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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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The 5 Largest Front Load Washer Models for 2021

Posted by Bob Allaire on Mar 2, 2021 9:00 AM 

 

There are a lot of factors to consider when buying a new washing machine. If you've decided you prefer a front load washer and are looking for the largest model you can find, you're in the right place! In this article, we'll review the largest front load washer models of 2021 from a few great brands.

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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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The 7 Best Electric Dryer Models for 2021

Posted by Bob Allaire on Feb 1, 2021 8:45 AM 


 

Are you interested in upgrading your electric dryer for 2021? Electric dryers are a convenient option for homes and apartments that don't have easy access to a gas line and are the most widely sold type of dryer in the United States. Although electric dryers are generally less efficient to operate than gas dryers, new options on the market use sensors and other technology to help reduce their operating costs. You should consider an Energy Star rated electric dryer if you want to save money on utilities!

We’ve pulled together seven of the best electric dryer models from several different brands to help you explore some of the new offerings on the market. Some things to pay attention to are dryer dimensions compared to capacity to maximize available space, and to aim for a dryer with twice the capacity of your washing machine to hit that laundry sweet spot! (For more info on choosing a new dryer, check out our dryer buying guide.)

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

Posted by Bob Allaire on Feb 1, 2021 8:00 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. Terms like "automatic defrost," "frostless," or "no-frost" all refer to the same technology. Many older style refrigerators and some modern mini refrigerators and freezer-only units require manual defrost.

Frost buildup on the coils in the freezer can impair the unit's ability to keep things cool. It can prevent the door from sealing properly and give your frozen foods an unpleasant "freezer" flavor. Manual defrost freezers need to be cleaned out 1-2 times a year and allowed to sit for 2-3 hours so the frost can melt. This is not a chore that everyone enjoys... or will actually do! 

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Top 5 Advantages and Disadvantages of High Efficiency Top Load Washers

Posted by Bob Allaire on Jan 28, 2021 11:00 AM 


With the new government standards related to water and energy consumption and the popularity of front load washers, the industry has introduced many new top load machines that are designed to compete with front load washers. These machines can offer similar energy savings to front load machines and large capacity wash baskets with no agitators, making them comparable to the front load design. We compare the advantages of disadvantages of HE top load washers compared to front loaders and traditional agitator washing machines.

If you are in the process of researching a new washing machine, you'll want to consider these models - and check out our washing machine buying guide for even more information!

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The 7 Best Top Load Washer Models for 2021

Posted by Bob Allaire on Jan 28, 2021 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 2021, 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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Amana Dryer Models - Reviews, Features, & Prices

Posted by Bob Allaire on Jan 28, 2021 7:30 AM 

 

Looking to learn more about Amana dryer models? You've come to the right place. We'll go over the full Amana dryer lineup in both gas and electric models - learn more about gas vs electric dryers in our article!

If you are in the process of researching your options for a new dryer, Amana is certainly a good place to look. Amana products are made by Whirlpool. Amana is a trusted manufacturer of quality home appliances with a focus on value. They offer a small range of products in each appliance category that have basic features and are easy to use.

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Maytag vs Samsung Front Load Washer Comparison (Reviews, Ratings, Prices)

Posted by Bob Allaire on Jan 25, 2021 10:00 AM 

 

Front load washers have become very popular in the US market since the early 2000s. Many consumers are drawn to these machines due to their large wash capacity and relatively low water usage. While top loading machines are making a resurgence in the market (in particular high efficiency impeller models), there is still a great deal of demand for front load machines. The cheapest front load washers start at around $700 to $900 before any promotional pricing or package deals kick in and come with advanced control panels and great wash options - so even these "entry level" models are high-quality.

If you are researching new washing machines, want to go with front load, and don't want to break the bank, you have options. Reputable manufacturers Samsung and Maytag both offer inexpensive front load washers priced under $900! Let's take a look at these two competing models in our Maytag vs Samsung front load washer comparison.

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Electrolux Induction Range & Cooktop Models - Features, Prices

Posted by Bob Allaire on Jan 20, 2021 8:00 PM 

 

 

Electrolux may not be as familiar a brand to some as, for example, Whirlpool or KitchenAid, but this Swedish company has made their mark in the appliance market as the second-largest appliance maker in the world (based on units sold). They created the first true household vacuum cleaner in 1912 and have been making innovative, reliable products ever since. They have owned well-known brand Frigidaire since 1986.

Induction cooking is a unique trend, and induction ranges and cooktops aren't always easy to find. As of this writing, Electrolux has discontinued their induction range and induction cooktops. We are keeping an eye out for new products and will leave these reviews up for informational purposes in the meantime.

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