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March 19th, 2019

Whirlpool Front Load Laundry- Matthew Pagels

The new Whirlpool front load washers have hit the market!

Whirlpool front loaders have gotten a good reputation over the years. With their new models, they have transitioned to a clean, all-touch control display. The new Load & Go system, which we'll get into in a little bit, has now been added to all models.

Let's take a look at three models Whirlpool has to offer. (excludes model# WFW9620H)

WFW5620HW *Only available in white

It's considered a "closet depth" unit being that it is less than 32 inches deep (31 9/16" to be exact). What's nice is that you get a 4.5 cubic foot stainless steel tub, which allows for bigger items like king size comforters. We do, however, recommend that consumers take their big comforters to the laundry mat; you don't want to put too much stress on the machine.

Even though this is Whirlpool's lower model, it boasts identical features to the model next in line. So don't think of it as "basic," especially with the amount of wash cycles/options it has to offer.

The cycles include regular/normal, heavy duty, delicate, bulky items, whites, colors, towels, drain and spin, cold wash (for gentler cleaning), sanitize (kills 99.9 percent of bacteria), wrinkle control (for less wrinkles), quick wash (small, lightly solid loads in 15 minutes), presoak (hands-free option that operates before the wash cycle), extra rinse (kicks in after the wash cycle ends and helps get rid of excess soap) and steam clean (reaches a hot temperature to remove everyday stains). You can customize up to 35 cycle combinations. You'll also have a time remaining display.

It features Load & Go, which allows you to fill up to 20 loads and dispenses the correct amount of detergent for each selective cycle. This feature is located near the bottom of the unit, and you still have the single load dispenser in the top left compartment. It's a great feature for those who find it annoying to refill detergent every time.

WFW6620H *Available in white and chrome shadow

Next in line we have the WFW6620H. This model will have the same features, cubic feet and measurements as the previous model.

The differences are it can be ordered in either white or chrome shadow, it has an extra large Load & Go compartment (up to 40 loads instead of 20), and the appearance is a bit sleeker with its all black glass exterior door.

WFW8620H *Available in white and chrome shadow

Here's where you're not only paying for the appearance, color and Load & Go XL, but you're getting a few more features.

Want more capacity in your washer? You get a bigger tub at 5.0 cubic feet. We all want our clothes smelling fresh, right? You get a 12-hour fan fresh option, which utilizes a built-in fan that turns on after the wash cycle ends and tumbles clothes for up to 12 hours. If you're running around and not keeping an eye on your laundry, this feature will be very beneficial to you. You also get a wash and dry option, which uses hot air to tumble dry clothes after the washing is finished.

And don't forget: All new machines lock these days. Should you need to add a garment last second, hit the pause button and then press start again to continue the cycle. More importantly, be sure to clean your washer frequently! Mold is still an issue with front load washers.

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February 19th, 2019

Bosch Wall Ovens - Matthew Pagels

Why Bosch wall ovens?

Bosch wall ovens are sleek. They are user-friendly. That flush installation also makes for a smooth transition in your kitchen. It gives you that high-end appearance without paying a super high-end price.

Sticking with single and double wall ovens, let's take a look at the different series Bosch has to offer:

Benchmark

Benchmark Series

Bosch's Benchmark Series, which is the highest series in their line of products, has 17 modes in total, including 14 specialized cooking modes. With the Benchmark Series, bake, hi & low broil, roast, warm, proof dough, convection bake, convection broil, convection roast, pizza, multi-rack convection, self clean, fast preheat, speed convection for frozen foods and sabbath are available in both the upper and lower cavity. The upper oven also gives you the AutoProbe feature, which allows you to program your meat to cook rare, medium and well-done and takes the guesswork out of cooking by using a temperature probe that is included. The EcoChef option, which is a more efficient way of cooking by using the residual heat in the oven to finish the process, is also provided in the upper oven, too.

In a double oven, you get a total of six racks, including one telescopic rack, and four Halogen lights (two in each oven); in a single oven, you get three racks, including one telescopic rack, and two Halogen lights. A broiler pan comes with both.

As for color, stainless steel is your only choice with the Benchmark Series. However, you do have the option to choose between a left swing or right swing, which is only available in the Benchmark Series, as well as the traditional drop-down door. The swinging door is a nice touch for those who dislike having to reach over the oven door.


800 Series

800 Series

The 800 Series looks almost similar to the Benchmark Series and has a few of the same features, including having 15 modes, a temperature probe and a telescopic rack. However, here are the differences:

The 800 Series holds less power (8,495 watts) compared to the Benchmark Series (9,125 watts) and does not have the color TFT control panel. Should you go with a double oven, the 800 series doesn't offer convection in both cavities; you only get six modes in the lower, including bake, hi & low broil, roast, warm and sabbath. The 800 series does not have the speed convection (frozen foods) and EcoChef modes. Also, incandescent lighting is used instead of halogen lighting. It doesn't come with a broiler pan either.

The biggest takeaway is the lack of convection/cooking modes in the lower cavity of a double wall oven. For those who like to cook a ton for family and guests, you're going to miss out in not having those extra modes in the lower cavity. However, you do save a decent chunk of change by going with the 800 Series.

Unlike the other series' Bosch offers, the 800 Series is available in stainless steel, black stainless and black.


500 Series

500 Series

If you're really opposed to the touch display and want that old school dial, then the 500 Series is for you. In a single wall oven, you can purchase a 500 Series with or without convection. Like the 800 Series, the 500 Series double wall oven has convection in the upper oven and Thermal cooking in the lower oven. However, the 500 Series offers a model that has Thermal cooking in both levels.

The oven performance and total wattage (only 40 W less) is on par with the 800 Series. But in the 500 Series (with convection), you lose out on the telescopic rack, temperature probe, a fast preheat option, the QuietClose door and an extra interior light. In the 500 Series without convection, you lose those features mentioned above and only get a total of six modes: Bake, hi & low broil, roast, warm, self clean and sabbath. You can purchase the telescopic rack as an accessory.

The 500 series is good value for what it is, especially if you don't care about losing out on some of the other features and going with the knobs. That said, whether it's a double oven or single oven, it's recommended to get the 500 Series with convection because of the 13 modes compared to the six you'd get without it. Stainless steel is the only color in the 500 Series.

The one con with Bosch wall ovens--and ranges for that matter--is that the oven cavity size in a standard 30-inch oven is a bit small at 4.6 cubic feet compared to other competitor's wall ovens. That said, you'll still have room to fit that full size turkey in there!

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January 11th, 2019

Bosch Freestanding Refrigerators

If you want a refrigerator with a sleek look and quality performance, then Bosch's refrigerators should be on your radar.

And if we're talking the popular freestanding french door, which many folks ask for, you don't have to get overwhelmed with all the different models like other brands offer. That's because Bosch has a simple selection.

Here are the options to choose from:

B21CL80SNS

Model# B21CL80SNS (800 series)

The classic french door with one freezer drawer. This is one of three counter-depth models, with a width of 36 inches and a total of 20.7 cubic feet. It comes in stainless steel or black stainless. Note: this is the only model that has a choice of two colors.

Its dual AirCool system (SuperCool and SuperFreeze) does a great job in keeping food, drinks and frozen items at the right temperature and removing odors during transfer. Keep your vegetables and fruits fresh while sticking them in the humidity-controlled crisper drawers and your meats, fish and cheese fresh by putting them in a full-width Chiller drawer.

Like most refrigerators these days, this has LED lighting and adjustable tempered glass shelves. What's nice is that you are given a ton of room for gallons of milk/water/juice, as well as other condiments (don't forget that Bosch includes free egg trays), to be placed on the side door. You also have a foldable shelve should you have taller glasses or pitchers.

There is no water in this unit, but it does come with a factory-installed ice maker in the freezer, accompanied by a water filter inside the fridge.


B21CL81SNS

Model# B21CL81SNS (800 series)

If you want two freezer drawers for separation of your frozen foods, this is your guy. It has the same features and measurements and as the BL21CL80SNS. The only difference is this model doesn't have a water filter and only comes in stainless steel.


B26FT50SNS

Model# B26FT50SNS (800 series)

Bosch's standard (full depth) fridge. It's a 36-inch french door (25 cubic feet) with one freezer drawer. It also has ice and water on the door and, in my opinion, looks a lot cleaner than most fridges that have exterior water and ice. And it comes in fingerprint resistant steel, which is nice a touch (get it?).

This model uses MultiAirflow cooling which boosts air circulation for even temperature throughout the fridge. It also has the SuperCool and SuperFreeze has settings. There's a cool feature called Quick Ice, where it speeds up the ice making process when more ice is needed. This model also has a water filter.

The only downside for this french door is the ice/water maker takes up some space inside the fridge. It also happens to be cheaper than the other two, but that's because it's standard depth.


B20CS30SNS

Model# B20CS30SNS (800 series)

Ah, the good 'ol side-by-side refrigerator. And it's a counter-depth fridge. And it has water and ice on the door. This 36-inch fridge has a total of 20.2 cubic feet. It uses the MultiAirflow cooling and has adjustable tempered glass shelves in both the fridge and freezer. Unlike the other two counter-depth models, this comes in a stainless steel that is fingerprint resistant. And just so you know, Bosch does have built-in refrigeration. Whether you want stainless steel or custom panels, a 30-inch built-in bottom freezer or a 36-inch french door, the Benchmark series is available. Overall, it's hard to beat the design and performance of a Bosch. It doesn't have that "bulky" look to it, and the drawers and shelves don't feel cheaply made. It's a high-end product that you're not paying too much of a premium for.

- Matthew Pagels

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October 5th, 2018

MIELE - Dishwashers "Always Better"

Everyone wants a dishwasher that will last longer than 10 years, but it's very tough to find one that manages to do so in this day and age.

However, there is one brand of dishwashers that claims to have a life expectancy of up to 20 years for their product--and that's Miele.

An independent family-owned company established in 1899, Miele has developed one of the best, quietest and most reliable dishwashers on the market. They currently have five series of dishwashers--Classic, Crystal, Dimension, Lumen and Diamond--all of which are engineered and manufactured in Germany. The price will increase for each series, but it's important to remember that all of their dishwashers are built the same way, including have three spray arms and three pumps for washing, which is different from other dishwashers, as well as a clean air dry fan for drying, which beats condensation dry like their competitors offer.

Miele are also the innovators of the third-level rack. If you still wanted a silverware basket, you can purchase one as an accessory (there are models that come with the silverware basket but without the third-level rack). All series can receive a custom panel, but if you do decide to go with the stainless steel look, you won't have to worry about smudges caused by those perfect kids of yours with Miele's clean touch steel.

So which one should you buy? Well, the Classic--specifically the model with touch controls on the front and a stainless steel exterior--is $999 (UMRP). And while you may be reluctant to pay a bit more than you'd like for a dishwasher, it is great value when you factor in the 20-year life expectancy. It's very quiet at 46 decibels (dBA). It has five wash cycles--normal, express, pots and & pans, saniwash and rinse & hold, as well as a short cycle that cuts your wash time by roughly 30-50 percent and a delay start that you can set up to 24 hours in advance.

On the inside, we have a stainless steel tub, the third-level rack, an adjustable upper rack that includes two flexible layers to put smalls cups, saucers and shot glasses on and a lower rack that has two adjustable tines. When you see the color Amber, that means it is adjustable, so don't fight with it because it will win.

Next in line is the Crystal--specifically the model with touch controls on the top, a bar handle and stainless steel exterior--which comes in at $1,699. Why the jump in price? On top of what the Classic offers, the Crystal gives you two extra wash cycles: QuickIntenseWash for normal-soiled dishes, which finishes in just under an hour, and China & Crystal wash for sensitive glassware, which hits a low temperature and uses less pressure. A great feature is the patented Auto Open, where the door opens automatically when your dishes are washed and dried.

Another addition is a water softener on the base of the machine, which will help increase the wash performance and lifetime of your dishwasher. On the inside, you're given a 3D level cutlery tray that allows for not only silverware but ladles and spatulas. It also gives you the ability to slide the tray from left to right in order to fit taller glasses on the adjustable upper rack. The lower rack comes with two rows of flexible stemware, too. The Dimension is priced at $1799, but the only additions are a bottle wash, more flexibility on the lower rack, a wash cycle for grates and hood filters, an extra quiet cycle (40 dBA). Whether that is worth the extra $100 is up to you.

If you're looking to get fancier with the Knock2open feature, which opens the dishwasher by knocking on the door twice, along with a lighted interior, extra cycles and a decibel rating as low as 38 dBA, then the Lumen and Diamond is there for you. The extra features are cool, but is it worth paying upwards of $2,000 for a dishwasher? I'd rather save that money for something else.

Again, you're going to be paying a bit more for a Miele dishwasher compared to a basic dishwasher, but the quality, durability and longevity of the machine really stands outs.

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July 29th, 2016

Cooking with Bosch - Danny Seo

Healthy Living Expert Danny Seo Named Bosch Home Appliances Brand Ambassador

Irvine, CA - December 15, 2015 - Bosch home appliances, the premier European kitchen design brand, is proud to announce an exciting new partnership with America's foremost expert on modern, healthy living, Danny Seo. In this role, Danny Seo will work with the appliance leader to showcase how its award-winning, modern and thoughtfully designed kitchen appliances use advanced technologies to help Americans live a healthier, simplified lifestyle.Through the partnership, he becomes the first official Brand Ambassador for Bosch home appliances in the US.

"We're thrilled to welcome Danny Seo to the Bosch home appliances family," said Dan Kenny, director of brand marketing for Bosch. "Danny Seo is at the forefront of the healthy living movement in this country, and his perspectives on achieving a healthy lifestyle align perfectly with our brand values."

For Danny, transforming the way Americans approach healthy living is more than a profession, it is a way of life. Danny shares this passion and expertise as the editor in chief of his own namesake magazine, Naturally, Danny Seo, which is read by more than 3.5 million people every year. With an emphasis on designing appliances that are "Invented for Life," Bosch is proud to help consumers incorporate this movement into their kitchens.

"It's truly an honor to work with a brand that design-forward consumers recognize and trust, like Bosch," said Danny Seo. "The brand's use of modern design philosophies to offer simple solutions that help make life easier is something I strongly believe in, and it's one of the reasons I've always included Bosch in my own kitchen."

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January 22nd, 2016

GE Cafe Refrigerators, Models CYE22USHSS and CFE28USHSS with Coffee

Model CYE22USHSS

Model CYE22USHSS available in stainless steel only.

Coffee from your refrigerator is now a reality with GE's K-Cup Brewing system that's included with models CYE22USHSS and CFE28USHSS. Simply place any K-Cup flavor inside a container that comes with either refrigerator and then attached the container to the external dispenser. In moments, you're enjoying a piping hot cup of Joe without a Keurig machine taking up vital real estate on your counter.

Coffee Maker

Coffee is ready in moments and, coincidentally, your day just got way better.

Coffee Maker

Here's where you put your K Cup

GE's Counter-Depth and Full-Depth Refrigerators with K-Cup

Do you need a counter-depth refrigerator with K-Cup? No problem. Select model CYE22USHSS. With 22.2 cubic feet of capacity and GE Cafe's pro-styling, this refrigerator qualifies as Energy Star and includes a full-width temperature controlled drawer (three different temperature settings), LED lights, and 84 percent of the refrigerator is made in America. Need a more spacious interior? Again, not a problem. Select model CFE28USHSS. This model features 27.8 cubic feet of capacity and includes the same bells and whistles as their counter-depth unit.

Both units also include:

Precise Fill: The water dispenser reacts to the amount of water you need. Chooses how many ounces or cups you want, and the perfect amount dispenses each time.

Hot Water Dispenser: Choose from four different temperatures for the perfect preparation of hot beverages or foods

Hot Water Scheduling: With the GE Kitchen App, you're able to pre-set times so your hot water is ready any time of day.

If you want to check out GE Cafe's French door refrigerator with K-Cup Technology, we'll have it on display very soon in our new GE Cafe display.

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December 17th, 2015

36" Counter Depth Refrigerators

Over the last 10 years counter depth appliances have been increasing in popularity due to their seemless design and built in look. They give the customer the look of a refrigerator that is much more expensive such as a Sub Zero, Thermador, or Jenn Air refrigerator. They are also highly desirable in galley kitchens or kitchens where space is tight. Counter depth refrigerators all have a case depth of 24" which makes them typically about 30" deep with the doors and handles on them. Counter depth refrigerators also give the customer the option of having water and ice on the door compared with a built in where that is typically not available.

Many customers ask us the difference between a built in refrigerator and a counter depth refrigerator. The main difference being that on a built in refrigerator the compressor is usually at the top of the unit, and that they can be ordered with stainless steel fronts or with wood panels to match your kitchen cabinets.

Overall, counter depth refrigerators are more popular than ever giving customers more cubic feet of capacity than ever before and giving customers a more luxurious appearance than a traditional refrigerator. Will a counter depth refrigerator hold more than a traditional refrigerator? No it will not. However, it will give customers a more stylish look in the kitchen and take up less space.

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Novemeber 27th, 2015

30" Counter Depth Refrigerators

While it is often very easy to find counter depth refrigerators for your 36" wide opening. We still have customers come looking to get counter depth refrigerators for 30" openings. While there are far fewer choices for them in the 30" space here are some options that may work in your kitchen. At this time there are only 5 manufacturers producing counter depth units in the 30" size, Sub-Zero, Thermador, Bosch, Miele, and Liebherr. These units will be more expensive than your typical freestanding refrigerators because they are "built in" refrigerators meaning that they are designed to be built into the cabinets and are going to be 80"-84" in height. When thinking about purchasing one of these units always plan ahead and check to see if you have the appropriate height in the kitchen and rooms leading to it.

Sub Zero IT-30CIID

Sub Zero's new IT-30CIID is a beautifully designed and well made refrigerator. It can be purchased with or without internal water dispenser which is always great! It also features two freezer drawers so that you have better organization than a single drawer model. It can be purchased to be installed with wood panels (overlay) or with stainless steel panels.

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Miele KF1801VI

The Miele refrigerator KF1801VI is actually made on the same platform as the Bosch and Thermador is but they give you upgraded lighting and crisper drawers. The crisper drawers allow you to choose the temperature within the drawer which is designed to make your foods last longer such as meats and produce. This model is also available with wireless monitoring so that if there is a problem it will send a call to Miele for you where they know which part has failed so the technician can come with the right part the first time at your home.

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Thermador T30IB800SP and Bosch B30BB830SS

The Bosch and Thermador units are pretty much identical to each other because they are made in the same factory, the Thermador is available in both stainless steel and with or wood panels(overlay). The Bosch is only available in stainless steel. The reason you would consider buying one of these over the other is because of the promotions that happen on them. Thermador has the 1-2 Free promotion going on which can get the customer a free dishwasher, and also a hood depending on qualifying items.

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Liebherr CS-1660 and the HCB1560

Liebherr makes two different models in the 30" Size the CS-1660 and the HCB1560 these units are going to be less expensive than the rest of their competitors but offer a great well made product that will perform as well as any of their competitors. They also have a great option on them called bio fresh which keeps the temperature in the drawers within a degree and air moving over the food so that your food will last longer.

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Overall, it is much easier to find a 36" Counter depth refrigerator but these options can help you find the perfect 30" Counter depth refrigerator for your home!

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November 4th, 2015

Front Load vs Top Load Laundry

With all the options available in laundry today one of the first questions customers ask me is whether they should purchase a front load or top load laundry pair for their home. My answer always varies depending on each individual's needs and wants.

Front Load Laundry

The great thing about front load laundry is that they are more delicate on the clothes in that instead of agitating them they infuse water through the clothes and tumble them in and out of the water. This makes the fabrics last longer and remove stains better. Front load washers also have a larger average tub size than a top load washer and since they are not using an agitator or washer plate you can put more clothes in them. Front load washers also are more efficient in the amount of water they use because they do not have to fill up the tub to wash making the water usage less than any of the "H.E." (high efficiency) top load washers. Last, the front load machines have the ability to spin out fast meaning the clothes come out of the washer almost dry!

With all those great benefits why wouldn't you get a front load washer? Well, there are a couple of things you have to consider before purchasing a front load washer. First, they tend to have a larger footprint than a traditional top load machine. Being that we live in New England many of our homes tend to have smaller doorways, hallways, and laundry rooms than in other parts of the country. Be sure to measure the location depth and width accurately to make sure the machines will fit. Next, Front load machines are prone to mold/mildew smells. This is caused by a variety of reasons but some of the main reasons are that you must leave the washer door open when you are not using it, and also that people are used to using a capful of detergent when doing laundry. This is not true with a front load washer, you should only use about two table spoons of soap for a wash. Last, wash times on front loaders tend to be slightly longer than top load competitors. You can expect quick loads to be from 16 minutes to 30 minutes. Electrolux has gained popularity for their 16 minute wash time on small loads. Also Samsung has a 40 minute full wash on select models.

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Top Load Laundry

There are two types of Top load laundry your traditional agitator machine and the "H.E." machines which stands for high efficiency. The agitator machines are the tried and true work horses which depending on the brand give you the option to select water level. Brands like Speed Queen have made this style of washer the most popular in our region due to the fact that they are made to last longer than the competition as well simplicity of use. Speed Queen also features the longest warranty in the industry. Fisher Paykel is a manufacturer that makes a model that gives you the best of both worlds an agitator machine that gives you the ability to select the amount of water you use or gives you an "H.E." mode that lets the machine determine the amount of water to use as well as having a fast spin speed at the end of the cycle meaning that the clothes come out almost dry. "H.E." machines mostly do not have agitators and use wash plate technology to wash. By using a wash plate the machines are able to get capacity's that are as large as front loaders. However, these machines are not as simple as the agitator machines and are not just spin the dial to wash. The customer has to make inputs such as soil level of the clothes and which type of garments are being washed.

- Dave Marsillio

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October 22nd, 2015

Stainless Steel Alternative

Whether you hate it or love it, for past 15 years stainless steel appliances have been the trend. For those of you that have hated stainless steel, we have good news vendors are finally listening to you! Vendors such as General Electric, Kitchen Aid, Samsung, and LG are now offering a different kind of finish. One that does not show the finger prints as much and that gives you a unique style. Samsung and Kitchen Aid call the line "Black Stainless", LG calls it the "Diamond Collection", and GE calls their new line "Slate". For everyone who hates the stainless finish come in and check out these new products because the alternative to stainless steel just may be here.

- Dave Marsillio

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