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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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Most Reliable Top Load Washers (Reviews/Ratings)

by Steve Sheinkopf

Last month, I wrote about the most reliable front load washers. Front load washers are bigger and more efficient than top load washers. Front loads are 50% bigger on average so you will do fewer loads of laundry because of its larger capacity. It also uses less water, saving you money in the long run.

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Topics: Washers, Most Reliable Appliances

Asko vs. Miele Dishwashers (Reviews / Ratings / Prices)

by Steve Sheinkopf

Europeans have been at the forefront of energy efficiency for a long time now. Miele and Asko were both among the first to be imported into the American market. They changed the way Americans bought dishwashers.

European-style dishwashers were the first to have stainless steel interiors which were more germ and odor resistant to plastic dishwashers.

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Topics: Miele, Dishwashers, Asko

Samsung vs. Miele Wall Ovens (Reviews / Ratings / Prices)

by Steve Sheinkopf

You have arrived in the future. The year is 2017 and now, more than ever, technology has become more than just a feature, it has become a lifestyle. You probably have an app to control the temperature and music in your home. Right? 

The appliance industry is no exception, and living like the Jetson’s is practically a reality. While many manufacturers are utilizing technology to make food preparation easier, a  few manufacturers stick out. Among Jenn-Air, Wolf, Dacor, and LG, Samsung and Miele have stood out the most for their wall ovens. 

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Topics: Miele, Wall Ovens, Samsung

Most Reliable Induction Ranges for 2017 (Reviews / Ratings / Service)

by Steve Sheinkopf

It is amazing how many service calls are completed daily. We now have 23 service techs, averaging 8-10 calls per day, 5 days a week. Twelve will work weekends performing 10 calls a day or roughly 750-800 calls per week (and we are hiring).

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Topics: Viking, Electrolux, KitchenAid, Maytag, Induction Ranges, Most Reliable Appliances

How to Plan Your Kitchen and Bathroom Lighting

by Steve Sheinkopf

Lighting for your kitchen or bath is the most difficult to plan. It's completely task-oriented. You should always plan your lighting around 4 key elements: task, accent, decorative and ambient.

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Topics: Bathroom Lighting, Kitchen Lighting

The 6 Best Luxury Appliance Brands (Reviews / Ratings / Prices)

by Steve Sheinkopf

The best appliance brands combine name recognition, performance, and features. Some of the names may surprise you.

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Topics: Thermador, Miele, Best Appliances, Viking, Sub-Zero, Gaggenau, La Cornue Ranges

Samsung RF18HFENBSR Counter Depth Refrigerator Review (Reviews / Ratings / Prices)

by Steve Sheinkopf

This Samsung refrigerator is the fourth most searched single product on our website.

You would think it would be a Bosch dishwasher, or an inexpensive washer or dryer but there are some real reasons behind the popularity.

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Topics: Counter Depth Refrigerators, Samsung

Thermador T30IR800SP vs. Sub-Zero 30" IC-30R Refrigerator Columns (Ratings/Reviews/Prices)

by Steve Sheinkopf

Integrated refrigerators have now replaced the built-in top compressor refrigerators as the premium refrigerator of choice. Manufacturers have driven some demand because they pass stringent energy efficiency laws.

However, you may like integrated refrigerators. They become indistinguishable from the cabinet itself.

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The Best Luxury Stainless Steel Kitchen Appliance Packages (Reviews/Ratings)

by Steve Sheinkopf

The luxury appliance segment encompasses more appliances yet fewer brands than ever. Your idea of luxury may differ from mine. A built-in kitchen with wall ovens differs from a professional range, so it is difficult to choose just 5 packages.

In the luxury segment, you can expect counter depth, professional or integrated refrigerators, convection ovens, built-ins, induction power or pro gas as well as integrated dishwashers. Brands include Dacor, Sub-Zero/Wolf, Jenn-Air, Bosch, Miele, Gaggenau, and Thermador. Samsung and Electrolux have a few pieces for the luxury segment.

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Topics: Thermador, Jenn-Air, Bosch, Stainless Steel Kitchen Appliance Packages

Mid-Range to Affordable Luxury Appliance Packages (Ratings/Reviews)

by Steve Sheinkopf

You do not have to spend a ton of money for good looking appliances. It's quite the opposite, especially over the last 5 years. KitchenAid has a whole new look. Bosch has a new refrigerator. Samsung is now the number 1 brand in the US because of their beautiful design and advanced technology. Jenn-Air still has their most popular full-featured package around $5,000.

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Topics: Jenn-Air, Bosch, KitchenAid, Samsung, Stainless Steel Kitchen Appliance Packages

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