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Thermador vs. GE Monogram Integrated Refrigerators (Reviews/Ratings/Prices)

by Mason Nguyen

There are lots of options of integrated refrigerators available now versus two years ago.

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Topics: Thermador, Integrated Refrigerators, GE Monogram

What's the Most Water Efficient Dishwasher? Top 5 Models Listed

by Eddie Jacob

The dishwasher has always been a household work horse. You expect a lot from that small appliance under your countertop.

With high-use, a calling for a balance in efficiency has become the standard.

We will look at the new washing methods, the most efficient brands and offer you tips on how to save more water.

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Topics: Thermador, Miele, Bosch, Dishwashers, EnergyStar, KitchenAid

Electrolux vs. Blomberg Compact Laundry (Review, Rating, Prices)

by Steve Sheinkopf

Compact laundry is defined as being able to fit in a closet or under a kitchen counter. Dimensions vary slightly, but are typically 35” tall, 24” wide and 24” in depth.

This type of laundry is becoming more popular, because you do not have to cut a hole in new construction. Ventless laundry can also be placed anywhere with power and water as well, so it can easily be relocated to an upstairs closet from the basement.

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Topics: Blomberg, Electrolux, Compact Laundry

Transitional Kitchen Lighting

by Amy Zuckerman

You live in a traditional home but your personal style or taste is more contemporary. How do you select lights when the two styles don’t meet?

Transitional style lighting is the answer! It means a marriage of two styles effortlessly combined.

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Miele vs. Viking 48” Rangetops (Reviews/Ratings/Prices)

by Chris Tavares

Rangetops are easier to shop than any other product. You compare the output and simmer rating of a few brands like Wolf, Jenn-air, Thermador, Capital, Miele and Viking.

Viking and Miele have the two newest products. They both promise you power and reliability but accomplish this in two different ways.  

Which is better? It really depends on recent history. This is a comparison of which company you believe will deliver a more reliable product.

We will look at both companies, their products and then offer you an honest opinion.

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Topics: Miele, Viking, Rangetops

Asko vs. Electrolux Dishwashers (Reviews/Ratings/Prices)

by Steve Sheinkopf

You can look beyond Bosch and Miele for a really good dishwasher.

Asko and Electrolux are definitely worth your consideration albeit for very different reasons. Both brands have had troubled pasts, but have since rebounded.

We will look at the companies and both products in this article.

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Topics: Dishwashers, Electrolux, Asko

Cape Cod Style Lighting 

by Mark Calkins

Ah...The Cape. It has been a summer vacation destination for Bostonians almost since the Mayflower.

It has spawned its own informal lifestyle and lighting emulated in beachfront communities everywhere.

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Topics: Lighting

Mid Range to Affordable Luxury Appliance Packages (Ratings/Reviews)

by Steve Sheinkopf

You can still buy better appliances like shallow depth refrigeration, convection ovens and noiseless dishwashers between $3,000-$5,000 for a whole kitchen. Affordable luxury is the fastest growing segment, because many people do not want to spend a ton of money on kitchen appliances.

Bosch, Electrolux, Samsung and KitchenAid are the top names in this realm. There are tons of packages on the Yale site from $1,399 to $10,000. 

You may want to consider staying within the same brand to coordinate style and maximize rebates. 

Package pricing updated for August 2015 

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Topics: Jenn-Air, Bosch, KitchenAid, Stainless Steel Kitchen Appliance Packages

The Best Luxury Stainless Steel Kitchen Appliance Packages (Reviews/Ratings)

by Steve Sheinkopf

The luxury appliance segment encompasses more appliances yet fewer brands than ever. Your idea of luxury may differ from mine. A built-in kitchen with wall ovens differs from a professional range, so it is difficult to choose just 5 packages.

In the luxury segment, you can expect counter depth, professional or integrated refrigerators, convection ovens, built-ins, induction power or pro gas as well as integrated dishwashers. Brands include Dacor, Sub-Zero/Wolf, Jenn-Air, Bosch, Miele, Gaggenau, and Thermador. Samsung and Electrolux have a few pieces for the luxury segment.

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Topics: Thermador, Jenn-Air, Bosch, Stainless Steel Kitchen Appliance Packages

Best Affordable (Cheap) Kitchen Appliance Packages From $1,499 - $2,799

by Steve Sheinkopf

Packages are a great way to buy kitchen appliances.

You can take advantage of escalating manufacturing rebates. The style and look of your kitchen remains coordinated as well with handles and consistent grading of steel.

Affordable does not mean cheap or junk. Amana, Bosch, Maytag, Samsung and Frigidaire are all respected manufacturers. These packages are popular with builders, remodelers and first time homeowners or anyone else looking to save a few dollars on a decent package.

Package pricing updated for August 2015

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Topics: Stainless Steel Kitchen Appliance Packages

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