Preparing to Buy Appliances

Learn to be a Smart Appliance Customer

When was the last time you bought a new car? I'm guessing that you did your homework before heading to the car dealerships to put up tens of thousands of dollars on a new vehicle. It makes sense then to also spend some time preparing to spend thousands of dollars on new appliances for your home. Here are some general tips before you head out the door.

Have a flexible and realistic appliance budget.

Think about your budget. A basic appliance package by one of the big 3 (GE, Whirlpool, Frigidaire) including a range, mico-hood, refrigerator, and dishwasher will cost a minimum of $3500-$5000. At the other extreme, luxury homes valued well into 7 or even 8 figures are going to need luxury appliances. Considering that a single built-in refrigerator will commonly cost over $10,000, and that's just one appliance, a full-fledged luxury kitchen can easily run into several tens of thousands.

Consider your lifestyle

coffee-maker

Built-In Coffee Maker

Consider extras such as Built-in Coffee-Makers, Wine or Beverage Coolers, Icemakers, or Steam-Convection Ovens. These will run up the bill, but for some people they are worth the extra, and they'll definitely make a statement.

Appliances should enhance your home value, up to a point.

One of the biggest concerns, in my view, is to choose appliances that “belong” in the house. If you live in an average middle class subdivision, be careful in buying luxury appliances because you are unlikely to recover the value when you sell your home. There are some exceptions if the neighborhood is changing character, or if for example you are a dedicated chef who can justify a commercial grade range without regard to resale value.

Luxury-Kitchen

Luxury Kitchen

Similarly, if you are in an area of custom homes, perhaps in a gated country club community, be prepared to commit to high end luxury appliances. Nothing can reduce a luxury home's value more than using standard finishes and brands where custom or luxury brands are expected.

These are just a few tips to get you thinking. A good place to go from here is to discuss these principles with your builder or designer. Of course, for the best selection of appliances of all the top brands as well as specialty brands, be sure to consult the experts at Arizona Wholesale Supply.


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What’s New With Appliances

Times Are Changing in Appliances

Years ago, I saved a clipping from an appliance magazine with the average life of various kitchen appliances. A refrigerator was good for an average of 25 years, but a dishwasher only 11 years. A gas range? Well, I think my grandma's old range outlived her.

Things have changed. “Back in the day” a range could weigh 200 pounds. Today, we have a federal law requiring that your range be fastened to the floor to keep it from tipping over when you put any weight on the open door.

On the other hand, a new appliance today may use only a fraction of the electricity than it did 10 years ago. They run quieter, and they perform better than every before. The only real downside is that, in general, they don't last as long as the appliances of our parents and grandparents.

A New Trend in Premium Kitchen Appliances

When was the last time you replaced your appliances? I was surprised to discover in a recent survey of designers that their clients were likely to redo their kitchens every ten years, just to keep up with trends and colors. If you're planning on a kitchen remodel soon, here is a new product that just might be here to stay:

One of the new appliances that have hit the appliance industry in the last few years is built-in coffee makers. Here's one of our favorites:

Jenn-Air® Built-In Coffee System – JCB7624BS

Features

  • Automatic Brewed Grounds Collection
  • Coffee Measuring Scoop:
  • Concealed Storage Trays:
  • Cup Tray with Integrated Drip Tray:
  • Easy Access Component Bay:
  • Empty Waste Coffee Container Alert:
  • Fill Beans Container Alert:
  • Fill Tank Alert:
  • Ground Coffee Compatibility

Here's what Jenn-Air has to say about their superior method of brewing espresso.

The Jenn-Air® built-in coffee system is calibrated to brew espresso to the exacting standards of espresso connoisseurs and coffee aficionados – the people who truly appreciate every aspect of coffee that is prepared perfectly. Our system is designed to dispense the right amount of espresso, at the right temperature, for the maximum flavor profile and aroma.

The Jenn-Air® built-in coffee system is calibrated to brew espresso to the exacting standards of espresso connoisseurs and coffee aficionados…

Many single-boiler espresso machines are unable to maintain adequate water temperature when brewing, beginning the brewing process with water much too hot and ending the brewing cycle with water that is lukewarm at best. Other espresso machines also dispense up to 12 ounces of espresso, over-extracting the grounds and watering down the espresso, making it bitter and weak.

By contrast, the Jenn-Air® built-in coffee system’s dual boilers easily maintain the water temperature between 185 and 203 degrees Fahrenheit, the ideal range for brewing espresso. Our system only dispenses between one and four ounces of espresso, the perfect size to best appreciate the full spectrum of espresso’s flavors.

With our system, your customers have the freedom to customize their espresso and espresso-based beverages to their tastes, all the while knowing that they will be enjoying espresso brewed to the highest standards.

The Jenn-Air® Coffee System, other major appliances, floor coverings, window treatments, water systems, and much more can be purchased through your designer or builder at Arizona Wholesale Supply. Contact us today for more information.


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Buying a Built-In Coffee Machine

3 Tips when choosing a built-in coffee maker

Wolf-coffee-maker

Wolf Coffee Maker

1. Location, Location, Location

Where are you going to install the coffee maker? In most cases, your new coffee maker will go in an upper wall cabinet, often above or next to an oven. However, if your searching for a location and can't seem to find one, here's just one idea that might work:

The space at the end of the kitchen counter (above) is a perfect fit for a built-in coffee maker. The cabinet is white, and the matching side panels for the front were cut to fit for the coffee maker.

2. Dimensions

Most coffee machines have a 24″ width. They'll fit perfectly in a 24″ cabinet, but will need a filler for 27″ or 30″ wide cabinets. Some manufacturers provide matching stainless steel fillers, or you may wish to install matching cabinet fillers.

3. Utilities (Electrical and Plumbing)

If you don't conveniently have electrical available at the back of your coffee maker, you'll need to consult with your designer or electrician to get electrical service behind the coffee machine. Also, some coffee machines need to be connected to plumbing, so if you don't have a water supply line convenient, your plumber will need to run a line to the back of your coffee machine. However, many coffee makers have internal tanks that you can fill with no need for external plumbing. Miele has a coffee maker that can be externally plumbed or used with an included water tank.

While these are clearly important considerations for choosing a built-in coffee maker, there's more to think about including a host of features and prices that vary from brand to brand. Over the last decade the industry has changed dramatically. Where there used to be only a couple of built-in coffee maker brands, now nearly all of the higher end brands have their own coffee maker models.

Here are some of the coffee machine brands you'll find available at Arizona Wholesale Supply.

Bosch
Brew Express
Dacor
Electrolux
Gaggenau
Jenn-Air
Miele
Thermador
Wolf
Viking

Be sure to consult an appliance specialist for help in selecting your new coffee maker. The experts at Arizona Wholesale Supply are well-trained in the key brands as well as many of the specialty brands. Call or visit today.


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Appliance News from Arizona Wholesale Supply

New Bosch Ovens

See the New Bosch Appliances at Arizona Wholesale Supply

Bosch, as part of BSH, is one of the largest appliance manufacturers in the World. In spite of their size, in the U.S. the Bosch brand is primarily well-known for dishwashers, and also as a leader in induction cooktops. Bosch has not been top-of-mind in other appliance categories including wall ovens – until now. Bosch has completely re-engineered their entire oven line, and the results are truly stunning.

Right away, you'll notice the flush-look, and the sleek styling. Bosch has generally occupied what we call a mass-premium position in the appliance world. Higher than the mass brands such as Whirlpool and Frigidaire. But not as high as the luxury brands such as its sister brand Thermador. Now Bosch appears to be taking a big step away from the mass brand segment of the appliance business and is carving out a nice niche' bumping up close to the luxury brands. Wherever it lands, Bosch has earned a new position of respect for its German engineering sensibilities and sleek styling.


Bosch took a brave and smart step by expanding its oven offering to include side-swing doors as options in single and double ovens, with either left or right swinging doors. Just think of the many benefits of side swing, and the desirability of side swing as a solution for those with accessibility issues.

In addition to the wall oven lineup, Bosch also stepped out in front of their competitors with a Steam-Convection Oven and a Built-In Coffee Machine. Again, these two products have previously been found only in the luxury segment of the industry.

Bosch Wall Oven Highlights

  • Side Opening Bosch Oven
  • Side Opening Door Offers Better Ergonomic Access to the Oven Cavity.
  • True Color TFT Control Panel with Easy to Use SteelTouch™ Buttons.
  • A Full-Extension Telescopic Rack Offers Safe Access to the Oven Cavity.
  • The Wall Oven is Designed to be Installed Flush with your Cabinetry.
  • Bosch Wall Ovens are Compatible with Most Competitors' Cutouts.
  • To accompany this new line of wall ovens is a new Bosch steam convection oven – the first in its class.

Hurray for Bosch, and hurry into Arizona Wholesale Supply for all the latest in major appliances, floor and window coverings, and much more.


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New Jenn-Air Products

Over 50 New Jenn-Air Models in 2014

Arizona Wholesale Supply Lunch and Learn

Arizona Wholesale Supply and Jenn-Air are having a special “Lunch and Learn” to present some of the many new Jenn-Air products being introduced this year.

When: Thursday September 25th
Time: 11:30 – 1:30
Where: Arizona Wholesale Supply at Scottsdale Design Center
15125 N. Hayden Road, Ste. 117
Scottsdale, AZ 85260

Please RSVP: Jane Palmer, at builder@awsco.net or 480 596-0092, prior to Sept. 22, 2013

  • Learn about the new Jenn-Air cooktops and ranges.
  • See the new Jenn-Air coffee machine and steam convection oven in action.
  • Marvel at the new Jenn-Air Accolade™ ventilation system.

Join us.

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Arizona Wholesale Supply at Roseo Design Center

Grand Opening of Roseo Design Center

Appliances from Arizona Wholesale Supply Co.

Roseo Design Center Logo

Logo by Gravity Glas

The Grand Opening on May 8th at the Roseo Design Center was an event to remember. Owners Phil and Ellina Angelotti really know how to put on a show, but then they've relocated from Hollywood, so it's second nature to them.

Phil and Ellina Angelotti

Phil and Ellina Angelotti

Phil and Ellina have assembled a select group of the top suppliers in the design community who are joining them at the Roseo Design Center, including Arizona Wholesale Supply Co.representing Miele, Wolf, Sub Zero, and Bertazzoni appliances.

Roseo Design Center is a luxury showroom for architects, builders, designers, real estate and trade professionals involved in upscale home remodeling and new builds. Here their clients will find high end products and services from the valley's premier suppliers. Roseo Design Center's complete one stop-shopping opportunity will afford clients an enjoyable home building or remodeling selection experience and an appreciation of fine living.

Arizona Wholesale Supply Company is honored to be the appliance supplier of choice at Roseo Design Center. Displays include the stunning Bertazzoni kitchen below in Ferrari Red, imported from Italy.

Bertazzoni

Bertazzoni Kitchen


Live Miele appliances include the famous Miele built-in coffee maker for your favorite brewed beverages.

Miele Coffee Maker

Miele Coffee Maker


The Roseo Design Center includes a live display of Sub Zero and Wolf brand kitchen appliances.

Roseo Design Center turns your home building or remodeling process into an “experience”. Visit the Roseo Design Center at 7550 E. Greenway Road, Ste. 110, Scottsdale, AZ 85260

For more information on the appliances featured at the Roseo Design Center contact the professionals at Arizona Wholesale Supply Company.


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Four Hot Appliance Ideas for 2014

New Appliance Trends heading into 2014

Special Report on Steam Convection Ovens

Last year, we wrote about these three big trends for appliances in 2013.

  1. Microwave Drawers
  2. Induction Cooking
  3. Built-In Coffee Makers

Click on the link below to read the blog.

2013 Appliance Sales Trends

While the past year showed that these trends held true, we certainly were remiss in leaving off Steam Convection Ovens. Early European leaders Miele, Thermador, and Thermador's big sister Gaggenau, have been joined by Viking, Wolf, and more recently Jenn-Air in the Steam Convection arena. The appeal of steam combined with convection is a best of both worlds situation. Convection heat surrounding the food with moist hot air that cooks food quickly without drying them out. Manufacturers also tout the healthy advantage of steaming vegetables for example over microwave ovens that, they say, take the nutruition out of food. There is some debate about this, however. Read the Harvard Medical School report below:

Harvard Medical School Family Health Guide – Microwave Cooking and Nutrition

Nevertheless, the performance of steam convection combination ovens is amazing. They are very versatile and are becoming a very popular choice in premium kitchens. Here are some favorites below

Thermador

Thermador Oven

Thermador

The Thermador model above offers Steam, True Convection and Steam and Convection cooking modes. It also includes 40 EasyCook food programs, and pre-programmed modes that automatically set the oven temperature and humidity to ensure perfect cooking results.
 

Wolf

Wolf Oven

Wolf

The Wolf combi-steam oven has a convection only feature which can be used for regular baking. Wolf also touts the ability to rejuvenate leftovers and bread to just-made freshness.

Miele

Miele Oven

Miele

Known for their reliability, German manufacturer Miele has configured their Combi-Steam oven with a handy lift-up control panel to fill the water reservoir. By placing the water resevoir out of the way, this helps give Miele one of the largest oven capacities available. Miele also builds a steam only oven.

Jenn-Air

Jenn-Air Oven

Jenn-Air

The newest member of the combi-steam convection club, Jenn-Air's oven works on 120v. vs the 240v requirement of the models above. This might make a big difference if you're adding on a combi-steam oven in an existing kitchen as you might not have 240 volt power readily available.

For the best selection of steam combination ovens for your kitchen contact the professionals at Arizona Wholesale Supply Company.


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Arizona Wholesale’s Winning Blogs

2013 Blogs In Review

Arizona Wholesale Supply Blogs You Liked.

With over one hundred blogs posted in 2013, the results are in, and these are the ones you liked the most. Far and away the most popular Arizona Wholesale Supply blog by number of visits in 2013 was a blog actually posted in June of 2012 regarding available appliance colors and finishes:

click on link: Today's Appliance Colors and Finishes

refrigerator colors

This blog leads the all time list of Arizona Wholesale Supply blogs by a wide margin. For posts made in 2013, the most visited blog was:

click on link: Oven Heat Issues

Oven Next to Refrigerator

This blog reviews problems that may occur if you locate an oven adjacent to a refrigerator or if you have cabinets with a thermofoil laminate.

The Oven Heat Issues blog was followed in popularity by:

click on link: 4 great choices for built-in coffee makers

Miele Coffee Maker

Miele Coffee Maker

This blog reviews the Miele, Thermador, Jenn-Air, and Brew Express coffee makers.

So, give us your input by replying in the comments section. What blog content would you most like to see from Arizona Wholesale Supply in 2014?

As always, for Arizona's best selection and prices in Appliances, Floor Covering, Window Treatments, and more call or visit the professionals at Arizona Wholesale Supply.


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2013 Appliance Sales Trends

Appliance Trends in Arizona

Arizona Wholesale Reports Leading Sales Trends

What is a trend? Webster’s defines it as “the general course or prevailing tendency“. Many of us use the word “trend” to describe future occurrences. However, here are three current trends in appliance sales. These are definitely products that are being sold with increasing frequency right now – not something that might happen in the future. While they hardly are dominant, buyers are selecting them on a much more frequent basis than in previous years, and more manufacturers have hopped on the bandwagon with greater selection and a broader price range.

Sharp

Sharp Microwave Drawer

1. Microwave drawers

While they have been around for a number of years, the recent upsurge in remodels and more choices in microwave drawer models has brought about an increase in sales. Designers generally dislike the omnipresent microwave hoods, and for good reason. Microwave hoods do a poor job in ventilation, and the location of a microwave in the place of a hood is ergonomically unsound. Placing a portable microwave on the counter is a big waste of valuable counter space, so the microwave drawer provides a practical solution. While many of the brands available are manufactured by Sharp, the different sizes, styles, and features still give customers a variety of choices. An East coast appliance blogger has rated Jenn-Air, Viking, Wolf, and Thermador as favorite microwave drawer brands. Now, if homebuilders will only start specifying them in new homes.

Thermador

Thermador Induction

2. Induction cooking

Magnetic induction cooking has been around (on and off) for decades, but for a variety of reasons this technology has not become popular until recently. Customers love the instant response and power of induction, and now there is quite a selection of styles and sizes not limited to cooktops, but also including induction ranges. Prices vary widely from the popular mass brands such as Whirlpool, to the more esoteric luxury brands such as Miele and Gaggenau, and everything in-between such as Dacor, and KitchenAid.

Miele

Miele Coffee Maker

3. Built-In coffee makers.

Dying for a cup of home brewed espresso or a latte? A built-in coffee maker may be just what you need. Miele and Thermador are a good place to start, but Electrolux, Dacor, and Bosch also have full-featured built-in coffee makers. For budget minded coffee drinkers who can forego the espresso drinks, Brew Express can provide the convenience and space savings of a built-in coffee maker at a fraction of the price.

There are other kitchen appliance trends that we’ll cover in future blogs, but we thought these were noteworthy. Let us know what trends you are seeing in appliances and we’ll discuss them in upcoming blogs.

In the mean time, for all the latest in appliances, floor coverings, window treatments and more call or visit Arizona Wholesale Supply today.


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4 great choices for built-in coffee makers

Choosing a built-in coffee maker

Arizona Wholesale Supply is coffee making headquarters

If you aren't considering a built-in coffee maker for your new kitchen….well, you should be. For one thing, there are few appliances that will get used more than this gem. From grinding the beans to make your favorite brew, to espressos, lattes, soups, and more this will become the most visited spot in your kitchen.

Just about all of the premium appliance brands have a coffee maker or are planning for one. Here are 4 coffee makers that cover the category from high to low.

Miele

Miele-Coffee-Maker

Miele

Miele has everything you need in a built in espresso maker, including a built in grinder for the perfect cup of espresso or cappuccino. A must for the well appointed kitchen. The Miele unit has digital controls, offers the option of direct plumbing, and can be installed flush with surrounding cabinetry for a true built-in installation. Miele is top of the line, but Miele owners are big fans.

Thermador

Thermador-Coffee-Maker

Thermador

Another top brand is Thermador. Their coffee maker has many good features, but does not install flush with the cabinets, and lacks the digital controls of the Miele. It also does not connect to a water line so you'll be needing to fill the reservoir. However, it is easy to use and less expensive than the Miele.

Jenn-Air

Jenn-Air-Coffee-Maker

Jenn-Air

Jenn-Air's coffee maker will debut in Q1 of 2014. It comes with a large 1.8 liter tank so no additional plumbing is required. The coffee maker works with either whole bean or ground coffee, and makes either 1 or 2 cups at a time. It works on 120v. fits in a 24″ space (trim kits are available for 27″ or 30″ cabinets), and fits flush with cabinetry. This just might be worth waiting for.

Brew Express

Brew-Exrpess-Coffee-Maker

Brew Express

Brew express is an interesting choice. It's a stand alone brand, rather than part of a family of appliance brands. Best described as a partial built-in, this coffee maker sits on the counter top has “one foot in and the one foot out” of the adjacent wall. It's an easy installation, and it's easy on the budget when compared with the true built-in units above, but still provides the convenience and some of the space saving of its big brothers.


For more choices and the best prices on built-in coffee makers visit the experts at Arizona Wholesale Supply Company:

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