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Bob Allaire

Bob is the President of Bellingham Electric. He has over 50 years of industry experience. Bob started working in the appliance retail business as a delivery man in the 1960's and worked his way up through the organization. He has been President of Bellingham Electric since the early 1980's and directly oversees the company's merchandise mix and sales staff. While not at work, he enjoys traveling and spending time with family.
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Top Freezer Refrigerator Reviews - Frigidaire vs GE

Posted by Bob Allaire on Mar 17, 2020 9:00 AM 


Frigidaire and GE both offer a wide variety of top freezer refrigerators in sizes from 12 cubic feet to 21 cubic feet. From basic models to modern full-featured top freezer refrigerators, they cover all of the bases and offer products to meet the many different customer needs in the top freezer market. These brands both offer top freezers with the feature packages and styling that customers want for their homes. 

This style of refrigerator is still in demand for smaller homes, condos, and apartments. Top freezer models tend to have small footprints and lots of interior space for food storage while being the cheapest out of any refrigerator style. You can save 50% or more on a top freezer refrigerator compared to a trendy French door model. 

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The 7 Largest Top Load Washing Machine Models for 2020

Posted by Bob Allaire on Mar 17, 2020 8:30 AM 

 

 

If you have a household of four or more people - or a family with young children - as you shop for a new washer you may be interested in finding the largest top load washing machine possible! We've put together reviews of the seven best and largest top load washing machines for 2020 complete with prices, features, and links to customer reviews so you can choose the best option for your needs.

These top load washers usually have an impeller rather than an agitator to boost tub capacity, and are considered high efficiency machines that use less water to wash your clothes. If you're looking for more info on choosing a new washer, check out our washing machine buying guide!

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Electric Cooktop with Downdraft - Replacing an Old Unit?

Posted by Bob Allaire on Mar 16, 2020 9:15 AM 

 

The downdraft cooktop, originally manufactured and sold exclusively by JennAir, offers a unique combination of cooking and venting in one appliance. If you are replacing an older JennAir electric cooktop with downdraft, you now have options from GE, Frigidaire, and KitchenAid that offer the same combination of cooking and venting as well as new options in styling, features and price points. Although downdraft ranges are getting hard to find, downdraft cooktops are still kicking!

GE Profile and KitchenAid offer electric cooktops (and gas cooktops as well) with downdraft in 30-inch widths. You can also find 36-inch models from Frigidaire Professional and KitchenAid, although Frigidaire has discontinued their lineup and it is uncertain if they will update it with new models. The KitchenAid 36" models come with five burners. More choices are always better, and these companies offer great products in this and every appliance category. Let’s take a look at a couple of the best downdraft electric cooktop models on the market!

 

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The 7 Best Top Load Washer Models for 2020

Posted by Bob Allaire on Mar 16, 2020 8:00 AM 


The top load washer is an American standby, often with lower prices than front load washers as well as low repair costs, plus a long life expectancy. If you’re interested in upgrading to a new top load washer in 2020, our list of the “top” top load washers is a must-read! We review seven of the best top load washer offerings on the market today to help you find the best option for your home.

Now, let's dig into our reviews of the best front load washer models! They are numbered for your convenience but are listed in no particular order.

 

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

Posted by Bob Allaire on Mar 13, 2020 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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What is a Built In Refrigerator? - Reviews, Features, Prices

Posted by Bob Allaire on Mar 13, 2020 9:00 AM 

 

If you are remodeling a kitchen and going high end, you may be asking yourself: What is a built in refrigerator? Is it a could choice? If you want that really modern, high end commercial grade look, a built in refrigerator may be exactly what you need.

Built in refrigerators are made to be built into an opening in the kitchen cabinets and they do not protrude from the cabinets. They do not have finished sides and the compressor is usually located on the top of the unit. These are available in larger sizes and are much pricier than freestanding refrigerators. They are usually purchased for very expensive homes along with other high end appliances. (Before we continue: for more info on choosing a new refrigerator, check out our refrigerator buying guide!)

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Should You Buy a Bottom Freezer Refrigerator? - Features, Pricing, Pros & Cons

Posted by Bob Allaire on Mar 10, 2020 11:00 AM 

 

If your previous refrigerator was a top freezer refrigerator or the once-popular side by side style, you might be wondering about whether it's time to try a bottom freezer refrigerator. These models have been around for a while and have distinct advantages over top freezer and side by side styles: first, you don't have to bend over to access the fresh food section; and second, the refrigerator and freezer offer wide spaces for flexible storage. (Before we continue: check out our refrigerator buying guide for more info on choosing a new refrigerator!)

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Local Appliance Store vs Big Box Chain - Which is Better?

Posted by Bob Allaire on Mar 6, 2020 10:00 AM 

 

If you are in the market for a new appliance or package of appliances, you may be considering the question of whether to shop at a local appliance store or a big box chain. This is definitely an important question to consider. Knowing that you will be spending hundreds to perhaps many thousands of dollars on these products and that you probably intend to keep them for years, choosing the right retailer to buy them from is critical.

As a local appliance dealer since 1953, we certainly know the industry well and compete with the big box retailers every day. In this blog we are going to give you an honest, fair insider's perspective on your two options and try to help you to answer the question - local appliance store vs big box chain - which is better?  

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Door In Door Refrigerators - Reviews & What You Need to Know

Posted by Bob Allaire on Mar 6, 2020 8:00 AM 

 

A few years ago, LG was the only appliance brand with door-in-door refrigerators. Today, they're offering new versions of this innovative design, including dual door in door and the InstaView door in door. Other brands like Samsung and GE have started to offer their own styles of door in door refrigerators as well.

After exploring the benefits of the door in door design, we'll be taking a look at the InstaView door in door as well as checking out what other brands have done in this area. One thing's for sure: LG has some competition!

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Agitator Washing Machines - Learn the Pros and Cons

Posted by Bob Allaire on Feb 19, 2020 8:30 AM 

  

If you are in the market for a new washer, you are probably trying to learn about every style and option available to you. One option worth exploring is the agitator washing machine (discover more of your choices in our washing machine buying guide).

With all the modern front load washers and top load impeller style washers on the market, traditional agitator washing machines can be easily overlooked. However, some manufacturers are still making traditional top load washers with agitators in the tubs to clean the clothes. These washers generally use more water and are smaller in capacity than newer models. However, the pros are many. Chief among them are wash performance with certain types of loads and durability. 

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