Column Refrigerators, Freezers, and Wine Units

What are columns? Column refrigeration units are a generic category of refrigerators, freezers, and wine storage units that are commonly defined as single purpose, “integrated” appliances.

Single purpose = separate refrigerator, freezer, and wine storage.

Integrated = not only built-in, but also flush with cabinet panels as pictured below.

Wall of Integrated Columns

Integrated column refrigerators and freezers can blend right into the wall for a stunning look. They’re also very practical allowing users to select from various sizes for just the right mix between freezer and refrigerator space.

We’re going to break the rules here and cover some “wanna be” columns along with columns that fit the purist definition.

I did a quick check on the internet, and came up with 14 different brands of refrigeration products that fit our loose definition of columns. We’ll look at six brands, including two entry level brands: Whirlpool and Frigidaire Gallery, two luxury brands: Sub Zero and Monogram, and two super premium brands: Dacor and Jenn-Air.

Whirlpool Sidekicks

Whirlpool Sidekicks and Frigidaire Gallery are mainstream appliance brand versions of column refrigeration. These models are essentially freestanding all refrigerator and all freezer models that are sold as columns even though they are not built-ins. They have the column “look”, but lack the flush built-in capability. If you are interested in a budget solution, this is where you should begin. Both brands offer trim kits so that the separate units have a single grill over the top and bottom (see photo). The freezers are frost-free. Whirlpool offers an optional ice-maker for their freezer. The Frigidaire unit comes with the ice-maker already installed.

Sub Zero and Monogram refrigerators are luxury brands and each have a full selection of column refrigerator models, some with combined refrigerator and freezer in a single column (technically, does not fit the definition of a column). Lot’s of choices here in sizes and models including wine storage.

Sub Zero Columns

Dacor and Jenn-Air are new to this category. Dacor is now a subsidiary of Samsung, and has introduced an entire collection of new premium products called “the Modernist Collection” including these column refrigerators featuring porcelain interiors. Jenn-Air’s new column refrigerators are scheduled to begin shipping this fall. They’ll be built in the legendary refrigerator factory in Amana, Iowa.

Dacor Porcelain Interior Columns

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COLUMN REFRIGERATORS

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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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New JennAir Line Debuts

JennAir is launching a full line of 70 appliances built for a new generation of modern luxury customers. Accompanying the new line is a complete rebrand with a new logo, a new tagline Bound by Nothing, and even a revised spelling from Jenn-Air to JennAir.

This new generation of luxury home owners are defined as “people who demand new interpretations and expressions of their dream kitchen”. JennAir has dubbed this cohort the Discerning Indulger. 

Of course, technology leads the way for today’s luxury customers and JennAir is not found wanting with a hi-tech app that stores recipes, communicates with a JennAir refrigerator to manage food inventory, and provides the oven with cooking directions.

As discussed in our previous blog Smart Connected Appliances in 2018JennAir is one of the appliance brands that is fully integrated with Google’s Nest thermostat to keep the kitchen cool and cozy.

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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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Different Types of Lighting Fixtures

Are you searching for the appropriate type of lighting fixture for your home? Whether it’s the living room, your bedroom or the kitchen, it’s important to use the right type of lighting for a space. From integrated lighting solutions that are built into a homes structure, to simple decorative table lamps that can easily be plugged in, there are several options. Most lighting fixtures are versatile and can be incorporated into any room. Before you make the final decision on what type of lighting you’re going to use in a room, take a look at the list of lighting fixtures that we’ve compiled.

Architectural Lighting
Architectural light forms are built into the structure of the home. The most common types of structural lighting include cove, valance, and soffit. Cove lighting is installed in the ledges, ceilings valances, and high walls. This type of lighting fixture works to direct light upwards. Valance lighting is built in a wood, glass or metal valance and placed above a window or high up on the wall. This type of fixture offers indirect lighting since it bounces light off the ceiling. Soffit lighting directs lighting downward and is mounted in the soffit near the ceiling.

Other forms of architectural lighting include:

Recessed – Recessed lighting is installed approximately six inches above the ceiling. Recessed lighting is a narrow band of lighting that provides one directional lighting.

Track – Track lighting fixtures are suspended from the ceiling and consists of a linear track containing several lighting heads. The lighting heads are often adjustable.

Pendant lighting – Pendant lighting has become increasingly popular. Pendant light fixtures are suspended from the ceiling and can hang over a kitchen island or table.

Easy Set Up Lighting Fixtures
Many lighting fixtures don’t require professional installation. These fixtures include:

Lamps – Lamps are produced in a variety of colors, style, and designs. You can purchase floor, desk and table lamps. These lighting fixtures are versatile because they can be moved from room to room and plugged into an outlet. Floor lamps direct light upward while desktop lamps direct light downwards.

Scones – Scones are mounted on the wall and can direct light upwards or downwards. Their shades are stylish and offer great aesthetic value.

Ceiling – Ceiling light fixtures are installed into the ceiling. A shade or glass covering conceals the light bulb. Ceiling light fixtures can usually provide illumination for an entire room.

Chandelier – Chandelier light fixture are usually used in formal areas of the home. They are suspended from the ceiling usually over a table.

Cooking Modules

Benefits of Cooking Modules

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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.

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For more information on the all new Jenn-Air line of cooking modules click below to visit our blog on these new products.

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Use the Oven Instead of Stove Top for Hard Boiled Eggs

Summer is coming to an end, but don’t give up on the season too soon! Hard boiled eggs are essential for yummy summer snack recipes. There is an easier way to make hard boiled eggs, that makes the eggs taste better and easier to peel!

What You Will Need:

Muffin Tray

Eggs

Directions:

Pre heat the oven to 375 degrees. Place eggs in the muffin tray. This prevents them from rolling around.

Place the tray into the oven for 25-30 minutes. Once they are done in the oven, let the eggs cool for at least 10 minutes before peeling.

This method makes less mess when peeling. The egg shells come off in large chunks.

Use this method instead of boiling water. All you need to do is set the timer. There is no watching the pot or using an egg timer to know when the eggs are done boiling. This way you can simply leave the eggs in the oven while you are preparing other ingredients for yummy summer time meals.

It is much easier to make more eggs for larger dishes as well! The worry of the eggs cracking in the boiling water are over. You can make as few or as many eggs needed. A dozen eggs in one muffin tin is a simple way to accomplish a large task in a small amount of time! If you have more than one muffin tray, make a lot of eggs in one batch.  

Choosing a cooktop for your kitchen

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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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