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A Review of the Best New, Coolest and Unusual Appliances of 2012

Steve Sheinkopf  |  December 12, 2012  |  3 Min. Read

Thermador  |  Jenn-Air  |  AGA Total Control  |  American Range  |  Kalamazoo  |  Yale Hoods

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Hard to believe, it's the end of another year. As I reflect on this year, there were great new introductions. However, there was not a great quantity. In fact, I could only find 8.

Well, at least the article will be easy to write...

Best New Appliances of 2012

8) American Range

I like the idea of a french door double oven. You do not have to lift a heavy turkey over the door itself...

american range double wall oven kitchen

Read our Wall Oven Buyers Guide with specs of every wall oven on the market.

7) Kalamazoo K100HB

Best grill ever. If you really like to grill, Kalamazoo can do it all: 100,000 BTUs of custom American engineering. It is also hybrid with wood, charcoal and gas, so it combines speed of gas with the flavor of wood and charcoal.

kalamazoo bbq grill K1000HB 1

6) AGA Total Control

Beautiful cooking product at a desirable 30 inch size. Unit is electric and still offers their unique natural convection cooking system.

aga total control range

Read more about the new AGA Total Control here.

Note: We currently do not have AGA on display in our showrooms.

5) Jenn-Air JEI0536ADS

Induction for $799. Induction is the best cooking product: Fast, child-safe and efficient. This is the least expensive without compromising performance.

jennair all induction cooktop JEI0536ADS

4) Thermador Pro Steam

Let's look at 48 inch pro ovens, 6 burner, 2 convection ovens, self-cleaning in both. Pick a brand. It's the same. Until now. Thermador offers a steam oven and a warming drawer. Hopefully, other sizes and brands will react accordingly.

thermador pro harmony range 48 PRD48JDSGU

Read the Yale Pro Range Buyers Guide with facts (as opposed to fiction) about all the major pro ranges and brands.

3) Yale Hood RH00830AS

Hoods haven't been updated or improved in years. Someone had to build an affordable, attractive and powerful hood...may as well be us.

yale wall range hood RH008

Read the Yale Ventilation Guide...learn how to run and size a duct as well as properly vent your kitchen and home.

2) Legrand Switches

Like the Yale hood, someone had to design a better switch. If you are building a house, look at these. More about Legrand here:

1) Thermador Freedom Induction

This is the future of cooking without question. The first cooking product where every square inch is a burner.

the new thermador freedom induction cooktop CIT36XKB def

Read the Yale Induction Cooking Buyers Guide with ratings of every induction cooking product on the market.


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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