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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Arizona Wholesale Award

SAHBA 2016 Trade Partner of the Year

We're pleased to announce that Arizona Wholesale has been awarded 2016 Trade Partner of the Year by the Southern Arizona Home Builders Association. It's a coveted honor and Arizona Wholesale commends Larry Gibbons the manager and leader of the Arizona Wholesale team in Tucson, as well as our other valued associates in Tucson.

We value our HBA memberships in Tucson (SAHBA) and Phoenix (HBACA). Clearly, the resources and time that Larry and the Tucson team have expended in support of the Southern Arizona Home Builders Association have not gone unnoticed. Great job, Team!

Arizona Wholesale has over 70 years serving the home building industry throughout the state. We're proud of our heritage, and proud that we're a family-owned local business. Larry himself is a proud member of the founding family.

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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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What’s the Latest Trend in Kitchen Appliance Style?

New trends in kitchen style are exploding just now with hot new natural looks and finishes showing up everywhere. Kitchen appliances are far from lagging behind in this department, and have a number of trends coming forward of their own. Among these is a shift in style from the ubiquitous stainless steel that has dominated the market for the last several years.

New Metal Finish

Metal finishes across the board in the kitchen are moving away from the cool touch of steel. Finishes are becoming warmer with bronze and copper making a significant comeback. Kitchen appliances are not immune to this trend, and copper appliances are becoming extremely popular. Keep in mind, however, that the biggest movement isn’t being seen among the manufacturers; it’s the bespoke pieces instead. Homeowners are having copper range hoods and appliance doors being made specifically for their kitchens, which are leading the way in this trend.

Bold New Colors

For those that can’t afford a custom copper dishwasher, the other big trend in style is a shift toward bold new colors. Manufacturers across the board are coming out with stoves, dishwashers, and refrigerators in colors like turquoise, red, and navy blue. Unlike the Harvest Gold of the 70’s, however, these colors are timeless, and are made to blend in with some of the other kitchen color trends to create a statement in the space.

Invisible Appliances

Appliance panels are not new, but they’ve never been this popular before. While modern and transitional kitchens are using copper and bold colors in their appliances, formal and traditional kitchens are taking a different route. They’re using appliance panels to conceal and hide their appliances from sight.
Appliance panels are extensions of the cabinet doors you use in the rest of your kitchen. They fit over the appliance front, concealing it. So instead of a dishwasher, you simply see a larger cabinet door. Look for more cabinet makers to offer these panels, as well as for appliance manufacturers to offer models that can use the panels easily without blocking things like ice makers in the door.

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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Jeff Smith in Phoenix, AZ on Houzz

 

 

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” »

What Are Appliance Panels?

Homeowners that are creating traditional and formal kitchens are often presented with a number of different choices in cabinets and paneling than homeowners designing other styles of kitchen. This is because formal kitchens often look out of place when they have modern conveniences such as stainless steel appliances installed. Therefore, the best way to blend these areas in with the rest of the kitchen is to use appliance panels.

What Is an Appliance Panel?

In broad terms, an appliance panel is a very large cabinet front. Rather than hiding a pantry or a cabinet, however, it attaches to the front door of your refrigerator, dishwasher, or oven. Essentially, this conceals the appliance and makes it appear to be part of the rest of the cabinetry. So if you’re investing in some very decorative and custom cabinets for your kitchen, you can continue them unbroken around the room by covering the appliances in them, too. This creates a sense of harmony in the room in a way that a design broken up by plastic or stainless steel cannot.

Considerations for Using Appliance Panels

Of course appliance panels aren’t for everyone. Some of them can interfere with the use of the appliance, for example. Dishwashers that have their control panel on the front will still have this panel visible, for example, so many homeowners choose to use dishwashers that have the panel on the top of the door where it can be hidden, but more difficult to access. Likewise, you can’t make use of the ice and water dispenser on the refrigerator without cutting the lines of the cabinet around them.

Appliance panels also need to make use of appliance pulls to both make the area functional and to help it blend in. Appliance pulls are larger, heavier versions of the cabinet pulls you install elsewhere in the kitchen. Not every cabinet pull has a matching line of appliance pulls and handles, so this can limit your choices somewhat. You may also be limited in what type of appliance you can purchase, because some cannot tolerate the weight or positioning of the appliance panel door.

Used properly appliance panels can create a cohesive and uninterrupted look in the kitchen. They aren’t for everyone, however, so think carefully before you commit.

Tips for Concealing Flat Screen TVs

It is official. Large flat screen televisions are part of our homes and décor. Find out how to conceal or make your large TV blend in with the surroundings.

Have a custom cabinet built to house your device. A shallow cabinet with bi-fold doors can easily be made to install on the wall and place your TV inside. This can also be built to integrate with the rest of your home’s décor style. You will need bi-fold cabinet doors that open and close. When you are not watching the TV simply close the doors. This application works best over a fireplace. It will look like beautiful millwork accenting the fireplace. Feel free to get creative when deciding what type of cabinet to build.

Technology during this day and age makes it easier to operate media devices wirelessly. If you have a closet that can be converted into the media storage room, you can install TVs, music and speakers that can be controlled wireless through a smart phone or tablet.

Picture frames are a wonderful way to turn your television into a digital photo slide show when the TV is not in use. These frames can be purchased or custom made. Make sure to select a frame that will mix in nicely with any existing mill work or cabinetry within the surrounding vicinity of the television.

Use an entertainment unit that is complete with doors. There are so many styles and features available for this type of furniture. This is a good route to take if you need to conceal media devices with cords. If you do not have the option to go wirelessly this application can easily fix your problem. These units typically come with “punch-out” pieces to allow the cords to feed where necessary. 

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

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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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