The other problem with appliances are the use of circuit boards and peripherals like thermistors in refrigerators. They are unable to handle moisture, heat, cold, dust, all the things associated with an appliance. Thus, they break more often, and some of the components just get thrown away, filling our land fills. If you are trying to save the environment with new appliances, do not bother.
Our government has gotten involved in something they know nothing about. And manufacturers are happy to make things that break sooner, so you will buy another one. I always recommend getting the *simplest model*of whatever appliance, they seem to be the most reliable these days. A white frig with freezer on the top will last much longer than a french door, freezer on the bottom, stainless steel, R2-D2. Any questions about this stuff... firstname.lastname@example.org or
email@example.com. Thanks guys!