Column Refrigerators from Miele, Sub-Zero, and Dacor

We’ve chosen to highlight column refrigerators from three very different brands. European brand, Miele, is well known for their top performing diswhasher, but also has a great story on their column refrigeration. Sub-Zero literally invented the built-in refrigerator category, and with their extensive new refrigerator launch a few years ago, they easily have the most complete line of column refrigerators in the industry. A cooking brand, Dacor, introduced their column refrigerators only a couple of years ago, and they are already enhancing the lineup with a unique interior. Let’s take a quick look at the column refrigerator lineups from these three notable manufacturers.

Miele

Miele’s MasterCool column refrigerators are available in 3 widths 22“, 30”, and 36″. Laden with high end features, reviewers rate Miele high for its lighting, temperature control, and quiet operation. Exclusive to Miele is RemoteVision, a feature which allows Miele to remotely monitor your refrigerator’s performance and notify you if it needs service. As a brand, Miele is known for appliances with a long lifespan, and reliability.

Sub-Zero

Sub-Zero Columns

The name Sub-Zero is a giveaway for the brand that pioneered the built-in refrigerator category. With their massive re-launch of new refrigeration products beginning in 2014 Sub-Zero has the most complete line up of columns in the industry. From all refrigerator, all freezer, or combination units Sub-Zero can seemingly meet anyone’s needs. Widths available are 24“, 30”, and 36″. As you might expect, the Sub-Zero columns are loaded with popular features. Worth noting, is the Sub-Zero 2 year warranty, which is extended to 3 years if the product is installed by a certified installer.

Dacor

While Miele and Sub-Zero don’t lack for high end, custom features, Dacor will not be outdone. Their new column refrigerators are equipped with dual wi-fi enabled cameras that allow the user to examine the refrigerator contents using an app on his or her smartphone.

Choose from a handle or handle-free design, and open the refrigerator with a simple tap. The Dacor interior sports a high tech integrated LED lighting system that automatically adjusts the light to the external environment. Dacor has also introduced an exclusive porcelain model which features porcelain interior panels as well as porcelain crispers.

Dacor Porcelain Columns

There’s more, much more, to learn about these brands, and the other column refrigerators and freezers on the market. Call or visit one of the convenient Arizona Wholesale
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Column Refrigerators, Freezers, and Wine Storage

While there are no official criteria or definitions for column refrigeration units, we’re going to define them as full-height, *built-in refrigerator, freezer, and wine units.

The main advantages to columns are the flexibility of capacity and location. Depending on the appliance brand, column widths include 18”, 22” (Miele), 24”, 30”, and 36”.  Smaller families might prefer an 18” wide freezer and a 30” refrigerator, while a larger family may want a 24” freezer and a 36” wide refrigerator. The two units may be placed next to each other in a side-by-side configuration below, or they may be used as bookends perhaps with workspace, a dishwasher, and a sink separating them. 

In the configuration below, an appliance wall features separate wine storage, freezer, and refrigerator.

 

 

 

 

 

Early on, European brands Miele, Gaggenau, and Thermador brands dominated the column refrigeration category. While all are made in the same factory in Turkey, the three brands have different features. Sub Zero, with their massive new refrigeration launch beginning in 2013, quickly became a major factor in column refrigeration. More recently, Bosch (parent of the Gagganau, Thermador brands) has added column refrigeration, as has GE Monogram. Other brands promoting columns are  Marvel, and the commercial oriented refrigerator brand Perlick.

As you might expect, purchasing separate units is likely to cost more than a single refrigerator/freezer unit. Nevertheless, columns are becoming increasingly popular. It appears that to be a member in good standing in the luxury category, brands must offer column refrigeration. Hence, Dacor and Jenn-Air have recently entered the fray with refrigerator columns, and GE Monogram has just announced a 120,000 square foot expansion at its Selma, Tenn. refrigerator plant for new column refrigerators and freezers.

*Frigidaire/Electrolux needs a mention here, because of their “all refrigerator” and “all freezer” configurations. However, they are not true built-ins, but what the industry considers counter depth models. This means that they can not be installed flush with the cabinet fronts.

COMING SOON:  Part 2 of this series on refrigeration focuses on key features of specific column refrigerator brands.

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I hope your new appliance fails.

Yes,  I hope your appliance fails. Here’s why:

Four years ago, my wife and I moved into a nice bungalow in Westbrook Village (Peoria). The house we purchased was a complete gut job inside. We added new paint, new floors, new fixtures, new baths, and a complete new kitchen including new appliances.

Arizona Wholesale outfitted us with new KitchenAid refrigerator, range, microwave oven, and dishwasher. We love our kitchen. However, we recently began to experience problems with our dishwasher. Then, it quit working entirely.

After a call to Arizona Wholesale, we set up a service appointment. Sergio, the technician, showed up in an Arizona Wholesale service van, a clean Arizona Wholesale shirt, and a well-organized tool box. He asked a few questions, and proceeded with a detailed diagnosis process. It was a thorough check of the machine, so it took a while, and when completed, Sergio informed me the diagnosis indicated that the dishwasher needed a new control panel.

“Oh no!” I knew that this was going to cost big bucks. I had already decided that rather than spend a small fortune on repairing the dishwasher, I’d replace it with a new dishwasher. Then Sergio told me that the dishwasher parts were covered under a 5 year warranty! My only cost would be the service call.

Fortunately, the parts were in stock locally, and we set up an appointment to have them installed the following week! Voila’, my new best friend, Sergio, showed up on time and with the needed parts.

Now, my KitchenAid dishwasher is up and running, and life is good!

But, you need to know more. From beginning to end, my dealings with Arizona Wholesale’s service department were first rate. They were friendly and courteous. Appointments were scheduled and kept on time. Sergio, was friendly, and polite, but at the same time he was businesslike and efficient.

So, I HOPE YOUR APPLIANCE FAILS, so you can find out for yourself what it is like to have such excellent service from Arizona Wholesale Supply.

Placement of New Appliances

Giving Your Appliances Some Space of Their Own

Bad things can happen if you don’t give your appliances the space that they need. Here are the most common occurrences of crowding an appliance.

1. You should not install a range or cooktop flush against a side wall. For sure, you don’t want to do this with a gas range or cooktop. Manufacturer directions are going to warn against it because of the fire hazard resulting when the flame from the gas burner is that close to a flammable wall. I’d argue that it’s also a bad idea to install electric ranges or cooktops against a side wall. Even if there isn’t a safety issue, it makes the two elements next to the wall not so useful for larger pots and pans.

2. Make sure that refrigerator doors swing open more than just 90 degrees. They need to open wide enough not only to give you access to the refrigerator’s contents, but also to allow inside drawers or compartments to slide out. Take into account that a protruding refrigerator handle bumping up to an adjacent wall may prevent a refrigerator door from opening far enough to grant full access to the refrigerator’s contents.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. Corner installations of appliances can prevent adjacent doors or drawers from opening. For example, the dishwasher below might have worked just fine in this design if it had a recessed handle. However, the adjacent drawer cannot be opened in this instance.

I once showed this dishwasher quandry to a designer friend of mine. She quickly pointed out the cause of the problem. “This is the reason we have CKD’s. It’s a designer’s job to make sure that this doesn’t happen.”

Of course, there are sometimes tradeoffs to be made. Consider the refrigerator below. The refrigerator protrudes into the kitchen aisle. A counter-depth refrigerator could have been purchased instead of the full-depth model shown below, but they cost more and do not store as much food. It’s up to the customer, but it’s the salesperson or designer’s job to advise the consumer and let them make the decision.

 

 

 

 

 

For the best advice on purchasing major appliances consult a professional such as the sales advisors at Arizona Wholesale.


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New Appliance Color: Sunset Bronze

Stainless steel has been the dominant finish for appliances for some years now. Recently, appliance firms have added black stainless steel with some success. Now, Whirlpool is launching something new to their lineup Sunset Bronze appliances.

Whirlpool Sunset Bronze Refrigerator

The new color is described by Whirlpool as a brushed, satin finish with rose gold undertones. Observers have remarked that the appearance is indeed akin to the popular rose gold iPhone.

It’s a warm tone. You might even describe it as a subdued or even neutral tint. While referred to as a modern look, the subdued color seems to me to fit well in nearly any environment. It should be compatible with many different kitchen cabinet, countertop, and flooring choices. As an added benefit over older traditional Stainless Steel finishes, Sunset Bronze is a fingerprint resistant finish.

While the new finish will be initially available only in select models, there will be enough choices in each category so that homeowners can have a complete kitchen with matching Sunrise Bronze appliances.

Product is being produced now, and will be availalbe for consumers this spring. Contact Arizona Wholesale Supply now, and make arrangements for your own preview of Sunset Bronze.

Coffee, Anyone? Best Built-In Coffee Makers

I want a built-in coffee maker. No matter that I don’t know where I’d install it in my kitchen. I want one. Which one should I choose?

Well, I could choose the grandaddy of built-in coffee machines, Miele. It’s a great brand, and their products are legendary. Morever, Miele has been a leader in built-in coffee machines since the beginning. The Miele coffee system has a one touch function, and can store 10 different user profiles. Nobody could say I made a bad choice. However, it’s a bit pricey. A bit pricey? ALL Built-in coffee makers are a bit pricey. At over three thousand dollars, Miele leads the pack. I still love it.

If Miele doesn’t fit your budget, you can get a full-featured quality built-in coffee maker for a little more than half the price of the Miele. Another German company, Bosch, makes a very good feature-packed coffee maker that would make you proud. The Bosch unit has a temperature control, and can be programmed for eight different user preferences. It’s a non-plumbed unit which means that you have to manually fill the tank with water.

In between the Bosch and the Miele coffee maker is the Jenn-Air. Full disclosure, I used to work for Jenn-Air. That said, the Jenn-Air coffee machine is actually manufactured by an Italian company, DeLonghi. It costs more than the Bosch, but is still way less than Miele. It lets you select the strength of your coffee, and even has a hot water dispenser for tea, instant soups, etc. It also grinds your coffee beans to your preference, and can be installed anywhere.

While you’re at it you should probably also consider both Wolf and Thermador.

The truth is I love all of these coffee machines. What should I do? The smart thing is to go to Arizona Wholesale Supply and let the experts there demonstrate these fabulous products, explain the features and benefits, and then choose the product that suits my needs. It’s that easy.

Now, I just need a great cup of coffee to get started.

Time to Consider Smart Appliances?

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Not Interested in owning Smart Appliances?

Let me ask you this.

If you (or maybe one of your kids) didn’t quite close the refrigerator door all the way, would you want to just leave it that way or would you appreciate a notification from your fridge that the door was left open?

Now, that is a smart appliance!

Having drinks on the patio with friends, and hate getting up every few minutes to “check” on the roast in the oven? Would you like to be able to view the internal temperature on the roast on your phone?

That is a smart appliance!

These are just two of the “smart” features available on today’s appliances.

“Alexa, pre-heat the oven to three hundred and fifty degrees.”

“Thanks! Alexa”

Not just Amazon Alexa, but Google Home can order your connected appliances to turn on the dishwasher, clean your clothes, and cook your food. Today’s appliances can even connect with Nest thermostats to cool down your kitchen when the oven heats it up.

 

 

 

 

Samsung has extended the capabilities of their refrigerator by including a Family Hub which lets you show photos, leave messages, and much more. It even has internal camaras so you can look at the food in your fridge while you’re in the grocery store.

To find out more about smart appliances and how you can get “connected” call or visit the nearest Arizona Wholesale location today.

Ice Machines

Variations among Ice Making appliances

Choose between Clear Ice Cubes or Conventional Frozen Cubes

Do you have a bar area or entertaining center where you'd like to have a supply of ice? There are several choices of ice making appliances that might fit your needs. You could add an under counter refrigerator/ice maker like this U-Line model.

U-Line-Refer-IceMaker

It makes ice, much like the ice maker in your full sized refrigerator/freezer. If you have separate storage for your beverages you could choose just an ice maker like the model below. In either case, you'll need a water line to make the ice, and ideally a nearby sink for cleanup of dropped ice cubes, or ice cubes that are stuck together, etc.

U-Line-Icemaker

You may prefer a clear ice machine such as this KitchenAid model. Clear ice cubes are made in a special way so that all impurities are removed and the resulting cubes are not only purified; they are completely clear, and odorless.

Kitchen-Aid-Icemaker

Incoming water is sprayed upward against a cold metal surface. As the water continues to be sprayed upward the water molecules begin to freeze and adhere to the metal surface. Impurities in the water do not freeze, leaving the frozen pure, clear, ice. In some ice machines the ice machine cuts this block of ice into cubes, and in others the metal form itself actually shapes the cubes:

Ice-Cubes

The water impurities from ice machines is a residue that to some extent can be filtered as the water flows through the ice machine. Unfortunately, some of the residue builds up in the working parts of the ice machine, requiring regular cleaning every few months. In addition, the clear ice machines do need to have a drain. Something to consider in the planning stage.

A variation of the ice machines above is an ice machine from Scotsman that produces soft chewable ice nuggets.

Ice-Nuggets

While not clear, a similar process is used to create this ice which is also tasteless, odorless, and a fun way to please the family with chewable flavored drinks.

Click the link below to see just a few of the choices available at Arizona Wholesale and call one of our locations below for information on major appliances, water purificaion, floor coverings. or window treatments.

Freestanding IceMaker Options at Arizona Wholesale


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Cooking Modules

Benefits of Cooking Modules

Best Selection at Arizona Wholesale

Jenn-Air and Wolf

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.

Jenn-Air also has 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

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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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