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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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Drawer Dishwashers - Fisher & Paykel Dishwasher Reviews with Features, Prices

Posted by Bob Allaire on Oct 29, 2021 1:00 PM 

 

NOTE: This post is no longer being updated as of September 2021, as we no longer sell this brand. If you have questions about these products, we recommend reaching out to a local store that sells Fisher & Paykel, or to contact the manufacturer directly - click here for their contact info.

Dish Drawer dishwashers are a unique concept that offer versatility and performance that you can't get with traditional dishwashers. They offer installation and operational options that you probably have not considered. In our Fisher & Paykel dishwasher reviews, we'll discuss the features, packages and pricing of their eye-catching drawer dishwashers (for more info on choosing a new dishwasher, check out our dishwasher buying guide).

These unique products were developed by New Zealand-based company Fisher & Paykel in the 1990s and brought to market in the United States in the early 2000s. Other manufacturers tried to offer the product but were not successful and now Fisher & Paykel is the only manufacturer of this unique dishwasher type.

 

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Top Freezer Refrigerators - An Option Worth Considering?

Posted by Bob Allaire on Oct 29, 2021 10:00 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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French Door vs Side By Side - What's Right for Your Kitchen?

Posted by Bob Allaire on Oct 29, 2021 9:30 AM 

 

If you are shopping for a new refrigerator for your home, you've probably found the French door style tempting due to its popularity and its prominence in stores. French door refrigerators took the market by storm a few years ago and haven't slowed down! But before you make the plunge, it can't hurt to take another look at the side-by-side refrigerator style. With their modern features and styling, side by sides may be a good option if you consider the shelving options and the efficiency of the food storage. New ice maker designs give you more shelf space in the freezer section, too! They can be a great alternative to French door models for budget-conscious shoppers.

It's a tough choice – so let's dig into the pros and cons of both styles! (Quick tip: If you're looking for more info on choosing the best refrigerator for your needs, check out our refrigerator buying guide!) We'll also review two top-selling models from each category.

 

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Danby Refrigerator Reviews - 4 Great Models (Compact & Mini Fridges)

Posted by Bob Allaire on Oct 11, 2021 8:30 AM 

 

If you are looking for a compact refrigerator for your home, cottage, dorm room, boat, trailer, or just need an extra refrigerator to keep the beer in the garage, Danby is a name that you should consider. Danby is a 65-year-old family-owned business based in Canada that specializes in offering compact refrigeration and specialty appliances. They offer quality products to fit every space and purpose and back them up with an extensive customer service network. Danby products offer modern design and state-of-the-art features and are priced to fit into your budget.

In this article, we’ll review four Danby refrigerator models made to fit in compact spaces, starting with two apartment-sized models around 10 cubic feet then moving on to mini fridge models under 5 cubic feet. Click here to skip to the mini fridge reviews if that's what you're looking for!

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Wall Oven Dimensions - Finding a Compatible Replacement Model

Posted by Bob Allaire on Sep 20, 2021 9:00 AM 

 

If you are in the market for a new wall oven, one of the challenges can be finding a wall oven with the same dimensions as your existing oven. Wall oven dimensions vary among manufacturers and typically range between 24" and 30", with 30" electric models being the most popular followed by 27" electric. One of the most challenging wall oven dimensions to work with in terms of replacement is 24" for both electric and gas. We have some tips for understanding wall oven dimensions and more!

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The Panel Ready Refrigerator - What You Need to Know

Posted by Bob Allaire on Aug 2, 2021 10:00 AM 

 

If you are remodeling a kitchen and going high end, you may be asking yourself: What is a panel ready refrigerator, and are they a good choice? If you want that really modern, high-end integrated look, a panel ready refrigerator may be a good choice for you. (For more tips on choosing a new fridge, check out our refrigerator buying guide!)

Panel ready refrigerators allow you to have your cabinet maker design a panel for the refrigerator doors that will match your cabinets, including the hardware like the handles. Panel ready refrigerators are typically only found in larger side-by-side or French door models and are more expensive than traditional models. They are usually purchased for very expensive homes along with other high-end appliances or as part of a designer kitchen remodel.

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What is a Built In Refrigerator? - Reviews, Features, Prices

Posted by Bob Allaire on Jul 22, 2021 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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The 7 Best Gas Dryers for 2021

Posted by Bob Allaire on May 28, 2021 9:00 AM 


Gas dryers are an ideal choice for many homes, offering lower operating costs compared to electric dryers with the tradeoff of slightly higher upfront prices. If you’re searching for a new gas dryer this year, you’re in the right place! We’ve put together our seven top picks for the best gas dryers of 2021 to show off just a few of the great options the laundry industry has to offer.

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XO Ventilation - Why Consider This Specialty Brand?

Posted by Bob Allaire on May 28, 2021 9:00 AM 

 

Many consumers focus on ranges, cooktops, or wall ovens when they think about cooking in the kitchen, but the true chef knows that ventilation is an equally important consideration. This is particularly true if you do a lot of cooking and have an open floor plan home or do a lot of entertaining in or near the kitchen. (For more info on choosing a new range hood, check out our ventilation buying guide!)

When looking for your next hood, you may want to consider XO Ventilation. Many appliance companies offer ventilation products, but XO Ventilation is a true specialty manufacturer offering a full suite of products, including under-cabinet hoods, wall mount chimney styles, custom hood inserts, island mounts, glide-outs, and professional models.

XO range hoods tend to be...

  • Quiet, even when running at high speeds

  • Nicely designed for a modern look

  • Innovative in terms of features

XO prides itself on its Italian heritage, which is evident in their designs. Let's take a closer look at the brand and a few of their best sellers across the product line, from undercabinet models to chimney hoods and pro hoods. 

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Bosch Appliance Rebates - Current Rebates for 2021

Posted by Bob Allaire on May 5, 2021 10:00 AM 

 

Bosch is a German manufacturer of consumer and industrial products most famous in the US for their dishwashers. While dishwashers are their most popular US household appliance, they also offer a broad array of other appliances, including cooking and laundry models.

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