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Our Best Appliance and Lighting Articles of 2016

Steve Sheinkopf  |  December 29, 2016  |  3 Min. Read

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Every year, I try to choose the best articles for you to read. We published about 300 articles in 2016. Many comparisons you will not find elsewhere and all lack any kind of marketing spin. In other words, I will tell you what to consider or not, but will base it on facts like features or repair statistics.

These are the articles you want to read before you spend your money on unreliable products and services. Unfortunately, in the appliance business, there are plenty of both.

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The Best Appliance and Lighting Articles of 2016


How to Renovate Without Blowing Your Budget and Losing Your Mind

In the past four years, we built a new store in Framingham and renovated the Dorchester store. I have also renovated my apartment and I am moving to a house...which needs to be fully renovated. This article will tell you how to keep your sanity. It also has little to do about choosing appliances.

You Are Not Alone in Thinking Most Appliance Warranties Are a Scam

Because they are. Unfortunately, appliances especially refrigerators, break more often, so they make sense. You will learn how to buy them in a few isolated cases.

Should You Downdraft a Pro Rangetop or Stove?

According to everyone on the internet, it can be done. I will show you simply how it is not possible. Read the article before you build your island and incorporate this idea.

6 Appliance Mistakes You Should Never Make

Basic traps to avoid before you buy or even consider a major appliance.

Real Review of the Thermador PRG304

I like this popular range. But will you after watching this video? It is also a reminder of how awful I am on video. This post marks the first of many comparing products in video format.

Best Under Cabinet Lighting

We have been extolling LED since 2007. I like this article, because these products show the evolution of LED as a light source.

Thus ends 2016. Over 4.5 million people read this blog in 2016. Seems people need relevant information about appliances without clever marketing.

So we will be back at it again next week…

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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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