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Todd Rourke

Todd Rourke is an Appliance Sales Consultant at Yale Appliance + Lighting. In his spare time, Todd professionally plays music and competes in fishing competitions.

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Traeger Grills vs. Weber Grills (Reviews / Ratings / Prices)

by Todd Rourke

So, should you buy a wood pellet grill or a gas grill? Wood pellet grills are about imparting flavor and gives you the ability to cook large volumes of food without flare-ups. Gas grills are about speed, searing, and charring meats. 

In this article, we will be comparing the two most well-known brands of each, Weber and Traeger. First let's look at the companies.

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Topics: Weber, BBQ Grills, Traeger

Best Vacuums for Allergy / Asthma Sufferers (Reviews / Ratings / Prices)

by Todd Rourke

Whether it be dog fur, pollen or even dust, there are millions of triggers for allergy sufferers. Using a vacuum on dust and dirt doesn’t always help the cause, it can actually stir up more dust and aggravate allergies.

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Topics: Vacuums

New Whirlpool All-in-One Washer Dryer Combination (Reviews / Ratings / Prices)

by Todd Rourke

Wouldn’t it be great if you could put your laundry in a machine, go to sleep and when you wake up it would be washed and dry? Whirpool is releasing a new combination all-in-one washer/dryer that may change the game.

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Topics: Whirlpool, Washers

Samsung vs. LG Convection Gas Ranges (Reviews/Ratings/Prices)

by Todd Rourke

LG and Samsung are the fastest growing appliance companies in the US. Both companies have been on the forefront of technology and innovation for the last 10 years.

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Topics: Gas Cooking, Samsung, LG Electronics

Miele vs. GE Monogram Dishwashers (Reviews/Ratings/Prices)

by Todd Rourke

A $1,799 dishwasher should have every option you can imagine as well as flexible racking in the interior. GE and Miele have both.

Strangely enough, your decision should be about other factors than washing the dishes (both do that too).

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Topics: Miele, Dishwashers, GE Monogram

Affordable Convection Electric Ranges (Reviews/Ratings/Prices)

by Todd Rourke

When I was growing up, my mom would always bake cookies. She would put the sheets of cookies in the oven one at a time, with more anticipation for every batch that she would take out of the oven.

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Topics: Ranges, Electric Cooking

New Electrolux vs. LG Laundry (Reviews/Ratings/Prices)

by Todd Rourke

Electrolux and LG have been manufacturing front load laundry in the U.S. market for about 15 years. However, they both have debuted new products and have approached laundry from two very different perspectives.

Electrolux has improved their washer by adding a third pump and a brand new control interface. LG has a bold new concept called the Sidekick or a second washer in the pedestal.

LG Laundry with Sidekick 

Which one is right for you? We will look at both companies, the products, and then compare.

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Topics: Electrolux, Laundry, LG Electronics

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

by Todd Rourke

If you are looking for a premium dishwasher, you are probably considering Miele and Electrolux. They are both European companies, but that is where the similarities end.

They are both good dishwashers, but they have two very different value propositions and are very different companies.

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Topics: Miele, Dishwashers, Electrolux

Best Integrated Coffee Makers (Reviews/Ratings/Prices)

by Todd Rourke

With a Dunkin Donuts or Starbucks on nearly every corner, you can buy a good cup of coffee anywhere.

You can even get a decent cup of coffee at home with a Keurig or a drip style coffee machine, for on the go home brewing.

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Aging in Place Kitchen Design

by Todd Rourke

They say "Home is where the heart is”, if that is true, then why leave? Most people feel most comfortable at home where they have their personal belongings, their individual décor that expresses who they are, and most important, their family.

As we age, it’s safe to say that we aren’t as limber as we used to be, our eyesight is less than 20/20 and perhaps not as strong and limber as our youth.

There are still some smart products designed for you to live easier, so you can stay home comfortably for a longer period of time.

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