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Whirlpool Connected Appliances - New Features for 2019!

Posted by Jeff Allaire on Apr 7, 2019 9:00:00 AM


Whirlpool is over a century old and a giant in the appliance market today. Despite its age, this appliance manufacturer is constantly coming up with new innovations in consumer appliances. In 2018 it began offering Sunset Bronze appliances on the market, and they've also expanded their connected appliance offerings for 2018-2019 as well. 

Learn more about the new features of Whirlpool connected appliances for 2019 below!

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Topics: Smart Appliances

The Double Oven Range - Features & Product Reviews

Posted by Jeff Allaire on Apr 7, 2019 8:30:00 AM


If you love to cook and often find yourself cooking multi-course meals that require cooking two or more dishes at the same time, double oven ranges should be on your shopping list (for more tips, check out our range buying guide). Double oven ranges allow you to cook two different dishes simultaneously at different temperature settings, or use just one oven for faster preheating than if you had to preheat a full-size oven cavity.

There are many different double oven ranges on the market today in both slide in and freestanding styles, so you'll have a great selection to choose from. Beyond just the exterior style, you can also choose from all major fuel types: electric, gas, induction, and dual fuel ranges. These ranges start at around $1,499 and premium models can be $4,000 or more.

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Topics: Ranges, GE Appliances, Samsung

The Inverter Microwave - Who Makes Them? Should You Buy One?

Posted by Jeff Allaire on Mar 25, 2019 9:00:00 AM

What is an inverter microwave? Who makes them? Should you get one? We've got answers!

First, we'll answer a question with a question: Do you know how the typical microwave's defrost or low power settings work? Maybe you have a 1,000 watt microwave and can set it to 50% power to defrost something. However, a typical microwave with a magnetron can't actually operate at less than 100% power. So it will cycle on and off, intermittently cooking at 100% power then 0% power. This is not ideal for items that need to be cooked on low power in a moist environment and is part of the reason why defrosting takes so long and often results in cooked edges.

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Topics: Microwaves

Convection Oven vs Conventional Oven - Is Convection Worth the Money?

Posted by Jeff Allaire on Mar 23, 2019 9:00:00 AM


When you are out shopping for a new range for your kitchen, a big question to consider is whether you need convection or not. If you decide you want convection, you'll then need to choose one of the three styles of convection ranges available on the market. In this article, we take a close look at convection and explain the differences between fan convection (regular convection), true European convection, and dual convection. Let's take a closer look at the convection oven vs conventional oven debate!

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Topics: Ranges

Will a Steam Clean Oven Really Clean?

Posted by Jeff Allaire on Mar 23, 2019 8:30:00 AM


In the old days, manual cleaning was the only option when buying a new oven. Getting down on your kitchen floor and scrubbing the inside of your oven using harsh oven cleaners was the only way to get it clean. In the 1960s, self cleaning range models were introduced by General Electric. Many consumers love the self cleaning feature, but as time has passed, consumers have demanded alternatives. Steam clean oven models were born to meet the need for a less harsh, faster, and more energy-efficient oven cleaning option. 

(Before we continue: if you want more info to help you choose a new kitchen range, check out our range buying guide!)

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Topics: Ranges

Why Choose a Self Cleaning Range?

Posted by Jeff Allaire on Mar 23, 2019 8:00:00 AM


A self cleaning range may seem like an obvious choice for today's hectic lifestyle. For many consumers, it is! Cleaning the inside of an oven can be a frustrating and time consuming job. Owning a self cleaning range can significantly reduce the hassle of cleaning all the caked-on food that builds up inside your range from the inevitable spills and splatters that result from cooking. As you are doing research for your next range, be sure to look at self cleaning range models as part of your search (and for more info on choosing a new gas or electric range, check out our range buying guide). Let's take a closer look.

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Topics: Ranges

Sealed Burners - An Important Feature on Gas Ranges

Posted by Jeff Allaire on Mar 16, 2019 11:00:00 AM


If you are looking to replace an older gas range with open burners, you may want to consider a new model with sealed burners. Sealed burners have become more and more common for household ranges, but there are still a few reasons why people prefer open burners. If you're wondering about the difference between an open burner vs a sealed burner, we'll explore this in-depth below to help you decide on the right option for your needs.

(And if you're looking for more information on buying a new gas range, check out our range buying guide!)

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Topics: Ranges

What is a Dual Fuel Range? - Plus Reviews of Two Top Models

Posted by Jeff Allaire on Mar 16, 2019 10:00:00 AM


When you are researching new kitchen ranges, there are many options to consider. If you love to cook, a dual fuel range might be the perfect choice. What is a dual fuel range, you ask? Dual fuel ranges are ranges that use gas to operate the top burners only and have an electric convection oven. This configuration gives you the best of both worlds in terms of performance, which is why it is commonly found on professional ranges.

In this article, we'll go over the details of dual fuel ranges and review two top-selling models available at under $4,000. To learn more about gas and electric ranges, check out our range buying guide!

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Topics: Ranges

Professional Gas Ranges - Buy One Without Going Broke!

Posted by Jeff Allaire on Mar 16, 2019 9:00:00 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 that professional gas range look but when they start looking at the prices of pro ranges from companies like Wolf, Viking, and even Thermador, they quickly change their minds. Even the KitchenAid model pictured above is pretty pricey for some at over $7,000!

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, if you are willing to look at some unique lesser-known professional range options, you might be surprised. (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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Topics: Ranges

GE Spacemaker Microwave - Options & Alternatives

Posted by Jeff Allaire on Mar 11, 2019 9:00:00 AM


Whatever happened to GE Spacemaker? GE made a bold move back in 1979 when they began offering the first over the range microwaves to the market. They may seem commonplace now, but back in the day, combining stovetop ventilation and microwaves together was a big deal!

If you have a GE Spacemaker microwave, you might be disappointed to discover that GE has discontinued the Spacemaker line. There is no longer a need to distinguish this type of microwave since over the range models have become so common, so it has been absorbed back into GE's main product lines. Spacemaker microwaves aren't particularly compact compared to typical over the range models - most over the range microwaves are about 30" wide (a few are 36" wide) and any over the range microwave should mount into the same spot as an older Spacemaker unit.

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Topics: Microwaves, GE Appliances

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