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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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Bosch vs KitchenAid Dishwashers - Which Should You Choose?

Posted by Bob Allaire on Jun 24, 2019 4:30:00 PM

 

Many people looking for a new dishwasher have been interested in information about how KitchenAid's dishwashers compare with Bosch models. These two well-known dishwasher brands both offer great value to the customer. Bosch has a reputation for being among the quietest, most reliable brands. KitchenAid is one of the top brand names in the appliance industry and has a reputation for offering highest quality appliances to the consumer.

These two brands offer dishwashers that are very different in design and styling and each offer some unique features. Be sure to include these brands as you research new dishwashers for your kitchen. Generally when people are comparing Bosch vs KitchenAid dishwashers, they are looking for a mid-range to high-end model. If you are looking to spend less than around $700, that leaves KitchenAid out since KitchenAid's least expensive model is around $899 (although after certain sales and promotions it could be closer to $700). Bosch, on the other hand, has dishwashers starting as long as $499 before promotional pricing. 

In this article, we'll compare two popular models at similar price points from each brand to help you decide which option offers the best set of features and design choices that work for you. Let's dig in!

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Topics: Dishwashers

GE vs Frigidaire Electric Range Reviews

Posted by Bob Allaire on Jun 23, 2019 12:20:00 PM

 

Electric ranges have changed dramatically in recent years, offering new time saving and cooking performance enhancing features that make life easier and better for the cook in the family. GE and Frigidaire are on the cutting edge of the industry, developing many new features of their own. Frigidaire and GE have been manufacturing and selling appliances in the United States for over 75 years and have always held a strong percentage of market share. They are two of the best known names in the industry and have a reputation for quality and value in appliances. Their ranges offer great feature packages at very competitive pricing. 

We'll compare two of their most popular smoothtop models available at around the same price point of $799 to help you decide which brand might offer the best value for your needs.

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Topics: Ranges, Frigidaire, GE Appliances

4th of July Appliance Sale - Save Up to 40% at Bellingham Electric!

Posted by Bob Allaire on Jun 21, 2019 2:00:00 PM

 

The Fourth of July is one of my favorite holidays. It's a time for cookouts and relaxation and for spending time with friends and family. It is also a time to reflect on our nation's independence and to be thankful that we are privileged to live in the United States!

While July 4th means cooking, traveling, pool parties, and backyard barbecues, for the appliance consumer, it means hunting for Fourth of July Appliance Sales! The 4th of July period has become one of the best promotional periods in the appliance industry. We are participating in a big way and we have promotions, sales and rebates throughout the store. Here is a list of the top seven deals that are sure to set off some fireworks for you!

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Topics: Promotional Events

Amana Bottom Freezer Refrigerator Reviews, Models, & Prices

Posted by Bob Allaire on Jun 12, 2019 9:30:00 AM

 

As an alternative to the ever-popular French door refrigerator models that dominate appliance showrooms, some consumers might want to consider two door bottom freezer models. Before French door models hit the market, these models were the popular choice for anyone looking for a bottom freezer. They can still be a great option today!

If you're looking for a tried and true bottom freezer at an affordable price, don't overlook Amana. Amana is a division of Whirlpool and has been manufacturing appliances in the US for over 80 years. They are known for low prices and quality products. We've compiled these Amana bottom freezer refrigerator reviews to help you learn about what they have to offer and decide it if one is right for you.

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Topics: Refrigerators, Amana

Freestanding Gas Range Reviews - Frigidaire vs GE

Posted by Bob Allaire on Jun 10, 2019 9:00:00 AM

 

Frigidaire and GE are two of the best recognized gas range brands in the appliance industry. Both companies offer quality built, dependable products in both gas and electric ranges. Their gas ranges are loaded with new features and technology that will help make cooking easier and more fun. Whether you're looking for a slide-in gas range or a free standing gas range (compare slide in vs freestanding ranges here), Frigidaire and GE offer every size and style in gas ranges with a variety of feature packages for you to choose from. Be sure to look at these two brands when you go shopping for your new appliances.

Let's take a look at two of their top selling freestanding range models for comparison.

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Topics: Ranges

Door In Door Refrigerators - Styles, Features, Pricing

Posted by Bob Allaire on Jun 9, 2019 8:00:00 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 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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Topics: Refrigerators

Amana Dryer Models - Reviews, Features, & Prices

Posted by Bob Allaire on Jun 9, 2019 7:30:00 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. Now owned by Whirlpool corporation, 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.

In the full size dryer market they offer a very popular traditional dryer (as opposed to a front load style) in both gas and electric. They also offer two compact 3.4 cubic foot models, but we'll focus on the full size models here. Let's take a closer look at this well-priced Amana dryer model. And feel free to check out our dryer buying guide for more info on choosing a new dryer!

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Topics: Dryers, Amana

Electrolux Front Load Washer Reviews, Features, & Pricing

Posted by Bob Allaire on May 21, 2019 10:00:00 AM

 

If you are looking for a new front load washer, you should consider the Electrolux brand. The Electrolux name is known for excellence and quality and their laundry equipment is no exception. Their new line of front load washers introduced in 2018 are super efficient and offer above-average cleaning performance and fabric care. These washers offer reliability, smooth and quiet operation, and cycles as short as 15 minutes.

Electrolux updated three full size washer models starting at just $899. In this article featuring thorough Electrolux front load washer reviews, we'll go over the full 2018 model lineup and what upgrades you'll find as you move up to the high-end models. Don't overlook Electrolux when you are doing your research on new washers!

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Topics: Washing Machines, Electrolux

Maytag Gas Range Reviews - Should You Consider a Maytag?

Posted by Bob Allaire on May 19, 2019 10:00:00 AM

 

When you are looking for a new gas range, Maytag is a brand you should consider. When people think of Maytag, they often think of laundry products. We see Maytag washers and dryers still in use after 30 or more years of continuous service - that's quality! Now owned by Whirlpool Corporation, Maytag products are still made to stand the test of time and to deliver high quality appliances in all categories with state of the art features. Their gas and electric ranges are great products with innovative features to help save time and make the job of cooking for the family easier and more enjoyable for the cook. 

When you hear the name Maytag, Whirlpool wants you to associate it with quality and longevity and they continue to produce that type of product under the Maytag name. If you want your new range to be made in the USA, you should definitely be taking a look at what Maytag has to offer.

In this article, we’ll provide in-depth reviews of Maytag's two main freestanding gas range models, plus their double oven and slide in models. All Maytag gas ranges come with hidden bake elements, continuous burner grates, and an impressive 10-year warranty on the cooktop burners, oven burners, cast iron grates, and the oven cavity.

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Topics: Ranges, Maytag

Best Rated Top Load Washer - Commercial Grade Options - Maytag vs Speed Queen

Posted by Bob Allaire on May 18, 2019 11:00:00 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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Topics: Washing Machines, Maytag, Speed Queen

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