New Appliance Ideas that Flopped

*Three Appliance Industry Epic Fails

During a career in the major appliance industry I've witnessed the introduction and growth of many great new products such as microwave ovens, convection ovens, induction cooktops, steam washers and dryers, french door refrigerators, and professional ranges for the home.

There have been a number of product flops, too. Here are three notable failures over the last two decades.

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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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KitchenAid Built-In Oven with Microwave and STEAM Option

Who Thought a Microwave could Steam?

KitchenAid Convection Oven that Microwaves, Steams, and More

The 220v. power allows this oven to cook with a 1600 watt convection element, giving it plenty power for thermal cooking, and has an added 900 watt broil element for grilling. But why stop there when you can add true variable microwave energy for even faster combined thermal/microwave cooking? But wait! There's more! This is not your Grandma's oven. It's a real convection oven that bakes, roasts, and broils, but does so much more. By adding variable (inverter) microwave power and sensor technology to traditional radiant and convection heating, you'll get amazing results.

We all know that there's been a lot of excitement these days about steam cooking and the healthy benefits that accompany this cooking method. Well, this oven has a sensor steam cycle built-in. KitchenAid even includes a special steam cooking vessel for best results.

Finally , I LOVE the optional crisper accessory that works like a charm for hors 'd oeuvres, bacon, and etc.

There are two companion models of this oven. The KMBP100ESS will fit in a standard 30″ wall cabinet, while the KMBP107ESS is designed for 27″ wide cabinets.

30″ Built In Microwave Oven with Convection Cooking
KMBP100ESS



Here are some of the factory specs and details:

PRODUCT DETAILS

Convection Cooking
Circulates heat around the oven cavity with a 1600-watt convection element that allows baking at temperatures up to 450° F.

EasyConvect™ Conversion System
Takes the guesswork out of convection cooking by ensuring exceptional results when experimenting with new recipes or familiar favorites.

Professionally-Inspired Design Including Handle, Badge, Graphics, Chrome Chamfer
A bold blend of professionally-inspired styling with sleek touches for the home. This stunning microwave oven features Satin Textured Handles, Precision Touch Controls, a Chrome Inlaid Frame, the KitchenAid® Badge and KitchenAid Brand Medallion.

Broil Element
Combines the high power and even coverage needed to achieve results similar to outdoor grilling results.

Sensor Steam Cycle with Steamer Container
A sensored microwave oven cycle that allows precise steaming based on the food type and doneness level selected. Includes a steamer container to help you get the best results.

1.4 cu. ft. Capacity
Provides large cooking capacity while complementing your convection oven.


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Myths About Appliances

Researching Appliance Energy Claims

Major-Appliances

Do Appliances Use Significant Power when they're not running?

I like to do some research when I post blogs that make claims or contain data. Unfortunately, many online blogs and posts seem to mislead us rather than enlighten us. Recently, I came across a blog from an appliance “expert” (an appliance parts house), referring to myths about appliances. Here is the author's claim regarding one of the appliance myths he purports to expose:

MYTH

Appliances don't use power while in stand-by mode: FALSE. Almost all home appliances and electronics continue to consume power when in “stand-by”. Check out these stand-by power consumption rates:

  1. Microwave oven: up to 6 watts per hour
  2. Ranges: up to 4.1 watts per hour
  3. *Telephone: up to 5 watts per hour

In some cases, appliances in stand-by mode can consume as much as 15-30 watts per hour – that's a lot of power usage day after day, week after week.

Not so Fast

OK, let's assume that leaving all our appliances in “stand-by mode”, whatever that means, will consume as much as 15-30 watts per hour, BUT to say that “that's a lot of power usage…” doesn't ring true to me.

Let's do the math:

30 watts per hour = .03KWH (kilowatt hours)

Let's see how much it costs to keep our appliances in “standby mode” for a month.

.03KWH X 24 hours = .72 KWH per day X 30 days = 21.6 KWH per month. X $.12** per KWH = $2.59 per month.

Now, this estimate is at the very high end. Using the author's own data, this could be 15 watts rather than 30, making the cost per month under $1.30. I'm not happy that my “standby” appliances cost as much as a couple bucks a month to keep running, but I can live with it.

Conclusion

HE-Topload-Washer

Let's put all this in perspective. Your major appliances are going to cost you far more in energy costs (electric and/or gas) than $1.30 per month. If you really want to cut down on appliance energy costs, unplugging your microwave when it's not in use is quite trivial. It's also a pain to reset the clock each time you plug it back in. However, replacing an old agitator-type washing machine with a new high-efficiency washer will get you significant savings. Maybe as much as $130 a year according to Lifehacker.

* When did a telephone become an appliance?

** $.12 per KWH = national average cost of electricity. Electricity costs vary greatly across the country.


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Kitchen Remodeling Tip 2: GFCI Circuits

GFCI Circuits in your Kitchen

Our last blog on kitchen remodeling covered electrical issues that might occur.

Kitchen Remodeling Tip: Check Electrical Needs

In my case, I had an older house with appliances (refrigerator and built-in micro-hood) each wired on circuits with other electrical outlets rather than on separate circuits. It was not practical to add separate circuits for these two appliances, but we were able to move the microwave to a different circuit with lower total power demand which resolved any power shortage issues. Also, It was not necessary to to move the refrigerator to another circuit.

Now, we’re going to cover the issues regarding GFCI (Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter) in an older house.

GFCI

GFCI-Outlet

GFCI Outlet

Originally, the NEC code required GFCI receptacles only in the garage and bathrooms. Over the years, the code has been regularly amended, to include kitchens, and laundry areas. What is a GFCI receptacle?

GFCI stands for Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter. In brief, a GFCI receptacle monitors electricity passing through any plugged in device for an imbalance. The GFCI receptacle breaks the circuit if there is more than a 5 milliamp difference between the electrical current entering and the current leaving. The result is that any device plugged into a GFCI receptacle with a short or a wiring issue will be disconnected in about .025 seconds.

In my particular instance, for some reason we had no GFCI receptacles in the house. So I had the electrician add GFCI receptacles to the bathrooms and the kitchen areas so we’d be up to code. However, I’ve just learned that the latest revision to the code now has added a GFCI requirement for dishwashers. It’s easy to get frustrated over changing regulations, but when you consider that spending a few bucks on having the proper electrical outlet might save a life, it makes sense to be protected from electrical hazards.

For more information on GFCI or other remodeling or building issues contact your remodeling professional or homebuilder.


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Kitchen Remodeling Tip: Check Electrical Needs

Updating your New Kitchen

Review Electrical Requirements in your New Kitchen

Remodeling a kitchen can be fun and exciting, but it can also be frustrating, and costly. Don't make it more frustrating and costly than necessary by failing to examine your electrical needs.

When lighting or appliances are moved or require additional power, it's typical to have some electrical work done. However, even if you're just updating an existing kitchen with new cabinets, countertops, etc. you may be find yourself in need of some electrical work. Here is an example that I ran into recently with a kitchen remodel.

Microwave-Install

The house was in a nice neighborhood, and had a great floor plan that perfectly fit our needs. But it was an older house (approx. 30 years), so we had to completely gut and redo the inside. Even though we weren't adding any additional appliances, I had some concern that the power available in the kitchen might be insufficient. Specifically, I knew that the manufacturer of the microwave hood recommended a separate circuit, and I doubted that this kitchen was wired with a separate circuit for the microwave hood. Nevertheless, everything seemed to work well in our new kitchen….until Thanksgiving.

All of our kitchen appliances and lights were running at full power along with crockpots, etc. when the kitchen lights started blinking like a Christmas tree. Curiously, even the lights on the chandelier in the nearby dining started blinking. Then a breaker kicked off and the microwave as well as some lights shut down. We turned off a few things, and flipped the breaker back on. Thanksgiving was saved, but we knew that some electrical work was in our future.

We had an electrician come out, and together we discovered that the microwave hood was on a circuit with some lights and plugs in another room. Unfortunately, there was no inexpensive way to pull a separate wire from the breaker box to the microwave hood. However, the electrician was able to switch the microwave to a different circuit with a lower total power requirement. In addition, he suggested we use low power LED bulbs for the lighting on that circuit. The result was that with LED bulbs and the microwave together, even if all lights AND the microwave were on at the same time, there would be no chance of overloading the circuit. Easter here we come!

Next up: GFCI circuits in your kitchen.

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The Miracle of Modern Microwave Ovens

Not Your Grandma’s Microwave

Jenn-Air Built-In Microwave Does it All

Jenn-Air Microwave-Combo

Jenn-Air Microwave-Combo

I miss my speed cook Jenn-Air microwave oven. A few years ago, we installed a complete Jenn-Air kitchen in our home which included a fantastic microwave-combination wall oven (above). Full disclosure: It helped that at the time I worked for Jenn-Air and received a generous allowance for appliances. Now, we’ve moved to a new neighborhood. Though we love our new KitchenAid appliances, I really miss the built-in Jenn-Air microwave oven. Why such a big deal over a microwave oven?

Microwave ovens have evolved over the years, and there are significant differences between today’s models and those of yesteryear. Sure, all microwave ovens will heat food quickly. And nearly all microwave ovens will have some common features such as a defrost, a popcorn setting, etc. However, some of the better microwave ovens such as this Jenn-Air also have features such as convection, sensor, steam, soften, and even crisping, and grilling.

Jenn-Air Microwave Oven

In fact, this Jenn-Air microwave oven with 220v. power should be thought of more as an oven that has microwave capability, than as a microwave that has oven capabiliies. That’s because you can cook most foods that will fit in the cavity just as if it was a regular oven, and usually quicker. Hence the term “speed-cook microwave.” Below is a list of the specifications on this Jenn-Air model microwave oven.

JMC2430WS Specifications:

  • 1.4 Cu. Ft. Capacity
  • 1,000-Watt Power Output
  • 1,600-Watt Broil Element
  • 1,200-Watt Convection Element
  • 4.3-Inch Full Color Menu-Driven LCD Display
  • Speed-Cook
  • Convection & Microwave Combination Cooking
  • Auto Convection Conversion
  • Auto Sensor Microwave Cooking
  • Auto Sensor Steam Cook
  • Auto Sensor Reheat
  • Crisp Option with Browning Pan
  • Boil & Simmer
  • Grill/Broil
  • Soften/Melt
  • Auto Defrost
  • 10 Power Levels
  • Popcorn Function
  • 3-Stage Memory Programming
  • Kitchen Timer
  • One-Touch Start
  • Add 1 Minute Touch Pad
  • Stainless Steel Interior

Here are the secrets to what makes this product so super-special:

  1. The 220v power allows this Jenn-Air microwave to use powerful heating elements along with a convection fan, and microwave power to heat, brown and carmelize, grill, broil and in general cook a variety of foods quickly with precise results.

  2. Jenn-Air’s high technology sensors adds auto sensor microwave cooking, steaming, and reheating to take the guesswork and calculations away, and give you perfect results every time.

  3. Inverter technology allows the magnetron tube to attenuate its power levels rather than use typical on-off-on-off-on-off as pseudo power level selection. This technology greatly improves defrosting, heats more evenly, and enables the Jenn-Air microwave to precisely soften/and melt.

You can get this Jenn-Air microwave oven as a separate product or in a combination wall oven and microwave oven. Contact the experts at your nearest Arizona Wholesale Supply for more information.


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Retro Appliances at K. Hovnanian Homes

New Homes with Old Style Appliances

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K. Hovnanian Homes

The Meadows at 97th Ave. and Deer Valley Road

Expect the unexpected. When it comes to appliances, the big builders don't take a lot of chances. For most family new home communities you're likely to see dishwasher, range, over-the-range microwave, and refrigerator from one of the two big brands GE or Whirlpool.

But homebuilder K. Hovnanian stepped out of the appliance box in one of the model homes in their new model complex at The Meadows. They decided to be a little different. Maybe that's an understatement. These retro-look appliances in bright turquoise are WAY different from what we're used to seeing.

The appliances are stunning because of their color and retro design, but more than that they're whimsical and fun. I stood in the model and watched prospective home buyers flow through. The appliances didn't just capture their attention. Their faces lit up with big smiles. And why not. The kitchen look is just plain delightful.

Northstar

Now, would you really want these appliances in your house? Northstar is the brand. They come from Elmira Stove Works, a Canadian outfit. Famous for their 1890's style woodburning and gas ranges, Northstar is big step forward to the 1950's for Elmira.

However, outside of the retro look, the appliances themselves are in fact very contemporary. The range is self-cleaning, and comes complete with warming drawer, and a digital display which is subtly hidden beneath the analog clock. The French door refrigerator is frost-free. It features an interior water dispenser, and factory-installed icemaker.

Now, if you're still not convinced and worried about the upstart Northstar brand, we'll share a little secret. The design and look is 100% Northstar, but (except for the microwave oven) these appliances are all manufactured in the U.S. by a very well-known appliance company.

To see these appliances in all their stunning glory for yourself, visit the model homes at The Meadows by K. Hovnanian at 97th Ave. and Deer Valley Road, in Peoria. For more information about Northstar Appliances contact the appliance professionals at Arizona Wholesale Supply

About K.Hovnanian Homes

“The First Name in Lasting Value.®

Founded in 1959, K. Hovnanian ranks among the largest homebuilding companies in the U.S. K. Hovnanian designs, constructs and markets a variety of for-sale housing in 202 residential communities in 16 states.


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Kitchen Design Idea: Appliances on Islands

Appliances for Kitchen Islands

It's surprising how many kitchen islands are nothing more than tables or counters, occasionally also serving as workspaces.

Basic Kitchen Island

While this is certainly inexpensive, it almost appears to be an afterthought, as if to say, “We've got this extra space in the middle of the kitchen, so we need to fill the space.” Well, why not get some functionality out of it?

kitchen island with appliances

Appliances on Islands for Universal Design

There is much discussion these days about Universal Design. One of the challenges is finding lower cabinet space for moving microwaves from over-the-range and in general making appliances more accessible. The kitchen island is ideal for a microwave drawer as well as for an undercounter refrigerator or beverage center, or even refrigerator or freezer drawers. Also, moving appliances to a kitchen island frees up more cabinet space along the wall.

Entertaining Around a Kitchen Island

A strong rationale for an “open kitchen” design is for entertaining. Guests gather in the kitchen for a glass of wine and watch, if not participate in the final stages, of the meal preparation. Yet, with appliances lined up against a wall, for much of this time the host is standing at the range with his or her back facing the guests. If we would only move that range or cooktop to the island, the preparation would be the center of activity, and the host and group would be much more engaged.

Kitchen Entertaining

Of course, it's more work planning for gas for a cooktop, ventilation, etc. but that's why we need designers. Anybody can stick a box in the middle of the kitchen.

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Appliance Care When You Move

Selling your Home? Make Your Appliances Ready for the Buyer

Tips from Arizona Wholesale Supply

When selling a home, built-in appliances such as the range and dishwasher convey with the house since they're attached. However, the washer and dryer and freestanding refrigerator do not go with the deal unless they are specifically written into the agreement. These days though, it is very common for the buyer to request the refrigerator, washer, and dryer as part of the sale.

If you are selling your home, here are a few things you should do to make you appliances “buyer ready”.

1. Gather up your instruction manuals and, warranty cards, and put them in a binder for the buyer or leave them in a kitchen drawer.

2. Check for accessories and parts that go with the appliances and make sure that you leave them behind for the buyer. These include:

    • Oven temperature probe
    • All included oven racks
    • Broiler pan. Some manufacturers no longer include broiler pans with their ovens. If this was the case, and you purchased your broiler pan separately, you should take it with you because you may need it in your new home.
    • Refrigerator water filter plug. If your refrigerator has a water filter, there should be a plug that replaces the filter if no water filtration is desired. Leave this with the refrigerator.
    • Microwave oven racks and any included microwave cooking vessels.
    • Dryer rack.

3. Clean the dryer filter AND the dryer duct. Dryer ducts can fill up with lint and are a leading cause of home fires.

4. Clean the oven. This is often neglected. Check our videos below for tips on cleaning your oven.

5. If the buyer is not moving in immediately, leave an open box of baking soda in the refrigerator, and pour a half cup of white vinegar in the dishwasher sump.

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