Cooking Modules

Benefits of Cooking Modules

Best Selection at Arizona Wholesale

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

For all your builder, designer, or architect related needs in appliances, floor coverings, and more please call the Arizona Wholesale location nearest you you for an appointment with one of our design consultants.


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Saving Money on Luxury Appliances

Appliance Returns, Open Boxes, and Blemishes

Almost by definition, luxury appliances are expensive. It's hard to find a bargain when it comes to exclusive super-premium brands. High pricing seems like a badge of honor for some exclusive brands, and manufacturer pricing policies such as MSRP and UMRP work to keep market prices uniform. However, when appliance items are returned, get discontinued, or damaged, some really great appliance bargains can be found.

A few years ago, a local contractor, Michael Margolin, was searching for a bargain for his son, Simon, who was remodeling the kitchen in an older home in Hollywood Hills. It was a major project that Simon and his wife were undertaking. Even though it was a premier location, Simon and his wife had a limited budget. Michael knew that Arizona Wholesale carried luxury brands along with all the standard popular brands, that production builders use.

During Margolin's visit to Arizona Wholesale, inside sales associate Victor was able to outfit Michael with luxury appliances from Miele and Wolf that worked for Simon's new kitchen. The appliances were open stock with a variety of blemishes, scratches, or defects that meant that no buyer would be willing to pay full price. However, the damage and flaws were either located where they would not be visible, or they were repairable with some refinishing or new parts. Here's a photo of the Wolf Range model that Margolin was able to pick up at a bargain.

Of course, there are risks with buying scratch and dents. They're usually sold as is, and may not carry a full factory warranty. In addition, if you require a specific brand and model, your chances of finding the exact item you want are very slim. At Arizona Wholesale the experienced sales associates can guide you through the process and you get to decide, if this is right for you. In the Margolins' case, it worked out very well indeed. See photo below:

Margolin Remodel

Wolf Range - Miele Wine Unit

 

The finished remodeling project was so stunning that it was featured in a Houzz Kitchen of the Week. Click on the link below:

Bringing back glamour to a Hollywood Hills Home

The moral to this story is that if you find yourself in a bind and cannot get the appliances you need at the going price, visit Arizona Wholesale and ask about the closeouts, scratch and dents, and open products for extra savings.


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Commercial Appliances in Your Home

Purchasing Restaurant or Commercial Appliances for Home Use

Appliances for Restaurants and Institution vs Residential Appliances

Some years ago, I was handling appliance sales to a large homebuilder who was building a big (16 home) model home complex for a huge planned community. They wanted one home to contain a kitchen complete with authentic commercial appliances. They'd done some research and had some brand choices such as a Traulsen commercial refrigerator and a Vulcan restaurant range. These brands are indeed products you might find in restaurants, and large institutions, but they are not built for a home kitchen.

I pushed back, but they insisted so I connected with a restaurant supply company, got the literature, specs, pricing, and then met with the homebuilder. When I presented the refrigerator, I asked if they wanted the compressor located inside or outside the house. I explained that the refrigerator manufacturer offered an external compressor and condenser package to reduce the noise and heat from the refrigerator.

Traulsen-Refrigerator

I informed them that they would need to run a larger than standard gas line to the home for the commercial range, that they'd need to provide some extra insulation in the wall behind, and pointed out that the 34″ deep range would stick out considerably into the kitchen from their 24″ deep cabinets. The parts only warranty that came with these products might not even apply since these appliances were not built for residential use. Needless to say, their plan for “true” commercial appliances was scuttled.

Vulcan Range

The end of the story is that today at Arizona Wholesale Supply you can choose from a variety of residential appliances with commercial or restaurant features, that will fit in your kitchen, come with complete warranties, and will satisfy all your needs for high performance and durability. Some of these brands such as Wolf, Viking, and BlueStar to name a few have authentic commercial heritages.

For help in your remodeling or new build project, work with your designer or builder, and make an appointment with the specialists at Arizona Wholesale Supply for the best advice and selections of appliances and more to outfit your home.


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Fixing The Galley Kitchen

Efficiency and Space in an updated Galley Kitchen

The term galley kitchen goes back to the galleys on ships and carries forward to home kitchens that are built in an aisle with counters, cabinets, and appliances facing each other as in this photo (This Old House).

Galley-Kitchen

Galley kitchens are the antithesis of the open kitchens that are de riguer these days. Galley kitchens are closed off, and can be cramped and crowded to work in. If you have a galley kitchen, and want a more open kitchen, you should work with a designer to explore your options. Occasionally, a wall can be opened to create addition space, or a window might be added to give a more open look and feel.

However, while opening things up in your galley kitchen creates a more open feel, it often doesn't create additional space. If you need additional cabinets, more counter space, or freedom from bumping into appliances that stick-out into the room here are 3 ideas from the appliance guru that might help.

1. Counter depth or built-in appliances

Most appliance manufacturers now offer counter-depth refrigerators that will not push out into your kitchen aisle, and some brands have built-in refrigerators, that will be flush with your cabinet faces. However, it's not unusual for freestanding ranges to stick out a bit into the kitchen, and some pro ranges will stick out more than just a bit, so take care when choosing a range. Since galley kitchens usually have opposing workspaces, it's important that refrigerator, range and dishwasher doors have enough clearance to fully open,

While some dishwashers have fronts that can stick out a bit from the cabinet front, others can be installed flush. Always be careful about installing dishwashers in a corner. If the dishwasher has a protruding handle, it may prevent an adjacent corner door or drawer from opening.

2. Narrow width appliances.

With influence from Europe, there has been a revival of smaller width appliances. Luxury brands such as Wolf and Miele offer 24″ wide ovens along with their standard width American-sized models. Similarly, there are also more choices in 24-inch wide freestanding and slide-in ranges. All of these options create more space in cramped galley kitchens.

3. More accessible appliances.

There are a host of new appliances now on the market that are designed to provide greater accessibility. For example, nearly all major brands now offer microwave drawers, ideally installed under countertops. Great for accessibility, this product also frees up space on countertops or upper cabinets.

Microwave-Drawer

In the last couple of years Sub Zero has introduced a wide array of undercounter refrigerator and freezer drawers in different sizes and configuration. They also have an amazing selection of wine storage units, traditional undercounter refrigerators, and beverage centers. Much of the industry has followed their lead and similar undercounter units are widely available in different configurations, brands, and price points.

For more ideas on fixing a cramped galley kitchen, consult your design professional. For the best information on appliances make an appointment with one of experts at Arizona Wholesale Supply.


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Choosing a cooktop for your kitchen

Cooktops abound at Arizona Wholesale Supply

If you are remodeling or building new, one of the kitchen choices you may have is separate cooktop and oven configurations vs. a freestanding or slide-in range which combines the cooking surface and oven into a single appliance. If you choose a cooktop and oven layout, you'll have myriad cooktop options in size, fuel type, brands and venting.

Sizes

In general cooktops are made in 24″, 30″, 36″, 48″, and 60″ width usually designed to fit in a 24″ deep base cabinet or island. A 24″ wide cooktop is compact; something you might expect to find in a studio apartment for example. A 30″ 4 element/burner cooktop is a common cooktop size for most starter homes. It gives the homeowner the same size cooking surface, typically 4 gas burners or electric elements, that they'll find on standard size ranges.

Gas Cooktop

30 Gas Cooktop

For additional burners or a griddle, you're probably going to want at least a 36″ cooktop. Make sure to let your designer know early in the process in order to accommodate the larger cooktop width.

For heavy duty cooking, or special needs such as deep fryers or grills, you may elect for even a larger cooktop 42″, 48″, or even 60″. Of course, modular units can be assembled in a variety of widths.

Fuel Types

Gas burners or electric elements represent the vast majority of all cooktops. Gas will be natural gas or in some cases, propane. Standard electric elements are coil, though they are increasingly becoming rare, or glass smooth top where the element is underneath the glass. Induction cooktops have been around for a while, and are becoming very popular.

Induction cooktops use a magnetic force to create heat. They generate heat very quickly, and much like gas, induction reaches full power and turns off quickly. Of course, induction has the advantage of no flame.

  1. Gas
  2. Electric Coil
  3. Electric radiant
  4. Induction
  5. Hybrid

Flexibility – Modular and Downdraft

 

Wolf-Modules

Separate Wolf Modules

Customers may also want some flexibility in a cooktop surface. For this, they may choose individual specialized cooktops, or cooktop bases with optional modules. For example, with Wolf cooktops you may wish to purchase an array of different individual cooktops an place them side-by-side.

Jenn-Air-Downdraft

Jenn-Air 3 Cartridge Downdraft

Jenn-Air offers downdraft cooktops in a modular configuration so that you can quickly replace modules depending on your cooking needs.

Though we've covered a lot of options here, there's more, much more that you might wish to know about cooktops. Consult your designer or builder to get their advice, and of course the experts at Arizona Wholesale Supply are here to answer your questions any time.

Check back to this blogsite often for upcoming blogs on advantages and disadvantages of different cooktop fuel types.


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Wolf Countertop Appliances

New from Wolf at Arizona Wholesale Supply

Countertop Appliances

Known for their Professional Style Cooktops, Ovens, and Ranges, Wolf is now bringing their reputation for quality and durability to countertop appliances. Under the Sub Zero Wolf corporate umbrella, the new line of countertop appliances will have the same Wolf heavy-duty commercial styling, along with the superb performance that Wolf customers have come to expect.

The collection includes a powerful blender, a four-slice and a two-slice toaster, and an amazing countertop oven that features convection and comes with a temperature probe for perfect results. Here's Wolf's description of this must have appliance:

Wolf-Countertop-Oven

WOLF COUNTERTOP OVEN

The Wolf Gourmet countertop oven with convection makes roasting mouthwatering tenderloin as easy as it is in a Wolf range. The integrated temperature probe gives you the precise control to roast meats to perfection without ever opening the oven door, and the unique perimeter convection mode ensures uniform heat throughout the oven. You will enjoy faster, more consistent, more predictably delicious results for your baking, roasting, and broiling. This oven will perform expertly for years to come.

Checkout the collection of Wolf Countertop Appliances at your nearest Arizona Wholesale Supply location below. While you're there, ask about saving money on the full-sized big brothers of these countertop products – the new lineup of Wolf built-in ovens, ranges and cooktops.


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Arizona Wholesale Supply at Roseo Design Center

Grand Opening of Roseo Design Center

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Roseo Design Center Logo

Logo by Gravity Glas

The Grand Opening on May 8th at the Roseo Design Center was an event to remember. Owners Phil and Ellina Angelotti really know how to put on a show, but then they've relocated from Hollywood, so it's second nature to them.

Phil and Ellina Angelotti

Phil and Ellina Angelotti

Phil and Ellina have assembled a select group of the top suppliers in the design community who are joining them at the Roseo Design Center, including Arizona Wholesale Supply Co.representing Miele, Wolf, Sub Zero, and Bertazzoni appliances.

Roseo Design Center is a luxury showroom for architects, builders, designers, real estate and trade professionals involved in upscale home remodeling and new builds. Here their clients will find high end products and services from the valley's premier suppliers. Roseo Design Center's complete one stop-shopping opportunity will afford clients an enjoyable home building or remodeling selection experience and an appreciation of fine living.

Arizona Wholesale Supply Company is honored to be the appliance supplier of choice at Roseo Design Center. Displays include the stunning Bertazzoni kitchen below in Ferrari Red, imported from Italy.

Bertazzoni

Bertazzoni Kitchen


Live Miele appliances include the famous Miele built-in coffee maker for your favorite brewed beverages.

Miele Coffee Maker

Miele Coffee Maker


The Roseo Design Center includes a live display of Sub Zero and Wolf brand kitchen appliances.

Roseo Design Center turns your home building or remodeling process into an “experience”. Visit the Roseo Design Center at 7550 E. Greenway Road, Ste. 110, Scottsdale, AZ 85260

For more information on the appliances featured at the Roseo Design Center contact the professionals at Arizona Wholesale Supply Company.


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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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Sub Zero – Wolf Happy Hour Reminder

Reminder

SubZero/Wolf Happy Hour at Arizona Wholesale Supply


Wednesday, April 3rd, 4:30 – 6:00 PM
Arizona Wholesale Supply Company
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Scottsdale, Az

RSVP to Patti Wells – Builder@awsco.net, or 480 596-0092, prior to April 1, 2013.

Relax and enjoy beverages and appetizers

Mingle with friends and associates in the industry

Visit with the folks from Sub Zero Wolf and the staff at Arizona Wholesale Supply

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Wolf Electric Cooktop: Product Review

Here’s a short summary of all of the good things you need to know about the Wolf Electric Cooktop CT36E/S:

  • East to clean black ceramic glass surface, with stainless frame, is resistant to scratching, staining, impact and heat – translucent surface allows you to see glow of hot elements
  • Five elements with nine zones use high frequency pulsation to improve cooking performance and control
  • Bridge-zone element connects two elements to provide a larger cooking area to use a griddle or grill on the cooktop
  • Temperature limiter ensures that safe operating temperature of ceramic glass is never exceeded
  • Illuminated touch controls have graduated lighting for full control
  • True Simmer on ALL elements with a low melt setting on the small element
  • Hot-surface indicator light in the control panel warns of surface  that is too hot to touch
  • Lock mode allows the entire cooktop to be locked for safety when not in use
  • Universal shut-off allows all burners to be turned off at once
  • Countdown timer has a 1 to 99 minute range and adjustable sound frequency

If that didn’t cover it and you have more questions, please feel free to call us and we will be happy to help!