Choosing New Appliances

Purchasing Appliances for a New Kitchen

Selecting Appliances from a Single or Multiple Brands

Matching-Appliance-Brand

When remodeling a kitchen or building a new custom home, the appliance selection process can be both a joy and a nightmare. You may love having what seems to be an infinite selection of brands each with their own array of models. However, the confusing selections among various brands, features, and prices can quickly turn joy into nightmare. One way to begin is to first decide if you are going to stick with a single brand for all your appliances or instead choose among various brands. Arizona Wholesale Supply offers all the major brands as well as a large selection of exclusive brands.

Choosing from a single brand

Advantages
An advantage of choosing all your appliances from a single brand can be the “look”. Brands tend to have specific styles, with matching handles, knobs, etc. throughout. One brand may focus on a commercial or restaurant style, while another brand might have a sleek European appearance, with appliances designed to fit flush with adjacent cabinets. If it's important for you to stick with a unified “look”, it can certainly make sense to have a common brand throughout.

Manufacturers often promote their brands by offering package rebates or even a free appliance for buying a complete single brand kitchen. These incentives can add up to thousands of dollars, and can be a powerful reason to stick with one brand.

Disadvantages

Some people have strong opinions pro or con about certain brands. For example, KitchenAid and Bosch dishwashers have great reputations going back many years. Even though other manufacturers also have great dishwashers, buyers can be quite sticky in cases like this. Customers who are happy with a given brand for all their other appliances may insist on having a different brand for a specific appliance.

Perhaps a homeowner is locked in to a certain feature or product that is not available on all brands. For example, some gas range brands (in some very expensive restaurant style models) are not offered with self-cleaning ovens. Microwave drawers and coffee machines are not available in all brands.

Choosing among mulitple brands

Advantages
With the possibility of selecting from any and every appliance brand, you can select exactly the features, brand, price, etc. for your refrigerator, cooktop, oven, dishwasher, etc. You have a much wider selection, and can make different decisions for different reasons. For example, you may want a big commercial looking Viking Range, a sleek Thermador built-in refrigerator, and a luxury Miele dishwasher.

Disadvantages
It may be hard to imagine this, but one of the disadvantages of choosing among the entire universe of appliances is that there are so many choices. It can take forever to narrow the field. it might be easier to just pick a trusted brand and then choose among their products. And as we've already discussed, by splitting up your brands, you will miss out on package rebates.

One thing is for sure – deal with trusted professionals. Your builder or design professional should be your first stop. Of course, Arizona Wholesale Supply is here to help throughout the selection process. It's what we do.


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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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Universal Design Appliances at Arizona Wholesale Supply

5 Universal Design Appliance Trends

Making appliances work for Universal Design

Kitchen designers have been working on Universal Design kitchens for years now. There are some who even specialize in this area. For an appliance, this may be as simple as locating the appliance at a certain height. Unfortunately sometimes, appliances are just not as suitable for Universal Design as they could be. The good news is that more and more new appliances have features and capabilities that make the appliance more Universal Design friendly.

Here are some emerging trends in the way designers specify appliances and in the growth of certain appliance features and types that are more Universal Design friendly.

1. New trends in microwave ovens. We recently wrote about the growing popularity of microwave drawers 2013 Appliance Sales Trends. In addition to the trend for microwave drawers, we're seeing traditional built-in microwaves at or below counter height to make them more accessible.

2. French door refrigerators have become enormously popular, and they are very accessible. We especially like the more recent models that feature convenient, accessible pantry drawers.

3. Slide-in Ranges have been around for years. Their easy to reach upfront controls make operation a breeze. However, overhead ventilation can be a problem with any range. Jenn-Air offers a selection of electric and gas slide-in ranges that have downdraft ventilation which can be controlled from the front.

4. Refrigerator and freezer drawers are now offered by a host of appliance brands. Not only are they accessible, they can be located nearly anywhere in the kitchen. Since a convenient location can be critical for Universal Design, the value of this trend cannot be overemphasized.

5. Dishwashers are being raised. Ovens are being lowered. Dishwashers are the one kitchen appliance that is often too low to be accessible – not too high. Designers have fixed this by raising the dishwasher off the floor a few inches. On the other hand, wall ovens have typically been located with their controls at eye level for a standing adult. Now, we're seeing ovens placed in wall cabinet at a much lower height with convenient controls for everyone and an oven door at waist level. New steam-convection ovens are ideal for these installations.

In general, appliances themselves also have better designs. Induction cooktops are super safe and run cool. Child lockouts are now commonplace in appliances, just as auto-shutoff features. According to a recent article in Housing Zone,

There have been incredible technology and design improvements in the kitchen that make accessories, lighting, and appliances more intuitive and easier to use. Smart design helps to make the space more accessible and safe for all users.”

It also helps to deal with professionals such as those at Arizona Wholesale Supply who are experienced in providing appliances for all needs. They can help you select just the right appliance for your specific situation and budget.

What trends have YOU seen or would like to see to make kitchens accessible to all? Add your comments below:


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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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