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The 6 Best Luxury Appliance Brands (Reviews/Ratings)

by John Ramsay

Let's say you are looking for the best appliances.

It could be you want to cook like a professional. You could also simply want a better looking kitchen. Perhaps it is for reselling a luxury property, because people understand powerful brands.

With all due deference to Bosch, Jenn-Air, KitchenAid, Electrolux, GE Monogram and Samsung, there are 6 names that stand out from the rest.

Viking, Thermador, Gaggenau, Miele, Sub-Zero and La Cornue are without question the best names in the appliance business. We will detail each below.

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Topics: Thermador, Miele, Viking, Sub-Zero, Gaggenau, La Cornue Ranges

The Best 42 Inch Professional Counter Depth Refrigerators (Reviews/Ratings)

by Steve Sheinkopf

42 inch refrigerators are somewhat uncommon because that is a rare cabinet size. You have a more limited selection of exclusively high-end brands at this size.

The most common cabinet sizes for refrigerators are 30, 33 and 36 inch by far, with 48 inch being the most specified for larger refrigerators.

Still, I like the 42 inch size, especially in a shallow depth side by side configuration. In fact, I would not buy a side by side less than 42" because there is hardly any refrigerator capacity at 36 inch.

Now, several manufacturers are producing the popular French door style. We will look at the counter depth segment and then compare the products.

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Which Appliance Reheats Pizza Best?

by Steve Sheinkopf

A few weeks ago, we tested a speed oven, steam oven, microwave and regular oven with two day old Chinese food. Today it is old pizza, the other American leftover pastime.

This time the results were different for the taste test.

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Topics: Steam Ovens, Speed Ovens

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.

The question is...which brand? Manufacturer rebates change constantly and we update our packages monthly. This month is different as new KitchenAid products have more aggressive rebates. Samsung has some interesting packages along with Jenn-Air, Bosch, Frigidaire and Maytag.

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

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Why Do Appliance Stores Sell Certain Brands?

by Steve Sheinkopf

So you went to an appliance store. What you originally wanted is not what you are now considering. Do you know why? Part of the time it's just that you may have liked the new products even better.

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Topics: Yale PSA

Speed Queen vs. Kenmore Elite Front Load Washers (Reviews/Ratings/Prices)

by Paul Groux

Speed Queen and Kenmore Elite are two brands you can never actually compare because Kenmore is in Sears/Kmart and Speed Queen is in independent dealers only.

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Topics: Front Load Washers, Speed Queen

KitchenAid vs Bosch Dishwashers (Reviews/Ratings/Prices)

by Jessica Petrino

If you are in the market for a dishwasher, KitchenAid and Bosch will definitely be one of your considerations. Along with Miele, these two brands are synonymous with premium products.

I wrote the original KitchenAid vs. Bosch comparison last year, but so much has changed. KitchenAid has become quieter like Bosch. Bosch has added capacity to be more like KitchenAid. So it's time to revisit the toughest comparison in the industry.

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Topics: Bosch, Dishwashers, Website, KitchenAid

Gaggenau vs. Miele Induction Cooktops (Reviews/Ratings/Prices)

by Chris Tavares

If you are looking for a premium induction cooktop, then you probably are considering Miele and/or Gaggenau.

They are very different cooktops from polar opposite type companies.

In this article, we will look at induction and how it works. Then we will compare both Miele and Gaggenau as well as both products.

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Topics: Induction Cooktops, Miele, Gaggenau

Best Stackable Compact Washers and Dryers (Reviews/Ratings/Prices)

by Michael Silva

Compact laundry has become much more popular for a variety of reasons.

More people have been moving to the city, where there are size restrictions and smaller spaces to accommodate laundry machines.

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Topics: Compact Laundry

The New Dacor 48” Dual Fuel Range (Reviews/Ratings/Prices)

by Josh Cadenhead

These days, our lives are full of technology. We have seen everything from smart phones to smart TV’s, and now a smart range. It’s a great concept for your phone but is this functional on your range?

We will look at Dacor's history and the new smart range. We will also compare Dacor to the popular Thermador.

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Topics: Professional Ranges, Dacor

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