Colorful Appliances in 2017

Choose Stainless Steel Appliances or GO BOLD

Red Bertazzoni

We've been following and reporting on appliance colors for years. Here's one from 2015:

Appliance Colors Over a Lifetime

And now here's an update for 2017:

Modern major appliances trace back to the Post WWII era. In the 50's nearly all major appliances were white. Later pink and turquoise began to make their mark, and were popular throughout the 60s. In the 70's Harvest Gold, Avocado, and Coppertone were popular. They eventually morphed into Harvest Wheat, Fresh Avocado, and Coffee. Almond was added and became very popular through the 80's though appliance manufacturers tried to mix things up with 2 new colors that failed miserably – Silver and Sand.

Harvest-Gold

Harvest Gold Drop-In Range

Now, we're in the middle of a resurgence of color choices in appliances. BlueStar, a specialty cooking products manufacturer offers over 250 colors and finishes. Italian appliance manufacturer, Bertazzoni, also has a wide selection of appliance colors. Meanwhile, Viking Range Co. offers a smaller, manageable selection of colors.

To keep things in perspective, here are the results from a 2016 survey by Houzz:

“A whopping 75 percent of those surveyed were going with stainless for the new appliances in their updated kitchens. (White came in at 10 percent and black at 8 percent.)”

Most new appliance sales come from either new home sales or one off replacement sales. Buyers purchasing from production home builders are offered a very limited selection of popular colors. For individual appliance replacement sales, buyers will try to match the appliance color with their existing kitchen appliances.

We might be able to go with White, Black, or the popular Stainless Steel, including some smudge proof Stainless Steel options. GE offers a very interesting and competitively priced appliance finish, Slate. KitchenAid and now some other brands are offering a new appliance finish/color Black Stainless Steel. Mostly black in color, but with the grain and hue of stainless steel Black Stainless Steel is gaining steam. Samsung's Black Stainless Steel is somewhat shiney gray/black and others are more black with the stainless finish visible through the black..

The Big Three appliance manufacturers: Whirlpool, GE, and Frigidaire/Electrolux don't build appliances in Ferrari Red, or Pantone's color of the year for 2017 Greenery. But, if we only looked at the top 5-10% of appliance sales we'd likely find luxury brands that offer more variety in color selections.

BlueStar Range

BlueStar Range

Here are some colorful finshes on Houzz:

Colorful Finishes

Check out all the latest colors and finishes in person by making an appointment with one of the appliance consultants at Arizona Wholesale.


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Smart Appliances for 2017

Have internet appliances finally arrived?

Smart Refrigerator from Samsung

In 2000 at the CES (Consumer Electronics Show), LG Electronics introduced the first internet-enabled refrigerator. The refrigerator had a color TV screen on the outside along with many hi-tech features, and a price tag around $20K. About the same time Electrolux launched the ScreenFridge. In 2006, Electrolux tried again with a more deluxe version, and in 2007 Whirlpool showed a new CentralPark Connection, a data hub and entertainment center that plugs into the refrigeration. While none of these were successful, appliance manufacturers have not given up, and the new improved versions show a lot of promise, and a much lower price. Here's one model from Samsung that appears to be gaining steam.

Samsung Refrigerator

Samsung Family Hub
RF28K9580SR/AA
28 cu. ft. 4-Door Flex™ Refrigerator with Family Hub™

1. Built-in cameras for food management, calendars, notes and photo sharing

2. Food Management
Wherever you are, see what’s in your Family Hub™ thanks to three built-in cameras accessible from your mobile device. Or stay home, find new recipes and shop online using your Family Hub's™ 21.5″ touchscreen.

Internet Enabled

3. Entertainment
Don’t miss a beat – stream music to the Family Hub’s™ built-in speakers or mirror your smart TV* on the stunning, 21.5″ touchscreen. And with apps like Pandora and Tune-in Radio, your kitchen truly becomes your command center.

4. Family Connection
Share your family’s calendars, photos and notes from your mobile device or directly on the Family Hub.

Learn more about this high-tech wonder, make an appointment with your designer or builder to visit one of our showrooms for a personal demonstration. The future is here today at Arizona Wholesale.

*Visit the Arizona Wholesale Houzz page and view our Project Section with a Samsung Kitchen.


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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.

Continue reading “New Appliance Ideas that Flopped” »

Mattamy Homes Testimonial

Mattamy Homes Testimonial

Our team at Arizona Wholesale just LOVES getting testimonials from our customers. This testimonial is a little different. It's a testimonial from a new home buyer at one of our valued home builder customers, Mattamy Homes. We're delighted to supply Mattamy Homes with a great selection of Whirlpool and KitchenAid appliances, and to also represent Mattamy Homes through our unique Design Center center services. Here's what this home buyer had to say about their purchase experience:

I don’t often write letters of appreciation, but wanted to let corporate know how nice it is to meet such wonderful people who work for Mattamy…….from Lynn Lott and Mike Collins, to Mary Kay the design consultant, all the way to Paul and Bryan, the “builders”……………….you can tell immediately that the Mattamy organization is “picky” about hiring these folks …………….EVERY ONE we have come in contact with has been nothing but gracious………….and you have no idea how much that means on the consumer end of the deal…………………………I hate to say it, but customer service in every industry is at an all time low, and your people here in Tucson are certainly the exception……………….to the person, they have been accommodating, friendly, eager to answer the myrid of questions, etc. etc. Even the sub- contractors are so nice………when you do a drive-by they all wave, and seem so happy and enthusiastic about their jobs!

Kudos to all the Mattamy folks in Tucson, and the Arizona Wholesale team members who helped these customers along with their home buying experience.

If you're one of our builder customers, contractor, remodeler, designer, or end user home owner email us a note, and attach a photo if possible. You may be the next happy buyer featured here!


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Tips for Selecting Appliances

Appliance Help for New Homebuyers

Arizona Wholesale Supply is Arizona's Leading Builder Distributor

Appliance-Package

New homebuyers have to make a lot of choices when selecting all the finishes, and products that go into their dream home. Fortunately, production home builders preselect options and upgrades that are suitable for their homes. Even so, making appliance selections can be very challenging. Here are a few tips in choosing appliances:

  1. Narrow the field. If your builder has a list of models and packages that are available to you, part of your work is already done. Don't waste time looking at brands or models that aren't available for the home you are purchasing. Even If you are building a custom home, there will still be some constraints based on the size of your kitchen, location of gas, water, and electric lines, etc.

  2. Budget and plan accordingly. If it's been a number of years since you purchased major appliances, get prepared for some sticker shock. Today's appliances will save money on energy usage, and still are a very good buy when factoring inflation over the years. However, when you want a built-in refrigerator, combo ovens, and other premium appliances such as wine storage units, built-in warming drawers, steam ovens and coffee makers, you're going well into 5 figures ($XX,XXX.XX).

  3. Consider brands. At Arizona Wholesale Supply, we carry the popular priced major production brands GE, Whirlpool, and Frigidaire (Electrolux). We also are your supplier for upscale brands, such as GE Profile, Electrolux, KitchenAid, and Bosch, as well as a host of luxury brands such as Jenn-Air, Monogram, Viking, SubZero-Wolf, Thermador, Miele and many more. Most production home builders offer selections from only a single brand or two, and even semi-custom builders usually stick with a few preferred brands. For that matter, new home buyers tend to pick most or all their appliances from a single brand that they prefer. It not only narrows choices to products that the buyer is going to be comfortable with, appliance brands tend to have matching handles, knobs, etc.

  4. Work with a professional. Arizona Wholesale Supply consultants have many years experience with home builders, designers, and new home buyers. If your builder or design professional is one of the many that we supply, you can make an appointment at one of our locations to select your appliances.

Arizona Wholesale Supply is a family owned company, based right here in Arizona, and we've been at this for over 70 years.


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3 Prong to 4 Prong Dryer or Range Cord

Proper Install of Your Dryer or Range Cord

It's not unusual for home owners to confront problems when they find that the 4 prong plug for their new electric range or dryer won't fit the 3 hole receptacle in the wall. Alternatively, they may find that the 4 hole wall receptacle in their new house won't match up with the 3 prong plug on their old electric dryer or range.

This mismatch occurs because in the mid 1990's homes had 3 wire systems that had two “hot” wires (red and black) and a single neutral/ground wire. In 1996, the National Electrical Code was updated to require new homes to be built with a safer 4 wire configuration with separate ground and neutral wires.

So today, your new 4 prong electric dryer cord won't fit in an older 3 prong wall plug. The solution is simple. You will need to switch to a 3 prong dryer cord. The same is true for mismatched range cord and wall receptacle. Here are three important points to keep in mind:

  1. If a cord's plug, and the wall receptacle don't match, you must change the cord, not the wall receptacle.

  2. Dryer hookups and range hookups are configured differently. A dryer cord plug won't work in a range wall receptacle, nor will a range cord plug fit a dryer receptacle.

  3. The current 4 wire system has red and black wires just as before, plus a white neutral wire, and a green or bare wire for the ground.

The move to a 4 wire system was an important safety improvement. However, you can tell from above, that the conversion from a 3 prong vs 4 prong configuration on the plugs can be a bit of a hassle. Even after 20 years, this still can be an issue if you have or move into an older house.

Now that you know what needs to be done, you should also know that range and dryer cords do not come attached with a new appliance. If you are installing yourself, you'll need to know how to attach the cord to the appliance. Below is a link to a Whirlpool video demonstrating how the 4 wire cords are to be hooked up:

How to install a 4 wire supply cord to your dryer

Of course, when Arizona Wholesale Supply is delivering and installing your new appliances we'll bring the correct cord with us!


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More Choices at Arizona Wholesale Supply

Unique Products at Arizona Wholesale Supply

As Arizona's leading builder distributor, Arizona Wholesale Supply is known for the appliance brands they feature. This includes popular brands such as GE, Whirlpool, Frigidaire, Electrolux, Maytag, KitchenAid, and Bosch. In addition to the big name brands, AWS also is your best source for premium and luxury brands such as Jenn-Air, Thermador, Monogram, Miele, Wolf, Sub Zero, Viking, and many more. What we've left out is the host of specialty brands that Arizona Wholesale Supply makes available for their trade partners. Here's one of the specialty brands that deserves attention:

Perlick

Wisconsin based, Perlick Corporation is a national manufacturing leader in commercial bar and beverage systems, residential undercounter refrigeration and brewery fittings.

Perlick’s award-winning, luxury residential product line features indoor and outdoor undercounter refrigerators, wine reserves, freezers, freezer and refrigerator drawers, ice makers, and beer dispensers.

TRUST PERLICK TO KEEP COLD – EVEN ON THE HOTTEST SUMMER DAY
Perlick proudly manufactures the industry's highest performing line of outdoor refrigeration. Enjoy Perlick's award-winning portfolio of outdoor undercounter solid door, glass door and drawer-style refrigerators, freezers, beverage centers, wine reserves, beer dispensers and ice makers.

EXCLUSIVE

Signature Series Sottile Beverage Center is proof that good things really do come in small packages. Measuring just 18″ deep and UL-rated for outdoor use, the Perlick Signature Series Sottile Outdoor Beverage Center offers ample storage in a small footprint for any outdoor space.

  • Industry Exclusive 18″ depth with recessed plug for design flexibility
  • ADA-Compliant for universal design, measuring 32″ high with leveling legs
  • Available with solid stainless steel door, solid wood overlay door, stainless steel glass door or wood overlay glass door
  • Digital temperature controller
  • Product is brightly illuminated by adjustable Crisp White and Cool Blue LED lighting
  • Includes two (2) full-extension wine shelves and one (1) full-extension pull-out shelf
  • Product capacity is 10 wine bottles (750 ml.) and 42 cans (12 oz.) – 3.1 cubic feet total capacity
  • Beverage Center temperature 35° – 48°F

Sottile is Perlick's industry exclusive line of undercounter refrigeration that measures just 18″ front to back. Standard undercounter refrigeration is 24″ deep, perfect for integrating into standard dimension cabinetry. The Sottile collection features an 18″ depth, providing refrigerated storage solutions for narrow and smaller spaces.

For more information about Perlick or other major appliances, flooring, window treatments, epoxy garage floors, cabinet organizers, outdoor grills, and much more contact the experts at Arizona Wholesale Supply.



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Appliances that are practical

Intuitive Innovation in Appliances

Major Appliances that Just Make Sense

There's a lot of talk these days about smart appliances. That usually refers to an appliance that can be connected and operated through bluetooth or wi-fi to an remote electronic device such as a smartphone. Most innovative appliances these days, are all about this connectivity. However, most of the great innovations in appliances over time had nothing to do with high-tech designs.

We often trace the history of modern appliances to the early 1950's when a deluge of convenient major appliances became popular in the post WWII expansion. Automatic washers and dryers replaced wringer-type washing machines and clothes hanging on a line. Frost-free refrigerators, self-cleaning ovens, and dishwashers all began to show up in our kitchens. These were all products that had demonstrable work-saving benefits, and the American public gobbled them up.

In the mid to late 90's, full-sized front loading washing machines took the country by storm. But there was also another appliance that caught the attention of many appliance buyers, The Double Oven Range.

I've always referred to this as the perfect example of “intuitive innovation”. Created by Maytag, and called the Gemini Range, the innovation was evident just by looking at it. In the space below a range's cooking surface, Maytag added a small oven/broiler, with a full-sized oven below the small oven.Viola, two ovens in a range that used to have only one oven and a storage drawer. The Gemini Range was a big success for Maytag, and was soon copied by all the competitors in this category.

Today, you can find double-oven ranges by these major brands: Frigidaire, GE, GE Café, GE Profile, Maytag, Samsung, Whirlpool, and KitchenAid. Of course, all are available at Arizona Wholesale Supply. Ask your builder or designer and call Arizona Wholesale Supply for an appointment today.


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Laundry Room Remodeling

Laundry Room Advice from Houzz

New Washers and Dryers from Arizona Wholesale

Modern laundry rooms are no longer after thoughts. Today's laundry rooms are designe for both function and aesthetics. Not just an anteroom from the garage to the living space, modern laundry rooms are workspaces for getting clothes clean and sometimes much more. Here are 5 questions posed by Mitchell Parker in his Houzz article:

Homeowner's Workbook: How to Remodel the Laundry Room

  1. What are you hoping to achieve?
  2. How do you want the space to function?
  3. How do you do your laundry?
  4. What kind of appliances do you want?
  5. Special features?

Of course, we're focusing here on #4 – The Washer and Dryer. Choices include:

Front-Load-Pair

Electrolux Front Load Pair

  1. Front load washers and matching dryers. Full-sized front load washers were launched in the mid-nineties by Maytag and Whirlpool and over the years have become very popular even though they are a pricey alternative to the traditional top loaders of the past. These units may have optional pedestal bases, and may even be configured so that the dryer is stacked on top of the washer.
  2. High efficiency Top Load washers and matching dryers. HE top loaders are for customers who want to load and unload their wash loads from the top, but also want the efficiency and water conservation of the tumble action front load machines.
  3. Traditional Top Load washers and matching dryers. Traditional top load washers have the high-post agitator in the center. While “old school”, some consumers still prefer them, and newer models are available with energy saving features.
  4. Combination washer and dryer. Combination units can be a single front load washer that can also double as a dryer, or a washer with a connected dryer on top configured and sold as a single unit.

HE-Toploader

HE Top Load Washer

Of course, for help choosing what's right for you consult your designer or home builder, and then hurry over to Arizona Wholesale Supply to get the best selection and pricing on washers, dryers, other major appliances, and much more.


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Induction Cooktops

Three Criteria for a New Induction Cooktop

Price, Power, and Features

You're already convinced that you want a new induction cooktop, and why not? Instant on and off, super safe, amazing cleanup, and more. It's time to make the move! But which model should I choose? What size should I buy? How much should I pay? What bells and whistles are really worth having? Read on.

Power

One of the reasons for buying an induction cooktop is the amazing speed that you get with induction cooktops. By all means, your new cooktop should have a power burner which will bring water to a boil as fast as lightning. Seriously, ask your sales associate what the wattage is on the largest induction element. It's not a perfect measure, but is a good indication of what kind of speed you'll have. But let's face it, ALL of these cooktops are going to beat any conventional cooktop on time to boil. Jenn-Air touts a “fastest to boil” feature on their power element.

Features

Thermador-Freedom

Thermador

There are a host of feature differences on different induction brands and models. For example, you might prefer a bridge element: two elements connect to offer the option of cooking with an oblong pan. Various convection tops have large power elements. Thermador has a unique Freedom cooktop that enables pots and pans to be placed anywhere on the cooking surface.

Price

Whirlpool-Induction

Whirlpool

Now that induction cooktops have been around for some time, prices have moderated some, but they're still not inexpensive. On the other hand, it's hard to find a user that doesn't love cooking with induction. You don't want to pay more than is necessary, but you also don't want to go so low that you're disappointed in the outcome. GE, Frigidaire, and Whirlpool are popular priced brands that each offer induction cooktops. Consult with your builder or designer, and make sure you visit with the experts at Arizona Wholesale Supply.


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