Column Refrigerators, Freezers, and Wine Storage

While there are no official criteria or definitions for column refrigeration units, we’re going to define them as full-height, *built-in refrigerator, freezer, and wine units.

The main advantages to columns are the flexibility of capacity and location. Depending on the appliance brand, column widths include 18”, 22” (Miele), 24”, 30”, and 36”.  Smaller families might prefer an 18” wide freezer and a 30” refrigerator, while a larger family may want a 24” freezer and a 36” wide refrigerator. The two units may be placed next to each other in a side-by-side configuration below, or they may be used as bookends perhaps with workspace, a dishwasher, and a sink separating them. 

In the configuration below, an appliance wall features separate wine storage, freezer, and refrigerator.

 

 

 

 

 

Early on, European brands Miele, Gaggenau, and Thermador brands dominated the column refrigeration category. While all are made in the same factory in Turkey, the three brands have different features. Sub Zero, with their massive new refrigeration launch beginning in 2013, quickly became a major factor in column refrigeration. More recently, Bosch (parent of the Gagganau, Thermador brands) has added column refrigeration, as has GE Monogram. Other brands promoting columns are  Marvel, and the commercial oriented refrigerator brand Perlick.

As you might expect, purchasing separate units is likely to cost more than a single refrigerator/freezer unit. Nevertheless, columns are becoming increasingly popular. It appears that to be a member in good standing in the luxury category, brands must offer column refrigeration. Hence, Dacor and Jenn-Air have recently entered the fray with refrigerator columns, and GE Monogram has just announced a 120,000 square foot expansion at its Selma, Tenn. refrigerator plant for new column refrigerators and freezers.

*Frigidaire/Electrolux needs a mention here, because of their “all refrigerator” and “all freezer” configurations. However, they are not true built-ins, but what the industry considers counter depth models. This means that they can not be installed flush with the cabinet fronts.

COMING SOON:  Part 2 of this series on refrigeration focuses on key features of specific column refrigerator brands.

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I hope your new appliance fails.

Yes,  I hope your appliance fails. Here’s why:

Four years ago, my wife and I moved into a nice bungalow in Westbrook Village (Peoria). The house we purchased was a complete gut job inside. We added new paint, new floors, new fixtures, new baths, and a complete new kitchen including new appliances.

Arizona Wholesale outfitted us with new KitchenAid refrigerator, range, microwave oven, and dishwasher. We love our kitchen. However, we recently began to experience problems with our dishwasher. Then, it quit working entirely.

After a call to Arizona Wholesale, we set up a service appointment. Sergio, the technician, showed up in an Arizona Wholesale service van, a clean Arizona Wholesale shirt, and a well-organized tool box. He asked a few questions, and proceeded with a detailed diagnosis process. It was a thorough check of the machine, so it took a while, and when completed, Sergio informed me the diagnosis indicated that the dishwasher needed a new control panel.

“Oh no!” I knew that this was going to cost big bucks. I had already decided that rather than spend a small fortune on repairing the dishwasher, I’d replace it with a new dishwasher. Then Sergio told me that the dishwasher parts were covered under a 5 year warranty! My only cost would be the service call.

Fortunately, the parts were in stock locally, and we set up an appointment to have them installed the following week! Voila’, my new best friend, Sergio, showed up on time and with the needed parts.

Now, my KitchenAid dishwasher is up and running, and life is good!

But, you need to know more. From beginning to end, my dealings with Arizona Wholesale’s service department were first rate. They were friendly and courteous. Appointments were scheduled and kept on time. Sergio, was friendly, and polite, but at the same time he was businesslike and efficient.

So, I HOPE YOUR APPLIANCE FAILS, so you can find out for yourself what it is like to have such excellent service from Arizona Wholesale Supply.

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.

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, 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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Arizona Wholesale Scottsdale Cook-Off

Outdoor Grilling Event in Scottsdale

Eight Top Brands Cook for our Trade Customers

Before the heat really hits the Valley, Arizona Wholesale hosted their customers to a grilling cook-off. Some of the best grilling brands you can find, showed their stuff on the outdoor patio of Arizona Wholesale's Scottsdale showroom at The Design Center in Scottsdale. Take a look!

Hestan is a luxury grill brand that in just a few years has made a big mark in outdoor grilling. Luxury features include grill lighting that goes on and off when you open and close the hood. By the way, the hood is counterbalanced so that it will stay open in any position. Known also for their Napa Winery and a line of cookware, Hestan offers a broad array of stylish grills. Marty Sanchez, local appliance expert, shows his cooking skills on this built-in Hestan Grill.

One of my favorite grills, Dacor, pulled out all the stops for the Cook-Off by bringing their Dacor Grills on Wheels to the event. They've outfitted a trailer with Dacor Grills that they take to events to cook up some special treats.

Caliber Appliances, another California-based company, has a great variety of outdoor grills including this traditional grill that they used during the cook-off.

and this unique Rockwell Grill.

Going back to traditional grills, Wolf, one of the most famous indoor cooking brands, also has a great lineup of outdoor grills. Here they are at the Arizona Wholesale Cook-Off with one of their most popular models.

Do you like Pizza? How would you like to have your own outdoor Pizza Oven? Here are a couple of examples below:

This pizza oven from WoodStone is built-in to a brick console, and is outfitted with a granite countertop and under-counter refrigerator.

Here's a portable outdoor pizza oven from Lynx. When you sell your house, you'll definitely want to take this with you!

For information on outdoor grills, pizza ovens, and other outdoor appliances call for an appointment and visit the experts at Arizona Wholesale today.


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Choosing a Built-In Refrigerator

Built-In Refrigerators at Arizona Wholesale

Types, Styles, and Look

In the early days of built-in refrigerators there were very few choices. Sub-Zero gets credit for creating this category in the mid-late fifties. It took a while for the category to grow into what it is today. At one point Sub-Zero was synonymous for built-in refrigerator, and even today they are clearly a market leader. However, many other brands now offer a variety of choices in built-in refrigeration. Here are a few:

Bosch, Dacor, Electrolux, Jenn-Air, KitchenAid, Miele, Monogram, and Thermador

Sub-Zero pioneered the traditional built-in refrigerator which, for our purposes, is a refrigerator with a cabinet depth no more than 24″. Early on the brand offered a choice of stainless steel fronts or models that would accept slide-in cabinet panel fronts to match adjacent cabinetry (overlay models).

Eventually, built-in refrigerators were developed that had hidden hinges and accepted cabinet panel fronts that were flush with adjacent cabinets. These refrigerators were fully-flush “integrated” refrigerators.

Sub-Zero-Fronts

Sub-Zero Fronts

Click below for a short discussion on integrated appliances from Houzz:

INTEGRATED APPLIANCES

Today, column refrigerators with cabinet panels have doors that go from bottom to top (no horizontal panel at the top), and when the doors are closed are truly not discernible from the adacent cabinets.

Columns

Columns

Configurations of built-ins includes side-by-side refrigerator/freezers, bottom freezer refrigrator/freezers, and separate column refrigerators, freezers, and wine coolers. In addition, some brands offer built-in under counter refrigerators and wine coolers; as well as under counter refrigerator and freezer drawers. The configurations for your kitchen are endless.

Click on the link below to review some of the choices in built-in refrigerators on our Houzz page:

Arizona Wholesale Houzz

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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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