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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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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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.

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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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Prepare Appliances for Your Vacation

5 Steps to Prepare Your Appliances for Vacation

It's that time of year again. You're getting ready to take your vacation, but you haven't really thought about getIng your appliances ready for your extended absence. Here's a list of what you should do to make sure your appliances will not flood your house, spoil your food, or otherwise create havoc while you're away.

  1. Some appliances, such as your water heater or refrigerator, may have a Vacation Mode. If so, utilize this handy setting. It makes some internal energy saving adjustments.

  2. Run an empty load through your washer and dishwasher. Use whatever cleaner you normally use for cleaning that appliance such as Affresh or LemiShine. For vacations of 2 weeks or longer, prevent odor build up by leaving the door or lid on the washer and dishwasher open while you're away. Pour 1/2 cup of vinegar into the bottom of the dishwasher. This will keep the dishwasher free from odor, and the rubber seal in the bottom of the dishwasher moist.

  3. Turn off the water supply line to refrigerator, washing machine, and dishwasher. (I'm paranoid about water leaks).

  4. For vacations that are more than just a long weekend, remove perishables from the refrigerator, and turn the icemaker off. That usually means just lifting the metal bar in the ice maker to its highest/off position. In some refrigerators only the ice bin is accessible, not the ice maker itself. For these models, there will be a separate on/off switch for the ice maker (see below example).

    Refrigerator-Icemaker

  5. Your refrigerator is going to be on while you're away, and it will use more electricity if it is empty. So, if you've removed most or all of the food from your refrigerator, fill a few empty plastic gallon jugs with water, and place them in the refrigerator.

*Most of the tips are for vacations of a week or longer. For those long 3 day week end trips, I'd just turn off the water lines and turn off the ice maker.

For questions about your specific appliance, check your use and care manual. For information about appliances, floor coverings, window treatments, and more home products consult your designer or builder, then call Arizona Wholesale Supply for an appointment with one of our consultants.


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How Long do Appliances Last?

When Should I Replace My Appliances?

It's complicated

Many years ago, I used to carry around a chart from AHAM (Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers) which itemized the expected life spans of various appliances: washing machines 15 years, ranges 20 years, etc. I've long ago disposed of this, but I did find this current version. Here is a look at today's appliance lifespans from Consumer Reports:

Dishwasher – 9 years
Dryer (electric and gas) – 13 years
Microwave oven – 9 years
Range electric – 13 years
Range gas – 15 years
Refrigerator – 13 years
Washing machine – 10 years

We all know that the life expectancy of appliances is not what it used to be, but let's not confuse quality with durability. Today's washing machines use less detergent, energy and water than their predecessors. They are more gentle on clothes, and get them cleaner than ever before, but have a life expectancy of only 10 years, compared to 15 years or longer from grandma's Maytag.

Today, manufacturers seem to be on a never ending quest to reduce costs, and as consumers we shop until we drop to get save every hard earned dollar we can on appliances. Moreover, we don't seem to care if our kids inherit the family refrigerator, and we are quick to get rid of a broken appliance to avoid paying a stiff repair bill.

I recently read that in upscale neighborhoods it is not uncommon for kitchens to be remodeled about every 10 years, and that includes new appliances. So, even though appliances don't last as long as they used to, we tend not to even keep them for as long as they last.

The truth is that we don't expect our appliances to last as long as they used to…but we do expect that they have the latest features and look great in our house. I once asked a customer if she had a brand preference for her new washer. She replied that it didn't make a difference as long as the washer was red.

So, don't feel guilty about replacing your 15 year old agitator style topload washing machine with a shiny new front loader. The old machine is at the end of it's life, and the new one could actually pay for itself in energy savings….plus, it's red!

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Commercial Appliances in Your Home

Purchasing Restaurant or Commercial Appliances for Home Use

Appliances for Restaurants and Institution vs Residential Appliances

Some years ago, I was handling appliance sales to a large homebuilder who was building a big (16 home) model home complex for a huge planned community. They wanted one home to contain a kitchen complete with authentic commercial appliances. They'd done some research and had some brand choices such as a Traulsen commercial refrigerator and a Vulcan restaurant range. These brands are indeed products you might find in restaurants, and large institutions, but they are not built for a home kitchen.

I pushed back, but they insisted so I connected with a restaurant supply company, got the literature, specs, pricing, and then met with the homebuilder. When I presented the refrigerator, I asked if they wanted the compressor located inside or outside the house. I explained that the refrigerator manufacturer offered an external compressor and condenser package to reduce the noise and heat from the refrigerator.

Traulsen-Refrigerator

I informed them that they would need to run a larger than standard gas line to the home for the commercial range, that they'd need to provide some extra insulation in the wall behind, and pointed out that the 34″ deep range would stick out considerably into the kitchen from their 24″ deep cabinets. The parts only warranty that came with these products might not even apply since these appliances were not built for residential use. Needless to say, their plan for “true” commercial appliances was scuttled.

Vulcan Range

The end of the story is that today at Arizona Wholesale Supply you can choose from a variety of residential appliances with commercial or restaurant features, that will fit in your kitchen, come with complete warranties, and will satisfy all your needs for high performance and durability. Some of these brands such as Wolf, Viking, and BlueStar to name a few have authentic commercial heritages.

For help in your remodeling or new build project, work with your designer or builder, and make an appointment with the specialists at Arizona Wholesale Supply for the best advice and selections of appliances and more to outfit your home.


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Fixing The Galley Kitchen

Efficiency and Space in an updated Galley Kitchen

The term galley kitchen goes back to the galleys on ships and carries forward to home kitchens that are built in an aisle with counters, cabinets, and appliances facing each other as in this photo (This Old House).

Galley-Kitchen

Galley kitchens are the antithesis of the open kitchens that are de riguer these days. Galley kitchens are closed off, and can be cramped and crowded to work in. If you have a galley kitchen, and want a more open kitchen, you should work with a designer to explore your options. Occasionally, a wall can be opened to create addition space, or a window might be added to give a more open look and feel.

However, while opening things up in your galley kitchen creates a more open feel, it often doesn't create additional space. If you need additional cabinets, more counter space, or freedom from bumping into appliances that stick-out into the room here are 3 ideas from the appliance guru that might help.

1. Counter depth or built-in appliances

Most appliance manufacturers now offer counter-depth refrigerators that will not push out into your kitchen aisle, and some brands have built-in refrigerators, that will be flush with your cabinet faces. However, it's not unusual for freestanding ranges to stick out a bit into the kitchen, and some pro ranges will stick out more than just a bit, so take care when choosing a range. Since galley kitchens usually have opposing workspaces, it's important that refrigerator, range and dishwasher doors have enough clearance to fully open,

While some dishwashers have fronts that can stick out a bit from the cabinet front, others can be installed flush. Always be careful about installing dishwashers in a corner. If the dishwasher has a protruding handle, it may prevent an adjacent corner door or drawer from opening.

2. Narrow width appliances.

With influence from Europe, there has been a revival of smaller width appliances. Luxury brands such as Wolf and Miele offer 24″ wide ovens along with their standard width American-sized models. Similarly, there are also more choices in 24-inch wide freestanding and slide-in ranges. All of these options create more space in cramped galley kitchens.

3. More accessible appliances.

There are a host of new appliances now on the market that are designed to provide greater accessibility. For example, nearly all major brands now offer microwave drawers, ideally installed under countertops. Great for accessibility, this product also frees up space on countertops or upper cabinets.

Microwave-Drawer

In the last couple of years Sub Zero has introduced a wide array of undercounter refrigerator and freezer drawers in different sizes and configuration. They also have an amazing selection of wine storage units, traditional undercounter refrigerators, and beverage centers. Much of the industry has followed their lead and similar undercounter units are widely available in different configurations, brands, and price points.

For more ideas on fixing a cramped galley kitchen, consult your design professional. For the best information on appliances make an appointment with one of experts at Arizona Wholesale Supply.


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