent a/c, dehum )
Comfort Aire ( recent a/c, dehum )
Comfort Maker ( mini-split a/c )
Crosley ( recent a/c )
Fast ( mini-split a/c )
Friedrich ( recent a/c, dehum )
GE ( recent a/c, microwaves, dehum )
Goldstar ( some microwaves )
Heat Controller ( mini-split a/c )
Heil ( mini-split a/c )
I-City ( mini-split a/c )
Kenmore ( see Sears )
Panasonic ( some microwaves )
Quasar ( some products )
Sunbeam ( SBM... microwaves )
Tempstar ( mini-split a/c )
Texas Furnace ( mini-split a/c )
Whirlpool ( recent a/c )
Zenith ( some products )
(now owned by Whirlpool)
Crosley (except a/c's, also see Whirlpool)
Gaffers and Sattler
Gemini ( 1 )
Jenn Air ( 3 )
Magic Chef (major appliances only)
Maytag ( 2 )
Neptune ( 1 )
Sears does not manufacture any of their products, instead they are all made by the other leading manufacturers, often with added features. They are then rebranded with the Kenmore (or other) brand name.
Notably are: most laundry products and dishwashers made by Whirlpool, lower end front load washer and matching dryer by Frigidaire and many range models by GE.
See model number reference
Crosley (newer fridges, a/c, washers)
Danby ( 8 )
Kenmore ( see Sears )
KitchenAid ( 4 )
Speed Queen (Canada only)
Sub Zero (undercounter ice makers)
by Whirlpool 2010)
Amana ( older freezers )
Crosley ( freezers )
Danby ( freezers, some dehumidifiers )
Electrohome (range hoods, humidifiers, dehumidifiers)
Estate ( freezers, all-refrigerators )
Holiday ( some freezers )
KitchenAid ( freezers, all-refrigerators )
Maytag ( freezers, all-refrigerators )
Miami Carey (range hoods)
Roper ( freezers )
United Refrigeration Inc. ( freezers )
Whirlpool ( freezers, all-refrigerators )
Frigidaire ( 11 )
Gibson ( 11 )
Grandaire ( 11 )
Intertherm ( 11 )
Kelvinator ( 11 )
Mammoth ( 11 )
Maytag ( 11 )
Miller ( 11 )
Philco ( 11 )
Tappan ( 11 )
Westinghouse ( 11 )
* Canadian cooking products may vary from their US counterparts.
- Unique product line
- 'Dependable Care' laundry line is unique to the Maytag brand name and is the product they are famous for. Now discontinued.
- Unique range product line
- Dishwasher has stainless steel tub and a redesigned wash system including pump.
- Most full size laundry equipment and gas ranges.
- Garbage Disposals and Hot Water Dispensers Only.
- Current models.
- Canadian full size refrigerators and some electric ranges.
- Distributed by Broich Enterprises
- Sold through Blue Ribbon Foods, Colorado Prime, Duttererís, Guaranteed Foods, Service Foods, Town & Country, and Farm & Home.
- HVAC products only.
- Some cooking appliances
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