Tips for Selecting Appliances

Appliance Help for New Homebuyers

Arizona Wholesale Supply is Arizona's Leading Builder Distributor


New homebuyers have to make a lot of choices when selecting all the finishes, and products that go into their dream home. Fortunately, production home builders preselect options and upgrades that are suitable for their homes. Even so, making appliance selections can be very challenging. Here are a few tips in choosing appliances:

  1. Narrow the field. If your builder has a list of models and packages that are available to you, part of your work is already done. Don't waste time looking at brands or models that aren't available for the home you are purchasing. Even If you are building a custom home, there will still be some constraints based on the size of your kitchen, location of gas, water, and electric lines, etc.

  2. Budget and plan accordingly. If it's been a number of years since you purchased major appliances, get prepared for some sticker shock. Today's appliances will save money on energy usage, and still are a very good buy when factoring inflation over the years. However, when you want a built-in refrigerator, combo ovens, and other premium appliances such as wine storage units, built-in warming drawers, steam ovens and coffee makers, you're going well into 5 figures ($XX,XXX.XX).

  3. Consider brands. At Arizona Wholesale Supply, we carry the popular priced major production brands GE, Whirlpool, and Frigidaire (Electrolux). We also are your supplier for upscale brands, such as GE Profile, Electrolux, KitchenAid, and Bosch, as well as a host of luxury brands such as Jenn-Air, Monogram, Viking, SubZero-Wolf, Thermador, Miele and many more. Most production home builders offer selections from only a single brand or two, and even semi-custom builders usually stick with a few preferred brands. For that matter, new home buyers tend to pick most or all their appliances from a single brand that they prefer. It not only narrows choices to products that the buyer is going to be comfortable with, appliance brands tend to have matching handles, knobs, etc.

  4. Work with a professional. Arizona Wholesale Supply consultants have many years experience with home builders, designers, and new home buyers. If your builder or design professional is one of the many that we supply, you can make an appointment at one of our locations to select your appliances.

Arizona Wholesale Supply is a family owned company, based right here in Arizona, and we've been at this for over 70 years.

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

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Retro Appliances at K. Hovnanian Homes

New Homes with Old Style Appliances

Arizona Wholeale Supply Featured Builder

K. Hovnanian Homes

The Meadows at 97th Ave. and Deer Valley Road

Expect the unexpected. When it comes to appliances, the big builders don't take a lot of chances. For most family new home communities you're likely to see dishwasher, range, over-the-range microwave, and refrigerator from one of the two big brands GE or Whirlpool.

But homebuilder K. Hovnanian stepped out of the appliance box in one of the model homes in their new model complex at The Meadows. They decided to be a little different. Maybe that's an understatement. These retro-look appliances in bright turquoise are WAY different from what we're used to seeing.

The appliances are stunning because of their color and retro design, but more than that they're whimsical and fun. I stood in the model and watched prospective home buyers flow through. The appliances didn't just capture their attention. Their faces lit up with big smiles. And why not. The kitchen look is just plain delightful.


Now, would you really want these appliances in your house? Northstar is the brand. They come from Elmira Stove Works, a Canadian outfit. Famous for their 1890's style woodburning and gas ranges, Northstar is big step forward to the 1950's for Elmira.

However, outside of the retro look, the appliances themselves are in fact very contemporary. The range is self-cleaning, and comes complete with warming drawer, and a digital display which is subtly hidden beneath the analog clock. The French door refrigerator is frost-free. It features an interior water dispenser, and factory-installed icemaker.

Now, if you're still not convinced and worried about the upstart Northstar brand, we'll share a little secret. The design and look is 100% Northstar, but (except for the microwave oven) these appliances are all manufactured in the U.S. by a very well-known appliance company.

To see these appliances in all their stunning glory for yourself, visit the model homes at The Meadows by K. Hovnanian at 97th Ave. and Deer Valley Road, in Peoria. For more information about Northstar Appliances contact the appliance professionals at Arizona Wholesale Supply

About K.Hovnanian Homes

“The First Name in Lasting Value.®

Founded in 1959, K. Hovnanian ranks among the largest homebuilding companies in the U.S. K. Hovnanian designs, constructs and markets a variety of for-sale housing in 202 residential communities in 16 states.

For more information call or visit the experts at Arizona Wholesale Supply .

Appliances, floor coverings, window treatments, and more

Arizona Wholesale

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

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Arizona Wholesale Supply Offsite Design Studio

Learn About Homebuyer Selection Centers

Arizona Wholesale Supply Builder Services

Of course, everyone knows that Arizona Wholesale Supply (AWS) is Arizona's largest builder distributor with operations in Phoenix, Scottsdale, and Tucson. It's also no surprise that homebuilders often send their new home buyers to one of these AWS showroom locations to select their appliances, floor coverings, and window treatments. BUT, very few people know that Arizona Wholesale Supply operates an offsite design studio for one of Arizona's leading homebuilders.

Mattamy Homes

At this builder specific design studio, home buyers select not only appliances, floor coverings, and window treatments, but Arizona Wholesale Supply design consultants also help home buyers with their selections of cabinets, countertops, lighting options, and much more. Click on the YouTube video below to visit this amazing facility:

In addition to operating separate builder design studios, AWS trained consultants make house calls! That's right, Arizona Wholesale Supply sends its own design consultants to builder selection centers in model home complexes to meet with buyers and assist them in selecting their options and upgrades.

Model Home Complex

Model Home Complex

For more information about Arizona Wholesale Supply's design studio services contact Bill Parks at 602 258-7901.

Appliances, floor coverings, window treatments, and more

Arizona Wholesale

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

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Important Appliance Features

Get Appliances Worth Owning

Don't dismiss the bells and whistles on your appliances.

Appliance Suite

One of the most frequent comments that appliance salespeople hear from customers is, “I just want something basic. I don't want to pay for a lot of bells and whistles.” It's about equivalent to telling a car dealer that you want a new car without a radio, no power steering, and a stick shift. Most of those “bells and whistles” on appliances include features such as a permanent press cycle on the washer, automatic (sensor) drying on the dryer, or a china cycle on the dishwasher.

Sadly, some appliance manufacturers do still manufacture these advertising loss leaders that barely do the job. Don't be fooled by some of the national chain appliance ads with prices that seem too low to be true. Stripped down models are just that. They often lack essential features that you'll eventually regret not having.

Sometimes appliances are designated as builder models. These may be designed for homebuilders who are intent on purchasing the lowest price appliance just to fill a space. They may not care about saving energy features or functionality. If you're buying an appliance that is a builder model, be sure to have the salesperson review the features with you so that you know what you are getting.

When moving up the food chain in appliances it is a good idea to start looking for models at least 2-3 models up the line to get something with at least minimal functionality.

None of this means that you can't get a good deal on your next appliance. Just be aware, that you generally are going to get what you pay for. One way to save money is to check for discontinued models, model home returns, or products with small but not noticeable blemishes.

Range Lineup

Az Arizona's leading builder distributor, Arizona Wholesale Supply, has an outlet center full of these appliances. Call or visit today:

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Appliance Liquidation Center
2020 E. University
Phoenix, AZ 85034
Phone : (602) 258-7901

Hours of Operation:
Mon. – Fri. 9:00am – 4:00pm

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Tucson Address for Appliances, Flooring, and Closeouts
2986 W. Ina Road, Suite 110
Tucson, AZ 85741
Phone : (520) 795-4663
Fax : (520) 623-1111

Hours: Mon-Fri. 8:00am-5:00pm
Sat. By appointment only


Black Friday Hysteria leads to Monday Sanity

Saving money on appliances everyday.

Over 80% of major appliances purchased by consumers these days are replacement sales. That usually means that there is an appliance at home that doesn't work and needs replacing. Unless appliance buyers can get their appliances to fail on or near Thanksgiving Day, a Black Friday sale on a Washer/Dryer pair doesn't work for most of us.

Even if Black Friday prices seem to good to pass up, when buyers check out those door buster prices they're likely to find out that a great price on a washer without a permanent press cycle is just a gimmick to get you in the door, and sell you something at a not so great price.

So here are a few ideas that might save you a few bucks on your next appliance purchase.

  1. Make appliances a planned purchase. If you're old beat up washer is making strange sounds but is still hobbling along, start thinking about and saving for a new washer.
  2. Shop where you can get good values day in and day out. Arizona Wholesale Supply is the largest builder supplier in the state. Stands to reason they're going to have a great selection of appliances on hand to suit every need.
  3. If you're so inclined, and really want a deep discount consider closeouts, and model home returns. Arizona Wholesale Supply has a huge inventory of uncrated appliances that need a home.

Call the experts at Arizona Wholesale Supply today for a good deal on appliances whether it is black, red, yellow, or green Monday, Wednesday, or Friday.

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