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The 5 Most Serviced Appliance Brands

by Steve Sheinkopf

We have already shared the most reliable brands and now we share the not so reliable.

This post is deliberately yet consistently unfair. If we have to send a tech for a minor issue, it is logged as a service visit. We do not distinguish between minor, major, installation or customer information problems. If we send a tech out, then it counts as a call.

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Topics: Marvel, True, Sub-Zero, U-Line, Gaggenau, Capital, Bertazzoni, Liebherr, Most Serviced Appliances, Bosch Benchmark

Best 24” Integrated Refrigerator Columns (Reviews/Ratings/Prices)

by Francesco Froio

Columns are thin refrigerators or freezer units designed to fit within a 24 inch cabinet. You are seeing them more than ever for a couple of reasons.

First, they fit seamlessly into your kitchen and can totally disappear.

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Topics: Thermador, Miele, Sub-Zero, Gaggenau, Integrated Refrigerators, Liebherr

VestFrost and Small 24 Inch Counter Depth Refrigerators

by Steve Sheinkopf

According to analytics, 300 people were inquiring about VestFrost refrigerators in the last two weeks. So my first question was: What is a VestFrost refrigerator?

VestFrost is an interesting product built with all recyclable material. They are the largest refrigerator manufacturer in Scandanavia. Their story or claim to fame is energy efficiency, green manufacturing and counter depth products. It is also not self-defrosting, so the VestFrost does not consume electricity heating the outside of the refrigerator in a defrost cycle.

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Topics: Summit, Blomberg, VestFrost, Counter Depth Refrigerators, Liebherr

Liebherr vs. Viking 36” Pro Refrigerators (Reviews/Ratings/Prices)

by Steve Sheinkopf

Whether the style of the kitchen is more modern, contemporary, or anything in between, having a professional style refrigerator (even more than a professional range) is the single best design statement in your kitchen.

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Topics: Viking, Ranges, Liebherr

Best Luxury Wine, Humidors and Built-In Coffee Systems (Reviews/Ratings)

by Danny Nguyen

When I look at 7 years of the Yale Blog, I look at the reliability ratings, the product comparisons and the commentary on new trends in our industry. I thought I would write an article on the niceties or the non crucial, yet enjoyable products.

As we have arisen (somewhat) out of the recession, you have seen more innovative products like speed ovens, microwave drawers and even Pandora playing wall ovens. Companies like Bosch Benchmark, GE, Wolf and Sub-Zero have focused on building their products better.

The following companies have created new categories of very different products. After you have finished designing your kitchen with appliances and lighting. Have a look at a few very different items, like Wine Dispensers, Humidors and Coffee Systems.

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Topics: Miele, New Products, Liebherr, Dacor

The Best 30 Inch Counter Depth Refrigerators (Reviews/Ratings)

by Paul Groux

Appliances are designed to fit cabinets, so most refrigerators match standard cabinet widths. 30 and 36 inch, however, are by far the most popular dimensions.

Updated for October 2014

Yet there are far fewer choices in 30 inch and 36 inch.

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Topics: Thermador, Miele, Bosch, Sub-Zero, Counter Depth Refrigerators, Liebherr

Liebherr vs. SubZero Integrated Refrigerator Columns (Reviews/Ratings)

by Eddie Jacob

subzero integrated refrigerator columns IC27R installedColumns are increasingly becoming the application of choice. In custom kitchens, integrated appliances are the most desired option because they're totally out of sight. The integrated column differs from other freestanding counter-dept refrigerators, because the door does not protrude from the cabinet.

With its zero-clearance hinge, integrated columns provide a much more upscale look and design, allowing you to show off the materials, colors & design of your custom kitchen. Given the unique, integrated look, this type of application is not available with all manufacturers. Also, current energy standards for 2014, have recognized “Columns” as being the most efficient means of refrigeration. Columns are also available in an all-freezer configuration.

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Topics: Sub-Zero, Integrated Refrigerators, Liebherr

Liebherr vs JennAir 42 Inch Counter Depth Refrigerators (Reviews/Ratings)

by Chris Tavares

Liebherr and Jenn-Air are two very different companies. Liebherr is a family owned German company whereas Jenn-Air is part of Whirlpool, an American multi-national. The two products cannot be less similar either.

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Topics: Jenn-Air, Counter Depth Refrigerators, Liebherr

Best Counter Depth French Door Double Drawer Refrigerators (Reviews)

by Brett Lucero

Back in the day, the side by side was the premium looking refrigerator and then the French door became the new upscale refrigerator. About two years ago the double drawer French door became the new desirable product. Unfortunately as Brett (the author) discovered, there are only three of these available as counter depth.

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Topics: GE Profile, French Door Refrigerators, Liebherr, LG Electronics

Kitchen Appliance Service Problem Brands/Products

by Steve Sheinkopf

Last week, we published the best brands with the lowest service call volume by manufacturer. This post is about the most serviced. First, we calculate the amount of sales for the year March 1, 2012 to March 1, 2013 and then divide it by the actual service calls for that given period of time. Then we compare the percentages.

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Topics: Viking, Liebherr, Asko, LG Electronics, Most Serviced Appliances, Fisher Paykel

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