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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Dacor Best of KBIS at Arizona Wholesale Supply

Award Winning Dacor Appliances at Arizona Wholesale Supply

Dacor stole the show at the 2014 Kitchen and Bath Industry Show in Las Vegas (Feb. 4-6) with the Best in Show Award, Most Innovative Product Award, and a Best of KBIS 2014 Award.

Learn More at Our Dacor Lunch and Learn Event (see below)

Most Innovative Product Dacor Discovery Wine Station

In addition to two Best of KBIS awards yesterday, Dacor was also honored to be recognized with a Most Innovative Product award by Better Homes and Gardens for our Discovery WineStation. The prize reflects the magazine's favorite kitchen and bath products of the year which combine smart function, seamless style, and cutting-edge technology.

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Best in Show: Gold – Dacor: Discovery™ iQ 30” Wall Oven

The connected kitchen is no longer a thing of the future. Dacor®, the leading manufacturer of ultra-premium kitchen appliances, introduces its Discovery™ iQ 30” Wall Oven, the world’s first wall oven to feature an integrated, wirelessly-connected tablet. Coined the “smartest” oven by CNET, its control panel features mobile technology for cooking control from both inside and outside the home via any smart phone or tablet.

Best of KBIS 2014 Award Winner

The connected kitchen just got smarter. Dacor announces its new Discovery™ iQ 48” Dual-Fuel Range, the world’s first range to feature an integrated, wirelessly-connected tablet. The range incorporates the proprietary Dacor iQ Controller, a sleek new control panel for today’s sophisticated chef. With the release of the new Dacor Remote iQ Cooking Application, homes chefs can control the range via any smart phone or tablet, from anywhere they are connected.

Be sure to attend the Dacor Lunch and Learn at the Arizona Wholesale Supply Scottsdale Showroom on February 24th featuring local celebrity Jan D'Atri and chef Linda Martin. Click on the link below for event details:


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Dacor LUNCH & LEARN at Arizona Wholesale

Join us for a Dacor LUNCH & LEARN

At Arizona Wholesale Supply Co.
Scottsdale Showroom

Date: Wednesday March 27, 2013
Time: 11:30am – 1:00 pm
Location: Arizona Wholesale
15125 N. Hayden Rd., Ste 117, Scottsdale, AZ 85260 (Scottsdale Design Center)

Dacor will be preparing some tasty treats, explaining the Dacor Difference, and discussing the latest Dacor innovations for your kitchen.

Please RSVP: Patti Wells at or 480-596-0092 ext 10 prior to March 25th, 2013

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Appliance innovation that makes sense

Appliance innovations are blossoming as manufacturers are battling to win the war for the next new thing. Driven by new technology, our old appliances are being replaced with smart appliances that are getting smarter every year. Major appliances do things for us faster and better than ever before, and with vacuum cleaners that run themselves we’re on the verge of the Jetson era in appliances.

However, looking backward over the last 10-15 years, there are a couple of low-tech appliance innovations that when they came to market, consumers just looked at them and said, “Well, that makes sense. How come nobody thought of that before?”

Two ovens in one range
In the late 90’s Maytag came out with a range that they dubbed The Gemini. Two separate ovens in one range. A range with two ovens offers consumers the option of cooking different foods at the same time at different temperatures. While not an instant home run, this is an innovation that made sense and stuck. Today, all of the full-line range manufacturers have a version of the double-oven range. Click on the link below and page forward to explore the full selection of double oven ranges from Maytag.


Refrigerator doors that open wide, and provide full width refrigerator and freezer space.
Just about the same time that Maytag added an oven to their range, Amana adapted their popular bottom-mount refrigerator by changing the refrigerator door from a single door to a split French door configuration. Side by Side refrigerators were popular, but customers hated the narrow freezers. The new French door refrigerator gave customers doors that opened like a Side by Side, while keeping full width refrigerator and freezer space. French door refrigerators are now extraordinarily popular. Click on the link below to view the complete selection of French Door Refrigerators from Amana, Whirlpool, Maytag, KitchenAid, and Jenn-Air.

Whirlpool Corp Brands French Door Refrigerators

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