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Electric Cooktop with Downdraft - Replacing an Old Unit?

Posted by Bob Allaire on Mar 16, 2020 9:15 AM 

 

The downdraft cooktop, originally manufactured and sold exclusively by JennAir, offers a unique combination of cooking and venting in one appliance. If you are replacing an older JennAir electric cooktop with downdraft, you now have options from GE, Frigidaire, and KitchenAid that offer the same combination of cooking and venting as well as new options in styling, features and price points. Although downdraft ranges are getting hard to find, downdraft cooktops are still kicking!

GE Profile and KitchenAid offer electric cooktops (and gas cooktops as well) with downdraft in 30-inch widths. You can also find 36-inch models from Frigidaire Professional and KitchenAid, although Frigidaire has discontinued their lineup and it is uncertain if they will update it with new models. The KitchenAid 36" models come with five burners. More choices are always better, and these companies offer great products in this and every appliance category. Let’s take a look at a couple of the best downdraft electric cooktop models on the market!

 

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Compact Dryers - Reviews & How to Choose

Posted by Todd Buehler on Mar 16, 2020 9:00 AM 

 

If you are living in an apartment or condo or maybe even a "tiny house", you may be in need of a compact dryer to fit in a small space. Compact dryers are dryers made to fit in small spaces and have a smaller capacity. They are generally available in electric 115 volt or 240 volt, or gas models and come in stackable or free standing designs. Many can also be placed on a pedestal if space allows.  

If you are constrained by space, compact dryers may be exactly what you are looking for. Researching a new dryer can be easy if you know the right questions to ask. In this blog, we try to shed some light on the topic of compact dryers and review two top-selling models, one vented and one ventless. You can find more information on dryers in our dryer buying guide!

 

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The 7 Best Top Load Washer Models for 2020

Posted by Bob Allaire on Mar 16, 2020 8:00 AM 


The top load washer is an American standby, often with lower prices than front load washers as well as low repair costs, plus a long life expectancy. If you’re interested in upgrading to a new top load washer in 2020, our list of the “top” top load washers is a must-read! We review seven of the best top load washer offerings on the market today to help you find the best option for your home.

Now, let's dig into our reviews of the best front load washer models! They are numbered for your convenience but are listed in no particular order.

 

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Portable AC vs Window AC - Which Should You Buy?

Posted by Meredith Czymmek on Mar 13, 2020 10:40 AM 

 

I wrote the first draft of this blog post during winter - and despite my longing for blue skies and sun, I knew that, come summertime, I'd be knocked flat by the heat and humidity! If you're as heat intolerant as I am, you might be desperately researching air conditioners to get you through the summer months. (Check out our air conditioner buying guide if you want even more information!)

I'm here to help you decide between portable AC vs window AC units. The short answer is: portable ACs don't work as well, but sometimes they're the only option. Now, let's dig into the details...

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Need A Refrigerator With No Freezer? - Reviews, Features, Prices

Posted by Bob Allaire on Mar 13, 2020 9:30 AM 

 

Certain specialty applications call for specialty products. Refrigerators are no different: refrigerators with no freezers, also called "all-refrigerators" or "freezerless refrigerators" may come in compact forms to be installed in offices, pool houses, or where a second refrigerator is needed. Others are intended to replace built-in refrigerators for a high-end look. They range from basic to luxurious, mini to full-size, and there are a lot of options. Here are a few types of all-refrigerators:

  • Twin Refrigerators or Column Refrigerators: A high-end type of refrigerator with no freezer, usually with a built-in look. They feature a single door and can be paired with a matching column freezer for a custom side by side look, or separated for convenience in a high-end kitchen. They may be panel-ready, built-in, or integrated (read more about built in and integrated refrigerators here). Frigidaire offers freestanding options that look built in but are a lot cheaper.

  • Freestanding All Refrigerators: These models are useful for apartments, dorm rooms, offices, and other settings. They can be compact at 11 cubic feet or less, or up to 19 cubic feet or so.

  • Beverage Centers/Wine Coolers: These refrigerators are specifically designed for storing beer, soda, wine, and other beverages. They're a great addition to any home bar! They usually have clear glass doors and can be freestanding or built-in models that can be installed under counters. (We reviewed beverage coolers here.)
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What is a Built In Refrigerator? - Reviews, Features, Prices

Posted by Bob Allaire on Mar 13, 2020 9:00 AM 

 

If you are remodeling a kitchen and going high end, you may be asking yourself: What is a built in refrigerator? Is it a could choice? If you want that really modern, high end commercial grade look, a built in refrigerator may be exactly what you need.

Built in refrigerators are made to be built into an opening in the kitchen cabinets and they do not protrude from the cabinets. They do not have finished sides and the compressor is usually located on the top of the unit. These are available in larger sizes and are much pricier than freestanding refrigerators. They are usually purchased for very expensive homes along with other high end appliances. (Before we continue: for more info on choosing a new refrigerator, check out our refrigerator buying guide!)

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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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Choosing an Energy Efficient Air Conditioner

Posted by Meredith Czymmek on Mar 10, 2020 1:58 PM 

 

Is your old air conditioner getting noisy, or are you sick of how much electricity it guzzles down every summer? Today's energy efficient air conditioner options can help cut down on these costs. Once you know what size air conditioner you need, it's not too hard to figure out what models offer the best energy efficiency.

Which model is the most efficient depends greatly on the size of air conditioner you need, so we won't be making product recommendations in this article. We recommend that you use the Energy Star calculators linked below to sort through products that meet your BTU capacity needs and other must-have features. (For more info on choosing a new AC, check out our air conditioner buying guide.)

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Should You Buy a Bottom Freezer Refrigerator? - Features, Pricing, Pros & Cons

Posted by Bob Allaire on Mar 10, 2020 11:00 AM 

 

If your previous refrigerator was a top freezer refrigerator or the once-popular side by side style, you might be wondering about whether it's time to try a bottom freezer refrigerator. These models have been around for a while and have distinct advantages over top freezer and side by side styles: first, you don't have to bend over to access the fresh food section; and second, the refrigerator and freezer offer wide spaces for flexible storage. (Before we continue: check out our refrigerator buying guide for more info on choosing a new refrigerator!)

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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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