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Our 5 Best Appliance Blog Articles (Reviews)

Steve Sheinkopf  |  February 19, 2016  |  3 Min. Read

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The Yale Blog turned 9 this year. I started the blog in 2007, because one of my Canadian friends thought I should teach people how to buy more efficient products. So I did. I also learned people will buy more efficient products if there is a return on their initial investment.

We became early advocates of LED and front load washers. It's gratifying to see those products become the standard all these years later. The jury is still out on heat pump technology, but products are far more efficient now than in 2007.

Then the recession was upon us, so it seemed more fitting to write about buying products more intelligently. Rebates became a bigger part of the appliance business, so we developed packages to allow you to maximize your dollars.

Before you read the best blogs and why they're so important in 2016 as rebates were and still are, let’s look at the most popular.

Most Popular Appliance Blogs

Best Counter Depth Refrigerators

This is the single most viewed appliance blog on our site, at almost 900,000 views; it could be the most viewed in the industry. I never thought it would be 5 years ago. However, the article teaches what counter depth is in general, how it differs from integrated and pro types as well as the five best refrigerators to consider. We also included links to different sizes and comparisons.

Quietest Dishwasher by Decibels

This is another popular post. I wrote it because most clients more frequently ask how quiet versus how well does it wash dishes. Most kitchens are now open to the living room, so this article became timely.

KitchenAid vs. Bosch Dishwashers

These are two great brands. Many people compare them. It only made sense to do so myself. If you read the comments after the post, it will teach something very different. In fact it inspired the next best articles for you to read. What happens after the sale is as important as what brands you choose. Let’s look.

Your Future Appliance Experience

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So, you bought a kitchen of appliances? Let me give you a glimpse of the future. You will call roughly 4-5 times to confirm specs, ask questions or need further clarification with your contractor and arrange delivery.

You will need roughly 2 deliveries. One will be for the counter top people for sinks, cooktops and speed ovens. The other is for refrigeration, dishwasher and ovens.

Lastly, you will need appliance service within one year. At roughly 12-18% service within the first year, it is almost a guarantee.

That is the minimum of touch points for a whole kitchen order not including installation. It is also the point of much of the problems with your future experience. If you look at the KitchenAid vs. Bosch article, you see the anger directed at both brands as well as the industry.

It is a failure of execution at the store and brand level. In my opinion, the best articles on the site will teach you how to overcome this before you make a mistake.

Why Do Appliance Stores Sell Certain Brands?

This article addresses the practice of sales incentives in the appliance business. In other words, a brand will overcompensate a salesperson to sell their products. For example, Viking is incentivizing salespeople a whopping $1,600 to sell their brand for a kitchen of appliances. So, be aware before you walk into a store.

Are Extended Warranties Worth It?

Every store pushes extended warranties. There are a few times where it makes sense, but most often it doesn't. What's most alarming is what happens when you actually need service with a policy.

Why Your New Appliance Will Not Be Repaired

It's an article about the service part of the business. This article will also teach you what to do with an issue and how to avoid having problems altogether.

Most Serviced Appliances

I recently rewrote this and liked it better years ago. Back then we sold products with 56% fail rates within the first year. Now, we do not sell those brands. Still, there is a type of product with far greater repair rates.

(By the way, we use statistical analysis of sales divided by service calls to determine the rates. It is straight unfiltered math).

Least Serviced Appliances 

I had to write one semi optimistic post. There are great brands to consider with better service experiences. Once again, we use straight math for that determination.

Final Thoughts

You will undoubtedly be barraged by marketing messages from brands and stores in magazines, online and in the papers. You will be targeted and re-targeted (see those messages showing up on your feeds).

However, it is critically important to understand what happens after you buy, so you can mitigate your future issues. Unfortunately nobody seems to be talking about that...with good reason.

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Additional Resources

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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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