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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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

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


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.



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:

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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
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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Preparing to Buy Appliances

Learn to be a Smart Appliance Customer

When was the last time you bought a new car? I'm guessing that you did your homework before heading to the car dealerships to put up tens of thousands of dollars on a new vehicle. It makes sense then to also spend some time preparing to spend thousands of dollars on new appliances for your home. Here are some general tips before you head out the door.

Have a flexible and realistic appliance budget.

Think about your budget. A basic appliance package by one of the big 3 (GE, Whirlpool, Frigidaire) including a range, mico-hood, refrigerator, and dishwasher will cost a minimum of $3500-$5000. At the other extreme, luxury homes valued well into 7 or even 8 figures are going to need luxury appliances. Considering that a single built-in refrigerator will commonly cost over $10,000, and that's just one appliance, a full-fledged luxury kitchen can easily run into several tens of thousands.

Consider your lifestyle


Built-In Coffee Maker

Consider extras such as Built-in Coffee-Makers, Wine or Beverage Coolers, Icemakers, or Steam-Convection Ovens. These will run up the bill, but for some people they are worth the extra, and they'll definitely make a statement.

Appliances should enhance your home value, up to a point.

One of the biggest concerns, in my view, is to choose appliances that “belong” in the house. If you live in an average middle class subdivision, be careful in buying luxury appliances because you are unlikely to recover the value when you sell your home. There are some exceptions if the neighborhood is changing character, or if for example you are a dedicated chef who can justify a commercial grade range without regard to resale value.


Luxury Kitchen

Similarly, if you are in an area of custom homes, perhaps in a gated country club community, be prepared to commit to high end luxury appliances. Nothing can reduce a luxury home's value more than using standard finishes and brands where custom or luxury brands are expected.

These are just a few tips to get you thinking. A good place to go from here is to discuss these principles with your builder or designer. Of course, for the best selection of appliances of all the top brands as well as specialty brands, be sure to consult the experts at Arizona Wholesale Supply.

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New Home Builder Appliance Options and Upgrades

New Home Buyer Appliance Options and Upgrades

Logical Steps to Better Appliances

Buying a new home? Get ready to make a lot of decisions. Whether it's a corner lot, stainless steel appliances or taller cabinets; home buyers are faced with a seemingly endless array of choices and charges. Yet, at the same time, options can seem limited as home buyers find that the builder cannot always handle unique requests.

Consider a new home buyer's basic appliance choices.

1. Builder standard appliance package:

  • Self-cleaning freestanding range
  • Microwave-hood combination
  • Dishwasher

2. Builder upgrade to stainless steel appliances.

Stainless Appliance Packge

Stainless Appliance Package

3. Builder second upgrade to deluxe appliances:

  • Smoothtop self-clean range with convection
  • Deluxe super quiet dishwasher
  • Microwave hood with added features

It's a simple good, better, best upgrade choice with the option to also add:

  • Refrigerator
  • Washing machine and matching dryer.

And all this can be included on your mortgage. However, suppose you want appliances that the builder doesn't offer. Perhaps you want built-in instead of freestanding appliances. You may find the builder just cannot accommodate such requests. Such changes would require that the kitchen be reconfigured. Cabinets, countertops, plumbing, and electrical changes would need to be made.

Builders predetermine all the materials and selection choices for the home, creating a standardized repeatable production process (even for options) so that homes can be completed on budget and on time. They really do want to offer choices that will make new home buyers happy. The option and upgrade selection process is designed to do just that.

As Arizona's leading appliance distributor Arizona Wholesale Supply consults with home builders to help them select the most desirable and popular appliance choices for their appliance standards and option upgrade packages. Then Arizona Wholesale Supply design consultants help home buyers through the process of choosing from the various builder options and upgrades. At Arizona Wholesale Supply the objective is to have both a happy home buyer AND a happy home builder.

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New Appliance Idea: Urban Cultivator

NEW PRODUCT: Urban Cultivator

Available Soon at Arizona Wholesale Supply

Grow what you want with your own indoor home garden. You can have year round fresh herbs, micro-greens, flowers, and veggies thanks to this amazing appliance. Don't worry about watering or climatic conditions. The Urban Cultivator Residential takes care of providing the proper amount of moisture and light using its built-in computer interface, that also operates onboard fans to control humidity and air circulation.

urban cultivator

Urban Cultivator Residential

Urban Cultivator 2

The Urban Cultivator Residential is an all in one indoor home garden. You get 365 days of perfect growing conditions for all of your favorite herbs and veggies. No more soggy super market herbs going bad in your fridge… just fresh crisp herbs from your very own garden.

Fresh Greens For Your Family

Fresh greens cut right from your Urban Cultivator Residential carry twice the nutritional value of store bought greens. Plus you know there are no chemicals or pesticides in your food.

With the Urban Cultivator Residential's four grow flats you can feed your whole family fresh crisp herbs straight from your kitchen every single day. It truly is the “Zero Mile Diet”.

See the Urban Cultivator Demo

Watch the Urban Cultivator Residential work and the options available in our product tour video below:


Choose from a stand alone Urban Cultivator Residential on wheels or a built in “dishwasher-style” option that fits seamlessly into your existing kitchen.

Urban Cultivator Freestanding

The Urban Cultivator Commercial is already at use right here at the Phoenix Sheraton Hotel. See Video below:

Urban Cultivator at Phoenix Sheraton

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Four Hot Appliance Ideas for 2014

New Appliance Trends heading into 2014

Special Report on Steam Convection Ovens

Last year, we wrote about these three big trends for appliances in 2013.

  1. Microwave Drawers
  2. Induction Cooking
  3. Built-In Coffee Makers

Click on the link below to read the blog.

2013 Appliance Sales Trends

While the past year showed that these trends held true, we certainly were remiss in leaving off Steam Convection Ovens. Early European leaders Miele, Thermador, and Thermador's big sister Gaggenau, have been joined by Viking, Wolf, and more recently Jenn-Air in the Steam Convection arena. The appeal of steam combined with convection is a best of both worlds situation. Convection heat surrounding the food with moist hot air that cooks food quickly without drying them out. Manufacturers also tout the healthy advantage of steaming vegetables for example over microwave ovens that, they say, take the nutruition out of food. There is some debate about this, however. Read the Harvard Medical School report below:

Harvard Medical School Family Health Guide – Microwave Cooking and Nutrition

Nevertheless, the performance of steam convection combination ovens is amazing. They are very versatile and are becoming a very popular choice in premium kitchens. Here are some favorites below


Thermador Oven


The Thermador model above offers Steam, True Convection and Steam and Convection cooking modes. It also includes 40 EasyCook food programs, and pre-programmed modes that automatically set the oven temperature and humidity to ensure perfect cooking results.


Wolf Oven


The Wolf combi-steam oven has a convection only feature which can be used for regular baking. Wolf also touts the ability to rejuvenate leftovers and bread to just-made freshness.


Miele Oven


Known for their reliability, German manufacturer Miele has configured their Combi-Steam oven with a handy lift-up control panel to fill the water reservoir. By placing the water resevoir out of the way, this helps give Miele one of the largest oven capacities available. Miele also builds a steam only oven.


Jenn-Air Oven


The newest member of the combi-steam convection club, Jenn-Air's oven works on 120v. vs the 240v requirement of the models above. This might make a big difference if you're adding on a combi-steam oven in an existing kitchen as you might not have 240 volt power readily available.

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Arizona Wholesale’s Winning Blogs

2013 Blogs In Review

Arizona Wholesale Supply Blogs You Liked.

With over one hundred blogs posted in 2013, the results are in, and these are the ones you liked the most. Far and away the most popular Arizona Wholesale Supply blog by number of visits in 2013 was a blog actually posted in June of 2012 regarding available appliance colors and finishes:

click on link: Today's Appliance Colors and Finishes

refrigerator colors

This blog leads the all time list of Arizona Wholesale Supply blogs by a wide margin. For posts made in 2013, the most visited blog was:

click on link: Oven Heat Issues

Oven Next to Refrigerator

This blog reviews problems that may occur if you locate an oven adjacent to a refrigerator or if you have cabinets with a thermofoil laminate.

The Oven Heat Issues blog was followed in popularity by:

click on link: 4 great choices for built-in coffee makers

Miele Coffee Maker

Miele Coffee Maker

This blog reviews the Miele, Thermador, Jenn-Air, and Brew Express coffee makers.

So, give us your input by replying in the comments section. What blog content would you most like to see from Arizona Wholesale Supply in 2014?

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2013 Appliance Sales Trends

Appliance Trends in Arizona

Arizona Wholesale Reports Leading Sales Trends

What is a trend? Webster’s defines it as “the general course or prevailing tendency“. Many of us use the word “trend” to describe future occurrences. However, here are three current trends in appliance sales. These are definitely products that are being sold with increasing frequency right now – not something that might happen in the future. While they hardly are dominant, buyers are selecting them on a much more frequent basis than in previous years, and more manufacturers have hopped on the bandwagon with greater selection and a broader price range.


Sharp Microwave Drawer

1. Microwave drawers

While they have been around for a number of years, the recent upsurge in remodels and more choices in microwave drawer models has brought about an increase in sales. Designers generally dislike the omnipresent microwave hoods, and for good reason. Microwave hoods do a poor job in ventilation, and the location of a microwave in the place of a hood is ergonomically unsound. Placing a portable microwave on the counter is a big waste of valuable counter space, so the microwave drawer provides a practical solution. While many of the brands available are manufactured by Sharp, the different sizes, styles, and features still give customers a variety of choices. An East coast appliance blogger has rated Jenn-Air, Viking, Wolf, and Thermador as favorite microwave drawer brands. Now, if homebuilders will only start specifying them in new homes.


Thermador Induction

2. Induction cooking

Magnetic induction cooking has been around (on and off) for decades, but for a variety of reasons this technology has not become popular until recently. Customers love the instant response and power of induction, and now there is quite a selection of styles and sizes not limited to cooktops, but also including induction ranges. Prices vary widely from the popular mass brands such as Whirlpool, to the more esoteric luxury brands such as Miele and Gaggenau, and everything in-between such as Dacor, and KitchenAid.


Miele Coffee Maker

3. Built-In coffee makers.

Dying for a cup of home brewed espresso or a latte? A built-in coffee maker may be just what you need. Miele and Thermador are a good place to start, but Electrolux, Dacor, and Bosch also have full-featured built-in coffee makers. For budget minded coffee drinkers who can forego the espresso drinks, Brew Express can provide the convenience and space savings of a built-in coffee maker at a fraction of the price.

There are other kitchen appliance trends that we’ll cover in future blogs, but we thought these were noteworthy. Let us know what trends you are seeing in appliances and we’ll discuss them in upcoming blogs.

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Microwave Ovens Improving

Trends and Advances in Microwave Cooking

Though microwave ovens go back to the early post WWII years, they first began to find their way into American homes in large numbers in the mid-to-late1970's. Today, you'd be hardpressed to find many households without a microwave. Over the years, there have been many advances in microwave ovens. Here are the latest trends and improvements to consider.

Sharp Drawer Microwave

Drawer Microwave Oven

Drawer microwaves

continue to grow in popularity. These nifty microwaves have motorized drawers that slide-out. They are commonly installed in lower cabinets or kitchen islands. Though available in many brands (Sharp, Dacor, Jenn-Air, Thermador, Viking, and Wolf), they all appear to be manufactured by Sharp. They are available in a 24″ and a 30″ width, but both versions have the same inside dimensions. Designers love these because they make sense ergonomically and are more accessible than a built-in microwave with a drop-down or side-swing door.

OTR Microwave

Over-the-Range Microwave

Over-the-Range (OTR) microwaves

are also very popular, particularly in new home construction. Today's OTR models are available with convection and *speedcook features, and have improved ventilation capabilities – 300CFM is now common.

Built-In Microwave

Built-In Microwave

Built-In microwave ovens

are a great choice for remodeling. They can be located perfectly at eye-level, and buyers can choose from a wide range of brands and features. Locating the microwave above a wall oven is a typical configuration, and several manufacturers offer a built-in microwave/wall oven combination.

Some high end built-in microwave ovens operate on 220v. While the operation of the microwave itself doesn't require 220v., the convection element and/or *speedcook features utilize the added power capability. This greatly adds to the capability of the oven since it has conventional cooking capabilities similar to a standard wall oven.

Inverter technology has been available on some microwaves for nearly a decade. On microwave ovens not equipped with inverter technology, when you select the power setting the microwave oven cycles off and off so that a 50% power setting means the microwave cycles on at 100% power for 50% of the time and off 50% of the time. Microwave ovens with “inverter” technology are capable of reducing the power emitted from the magnetron tube so that the microwave stays on 100% of the time during the entire cycle, but at a reduced power level. KitchenAid, Jenn-Air, and Panasonic have microwave oven models that include inverter technology.

*SpeedCook refers to technologies that boost cooking speed using either a combination of microwave and convection cooking or microwave and halogen lights. There is a third less common technology using air impingement which is primarilyused commercially.

Whatever system you choose for your particular needs it is wise to seek help from sales associates who are knowledgeable about these choices. Consider consulting the experts at Arizona Wholesale Supply Company for all your appliance needs.

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