Consider a dual fuel range.

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If you are in the market for a new range, and have the potential for either gas or electric, why not choose both by purchasing a dual fuel range?

What is a dual fuel range? Quite simply, a dual fuel range has gas burners on the top, and an electric oven. Many cooks prefer this combination because they feel it offers the best of both worlds: Dual fuel ranges have high-powered, instant on-instant-off, gas burners for the best solution in surface cooking, and the precision even baking results of an electric oven.

Here’s my personal story. About 10 years ago, we did a kitchen remodel. Our home had upgraded appliances, but they were dated, so we replaced the appliances as part of the remodel. Though the house had an electric range, I discovered that we also had a gas connection stubbed out behind the range. Voila’! We ordered a new *Jenn-Air dual-fuel slide-in range. We were delighted with the gas burners on the surface that we used almost daily, and the electric oven which baked evenly every time.

Many manufacturers offer dual-fuel ranges. Here are a few you will find available at Arizona Wholesale:

  • Bosch
  • Dacor
  • Electrolux
  • Jenn-Air
  • KitchenAid
  • Monogram
  • Thermador
  • Samsung
  • Wolf

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30-INCH 5-BURNER DUAL FUEL CONVECTION SLIDE-IN RANGE WITH BAKING DRAWER

This versatile dual fuel range also features a baking drawer that adds more options to the oven. The separate compartment allows you to bake at a different temperature. This range also features flawless cooking results from Even-Heat™ True Convection. The unique bow-tie design and convection fan ensure the entire oven is heated to, and stays at, the perfect temperature.

Baking Drawer

 

 

 

 

 

Adds more cooking options to the oven. The separate compartment allows you to keep warm, slow cook or bake at a different temperature and keep dishes warm.

Even-Heat™ True Convection

Produces flawless results. The unique bow-tie design and convection fan ensure the inside of the entire oven is heated to, and stays at, the perfect temperature.

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Of course, your mileage may vary, but our experience with a dual fuel range was two big thumbs up! For more information on dual fuel ranges or other major appliances, floor coverings, or window treatments call the professionals at Arizona Wholesale.

* Full-Disclosure (Art Johnson) – When I remodeled my kitchen (approx. 2009) I was employed by Jenn-Air. Naturally, I received a substantial personal use discount for my purchase of new Jenn-Air appliances.


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Choosing new appliances for your home

Appliance Brand Suites vs Mixed Brands: 

Tips for selecting appliances for your new home or remodel.

Are you buying/building a new home or remodeling your kitchen?  If so, then you’re most likely getting new appliances. Selecting your appliances can be a really enjoyable experience, but it can also be quite stressful. Here are some recommendations:

Plan ahead. Make your appointment with Arizona Wholesale well in advance so that the products you select can be ordered, delivered and installed on a timely basis.

If you’re new home is being built by one of the production home builders, your selection will likely be limited to a preselected brand and a few models within that brand that will fit properly in your kitchen.  At the other end of the spectrum, if you’re building a custom home, and your plans have yet to be drawn up, you will have a very wide selection of brands and features, that are limited only by your imagination and your budget. In many instances selecting appliances for a new kitchen falls somewhere in between: while you have numerous choices, you also have definite preferences and budget constraints. Either way, the professionals at Arizona Wholesale are expert in helping home buyers get the right appliances for their new home buyers or kitchen remodel. 

When choosing appliances for your new kitchen, you may be faced with this question:

“Should I buy a complete set of appliances of a single brand, or should I pick and choose each appliance from a variety of brands.”

Here are some of the pros and cons:

Single brand-

 If you stick with a single brand, you should be able to “match” appliances for a uniform look in your kitchen. Knobs, handles, and trim are likely to be designed to go together to create a common look and enhance your kitchen appearance. 

The appliance brand, reputation, and strength usually carries across product categories, and warranties may be common from one product to another. Importantly, there can be price advantages for buying an entire suite of appliances in a single brand.  It is not unusual for a manufacturer to offer an incentive or even a free appliance for buying an entire suite of one brand. For example, for years Thermador has had a One, Two, FREE promotion. For example, buy a cooktop and oven and get a FREE dishwasher.  That’s a big savings. Other manufacturers have similar offers. These incentives should definitely enter into your considerations.

Thermador One, Two, FREE promotion

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Multiple brands-

On the other hand, picking and choosing each individual appliance from among all the separate brands could make sense if you have strong preferences in different appliance categories. Suppose you are determined to have a Sub Zero built-in refrigerator, a Miele dishwasher, and a Jenn-Air range. These appliances are well-regarded in each of those categories, but they will not particularly match in appearance. Each brand has their own “look”, and you will not have the family appearance that you get with a single brand where handles and knobs all match and where, for example, digital displays are the same shade of blue. Some brands even have different finishes. For example, GE has its own Slate finish which is gray, but not Stainless Steel. Finally, when mixing brands in a kitchen you will forfeit any incentives, such as a free dishwasher, for buying a common brand.

The best way to select appliances for your new kitchen is to make an appointment with one of the design consultants at Arizona Wholesale. For more information call or visit us:


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Perlick Launches New Column Refrigeration

Arizona Wholesale has been selling Perlick Kegerator products for years. Customers with home bars and “man caves” love the commercial quality of Perlick. Now, Perlick is using their expertise in commercial bar and restaurant refrigeration products to create superior residential column refrigerator, freezer, and wine reserves.

New Commercial Quality Column Refrigeration

With Perlicks new residential column refrigerators you will have commercial-grade performance in your home. Perlick’s 24-Inch Column Refrigerator features four temperature zones with separate controls maintaining temperature within one degree Fahrenheit of setpoint. Humidity levels in the produce bin are electronically monitored to add moisture back into the compartment when needed, while filtration removes gases emitted by some types of produce.

Here are the specifics right from Perlick on their new column refrigerator:

24” PERLICK COLLECTION COLUMN REFRIGERATOR

 

 

 

 

QUICK FEATURES

  • Industry exclusive QuatroCool™ four independently-controlled temperature zones
  • Powerful—yet efficient—commercial-grade cooling
  • Sleek PerlIQ™ touch-screen control panel
  • Dual-chamber air filtration and real humidity
  • Stainless steel interior
  • Frameless spill-proof glass shelving
  • 12.6 cu. ft. of storage capacity
  • Integrated design comes ready to accept custom panel and hardware
  • Three Full Year Warranty plus additional nine years on sealed system

ABOUT THIS PRODUCT

Enough with the plastic interiors and crisper drawers that don’t actually keep greens crisper. It’s time for geniune performance—and for that, you need a Perlick. No other residential refrigerator features four separate zones of precision cooling, electronically monitored humidity control or an all stainless-steel and glass interior. This makes the Perlick Column Refrigerator the industry’s most advanced food preservation system. Its thoughtful engineering and incredible design keep fine food fresher, longer, and make high-end kitchens even more delectable.

QUATROCOOL™ FOUR ZONES OF PRECISION COOLING

Perlick QuatroCool™ preservation system features four separate zones of precision cooling: a main compartment, deli drawer, fish/meat drawer and a tip-out produce bin. Program temperatures via the touch-screen control, and each zone will maintain its set temperature within 1°, providing ideal refrigeration and unsurpassed preservation of fresh foods

HUMIDITY CONTROL/DUAL CHAMBER AIR FILTRATION

Our unique tip-out produce bin features proven food preservation technology to keep greens fresher and crisper, longer. Powered by QuatroCool™, advanced electronic monitoring controls humidity levels and has the intelligence to add real moisture back into the compartment. No plastic sliders here.

Check back to our blog soon for information on the Perlick Wine Column.

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Cove Dishwashers

The new Cove dishwasher line from Sub Zero/Wolf is surely the most anticipated appliance launch in many years. Now, Cove has finally been introduced to the trade and to the public.  The Cove dishwasher will be available for sale by 2019.

The Cove dishwasher has been the missing link from the complete kitchen package from the Sub Zero family. Sub Zero refrigerator/freezer products, Wolf cooking products, and now Cove dishwashers gives the brand family a complete one-stop offering. Here’s our early take on the new dishwasher.

 

Keeping up with the legacy of Sub Zero and Wolf, Cove appears to be a sturdy and precision-built product. There are two models of the Cove: one with a built-in water-softener for those of us with hard water, and a second without a water softener. Consumers will be pleased with the thoughtful design of convenient features, flexibility, and sturdy construction of the dishwasher. The Cove dishwasher is designed to last 20 years, and has a 5 year parts and labor warranty (6 years when installed by a factory-certified installer).

Models:
DW2450
DW2450WS (water softener)

Key Features

  • Fan drying
  • Near silent operation
  • 3 adjustable racks
  • Adjustable tines
  • 3 wash arms
  • 4 common cycles identified on control panel for simple operation:
    1. Auto
    2. Normal
    3. Heavy
    4. Quick
  • Yet over 200 possible cycle and option combinations for maximum flexibility
  • 4 stage filter system
  • 5 year parts and labor 6 year if installed by certified installer
  • Tested and designed to the same standards of Sub Zero and Wolf
  • Very quiet dishwasher
  • 200 wash cycles/options
  • 41 jets and three spray arms
  • 900 watt internal heating element
  • Two Pumps and Motors

The overall look and feel of this dishwasher is definitely in keeping with the Sub Zero/Wolf legacy. In other words, everything about this dishwasher has a sturdy, solid feel. There are no rough edges or flimsy parts. The design is simple yet elegant, it is missing screw heads, and seams that appear on some other brands.

For those who want to really dig into the features here is a more detailed list:

Stemware rack has multiple height adjustments

Multiple Touchpoints for Fold Downs and Customization
Touch-point Tines have 7 different adjustment settings

Wine Holders
5 Stemware holders can securely hold 24 red wine glasses

4-Stage Water Filtration System
The 4-stage water filtration system filters out calcium for a better cleaning experience. Water will be 15% finer than competitor dishwashers.

Multiple Options:
Delay Start (1-12 Hours), Extended Dry (+30 Minutes), High Temperature Wash, Heated Dry, Sani Rinse (NSF Certified), Top Wash Only

900 Watt Internal Hidden Heating Element
The Cove dishwasher contains a large direct heating surface which is hidden to protect dishes. It is capable of delivering Sani Rinse with NSF Certification.

2 Pumps and Motors
Keeps clean water away from dirty soiled water.
Turbidity/Temperature Sensor (Available i900n Normal and Auto wash Cycles)

3 Wash Arms
The 3 wash arms include multiple water jets per wash arm. There is 20% more water distribution than competitors. The cutlery tray has a full-width wash arm.
Spray Arm Diverter
Alternates between lower and middle and upper wash arms.

Clean Tank Design
Interior dishwasher is a smooth tub. Therefore, there are no creases, screw-less construction, and water feeds outside of tank interior.

12 Total Programs:

Auto
Heavy
Normal
Quick (55 Minutes)
Pots & Pans
Rinse & Hold
Soak & Scrub
Plastics
Light Wash
Energy
China/Crystal
Extra Quiet

Additional Features:

Sabbath Mode
Child Lock
Fan Assist Dry
Floor Light Indicator
Condensation Dry
Extended Dry Options
Plastic Dry Cycle
42 dBA
Over 23 lbs of Total Insulation
Extra Quiet Cycle

Be sure to contact Arizona Wholesale for availability and more information on this exciting new dishwasher.


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The Evolution of Jenn-Air Cooktops

The Jenn-Air legacy began with a cooktop when Lou Jenn invented downdraft cooking by putting an exhaust fan in a cooktop. Today, Jenn-Air is a full line super premium major appliance brand, but continues its leadership in downdraft cooking and cooktops.

Jenn-Air Downdraft Induction Cooktop

Jenn-Air has recently launched an entirely new line of 5 individual cooking modules, and a separate optional downdraft vent. There is a 2 burner gas module, a single high powered gas module that also serves as a wok burner, an induction module, a concave induction wok module, a chrome-infused griddle module, and an optional independent downdraft vent.

These modules may be arrayed together in various combinations or combined with any of Jenn-Air’s full-sized gas or electric cooktops.

Array of individual cooking modules

L. Gas Wok Burner, C. Elect. Chrome Infused Griddle, R. 2-Burner Gas Module

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Combination of cooktops and individual cooking modules

L. Gas Wok Burner Module, C. 36″ Gas 5-burner Cooktop, R. Elec. Chrome Infused Griddle Module

As you can see, this lineup can be configured as downdraft or updraft depending on each consumer’s needs or preferences. Designers love this setup because of the customization options and the ability to offer such a variety in a matching integrated look.

Fortunately, you don’t have to rely on photos. Arizona Wholesale has a separate exclusive showroom of Jenn-Air products at its Scottsdale location in the Scottsdale Design Center. Call today and make an appointment to see this stunning lineup of appliances.


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Appliances as Family Communication Center

There is little doubt these days that in the U.S., our kitchens have become a family gathering place. U.S. homes have been designed with an open kitchen concept for many years. (In France a kitchen without a door is called an “American kitchen”). Entertaining and conversations always seem to generate outward from the kitchen. Meals are now consumed at a kitchen peninsula or island, and the kitchen is now referred to as the heart of the home. So, it’s only natural that appliance manufacturers would seek to leverage this trend with products that fit consumers habits of treating the kitchen as the heart of the home. 

Refrigerators have long been THE place to leave messages. Now, Samsung has introduced a refrigerator that they’ve dubbed as the Family Hub. Featuring a 21.5” digital screen, this fridge is loaded with high tech features inside and out. The screen not only has a white board for scribbling notes, it’s wi-fi connected so you can stream music from Pandora, listen to podcasts, and check your Google or Outlook calendar. There’s more, much more – you can even keep watching the game by streaming from your Samsung TV in the living room. Of course, this is the logical place to keep your shopping list. The Samsung Family Hub makes it easy – you don’t even have to open the door since there are 3 cameras inside the refrigerator. In fact, you can check the contents when you’re at the grocers using the Samsung app. To learn more about the new Samsung Family Hub refrigerator, visit the Arizona Wholesale showroom in Phoenix, Scottsdale, or Tucson.

If you’d rather not use your refrigerator as a communications center, this fall GE is introducing their own kitchen hub placed over the range (it doubles as a vent hood).

Check back here for regular blogs about appliances, and as always call or visit Arizona Wholesale for the latest in major appliances, flooring, window treatments and more.

Samsung at PCBC 2018

Samsung has had a strong presence in the US appliance scene for quite some time. Their growth in the retail appliance segment has been impressive to say the least. However, when it comes to builder sales, GE and Whirlpool have dominated this business for decades due in large part to their strong national logistics supported by a network of local and regional independent appliance distributors (such as Arizona Wholesale).

Now, Samsung is on a quest to gain a meaningful share of the home builder appliance business in the U.S. They have assembled an experienced builder sales team, led by some former Whirlpool builder division executives, and Samsung has devoted considerable resources to develop the programs required to penetrate the US homebuilder market. If there is any doubt that Samsung is serious about builder sales, let’s look at their presence at last month’s PCBC 2018. 

Floor Space at PCBC 2018:

Samsung and their subsidiary Dacor = 4,000 sq.ft.

GE, GE Profile, Monogram, Haier + Whirlpool, KItchenAid, Jenn-Air, Amana + Bosch, Thermador, and Gaggenau > Total ALL Brands = 4,000 sq. ft.

So Samsung and Dacor by themselves, had more floor space at the 2018 PCBC than most of the entire appliance industry combined. Seriously, if you’re a home builder you should at least ask yourself if Samsung products are right for your customers.

 Samsung has a strong appeal to Millennials, who are expected to make up 43% of all home purchasers by the end of this year. The new Chef Collection from Samsung is elegant and perfect for the technologically savvy Millenials. The lineup includes products that make sense to this cohort, such as Samsung’s Chef Collection Flex Duo Oven that comes with a smart divider that converts a single oven compartment into two compartments to cook food in one section at one temperature and food in the other section at at different temperature at the same time. Clever!

And of course, there’s the Samsung Family Hub refrigerator which is taking the industry by storm. This refrigerator is proof of the value of a connected appliance. With three cameras inside the refrigerator, if you’re in the grocery store, you no longer have to guess what you need to bring home.

In short, if you’re a builder, Samsung offers what your customer wants, and NOW Samsung has a comprehensive program to handle home builder requirements. With authorized service throughout the country, and a top notch distributor such as Arizona Wholesale, your service and logistic needs are covered. Call Arizona Wholesale today to find out how to get on board with Samsung Appliances.


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The PCBC returns to San Francisco.

Appliance Manufacturers turn out to support the PCBC

On this past Weds. and Thurs. (June 27 and 28), San Francisco hosted the Pacific Coast Builder Conference. The PCBC is the largest builder trade show in the Western US. For most of the last decade, this event has switched back and forth between San Diego and San Francisco. Now, it has been announced that San Francisco’s Moscone Center will be the home for the PCBC for the foreseeable future. 

It’s a welcome return. Though one of the halls of San Francisco’s Moscone Center is undergoing a facelift from the outside, the inside hall has already undergone a welcome change. There is a large open seating and refreshment area directly in front of the exhibit hall allowing attendees and exhibitors to have breaks and mingle. It’s a huge improvement from the last time I was in San Francisco for the PCBC several years ago.

Here’s a list of the PCBC major appliance exhibitors arranged by the size of their exhibits:

Samsung – 2000 square feet

Dacor – 2000 square feet

GE/Haier – 2000 square feet

Electrolux – 1200 square feet

Whirlpool – 1200 square feet

LG/Signature – 1000 square feet

Gaggenau/Thermador/Bosch – 400 square feet

Viking – Not Participating

It was certainly evident that Samsung and Dacor (Samsung recently purchased Dacor) were out to make an impression with two of the three largest exhibits…and they did!

We can probably read a few things into the above exhibit size and presence at the PCBC, but shouldn’t overdo it. For example, in past years Sub Zero did not usually display at the PCBC, but might have function at a nearby hotel. On the other hand, Viking was a luxury brand exception by participating in past PCBC’s. However, Viking is now noticeable by their absence. I don’t know if we should read too much in either of these anomalies. In the case of Sub Zero, they may simply be attending PCBC because of their new Cove dishwasher launch. And since Viking has started participating in a big way in the national IBS, they may feel the PCBC is unnecessary.

It’s worth noting that GE had a superb wide open booth that was welcoming, and very builder friendly, with appliances arrayed in suites. The focus on kitchen suites is something production home builders appreciate because they only sell appliances to THEIR customers in packages. GE also showed a very nice looking apartment sized appliance package, branded with their parent company’s Haier name.

Whirlpool’s display was small compared to GE, especially for the brands they needed to cram into the space. Unfortunately, it was also very closed off with walls blocking entrance to booth and a maze-like display for their Jenn-Air brand. While I appreciate what they were going for, it made what would have been a crowded booth under any circumstances, even more cramped and uncomfortable. On the positive side, Whirlpool’s Sunset Bronze finish is stunning, and could be a welcome addition for home builders. In addition, Jenn-Air is sure to make some waves with it’s new product launch and cheeky ad campaign. Stay tuned for all the new product info from the 2018 PCBC.


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Smart Connected Appliances in 2018

Arizona Wholesale has the most complete selection of smart connected appliances for Arizona home builders and their customers. All of the major appliance brands used by production builders have appliances that fit the definition of smart connected appliances. 

SMART APPLIANCES

It’s important to note that all smart appliances are not necessarily connected but all connected appliances are also smart.

Without getting carried away with complex definitions, smart appliances have automatic operations and some type of programmability, usually through some type of user interface. Connected appliances are smart appliances that can be operated or monitored remotely. An oven that you can program to cook a 3 pound roast to medium rare is an example of a smart appliance feature. Of course, appliance manufacturers are continuing to add more advanced smart features to make their appliances more desirable than competitors.

SMART CONNECTED APPLIANCES

If you can open an app on your phone and set your oven to preheat to 350 degrees and then cook your roast to medium rare, then you have a smart connected appliance. 

Today, some connected ovens can communicate with Nest brand thermostats so that Nest will begin to lower the temperature in the kitchen as an advance response to the added heat from the oven. This is just one example of devices communicating with each other with no human involved.

Using devices such as Amazon’s Alexa or Google Assistant, a simple voice command, “Alexa preheat the oven to 350 degrees”, can save you the effort of even reaching for your smart phone. So clearly, there are benefits to having smart connected appliances.

However, suppose you program your oven from your office twenty miles away to preheat to 350 degrees so that you can put a roast in the oven as soon as you get home. To your dismay, you arrive home to a smoke filled kitchen because of the leftover pizza slices that you left in your oven last night.

And it’s not just your actions that should concern you. If you know how to say, “Alexa, preheat the oven to 350 degrees,”  how long will it take before your 3 year old says, “Alexa, preheat the oven to 350 degrees.” Beware of unintended consequences. Just like any new technology, it pays to think things through. Make smart connected appliances work FOR you by thinking through your use case.

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Should you repair your major appliance or buy new?

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I recently wrote a blog about my experience getting a dishwasher serviced vs having it replaced. In this case, it was an easy decision because of my specific circumstances.

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However, there remains the general question, when should you choose to replace an appliance versus having it repaired? Depending on the product category, most major appliances today should last from 8 to 15 years. For example, refrigerators and ranges usually last longer than dishwashers and washing machines.

If your appliance breaks down in the first year, it’s likely to be under warranty so you definitely will want to have it repaired. In some cases, appliance parts have longer warranties, such as the 5 year parts warranty on my dishwasher’s control panel. In that case, it was worth it to pay the labor for the repair even though the dishwasher was 4 years old.

However, if you are on the hook for an expensive repair for a 5 year old appliance that has only an 8 year life expectancy, you might be far better off purchasing a new appliance, even if the repair means your old appliance is good for another 3 years.

Here’s why:

  1. How confident are you that your repair job isn’t going to be the first of many? Too often, one repair leads to another, and this is a rabbit hole you don’t want to go down.
  2. Are there additional costs or burdens associated with an appliance that isn’t working or is likely to fail soon. Suppose your refrigerator is beginning to act up. You may want to replace the refrigerator sooner rather than later so that you won’t also have to replace all the food. At a minimum, a broken washing machine, creates major inconveniences.
  3. A newer appliance may have advanced features that you find desirable. New “smart” appliances may tip the scale and make your decision easier to replace rather repair your existing appliance.

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