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The 5 Best Counter Depth Refrigerators of 2021

Posted by Jeff Allaire on Mar 2, 2021 10:30 AM 

 

Refrigerators! We all have one that may have seen better days. Many of us have full-depth units for a variety of reasons and may consider purchasing the same size and style as a replacement. But counter depth options in different styles are available that could take your kitchen design to the next level! These refrigerators imitate the built-in look when installed between cabinets and panel enclosures. It will give a sleek, professional, and finished look to your kitchen. (For more info on choosing a new refrigerator, check out our refrigerator buying guide!)

In this article, we take a look at our top picks for the five best counter depth refrigerator models of 2021, mainly focusing on French door models except for #4, which is a side by side model. Pay attention to the depth measurement, which includes the case, doors, and door handles. The case depth, or depth excluding doors and handles, will usually be around 24 to 24.5 inches. Different door thicknesses and handle designs will stick out more or less from the cabinetry. You can read more about counter depth refrigerators in our article.

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The Top 5 Best Window Air Conditioner Models for 2021

Posted by Jeff Allaire on Mar 2, 2021 8:15 AM 

 

Looking for relief from summer heat and humidity? The window air conditioner is almost as common of an appliance as the toaster, and there are a lot of options to choose from. But if you're tired of buying "mystery brand" units that rattle and roar, guzzle electricity, and tend to die pretty quickly, then you might be interested in choosing a name brand for your next window AC. We've chosen products from Frigidaire, GE, LG, and specialty brand Friedrich to help you choose the best brand and model for your needs!

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The 7 Best Countertop Microwaves for 2021

Posted by Jeff Allaire on Feb 25, 2021 12:00 PM 

 

The countertop microwave is a classic small kitchen appliance. While we've also reviewed the best over the range microwaves of the year, in this article, we'll focus on the best countertop microwave models of 2021 from a variety of brands. We cover everything from compact options to large family-size models retailing at prices as low as $119 all the way up to $499. From basic to impressive, we wanted to give you a broad sampling of the best microwaves for your kitchen. 

Without further ado, let's dig into the best countertop microwaves of the year, complete with pricing, features, and links to real customer reviews! (And check out our microwave buying guide if you want more help choosing a new model.)

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The 7 Best Range Hoods for 2021

Posted by Jeff Allaire on Feb 25, 2021 11:45 AM 

 

Even the best of cooks occasionally forgets about a pan on the stovetop or ignores an oven timer for too long. When that happens, a range hood can be a lot more effective than an open window! Sucking up smoke and greasy air, the best range hood options will keep cooking smells where they belong: in the kitchen, not bedrooms and other living areas!

We've put together a list of the best range hoods with complete reviews of their features and specs to help you upgrade your kitchen ventilation to the next level! Like most options on the market, these are all convertible range hoods. They can be hooked up to ductwork or set up as recirculating if ductwork is not available. They're listed in no particular order - the numbering is for readability and your convenience. Let's take a closer look!

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The 5 Best Gas Cooktop Models of 2021

Posted by Jeff Allaire on Feb 25, 2021 9:30 AM 

 

Many people turn to niche luxury brands when it comes to buying a gas cooktop. Since we don't sell brands like Miele or Viking in our store right now, we're focusing our reviews on models from mainstream brands that have a good track record with our customers. Our best gas cooktop reviews may not be the last word, but we hope they'll help you discover some great options on the market!

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The 3 Best Beverage Cooler Models of 2021 (24'' Freestanding/Built In)

Posted by Jeff Allaire on Feb 25, 2021 9:00 AM 

 

 

Looking for a stylish way to chill your beverages and display your good taste to the world? We take a look at three of the best beverage cooler options on the market today from XO and Marvel, plus a surprise contestant: Frigidaire Gallery is offering a built-in model at a crazy low price point. All of these models can be installed freestanding or as built ins and feature windowed glass frames for a premium look and feel. 

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The Professional Gas Range - Info & 4 High End Range Reviews

Posted by Jeff Allaire on Feb 25, 2021 9:00 AM 

 

If you've been out looking at professional or pro ranges for your kitchen and are astounded by the prices, we have some good news for you. Many consumers want the power and looks of a professional gas range, but when they start looking at the prices of pro ranges from companies like Wolf, Viking, and Thermador, they quickly change their minds. 

If you want one of these true professional ranges from an ultra premium manufacturer, you're going to have to pay the premium price! However, you can find some great models with MSRPs under $6,000. We'll go over some interesting options on the market today - there are a broad spectrum of options available, from true commercial ranges outfitted for residential use to models that have the pro range look but not as many commercial features.

(If you're looking for more information on choosing a new gas or electric range, check out our range buying guide!)

 

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3 Largest Top Load Washer with Agitator Models for 2021

Posted by Jeff Allaire on Feb 25, 2021 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 2021 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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The 5 Best Mini Fridge Models of 2021

Posted by Jeff Allaire on Feb 25, 2021 8:15 AM 

 

Mini fridges are useful little appliances for rec rooms, dorms, offices, and more. A mini fridge is typically from 1.7 to 4.5 cubic feet and can be found in all refrigerator styles or as refrigerators with small freezer sections. We'll cover fridges at a range of sizes and price points to help you find the perfect option for your needs.

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The 7 Best French Door Refrigerator Models for 2021

Posted by Jeff Allaire on Feb 25, 2021 8:00 AM 

 

The French door refrigerator flips the traditional top freezer model and makes the refrigerator into a two-door design. The result? Tons of usable shelf space, less area needed for the doors to swing open than a single-door refrigerator, lots of door bins, and a lot of features… but that’s far from all of it! You get wider shelves than a side-by-side refrigerator and easier access to refrigerated items without bending over like with a top freezer model. (For more info on choosing a new refrigerator, check out our refrigerator buying guide!)

If you’re planning on upgrading your refrigerator for 2021 and considering a French door model, we’ve compiled a list of seven of the best French door refrigerator models of the year. They’re high-tech and dressed to impress from the great household brands you know and love! All of the models on our list come with LED lighting and are Energy Star rated. Except for model #1 from GE Appliances, they're all 36" wide. Prices range from $1,899 to $3,799, although holiday sales and rebates can cut these list prices by 20% or more. Let's dig in!

 

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