Why A Good Nights Sleep Matters

Have you ever had a feeling that  “I think I need a new bed but I’m not sure I need one just yet”? If your answer is yes, then this study might help convince you to rethink that statement.

A sleep study published by the National Center for Biotechnology Information examined a group of 59 individuals with beds an average of 9.5 years old to see whether or not a new bed would impact their sleep quality, back pain, and even perceived stress. What they found was that participants’ back pain was reduced by 48%, their sleep quality was improved by 55%, and their stress was significantly reduced after sleeping on a new, medium-firm bedding system as opposed to their old mattress. But how did they figure all this out?

Back pain was reduced by 48%, their sleep quality was improved by 55%, and their stress was significantly reduced.

The study had participants sleep in their own bed (a 9.5-year-old bed, on average) for 28 consecutive days and fill out a survey each morning that rated their sleep quality and back pain. After this 28-day period was over, participants were asked to fill out a questionnaire that determined how often they experienced symptoms of anxiety and stress. This initial 28-day period and the stress survey that followed it established baseline stress and sleep data for the study to test against.

Once the baseline period was over, participants’ beds were removed from their homes and replaced with brand-new, medium-firm mattresses. Participants once again were asked to fill out a survey each morning for 28 days, but this time they were reviewing their sleep on their new mattress, not their old one. After filling out this survey for 28 days, participants were once again asked to fill out a second survey that determined how often they were experiencing symptoms of anxiety and stress. Not only did the study find that the new bedding system improved participants’ sleep quality, stress levels, and back pain, it also found that those benefits increased day by day as participants slept on their new beds.

The new bedding system improved participants’ sleep quality, stress levels, and back pain…

So the next time you are hesitant to replace an old mattress, remember that new mattresses are scientifically proven to make life less stressful, less painful, more restful, and just flat out more awesome!


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Which bed is best for me:

Do you ever wonder how much you really know about which bed is best for you? Sure, you can walk around our sales floor, lie on a few mattresses and do your best to pick out the one that seems the most comfortable, but how certain can you be that the bed you’ve chosen is the best bed for a good nights sleep? A recent study wanted to examine these questions exactly. Without going into the specifics of how the blind tests were conducted the results were shocking. At the beginning of the test each of the 128 participants was asked to pick the bed they thought was best suited for them. In fact, participants were so poor at picking out the best mattress for their sleep needs that, statistically, they would have been just as successful if they had left it to total chance. The takeaway from this is that in these cases there wasn’t a well informed sales person present who knows how to direct their customers to the right bed based on their sleep needs. And sure, customers like picking out the bed that they find most comfortable, but that doesn’t mean that we can’t help to guide you toward a bed that you will find comfortable and that we know will help solve your sleep problems for the next ten years.

Buying a new bed can be intimidating and confusing but we are here to help make it easy.


How To Select a Refrigerator





There are a variety of styles to suit your kitchen, whether it’s for convenience, spacing, or design. Below are easy to follow explanations of common styles and how they can benefit your lifestyle:



Bottom Mount KitchenAid

The freezer is located at the bottom and can open with either a swing door or pull out drawer, depending on the model. The top refrigerator compartment offers a single door that is ideal for storing items of a variety of sizes, including beverages and condiments.

Eye-level visibility and access to fresh foods versus a Top Freezer, without having to bend down to access them.

Allow for frozen food items to be stored in an organized manner (either in a basket or shelves, depending on the model)





French Door Refrigerator

This sleek design has two refrigerator doors side-by-side that swing open like French doors. The freezer is conveniently located on the bottom with a pull-out drawer.

Offer outstanding flexibility in organizing your fresh and frozen food with more shelving and door bin options

Some models come with temperature control options to keep your food at its optimum freshness

Available in 3, 4 or 5 door options to fit your kitchen and your lifestyle needs



Side-by-Side Refrigerator

A stylish look with the freezer and refrigerator placed next to each other vertically, providing convenient eye-level access to both refrigerator and freezer.

The refrigerator side offers good organization for fresh foods with flexible shelving options and door storage

The freezer side has great visibility options for freezer foods with shelves and bins, or baskets, making finding your freezer food items quick and efficient

Side-by-Side fridges come in a variety of width, depth and capacity to fit your kitchen design



Built-In Refrigerator

A timeless showpiece to go with your dream kitchen. Built-In refrigerators generally are taller and wider than freestanding fridges to maximize capacity. While this style is always counter depth, some of these refrigerators will also be flush with your cabinetry for a seamless, integrated look. They are typically installed during a kitchen renovation because they need to be built in to the cabinetry.

They often come with Panel Ready options that allow the exterior to match the rest of your kitchen cabinetry, creating a seamless look within your kitchen


Built-in fridges come in a variety of styles like French Door, Bottom Freezers and Side-by-Side

Available with ice making and water dispensing options

Come in widths of 36”, 42”, 48” and wider



Refrigerator Dimensions DiagramRefrigerator Dimensions Diagram

To make sure you get a perfect fit for your home, you will need to measure the space you have for the refrigerator carefully. As fridges come in many width and height configurations, measuring correctly is very important.

Follow these steps and remember to measure twice:

  1. Measure the width, height, and depth of the refrigerator space.
  2. Measure the hinge space where the door swings open. This needs to have approximately 2 inches (5.08 cm) of clearance so that the doors can swing freely.
  3. Measure the door opening space in front of the fridge to ensure the door will be able to open fully.
  4. Account for ventilation space; there should be at least 1 inch (2.54 cm) of extra room for the refrigerator at the top and back to allow proper airflow all around.
  5. Ensure your refrigerator will fit through any doorways, hallways, and stairs it may need to pass through to be set in place.

Helpful Tips:

  • Common widths include 24”, 30”, 33”, 36”, 42”, 48” (61cm, 76cm, 84cm, 92cm, 107cm, 122cm).
  • Most products will have specific guides for fridge dimensions that can be found online that help you confirm the dimensions you need for your space.



There are a variety of helpful features available depending on the style and model of your fridge. Here are some important features to consider:


Food Freshness

Look for these features that will help keep your food fresher longer:

Refrigerator Interior with Preserva® Food Care System

Humidity control drawers– These drawers come in different sizes and quantities, depending on the refrigerator. They allow you to adjust the humidity level of the compartment, keeping your produce at the optimal freshness for a longer period of time.


Produce preserver options– Absorb ethylene gas omitted by certain fruits and vegetables in the crispers to extend the freshness of your produce.

Programmable temperature controls– In order to best store your meats, fish, beverages and vegetables, controls allow you to adjust how cold certain areas of your fridge are to suit your grocery needs. Normally found on crispers, pantries, and French Door fridges with 4 or 5 drawer configurations.

Air filtration systems– Filters built into the fridge can help eliminate bacteria and odours to help keep your refrigerator smelling fresh.



5-Door Refrigerator with open doorsLook for features that make it easy for you to keep your foods neatly displayed and easy to find.

Adjustable shelving– Flexibility in adjusting shelves is important when storing a variety of items of different heights, whether they are party platters or milk cartons.

Size of door bins– Can help make your beverages, condiments and items you want to be accessed quickly easy to grab, while maximizing your refrigerator space.


Extra spaces like pantry drawers, deli shelves, and temperature-control drawers can provide a variety of options for storing various foods. Pantry drawers are great to store deli platters and appetizer trays easily.

Tiered shelving in the freezer helps improve storing and retrieving of your favourite frozen food items.



Water & Ice dispensing


Refrigerator Door Exterior Ice DispenserSome fridges come with the option of dispensing filtered water and ice. This feature requires you to have a water line available to connect to your refrigerator. External Dispensing vs. Internal Dispensing options:

External Water and/or Ice Dispenser:A convenient option where the dispenser is located on the exterior of the refrigerator. Perfect for those who get thirsty often, this dispenses both filtered water and ice without having to open the refrigerator door. Offered features include measured fill and cube and crushed ice options.

Internal Water and Ice Dispensers:The Filtered Water dispenser is accessed from inside the refrigerator. The icemaker located in the freezer dispenses filtered ice into a bin where it is stored for easy access for whenever you need it.




Energy Label

  1. Check the label for the type and size information to be sure you are comparing models that are truly similar
  2. Check the number. For appliances, the number is a measure of consumption, not efficiency: the lower the number, the better.
  3. Use the scale. The scale identifies, at a glance, the models’ energy performance compared to similar models. (The further left the pointer is on the scale, the better).
How to Choose A Dishwasher

How to Choose A Dishwasher

What to look for when buying a dishwasher

What to look for when buying a dishwasher


One of the first things to consider when buying a new dishwasher is how its design will complement your family’s existing kitchen. What colour would go better with your current appliances: black, white, or stainless steel? Would you rather the controls be hidden on top of the door, or displayed across the front? Bar handle or pocket handle? Here are some popular styles to choose from:



Top control dishwasher

The controls are discretely located on the top of the door to create a sleek, easy-to-clean exterior.

  • The stylish bar handle effortlessly complements any kitchen, while the hidden buttons provide a sleek, clean front panel
  • A top control dishwasher is a perfect fit for your kitchen if you’re looking for a premium look



Front control dishwasher

The controls are located on the front of the dishwasher, making it easier to select cycles and other settings even after dishes have been loaded.

  • Designed with an easy-to-grasp pocket handle, this dishwasher gives you a little more flexibility




Dishwashers are generally made from two different tub materials – plastic and stainless steel – each of which has its advantages.


Plastic Tub interiorPlastic tubs tend to be an affordable option. However, they may be harder to maintain as they can be prone to stains.
Stainless Steel
stainless steel tubWith the introduction of stainless steel tubs, consumers have more options to meet their optimal cleaning needs. For starters, they tend to be quieter because the tub walls help block the sound of vibrations from the water, allowing you to carry on a quiet conversation in your kitchen even while the machine is running. Additionally, stainless steel maintains heat better which allows the water to reach even higher temperatures, ensuring your dishes are sparkling clean. The stain-resistant interior makes long-term maintenance easier, too.



Dishwasher size measurement

Every family’s kitchen is different. Make sure that the dishwasher you want is available in the dimensions you need, at the height that is right to fit between your floor and countertop. Additionally, make sure you measure properly because tiled flooring or counter redesign can impact the height of the dishwasher cavity and affect installation.


Helpful Tips:

  • Common widths 18 inches (46 cm) or 24 inches (61 cm), Common depths 24” inches
  • There is a minimum 33.5-inches (85.09 cm) installation height. Pay close attention to the depth requirements of your cabinets – for example, islands are generally deeper
  • Most products will have specific guides for dishwasher dimensions that can be found online that help you confirm the dimensions you need for your space


There are a variety of helpful features available depending on the model of the dishwasher. Here are some important features to consider to get optimal cleaning:


Wash PerformanceDishwasher wash performance

Want a dishwasher that is able to reach every last crumb? After hosting a large dinner party, you shouldn’t have to worry about cleaning the dishes. Here are some things to look for to make sure your dishes end up sparkly clean:


  • Heavy & Targeted Wash Zones: A must-have for those who love to bake and cook, dishwashers with heavy wash zones have a well-placed spray zone to tackle your heavy soiled dishes and target deeper and oddly shaped items.
  • Water coverage: Additional features such as flexible wash arms and bottle wash sprays allow for greater wash coverage inside your dishwasher so you can reach every last corner.
  • Filtered-based systems: Minimize sound and optimize water and energy conservation, some systems require maintenance to sustain optimal cleaning performance. You can also find maintenance-free, filtered-based systems to save additional water and time without having to clean the filter.
  • Chopper-Based Systems: The chopper disintegrates stuck-on food particles so they don’t end up recirculating and sticking to your dishes. There is no filter so there’s nothing to clean up afterwards.
  • Cycle options: Different options for different dishes. Shorter wash cycles and cooler water will help preserve the integrity of your favourite china and crystal, while still providing the thorough clean you expect. There are also faster cycle options available for those time you need clean dishes in a hurry.

Drying Performancedishwasher drying performance

Tired of seeing spots and having to wipe your dishes dry before putting them away? Here’s how the right drying technology can benefit your home:



  • Tub Material: Once the wash cycle is finished, the benefit of a stainless steel tub is that it will transfer heat faster for more efficient drying.
  • Fan Assisted Dry: A fan helps remove humid air and introduce room temperature air to accelerate drying performance. This feature is found on more premium dishwashers and offers optimal drying.
  • Heated Dry: An option that can be manually turned on after the wash cycle to ensure your dishes are dry to your liking.


Loading AbilityDishwasher loading ability

What’s in your dishwasher? Plates and bowls, pots and pans, wine glasses, or baby bottles?No two families are alike when it comes to the types of dishes they use most. That’s why having a dishwasher with interior flexibility is so important. When deciding on a model, consider a dishwasher that offers these features:



  • Adjustable/Flexible Racks: Racks that move up and down which allow you to customize the wash depending on the size of your dishes.
  • Third Level Racking: A bonus to look for in your dishwasher, a third level rack is a discrete upper rack that allows you to store and wash smaller items, such as cutlery and water bottle lids
  • Silverware Baskets: Organization made easy with dedicated storage compartments inside your dishwasher for flatware. No more having to hunt for missing spoons inside your dishwasher once the cycle is done.




How to read Noise levels on a Dishwasher dBA


Families spend a lot of time in the kitchen together, so having a noisy dishwasher is less than ideal. Use this chart to help you identify just how quiet of a dishwasher your family needs.

  • Dishwasher noise is calculated in dBA (Decibel Levels). The higher the decibel level, the noisier the dishwasher. That’s why a low decibel level is important to look for when purchasing your dishwasher.
  • That being said, most people can only perceive an increase in volume every 3 dBAs, so the difference between models can be minimal.
  • If you prefer peace and quiet in your kitchen, most dishwashers offer a “Delayed start” option which allows your dishwasher to start between 2-, 4-, 6-, 8- or even 24 hours after you finish loading it. With this option, you can run your dishwasher after you are off to work, the grocery store, or even after you go to bed at night.

Welcome to our new website!

Welcome to the PR Appliance & Mattress website!  Be sure to have a look around to see the brands and products we have available for purchase.

With new products added to the website on a weekly basis, and more brands coming soon, we are pleased to provide the residents of Powell River and the surrounding areas with a locally-owned and operated appliance and mattress store.

Questions?  Call us at 604-489-1700 or send us an email at

We look forward to helping you select your new bed or appliances!