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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

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

Best Wood Hood Blowers (Reviews/Ratings/Prices)

by Tam Nguyen

Choosing a wood hood blower is easy as most of them are very similar. The hard part is for the cabinet company building the custom wooden cabinets around it.

Also known as an insert or power pack, these ventilation units are available from almost every manufacturer that produces a regular canopy hood. The only major factors you would have to decide would be: size, CFM power and filter type.

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Topics: Range Hoods

Whirlpool vs. Speed Queen Top Load Washers (Reviews/Ratings/Prices)

by John Ramsay V

The actual technology has not changed in a top load washer since the 1940s. You may fondly remember your old Maytag that lasted 20 years. Most top loaders are still pretty reliable.

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Topics: Whirlpool, Washers, Speed Queen

LED Pucks vs Strips for Under Cabinet Lighting (Reviews/Ratings)

by Susan Burke

Remodeling your kitchen can be exciting; picking out all your new appliances, cabinets, tile and everything else to make your kitchen stylish.

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Topics: LED Lighting, Under Cabinet Lighting

A Review of La Cornue Ranges (Ratings)

by Jessica Goodale

La Cornue is a completely different range with the ability to customize colors, trims and even the configuration of the tops. We will review the two series as well as the benefits of considering a La Cornue.

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Topics: La Cornue Ranges

True 48" vs. Sub-Zero Pro 48 Counter Depth Refrigerator

by Jonathan Beresford

Let's face it. Sub-Zero has owned the 48 inch professional refrigeration market for quite some time. The Pro 48 inch was introduced in 2005 to appeal to people who wanted an industrial looking refrigerator in the home.

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Topics: Sub-Zero, Counter Depth Refrigerators, True Refrigerators

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