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Jessica Petrino

Jessica Petrino is an Appliance Sales Consultant at Yale Appliance + Lighting. Jessica is a graduate of Brandeis University where she studied Economics and Philosophy. In her spare time she enjoys skiing, golfing, and traveling.

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Recent Posts

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 equal 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

The Best 36-Inch Induction Cooktops for 2017 (Ratings/Reviews/Prices)

by Jessica Petrino

Induction is not new technology since it was introduced in the 1980s. However, it is far more recent than gas or traditional electric, which started in the 1920s and 1930s. The first popular induction cooktops were the now defunct Diva at $3,500 for four basic burners.

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Topics: Induction Cooktops, Website

Best Dishwasher Brands for 2017 (Reviews / Ratings / Prices)

by Jessica Petrino

A great dishwasher does not necessarily mean the most expensive. My favorite affordable luxury brands, Bosch, KitchenAid, and Jenn-Air, have great dishwashers. Every brand produces multiple models, although Miele is considered a luxury appliance brand, they also make dishwashers under $900.

In this post, I will discuss the best dishwasher brands in the appliance industry given their features, service history, and prices.

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Topics: Dishwashers

BlueStar Platinum vs. GE Monogram 30-Inch Ranges (Reviews / Ratings / Prices)

by Jessica Petrino

If you are in the market for a professional-style range chances are you are a serious home chef, looking for an upscale industrial-style range. Whether it's looks or function, you have many options in the professional range market.

There are two kinds of professional ranges or pro ranges. Residential brands have designed their pro ranges with more features, whereas commercial companies have stayed true to the fewer features, more power of a commercial range.

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Topics: GE Monogram, Ranges, BlueStar

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

by Jessica Petrino

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. 

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Topics: Bosch, Dishwashers, Bosch Benchmark

Slide-In vs. Freestanding vs. Front Control Ranges (Comparisons / Reviews / Ratings)

by Jessica Petrino

In the past, there were only slide-in ranges and freestanding ranges. Over time, manufacturers found that it was not easy to switch from a freestanding range to a slide-in range due to installation requirements.

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Topics: Slide-In Ranges, Freestanding Ranges

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

Attractive Make-Up Air Hoods with ACT Technology (Reviews/Ratings/Prices)

by Jessica Petrino

The average kitchen accumulates four gallons of grease per year. To protect your kitchen cabinetry, walls, and ceiling, proper ventilation is an essential part of any kitchen. Ventilation is one of the trickiest parts of kitchen design to understand because it is conceptually abstract.

If you want to pass inspection on any permitted job, you need to pay very close attention to local codes. With a new hood, range, or cooktop purchase in Massachusetts you need to know about make-up air.

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Topics: Ventilation, Range Hoods, Make Up Air, Yale Hoods

Samsung vs. LG Front Control Gas Ranges (Reviews/Ratings/Prices)

by Jessica Petrino

Samsung and LG are two South Korean companies that dominate the household electronics industry. Both companies manufacture household appliances as well and are probably best known for their large capacity laundry and refrigeration.

Both brands tend to lead the way in the affordable luxury market when it comes to incorporating technological innovation. Let’s take a look at what each brand has to offer.

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Topics: Ranges, Samsung, LG Electronics

Wolf vs. Thermador 30’’ Professional Style Wall Ovens (Reviews/Ratings/Prices)

by Jessica Petrino

If you're in the market for a high-end wall oven, chances are you have considered both Wolf and Thermador brands. Both brands offer great products and certainly have a heavy presence in upscale kitchens.

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Topics: Wolf, Thermador, Wall Ovens

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