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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

What You Ought To Know about Sub-Zero Refrigerators

by Steve Sheinkopf

Sub-Zero is arguably the best name brand in the appliance industry. It is one of two companies to win a JD Powers quality award (Miele is the other, for dishwshers). Sub-Zero was popularized by designers because they were the first company to offer a counter depth or shallow refrigerator. They also are very decorator-friendly with many custom options.

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Topics: Sub-Zero, Counter Depth 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

What happened To Amana?

by Steve Sheinkopf

Really, what happened to this company? 20 years ago, Amana dominated the premium refrigeration market and were actually the first to manufacturer counter depth products.

Of course, they were owned by Raytheon, who naturally is significantly invested in defense. So there were effectively bisected and sold. Goodman Holding bought their air conditioning products, and a rapidly deteriorating Maytag company acquired the appliance division.

Maytag was then acquired by Whirlpool, and Amana has been largely ignored until now. There seems to be a pervasive logic during a recession: Sell it for whatever you can.

With rebates, Amana once again becomes interesting (at least for now.)

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Topics: Whirlpool, Counter Depth Refrigerators, Amana, Shallow Depth Refrigerators

Renovate Cheaply

by Steve Sheinkopf

You do not have to spend a fortune to renovate well. Have a look at some decent alternative to spending a ton of dough.

The Bosch 4 series dishwasher: At $534 after rebate, it is a great value.

Fisher Paykel refrigeration: Shallow depth, 33 inchs and $500-1000 less than other shallow depth products.

From the world of Pro:

Bertazoni: Italian design at an affordable number.

NXR: The first Chinese Pro range with 18,000 BTU output.

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Topics: Bosch, Dishwashers, Washers, Refrigerators, Counter Depth Refrigerators, Ranges, Bertazzoni, Shallow Depth Refrigerators, Fisher Paykel, NXR

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

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