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Electrolux vs. GE Compact Laundry (Reviews/Ratings/Prices)

by Josh Cadenhead

Compact washers and dryers are very popular in the Boston market; and many other urban areas worldwide. If your current laundry space is smaller than (27’’ wide, 33’’ deep, and 36’’ tall) you need to look at compact laundry.

The quality of the machines are excellent, although they have less capacity and are more expensive.

This niche is dominated by the European manufacturers as it is the standard in Europe. Bosch, Miele, Asko, and Electrolux are the most popular brands in this market. These machines can be stacked or placed side-by-side.

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Topics: Electrolux, GE, Compact Laundry

Thermador vs. Bluestar 36 Inch Ranges (Reviews/Ratings/Prices)

by Jessica Petrino

To review, a professional-style range is a range that has a commercial appearance yet designed for residential use. Professional-style ranges were popularized by Viking in the mid-1980s and 30 years later are still a top choice for high-end kitchen renovations.

You now have tons of choices from different companies like Viking, Wolf, Thermador, Miele, Dacor and Jenn-Air who approach the stove from a more residential point of view.  Capital, DCS and Bluestar are more commercial in their approach.

So from that perspective Thermador and Bluestar are very different. We will look at the companies, the products and then compare.

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Topics: Thermador, Ranges

Steam Convection vs. Speed Convection Ovens: Which Should You Buy?

by Jessica Petrino

You are in the beginning stages of your kitchen remodeling project. At this stage you have likely met with a few contractors, cabinet makers, and designers and are in the process of conceptualizing your ideal kitchen renovation.

Many design professionals request that you look at appliances early on so that they can begin to map out your renovation. Choosing appliances for your design can be a daunting task. In recent years consumers are bombarded with an abundance of information, models, brands, reviews etc.

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Topics: Steam Ovens, Convection, Speed Ovens

The New Lynx SmartGrill (Reviews/Ratings/Prices)

by Steve Sheinkopf

Everyone loves a good grill. Weber has done a great job popularizing decent grills for value.

In their own way, Lynx has done the same on the high end offering high output from an indestructible brass burner. Two years ago, they added the Pro-Sear 2, which allows you to sear any food at any temperature.

But the SmartGrill is on another level from anything I have ever seen in the appliance business.

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Top Appliances from the Architectural Digest Show 2015

by Steve Sheinkopf

Home shows. I have a long history with these. We used to participate at The Bayside Home Show 20 years ago. They were a good idea at one time, but they devolved into pots, pans and brushes. Even the giant Kitchen and Bath Show is a fraction of its past glory. Typically I do not waste the time attending any shows.

Architectural Digest is different. It is the one place where the best manufacturers bring their best products. I would recommend going if you are remodeling. You will find something, and NYC is always fun for food and a show.

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Topics: New Products

33 Inch Counter Depth Refrigerators (Reviews/Ratings)

by Steve Sheinkopf

Buying 33 inch refrigerators is tough due to a dearth of available products. In fact, it is the toughest product to find for such a common specification (you are probably looking right now). There are only three. We will look each and the whole counter depth segment.

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Topics: Website, Counter Depth Refrigerators, Electrolux, Samsung, Fisher Paykel

The Best 36 Inch Dual Fuel Professional Ranges (Reviews/Ratings/Prices)

by Mark Bennett

The professional range is still the marquee appliance in any kitchen.

Pro ranges were introduced by Viking in the late 80s. The original idea appealed to chefs and culinary enthusiasts who wanted higher BTU and better performance. (You can now have high BTU in a regular gas range just as a FYI)

Now professional products are also synonmous with upscale kitchens. The 36 inch is truly a different product than a regular 30 inch range, because it has the larger oven as well as a choice of griddle or grill.

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Topics: Wolf, Miele, Jenn-Air, Professional Ranges, Website, Dual Fuel Ranges

Wolf M Series vs. Dacor Wall Ovens (Prices/Reviews/Ratings)

by Neil Katz

In the age of apps of technology to benefit lifestyle, appliances may be close to catching up. Both Dacor and Wolf have new wall ovens with new technology.

However, they still have different capabilities and features. We will look at both companies, both products and summarize what you should prefer.

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Topics: Wolf, Wall Ovens, Dacor

How to Protect Your Wine

by Steve Sheinkopf

I once toured a family vineyard in Hungary. They were an old Tokay (great wine, btw) producer from the 19th century. You go through a tour of the grape fields, how it was processed and most importantly how it was stored.

The wine from this manufacturer was stored in nearby caves, because of optimum temperature, humidity, light and vibration. Wines are actually living grapes and need to be stored properly in order to preserve the taste and texture of the wine itself.

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Topics: Wine Coolers, Makeover Monday

Best New Appliances for 2015 - 2016 (Reviews/Ratings)

by Steve Sheinkopf

Twice a year, the manufacturers have new product shows for independent dealers. Yes, of course, they want me to buy as well, but I like the newest, innovative products as long as they make sense to you. Gadgets without reason are not appealing to either of us.

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Topics: Jenn-Air, Friedrich, New Products, Dryers, Samsung, LG Electronics, Air Conditioners

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