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Home Appliances

Refrigerators

Buying a Refrigerator

Refrigerators are often the central focus of a kitchen. When you're ready to remodel your kitchen or breathe a little new life into the room, refrigerators are one of the easiest upgrades that you can make. A new fridge can create a streamlined design in your kitchen, help maximize food storage and provide added simplicity through special features. Of course, understanding how to buy a refrigerator requires some research... read more

What is Dual Cooling for Refrigerators?

How to Manually Defrost Your Freezer and Refrigerator

Refrigerator Food Safety Do's and Don'ts

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Refrigerator Articles

Washers

Washer Articles

Buying a Washer

Today's clothes washers come with a laundry list of impressive features, wash cycles and other options. Whether you're replacing an old clunker, upgrading to a newer model or stocking your very first laundry room, you'll need to learn what these new features do before you make your decision... read more

Top-Load Washers vs. High-Efficiency Top-Load Washers vs. Front-Load Washers

What is a High-Efficiency Washer?

What is Anti-Vibration Technology?

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Dryers

Buying a Dryer

Forget about the loud, clunky metal box in your parents' basement; dryers have come a long way. Recent advances in technology allow dryers to dry your clothes more effectively and efficiently, while sporting convenient new features such as smartphone integration, moisture sensors and remote diagnostics... read more

Gas vs. Electric Dryers

How to Decide on a Dryer Capacity

What is a Moisture Sensor?

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Dryer Articles

Ranges

Range Articles

Buying a Range

A new kitchen range offers a variety of modern technological advances to assist you every time you cook. When you have a full kitchen range, you can cook almost anything with ease. Bake, broil, roast, simmer, fry and boil with one essential appliance. Contemporary ranges offer many modern features that you won't find in your old model.... read more

What is a Drop-in Range?

What is a Freestanding Range?

What is a Slide-in Range?

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Wall Ovens

Buying a Wall Oven

Wall ovens are built directly into your kitchen wall. Instead of a bulky kitchen range, these ovens add an aesthetic appeal as well as functional benefits. They're perfect for smaller kitchens that don't have a lot of space, but they can also add a contemporary look to any size kitchen. If you want a gas cooktop, but an electric oven, or vice-versa, a wall oven and separate cooktop can also be an easier alternative than a dual fuel range... read more

Wall Ovens vs. Ranges

What is Convection Cooking?

What is an Oven Warming Drawer?

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Wall Oven Articles

Cooktops

Cooktop Articles

Buying a Cooktop

Cooktops are cooking surfaces that often sit at counter level. Some models are combined with an oven range while others are completely separate and designed to fit anywhere on your countertop. You can find cooktops that use either gas or electric heat in varying sizes to accommodate the amount of space you have available. From frying home-style favorites to boiling pasta, a cooktop can do it all. Make sure you find the one that's right for your kitchen..... read more

Electric vs. Gas Cooktops

What is a Dual Element Burner?

What is a Bridge Element?

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Microwaves

Buying a Microwave

The microwave oven is one of the most commonly used appliances in the kitchen because its versatility is hard to beat. When reheating last night's dinner, the convenience of a microwave is unmatched. If you're heating a cup of water for your morning tea, there's no easier method... read more

Countertop vs. Over-the-Range Microwaves

What is Inverter Technology?

What is a Microwave Drawer?

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Microwave Articles

Dishwashers

Dishwasher Articles

Buying a Dishwasher

Whether you're building your home and buying a dishwasher for the first time, or renovating your kitchen, new dishwasher models can offer a variety of benefits from shortened cleaning cycles to a heavy-duty pots and pans mode. If you wash a lot of dishes and want something that's powerful enough to handle the job... read more

Built-in vs. Portable Dishwashers

Plastic vs. Stainless Steel Dishwasher Tub Material

How to Properly Load Your Dishwasher

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Vacuums

Vacuum Buying Guide

Having clean floors is a gratifying feeling to homemakers. Floor cleaners range anywhere from carpet washers to steam vacs, and they're a great way to wash and lift dirt and impurities from a multitude of surfaces in your home. Unless you're seeking professional help to keep things looking sparkly and pristine, a routine cleaning schedule and regular maintenance is necessary... read more

Upright vs. Canister Vacuums

Bagged vs. Bagless Vacuums

How to Remove Crayon from Carpeting

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Vacuum Articles

Freezers

Freezer Articles

Buying a Deep Freezer

Deep freezers are secondary freezers that offer additional storage space for frozen foods.  Investing in a new freezer or replacing an old one can offer a variety of benefits, from more energy efficient options to newer technological features. Both upright and chest freezers are available in different sizes to accommodate families and individuals... read more

Chest Freezers vs. Upright Freezers

How to Organize Your Chest Freezer

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Water Heaters

Water Heaters Buying Guide

water heater is important for a variety of purposes around the home. Whether providing hot water for bathing, dishwashers or laundry machines, your water heaters work hard all year round. A new water heater, with new energy ratings, can help cut bills in half or heat your shower faster than your current heater. Follow these guidelines to help you get the right water heater for your home and family... read more

How to Select a Water Heater

Why Buy Professional Installation for Your Water Heater?

What to Expect When a Professional Installs Your Water Heater

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Water Heater Articles

Air Conditioners

Air conditioner articles

Buying an Air Conditioner

Air conditioners can greatly improve the comfort level in a home, especially during scorching summer days. And with today's models, you can find practically any type of air conditioner to suit your needs, whether you need to cool the entire home or a single room. Knowing which air conditioner will work best for your home is the hardest part, so it helps to have a little direction before attempting to buy one... read more

How to Fix a Smelly Air Conditioner?

How to Fix an Air Conditioner that is Leaking Water?

Air Conditioner Troubleshooting


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