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MA Energy Efficient Appliance Rebate and Refrigerator Types

by Steve Sheinkopf

As we wrote last week, the $150 MA Energy Efficient Appliance Rebate expires today.  Old refrigerators consume tons of energy. You will save at least $100 per year by replacing a ten year old refrigerator and over $200 for a 20 year old refrigerator...and today you can save another $150.

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Topics: Counter Depth Refrigerators, Integrated Refrigerators, French Door Refrigerators, Shallow Depth Refrigerators

Three Styles of Built-In Refrigeration

by Steve Sheinkopf

Professional, counter depth and integrated refrigerators are designed to improve the look of your kitchen since they do not protrude into the kitchen. You also do not see the black textured sides as an added benefit.

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Topics: Counter Depth Refrigerators, Integrated Refrigerators, Ranges, Shallow Depth Refrigerators

Go Shallow?

by Steve Sheinkopf

Look at this refrigerator:
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Topics: Counter Depth Refrigerators, Shallow Depth Refrigerators

Stuck in Florida

by Steve Sheinkopf

Evidentally it is raining in Boston, so without a showroom I will blog about my parents new kitchen. New is an operative term, because they had cabinets without the granite for probably 6 months. Probably the first good lesson about kitchen design is hire good people

My folks have managed to accomplish good and bad within the same space.


The Good:

I like the Tech Orbs on either side of the sink. Small, unobtrusive yet decorative.

LED undercabinet...uses 10 watts per strip instead of 170 with halogen based undercabinet.

The Bad:

5 inch recessed on a short ceiling. It would have been neater with a smaller can like a 4 inch or a low voltage.


The appliances aren't actually new, but are decent: Shallow depth refrigerator, electric slide-in, over the range microwave with a Miele dishwasher being the splurge.

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Topics: Miele, Dishwashers, Counter Depth Refrigerators, Slide-In Ranges, Shallow Depth Refrigerators

Shallow Depth Refrigeration

by Steve Sheinkopf

This site is tied in with Google Analytics. Yesterday, I was looking at keyword search details, and 7 out of the 10 reasons people look at our blog in the last 30 days is for shallow depth refrigeration, which may be a good reason for a post.

Quite honestly, shallow depth looks aesthetically cleaner in a kitchen, as the black or gray sides are not shown. The refrigerator is 24 inches deep, so it is also dimensionally similar to standard cabinets.

There are two types of shallow depth products: Regular (there is no official name for this) and integrated.

Regular shallow depth products are 24 inches deep plus the door. This is the largest segment of the shallow depth category. It includes SubZero, KitchenAid, GE among others...

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Topics: Thermador, Miele, Sub-Zero, Refrigerators, Gaggenau, Counter Depth Refrigerators, GE Cafe, KitchenAid, GE Profile, GE, Liebherr, Shallow Depth Refrigerators

More Shallow Depth Ideas

by Steve Sheinkopf

Shallow depth refrigerators are desirable in a kitchen, because the sides do not protrude. Thus the kitchen looks more linear and more attractive. SubZero pioneered the pro niche in the 60s and 70s, and were followed by GE Monogram, KitchenAid and Thermador. Later, Amana decided to manufacture the regular shallow depth product and were followed(and beaten up by) GE Profile, KitchenAid and JennAir.

Now there are a number of alternatives from an endless number of companies. Unfortunately they tend to be somewhat expensive starting at $1600 as well as only fitting a 36 inch or over cabinet.



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Topics: Thermador, Jenn-Air, Blomberg, Sub-Zero, Refrigerators, Counter Depth Refrigerators, KitchenAid, GE Monogram, GE, Amana, Shallow Depth Refrigerators, Fisher Paykel

Cool Refrigerator

by Steve Sheinkopf

My last prewritten vacation post...Wonder if I had a good time...

Lets look at this refrigerator by Fisher Paykel. Other than an interesting handle, there is not much different...Or is there?

Cool Fridge

The Fisher Paykel is unique for 2 reasons...It is the only shallow depth refrigerator designed for a 33 inch cabinet, AND it is at least $400 cheaper than any other shallow depth unit
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Topics: Refrigerators, Counter Depth Refrigerators, Shallow Depth Refrigerators, Fisher Paykel

GE Cafe

by Steve Sheinkopf

As I have stated in a previous post, GE has launched their new Cafe line. Its actually some pretty decent equipment, especially the stove.

Lets look:

The slide has an enhanced burner of 17,000(the average burner on a 10 year old stove is 10,000BTU) as well as a griddle burner in the middle, electric convection and an oven below. The knobs and most of the finishing touches are stainless, so the stove looks upscale as well

GE Cafe Slide-In

On the surface, the refrigerator looks good as well. As Michael points out, it is a side by side competely finished in stainless including the sides. Unfortunately, GE dropped the ball a bit. Although the product looks good, most upscale consumers buy bottom freezers and products that are shallow depth. GE effectively is marketing a product, which would be successful 10 years ago.

GE Cafe Side x Side

Have a Nice Weekend,

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Topics: Refrigerators, Slide-In Ranges, GE Cafe, GE, Shallow Depth Refrigerators

Cool New Stuff....Appliances

by Steve Sheinkopf

So now Tax Day is over. I will have plenty of time to actually blog. BTW, I met a few Yale blogees this weekend, and it was good to place a face with the analytics.

But anyway for those who are planning a few new considerations:

Miele has two new dishwashers with only 10 minute wash cycles. 10 minutes to complete a cycle versus 98 in a regular dishwasher. Before you buy this revolutionary product, it requires 250v as opposed to regular 120 and it is around $5,000 to buy.

Miele Pro Dishwasher

A couple of weeks ago, I was teaching my girlfriends niece to say the word blue..It looks like Dacor has taken blue a little more seriously. Still, you have to respect any manufacturer for thinking out of the (stainless steel) box.

Dacor Blue#1
Dacor Blue#2

AGA range is new....to us. This is a very interesting stove with a very unique cooking technology. Likeable yet expensive, it is another distinct product that you need Kurt to explain

AGA Range

Fisher Paykel has a brand new refrigerator with ice and water through the door. Ice and water is hardly novel, but this refrigerator is shallow depth and only 33 inches wide. All other shallow depth refrigerators fit a 36 inch opening

Fisher & Paykel
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Topics: Miele, Dishwashers, Washers, Refrigerators, Ranges, Shallow Depth Refrigerators, Fisher Paykel, Dacor

The Five Best Appliance Buys In June

by Steve Sheinkopf

The KUDR02FSSS at $799 has comparable features to their best model for almost $400 less. I love this dishwasher.


3 Months ago, we were selling this unit well at $2299. The manufacturer closes it out and now it is $1599. The KSCS23INSS is a fully featured shallow depth refrigerator with ice and water.


The WFMC3301UC / WTXD5321US is the most efficient laundry pair in the industry. Because the dryer has a Siemens name, it saves $300 off the purchase price at least.

Bosch - Siemens Laundry  Pair

The SEC302BS is a great wall oven near the $3000 price point. Its almost $2000 cheaper than a Wolf or Miele and better than similarly priced brands.


The Frigidaire PLCS389EC is a slide in oven with a 16,000 BTU burner, a dual fuel convection oven and warming drawer. The price of this range is $1299 down from $1799 for no apparent reason.


There are many dealers with these types of offerings. Write the models and shop it.
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Topics: Wolf, Miele, Dishwashers, Frigidaire, Washers, Dryers, Refrigerators, Counter Depth Refrigerators, Slide-In Ranges, Wall Ovens, Warming Drawers, Ranges, Laundry, Shallow Depth Refrigerators

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