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Everything You Need To Know About KitchenAid Dishwashers

by Chris Wurlitzer

KitchenAid has completely redesigned their iconic dishwasher to compete with the quieter and more efficient European brands like Bosch. We analyze important feature changes in this video.

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Topics: Dishwashers, KitchenAid

The 5 Best Affordable Luxury Appliance Brands (Reviews/Ratings)

by Jessica Petrino

Like with many other commodities appliance technology is constantly improving. Years ago, you had to spend big bucks to get the innovative features.

Today, most appliance brands produce a warming drawer and an induction cooking product, and almost every oven has convection and self-cleaning. For gas ranges, every range has at least one power burner equivalent to an expensive professional range.

For many families, making the decision to purchase a new kitchen is an enormous one. It requires both a financial and time commitment.

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Topics: Stainless Steel Kitchen Appliance Packages

What Does Convection Mean? Different Types of Convection Cooking Explained

by Danny Nguyen

Convection cooking is a topic that comes up a lot when selling ovens – but what does it mean?

Here, we will break down what convection really means and how it applies to your appliances, in addition to the different types of convection cooking.

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Topics: Cooking

Does The Jenn-Air Downdraft Really Work?

by Steve Sheinkopf

The downdraft is Jenn-Airs signature product. The vent is in the middle of the cooktop or stove and vented down through the product and out of your house.

That’s the theory, but I never saw it in operation until last Sunday.

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Topics: Jenn-Air, Downdrafts

Electrolux Buys GE Appliances: Is It Good For The Consumer?

by Steve Sheinkopf

Electrolux has just purchased GE Appliance for $3.3 billion.

It’s a good move for them. They now have GE's new factories, their vaunted logistics and greater access to the box stores.

They are also now in the builder business because GE is a significant brand within the builder community. Electrolux also buys the Monogram division so in theory they can now compete with more profitable premium products like Thermador and Sub-Zero.

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Topics: Appliances, Yale PSA

Makeover Monday: How to Layout a Kitchen With Appliances

by Steve Sheinkopf

It's Makeover Monday: Every Monday we look at a professionally remodeled kitchen and/or bathroom and talk about what is good and sometimes not so good about that particular renovation. This article is designed to help you with your project...so let's get to it.

Of all 50 or so kitchens I have reviewed on these Makeover Mondays, I may like this one the best.

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Topics: Makeover Monday

Best 30 Inch All-Gas Professional Ranges (Reviews / Ratings / Prices)

by Jessica Petrino

A professional range is simply a freestanding range with high-output gas burners. The professional moniker is derived from its commercial appearance.

Updated for 2014

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Topics: Professional Ranges

Best 30 Inch Professional Gas Ranges (Reviews/Ratings/Prices)

by Steve Sheinkopf

To review, a professional range is a stove with high output BTU burners in a commercial appearance. They are available in all-gas or dual fuel with electric convection ovens.

Regular gas ranges will have at least one professional style burner. The professional range will have all high output burners and at least two burnerswith a very low simmer.

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Topics: Wolf, Thermador, Jenn-Air, Professional Ranges, Viking, Website

Viking vs. Dacor Induction Ranges (Ratings / Reviews / Prices)

by William Hanley

Induction cooking has been used in Europe for decades by both professional chefs and family cooks. Induction cooking provides an alternative to the traditional cooking methods of gas or electric.

Induction cooktops are 90-95% energy efficient and as a result no heat is wasted since energy is supplied directly to the cooking vessel. Induction cooking is also one of the safest and most efficient cooking methods.

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Topics: Viking, Induction Ranges, Dacor

Best Dishwasher Prices In Massachusetts

by Steve Sheinkopf

I write this post a couple of times a year so you can gauge how expensive new appliances can be and plan accordingly.

Appliance prices have not changed much in my 28 years in some areas. For instance a $299 dishwasher in 1986 is now $299. Factories are way more efficient and global competition has kept prices in check.

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Topics: Dishwashers

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