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Rick Medeiros

Rick Medeiros has over 10 years of appliances sales experience and is in the appliance sales department at Yale Appliance + Lighting. He enjoys travelling, live music and learning to play the guitar.

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Best Deep Kitchen Sinks (Reviews/Ratings/Prices)

by Rick Medeiros

If you are in the process of building a new home or renovating your kitchen, chances are you are planning to purchase a new kitchen sink. Think about it, you use your sink every day. Although a sink is perceived to be one of the simplest items we sell, choosing the right sink for you is very important. Once your sink is installed, you will probably not replace it… so choose wisely.

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Topics: Sinks

Are Steam Ovens Worth Buying? (Reviews/Ratings)

by Rick Medeiros

In the last few years, this category has certainly been picking up steam (pun not intended). I’m sure by now you have been told that it’s the healthiest way to cook.

Moisture does maintain the nutrients and minerals of the food instead of baking them out. The food will also have a lower fat content because you’re not using any oil to keep the food moist when cooking.

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Topics: Wolf, Steam Ovens

Electrolux vs. GE Profile Front Load Washers (Reviews/Ratings/Prices)

by Rick Medeiros

Laundry has consolidated a bit since the last time you bought a washer. Amana, Whirlpool, Maytag and Kenmore are all essentially the same machine. Samsung and LG now have become major brands. You can buy Speed Queen for a different type of product.

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Topics: Front Load Washers, Electrolux, GE Profile

Best Affordable Panel-Ready Refrigerators (Reviews/Ratings/Prices)

by Rick Medeiros

Custom paneling a refrigerator is a great style for a new kitchen. Have a look:

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Topics: Professional Refrigerators

Miele vs. KitchenAid Dishwashers (Reviews/Ratings/Prices)

by Rick Medeiros

If you are looking for a premium dishwasher, then Miele and KitchenAid should be at the top of your list. Both are excellent, but there are numerous differences, especially if you have not been in the market for a few years.

We will look at both brands then compare a few different dishwashers. First we will look at the blurring lines between American and European style dishwashers.

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Topics: Miele, Dishwashers, KitchenAid

Blomberg vs. Miele Compact Laundry (Reviews/Rating/Prices)

by Rick Medeiros

Compact laundry generally refers to 24 inch washers and dryers. This size is convenient for stacking in closets or placing side by side in a standard 24 inch kitchen cabinet.

Almost all compact laundry is built and/or engineered in Europe. Europeans typically have smaller kitchens and living spaces, so compact laundry is a staple. Since these machines are only available in electric models, gas hook-up is not an option.

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Topics: Miele, Blomberg, Compact Laundry

Viking vs. Bluestar French Door Wall Ovens (Reviews/Ratings/Prices)

by Rick Medeiros

Wall ovens are now the most exciting cooking category. Manufacturers have gone high tech and have features like Wi-Fi in Dacor and Jenn-Air. Miele added steam to their ovens for baking bread. Wolf added a new blower convection system. All the above have added intuitive controls.

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Topics: Viking, Wall Ovens, BlueStar

Thermador vs. Miele Steam Ovens (Reviews/Ratings/Prices)

by Rick Medeiros

Steam has become much more popular in the last 5 years. In fact many people are forgoing their microwaves for steam. Before you read about Thermador and Miele, let's look at how steam works.

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Topics: Thermador, Miele, Steam Ovens

American Style vs. European Style Dishwashers (Reviews/Ratings)

by Rick Medeiros

For the longest time, American dishwashers were noisy with plastic tubs but loaded with bells and whistles.

About 20 years ago European dishwashers started to hit the market like Asko, Bosch and Miele. They offered virtually noise free models with stainless steel tubs, but were expensive and with limited features.

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Topics: Dishwashers

Samsung vs. Frigidaire Front Load Washers (Reviews/Ratings/Prices)

by Rick Medeiros

Frigidaire and Samsung are two of the largest appliance manufacturers in the world. But even with all the information you have on the internet, it can be very difficult to compare the brands accurately.

Samsung has leveraged its electronics division with Best Buy and is the brand of choice in the Big Box retailers. Frigidaire, on the other hand, has been mostly perceived as an entry level/value brand.

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Topics: Front Load Washers, Frigidaire, Samsung

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