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John Ramsay V

John Ramsay V has been in major kitchen appliance sales for over 17 years. John enjoys Theology, politics and sometimes gets into trouble because of it!

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Should You Buy a Traeger Wood Pellet Grill? (Reviews/Ratings/Prices)

by John Ramsay V

Wood pellet grills have become the rage for people who like to grill with flavor. Traeger Grills invented the technology, so we will explain who Traeger is, how a wood pellet grill works, and then compare it to gas grilling.

By the end, you will know if this is a product for you.

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Blomberg vs. Bosch Ascenta Dishwashers (Reviews / Ratings / Prices)

by John Ramsay V

Are you looking for a decent dishwasher under $550? You may have looked at Miele, Asko, the regular Bosch line, or even KitchenAid.

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Topics: Blomberg, Bosch, Dishwashers

Best Samsung vs. LG 4-Door Refrigerators (Review/Ratings/Prices)

by John Ramsay V

There was a time 20 years ago when side-by-side refrigerators were considered the premium refrigerator. Then about 10 years ago, French doors became popular because it offered more refrigeration space and a newer, cooler look. The French-door refrigerator was the standard for the high-end refrigerator.

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Topics: Refrigerators, Samsung, LG Electronics

BlueStar vs. GE Monogram French Door Wall Ovens (Reviews/Ratings/Prices)

by John Ramsay V

You may or may not have read our blog on the benefits of side-swing and French door wall ovens but you probably have seen such an oven with a French door like on a fridge.

They are very sleek looking and save you the trouble of lifting several pounds of weight over a normal drop down oven door. They are not very popular yet, although they make a lot of sense.

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Topics: GE Monogram, Wall Ovens, BlueStar

BlueStar vs. Capital 30 Inch Pro Gas Ranges (Reviews / Ratings / Prices)

by John Ramsay V


Pro ranges have become more advanced over the years. Thermador has their star burners. Jenn-Air has an  LCD screen with convection conversion. Miele features steam for bread making as one touch controls. Wolf has their thermostatic twin convection in their dual fuel range.

On the other side, you compare BlueStar and Capital, both similar industrial, high-powered ranges.

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Topics: Capital, Professional Cooking, BlueStar

Whirlpool vs. Electrolux Front Load Laundry (Reviews/Ratings/Prices)

by John Ramsay V

There are many different brands of laundry and it is overwhelming trying to figure out what’s the best. You can drive yourself crazy listening to different opinions and comparing reviews online.

Both Electrolux and Whirlpool are popular and have new machines with unique cycles as well as different features. We will look at both machines and then compare. But first let’s look at the companies.

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Topics: Whirlpool, Front Load Washers, Electrolux

BlueStar vs. Miele Rangetops (Reviews/Ratings/Prices)

by John Ramsay V

After you look at Capital, Wolf, Miele,Thermador, Dacor, Viking and BlueStar, you will notice two different types of rangetops.

First, are more powerful rangetops manufactured by commercial companies like BlueStar and Capital.

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Topics: Miele, Ranges, BlueStar

Whirlpool vs. Speed Queen Top Load Washers (Reviews/Ratings/Prices)

by John Ramsay V

The actual technology has not changed in a top load washer since the 1940s. You may fondly remember your old Maytag that lasted 20 years. Most top loaders are still pretty reliable.

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Topics: Whirlpool, Washers, Speed Queen

Should You Buy a Miele Professional Dishwasher? (Review/Ratings/Prices)

by John Ramsay V

Editor's Note: I volunteer at a homeless shelter in Boston. Once I was washing dishes for the 80 or so residents. The dishwasher just washed the dishes in maybe 5 minutes. It was incredibly fast. You can have the same ability in your home, but there are some costs other than the price of the dishwasher.

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Topics: Miele, Dishwashers

Side by Side vs. French Door Counter Depth Refrigerators (Reviews/Ratings/Prices)

by John Ramsay V

In terms of improving the look of your kitchen for the least amount of money, counter depth refrigerators (along with slide-in ranges) are the best choice. So before you pour tons of money into a new kitchen, look at counter depths as a simpler solution.

A counter depth refrigerator is 24 inches deep for the refrigerator body. Counter depth has become the refrigerator of choice in remodeling, because it looks much better than looking at the black textured sides of a standard refrigerator

One of the first decisions you will have to make when buying a new fridge will be what size is best for you?

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Topics: Jenn-Air, Bosch, Counter Depth Refrigerators, French Door Refrigerators

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