Loc: Long Beach, CA
No question about it for me: clothes washer & dryer. Just about every time I do the laundry, I get a flash-back of bygone days tripping to the laundromat. What a great convenience. Better than the TV, micro, toaster, laptop... Nothin' beats it.
That's a hard question. While I certainly agree about a washer and dryer, I have to say the most valuable appliances have to do with food.... keeping it fresh and making it cooked. A refrigerator and stove are THE most valuable. Everything else is just convenience.
My microwave is definitely important. I use mine all the time for reheating leftover food, specially since I tend to make some meals in large batches and then put into single portion servings for later meals. Other than popcorn, it never gets used for primary cooking.
I still consider a micro a nice convenience rather than something of value. If I didn't have one I could perform the same task with my stove and oven. It's just a bit more fussy to do so.
At first I thought perhaps a stove....but then I can cook on a BBQ grill or in a pit..then I thought a fridge,but an ice house will keep things cool....dryer...nope just hang the clothes out on the line and use natures dryer, the wind and sun....washer..but I can use a wash board and tub....computers..I put them in the same class as telephones...communications, I got it.... central heat and air conditioning.
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