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Best New Contemporary Ceiling Fans (Reviews/Ratings/Prices)

by Dagmar Hemp

Contemporary ceiling fans have “blown” onto the scene with more excitement than ever. For many years if you were looking into contemporary fans you would have to spend a fortune for really what amounted to a basic fan in a metallic finish.

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Topics: Minka Aire, Ceiling Fans

BlueStar 30 Inch Platinum Gas Professional Ranges (Reviews / Ratings / Prices)

by Steve Sheinkopf

BlueStar is a very different range than any other product currently on the market. In a world of highly technical dual fuel, all stainless ranges, BlueStar is a more powerful, customizable gas-only range.

It is a very different solidly made range, but only for a certain type of chef. We will look at the company as well as the features of their Platinum range along with some comparisons to other ranges. At the end, you can decide if BlueStar is right for you and your family.

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Topics: Ranges, BlueStar

Best Top Load Washers (Reviews / Ratings)

by Brittany Jatkola

Dirty laundry is just something that will never go away, unfortunately, and selecting a new washer can be as daunting as the chore itself. Choosing a machine that is going to wash your laundry well and hold up over time should be the preliminary qualifications.

Although the vast majority of consumers are currently purchasing front load washers due to the fact that they have a larger capacity and are overall more efficient, top loaders are a traditional style and are still somewhat in demand.

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Topics: Washers

Jenn-Air vs. Bosch Stainless Kitchen Appliance Packages (Reviews / Ratings)

by Jeff Tarascio

Years ago, you would have no problem furnishing your kitchen with 4 brands like an Amana refrigerator, KitchenAid dishwasher, Jenn-Air stove and a Sharp microwave. Kitchen packages became popular over the years because manufacturers began increasing rebates for multiple purchases.

Buying a kitchen package from the same brand can save money. You also have the same look throughout your kitchen. It looks better than different handles and shades of stainless of different brands.

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

You are Not Alone in Thinking Most Appliance Warranties are a Scam

by Steve Sheinkopf

I remember peering into the window of an appliance store years ago. There was a big sign offering 5-year warranties for $59 anywhere in the United States. So if a Sub-Zero or even a front load washer purchased in Boise, Idaho from a store in Mass, it will be fixed for basically nothing?

Forget Boise, how about Boston.

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Topics: Yale PSA

Best 48 Inch Professional Ranges (Reviews/Ratings/Prices)

by Danny Nguyen

The 48 inch professional is the marquee item in your kitchen. It used to be so easy to buy, because they were all similar.

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Topics: Wolf, Thermador, Miele, Jenn-Air, Professional Ranges

Are Samsung Appliances Reliable? (Reviews)

by Steve Sheinkopf

I was watching the news last week and learning about Samsung's problems with phones exploding for no clear reason. Most new products have issues in my experience. The computer industry innocently calls them bugs.

Exploding products is a problem especially when you deliver them in your home. Gas ranges, dishwashers, and laundry can cause more damage than a phone.

So I wanted to answer the question: Are Samsung appliances reliable?

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Topics: Samsung

The 5 Best Bosch Dishwashers (Ratings/Reviews/Prices)

by Jessica Petrino

On Bosch's website they currently list 50 available dishwashers.

24 have a recessed handle, 20 are integrated with the hidden controls on the top, 6 are available to be panelized and one is apartment sized at 18 inches.

Of those 50, we will be reviewing their 5 current best, so you will save a ton of time and frustration trying to compare 50 dishwashers.

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Topics: Bosch, Dishwashers, Bosch Benchmark

Dacor vs. Viking Wall Ovens (Reviews, Ratings, Prices)

by Eddie Jacob

Cooking products, especially wall ovens, are rapidly changing after years of the same old convection product. A few years ago, it was easy to buy a wall oven. Now manufacturers seem to have their own set of competencies. Miele has steam. Jenn-Air has their Culinary Center, and Wolf has their new VertiCross convection blower system.

New ovens now have sleek interfaces and new capabilities as well. You can buy wall ovens that connect to the internet so they can be operated remotely.

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Topics: Viking, Wall Ovens, Dacor

The Largest Top Mount Refrigerators Ratings/Reviews/Prices

by Jessica Petrino

25 years ago, you would purchase an Amana 21 or 23 cubic foot top mount refrigerator for your family. If you wanted an upscale refrigerator you bought a side by side. Then bottom mounts, French doors, double drawer French doors and now four as well as five-door refrigerators became popular.

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Topics: Top Mount Refrigerators

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