Stylish Kitchen Appliances

Do you want to get new kitchen appliances? Do you like stainless steel, but want something a little different? Take a look at these options. They’re trendy and can add a clean design element with the pops of stainless steel.

The stainless steel accents give the appliances a classic, clean look with a splash of elegance. Also, the options of the appliances in black and white are very classic choices that you will be pleased with for years to come.

The black and white gives you a wide range of kitchen design options. Add any cabinet, backsplash, or countertop color and they’ll go with everything!  A bold red tile for a backsplash and dark wood cabinetry with the black appliances–can you picture it? What about a light, ocean mixed blue backsplash and buttercream painted cabinetry with the white appliances?  The design elements are endless!

If you want an updated look in your kitchen, but aren’t looking for the all stainless steel appliances, then these are perfect for you! Visit our website for more information on these particular appliances or leave us a comment.

A Plan to Buy New Appliances

How to Plan Your Appliance Purchase

Kitchen Plans

Sometimes appliance buying can be a time-consuming and complicated process. If you're planning a new kitchen, it's going to take a while to cover all the bases.

On the other hand, when your washing machine breaks down and you've got a houseful of dirty laundry, purchasing a new washer might be a very quick matter indeed.

Maytag Washer

Maytag Front Load Washer

Either way, here are some tips that will help your process go more smoothly

  1. Establish your timeline. How long can you get by without that washer or refrigerator? Once you have settled on a deadline, work backwards. Let's say you can give yourself 3 days before you want your appliance delivered. That means that you're going to need to purchase something that is in stock locally. This will narrow your search. Be sure that your appliance salesperson is aware of your timeline. Even if this is a planned purchase for sometime in the future, you should have a schedule.
  2. Do a needs analysis. You know you need a washer, but do you want a front-loader, top-loader agitator model, or top loader HE washer? If you're planning a new kitchen, you will have quite a list indeed. Be sure to consider all the possibilities. Have you always wanted a built-in coffee maker? If so, your designer or contractor needs to know that very early in the process to make sure that the wiring and water is in the right place.
  3. Do some research. Most people find a little internet research can be helpful. Arizona Wholesale Supply Company even has an online catalog that you can browse through different brands and different product categories to see what is available. Click here to go directly to the online catalog: Arizona Wholesale Supply Appliance Catalog.
  4. Prepare before you shop. When you're ready to visit your appliance showroom do a little preparation. It will save you a lot of time. Do you know your cutout dimensions? Height, depth, width? What are your electrical or gas requirements? Your sales associate will need some information to help you select what is right for you. If your list is extensive, you should call ahead for an appointment.
  5. Seek professional help. It doesn't cost anymore to get advice from the experts. In Phoenix, Tucson, or Scottsdale call or visit Arizona Wholesale Supply Company:
Appliance Catalog

Online Appliance Catalog

Arizona Wholesale Supply Co.
Phoenix 602 258-7901, Scottsdale 480 596-0092, Tucson 520 795-4663
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Arizona Wholesale Supply – Online Appliance Catalog

Looking for Appliances?

Now you can use the online catalog at www.arizonawholesalesupply.com to narrow the search. Simply select a product category and begin your search:

Appliance Categories

Appliance Categories

You can choose to display brands model by model or a grid of 12, 24, or 36 photos:

Appliance Grid

Appliance Grid

Then you can click on a choice for full information.

Digital Spec Sheet

Digital Spec Sheet

It’s a great way to do some shopping from your easy chair. Naturally, you’ll want to call for detailed pricing information, available rebates, etc.

It’s a handy way to begin your search, and as always the experts at Arizona Wholesale Supply are only a phone call away to answer your questions. Go to their website now at:

www.arizonawholesalesupply.com

or call or visit today:

Arizona Wholesale Supply Co.
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Ideas for a “Wow” Kitchen

Thinking of renovating your kitchen but aren’t sure where to start? How about beginning with our design center? We’ve created some kitchen vignettes designed to give you ideas for your own home.

We welcome you to come and visit our Scottsdale location. With three large areas that include creative approaches to kitchen design, a living kitchen with working appliances and equipment, and our flooring, stone and tile showroom.  We can offer everything you need to create that amazing kitchen you’ve always dreamed about.

Would you take a chance with the purple wall in the photo above? What about pendant lights over your island? Have you thought about special features such as a griddle or deep fat fryer as part of your range? Maybe you have always wanted a wine cooler.

Are you drawn more to lighter cabinets? The photo to the right shows you what you can do with maple cabinets and a contrasting red backsplash. Would you like a backsplash like this, or maybe one that’s even more daring to help make your kitchen a style knockout? Arizona Wholesale is your one-stop shop for the best appliances and finishes you want in your home.

Any of these choices and more can be explored in our design center. Our goal is to give you a chance to see a rich selection of options in a space that allows you to visualize your finished kitchen. And if you’re not ready to renovate yet but want to get a feel for what’s available, you’re welcome to come and just look. We’re here for you – to help make your kitchen dreams come true.

 

The forgotten appliance part 2: The vent hood

Kitchen Appliances – Selecting the right vent hood.

Types of vent hoods.

1. Updraft – These venting systems normally have fans that pull the air up off the cooking surface and extract it from the room through a roof or exterior wall. However, some of these offer recirculating options which mean that they return the filtered exhaust air to the room.

  • Under cabinet. Under cabinet units attach to upper wall cabinets and are the most common configuration of vent hoods available. They include sub-types of Micro-hoods and Slide-out hoods. Micro-hoods are comination range hoods and microwave ovens. Unlike standard hoods slide-out hoods retract when not in use. The blower and hood are installed inside the upper cabinet. A visor slides out when in use to help direct air into the blower chamber.
  • Wall mount. These hoods attach directly to the rear wall and vent either back or up. Chimney style hoods and Pro style hoods are common variations.
  • Island hoods. When cooking surfaces are located over a center island an island hood is required to vent the air up and out.
  • Inserts are vent hoods that are located inside custom enclosures. Custom-built hood enclosures are becoming increasingly popular in luxury kitchens.

2. Downdraft Downdraft vents pull air off the cooking surface and down and out through a back wall or down under the floor and out.

  • Center vent downdrafts are integrated into the cooktop or range.
  • Rear vent telescopic downdraft units fit behind the cooktop. They retract underneath the countertop when not in use and telescope upward when activated. The fan pulls exhaust air back, down and out.

Ducting out vs. recirculating – Within the various hood types we’ve described above are different ducting systems. Some units give buyers the option of ducting exhaust air out or re-circulating the filtered air back into the room. Naturally, if outside ducting is practical that will be the preferred option. Recirculating might require using a replaceable charcoal filter, and reconfiguring the blower motor to redirect the airflow from the ducting out to ducting back into the room.

Sizing the vent hood. For overhead hoods with adjacent cabinets, customers will need to choose a hood at least as wide as the cooking surface. Hood manufacturers sometimes recommending using a hood that is wider than the cooking surface for better air capture. For example, if a customer has a 30″ wide cooktop, a 36″ wide vent hood would be recommended. Hoods should also be installed so that depth front to back will cover the back burners of the cooking surface and at least 50% of the front burners. Follow the manufacturer’s directions regarding the height of the hood over the countertop.

CFM = cubic feet per minute. This is a measure of the volume of air your vent hood will move. For standard hoods (cooking surface under 60,000 btu) specify 10 cfm per inch of cooktop width, i.e. 30″ cooktop = 300 cfm. For high performance hoods a better method would be to use the rule of thumb of 100 cfm for every 10,000 btu, i.e. 60,000 btu cooktop requires a 600 cfm hood. Consider adding 200-300 cfm if your cooktop has a grill or for daily wok cooking. For high velocity hoods make-up air may be required. Laws are different from state to state, but be aware that removing air from a tightly built home can be hazardous if there is no provision to bring in fresh air. This usually involves an air intake with a damper that opens when the hood engages.

Next blog. Vent hood styles and recommendations for selecting the right vent for various situations and needs.

The forgotten appliance – the vent hood.

Kitchen Appliances – Selecting the right vent hood.

Of all the appliances in the kitchen, customers normally give the least thought and planning to the vent hood. This is unfortunate. It's important to get the right venting to effectively exhaust odors and fumes, and keep the kitchen safe and functioning properly.

 
  • Cooking creates airborne particulates that need to be removed from the kitchen, otherwise they will redeposit on walls and drapes. There is a reason that the kitchen is the most often painted room in a house.
  • In addition to the airborne particulates, cooking odors and steam must be removed so that they do not linger and become offensive to residents and guests.
  • Finally, it's important to remember that cooking with gas converts oxygen into carbon dioxide which must be removed from the room.

Now that we've clarified the importance of removing foul air from the kitchen, we need to think about the need to replace that air. Every cubic foot of air that leaves the kitchen needs to be replaced with a cubic foot of air from someplace else. Homes today are tightly built, like a sealed box. Installing a high velocity vent fan may require a makeup air system. In other words, air from the outside will need to be drawn in to replace the air that his been exhausted. Depending on codes in your locale and state, this may be mandated by law.

Next up. We'll cover some of the criteria and parameters for good ventilation. Then we'll provide some recommendations for vent hoods that are right for your needs. Check back for blogs 2 and 3 on The forgotten appliance – the vent hood.

Jenn-Air Happy Hour at Arizona Wholesale Supply in Scottsdale

Last Thursday, July 12, Jenn-Air hosted a Happy Hour at Arizona Wholesale Supply in their showroom at the Scottsdale Design Center. Over thirty builders, designers, influencers, and other members of the design community came to enjoy a glass of wine and hors d'oeuvres prepared by Jenn-Air culinary expert Nancy Eaton.

Jenn-Air Market Manager, Rob Aschieris, was on hand to greet the group and answer questions about the latest in kitchen appliances from Jenn-Air.

Rob Aschieris Jenn-Air Market Manager

Among the guests was Nancy Hugo, CKD, Designers Circle writer and blogger, along with Maria Muto-Porter, Muto Communications, also an experienced writer, speaker, and blogger for the design trade. Other noteworthy guests from the industry came from Phoenix Home and Garden Magazine, and The Home Hunter's Tiffany and Diane Hunter.

Nancy Hugo CKD, Designers Circle, Maria Muto-Porter, Muto Communications

Meritage Homes, LaBlonde Custom Homes, Legacy Design Build, Dick Lloyd Custom Homes, and Jim Arneson of Quantum Capital, were a few of the attendees from the building community.

Terry Thomas owner AZ Wholesale, Kelli Lloyd of Dick Lloyd Custom Homes, Jim Smith VP AZ Wholesale

Of course, Arizona Wholesale Supply was out in force to greet the guests and help with their questions.

Jeff Smith, Rick Williams, and Tom McIntyre of Arizona Wholesale

A good time was had by all.

 

Wine Storage Temperatures

Wine is one of very few consumables that can improve with age. However, wine can also degrade considerably over time. Proper storage will largely determine whether your wine improves or deteriorates. Humidity, light, and temperature are the primary controllable factors in wine storage. We'll be discussing temperature in this particular blog.

While wine experts often disagree over many of the finer points of wine storage, it's generally accepted that most wines need to be stored at a temperature of about 55 degrees Fahrenheit. Wine expert Jancis Robinson stated that wine should be stored at a continuous temperature between 50-59 degrees F. 52 degrees is the ideal temperature for wine according to wine authority Tom Stevenson, and Karen MacNeil publisher of The Wine Bible states that wine should be stored at a constant temperature of 55 degrees F.

Coincidentally, this temperature range which translates to about 10 to 15 degrees Centigrade is the same temperature range that exists in most of the natural caves in France which have been used for ages to store fine wine.

There is some evidence that wine storage as high as 69 degrees F. will not impair wine, and short term temperatures as high as 120 degrees can be tolerated depending on the wine. Madeira, for example which is processed at a high temperature is thought to be able to withstand storage at higher temperatures.
 
In Arizona, it is probably a good idea for wine drinkers to be aware not only of the temperature at which they are storing wine, but also of the temperature at which the wine was shipped and stored by their wine merchant.

For a good wine storage unit consult the experts at Arizona Wholesale Supply Company. Click on the link below to access their selection of wine units.

AZWSC Specialty Refrigeration

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Floor To Ceiling Storage in the Kitchen

Every design evolves over the years and decades. Kitchen design is continually evolving as trends and styles come in and out of fashion.  For many years soffits between the top of the upper cabinets and ceiling were popular design elements in kitchens. Unless there is a venting issue, most kitchen design today does away with soffits, replacing them with additional storage.

 

The number of kitchen cabinet options has grown over the years. Yes there are still standard heights for upper and lower cabinets but upper cabinets can now have two levels. The height of lower cabinets is more standard to accommodate a counter work surface. Upper cabinet heights can vary to accommodate different ceiling heights as well as storage needs.

 

This kitchen shows that you can put storage from the floor to the ceiling, even in a kitchen with a small footprint.  Cabinets above the standard row of upper cabinets can be used to store less often used items. A stylish footstool can be used to reach these tall cabinets. Keeping the cabinets light like the tile floor helps the room feel light and airy, rather than overwhelmed by cabinetry.

 

Kitchen islands are another place for additional storage in the kitchen.  Drawers and cupboards in a kitchen island provide more places to store kitchen essentials. Heavier items like big pots and slow cookers can be stored below the island. Peninsulas are also perfect for adding more storage if an island doesn’t work in your layout.

 

No matter your kitchen’s size, maximize storage by going from floor to ceiling with your cabinets.

21st Century Dishwashers – better, but different.

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If you are replacing your old dishwasher of 10 years or more with a new modern dishwasher, here are three things you should know.

  1. Expect your new dishwasher to be much quieter than the old one (as long as you are buying something other than the low-end model). Sound levels in dishwashers have been reduced dramatically over the years – a very good thing considering the fact that we have so many open kitchen designs these days. Here’s an important point. All mid to higher priced dishwashers are going to be quiet. Manufacturers needlessly battle to be the quietest. It is not possible for humans to tell the difference between 39dBs and 40dBs (decibels). Quiet is no longer an issue to be concerned about if you are purchasing a good name brand full-featured dishwasher. Look for other points of differentiation.
  2. 20120613-191734.jpgYou’re going to use less dishwasher detergent than before. Check your use and care manual and begin by using the recommended amount. You can always adjust up or down based on your results. It is also possible that you may need to experiment with dishwasher detergent *brands to get one that works well for your specific conditions. This is especially true if you are in a new house where the chemicals in your water and hardness may be different from your previous residence.
  3. A complete cycle in your dishwasher will take much longer than before. In some cases, a full wash/dry cycle can exceed three hours. Today’s dishwashers are designed to run quietly and use less water. Some have top and bottom spray arms that take turns washing the dishes. This reduces noise, but increases wash time.

In the end you should be happy with a new dishwasher because it is going to be quieter, use less energy and water, and will do a great job cleaning your dishes. When you consider these benefits, the tradeoffs are minor indeed – some tinkering with dishwasher detergents and additives*, and additional wash time.

For more information on dishwasher selection contact the experts at:
Arizona Wholesale Supply Co.
Phoenix 602 258-7901, Scottsdale 480 596-0092, Tucson 520 795-4663

*See our earlier blog post re: phosphates in detergents.