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.

Kitchen Appliances 101

From cooking holiday meals to baking cookies for an entire class, your kitchen has gone through a lot over the years. You have decided to take your kitchen to the next level by replacing your current appliances and we want to help you make the best decision for your kitchen remodel.

Kitchen Appliances 101:

Microwave.
Most homeowners buy the most inexpensive microwave that they can find on the market, but we recommend spending a little extra time researching microwaves. If you buy a high-quality microwave, it can eliminate the need to buy two ovens for your home.

Oven.
You can save a lot of money by purchasing a convection oven rather than a tradition oven for your household. Homeowners typically prefer the convention oven because of its speed, heating capabilities, and size. But if you are big on baking, you will want to buy a traditional oven that offers the classic modes like bake, roast or broil.

Refrigerator.
The quality of your refrigerator’s compressor will depend on how long you want to keep your food fresh. People who spend a lot of money on groceries may want to buy a dual-compressor unit to keep their food fresh for a longer time. Dual-compressors are typically more expensive than a single-compressor unit and it is important for homeowners to understand their need before shopping for refrigerators.

Sink.
Sinks have become more personalized to fit different homeowner’s cooking styles. There are cutting board attachments for prepping, deep sinks for extra space, and a wide variety of colors, shapes and sizes for whatever your needs may be. Experts recommend buying a high-quality sink if you buy expensive countertops. The reason behind this theory is that low-quality sinks may need to be repaired and taken up. If that happens, you have to take up the countertop around it and could ruin the expensive countertop your splurged on buying. We recommend buying a high-quality sink that meets your cooking preferences.

Stovetop.
Your mind may immediately go to either gas or electric. Each homeowner has a preference depending on the way they cook. But before you choose, we would like to remind you of induction heat cooktops. With induction cooktops, you can keep the most amount of heat on your pan. Experts say that “40% of heat is lost from gas stovetops.” If you are looking for a high-performing stovetop, consider buying an induction heat cooktop.

We hope that this guide will help make your life a little bit easier. If you are looking to replace your kitchen flooring, take a look around our online store. We feature various types of flooring at an affordable, competitive rate. Call us at (602-258-7901) for more information.

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

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Column Refrigeration

New Appliance Trends at Arizona Wholesale

Column Refrigerators, Freezers, and Wine Storage

What's a column refrigerator? Columns generally refer to refrigerator, freezer, and wine storage units that can be integrated into standard 24″ deep surrounding cabinets, i.e. fully flush with no hinges or grillwork showing. They are sometimes described as disappearing refrigerators because when installed with matching cabinet panels they cannot be distinguished from surrounding cabinets.

Disappearing-Refrigerator

Columns were first introduced in the U.S. by Miele and Thermador for use in high-end kitchens with sleek European kitchen cabinets. A few years ago Sub Zero launched a complete line of column refrigerators, freezers, and wine storage units.

Today, most of the major full line premium appliance brands offer columns in their lineup. With the flexibility that columns offer, they have appeal in many applications, and locations. Refrigerator and freezer columns can be installed together to create a side-by-side unit. Because these units are different *widths 18″, 24″, 27″, 30″ and 36″ you can customize by matching different width freezer and refrigerator columns. For example, if you don't need a lot of freezer space, it might make sense to install an 18″ wide freezer next to a 30″ wide refrigerator column.

Dacor recently launched its new Modernist appliance collection in Black Stainless Steel. The lineup includes new column refrigerators and freezers. The refrigerator can take a photo of your contents when you open it and email the photo to you so you can check its contents when you are shopping.

Dacor Columns

One of my personal favorites is Sub Zero's unusual configuration of a combination refrigerator over freezer unit below. It comes in both a 30″ and 36″ version:

Sub Zero Column

For more photos of column units take a look at our projects page on Houzz:

Columns

Call one of our showroom locations today, and make an appointment with one of our appliance consultants to view and learn more about column refrigeration.

*All sizes are not available in each brand.

Note: As of this date (May 20, 2017) our Phoenix showroom is undergoing a complete remodeling and is not open for visitors. Look for our grand re-opening later this year.


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Black Stainless Steel – Here to stay?

Why Black Stainless may be here to stay

Check out available Black Stainless Steel appliances at Arizona Wholesale

KitchenAid gets the nod for the early adopter that began promoting its Black Stainless Steel appliances, but it takes more than one brand to get a new appliance finish past the experimental stage (Anybody remember Jenn-Air Oiled Bronze appliances?)

But now, we've seen Whirlpool, Maytag, Samsung, and Dacor join KitchenAid in the Black Stainless Steel club. Word has it that Frigidaire is entering the Black Stainless Steel parade with it's full line, including entry level models. It looks like an appliance party to me.

Black Stainless Steel is fingerprint resistant and is made of a stainless steel treated with a chemical baked on at 1200 degrees F for several hours. It's neither painted nor is it part of the stainless steel itself. While it should be durable, it is nevertheless, something applied to a sheet of stainless steel.

Black Stainless Steel has been touted as a color/finish that can be mixed in with other appliances. There is, however, some concern that the Black Stainless Steel on KitchenAid does not match the finish on Samsung which has a shiny coating.

It's been a challenge for other colors and finishes to take the place of stainless steel. There are some interesting alternatives out there such as GE's Slate and a host of custom order bright appliance colors from luxury brands such as Bertazzoni, BlueStar, and others. Even with all the choices currently available, industry data shows that Stainless Steel is actually gaining in popularity against the others.

While industry veterans are by nature skeptical, Black Stainless Steel could be just the change that consumers have been wanting. Long Live Stainless Steel and Welcome Black Stainless Steel.

Check out the Black Stainless Steel by clicking on our Houzz page below:

Black Stainless Steel Appliances

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