Cooking Modules

Benefits of Cooking Modules

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Jenn-Air, Wolf, and Gaggenau

Cooking modules are individual drop-in countertop units that may be installed and used as single purpose units, or combined with other modules to provide a more complete meal preparation solution. The big advantage is that modules can be installed anywhere that gas or electric service can be provided, and the mix and match approach gives homeowners the option of having their own custom configuration. For example, a power gas module with wok ring could be installed adjacent to an oversized chrome-infused electric griddle, which might be next to a two burner gas module. Here's an example from Jenn-Air below:

If you want to add indoor grilling, the configuration below from Wolf offers a wok module, next to a grill module, next to a 4 burner Wolf gas cooktop.

Finally, luxury European brand Gaggenau offers an in-counter steamer as part its collection of modular cooking elements.

Vario in-counter steamer 400 series
VK 414

Both Jenn-Air and Gaggenau also have flush downdraft vent options to remove steam and smoke at the source. Wolf has a retractable rear downdraft vent which may work depending on the width of your modules. Of course, overhead venting may be used with all brands. Visit our Houzz page by clicking on the link below for photos of various modular cooktop configurations.

 

AWS Houzz – Modular Cooktops

For more information on the all new Jenn-Air line of cooking modules click below to visit our blog on these new products.

Jenn-Air Modules at Arizona Wholesale

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Appliance Exhibitors at IBS/KBIS

Visiting Appliance Manufacturers at IBS/KBIS

Are you heading to this week's (Jan.19-22, 2016) International Builder Show/Kitchen and Bath Show (IBS/KBIS), now known as Design and Construction Week (DCW)? If so, you may want to visit some key appliance vendors. Here's an up-to-date run down:

BSH

For the last few years BSH (Bosch, Thermador, Gaggenau) have had a good sized both in the Central Hall displaying their product lines, and have made some major product launches from there. The booth has been busy and crowded, but to their credit it has also been well-staffed by knowledgable sales associates.

Electrolux

Another manufacturer with quite a large booth, Electrolux, has been located in the North Hall, displaying their Frigidaire, Frigidaire Professional, Electrolux, and Icon product lines. This would be a good place to see and TOUCH their Smudge-Proof Stainless Steel appliances.

GE

General Electric Appliances, soon to be a part of Haier, has a modest, but sufficient booth near the entrance to the Central Hall.

Viking

Viking (Middleby) has had a busy booth in the North Hall, that has been a good place for me to meet up with friends and associates. There always seems to be something going on here. Middleby (Viking's owner) has been acquiring new brands recently. It will be interesting to see if they integrate these new products into the Viking booth.

Dacor

Dacor has been showing their appliances at IBS/KBIS in conjunction with other kitchen brands, eg. cabinets. Las year they had some activities going on off-site at the Las Vegas Mandarin Oriental.

Jenn-Air

Jenn-Air has not been formally displaying at IBS/KBIS for several years, but is a sponsor of the NKBA design competition, and has had product displayed in other exhibits with kitchen cabinets, etc.

Whirlpool

Whirlpool also has not been displaying at IBS/KBIS for several years, though they had a large display at this year's Consumer Electronics Show (CES). ??? However, It does appear that Whirlpool Appliances are featured in a show house built in the parking lot of IBS/KBIS.

Keep your eyes open and check the directories for other brands such as Asko, Bertazzoni, Elica, Miele, Scotsman, and Vent-A-Hood.

For more information on or appointments with these or other vendors at DCW contact your Arizona Wholesale Supply representative.


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Spring Cleaning Your Dishwasher

4 Tips for Cleaning and Maintaining your Dishwasher

1. Clean the dishwasher filter

Some dishwashers have built-in food disposers, i.e. choppers (above) while others have filters that collect larger food particles. Periodically, the filters need to be removed and cleaned. Read the operating instructions of your dishwasher to determine how often your dishwasher filter needs cleaning. We clean ours about once a month.

2. Check for water leaks and bad seals.

It’s a good idea to examine and clean the gasket that seals the dishwasher door with the liner. Eventually, this seal could develop tears, gaps, or cracks. Replace when necessary (service call). Also, take a look at the water inlet connection and hose, as well as the drain hose. If your house is older, the water inlet valve might show some corrosion. Be aware, that this could become a problem, so keep an eye on it. When you eventually replace the dishwasher, replace the connecting hoses as well as the valve. In the meantime, any hoses that show signs of kinks, splits or leaks should be replaced.

3. Inspect the dishwasher interior.

Do the dishwasher racks roll in and out smoothly? You might be able to tighten or replace a faulty wheel. Also, if any of the coating on the racks has worn off, the racks could begin to rust. Take a good look at the dishwasher tank itself, and satisfy yourself that it is also in good condition.

4. Test the controls and give the dishwasher front a good once over.

As long as you’re doing periodic maintenance, test the dishwasher controls. You never know when you might want to use the quick wash, the china cycle, the sani-cyle, etc. Finally, run your hand along the door edges, examine the latch and hinges: lubricate if needed.

Depending on the dishwasher, an average life expectancy could be 10-12 years. Premium dishwashers might easily last for up to 15 years. And at least one of the very high end luxury (expensive) dishwashers is promoted as being built to last 20 years. Take good care of your dishwasher and it will take good care of you.

When it’s time to replace, have your contractor or remodeler contact Arizona Wholesale Supply to help you with a new dishwasher that meets your needs and your budget. Arizona Wholesale Supply carries all the major brands as well as a wide variety of specialty brands, and has been Arizona’s leading distributor since 1944. Family Owned and Operated.

Dishwasher Brands available at Arizona Wholesale Supply

Asko, Bosch, Dacor, Fisher&Paykel Frigidaire, GE, Gaggenau, Electrolux, Jenn-Air, KitchenAid, LG, Maytag, Miele, Monogram, Thermador, Viking, Whirlpool


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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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Live from Las Vegas – Design and Construction Week

IBS and KBIS 2015

 

Welcome

Here are the exhibits we visited today (Wednesday):

  • Bertazzoni
  • Scotsman
  • La Cornue
  • Dacor
  • GE Monogram
  • Electrolux
  • True
  • Viking
  • Bosch – Thermador – Gaggenau
  • Vent-A-Hood
  • Perlick
  • U-Line
  • Everpure

AND, we've got more to visit tomorrow! Let's take a look at some photos from today:

Las Vegas at Night

Las Vegas at Night

Ready to Open

Get Ready to Open

The Rush Begins

The Rush Begins

Lunch at IBS

Lunch at IBS

Pizza Oven

Pizza at Kalamazoo Outdoor

Colorful Ranges

Colorful Viking Ranges

 
NEWS BULLETIN
KBIS and IBS Co-Location to Continue Through 2020!
 

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New Appliances from Arizona Wholesale Supply

Cool things to do with your tax refund

New Kitchen Appliance Ideas at Arizona Wholesale Supply

Arizona Wholesale Supply has cooked up two cool ideas for your tax refunds. One idea lets you get your food hot, but keep your kitchen cool, and one is just a cool, fun, and refreshing appliance that you're sure to love. If you're up for a bit of a remodel or a new kitchen, here are two new ideas to share with your designer or builder. (They love it when you do this).

Bosch Induction Cooktop

Consider induction. Nearly all of the major appliance brands now offer induction cooktops and ranges, and there are prices and features for every budget and taste. From Frigidaire to Gaggenau, and everything in between, there's really something for everyone when it comes to induction cooking. Here we take a look at Bosch cooktops – one of the leaders in induction cooking. Bosch has a long history in development of induction cooking technology and currently offers 10 models of induction cooktops, maybe the largest selection in the industry.

Here's how Bosch describes their induction cooktops:

Get the cooking power of gas in an easy-to-clean smooth surface with an induction cooktop from Bosch. Available in 4 or 5 burner configurations and 30″ or 36″ widths. These induction stove tops come in solid black or black with stainless steel trim finishes. Bundle the best induction cooktop with other Bosch appliances and save with an eco-friendly kitchen appliance package.

New Dacor Discovery Wine Station

If you are a wine aficionado, then here is a cool product to keep your wine at just the right coolness level. Owning a Dacor Discovery Wine Station means that your wine is ready when you are. Read what Dacor has to say about this truly unique and innovative product:

The Discovery WineStation® is the first automated, temperature controlled, four-bottle wine dispensing and preservation system for the home. The connoisseur can choose the right wine and just the right amount – a taste, a half glass or a full glass – with the touch of a finger . A perfect addition to your home, in the kitchen, bar, den, game room or wine cellar, the Dacor Discovery WineStation maintains the freshness of your favorite wine selections for up to 60 days without the loss of flavor or natural aroma.

For more information on these two appliance or other ideas on how to spend your tax refund consult the experts at Arizona Wholesale Supply today. Serving the construction and design community since 1944.


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Choose Your Appliance Style at Arizona Wholesale Supply

Appliance Styles Determine Kitchen Look

What's your kitchen style? According to a recent survey by the NKBA (National Kitchen and Bath Association), designers are moving away from traditional and contemporary styles, and favoring transitional designs. Regardless of choices for cabinets, countertops, flooring, and lighting, appliance choices will definitely have an influence on the overall outcome of the kitchen. Here are a few appliance styles to consider.

Professional Style

Viking-Range

Viking-Range

The professional or restaurant style characterized by big knobs, bulky towel bar handles, and stainless steel finishes remains a strong front runner in luxury appliances. As a category, Viking Range really pioneered this look throughout the 90's, though Jenn-Air has the trademark on the name Pro-Style™.

European Style

Miele

Miele Appliances

Streamlined appliances with a flush minimalist look are credited to the European brands such as Miele and Gaggenau. They're designed to look good in flat front European cabinets with sleek, shiny fronts.

Integrated

Sub Zero Integrated

Sub Zero Integrated

Fully integrated appliances are made to fit within the confines of surrounding cabinets with no toe kicks or air vents so that the appliances cannot be distinguished from the surrounding cabinets. Though the European brands deserve some credit for the flush look, Sub-Zero gets a lot of credit in this area with their 700 series, and now their new line includes many integrated models including a wide array of column refrigerators.

Retro-Style

Heartland Retro Range

Heartland Range

Some people want a kitchen just like Grandma had. A number of brands have sought to take advantage of the desire for retro appliances. Aga Marvel has a specialty brand, Heartland, that offers the most extensive line of retro appliances in the industry. Aga itself, a British name, continues to make its cooker in a farmhouse or cottage style dating back perhaps to Great-Grandma.

Aga Cooker

Aga Cooker

Whatever choice you make for your new appliances, be sure that it begins with Arizona Wholesale Supply. For 70 years AWS has been Arizona's leading distributor of appliances floor coverings, and more.

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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.

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Choosing Appliance Brands

Which Appliance Brand is Best for You?

The Importance of Brand Positioning

 

When shopping for appliances it's important to select the appliance brand that best fits your needs. Buyers must know how the brands they are considering are “positioned” in the marketplace. Positioning was introduced by marketing gurus Jack Trout and Al Ries. They defined positioning as the niche that a brand occupies in the mind of the consumer.

For example, consider the name Wal-Mart. What comes to mind? Most consumers would say, “Low Price”. Consider the name, Nordstrom. Consumers might say, “Luxury”. Similarly, individual appliance brands occupy a specific niche in buyers minds. Appliance brands not only develop their marketing plan around their brand positioning, but the features, the prices, and even the retailers that they choose to carry their brands are representative of their brand positioning. Understanding where an appliance brand is positioned can help you to get the best fit for your specific circumstances.

For example, suppose you have just purchased a luxury home in an exclusive country club. You wouldn't want an appliance brand designed for entry-level buyers. Similarly, for a family just starting out with a small home in modest neighborhood, appliances geared toward large custom homes wouldn't make sense.

Here's how various appliance brands are positioned.

Value Brands

Amana is a value brand. As such, the Amana brand is priced low and has limited features and model selection. It's a good choice for budget-minded consumers. Other brands that fit this niche would include Hotpoint and to some extent Frigidaire.

Mass Brands

Mass brands are brands that cover the broad spectrum of consumer needs in the middle of the market. They cover a wide range of price points and features and are the choice of the largest group of buyers. Mass brands include Whirlpool, Maytag, and Frigidaire.

Premium Brands

Premium brands often overlap with the mass brands, but go on to occupy a niche of their own where the mass brands don't participate. Brands such as KitchenAid, Bosch, and Samsung fit into the premium niche.

Super Premium Brands

A new niche for appliance brands has developed in recent years as the Luxury appliance market has expanded. This category is often described as Super Premium. Super premium brands are on the brand spectrum below luxury brands and are generally less exclusive, yet they have many features and characteristics of the luxury brands. These brands would include Jenn-Air, Dacor, Electrolux, and Thermador.

Luxury Brands

In the luxury category, consumers would select from Sub Zero/Wolf, Gaggenau, Miele, and Viking. These products are positioned for the custom home market, and are featured and priced accordingly.

There are no rules to define the various categories and some brands straddle categories. Viking, for example has extended its brand downward into the super premium niche with freestanding refrigerators, and over-the-range microwaves.

It's best to consult a professional to make sure that your brand preferences are aligned with your home and your lifestyle. The experts at Arizona Wholesale Supply Company are familiar with all the brand profiles and can guide you through this process.

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