These wholesalers and distributors can be a good choice for hard-to-find imports, and the large selection often means more competitive pricing.
ADU (Appliance Distributors Unlimited)
729 Erie Ave., Takoma Park, 301-608-2600; 14911 Bogle Dr., Chantilly, 703-263-2300; 5192 Raynor Ave., Linthicum, 410-789-8000.
Showrooms open by appointment; service to builders, designers, and consumers. Large selection of high-end brands such as Viking, Sub-Zero, and Wolf as well as GE, KitchenAid, and Jenn-Air.
Appliance Builders Wholesalers (ABW)
8834 Monard Dr., Silver Spring; 21750 Red Rum Dr., Suite 167, Ashburn; 2719 Pittman Dr., Silver Spring (factory clearance outlet); 888-225-2560.
ABW carries high-end brands such as Miele, Dacor, Sub-Zero, and Wolf in addition to 30 other manufacturers.
Bray & Scarff
Multiple Maryland and Virginia locations.
This 80-year-old local chain is known for reasonable prices. Brands include Bosch, Gaggenau, GE, Jenn-Air, Viking, Sub-Zero, and more. Also offers cabinets and kitchen design.
DAD’s Appliance (Discount Appliance Distributors)
12200 Distribution Pl., Beltsville; 301-937-0222.
DAD’s is a 30-year-old business that has good prices on Sub-Zero, Viking, Bosch, Dacor, Miele, and many more brands. Check the Web site for specials.
Multiple area locations.
Designers recommend this national chain for appliances, fittings, fixtures, and sinks.
This list first appeared in the October 2010 issue of The Washingtonian.