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Double Ovens vs. Microwave Combo Wall Ovens (Reviews/Ratings/Prices)

by Danny Nguyen

The question we get asked all time is, “Do I buy a double wall oven or microwave oven combination?” The answer comes down to how you use it, and how much do you really cook.

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Topics: Microwaves, Wall Ovens

Are Over-The-Range Microwaves Going Out Of Style? (Reviews/Ratings)

by Steve Sheinkopf

With the advent of microwave drawers and speed ovens, the inevitable question arises:

Are over-the-range microwaves a good choice, especially for high-powered gas ranges?

I remember seeing the first over-the-range microwave in 1986. I thought it was a great idea. You could centralize your cooking with a microwave over the stove and not have to pay for hood. It looked good and matched the range.

However, due to changes in ranges and kitchens in general, I am wondering about the viability of this product.

Let's take a look at the product and industry changes, and explore possible alternatives.

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Topics: Microwaves, Microwave Drawers, Ventilation, Speed Ovens

Where Not to Place a Microwave (Issues / Problems)

by Steve Sheinkopf

Have to admit, I love Houzz.

If you are planning a renovation, then Houzz is a great resource for looking at different styles. Want a high styled, ultra modern or super traditional kitchen, bathroom, and house or outside, then check it out.

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Topics: Microwaves

Where Do You Place a Microwave in a Kitchen Plan?

by Steve Sheinkopf

Microwaves were the first, fast “wonder” appliances. They were actually designed in the US by Litton Industries in the 1970s.

They created tons of excitement as if the future was finally here. Flash forward 40 years and tell me: Are you excited about your microwave?

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Topics: Microwaves, Microwave Drawers

The Number One Space Saving Appliance

by Steve Sheinkopf

The over the range microwave is possible the number one spacing appliance. The microwave combines microwave plus a hood exhaust, and thus eliminates the hood and places the microwave at eye level and off the counter. The microwaves vary by internal capacity, features and then add convection for the more upscale units.

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Topics: Microwaves, Frigidaire, GE Profile, Ventilation, GE, Cooking

5 Ways to Save Money With Appliances And Lighting

by Steve Sheinkopf

Buying appliances and lighting is one decision. Choosing the right appliances to save money in operating costs later is another consideration. In most cases, the cost difference between energy saving and conventional is nominal. In every case, there is a significant return on investment.

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Topics: Induction Cooktops, Microwaves, Front Load Washers, LED Lighting, Recessed Lighting

The Truck

by Steve Sheinkopf

Let's look at this big, ole truck.

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Topics: Induction Cooktops, Microwaves, Integrated Refrigerators

How To Buy an Over The Range Microwave

by Steve Sheinkopf

I remember when microwaves were the rage in the 80s. It was new technology invented by Amana and Litton, and everyone had to own one. 20 years later and it is no longer buzz worthy. With one exception, the over the range (OTR) microwave.

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Topics: Microwaves

How To Buy Appliances..Part 7

by Steve Sheinkopf

This is really not all that difficult...Its easy if you know what you want. Much harder when you have no idea. How about a novel idea? Lets stay under your budget, pick desirable items and as an added bonus, not lose your mind.

1. Establish a budget. You will stick to it.

2. What pieces do you really want. Is it a SubZero, stainless steel appliances, slide in range?

3. Rebates. I hate to say it, but $500 in rebates would sway my loyalties between similar items.

So lets say you have no idea:

4. Start at the range. There are more tough choices than any other product.

5. Refrigerator next, once again the most difficult dimensionally.

6. Dishwasher and over the range microwave should match the other two pieces.

If you stay within the same brand, there are numerous budget saving rebates. I am not partial to side by sides, but this Bosch package has a whopping $1350 in rebates...I can learn to love it for that type of money.

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Topics: Microwaves, Bosch, Dishwashers, Washers, Sub-Zero, Refrigerators, Slide-In Ranges, Ranges

Basic Math

by Steve Sheinkopf

As I have posted previously, appliance prices, like gas, insurance and food are on the rise. Frigidaire and Whirlpool both announced increases of 6% effective November 1.

They can announce increases. I am not sure their true intentions. Lets look (Scroll to the bottom if you are pressed for time.)

Frigidaire digital stainless dishwasher. The price is $489( before rebate, but we will be there shortly).


Frigidaire stainless over the range microwave vent $409.


Frigidaire 5 burner convection gas range with power burner $899.


Frigidaire 18 cubic foot pro stainless refrigerator with ice maker $749.


The total is $2546. After rebates the total cost becomes $1599, which is the lowest ever. For consumers, the message is clear:

Pick a brand to maximize the rebate
Buy Rebated Models
Save money
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Topics: Microwaves, Dishwashers, Whirlpool, Frigidaire, Washers, Gas Cooking, Ranges

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