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Best Pro Griddles (Reviews/Ratings)

by Paul Gillis

The best built in Pro Griddle we sell here at Yale is, well, let’s answer that question a little bit later.

In simple terms, a griddle is a piece of metal that is flattened, cut and then installed on the appliance. In most of the griddles we sell here at Yale, are composed of cast or wrought iron, aluminum or carbon steel.

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Topics: Professional Ranges

Decorative Kitchen Range Hoods (Reviews/Ratings)

by Steve Sheinkopf

You have picked a great pro range, an integrated or professional refrigerator, a quiet dishwasher, but you are missing one important item.

The range hood has always been an important product because it evacuates grease, smoke and heat from your kitchen.

Until the middle 1990s, it was a piece of metal with knobs. Now it can be the design statement in your kitchen.

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Topics: Makeover Monday

New Miele HR1124 30 Inch Professional Gas Range (Reviews/Ratings/Prices)

by Steve Sheinkopf

So you are looking for a professional range? You have some pretty iconic names to choose: Wolf (better known as Sub-Zeros cooking company), Thermador (Bosch’s premium line), Jenn-Air (Whirlpool’s upscale line) as well as the rapidly imploding Viking Corp.

Miele has chosen a tough, competitive market. It’s another iconic brand in a very competitive field. Before we look at the product, let’s look at the company. 

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Topics: Miele, Professional Ranges

Miele vs. Viking Induction Ranges (Reviews/Ratings)

by Jessica Petrino

Before professional-style induction ranges were introduced to the market, customers without gas designing professional-style kitchens were limited to a cooktop and wall oven configuration.

Miele and Viking are two of the only manufacturers that make a range that looks like a professional-style gas range yet has an induction cooking surface.

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Topics: Miele, Viking, Induction Ranges

5 New Appliance Debuts from the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show

by Jessica Petrino

Look at your phone. That type of technology is slowly being integrated into appliances.

You would expect that from technology giant Samsung, but the most exciting appliances may be from Miele.

Every brand is striving to distinguish itself with continuous innovation. Earlier this month many of the new innovations were displayed at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Below are the most unique developments in the appliance industry.

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Topics: New Products

Everpure Water Filters vs. Bottled Water (Prices/Models)

by Danny Nguyen

A whopping 75% of the earth is made up of water, but between saltwater and water is frozen in icecaps and glaciers, only 1% is available for human consumption.

To keep your body healthy, it is recommended that the average adult consumes 8 to 12 cups of water per day. With the amount of water that is recommended for consumption, it’s vital that the water we drink is clean and safe.

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Topics: Everpure, Water Filters

New Larger Pendants for the Kitchen (Pictures/Ideas)

by Steve Sheinkopf

So you are renovating your kitchen. You have an island or table in the middle of the kitchen and now it is time to choose lighting.

Until last year, you had a choice of chandelier or smaller pendants. I just renovated my kitchen 2 years ago and carefully picked out these pendants.

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Topics: Makeover Monday

What is a French Top Range and Why You Should You Buy One (Reviews/Ratings)

by Paul Groux

Legend has it that the French top or French (plaque) was created by hanging cast iron pots from a hook over an open fire. The closer the pots were to the fire the hotter the bottom of the pot was.

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Topics: Wolf, Professional Ranges

Jenn-Air Slide-In vs. Electrolux Gas Slide-In (Reviews/Ratings/Prices)

by Chris Tavares

Slide-ins differ from regular freestanding ranges by simply not having a backguard. However, in mid to high end construction, slide-ins have become the standard, because you can see your custom tiling without a 14 inch range backguard.

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Topics: Jenn-Air, Slide-In Ranges, Electrolux

Should You Buy a Gas Slide-In or Pro Range? (Reviews/Ratings)

by Steve Sheinkopf

Choosing between a professional range or slide-in range used to be an easy decision. Professional ranges were more expensive and powerful while slide-ins were more functional and user friendly. In some cases, this is still true. Wolf is more expensive while companies like Frigidaire and GE will be much cheaper.

However, in the other 80% of what you will consider, it is not as clear. The number 2 and 3 companies, Thermador and Jenn-Air, are $1,200 more expensive than the comparable gas slide-in, but they both offer free $1,200 dishwashers as a package. After the free dishwasher, the price is roughly comparable.

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Topics: Professional Ranges, Slide-In Ranges

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