Appliance Brands Compete on their “Fitness”
Check out these appliances guaranteed to fit
One of the trends in new appliances during the last few years has been new appliances that are designed to fit a variety of existing cabinet and cutouts and configurations. In fact, some appliance manufacturers have offered a “guarentee” on given wall ovens, ranges, and even vent hoods, that if their appliance does NOT fit, they'll pay up to a specified amount to have the cabinet reconfigured so that the appliance WILL fit. Whirlpool and its family of brands (Maytag, KitchenAid, and Jenn-Air) offers various FIT guarantees depending on models.
Of course there is a dollar limitation, and the usual fine print, but the point is that big brands are working hard to make appliances fit in more existing installations, either with more installation friendly designs and dimensions, or with installation blocks and trims that help make appliances fit better.
For example, new ranges are now made to be installed either as a freestanding range or a slide-in range by manufacturing with side panels (not previously typical on slide-ins), eliminating the overlapping cooking surface, and most importantly, by including front controls which also eliminates the need for a backsplash. Wall ovens come with adjustable legs, and trim options to make them fit seamlessly in a variety of cutouts.
The value of having a “go anywhere” appliance is that adding new appliances to an existing kitchen can now be done in more instances than before without being required to replace cabinets or countertops.
The idea of the FIT guarantee is to cover minor expenses of installs into pre-existing cabinet cutouts that need to be adapted beyond the capabilities and flexibility provided by the FIT system. For specifics of the guarantee check the manufacturer website or call or visit the experts at Arizona Wholesale Supply.
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