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8,000 BTU Air Conditioners - 3 Top Models

Posted by Jeff Allaire on Mar 23, 2020 1:44 PM 

 

Ah, summer: popsicles, cold drinks, sunscreen... But when hot, muggy days turn into hot, muggy nights, it can be hard to enjoy the heat! Window air conditioners are perfect for those of us who live in temperate climates since they can be stored away when the chill of winter creeps back in. 

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10,000 BTU Window Air Conditioner - 4 Top Models

Posted by Jeff Allaire on Mar 20, 2020 9:22 AM 

 

It's a relief to exchange snow tires for regular tires, boots for sandals, and sweaters for short sleeves, isn't it? And yet... sometimes, no matter how much we appreciate summer, there are a few downsides. If you have a large space to cool down, a 10,000 BTU window air conditioner is a great way to do it. These powerful ACs can handle 350-450 square feet, and many options are still 115/120 volt rather than requiring a 220 volt setup.

We've chosen four popular models from great brands to help you decide. Choosing an air conditioner from an established brand helps ensure that you get a solid warranty and that the unit gives you many seasons of performance.

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6,000 BTU Air Conditioners - 3 Top Models

Posted by Jeff Allaire on Mar 19, 2020 3:36 PM 

After winter frosts and snows melt into spring slush, we welcome the heat of summer... to a point. A 6,000 BTU air conditioner is the perfect size for a bedroom, small play room, or home office, and will generally suit small rooms up to 250 square feet (read more about air conditioner sizes here). Although there are lots of cheap air conditioners out there that tend to pop up in stores around the summer months, choosing an AC unit from an established brand can ensure that you end up with a model that is quieter, energy efficient, and more reliable. 

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The 5 Largest Bottom Freezer Refrigerator Models for 2020

Posted by Jeff Allaire on Mar 17, 2020 9:00 AM 

 

The bottom freezer refrigerator is a welcome relief from bending over to access the fresh food section and carefully maintaining piles of frozen items in a top freezer refrigerator. If you have a lot of mouths to feed, you're probably looking for the largest bottom freezer refrigerator you can find - and we're here to help! Bottom freezers are also a great option for narrower spaces since there are many options that are 33" wide, as many side by side and French door refrigerators are 36" wide.

We've collected the best and biggest models available today from a variety of brands to help you find the perfect model for your needs. Bonus: all of the models on our list happen to be under $2,000 MSRP and are Energy Star rated! Let's take a look at these five great models. They are numbered for your convenience but listed in no particular order. (And for more info on choosing a new refrigerator, check out our refrigerator buying guide!)

 

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5 Largest Top Freezer Refrigerator Models of 2020

Posted by Jeff Allaire on Mar 17, 2020 9:00 AM 


 

The top freezer refrigerator is a classic style that many people still turn to in favor of newer styles like bottom freezer or French door refrigerators. A top freezer refrigerator will often be less expensive than a comparable model in a newer style, so they're still a great pick for households on a budget. If you're looking for the largest top freezer refrigerator you can find, you're in the right place! We've researched the largest top freezer refrigerator models of the year to help you pick the combination of features and XL capacity that suits your needs. And for more info on choosing a new refrigerator, check out our refrigerator buying guide!

We've included models from a variety of brands, from GE to Samsung and others, and prices as low as $1,049. We've numbered the models for your convenience, but they are listed in no particular order. Let's dig in!

 

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3 Largest Top Load Washer with Agitator Models for 2020

Posted by Jeff Allaire on Mar 17, 2020 8:30 AM 

 

Although front load washers are becoming more common on the market today, many people stand by the tried-and-true top load washer design. If you're looking for the largest top load washer with an agitator, you're in the right place. We've written about agitator washing machines before, but the main reason why people go for them is they use more water and can handle heavy soils better as a result, ideal for busy households and handling seriously dirty clothes! And if you want to wash a king-sized comforter, big loads of towels, and more, the larger the washing machine, the better! (For more info on choosing a new washer, check out our washing machine buying guide.)

In this article, we'll go over our top picks for the largest top load washer models with agitators on the market for 2020 to help you choose the best option for your needs. Remember: these XL models tend to have larger dimensions than standard models, so check that you have enough space in your laundry area and that your doors are wide enough to fit these models into your home!

 

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Casement Window Air Conditioners - Reviews & What to Look For

Posted by Jeff Allaire on Mar 12, 2020 5:03 PM 

 

Crank out windows can be a bummer when the summer heat hits. Also referred to as "slider" windows and "casement" windows, the common window air conditioner won't work here. Typical window air conditioners are wider than they are tall, and they won't fit into a casement window. And unfortunately you can't just tip a normal AC unit on its side for use in a narrower window. 

Dealing with crank out windows can definitely be a hassle. Even if a typical window air conditioner will fit into a slider window gap, you'll need to DIY a support system to keep it in place - and there are plenty of DIY projects online of people doing this!

There are a limited number of casement air conditioners available, so you'll have to compare the cost (both the upfront cost as well as the time and energy of installing it) against using a portable air conditioner instead! (For more information on ACs, check out our air conditioner buying guide.)

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The 7 Best Upright Freezers for 2020

Posted by Jeff Allaire on Mar 9, 2020 3:00 PM 


 

When you can't fit all of your bulk grocery deals in your refrigerator, it's time to consider a standalone freezer unit. An upright freezer has a small footprint and keeps all of your items organized. If you tend to "lose" items in a chest freezer or hate digging through layers of frozen goods, an upright freezer might be for you.

If you're in the market for a new upright freezer, take a look at our reviews of the best upright freezer models of 2020! They're numbered for your convenience but are listed in no particular order.

 

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Smooth Top Ranges - Pros & Cons vs Coil Top

Posted by Jeff Allaire on Mar 9, 2020 9:00 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. On the other hand, if you're 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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Maytag Cast Iron Black - A New Color for 2019-2020!

Posted by Jeff Allaire on Mar 5, 2020 12:15 PM 

 

At a product show in September 2019, we got to take a look at an interesting new color from Maytag starting in late 2019: Cast Iron Black! As you may be able to guess, it's inspired by cast iron, and it's a great option for people looking for something durable and affordable when choosing new kitchen appliances.

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