I know for washer and dryers Speed Queen is seriously well made and the only American made washer and dryer left.
My dad used to love Black and Decker as well . Perhaps we are just unlucky but the last few tools we got were garbage. They are pretty cheap though so I think you get what you pay for. He's how shall I say much more thrifty than I.
Calphalon is supposed to be a very good brand. I have not owned my waffle maker long enough to say on durability though.
I've got a stainless Oyster toaster. It has the wide slots and removable crumb tray. It was like 20 bucks at Walmart. Seems pretty good but I've only had it a few months.