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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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Should You Buy a Traeger Wood Pellet Grill? (Reviews/Ratings/Prices)

by John Ramsay V

Wood pellet grills have become the rage for people who like to grill with flavor. Traeger Grills invented the technology, so we will explain who Traeger is, how a wood pellet grill works, and then compare it to gas grilling.

By the end, you will know if this is a product for you.

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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

Best Affordable (Cheap) Kitchen Appliance Packages From $1,699 - $4,999

by Steve Sheinkopf

Packages are a great way to buy kitchen appliances.

You can take advantage of escalating manufacturer rebates. The style and look of your kitchen remains coordinated as well with handles and consistent grading of steel.

Affordable does not mean cheap or junk. Amana, Bosch, Maytag, Samsung and Frigidaire are all respected manufacturers. You can buy convection ranges, counter depth refrigerators (even 4 door refrigerators) and slide-in ranges under $5,000. 

At 1,699, you can buy a very good package of self-cleaning range, over-the-range microwave, dishwasher and refrigerator.

Package pricing updated for June 2017

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Topics: Stainless Steel Kitchen Appliance Packages

Best Stainless Steel Kitchen Appliance Packages (Reviews/Ratings/Prices)

by Steve Sheinkopf

So, you are buying a full suite of appliances for your kitchen. It is not easy researching each unit, but there may be a better way. Consider buying the brand.

This strategy works because all your appliances will match. Rebates also increase when you buy a whole kitchen appliance package. It’s a much smarter way for you to buy appliances.

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Topics: Stainless Steel Kitchen Appliance Packages

Best Front Load Washers for 2017 (Ratings/Reviews/Prices)

by Steve Sheinkopf

Best Front Load Washers

Our Best Front Load Washers article is updated frequently as rebates change from month to month. Recommendations can change with prices.

Holidays like Memorial day typically are good times to buy an appliance or washer and dryer

Washing machines have become as much about energy and water savings as they are about washing clothes.

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Topics: Whirlpool, Front Load Washers, Frigidaire, Website, Electrolux, Maytag

The 5 Best Counter Depth Refrigerators (Reviews/Ratings/Prices)

by Steve Sheinkopf

A counter depth refrigerator does not protrude from the cabinets. It is more aesthetically pleasing because you won't see the sides.

It is also a benefit to have a shallower refrigerator in a galley kitchen or with an island design. There will be more room between the refrigerator and the island itself. 

Simply, counter depths look better. We will look at the different types and then the 7 best to consider.

Counter depths are much less expensive than in years past.  Rebates are especially good around holidays like Memorial Day

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Topics: Jenn-Air, Bosch, Frigidaire, Website, Refrigerators, Counter Depth Refrigerators, KitchenAid, Samsung

7 Best BBQ Gas Grills for Boston (Reviews / Ratings / Prices)

by Steve Sheinkopf

Every year, we try new grills, and this year is no exception. The Weber Genesis line has been completely redesigned. Coyote is an inexpensive pro style grill with high BTU (British Thermal Units) output burners and all stainless steel.

Hestan is the best looking, yet is a solid super premium grill with high BTU output anywhere on the burners.

That being said, there are tons of great grills on the market. The Big Green Egg, KitchenAid, Alfresco, DCS, Broil King, and Napoleon will all cook a steak well. Grills are simple when you think about it. It's fire, stainless steel, and other elements.

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Topics: BBQ Grills

Is the Samsung FlexWash 2-in-1 Washer and Dryer Any Good? (Review / Ratings)

by Eric Trexler

If one unit is good, then two must be even better, right?

Samsung has now developed a 2-in-1 washer and dryer, so you will have amazing capacity and flexibility. It's a great concept, but is it worth buying?

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Topics: Front Load Washers

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