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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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What is the Difference Between the Weber Spirit, Genesis II, Genesis II LX and Summit BBQ Grills?

by Steve Sheinkopf

Weber has completely changed in 2017 for their most popular Genesis grill. Their burners and flavorizer bars have been altered to provide a more even heat. Their ignition system is now designed for one strike activation even in cold weather. 

The Genesis also features a better grease management system, as well. There is even an app accessory to monitor your food remotely, so you do not have to be tethered to your grill during a party or get together.

For 2017, the Genesis is the only grill with these improvements. Weber has also increased the Genesis lineup from 4 grills to 8 with a new series called the Weber Genesis II LX.

That said, we will look at the Spirit, the Genesis II, Genesis II LX and the Summit grills. Then we will look at how you choose. It is a bit harder than last year.

First, we will look at Weber and why they should be considered for your grill.

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Topics: Website, Weber, BBQ Grills

How to Protect Your Floors After an Appliance Delivery (Problems)

by Steve Sheinkopf

Let’s face it - appliance delivery is one of the worst issues in shopping today. The legion of complaints is overwhelming. Even when it is all checked off, the delivery is probably wrong in terms of damage to your premises or product or not removing the old or installing the new properly.

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Topics: Appliance Delivery

How to Replace a Light Bulb in Your Range Hood

by Steve Sheinkopf

This video had to be made. If you bought a range hood recently, you may have noticed this particular bulb. This is a low voltage GU10 bulb.

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Topics: Ventilation

Issues/Problems with Appliance Delivery Services

by Steve Sheinkopf

Appliance delivery could be one of the worst experiences you will ever have. Google it now if you have a minute to be horrified.

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Topics: Yale PSA

Viking vs. Blomberg Dishwashers (Reviews / Ratings / Prices)

by Steve Sheinkopf

Have you ever purchased a product to find out, you could have bought the same exact product under a different name for much cheaper? 

In our industry, there are a few OEMs (short for original equipment manufacturer) yet tons of labels. Typically, the price difference between the OEM and the name brand is significant.

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Topics: Blomberg, Dishwashers, Viking

The Most Important Appliance Delivery Checklist (Reviews)

by Steve Sheinkopf

So you are buying a whole kitchen of appliances: 48-inch pro range, dishwasher, hood, blower, refrigerator, wine cooler, washer, dryer, wall oven, sink, cooktop, bar sink, faucet, soap dispenser, etc. So you uncrate them (always in presence of delivery person, so damage can be noted).

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Topics: Appliances, Yale PSA

The Best Luxury Stainless Steel Kitchen Appliance Packages (Reviews/Ratings)

by Steve Sheinkopf

The luxury appliance segment encompasses more appliances yet fewer brands than ever. Your idea of luxury may differ from mine. A built-in kitchen with wall ovens differs from a professional range, so it is difficult to choose just 5 packages.

In the luxury segment, you can expect counter depth, professional or integrated refrigerators, convection ovens, built-ins, induction power or pro gas as well as integrated dishwashers. Brands include Dacor, Sub-Zero/Wolf, Jenn-Air, Bosch, Miele, Gaggenau, and Thermador. Samsung and Electrolux have a few pieces for the luxury segment.

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

Best Electric/Induction Range Deals 2017 (Reviews/Ratings/Prices)

by Steve Sheinkopf

Electric ranges have not changed much since your last purchase. In fact, they are pretty similar. It is still ceran glass over elements, but some of the features like convection, warming drawer and 5th burners have changed and are worth considering.

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Topics: Jenn-Air, Frigidaire, Website, Electrolux, Maytag, Electric Cooking, Induction Ranges

Best Affordable (Cheap) Kitchen Appliance Packages From $1,699 - $4,999

by Steve Sheinkopf

Packages are a great way to buy kitchen appliances.

You can take advantage of escalating manufacturer rebates. The style and look of your kitchen remains coordinated as well with handles and consistent grading of steel.

Affordable does not mean cheap or junk. Amana, Bosch, Maytag, Samsung and Frigidaire are all respected manufacturers. You can buy convection ranges, counter depth refrigerators (even 4 door refrigerators) and slide-in ranges under $5,000. 

At 1,699, you can buy a very good package of self-cleaning range, over-the-range microwave, dishwasher and refrigerator.

Package pricing updated for April, 2017

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Topics: Stainless Steel Kitchen Appliance Packages

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

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