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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 7 Largest Top Load Washing Machine Models for 2020

Posted by Bob Allaire on Jun 24, 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. They are all a minimum of 5.0 cubic feet, with plenty of room to wash a king sized comforter. If you're looking for more info on choosing a new washer, check out our washing machine buying guide!

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Best Top Loading Washer - GE vs Maytag (Agitator Models)

Posted by Bob Allaire on Jun 10, 2020 10:00 AM 

 

Many of the new highest capacity and most energy efficient washers have impellers in the bottom of the wash tub that perform the wash action and clean the clothes. These washers look enormous because they have no obstructions in the tub, but they have to be loaded properly to avoid tangling and to allow the clothes to be cleaned properly.

If you are not sold on the performance of these new designs, GE and Maytag still make agitator models that are very energy efficient and have big tub capacities. These are just a few of the factors to consider when researching a new washing machine (check out our washing machine buying guide for more info).  Most of the new washing machines are very different in design with direct drive motors and load sensors to control water usage, but GE and Maytag have packed most of this new technology into these models while sticking with the traditional agitator design that some people prefer.  

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Napoleon vs Weber - Best Mid Priced Gas Grill (Reviews, Features, Prices)

Posted by Bob Allaire on Jun 10, 2020 8:45 AM 


 

Napoleon and Weber are two companies that specialize in making high-quality grilling products for the home. If you are looking for quality, features and performance, these are two companies that you can depend on for great results and longevity. Both companies offer grills in a variety of price ranges, sizes and feature packages to take care of the needs of most families.

If you love grilling and want to be creative and produce great meals, it helps to have the right product to work with. Weber and Napoleon will give you just that. Let’s compare two of their best selling mid-priced models to see which one might be right for you: the Weber Genesis II E-310 vs the Napoleon Rogue XT 425 SIB. It's Napoleon vs Weber, head to head!

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Speed Queen Front Load Washer Review for 2020

Posted by Bob Allaire on May 30, 2020 9:00 AM 

 

 

There is a lot of buzz about Speed Queen in the laundry industry, and our readers want to know more about their products.  Speed Queen is a specialty laundry manufacturer headquartered in Wisconsin that has been making great laundry products for both the commercial and domestic markets in the US for over 100 years.

Unlike many other appliance bands, they focus their efforts on one thing - laundry!  This focused effort has led to great results for Speed Queen. We see this in industry publications and hear it from our own customers. Consumers looking for a Speed Queen front load washer will be excited to learn that Speed Queen offers two front load options starting in 2019. They have slightly revised the lineup for 2020.

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The 7 Best Front Load Washer Models for 2020

Posted by Bob Allaire on May 26, 2020 10:00 AM 

 

Front load washers are an alternative to the traditional top load style, offering great cleaning performance while being gentle on clothes (see our article comparing top load vs front load washers for more info). They're also more likely to be ADA-compliant, so they can be helpful and easy to use for people with physical disabilities. 

Our reviews of the best front load washer models of 2020 cover a range of price points, features, and capacities. Are you shopping for a new front load washer for 2020? Read our reviews to discover some of the great options available! And don't forget to check out our washing machine buying guide for even more great information!

 

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Maytag vs Speed Queen Commercial Grade Washers - Reviews, Features, Prices

Posted by Bob Allaire on May 23, 2020 11:00 AM 

 

Washing machines have changed considerably with all of the new energy requirements and many have become very complicated. Longer wash times and lower water usage have definitely changed the way we do our laundry, and new laundry appliances seem to require more service than older models, especially if the operator uses too much soap or does too many over-sized batches.

Customers are looking for options before they purchase - they want to cut down on service calls and are seeking simpler operation. If you are looking for the best rated top load washer with these features, you should definitely consider Speed Queen and Maytag commercial washers. 

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Commercial Washing Machines For Home Use - Durable & Reliable

Posted by Bob Allaire on May 23, 2020 10:30 AM 

 

Are you looking for the most dependable, longest-lasting washing machine on the market? If so, then you're probably looking at commercial washing machines for home use. These models are rare in the home appliances market, but they're out there. These washers are made with heavy-duty construction and often do not have the energy efficiency of consumer-grade models. They are priced similarly to many high efficiency top load washers but don't have as many of the modern "bells and whistles."  You will have to make some trade-offs if you want one of these models, but if durability is your most important criteria, a commercial washing machine made for home use is a great choice.

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KitchenAid Black Stainless Steel Appliances - 2020 Reviews

Posted by Bob Allaire on May 23, 2020 9:00 AM 

 

If you want to upgrade your kitchen with a new distinctive and rich look, the new Black Stainless Steel that is offered by KitchenAid as well as many other appliance manufacturers might fit in well with your plans. It can create the look that will WOW your family and friends!

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Appliance Colors & Styling Black Stainless Steel KitchenAid

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

Posted by Bob Allaire on May 21, 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 May 21, 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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