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Fisher & Paykel vs. Miele Dishwashers (Reviews/Ratings/Prices)

by Eddie Jacob

Miele and Bosch own the dishwasher market. Yet, Fisher & Paykel is intriguing with double drawers instead of one single door like you probably have now. The integrated double drawer is unique.

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Topics: Miele, Dishwashers, Fisher Paykel

Most Reliable Electric Ranges for 2016

by Steve Sheinkopf

We have rated the most and least serviced brands. However, it was not a true measure of reliability, because products like refrigerators will fail more than hoods, disposers and dishwashers.

So, we branched into products like pro ranges, dual fuel ranges, wall ovens, dishwashers, front load washers, and induction ranges.

So now, it is electric freestanding and slide in ranges, which comprise about 38% of cooking sales. Anyway, we will reiterate the service formula, but reliability is a very elusive measurement in our industry. 

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Topics: Most Reliable Appliances

Traditional Style Living Room Lighting Fixtures (Reviews/Ratings/Prices)

by Susan Burke

You may have grown up in a home that was very comforting, welcoming and what is considered classic. Traditional style usually has everything matching and is very consistent. The rooms are somewhat casual and predictable.

Lamps with silk shades, wall sconces, and floor lamps might all be used. Shades would be fairly plain, in ivory or white.

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Topics: Lighting, Traditional, Living Room

Best Front Load Washers for 2016 (Ratings/Reviews/Prices)

by Steve Sheinkopf

Our Best Front Load Washers article is an article that we update frequently as rebates change from month to month. Recommendations can change with prices.

Washing machines have become as much about energy and water savings as they are about washing clothes.

In addition to the traditional top loader, there are more economical front loading washers as well as the somewhat temperamental hybrid washer (or cross between the two of a top load with no agitator).

Of the three, front load offers the larger size with better efficiency and a higher spin. This in turn reduces drying time.

Top loaders have the reputation of being more reliable. Based on 20,000 service calls in our service department, there is only a 2% difference in service within the first year.

Individual washers are first, scroll down for pairs including a $999 Samsung front load pair for the set.

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Topics: Whirlpool, Front Load Washers, Frigidaire, Website, Electrolux, Maytag

Best Stainless Steel Kitchen Appliance Packages (Reviews/Ratings/Prices)

by Steve Sheinkopf

So, you are buying a full suite of appliances for your kitchen. It is not easy researching each unit, but there may be a better way. Consider buying the brand.

This strategy works because all your appliances will match. Rebates also increase when you buy a whole kitchen package. It’s a much better deal.

At the same time, this is your kitchen. Buy what you like and what you will use. Just be mindful of the different handle styles and shades of stainless of the different brands.

July Packages

We always feature an inexpensive Frigidaire package. However, the basic $1,599 package or the $100 upgrade has a larger refrigerator and integrated refrigerator.

Last month LG had some great deals.This month look at KitchenAid. Their $2,999 package is fantastic with counter depth refrigeration and a front control range.

Samsung is back, but their availability has been poor. Be prepared to wait a bit. The Jenn-Air package at $4,999 is fully featured.

We have 50 packages this month, these are the most popular and best deals.

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Topics: Stainless Steel Kitchen Appliance Packages

Yale Appliance + Lighting Named Best of Boston for Large Appliances 2016

by Steve Sheinkopf

We have been named Best of Boston 2016 for Large Appliances. Here is what they wrote:

"Why do so many area designers get their large appliances from Yale? Because the 20,000-square-foot Dorchester showroom displays dozens of models of ranges, cooktops, refrigerators, and more for the discriminating shopper to measure and compare. Even better, this family-owned business has been stocking dependable brands like Miele, Maytag, Sub-Zero, and Whirlpool since 1923."

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Topics: Yale PSA

Lynx vs. DCS Professional BBQ Grills (Reviews/Ratings/Prices)

by Amy Ross

Professional grills are about solid steel construction and high output. Typically a professional grill has an output of 25,-27,000 BTU per burner versus 10,000 on a standard grill. Professional grills also feature a better sear and the ability to smoke meats.

Professional grills have become popular with the trend towards outside outside living especially down South (although ironically, this kitchen below is in Philly).

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Topics: Lynx, BBQ Grills, DCS

Wolf Induction Cooktop and Wall Oven Recipes

by Nicole Parmenter

About three years ago, a number of manufacturers started to market more intuitive products. You may have seen the Samsung Family Hub refrigerator with cameras inside. There is laundry with Wi-Fi (for some reason) and a wide variety of products designed to make life easier.

However, wall ovens and induction cooktops top the list of products to consider. Induction is more powerful than any high BTU professional cooktop. It also simmers better, we will show you in this recipe.

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Topics: Induction Cooktops, Wolf, Wall Ovens

What is a Salamander Broiler?

by Steve Sheinkopf

Editior's Note: I have always been intrigued by Salamander broilers. Unfortunately, the item has only been available commercially. We just started carrying BlueStar for many reasons, but they have the Salamander which will be installed and working at Yale later this year.

I have never used one or seen one working, so this will be our second guest post in 9 years. The author is Eliza Sheffield, VP of Sales at BlueStar.

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Topics: BlueStar

Neoclassical Style Lighting for the Kitchen (Reviews/Ratings)

by Lisa Proulx

Neoclassical isn’t a design term that’s used around the Boston area quite as often as other, more current design terms, like Arts & Crafts, Shabby Chic, or Mid-Century Modern.

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Topics: Lighting, Kitchen, Neoclassical

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