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Kitchen Appliances [Back to Top]

Big Chill appliances--so cool!
Big Chill retro-appliances

  • Alfresco Grills (Commerce, CA): open-air kitchens, including refrigeration, burners and grills
  • Big Chill (Boulder, CO): awesome retro-styled kitchen appliances made from name-brand components (Whirlpool, Amana and others), with stamped steel exterior panels powder coated in your choice of low-VOC paint colors. Vintage-look refrigerators and dishwashers are assembled in Boulder, CO and stoves, hoods, microwaves and wall ovens assembled in Reading, PA by the company that makes Blue Star appliances.
  • BSH Home Appliances: in 1998, this German company acquired Thermador (Huntington Beach, CA) and continues to manufacture Thermador Professional Series cooktops and ventilation hoods at a facility in La Follette, TN. BSH also built a manufacturing facility in New Bern, NC where dishwashers, cooktops, and washers and dryers are made. Some products available at SEARS or use Dealer Locator.
  • CookTek (Chicago, IL): energy-efficient induction cooktops that use electromagnetic energy to heat metallic cookware, while leaving the glass-ceramic stovetop cool. Available from Instawares.com
  • Dacor (Costa Mesa, CA): a full line of kitchen appliances, including ranges, wall ovens, outdoor grills, "microwave in a drawer", and ... built-in coffee makers that grind the beans, froth the milk, and brew a perfect cup of coffee! All made in USA.

  • Dynamic Cooking Systems (DCS) products (high-end cooktops, ranges, and ovens) are no longer made in USA. DCS was acquired in 2005 by New Zealand-based Fisher & Paykel. At last check (June 2014), all DCS products are manufactured in Mexico.
  • FiveStar (Cleveland, TN): professional ranges, cooktops, and hoods
  • Game Keeper Cooler (Medina, OH): walk-in coolers for preserving and defrosting game, or for storage of food and beverages. Interior lights, and optional shelving and tap systems. For indoor or outdoor residential use.
  • Peerless-Premier Appliance Co. (Belleville, IL): free-standing electric and gas ranges with enamel or stainless steel finish. Available from Best Buy and other home appliance stores.
  • Prizer-Painter Stove Works (Reading, PA): makers of BlueStar TM ranges, cooktops, charbroilers, and wall ovens. Restaurant-quality appliances for the home, in 190 color options (!), hand-constructed in their Reading, PA plant. Check the dealer locator for where to buy.
  • Sub-Zero Freezer Co. (Madison, WI): Sub-Zero brand built-in and undercounter refrigeration, Wolf gas/electric dual fuel ranges, and much more, manufactured in Fitchburg, WI
  • U-Line (Milwaukee, WI): makers of under-counter refrigerators, icemakers, and wine storage appliances. All products assembled in Milwaukee using domestic and foreign parts.
  • Viking Range Corp. (Greenwood, MS): manufacturing premium, restaurant-grade kitchen appliances for the home, including ranges, cooktops, ovens, refrigerators, and outdoor gas grills. Click on "Where to Buy" to find a dealer.

Use "chat" to check origin

Viking Ranges and Cooktops

BlueStar cooking ranges

U-Line Undercounter Appliances

U-Line Wine Storage

Laundry Appliances [Back to Top]

  • BSH Home Appliances: in 2003, this German company built a manufacturing facility in New Bern, NC where dishwashers, cooktops, and washers and dryers are made. Some products available at SEARS or use Dealer Locator.
  • Fisher & Paykel : this New Zealand-based company moved production of its SmartDrive washers and SmartLoad dryers to Clyde, OH in 2005. The Clyde facility also produces motors for Whirlpool. (Read about Fisher & Paykel in the USA )

Use "chat" to check country of origin

  • Kenmore -brand appliances: at least some models are made in USA. Available from Sears and KMart. (SEARS is a retailer, not a manufacturer, so Kenmore washers and dryers are manufactured by many different companies, including Amana, Frigidaire, GE, Jenn-Air, LG, and Whirlpool. Enquire about the origin of the model you are interested in.)
  • Staber Washing Machines (Groveport, OH): energy efficient top loading tumble action washers, for residential or commercial use. These unique washers have a six-sided inner tub that rotates inside a stationary half of an eight-sided outer tub. The washers use much less water, detergent, and energy than traditional top loading washers. Each load is larger because there is no agitator taking up space. Because of their energy efficiency, these washers also are suited for homes using solar power. The website has informative video and photographs that explain how the washer works.
  • Speed Queen (Ripon, WI): best known for coin-operated laundry equipment, Speed Queen has brought its reputation for quality and durability into the home market. All Speed Queen brand laundry equipment is manufactured in Ripon, Wisconsin by Alliance Laundry Systems. Check the site's dealer locator.
  • Whirlpool Corp. (Benton Harbor, MI): manufacturing facilities in U.S., making clothes washers (Clyde, OH), topmount refrigerators (Evansville, IN: Update: March 2010, Whirlpool closing the facility), dishwashers (Findlay, OH), side-by-side refrigerators, counter-depth refrigerators, trash compactors, ice makers (Fort Smith, AR), built-in ranges, cooktop ranges, built-in microwaves, warming drawers (Oxford, MS: Update: July 2008, Whirlpool announces closure), freestanding ranges (Tulsa, OK)

    Whirlpool acquired Maytag Corp. in March 2006, and began integrating operations of operations of the two companies. In January 2007, Whirlpool sold the Hoover brand to Techtronics Industries (based in Hong Kong, with manufacturing in Mainland China). Hoover's production facility in Canton, OH was subsequently closed, with all machinery auctioned off in November 2007. Apparently an even bigger auction than the Rubbermaid one. (: use "chat" to ask about country of origin before you buy.)
  • Maytag Corp. (formerly of Newton, IA): On March 31, 2006, this U.S. manufacturer of washers, dryers, refrigerators, and dishwashers became a subsidiary of Whirlpool. Whirlpool will continue to market Maytag Corp. brandnames, including Maytag, Amana, Magic Chef , and Jenn-Air , but closed the Newton facility.
Less water , more green
Staber Washers

Another option: remember these?!
Made in USA by

Columbus Washboard Co. (Logan, OH)
Columbus Washboard Co.

Fuller Brush Company

Heating & Cooling [Back to Top]

  • Better Living (Holiday Island, AR): makers of Sun Aire™ Ductless Heaters and Sun Aire™ Air Purifiers, all made in USA
  • Energy Kinetics (Lebanon, NJ): manufacturer of System2000 home heat/hot water systems, more energy-efficient than traditional gas or electric water heaters and furnaces. Runs with natural gas, oil, or propane, and works with radiant, radiator, baseboard, forced-air systems, and heat pumps.
  • PMI, Phoenix Manufacturing, Inc. (Phoenix. AZ): evaporative cooling using window, portable, or whole-house units. Air is drawn through water-soaked cellulose pads and cooled by evaporation, then circulated through the home. Brands include Brisa, CoolTool, Frigiking, and AeroCool.
  • Port-a-Cool (Escondido, CA): portable evaporative cooling units, perfect for home workshops, garages, factories, and storage areas. These units take advantage of "heat of vaporization" (i.e., the cooling of air as water evaporates) and are less expensive to operate than conventional air conditioning. Check their cost calculator.
  • SolarFlare Heaters (Bolivar, MO): infrared space heaters with quartz heating elements in an enclosed metal chamber, all contained within furniture-grade wooden cabinets. Available from InfraredHeaters.co, an online store started by two young entrepreneurs down the road from the factory.
  • SunRise Solar Inc. (St. John, IN): American-made solar-powered attic fans, easy to install out of the box. Models for shingle, tile, shake and flat roofs, eligible for Federal tax credit.

Air & Water Purification [Back to Top]

Drinking Water Purification Systems by APEC

  • Accumulair (Mobile, AL): pleated panel air filters in many sizes, filter dust and allergens from indoor air. Available from Filters-NOW.
  • APEC Water Systems (City of Industry, CA): water purification and water softening conditioning systems, including under-the-sink drinking water systems, whole-house water softening, and shower/bath filters. All made in USA.
  • Aprilaire (Madison, WI): whole-house humidifiers and air cleaners, made at facilities in Madison and Poynette, WI and Avondale, AZ.
  • Aqua Vie: these counter-top drinking water systems convert tap water to distilled water (heating to produce steam, then cooling to condense), then add back calcium and magnesium for better taste and a source of trace nutrients. Made by RegalWare in USA from domestic and imported parts.
  • Austin Air Systems (Buffalo, NY): "From the filter, to metal forming, to powdercoating, to final assembly, every Austin Air cleaner is proudly made in the USA." The full product line, including HealthMate, Allergy Machine and The Pet Machine, is available from Green Nest
  • Oransi (Austin, TX): high performance air purifiers made in USA with all of the key components from the US except for the motor (Germany).

  • Selecto Scientific Inc. (Suwanee, GA): manufacturer of water filtration systems, including whole-house, under the sink, and counter-top models using nanofiltration and reverse osmosis. Available from ezClearWater
  • Sun Water Systems (Fort Worth, TX): manufacturer of Aquasana water purification systems, including counter top and under-counter drinking water filtration, shower filters, and whole-house filters. All made in USA.

30% off aquasana water filter systems

Small Appliances [Back to Top]

  • Better Living (Holiday Island, AR): makers of Sun AireTM Ductless Heaters and Sun AireTM Air Purifiers, all made in USA
  • Blendtec (Orem, UT): high-powered blenders that make smoothies, ice cream, bread, fresh juice...apparently just about anything! (I think Tim "The Tool Man" Taylor would love one!). Designed and assembled in U.S. with domestic and a small proportion of imported parts.
  • Bunn-O-Matic (Springfield, IL): Some Bunn Home Coffee Makers (BX and GR models) are assembled in Creston, IA from domestic and imported parts. Other models imported.
  • Champion Juicer (Lodi, CA): fruit and vegetable juicer that also comes with optional grain mill attachment
  • Jiffy Steamer (Union City, TN): travel, home, and professional steamers for removing wrinkles from clothing, draperies, and tableclothes. Available from AllBrands.com

  • KitchenAid, a brand of Whirlpool Corp.: assembles Stand Mixers and Blenders at its Greenville, OH facility. Coffee grinders made in India and assembled in Greenville. Other products imported. Stand mixers, blenders, and coffee mills available from Chef's Catalog
  • LASKO oscillating, and tabletop fans (some box fans made in China, check origin), available from Do It Best
  • NESCO/American Harvest (Two Rivers, WI): food dehydrators and camp cookware made in USA with U.S. and foreign parts. (Other products imported)
  • Omega Juicers (Harrisburg, PA) are now made in Korea.
  • Power Shelf (Plymouth, OH): an outlet cover complete with a small shelf that keeps hand-held electronics off the floor or counter during charging, and charger cords out of sight. Made from recycled steel, powder-coated in a variety of colors to match your decor.
  • Vita-Mix : (Cleveland, OH): originally focused on the commercial blender market, Vita-Mix also makes high-end blenders for household use, designed to juice whole fruits and vegetables, grind grains, mix and knead bread, and even make hot soups using "friction cooking" (5000 Models are made in USA, 5200 series made in USA with a Swedish motor)
  • Wahl Home Products (Sterling, IL): shavers, trimmers, and other grooming appliances, for people and pets. Many still made in USA, but check origin information. Available from My All-American Store

Jiffy Steamers
Jiffy J0601 Black Esteam Personal Handheld Garment Fabric.Steamer/Travel/Embroidery, JO-601 USA Made,120V, 600W- Add Intl Voltage Adapter/Plugs $19.99
Jiffy J-2000 New Style Residential Garment/Clothes/Fabric Steamer 1300 Watts 3/4 Gallon Capacity, J2000 Made in USA

Solar Appliances [Back to Top]

  • Sun Oven (Elburn, IL): light-weight portable solar oven consisting of an insulated box with folding aluminum reflectors, a glass window, and carry handle.The Sun Oven can be used year round for baking, boiling and steaming foods. My sister bought one of these and reports that it cooks wonderful bread!
  • SunWorks™ Solar Food Dryer (Eugene, OR): outdoor solar food dryer with 2 aluminum food screens, an absorber heating plate and a wood cabinet, sold in kits ready to assemble.

Vacuum Cleaners [Back to Top]

  • InterVac (Palm City, FL): flush-mounted central vacuums for home, RV, or boat. Featuring a self-contained unit with its own 12 amp motor and dust bag, and 40-foot hose. The convenience of a central vacuum without the need to install piping.
  • Metro Vac (Suffern, NY): specialty handheld and floor vacuums, including DataVac for computer keyboards, pet grooming vacuums, as well as car and floor care. Their motto is "Deliberately Made Better in the USA". I love mine because it's so portable! Available from My All-American Store
  • Rainbow Vacuum Cleaners (Cadillac, MI): vacuum cleaners that use a water filtration reservoir to trap dust, dirt, and allergens. (No comment on the "home demo" sales approach)
  • Tacony Corp. (St. Louis, MO): in 2000, Tacony brought production of Riccar and Simplicity upright vacuums from Taiwan to the U.S. at a new facility in St. James, MO. (Cannister vacuums are imported.) Find a Simplicity or Riccar retailer at SimplicityVac.com or Riccar.com
  • Hoover (Canton, OH): No longer in Canton, and no longer made in USA. Over the past few years, a growing number of Hoover models had been made in Mexico. In January 2007, Whirlpool sold Hoover to Techtronics Industries (a Hong Kong-based company with factories in Mainland China). Subsequently, the Canton, OH Hoover plant was closed and all machinery auctioned off in November 2007.
  • ORECK (Cookeville, TN): The Edge and Forever series vacuum cleaners are assembled at the factory in Cookeville using domestic and imported parts. (Other products imported ). After many years in Long Beach, MS, Oreck moved to Tennessee in 2007, citing skyrocketing insurance rates, a labor shortage and lack of housing after Hurricane Katrina. More recently, the company filed for bankruptcy in May 2013. In July 2013, the Oreck family was outbid by Royal Appliance Mfg., a subsidiary of Hong Kong-based TTI Group that also owns the Dirt Devil and Hoover brands. Stay tuned to see if any Oreck vacuums will still be made in Tennessee.
  • Rug Doctor (Fenton, MO): carpet cleaning machines that combine brushing action, warm soapy water, and a strong vacuum to produce professional results. I borrowed my sister's Rug Doctor when I was moving, and it made my carpets look new. The attachments are great for cleaning stairs, rugs, and upholstery too. Made in USA from domestic and imported parts.
  • Shop-Vac (Williamsport, PA): upright and portable wet/dry vacuum cleaners for industrial, commercial or home use. Assembled in USA from domestic and imported parts. Available from My All-American Store and many home improvement stores

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