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Ductless Under Cabinet Range Hoods: Pros, Cons, & Product Reviews

Posted by Jeff Allaire on Feb 24, 2021 8:00 AM 

 

Are you trying to decide between a ductless or ducted under cabinet range hood? Also known as recirculating hoods, this type of hood is economical and easy to install. It's a common choice for manufactured homes and apartments where installing ductwork would be prohibitively expensive. 

In this article, we'll go over what you need to know about ductless hoods and review three affordable, popular models.

 

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24 Inch Electric Range Smooth Top Models - 4 Great Choices

Posted by Todd Buehler on Feb 18, 2021 10:00 AM 

 

If you are looking for a new range and have only a 24 inch opening to work with, choices can be limited. Many of the ranges designed to fit into a 24 inch space are lower end models, most without smooth tops and often not available in stainless steel. For many customers with small spaces, a coil top range can do the job.

However, if you want a smooth top for your condo, apartment, or small kitchen, 24 inch electric range smooth top models can be hard to find and even harder to find reviews for. We wrote this blog to help provide more information about a few of the great models that are available in smooth top for the 24 inch market to help you find the best model for you.

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The 5 Best 18 Inch Dishwashers for 2021

Posted by Jeff Allaire on Feb 17, 2021 7:00 AM 


 

The typical dishwasher width of around 24" just doesn't cut it for small spaces. For narrow kitchens, small apartments, and other situations, many people turn to the 18-inch dishwasher to maximize space. In this article, we compare five of the best 18-inch dishwashers on the market to help you get the best bang for your buck!

We focused on built in models here, but we also compared the best portable dishwashers if that's what you're looking for. Here are our picks for the best 18-inch dishwashers of 2021 - in no particular order, numbered for your convenience. Check out our dishwasher buying guide for more info on choosing a great new dishwasher!

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The Compact Washer and Dryer - Details, Dimensions, & More!

Posted by Bob Allaire on Feb 9, 2021 10:00 AM 

 

If you are moving into a small apartment or a tiny house, or are otherwise just constrained for space, you may be scouring the internet to learn more about compact washer and dryer models. Compact laundry appliances are more common in Europe than in the US, but maybe those Europeans are onto something! Compact washers and dryers can be a little more difficult to come by than full size models, and there isn't as much information out there about them. 

Here are some things you should consider with a compact washer and dryer, plus reviews of two highly rated models from GE and Bosch.

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Need A Refrigerator With No Freezer? - Reviews, Features, Prices

Posted by Bob Allaire on Feb 9, 2021 9:30 AM 

 

Certain specialty applications call for specialty products. Refrigerators are no different: refrigerators with no freezers, also called "all-refrigerators" or "freezerless refrigerators" may come in compact forms to be installed in offices, pool houses, or where a second refrigerator is needed. Others are intended to replace built-in refrigerators for a high-end look. They range from basic to luxurious, mini to full-size, and there are a lot of options. Here are a few types of all-refrigerators:

  • Twin Refrigerators or Column Refrigerators: A high-end type of refrigerator with no freezer, usually with a built-in look. They feature a single door and can be paired with a matching column freezer for a custom side by side look, or separated for convenience in a high-end kitchen. They may be panel-ready, built-in, or integrated (read more about built in and integrated refrigerators here). Frigidaire offers freestanding options that look built in but are a lot cheaper.

  • Freestanding All Refrigerators: These models are useful for apartments, dorm rooms, offices, and other settings. They can be compact at 11 cubic feet or less, or up to 19 cubic feet or so.

  • Beverage Centers/Wine Coolers: These refrigerators are specifically designed for storing beer, soda, wine, and other beverages. They're a great addition to any home bar! They usually have clear glass doors and can be freestanding or built-in models that can be installed under counters. (We reviewed beverage coolers here.)
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Low Profile Microwave - Reviews, Ratings, Prices

Posted by Jeff Allaire on Feb 5, 2021 9:00 AM 

 

Microwaves have historically come in two basic categories: standard over-the-range microwaves and countertop microwaves. Over-the-range microwaves are designed to fit nicely above your range and have standard 30" widths. Height-wise, they are typically between 16" and 18", and they generally offer a capacity in the 1.7 to 2.0 cubic foot range. Over-the-range microwaves are practically standard issue in most modern kitchens, and the cabinetry and layout in modern homes generally work well for these products. 

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5 Largest Whirlpool Washing Machine Models for 2021

Posted by Meredith Czymmek on Feb 3, 2021 9:00 AM 

 

Whirlpool is a top washing machine brand in the US and is a powerful force in the market along with its subsidiaries Maytag and Amana. As larger washing machines become more widely available and more popular, Whirlpool has kept up with some huge-capacity models! If you're looking for the largest Whirlpool washing machine models, we've compiled our top picks for 2021 in this category, including front loading and top loading models. They range from around 4.5 to 5.3 cubic feet of capacity, and prices range from $799 to $1,399.

Before we begin: compare front load vs top load washers in our article if you're not sure which style suits your needs, the advantages and disadvantages of front load washers, and the benefits of a top loading washer. Or, check out our washing machine buyer's guide for a thorough walkthrough on choosing and buying a new washing machine.

 

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The 7 Best Electric Range Models for 2021

Posted by Jeff Allaire on Feb 3, 2021 9:00 AM 

 

 

Electric ranges offer a sleek look and great baking performance, and can be commonly found in apartments and homes where installing a gas line is not possible. With many of them now available with smooth ceramic glass cooktops, they’re easy to clean and look great, too!

To help you find a new electric range, we’ve put together reviews of some of the best electric range models of 2021, all from different brands and at a variety of price points, starting at $959 up to a premium $1,909 double oven model (although promotional periods and rebates can shave 20% or more off the list price). All models have five elements, flexible dual or triple expandable elements, and some form of convection for better cooking and baking results.

Looking for slide-in ranges with front controls? Check out our best slide-in electric range reviews. If you're looking for induction electric ranges, check out our Frigidaire induction range review. And if you need more info on choosing a new range, check out our range buying guide!

These seven models are numbered for your convenience but listed in no particular order. Let’s dig in!

 

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Top Control vs Front Control Dishwashers - Which Are Better?

Posted by Todd Buehler on Feb 3, 2021 8:30 AM 

 

There are many factors that go into choosing a new dishwasher, like quietness, reliability, tub material, interior layout - the list goes on. One of the basic things that you need to consider about your new dishwasher before you even open it is the exterior aesthetic. The control placement and handle configuration are some of the biggest contributing factors to the look of a dishwasher. 

In this article, we'll explore the differences between these two control placement options to help you decide which option is right for you! (Check out our dishwasher buying guide for more information on choosing a new dishwasher!)

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The 7 Best Gas Range Models for 2021

Posted by Jeff Allaire on Feb 3, 2021 8:15 AM 

 

A gas range provides you with some of the best options for stovetop cooking. If you’ve been searching for the best gas range for your home, we’re here to help with an overview of our top seven favorite gas ranges for 2021! We cover several different brands priced starting in the $900s up to the $2,000s (although promotions and package deals can easily shave over 20% off of the retail price). Most of the models on our list have some form of convection, and many have a fifth burner as well to expand your stovetop cooking options.

Let’s dig in and explore some of the amazing options out there! Each product is numbered for your convenience, but they are listed in no particular order. For more info on choosing a new range, check out our range buying guide!

 

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