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Chris Tavares

Chris Tavares is an Appliance Sales Associate at Yale Appliance + Lighting and has been with Yale for over 10 years. When not helping clients, Chris is a huge Patriots fan and enjoys cooking.

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Wolf vs. BlueStar 30 Inch All Gas Pro Ranges (Reviews / Ratings / Prices)

by Chris Tavares

Wolf and BlueStar are both American, family-owned companies. In many ways, these two ranges are similar, without advanced controls unlike Jenn-Air, Miele or even Wolf''s own dual fuel range.

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Topics: Wolf, Professional Ranges, BlueStar

BlueStar vs. Capital Professional Ranges (Reviews / Ratings / Prices)

by Chris Tavares

Professional-style ranges have a commercial appearance, yet are intended for residential use.

There are two types of professional-style ranges you can buy: Professional-style ranges manufactured by companies specializing in commercial grade appliances, and professional-style ranges manufactured by companies specializing in residential appliances.

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Topics: Professional Ranges, Capital, BlueStar

Best Kitchenaid Appliance Packages (Reviews/Ratings/Prices)

by Chris Tavares

Every month we offer special appliance packages which are the best values. Rebates change monthly and can deviate up to 30%. It’s a good place to save some money.

KitchenAid has just introduced a new line of products. So, we will look at the brand, the package levels, and the new products.

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Topics: KitchenAid, Stainless Steel Kitchen Appliance Packages

Gaggenau vs. Miele Induction Cooktops (Reviews/Ratings/Prices)

by Chris Tavares

If you are looking for a premium induction cooktop, then you probably are considering Miele and/or Gaggenau.

They are very different cooktops from polar opposite type companies.

In this article, we will look at induction and how it works. Then we will compare both Miele and Gaggenau as well as both products.

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Topics: Induction Cooktops, Miele, Gaggenau

Miele vs. Viking 48” Rangetops (Reviews/Ratings/Prices)

by Chris Tavares

Rangetops are easier to shop than any other product. You compare the output and simmer rating of a few brands like Wolf, Jenn-air, Thermador, Capital, Miele and Viking.

Viking and Miele have the two newest products. They both promise you power and reliability but accomplish this in two different ways.  

Which is better? It really depends on recent history. This is a comparison of which company you believe will deliver a more reliable product.

We will look at both companies, their products and then offer you an honest opinion.

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Topics: Miele, Viking, Rangetops

Miele vs. GE Café Dual Fuel Range (Reviews/Ratings/Prices)

by Chris Tavares

Miele vs. GE Cafe? The two are on the polar ends of the spectrum. Miele is family owned for 150 years. GE is one of the world’s largest companies and will be divesting their appliance business to Electrolux by summer 2015.

Both of these ranges are really good.You would be happy with either, but they also represent the opposites of the high end range market both in features and prices.

We will look at both companies, as well as features and prices  First lets review. 

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Topics: Miele, GE Cafe, Dual Fuel Ranges

Electrolux vs. GE Compact Laundry (Reviews/Ratings/Prices)

by Chris Tavares

Compact washers and dryers are very popular in the Boston market; and many other urban areas worldwide. If your current laundry space is smaller than (27’’ wide, 33’’ deep, and 36’’ tall) you need to look at compact laundry.

The quality of the machines are excellent, although they have less capacity and are more expensive.

This niche is dominated by the European manufacturers as it is the standard in Europe. Bosch, Miele, Asko, and Electrolux are the most popular brands in this market. These machines can be stacked or placed side-by-side.

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Topics: Electrolux, GE, Compact Laundry

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

New Electrolux Compact Laundry (Reviews/Ratings/Prices)

by Chris Tavares

Compact laundry is currently offered only by Blomberg, Bosch, Asko and Miele. It is designed to fit within 24 inch spaces.

They are also stackable and perfect for small spaces like closets.

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Topics: Electrolux, Laundry

Thermador vs. Sub-Zero Tall Wine Refrigeration (Reviews/Ratings/Prices)

by Chris Tavares

If you are looking for a wine storage unit for your kitchen project you are probably looking to entertain guests, or store your wine collection.

Tall wine refrigerators can be built into any kitchen design to match the surrounding cabinetry. When building wine refrigeration into your cabinetry it's important to purchase a wine refrigerator that breathes from the front. Some box stores sell wine storage units, however many cheap units (less than $900) will breathe from the back and will suffocate themselves if installed into cabinetry (causing repair issues and possibly spoiling your wine).

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Topics: Wine Coolers

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