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Quiet Washing Machine - How to Find a Quiet Model

Posted by Meredith Czymmek on Jun 25, 2020 9:00 AM 

 

More and more, consumers are interested in finding appliances with quiet operation. Noisy refrigerators, dishwashers, and laundry appliances can be especially intrusive in apartments, or homes with open floor plans. If you have a second-floor laundry room or laundry closet, a quiet washing machine might be crucial for your sanity!

Normal sounds in new washing machines include clicking and humming, gurgling or running water sounds as the washer fills and drains, and the sound of the basket spinning up and down in short or long bursts. One of the major factors tied to noise reduction is vibration reduction - the two go hand in hand! Although it's unlikely that you'll find decibel levels for most washing machines (unlike with dishwashers, where there is plenty of competition to be the quietest dishwasher), there are several key features you can look for from different brands that will help you find quiet washing machine models. 

 

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5 Largest Whirlpool Washing Machine Models for 2020

Posted by Meredith Czymmek on Jun 10, 2020 9:00 AM 

 

Whirlpool is a top washing machine brand in the US, and is a powerful force in the market along with its subsidiaries Maytag and Amana. As larger washing machines become more widely available and more popular, Whirlpool has kept up with some huge-capacity models! If you're looking for the largest Whirlpool washing machine models, we've compiled our top picks for 2020 in this category, including front loading and top loading models. They range from around 4.5 to 5.3 cubic feet of capacity and prices range from $799 to $1,499.

Before we begin: compare front load vs top load washers in our article if you're not sure which style suits your needs, the advantages and disadvantages of front load washers, and the benefits of a top loading washer. Or, check out our washing machine buyer's guide for a thorough walkthrough on choosing and buying a new washing machine.

 

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The New GE Front Load Washer Lineup for 2020

Posted by Meredith Czymmek on Jun 1, 2020 8:45 AM 

 

At a product show in fall of 2019, we got to see GE's new and improved front load washer lineup coming out in late 2019 into 2020. If you're searching for a new front load washer, GE's new models with the UltraFresh Vent system are a must-see! (For more info on choosing a new washer, check out our washing machine buying guide.)

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What is the GE UltraFresh Vent System? Is it Right for You?

Posted by Meredith Czymmek on Jun 1, 2020 8:15 AM 

 

GE released a new set of models for their 2019-2020 front load washer lineup, and they all feature a cool new technology they're calling the UltraFresh Vent system. This system was TWO YEARS in the making and we're excited to see how it performs in the real world. We got a chance to see this cool new system at a product show in fall of 2019, so we're sharing what we learned there with you - complete with an exclusive video!

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Bosch Black Stainless Steel - Features, Pros & Cons

Posted by Meredith Czymmek on May 22, 2020 9:00 AM 

 

Bosch's German engineering has helped it make a name for itself in the appliance market, especially in dishwashers. They made our list of the ten quietest dishwashers and even went head to head with KitchenAid in a comparison of which brand had the quietest dishwasher.

While many appliance manufacturers have already released black stainless steel models and even entirely new color options like GE Slate and Whirlpool Sunset Bronze, Bosch has been surprisingly late to the game. However, Bosch black stainless steel is slightly different from other brands and might be the perfect choice for your kitchen. 

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Black Stainless Steel Range Hood Models - 30" Chimney Hood Reviews

Posted by Meredith Czymmek on May 22, 2020 9:00 AM 

 

Are you considering a suite of black stainless steel kitchen appliances? Finding a matching range hood just got easier with our black stainless steel range hood reviews! In this article, we'll review five chimney-style range hoods available in black stainless steel from several brands. We recommend taking a look at these models in person, because each brand has a slightly different take on black stainless steel - read our article Black Stainless Steel Appliances - Reviews (Pros and Cons) to find out more!

Now, let's dig into the chimney-style black stainless steel range hood options currently available. These are an important appliance to consider if you're looking into appliance packages to bundle a kitchen revamp into one purchase. The products are numbered for your convenience but are listed in no particular order.

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The Speed Queen TC5000WN - A Return to Tradition for 2019!

Posted by Meredith Czymmek on May 22, 2020 9:00 AM 

 

If you aren't deep in the laundry industry or a hardcore Speed Queen fan, you might have missed the controversy over Speed Queen's new top load models released in 2018. They had to make changes to meet energy efficiency requirements, and some of those changes involved the wash action of their top load models. This departure from what their fans were used to resulted in some backlash. Long story short, the new wash action is gentler overall, which is not necessarily a bad thing - but it wasn't ideal for some of Speed Queen's customer base. (Despite this controversy, as of this writing all of the TR series of washers have over 4.5 stars from customer ratings on their website.)

The TC5000WN is a return to tradition with a lot of the features that people loved about Speed Queen's 2017 and earlier washers. We'll compare in-depth the differences between the 2018 TR5000 model and the 2019 TC5000 model below! (Speed Queen also released a front load model for 2019 - click the link to read our review!)

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Third Rack Dishwashers - Brands, Designs, & Pricing

Posted by Meredith Czymmek on May 11, 2020 4:55 PM 

 

We've grown to expect that our dishwashers operate quietly at under 50 decibels, but manufacturers are constantly thinking of new ideas. The third rack is one of them! Third rack dishwashers have another rack above the upper rack to hold flatware and other small items, although recently manufacturers have been finding new ways to expand these third racks to fit even more.

Without further ado, here are the basics of which brands offer third racks at what price points. 

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The Weber iGrill - The Secret to Great Grilling Results!

Posted by Meredith Czymmek on Apr 7, 2020 9:00 AM 

 

Weber's best-selling grills have a lot going for them, but one feature you might not know about is the iGrill. The iGrill is a digital meat thermometer that uses Bluetooth to let you know through your phone when whatever you're cooking has reached the desired internal temperature - for perfect grilling results every time. 

You might be thinking: "I'm not a serious griller, so the iGrill probably isn't for me." You're wrong - but in a good way! The Weber iGrill is great for beginners as well as for hardcore grill enthusiasts. We'll explain why below! (Before we continue: for more info on Weber grills, check out our Weber grill buying guide!)

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Is Frigidaire's Stove with Air Fry Right for You? - Reviews & Prices

Posted by Meredith Czymmek on Mar 16, 2020 10:08 AM 

 

If you've heard about the Frigidaire stove with air fry and want to learn more, you're in the right place! Air frying has become a hot trend over the past few years, and countertop air fryers are popular. But why not save counter space and grab an oven that can do it for you!

Although these products are relatively new, so far the customer reviews have been positive. And outside of air fry mode, the ranges offer solid features and performance.

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