New Appliance Brands from GE

20+ years ago, appliance behemoth GE began expanding their GE appliance brand from a mass brand into premium and luxury categories. First, they introduced GE Profile as an upscale premium product with features designed to appeal to the market that wanted something more than the mid-line GE appliances. Then, they added the GE Monogram line for the luxury market that was being captured by brands such as Sub Zero and Viking. Eventually, they added GE Cafe’ which was a product designed to capture customers searching for a “pro” look without the luxury price.

Many of us who were selling GE at the time wanted GE to market their  Monogram appliances as a separate luxury brand without the GE name in the brand. But General Electric chose to name the brands GE Monogram, GE Profile, and GE Cafe’ to keep the GE identity in the forefront. 

Now that GE Appliances has been purchased by Haier, the GE Monogram name is changed to Monogram, and the GE Cafe’ appliances are becoming simply Cafe’. Cafe’ has been offered as Stainless Steel, but now also in the new Cafe’ Matte Collection as customizable appliances in Matte White with brushed bronze and Matte Black with brushed stainless hardware. It’s a classy look, especially with the customizable hardware. 

After choosing the Matte White or Matte black finish, buyers can select hardware knob and handle color or colors that give them the custom look that works best for them. Hardware choices are brushed finishes in copper, stainless steel, black, and bronze. There is an attractive copper cuff on all handles as if the appliance were giving a nod to luxury copper cookware.

Designers should seriously consider offering Cafe’ as an option for customers who want a custom luxury look, but don’t want the often budget breaking expense of the super luxury brands. For more information call Arizona Wholesale today.

 


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Appliances that are practical

Intuitive Innovation in Appliances

Major Appliances that Just Make Sense

There's a lot of talk these days about smart appliances. That usually refers to an appliance that can be connected and operated through bluetooth or wi-fi to an remote electronic device such as a smartphone. Most innovative appliances these days, are all about this connectivity. However, most of the great innovations in appliances over time had nothing to do with high-tech designs.

We often trace the history of modern appliances to the early 1950's when a deluge of convenient major appliances became popular in the post WWII expansion. Automatic washers and dryers replaced wringer-type washing machines and clothes hanging on a line. Frost-free refrigerators, self-cleaning ovens, and dishwashers all began to show up in our kitchens. These were all products that had demonstrable work-saving benefits, and the American public gobbled them up.

In the mid to late 90's, full-sized front loading washing machines took the country by storm. But there was also another appliance that caught the attention of many appliance buyers, The Double Oven Range.

I've always referred to this as the perfect example of “intuitive innovation”. Created by Maytag, and called the Gemini Range, the innovation was evident just by looking at it. In the space below a range's cooking surface, Maytag added a small oven/broiler, with a full-sized oven below the small oven.Viola, two ovens in a range that used to have only one oven and a storage drawer. The Gemini Range was a big success for Maytag, and was soon copied by all the competitors in this category.

Today, you can find double-oven ranges by these major brands: Frigidaire, GE, GE Café, GE Profile, Maytag, Samsung, Whirlpool, and KitchenAid. Of course, all are available at Arizona Wholesale Supply. Ask your builder or designer and call Arizona Wholesale Supply for an appointment today.


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