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Black Matte Appliances from LG vs GE Black Slate

Posted by Jeff Allaire on Feb 11, 2019 10:00:00 AM


Matte paint finishes are a hot trend in the high-end car market and their appeal has driven appliance manufacturers to jump on the bandwagon as well. If you can get your Tesla with a black matte finish, why not your refrigerator? If you want to upgrade your kitchen with a new distinctive and rich look, the new black slate appliances by GE or the new black matte appliances from LG might be the perfect fit. Their eye-catching style will WOW your family and friends!

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Topics: Appliance Colors & Styling, Black Slate, LG, GE Appliances

GE Slate Appliances - 2019 Reviews, Photos, Prices

Posted by Jeff Allaire on Feb 8, 2019 11:00:00 AM

There are many new color options coming out in the appliance market, from black stainless to black slate and more. Consumer tastes seem to be changing and more and more consumers are looking for an alternative to "plain" stainless steel.  Stainless steel has dominated the high-end appliance market for almost 15 years but its share of the market is now declining.  With all of the new options now available, don't forget to include GE Slate appliances in your search.

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Topics: Appliance Colors & Styling, GE Appliances, Slate

GE Black Stainless Steel Appliance Reviews - New for 2019

Posted by Jeff Allaire on Feb 8, 2019 9:15:00 AM

Appliance manufacturers are jumping into the black stainless steel appliance trend with both feet. GE announced in 2018 that it would offer a wide array of black stainless steel appliances in both their everyday GE Appliance brand as well as their upscale GE Profile brand. Today, in 2019, they have fulfilled that promise! Black stainless steel appliances are also currently offered by LG, Samsung, KitchenAid, Frigidaire, Whirlpool and Bosch. Black stainless is by far the biggest trend the appliance industry has seen since the stainless steel trend began about 15 years ago.

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Topics: Appliance Colors & Styling, Black Stainless Steel

Whirlpool Sunset Bronze Appliances - Reviews, Pros, Cons

Posted by Jeff Allaire on Feb 4, 2019 11:00:00 AM


After years of stainless steel being the go-to premium finish for kitchens across the country, manufacturers have started to offer new appliance colors to the market. GE began offering slate and then black slate to compete with new black stainless steel (all of which you can learn about and compare in our article on the topic). GE began offering slate appliances in 2012-2013, and as of 2018, most major appliance manufacturers offer black stainless steel appliances. If you want to learn more about the differences in black stainless steel stylings from a variety of brands, check out our article comparing new appliance colors!

But you're here to learn about a new color option from Whirlpool: Sunset Bronze. They've been teasing us with this new color for a couple of years, but have finally started offering it to the public in 2018. As of mid-2018, there is nothing else quite like it on the market! Let's dig in!

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Topics: Sunset Bronze, Whirlpool, Appliance Colors & Styling

Marvel Undercounter Refrigerator Models, Features, & Prices

Posted by Jeff Allaire on Feb 4, 2019 9:00:00 AM


Undercounter refrigerators are a seamless way to add refrigerator or freezer storage throughout your home. They are perfect for condos, small apartments, and cabins, and look great when installed into kitchen islands or your home bar setup. When you're trying to choose an undercounter refrigerator, specialty brand Marvel should be on your radar!

We'll go over what makes Marvel undercounter refrigerator models stand out from the competition and discuss the products available in this category. Let's dig in!

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Topics: Refrigerators, Marvel

Drop In Ranges - Replacing an Old Model?

Posted by Jeff Allaire on Feb 2, 2019 11:00:00 AM

Drop in ranges were quite popular in the 70's and into the early 80's, but their popularity has since plummeted and they are difficult to find today. The models still available today are limited to 30" electric drop in range models. We'll review what drop in range options are still available and discuss whether it's worthwhile to purchase a more common range style instead. You can learn more about choosing a new kitchen range (gas or electric) in our range buying guide, too!

If you are replacing an existing drop in range, you probably already know a bit about them. Drop in ranges are different from standard free standing ranges and slide in ranges. They are like slide in ranges in the way they overhang the countertops but they are actually suspended by the counter surface over a bottom cabinet or shelf and do not touch the floor.

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Topics: Ranges

Is a Coil Top Electric Range Ever a Good Option?

Posted by Jeff Allaire on Feb 2, 2019 10:00:00 AM


Most buyers of electric ranges in today's market are looking for smooth top ranges. However, don't overlook electric coil range models for certain applications. An electric coil range is an "old fashioned" range with burner bowls and coil elements that plug in and out of the range top. What possible advantage could this type of range have over a smooth top range?  Let's take a look at a few scenarios. (And for more information to help you choose a new gas or electric kitchen range, check out our range buying guide!)

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Topics: Ranges

Smooth Top Ranges - Pros & Cons vs Coil Top

Posted by Jeff Allaire on Feb 2, 2019 9:00:00 AM


If you have an old coil top range and are seeking to upgrade it, you should definitely consider one of the many smooth top ranges available. Smooth top ranges have been around for many years now and they offer a great alternative to old coil top models. If you are looking for a cheap electric range that will be easy to repair, a coil top model may still be your best bet.

In this article, we'll go over the pros and cons of a smooth top electric range compared to a coil top range - check out our range buying guide for more information on buying a new gas or electric kitchen range!

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Topics: Ranges

New GE Café Colors - Matte Black & Matte White with Customizable Handles - Reviews

Posted by Jeff Allaire on Jan 30, 2019 10:00:00 AM


GE took a bold step in 2018: not only are they offering new appliance colors, they are also offering consumers the ability to customize appliance hardware. Instead of matching your kitchen to your appliances, you can match your appliances to your kitchen! In this article, we'll explore new GE Café colors and these custom options, and how they can impact your kitchen redesign.

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Topics: GE Cafe, Appliance Colors & Styling

Best Compact Microwave - Reviews of 3 Top Selling Models

Posted by Jeff Allaire on Jan 26, 2019 9:00:00 AM


If you're not swimming in oceans of counter space, you may not find the latest and greatest microwaves with their massive capacities all that appealing. It can seem like manufacturers all think that you're looking for a second oven for your countertop! However, smaller microwaves are still available - and you don't have to sacrifice features and power for a compact model. We'll review the three best compact microwave models that customers have reached for time and time again to help you win the battle for more space in your kitchen.

These models are listed in no particular order but are numbered for your convenience. Let's dig in!


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Topics: Countertop Microwaves, Microwaves

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