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Steve Sheinkopf

My goal has always been simple: I want Yale to be the best retail experience anywhere. I have tried to create a compelling environment for customers and employees alike

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Best New Appliances at the 2017 Architecture Digest Design Show

by Steve Sheinkopf

Let me give you your appliance future.

Your oven will be able to prepare food based on what it knows is in your refrigerator. It will then signal your dishwasher as to what the best cycle will be based on what you will cook.

Sounds far-fetched, right?

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Topics: New Products

Mid-Range to Affordable Luxury Appliance Packages (Ratings/Reviews)

by Steve Sheinkopf

You do not have to spend a ton of money for good looking appliances. It's quite the opposite, especially over the last 5 years. 

KitchenAid has a whole new look. Bosch has a new refrigerator. Samsung is now the number one brand in the US because of beautiful design and advanced technology. Jenn-Air still has their most popular full-featured package around $5,000.

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Topics: Jenn-Air, Bosch, KitchenAid, Samsung, Stainless Steel Kitchen Appliance Packages

The 6 Best Luxury Appliance Brands (Reviews/Ratings/Prices)

by Steve Sheinkopf

The best appliance brands combine name recognition, performance, and features. Some of the names may surprise you.

Now I am not implying that you should only buy these if you have the budget or specific need. You should also look at the brands in the 5 Best Affordable Luxury Brands which combine features and price.

Regardless, if you want the best in your kitchen, these 6 brands are universally considered to be the best. Honorable mention to Jenn-Air and Bosch Benchmark, which are considered affordable luxury.

Short on time? Get our free Appliance Buying Guide for comparisons of all the major brands »

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Topics: Thermador, Miele, Viking, Sub-Zero, Gaggenau, La Cornue Ranges

New BlueStar 36-Inch Professional Built-In Refrigerator (Reviews / Ratings / Prices)

by Steve Sheinkopf

BlueStar has a new 36-inch professional refrigerator with some interesting features. We will review the BlueStar and compare it to some more familiar names like Jenn-Air, KitchenAid, and Sub-Zero.

First of all, BlueStar is a family-owned range company based in Pennsylvania. They have been around making solid cooking appliances since the 1880s. After talking about manufacturing a refrigerator for a while, they have finally introduced their first model after years of development.

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Topics: Professional Refrigerators, BlueStar

Best Yale Pro, Decorative, Wood and Under Cabinet Hoods (Reviews / Ratings / Prices)

by Steve Sheinkopf

Proper ventilation is very important in a new home, especially if you like to cook. You do not want lingering odors in your home and grease in your kitchen. At the same time, Massachusetts has new make-up air laws, so you want your new vent to pass inspection.

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Topics: Yale Hoods

Most Reliable Dishwashers for 2017 (Reviews / Ratings)

by Steve Sheinkopf

When you need a new dishwasher you will ask about the quietness, along with cycles, racks, and overall capacity.

Now, it is the first time to talk about reliability. This article is all about reliability within the first year and the most reliable/unreliable brands. First, let's look at the methodology.

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Topics: Dishwashers, Most Reliable Appliances

What are the Best 18-inch Dishwashers? (Reviews/Ratings/Prices)

by Steve Sheinkopf

The 18-inch dishwasher is almost exclusively an urban phenomenon. Typically, smaller apartments have smaller spaces with smaller kitchens producing the need for smaller appliances.

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Should You Buy a Third-party Appliance Warranty? (Reviews/Ratings)

by Steve Sheinkopf

Have you ever had a truly bad service experience? We all have. Usually, it is a restaurant or other routine interaction like a convenience store or dry cleaner perhaps. You may never return to that establishment.

However, as bad as a horrible meal or ripped shirt may be, your experience after buying a third-party appliance warranty will be far worse, and you won't realize how much until it is too late.

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Topics: Yale PSA

The 5 Best Counter Depth Refrigerators (Reviews/Ratings/Prices)

by Steve Sheinkopf

A counter depth refrigerator does not protrude from the cabinets. It is more aesthetically pleasing because you won't see the sides. It is also a benefit to have a shallower refrigerator in a galley kitchen or with an island design. There will be more room between the refrigerator and the island itself. 

Simply, counter depths look better. We will look at the different types and then the 7 best to consider.

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Topics: Jenn-Air, Bosch, Frigidaire, Website, Refrigerators, Counter Depth Refrigerators, KitchenAid, Samsung

Best Stainless Steel Kitchen Appliance Packages (Reviews/Ratings/Prices)

by Steve Sheinkopf

So, you are buying a full suite of appliances for your kitchen. It is not easy researching each unit, but there may be a better way. Consider buying the brand.

This strategy works because all your appliances will match. Rebates also increase when you buy a whole kitchen package. It’s a much smarter way for you to buy appliances.

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Topics: Stainless Steel Kitchen Appliance Packages

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