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10 Coolest Appliances & Lighting for Boston

Steve Sheinkopf  |  March 29, 2016  |  3 Min. Read

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Picking the 10 best products in a store is a tall order. There are tons of interesting and likable products.

When I originally wrote this in 2014, Sub-Zero upgraded their integrated refrigeration, Dacor launched their internet ready ovens and there were some very different BBQ's from Big Green Egg and Kalamazoo.

Looking forward through 2016 and beyond, there are some very different, interesting products like black stainless steel and heat pump technology in laundry.

The big winner is cooking products with Wolf, Miele, and Jenn-Air debuting their new products. We even have a talking grill on the list as well. 

Let's take a look at some honorable mentions first. 

Honorable Mentions

Miele Induction Cooktop

New Miele Induction Cooktop KM6370

Induction is the fastest and most responsive cooking available. It's even faster than gas cooking. This Miele at 7,700 watts is 50% faster than the previous fastest induction burner at 5,000 watts.

Whirlpool Smart Laundry with Phone App

Whirlpool Smart Laundry

It’s a cool idea, because it can alert you when the cycle is done. You still have to move the laundry from washer to dryer. Phone apps are becoming more popular in appliances. In my opinion, it makes the most sense in cooking.

The 10 Coolest, Most Unique Appliances and Lighting in Boston

10 - Fisher & Paykel Integrated Refrigerator

fisher paykel integrated refrigerators

An integrated refrigerator fits within a 24 inch deep cabinet, so the refrigerator is indistinguishable from the other cabinets. It is a popular trend and this Fisher & Paykel refrigerator is 50% less expensive than comparable brands.

9 - Heat Pump Dryers

LG heat pump dryer
LG Heat Pump Dryer

Heat Pump dryers have been around in AC/heater units for quite some time. Heat pumps are significantly more efficient than normal drying elements. The technology may not be there quite yet, but within 5 years heat pumps will be the dryer to consider.

8 - Steam Ovens

miele steam oven
Miele Steam Oven

I had Buffalo wings cooked in a steam oven, yet they tasted fried. What you can do with steam is amazing. Steam cooking is the healthiest way to cook, because it doesn't bake out nutrients, and you don't need lots of fats for moisture.

Read: The Five Best Steam Ovens 

7 - Black Stainless Steel Appliances

Samsung black stainless steel appliances yale appliance
Samsung Black Stainless Steel Appliances

Everyone is looking for a different finish other than stainless steel, so why not a darker shade of steel. It is a rich, different finish, but there are issues.

Read: Should You Buy Black Stainless Steel Appliances? 

6 - Gaggenau Appliances

gaggenau appliances at yale appliance framingham

Gaggenau's Bang & Olufsen modern designs sets their appliances apart 

5 - Hubbardton Forge Lighting

hubbardton forge lighting at yale framingham

Shopping for lighting can be somewhat boring, because most lighting is manufactured in the same five factories in China. Hubbardton Forge, however, is hand made in Vermont, USA. Their products span from traditional to contemporary style lighting. 

4 - Visual Comfort Lighting 

visual comfort lighting at yale framingham

If you wonder why these lights look so good, actual lighting designers, engineer and built these lights. The detail work is pretty amazing as well.

3 - LED 1" Recessed Lighting

beverage centers and 1 inch recessed lighting at yale framingham

Our entire Framingham showroom is comprised of 1" and 3" LED recessed lights, the smallest ever made. They last 22 times longer than incandescent light bulbs and use about 5-8 times less energy. You should consider using LED in your home.

Read: The Best and Smallest LED Recessed Light

2 - Lynx Voice Activated Grill

new lynx smartgrill

You can ask the grill to cook your steak medium well or rare. It will tell you when to flip it and when to take it off the grill. This is the future of cooking.

Watch it in action:

1 - Wolf, Miele, and Jenn-Air Wall Ovens

jenn air wall oven with Nest New Jenn-Air Wall Oven with Nest Capability  

These ovens will all figure out how to cook your food with a touch of a button, but all are different. Wolf has the new “VertiCross” blower convection system delivering heat faster. Miele has steam assist for breads and finishing foods. Jenn-Air has a great interface and can be controlled by your phone. 

Later this year, Jenn-Air wall ovens will be integrated with your Nest thermostat. All three wall ovens are excellent.

Additional Resources

Read the Yale Appliance Buying Guide with features, specs and answers to the 10 most asked questions when buying appliances. The guide includes pictures and full descriptions. Well over 150,000 people have read a Yale Guide.

View our appliance buying guide


A few review sites have placed this at the bottom of their articles. So here is our take: Our mission is to find reliable products for you to buy. Other review sites may say this as well.

However, we don’t love every product. Quite frankly, it costs us way too much money in repair costs to support less reliable brands.

In fact, we sell fewer brands than most appliance stores. Here is why:

We feel it is our responsibility to repair your appliances after you buy them.

We now have 30 service technicians, each averaging 8-10 calls a day Monday through Friday, plus another 110 on Saturday. That's over 30,000 service calls logged in one year.

The labor rates of fixing an appliance do not come close to the true cost in any product’s warranty period.

That is why no major retailer has a service department. It costs too much labor, money and time.

Our Blog is a bit different than most others you will read. We cannot write glowing reviews of unreliable products.

Hopefully, the bloggers and organizations who write such glowing product reviews for every brand consider servicing these products first. Only then they will understand the consequences of their marketing.

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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