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The 10 Best Appliance Articles of 2017 (Reviews/Ratings)

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We have written over 220 articles in 2017 along with about 50 videos covering how-tos, direct comparison of different brands, and appliance issues to avoid.

Of those 220+ articles, these are the 10 best to save you money, time, and aggravation.  You should read these if you are buying and, especially if you having an installation or delivery.

I am very sure your appliance salesperson will not tell you most of this (won’t they be shocked when you ask).

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10 Best Appliance Articles of 2017

10. What Does a Quiet Dishwasher Sound Like?

You probably want to know what a dishwasher can sound like, especially if your kitchen is open to your living room. Now you can hear a 44 DB dishwasher versus a 55 DB dishwasher.

9. Your New Appliance is Defective, Now What?

The answer is easy. You should have an exchange for a new product. However, if it was that easy, we would not have to write this article.

8. Infrared vs. Traditional Gas Burners

You should read this if you like to broil. We wrote this originally for grills, but gas ranges have infrared or gas burners.

7. What Appliances Should You Buy Warranties For?

Appliances break more than others. Disposers, hoods, and dishwashers are generally great. Your icemaker, on the other hand, is a different story.

6. Can You Downdraft a Range?

You see these sharp new installations all over magazines and Houzz. It's all good until you need to actually vent.  

5. Best Hoods for Makeup Air?

If you live in Massachusetts and you are rebuilding your kitchen, the makeup provision will be a topic of conversation. Make it a topic before the construction, because it is expensive to retrofit.

4. One of the Worst Appliance Problems You Never Considered

We cover this topic every annual meeting. We also incentivize our delivery and service people, so they are mindful of this issue. Just one can ruin our year…and your home.

3. The Delivery Checklist 

You order products online and just let the delivery agent into your home. Yeah, it’s a problem. What also is an issue: you are being charged for removals, stairs, installation, and removals to your free delivery.  

Print out this checklist and go to each store to check what they do. The Checklist works for any kind of delivery like furniture, bedding, and appliances.

You will love this……most stores hate it.

2. Does Black Stainless Steel Scratch?

We picked all the major brands and scratched them all with a fork. No really. The results vary. One manufacturer was marked better than the others.  

Watch us depreciate $18,000 of refrigerators, but you will know if this finish is still desirable in your kitchen by the end.

1. Best Time to Buy Appliances

So, you haggled and were able to save $100 off a refrigerator. Well, if you wait until one of these days, you could have saved $700-1000 without haggling.

Final Words

Buying appliances are simple.  You may not think so because the choices are endless.  Also, no one manufacturer dominates, so you have to consider many different products and brands.

However, buying appliances pales to the problems you will have based on deliveries, installation, and service.

It is important to prepare for these potential problems before there is a water leak or a failed inspection due to make up air.

You have to factor all these potential issues into your buying decision.

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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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