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Old 06-23-07, 11:20 PM
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My local building supply stocks QO and Homeline panels and breakers. Anybody got any advice on either of these brands. Likewise, any other brands to absolutely stay away from?
 
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Not a big fan of aluminum buss panels(homeline), old school I guess. Square D QO and Cutler-Hammer CH are two of the best, IMHO.
 
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My opinion is that Siemens, Cutler CH, and SquareD Q0 are the three top-of-line panels. Cutler/Bryant/Westinghouse BR series, and Homeline are still fine panels, but are a lower tier of quality. I do not like GE brand panels; the design of the panel allows 240V breakers to be installed wrong which is unacceptable IMO.
 
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I like my Square D QO Load Center. Visi-Trip breakers are really handy to have. Just my .02
 
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Aside from quality of materials, are there any particular designs/features to look for in a panel (or ones to avoid)?
 
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One where the main breaker is separately covered.

One with plenty of room on the side.

A real ground buss.
 
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There are a lot of opinions on what is best. But you don't always need the "best". Sometimes you just need "good enough". In my opinion, Homeline is good enough for most homes. No sense spending money in excess of the requirements for the application.
 
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> Aside from quality of materials, are there any particular designs/features
> to look for in a panel (or ones to avoid)?

For many years, all of the manufacturer's panels of equivalent tier have been nearly identical. There are slight differences in the layout and position of the buses and main breakers, but they are all really similar in design and price.

John makes a good point also. Homeline, Murray, BR, etc are all just fine for typical home use.
 
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