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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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Real Review of the Samsung NZ36K78800UG/AA Wi-Fi Induction Cooktop (Ratings / Prices)

by Steve Sheinkopf

The next generation of appliance upgrades is Wi-Fi, without question. One day in the future, you will be able to call your appliances and have the food ready when you arrive home. We are almost there with some Wi-Fi wall ovens like Dacor and Jenn-Air.

Curiously, Samsung has introduced an induction Wi-Fi cooktop. In theory, you can connect your phone to the cooktop and monitor the burner settings as well as use time functions. Before we look at Wi-Fi, I want to see if this cooktop is competitive on features like output.

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Topics: Induction Cooktops, Samsung, Smart Appliances

Quietest Dishwasher By Decibel Rating (Ratings/Reviews/Prices)

by Steve Sheinkopf

There are many factors to consider when purchasing a dishwasher; the number of wash cycles, how many place settings will it hold, what colors are available, but the most asked for feature is for it to be quiet.

Dishwasher noise levels are rated in decibels, the lower the decibel number the quieter the dishwasher. A difference of just a few decibels may not seem to be much, but a dishwasher that is just one decibel more is actually 30 percent louder. A dishwasher that is four decibels more is twice as loud.

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Topics: Dishwashers

The Best Bosch Dishwasher You Should Consider (SHS63VL5UC Video Review)

by Steve Sheinkopf

So, you're buying a dishwasher? You have more choices than ever. In fact, it can be difficult to buy a good dishwasher with decent features and quietness.

There are the inexpensive brands to consider like Frigidaire, Whirlpool, Maytag, and GE. They have great features, but most of them have plastic tubs and are noisier.

Then there are the premium dishwashers like Bosch, KitchenAid, and Miele. Each of them has robust quietness factors and features. In years passed, premium dishwashers would cost about $1000.

Despite that, Bosch does have one model with pretty much every feature. It is the Stainless Steel Bosch 300 Series, and depending on the promotions it can be as low as $589 after rebates.

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Topics: Bosch, Dishwashers

What's the Difference Between All Gas and Dual Fuel Professional Ranges? (Reviews / Ratings / Prices)

by Steve Sheinkopf

If you were looking at a dual fuel and gas range, you wouldn't notice a difference. On the outside, they look identical. The only differences are the fuel connections and the performance.

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Topics: Professional Ranges, Gas Cooking, Dual Fuel Ranges

Best Induction Ranges and Cooktops for 2017 (Reviews/Ratings/Prices)

by Steve Sheinkopf

Induction has changed the market for electric cooking. Induction is magnetic heat, which excites the molecules in the metal pan to heat the food faster with instant simmer response. 

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Topics: Induction Cooktops, Induction Ranges

The Best Decorative Lighting for Home Show 2017

by Steve Sheinkopf

Between the Framingham and Dorchester stores, there are over 3,000 lights to choose from of different styles like Traditional, Contemporary, Neo-Classical, Scandinavian, Modern, Eclectic, Shabby Chic and more in every category.

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Topics: Bathroom Lighting, Lighting, Flush Mount Lighting

Best French Door Refrigerators Deals 2017 (Reviews / Ratings / Prices)

by Steve Sheinkopf

French doors have become increasingly popular due to their unique style, they also offer more cubic footage in the refrigerator and less in the freezer than the side by side refrigerator. 

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Topics: Jenn-Air, Frigidaire, Counter Depth Refrigerators, KitchenAid, French Door Refrigerators, Samsung

Best Miele Dishwashers for 2017 (Reviews/Ratings/Prices)

by Steve Sheinkopf

You may wonder how a dishwasher brand can have starting prices at $899 or $400 more expensive than the average dishwasher sold in the US. 

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Topics: Miele, Dishwashers

Best Front Load Washers for 2017 (Ratings/Reviews/Prices)

by Steve Sheinkopf

Our Best Front Load Washers article is an article that we update frequently as rebates change from month to month. Recommendations can change with prices. 

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Topics: Whirlpool, Front Load Washers, Frigidaire, Website, Electrolux, Maytag

Best Freestanding & Slide-In Gas Range Deals 2017 (Reviews/Ratings/Prices)

by Steve Sheinkopf

You do not have to buy a pro range for super hot burners anymore. Gas ranges are starting to perform more like professional ranges with at least one burner being super hot. You also have available features like griddle burners, warming drawers, or second ovens. 

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Topics: Bosch, Frigidaire, Slide-In Ranges, Electrolux, KitchenAid, Freestanding Ranges

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