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How to Buy a Front Load Washer (Reviews/ Ratings/Prices)

by Steve Sheinkopf

The most popular washer when I started in 1986 was a one speed Maytag called “FabricMatic." It could wash delicate clothing through a special soak cycle. There wasn’t even a bleach dispenser.

Thirty-one years later, the average machine has twice the capacity along with every cycle imaginable for every kind of fabric. There are even a few models with two washers in one machine!

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Topics: Whirlpool, Washers, Dryers, Electrolux, Maytag, Extended Warranties, Laundry, LG Electronics

Best Electric/Induction Range Deals 2017 (Reviews/Ratings/Prices)

by Steve Sheinkopf

Electric ranges have not changed much since your last purchase. In fact, they are pretty similar. It is still ceran glass over elements, but some of the features like convection, warming drawer and 5th burners have changed and are worth considering.

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Topics: Jenn-Air, Frigidaire, Website, Electrolux, Maytag, Electric Cooking, Induction Ranges

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

Best Full-Size Stackable Laundry for Tight Spaces

by Alex Leifer

Growing up in Boston I learned a few things, one of which is space is a luxury! So we must make sure we take advantage of every square inch. If you have a small space, compact or 24 inch laundry is a good option, but you will lose almost 50% of the capacity.

Contrary to public opinion, you do have full size options. 

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Topics: Electrolux, Maytag, Laundry, Speed Queen

Most Reliable / Least Serviced Appliance Brands of 2016 (Reviews/Ratings)

by Steve Sheinkopf

I look at lowering repairs and issues all the time. We manage this very closely. It actually starts in the warehouse where the products need to be handled properly. Then competent delivery and installation crews can also solve quite a few possible issues.

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Topics: Wolf, Thermador, Miele, Bosch, Whirlpool, Frigidaire, Appliance Service, Appliance Repair, Electrolux, Maytag, Samsung, Most Reliable Appliances

Most Reliable Freestanding Gas Ranges (Reviews/Ratings)

by Steve Sheinkopf

This is our 8th or 9th most reliable post. Gas ranges should have been one of the first as the category is over 60% of the market. We will reiterate the service formula, but reliability is a very elusive measurement in our industry.

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Topics: Whirlpool, Frigidaire, Website, Electrolux, KitchenAid, Maytag, Freestanding Ranges, Most Reliable Appliances

The Least Serviced/Most Reliable Appliance Brands 2015 (Reviews/Ratings)

by Steve Sheinkopf

I look at this information all the time. How do we sell the more reliable brands, so you will be happier with the purchase and Yale as well?

If you look at last year’s most reliable list, our service percentages have decreased by almost 50% from 18% in the 2014 to 12.55% in 2015.

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Topics: Wolf, Thermador, Miele, Bosch, Whirlpool, Frigidaire, Appliance Service, Appliance Repair, Electrolux, Maytag, Samsung

Most Reliable Induction Ranges (Reviews/Ratings/Service)

by Steve Sheinkopf

It is amazing how many service calls we perform as a company. We now have 17 service techs averaging 8-10 calls per day, 5 days a week. 8 will work weekends performing 10 calls a day or roughly 750-800 calls per week (and we are hiring). Service, not sales, is the biggest part of the company by far at almost 2-1 personnel.

The Appliance Industry

The service rate on appliances in 2014 is roughly 25% depending on the category and manufacturer. It is up significantly from when I started in 1986. Appliances will last 6-10 years according to American Servicers, which is probably down from 1986.

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Topics: Viking, Electrolux, KitchenAid, Maytag, Induction Ranges, Most Reliable Appliances

Best $799 Stainless Gas Ranges (Reviews/Ratings)

by Chris Tavares

In the market for a new range? As disappointing as it may be to replace your old stove there are a few positives. There are some solid options out there without having to break the bank.

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Topics: Bosch, Whirlpool, Frigidaire, Gas Cooking, Maytag

Best Stainless Steel Dishwashers Under $399 (Reviews/Ratings)

by Paul Groux

Back when I started 20 years ago, the most popular dishwashers were $399. With the advent of stainless interior dishwashers with the emphasis on quiet performance, the average dishwasher is now $599-$799. That does not mean, however, $399 dishwashers are bad. They still wash dishwashers well, but decent ones are harder to find. The three most popular brands at that price are Frigidaire, Maytag and Whirlpool. Below is a brief history of the companies.

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Topics: Dishwashers, Whirlpool, Frigidaire, Maytag

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