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

Posted by Bob Allaire on Apr 22, 2019 11:30:00 AM


Certain specialty applications call for specialty products. Refrigerators are no different: refrigerators with no freezers, also called "all-refrigerators" or "freezerless refrigerators" are often installed in offices, pool houses, or where a second refrigerator is needed. They range from basic to high-end, 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 in our article).

  • 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 for full-size models.

  • 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.
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Topics: Refrigerators

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

Posted by Bob Allaire on Apr 22, 2019 11:00:00 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!)

The main types of bottom freezer refrigerators are:

  • Traditional bottom freezer refrigerator with single refrigerator door, usually with a drawer-style freezer

  • French door refrigerator with two refrigerator doors and a bottom freezer

A less common type of bottom freezer splits both sections with four doors with a cupboard-style freezer rather than a pull-out freezer drawer.  Cheaper bottom freezer refrigerator models may offer a cupboard-style freezer that really looks like you turned a top freezer refrigerator upside down, but the majority of bottom freezer models come with a drawer-style freezer. 

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Topics: Refrigerators

Should You Buy a French Door Refrigerator? - Features, Pricing, Pros & Cons

Posted by Bob Allaire on Apr 22, 2019 10:30:00 AM


If you are considering a refrigerator with French doors, you are about to make a great choice!  The popularity of this style has exploded and most consumers love them! When searching for a new refrigerator, you'll probably want to consider all of your style options. In the past, you may have had the old standby refrigerator with the refrigerator on the bottom and freezer above or the once popular side by side. We've compared French doors vs side by sides, but for most people the French door refrigerator offers the best elements of the bottom freezer and side by side refrigerator styles. (Check out our refrigerator buying guide for more info on choosing a new refrigerator!)

French door refrigerators have taken the market by storm and they are especially popular in new home packages and kitchen remodels. Even the most basic models have a lot of nice premium features. They consist of a bottom mount freezer that pulls out like a drawer and two refrigerator doors up top. There have been a lot of cool innovations within this category that we'll address further later on!

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Topics: Refrigerators

Should You Buy a Refrigerator with an Ice and Water Dispenser?

Posted by Bob Allaire on Apr 9, 2019 9:00:00 AM


Researching a new refrigerator can be an easy process if you know the right questions to ask. One important question to consider is whether or not you want a refrigerator with ice and water dispenser capabilities.  If you like the added convenience of having fresh ice, often cubed or crushed as well as filtered water close at hand in your refrigerator, you'll want to consider models with an ice and water dispenser. Believe it or not, some new models even come equipped with a Keurig attachment to allow your refrigerator to brew and dispense coffee for you!

We'll go over the pros and cons of having these dispensers in your new refrigerator. For more info on choosing a new fridge, check out our refrigerator buying guide, too! 

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Topics: Refrigerators

Should You Buy a Frost Free Freezer? - Pros & Cons vs Manual Defrost

Posted by Bob Allaire on Apr 9, 2019 8:00:00 AM


If you are shopping for a new refrigerator, you may be wondering what a frost free refrigerator is. "Frost free" is a term that has been used in the refrigerator industry for decades. Many older style refrigerators and some modern mini refrigerators and freezer-only units require manual defrost. In these non frost free models, frost periodically builds up in the freezer over the coils and it needs to be manually defrosted. This can be inconvenient as you have to remove all of the food from the freezer in order to do this.   

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Topics: Refrigerators, Upright Freezers

Best Dishwasher for the Money - Whirlpool vs GE

Posted by Bob Allaire on Apr 6, 2019 11:30:00 AM



In this article, we'll compare two top-selling dishwasher models from well-known domestic brands to help you decide on the best dishwasher for the money. These two popular US manufacturers are true leaders in the appliance industry and both companies manufacture many of their products in America.

GE, based in Louisville, Kentucky, offers a wide variety of dishwasher models with advanced features that make your kitchen cleanup job easier. Whirlpool, based in Benton Harbor, Michigan, offers many innovative features and great cleaning results which will lighten your workload. Be sure to include these brands when shopping and consider the value of both. You might discover some unique features in either brand that you will like.  

The process of buying a dishwasher can be confusing. Hopefully this article will help you narrow your search! Let's take a closer look at two competing models in the $800-900 range to compare Whirlpool vs GE. 

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Topics: Dishwashers, GE Appliances, Whirlpool

Best Dishwasher Value: LG vs KitchenAid

Posted by Bob Allaire on Apr 6, 2019 11:00:00 AM


Customers have been asking how some of the newer brands like LG compare to some of the longtime industry leaders like KitchenAid. LG is one of the fastest-growing brands in the appliance industry, offering top-quality products and innovative features. KitchenAid is one of the top brand names in the appliance industry and has a reputation for offering the highest-quality appliances to the consumer. Their high-end dishwashers are very different in design and styling and each offer some unique features. Be sure to include these brands when when shopping for a new dishwasher - you might discover some unique features in either brand that you will like.

There are many factors to consider when buying a new dishwasher. Let's compare two models to help you narrow your search and help determine which is the best dishwasher value for your money!


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Topics: Dishwashers

Best Dishwasher for the Money - Frigidaire vs Maytag

Posted by Bob Allaire on Apr 6, 2019 8:00:00 AM


For this article we decided to look at two comparably priced dishwasher product offerings from top selling brands, Frigidaire and Maytag. These two well-known brands of dishwashers both offer great value to the customer. Their dishwashers are loaded with features and are reasonably priced. Be sure to include these brands when choosing a new dishwasher and consider the value of both. You might discover some unique features in either brand that you will like. Let's dig in to the details to see how the models compare.

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Topics: Dishwashers

Best Dishwasher for the Money - Bosch vs Frigidaire

Posted by Bob Allaire on Apr 3, 2019 11:00:00 AM


Many buyers of dishwashers have been looking for information about how Frigidaire's dishwashers compare with Bosch models. Bosch is widely known to consumers as an excellent brand and is very strong in the dishwasher category. They were one of the first to fill the need for quieter dishwashers and even their most inexpensive models come with stainless steel tubs. Frigidaire dishwashers are an exceptional value and offer comparable features to the Bosch brand. Their Frigidaire Professional line of dishwashers is made in one of the Electrolux factories in Italy and they have added many new quality features to the product line. Their new Satellite spray arms and OrbitClean wash system offer great washing performance. The new models are quieter, offer excellent cleaning performance, and dry the dishes better than many other brands.

In this article we've decided to compare two popular models at similar price points to see how the brands stack up. If you are in the process of researching a new dishwasher, you'll want to read this article!

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Topics: Dishwashers

Top Freezer Refrigerators - An Option Worth Considering?

Posted by Bob Allaire on Apr 3, 2019 10:00:00 AM


If you are doing research on new refrigerators, choosing the style can be one of your most important considerations. Many of today's consumers are looking for French door bottom freezer models. Some consumers love the once-popular side by side models. However, if you are constrained for space, have a limited budget, or simply prefer a traditional style, a top freezer refrigerator may be a good fit for you. As their name suggests, top freezer refrigerators have the fresh food compartment on the bottom and the freezer on the top. 


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Topics: Refrigerators

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