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Mark Bennett

Mark Bennett has over 10 years of experience at Yale Appliance + Lighting. Mark began working in the delivery and warehouse departments before transitioning to appliance sales.

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Best Bedroom Air Conditioners (Prices/Reviews/Ratings)

by Mark Bennett

So we have a heat wave this week. Air conditioners are the one product where supply does not ever meet demand. Even in a prolonged heat wave, factories will not manufacture more units.

All the air conditioners are made in the winter and sold to stores in the spring. There is only one manufacturing run, and that’s it. They don’t even care about global warming.

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Topics: Friedrich, Frigidaire, Air Conditioners

The Best 20 Inch Gas Ranges (Reviews/Ratings/Prices)

by Mark Bennett

So, you're limited in space for a gas range? You are not alone as many city kitchens and tenant apartments have the same requirement. The standard width of a range is 30 inches, but many smaller spaces only allow a 20" or 24" range.

Last week, we updated an article about 24 inch gas ranges. There are many good options for 24" ranges including Bertazzoini, AGA, Fisher &Paykel as well as more basic brands.

My hope is that there would be a better selection for 20" gas ranges as well. However, there are just 6 brands: Danby, Avanti, Amana, Hotpoint, Premier and Summit. They all look the same.

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Topics: Summit, Premier

Wolf vs GE Monogram Dual Fuel Pro Ranges (Reviews/Ratings)

by Mark Bennett

Professional ranges have changed over the years even since I wrote this original article four years ago.You can choose ranges from Wolf, GE Monogram, the ever beguiling Viking company, Dacor, Capital, DCS, Jenn-Air and a few others.  

The different options include more powerful burners, twin convection, Wi-Fi enabled technology, steam and automatic cooking are now all available. It can be daunting for you or (even for me) as the technology has changed so remarkably.

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Topics: Wolf, Professional Ranges, GE Monogram

Whirlpool vs. LG Front Load Washers (Reviews/Ratings/Prices)

by Mark Bennett

For many years Whirlpool owned a huge share of the laundry business, especially with their production of the Sears Kenmore units (partnership based on a handshake in the 1920s).

In 2002, Whirlpool bought their perennial rival Maytag and looked to extend their dominance.

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Topics: Whirlpool, Front Load Washers, LG Electronics

True vs. Viking Beverage Centers (Reviews/Ratings)

by Mark Bennett

Beverage centers are the most popular choice for under cabinet refrigeration.

If you have a need for extra refrigeration and a few wine bottles, then the beverage center is designed for you.

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Topics: Viking, Undercounter Refrigerators, True Refrigerators

Why You Should Flush Mount a Wall Oven (Reviews/How-Tos)

by Mark Bennett

Flush wall ovens. You may have other concerns in your your renovation as you should, but this is a nice detail.

Look at how clean this looks...

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Topics: Wall Ovens, Makeover Monday

The Difference Between Wolf Professional Ranges (Reviews/Ratings)

by Mark Bennett

One of the most common questions we get when looking at cooking products is “what is the difference?”.

Wolf is one of the premium brands that we carry, with 12 all gas and 14 dual fuel (gas top electric oven) models. Well look at Wolf and compare their models to see what the differences actually are.

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Topics: Wolf, Professional Ranges

The Best Microwave Drawers for 2015 (Ratings/Reviews)

by Mark Bennett

Drawer microwaves are designed to be built into your cabinets at a more convenient height just below the countertop. By moving the microwave from that location the kitchen will be less cluttered with more available work space.

The microwave can be installed under a countertop and load from the top, much more convenient than a side-swinging door. The look is also much cleaner than the older style microwave and trim kit.

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Internal, In-Line and External Blowers (Reviews)

by Mark Bennett

One of the most important elements in a kitchen design is the ventilation.

Choosing the style is one thing, but insuring the hood will provide adequate ventilation is essential. If the vent does not work, then grease, smoke and odors stay in your kitchen.

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Topics: Ventilation

How To Buy An Upright Freezer

by Mark Bennett

Refrigerators today come in many different configurations, top freezer, bottom freezer, side by side, and French door. Capacities for most full size models will range from 16-31 cubic feet.

There is one area that some people would like some additional capacity, and that is in the freezer. Top and bottom freezer fridges (including French door models) can sometimes make it difficult to find things. Side by side models are more organized, but the freezer is narrow, making it hard to fit larger items.

Many people in this situation may purchase an additional freezer for the garage or basement. There are two types, chest and upright, let’s focus on how to buy an upright model.

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Topics: Freezers

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