So Kyle at Allen Lumber (our new favorite hang-out; more posts to follow on them soon) suggested that we check out Cocoplum Appliances in Essex Junction. I am so glad we did. Norm was possibly the nicest and most helpful salesperson I have ever encountered. He spent over an hour explaining all of the options and showing me various products, even after hearing our budget. After getting familiar with our project and our desired price point, Norm steered us to the Whirlpool Gold series. He really likes and trusts Whirlpool products. So here's what we ended up purchasing. Norm got us a good deal and we did not pay the suggested MSRP on these (although I provided them for reference).
Whirlpool 24.8 cu. ft. French Door Bottom Mount Refrigerator (Energy Star) [$1899]
Whirlpool Built-In Super Capacity Tall Tub Dishwasher (Energy Star) [$849]
30" Self-Cleaning Freestanding Gas Range [$899]
30" Canopy Range Hood [$899]