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Steve Sheinkopf  |  September 24, 2019  |  2 Min. Read

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Congratulations! You are about to start your kitchen renovation journey.

When done correctly, your way of life will be enhanced.

I could also say, "My sympathies," because when done wrong, your life will be a jumble of anger and recrimination along with a hefty loss of money.

I have a bit of both lately. We redesigned and built a store in Framingham. We renovated our Dorchester showroom twice, and now, we are building our most advanced store in Hanover.

I, personally, renovated my apartment twice then rebuilt a burned-out brownstone. It didn’t all go to plan to say the least.

The purpose of this article is to provide helpful resources about where to start your kitchen project. Then you will learn about the many problems to avoid when building your kitchen. 

Lastly, our articles will have a few product recommendations to get you thinking about which appliances are right for your home.

Click on each link or image below to check out the article. 

Our 10 Best Appliance Blog Articles For 2019

1. How To Plan Your Kitchen Appliance Project

How To Plan Your Kitchen Appliance Project

This article describes how you plan your kitchen renovation project from a blank page to create a personalized and functional kitchen. You will also learn how to choose the right contractor.

I enlisted four designers to help with this article. The advice is pretty solid and will give you some excellent ideas.

What You'll Learn: You will learn how to choose a contractor, plan your kitchen layout, and how to personalize your space. 

2. How To Plan Your Kitchen Lighting

How To Plan Your Kitchen Lighting

Nobody lights rooms well consistently. Lighting for your kitchen is very difficult to plan. It's completely task-oriented. So, you should always plan your lighting around 4 key elements.

Read this article about how to plan your kitchen lighting with diagrams included. 

What You'll Learn: You will learn about the four elements of lighting, how to light your kitchen, and how to save the most money and still buy high-quality lighting.

3. 10 Kitchen Appliance And Remodeling Mistakes You Should Never Make

10 Kitchen Appliance And Remodeling Mistakes You Should Never Make (1)

I had to write this because these same mistakes are touted as “good design.” Design should also follow function.

The 10 biggest kitchen remodel mistakes and regrets include poor venting, bad choices of cooking products, not buying LED lighting, and even buying super quiet dishwashers. 

What You'll Learn: You will learn about the top 10 kitchen remodeling mistakes we see, some real product problems, and how to avoid any future issues. 

4. What Appliances Should I Not Buy?

What Appliances Should I Not Buy_

Someone asked me this question. There are brands to avoid and appliances you should not buy, but the real question is, "What will you not use?"

The list includes combo laundry, top load washers without agitators, icemakers, downdrafts, steam ovens, and smart appliances.

What You'll Learn: You'll learn about what appliances you should avoid all together, some you should avoid for certain conditions, and have a better understanding of what you actually will use.

5. Best Showrooms In The Boston Area

Best Appliance Showrooms In The Boston Area

You don't want to waste your time in any part of your appliance purchase, delivery, or service experience. That's why it's important to research where you're planning on buying from ahead of time.

There are four companies you should buy an appliance from. They all have one thing in common - good customer service. 

What You'll Learn: You will learn about the best appliance stores in Boston, the South Shore, and the MetroWest area to consider shopping from. There are a few resources at the end of the article for first-time appliance buyers as well.

6. Best Color Alternatives to Stainless Steel For Kitchen Appliances

Best Color Alternatives to Stainless Steel for Kitchen Appliances

There are some promising finishes to stainless steel such as White, Black Steel, and Bronze. Then there are some less than promising finishes. This article has both.

What You'll Learn: You will learn about the best finishes to consider and how to apply color in your kitchen.

7. Best Affordable Luxury Appliance Brands

Best Affordable Luxury Appliance Brands

You do not have to spend a fortune on major appliances. You can still buy a stylish kitchen with high-end products like counter depth refrigeration and slide-in stoves. 

The best affordable luxury appliance brands are Jenn-Air, Samsung, GE Cafe, Bosch, Fisher & Paykel, and LG. 

What You'll Learn: You will learn about the best brands to consider, their pros and cons, and how they compare to the best luxury appliance brands.

8. How to Place a TV in Your Range Hood

How To Place A TV In Your Range Hood

Can you install a TV in your kitchen hood? Yes, you can place a television in your kitchen hood. You just need the right blower and hood.

This article was inspired by a recent kitchen renovation we did. It's a really cool idea.

If you are not interested, then you will learn about the basics of wood hoods and how to properly vent your kitchen. 

What You'll Learn: You will learn how to place a television inside your wood hood.

9. Most Reliable / Least Serviced Appliance Brands

Most Reliable _ Least Serviced Appliance Brands

We looked at actual sales divided by service for percentages based on 34,687 appliance service calls.

The most reliable appliance brands include Whirlpool, LG, Samsung, Wolf, Thermador, Miele, and Bosch.

What You'll Learn: You will learn about the most reliable brands and appliances to consider, potential service trends, and how reliability is calculated.

10. Is Consumer Reports Accurate For Appliance Reliability?

Is Consumer Reports Accurate For Appliance Reliability_

When you are looking at appliance reliability, is Consumer Reports an official guide? Predictive analysis and surveys are a good start but don’t tell you what you should buy now.

What You'll Learn: You will learn about Consumer Reports rankings compared to our repair percentages to determine the most reliable brands.

Final Thoughts

Remember, home renovation is about having the right team of architects, contractors, and suppliers. Spend your time planning, and it will reap the rewards later.

Good Luck.

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WHY SHOULD YOU TRUST US?

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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