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Miele M Series Wall Oven vs. Viking French Door Wall Oven

by Neil Katz

Wall ovens have changed more than any other appliance in your kitchen. If you are considering a wall oven, then you will be inundated with new choices.

There are single, twin and blower style convection options. The controls vary greatly as well. You can control some by your phone through an app, yet others will calculate time and temperature automatically.

Both Miele and Viking are marketing very different wall ovens. They are also very different companies. We will look at both companies, the products and then compare at the end.

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Topics: Miele, Viking, Wall Ovens

Why Your New Appliance Will Not Be Repaired (Issues/Problems)

by Steve Sheinkopf

I read about appliance issues over the internet. No product seems immune. Even the best, state of the art products are mentioned with angst, it hit me over the 9 years of writing this blog especially reading the comments.

For example, a few years ago I wrote a comparison of Bosch vs. KitchenAid Dishwashers. Both are likable products. However, there must be 50 bad comments divided equally between both. You look at the blog comments and it seems like people are upset about the repair process with appliances, and for good reason.

I have come to this conclusion: Your new (or not old) appliances will not be repaired. I will tell you why and better yet how to avoid the situation as well as how to deal with a current repair issue.

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Topics: Appliance Service

5 Best Brushed Nickel Fans (Reviews/Ratings/Prices)

by Dagmar Hemp

It's been widely reported for years that ceiling fans help with energy bills, circulating heat and cool air in living spaces. In recent years, they also (like light bulbs and appliances) have become more energy efficient.

Older ceiling fans consumed 100 watts to run the motor, many newer ones need only 49 watts. Another great improvement is that, many lights on fans are LED, a wonderful benefit for a fan on a high ceiling. LED light bulbs have an average 22 year life span, so you do not have to reach up and change the bulb as often.

In this article, we'll go over one of the most popular finishes for ceiling fans, brushed nickel, and feature some of our favorite brushed nickel fans. 

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Topics: Ceiling Fans

New Appliances, Sinks and Lighting for 2016

by Steve Sheinkopf

Yale Home Show 2016
19 chef demos to see in both locations – February 6-7 + 13-15

  • Free 5 Year Warranties on Jenn-Air and Miele Purchases. Some exlusions apply, ask for details
  • 10% Back in Lighting and Plumbing in Gift Cards with 4-piece Kitchen Package Purchase from Frigidaire Gallery, Frigidaire Pro, Electrolux and Bosch (Benchmark not included).
  • 12 Month, 0% Financing Available with Approved Credit
  • 10% Off All Decorative Lighting. Recessed and GM Lighting products excluded.
  • 10% Off All Outlet Prices

Call us at 617-825-9253 for more information
Click here for Home Show details

We used to display new products at The Bayside Expo Center when they had a Home Show, then we remodeled our showroom to show functional, working kitchens. We then hired some chefs to demonstrate the products capabilities, and The Yale Home Show was born. 

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Topics: Wolf, Thermador, Jenn-Air, Visual Comfort, New Products, Bosch, Frigidaire, Hubbardton Forge, Lynx, KitchenAid, SubZero, Samsung, La Cornue Range

Best Miele Dishwashers for 2016

by Steve Sheinkopf

Yale Home Show 2016
19 chef demos to see in both locations – February 6-7 + 13-15

  • Free 5 Year Warranties on Jenn-Air and Miele Purchases. Some exlusions apply, ask for details
  • 10% Back in Lighting and Plumbing in Gift Cards with 4-piece Kitchen Package Purchase from Frigidaire Gallery, Frigidaire Pro, Electrolux and Bosch (Benchmark not included).
  • 12 Month, 0% Financing Available with Approved Credit
  • 10% Off All Decorative Lighting. Recessed and GM Lighting products excluded.
  • 10% Off All Outlet Prices

Call us at 617-825-9253 for more information
Click here for Home Show details

You may wonder how a dishwasher brand can have starting prices at $999 or $400 more expensive than the average dishwasher sold in the US.

The main benefit to a Miele dishwasher is its quality of components and longer life. In an era of outsourcing, Miele distinguishes itself by manufacturing 96.8% of all its components in Germany. Consequently, Miele is the least repaired brand at Yale at 2.9% versus 12-15% for the average appliance brand.

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Topics: Miele, Dishwashers

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

by Steve Sheinkopf

Yale Home Show 2016
19 chef demos to see in both locations – February 6-7 + 13-15

  • Free 5 Year Warranties on Jenn-Air and Miele Purchases. Some exlusions apply, ask for details
  • 10% Back in Lighting and Plumbing in Gift Cards with 4-piece Kitchen Package Purchase from Frigidaire Gallery, Frigidaire Pro, Electrolux and Bosch (Benchmark not included).
  • 12 Month, 0% Financing Available with Approved Credit
  • 10% Off All Decorative Lighting. Recessed and GM Lighting products excluded.
  • 10% Off All Outlet Prices

Call us at 617-825-9253 for more information
Click here for Home Show details

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).

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

Best Electric/Induction Range Deals 2016 (Reviews/Ratings/Prices)

by Steve Sheinkopf

Yale Home Show 2016
19 chef demos to see in both locations – February 6-7 + 13-15

  • Free 5 Year Warranties on Jenn-Air and Miele Purchases. Some exlusions apply, ask for details
  • 10% Back in Lighting and Plumbing in Gift Cards with 4-piece Kitchen Package Purchase from Frigidaire Gallery, Frigidaire Pro, Electrolux and Bosch (Benchmark not included).
  • 12 Month, 0% Financing Available with Approved Credit
  • 10% Off All Decorative Lighting. Recessed and GM Lighting products excluded.
  • 10% Off All Outlet Prices

Call us at 617-825-9253 for more information
Click here for Home Show details

Electric ranges have not changed much since your last purchase. In fact, they are pretty similar. It is still ceran glass over elements, but some of the features like convection, warming drawer and 5th burners have changed and are worth considering.

We will review the best values for you to consider right now for freestanding and slide-in ranges. This changes almost monthly with new introductions and rebates in electric and induction ranges.

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Topics: Jenn-Air, Frigidaire, Website, Electrolux, Maytag, Electric Cooking, Induction Ranges

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

by Jessica Petrino

Yale Home Show 2016
19 chef demos to see in both locations – February 6-7 + 13-15

  • Free 5 Year Warranties on Jenn-Air and Miele Purchases. Some exlusions apply, ask for details
  • 10% Back in Lighting and Plumbing in Gift Cards with 4-piece Kitchen Package Purchase from Frigidaire Gallery, Frigidaire Pro, Electrolux and Bosch (Benchmark not included).
  • 12 Month, 0% Financing Available with Approved Credit
  • 10% Off All Decorative Lighting. Recessed and GM Lighting products excluded.
  • 10% Off All Outlet Prices

Call us at 617-825-9253 for more information
Click here for Home Show details

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

Best Freestanding & Slide-In Gas Range Deals 2016 (Reviews/Ratings/Prices)

by Steve Sheinkopf

Yale Home Show 2016
19 chef demos to see in both locations – February 6-7 + 13-15

  • Free 5 Year Warranties on Jenn-Air and Miele Purchases. Some exlusions apply, ask for details
  • 10% Back in Lighting and Plumbing in Gift Cards with 4-piece Kitchen Package Purchase from Frigidaire Gallery, Frigidaire Pro, Electrolux and Bosch (Benchmark not included).
  • 12 Month, 0% Financing Available with Approved Credit
  • 10% Off All Decorative Lighting. Recessed and GM Lighting products excluded.
  • 10% Off All Outlet Prices

Call us at 617-825-9253 for more information
Click here for Home Show details

You do not have to buy a pro range for super hot burners anymore. Gas ranges are starting to perform more like professional ranges with at least one burner being super hot. You also have available features like griddle burners, warming drawers or second ovens.

So if you haven't been in the market for a while, there is much more to consider than just five years ago. It can be a bit confusing, but we will describe each unit and feature below. You can determine the right product for your kitchen.

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Topics: Bosch, Frigidaire, Slide-In Ranges, Electrolux, KitchenAid, Freestanding Ranges

The 5 Best Counter Depth Refrigerators

by Steve Sheinkopf

Yale Home Show 2016
19 chef demos to see in both locations – February 6-7 + 13-15

  • Free 5 Year Warranties on Jenn-Air and Miele Purchases. Some exlusions apply, ask for details
  • 10% Back in Lighting and Plumbing in Gift Cards with 4-piece Kitchen Package Purchase from Frigidaire Gallery, Frigidaire Pro, Electrolux and Bosch (Benchmark not included).
  • 12 Month, 0% Financing Available with Approved Credit
  • 10% Off All Decorative Lighting. Recessed and GM Lighting products excluded.
  • 10% Off All Outlet Prices

Call us at 617-825-9253 for more information
Click here for Home Show details

A counter depth refrigerator does not protrude from the cabinets. It is more aesthetically pleasing because you won't see the sides. It is also a benefit to have a shallower refrigerator in a galley kitchen or with an island design. There will be more room between the refrigerator and the island itself.

Simply, counter depths look better. We will look at the different types and then the 5 best to consider.

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Topics: Jenn-Air, Bosch, Frigidaire, Website, Refrigerators, Counter Depth Refrigerators, KitchenAid, Samsung

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