Appliances Guaranteed to Fit

Appliance Brands Compete on their “Fitness”

Check out these appliances guaranteed to fit

Jenn-Air-Slide-In-Range

One of the trends in new appliances during the last few years has been new appliances that are designed to fit a variety of existing cabinet and cutouts and configurations. In fact, some appliance manufacturers have offered a “guarentee” on given wall ovens, ranges, and even vent hoods, that if their appliance does NOT fit, they'll pay up to a specified amount to have the cabinet reconfigured so that the appliance WILL fit. Whirlpool and its family of brands (Maytag, KitchenAid, and Jenn-Air) offers various FIT guarantees depending on models.

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Of course there is a dollar limitation, and the usual fine print, but the point is that big brands are working hard to make appliances fit in more existing installations, either with more installation friendly designs and dimensions, or with installation blocks and trims that help make appliances fit better.

For example, new ranges are now made to be installed either as a freestanding range or a slide-in range by manufacturing with side panels (not previously typical on slide-ins), eliminating the overlapping cooking surface, and most importantly, by including front controls which also eliminates the need for a backsplash. Wall ovens come with adjustable legs, and trim options to make them fit seamlessly in a variety of cutouts.

The value of having a “go anywhere” appliance is that adding new appliances to an existing kitchen can now be done in more instances than before without being required to replace cabinets or countertops.

The idea of the FIT guarantee is to cover minor expenses of installs into pre-existing cabinet cutouts that need to be adapted beyond the capabilities and flexibility provided by the FIT system. For specifics of the guarantee check the manufacturer website or call or visit the experts at Arizona Wholesale Supply.


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Frigidaire/Electrolux At IBS/KBIS 2015

Design and Construction Week

What’s New at KBIS 2015? Look at Frigidaire and Electrolux

At this year’s Kitchen and Bath International Show (KBIS), Electrolux arguably had the largest exhibit, perhaps not in terms of appliances (it was sparsely populated), but certainly in terms of square footage. Their product lineup covered the entire range of Electrolux appliances from the mass brand Frigidaire all the way through the high-end European Luxury Brand Molteni.

Frigidaire Gallery New Double Oven Range

Frigidaire Double Oven Range

Frigidaire Gallery 30” Freestanding Electric Double Oven Symmetry™ Range

SYMMETRY™ DOUBLE OVENS

Two large equally-sized ovens provide the ultimate flexibility – you can cook two different dishes at different temperatures at the same time. Each oven is big enough to cook a 28-lb turkey.

LARGEST RANGE CAPACITY WITH SECOND OVEN

Cook a large meal effortlessly with our double oven range, offering the largest cooking capacity available so you can cook two meals, at different temperatures, at once.

SMUDGE-PROOF™ STAINLESS STEEL

Resists fingerprints and is easy to clean.

Electrolux New Slide In Range

Electrolux Slide-In Range

If you prefer a single oven range, and would like something a bit more upscale, the Electrolux Front-Controlled Range could work for you. Like other new slide-in range models, this Electrolux range can also be used in lieu of a freestanding model. So, you get the look and front controls of a slide-in range, with finished side, top, back trim, etc. that allow this to work for freestanding applications. This model will also have a gas version, and both models are loaded with deluxe features.

New Compact Washer Dryer

The new Electrolux compact washer and dryer combo proves that building a washer dryer pair to fit under a standard height counter and in a standard 24″ width can be done without sacrificing quality or even that much capacity. Electrolux has clearly transferred its technology and manufacturing saavy from Europe, where undercounter appliances are commonplace, to the U.S. market. But at 180 pounds each, don’t mistake these small appliances for the cheaply-built imports you might expect to find at the big box or home improvement stores. Not only is this pair right-sized for small spaces, the dryer has a water condenser tray and doesn’t require external venting.

 

For more information on the new products from Frigidaire and Electrolux call or visit the experts at Arizona Wholesale Supply.


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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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