I wish we had the option of not including any appliances in the building process and instead purchasing them later, but alas, that is not an option. I guess it's something to do with the mortgage process/approval. So, we chose the one level upgrade on the appliances in black. This includes a stove, dishwasher and microwave.
First the stove:
We could have run a gas line for a gas stove. I used to have a gas stove growing up and they're great, don't get me wrong. But I LOVE LOVE LOVE how easy it is to clean a flat top stove. I've had two in the 12 years we've owned our house and I can't imagine going to anything else. I would kind of like a double door option that allows you to cook two things at different temperatures, but maybe the next stove. This one does have some nice features though. First, it's self cleaning. A must have in my mind. Second, it's hard to see in the picture but it has a warming unit. Maybe useless, we'll have to wait and see. Third, it has two heating elements which appear to be controlled in a way to allow you to cook two things in the oven with even heat. Something I never have quite figured out in my current oven. And finally, it has a delay start. This is a feature I've wanted on a stove so I'm pretty stoked it has that.
Second the dishwasher:
Nothing terribly fancy here. I read some of the reviews on this dishwasher and it seems ok. For me the most important part of a dishwasher (other than actually making sure the dishes get clean) is how quiet it is. The reviews seem to indicate it's a pretty quiet dishwasher. The overall negative aspect of the dishwasher is that the dry setting doesn't actually dry the dishes. I can live with this. My current dish washer seems to be drying my dishes a bit less lately and it's only a minor inconvenience. The pictures of the silverware container look a bit weird. We'll have to wait and see on that one.
Finally, the microwave:
I don't think I'm too picky about microwaves. I really like having a +30 seconds button and a soften button for butter. I've got to have a light above the stove for cooking. No microwave really gives me the light I desire, but I've learned to deal with it. A microwave we used to have had sensor cooking which was cool. This one might have it, I can't tell yet.
We will still have to buy a refrigerator and washer/dryer. We'll wait closer to closing to get those and have those delivered.