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The 5 Coolest Appliance & Lighting Products of 2013 (Reviews/Ratings)

Steve Sheinkopf  |  December 12, 2013  |  3 Min. Read

Thermador  |  Gaggenau  |  Scotsman  |  Legrand Adorne

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Let's face it, 2013 was not the year for innovation. However, Bosch, Thermador, Sub-Zero, Thermador and Jenn-Air all launch significant new products starting in February 2014, so next year will be better.


Still, there were a few really cool products this year...let's look.

5 Coolest Appliance & Lighting Products of 2013

5. Legrand Video Door Bell

For $299, this system can be hardwired, battery operated and replace your existing doorbell. You can see who is at the door from your bedroom or kitchen. Visitors can even leave messages if you're not home.

Read more: Legrand Video Intercom System

legrand wireless intercom kit monitor

thermador flush microwave drawer MD24JS

4. Thermador Microwave Drawer

Sharp does make all the microwave drawers sold in the US. However, the Thermador MD24JS is the only microwave drawer which is flush and does not protrude from the cabinet. It's a great look for an upscale kitchen.

Read more: The Best Microwave Drawers

3. Gaggenau Side Swing Wall Oven

I love the concept of a side swing oven, because you do do not have to lift your 25 pound turkey over the door. You will see side swing doors next year from Bosch, Wolf and Thermador. The Gaggenau can also be opened by touching a button.

Read more: Frigidaire, American Range and Gaggenau Side Swing Wall Ovens

gaggenau side swing wall oven BO280611

scotsman undercounter ice maker SCN60PA1SU

2. Scotsman Nugget Ice Maker

The Sonic chain uses this icemaker exclusively in every restaurant. It's like slush, but has the benefits of a clear ice cube maker. It's the favorite cube in our store. Below is a video about clear vs. regular ice.

Read more: U-Line vs. Scotman Clear Ice Makers

1. Legrand adorne Switches

With all due deference to the others, Legrand is the only company to revolutionize the product category with style, function and affordability. You really need to consider this product for your project.

Read more: Legrand adorne Switches & Dimmers

legrand adorne display yale appliance

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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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