Buying a Built-In Coffee Machine

3 Tips when choosing a built-in coffee maker


Wolf Coffee Maker

1. Location, Location, Location

Where are you going to install the coffee maker? In most cases, your new coffee maker will go in an upper wall cabinet, often above or next to an oven. However, if your searching for a location and can't seem to find one, here's just one idea that might work:

The space at the end of the kitchen counter (above) is a perfect fit for a built-in coffee maker. The cabinet is white, and the matching side panels for the front were cut to fit for the coffee maker.

2. Dimensions

Most coffee machines have a 24″ width. They'll fit perfectly in a 24″ cabinet, but will need a filler for 27″ or 30″ wide cabinets. Some manufacturers provide matching stainless steel fillers, or you may wish to install matching cabinet fillers.

3. Utilities (Electrical and Plumbing)

If you don't conveniently have electrical available at the back of your coffee maker, you'll need to consult with your designer or electrician to get electrical service behind the coffee machine. Also, some coffee machines need to be connected to plumbing, so if you don't have a water supply line convenient, your plumber will need to run a line to the back of your coffee machine. However, many coffee makers have internal tanks that you can fill with no need for external plumbing. Miele has a coffee maker that can be externally plumbed or used with an included water tank.

While these are clearly important considerations for choosing a built-in coffee maker, there's more to think about including a host of features and prices that vary from brand to brand. Over the last decade the industry has changed dramatically. Where there used to be only a couple of built-in coffee maker brands, now nearly all of the higher end brands have their own coffee maker models.

Here are some of the coffee machine brands you'll find available at Arizona Wholesale Supply.

Brew Express

Be sure to consult an appliance specialist for help in selecting your new coffee maker. The experts at Arizona Wholesale Supply are well-trained in the key brands as well as many of the specialty brands. Call or visit today.

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Getting a refrigerator that fits

A Refrigerator to Fit in the Space Available

Q. Will a 35 1/2″ wide refrigerator fit properly in a 36″ wide space?
A. Maybe…and maybe not. There's more to the story.

Here's the bad news:

1. The manufacturer might specify a certain amount of space, eg. 1/2″ on each side for proper ventilation. That means that your 35 1/2″ wide refrigerator needs a 36 1/2″ space.

2. If there is a wall extending beyond the refrigerator, the manufacturer may specify 2-4 inches on that side to allow the refrigerator door to open sufficiently (see diagram below).

3. The door hinges may swing out so that you could potentially not be able to open the doors wide enough to have access to your refrigerator. This may be a small nuisance, or it may even prevent you from being able to open a refrigerator crisper to access its contents. Some brands such as Whirlpool, Maytag, KitchenAid, and Jenn-Air have hinges designed to open squarely so that at 90 degrees the door itself, not including the handle, is open inside the 35 1/2″ cabinet width (see below). However, other brands are hinged so that at 90 degrees the door swings outside the refrigerator cabinet.


Here's the good news:

1. A majority of refrigerator openings are located between cabinets and not bumping up against adjacent walls that extend out.

2. Just as 36″ wide refrigerators are really 35 1/2″ – 35 5/8″, the 36″ openings for them are quite often 36 1/2″ to 37 1/2″. Builders and cabinet makers take into consideration the need for a bit of extra space. This can be a good thing as long as they don't get carried away. Homeowners prefer a counter depth refrigerator to fill the space.

3. Refrigerator door swings don't really have anything to do with the space that the refrigerator occupies between the cabinets. Even in the case of counter-depth (not built-in) refrigerators, the doors themselves stick out beyond the 25″ countertops and therefore would swing free on each side unless there is a wall extending out.

Here's our recommendation

If all of this is beginning to make your brain hurt, here's a suggestion. Measure the opening for your new refrigerator – height, depth, and width. Make a rough sketch so that one can see how the space is configured. Be sure to include any walls that extend out on either side of your refrigerator. You don't need to be an expert at mechanical drawing. Get professional help by taking the dimensions and the drawing into an appliance sales associate such as the ones at Arizona Wholesale Supply (never a home improvement chain or even worse, a warehouse club).

For more help on making sure that your refrigerator fits call or visit Arizona Wholesale Supply Company today:

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Phoenix 602 258-7901, Scottsdale 480 596-0092, Tucson 520 795-4663

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