, an online source for appliance parts and repair help, surveyed 270 people about which major household appliance they need the most. The No. 1 response by a wide margin was refrigerator.

Results are as follows — Question: If you could only have and use one appliance for an entire week, which one of the following would you choose?

  • Refrigerator (64 percent)

  • Washing machine (14 percent)

  • Range/stove/oven (11 percent)

  • Microwave (5 percent)

  • Dishwasher (2 percent)

  • Dryer (1 percent) offers advice via the Internet about how to make home appliance repairs. The Web site is designed for do-it-yourself homeowners, helping them diagnose problems, find and order parts, and make repairs. The service can be found at

    Publication date: 05/05/2003