Pros and Cons: Range vs. Cooktop/Oven

Freestanding Range vs Cooktop and Oven

Kitchen Debate: Purchase a Range or a Cooktop and Oven

When building a home or re-designing a kitchen, homeowners can be faced with the choice of installing a single kitchen range vs. a cooktop and a separate wall oven. Here are a few considerations:

Advantages and disadvantages of a kitchen range

Freestanding-Range

This is a simple decision. Choose the range and you've purchased two appliances at once. No worries about locating two separate appliances, choosing among various dimensions eg, 30″ vs 36″, or running gas and/or electric lines to separate locations.

On the other hand, you'll be locking yourself into 2 separate appliances in a single space which may be inconvenient. You could find yourself needing to cook on the range surface while standing in front of a hot oven. Some people find that repeatedly bending over to access the oven is uncomfortable.

Advantages and disadvantages of a separate cooktop and oven

One big advantage is that by purchasing the cooktop and oven separately, you can get exactly the features you want in each appliance. Also, separate appliance purchases may sometimes result in different brands sizes and fuel types of cooktops and ovens. By having a wall oven installed at eye level, it can be operated and accessed without bending over.

Oven-Cooktop

In most instances, separate cooktops and wall ovens will cost more than a comparable freestanding range. Having remodeled kitchens in two different homes in the last 5 years, we've chosen both configurations. We love our current double oven range with radiant top. However, the separate gas cooking surface and combination wall oven/microwave probably edges out the freestanding range. Viva la difference!

For the best advice on appliance locations and options work with your builder and designer, and of course make sure to schedule an appointment with an appliance professional at Arizona Wholesale Supply for the best choices.


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New SMEG Appliances at Arizona Wholesale

What's New at Arizona Wholesale Supply?

SMEG Appliances from Italy

A few years ago Fiat automobiles were relaunched in the U.S. with some very clever TV commercials announcing “The Italians are coming.” Well, they sure are, but their invasion has not been limited to automobiles. Italian appliances have also made their mark in the U.S. over the past few years. Among the latest, is the Italian brand SMEG. It's now available in Arizona at Arizona Wholesale Supply.

I had an advance notice about SMEG. While vacationing in England a few years ago, we were wandering the streets of Bath, and passed an appliance store. In deference to my wife, I resisted the urge to go inside, but I did check out the SMEG refrigerator in the window display. Now, this upscale Italian brand is available in the U.S. As you can see the refrigerator has a distinct retro 50's look, and is available in an array of colors including the pastel blue below. It's a sturdy product, and a particular nice fit in smaller kitchens. Below are some of the listed features:

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Refrigerator compartment features

  • No. of adjustable shelves: 3
  • Number of fruit and vegetables drawers: 1
  • Type of adjustable shelves: Glass
  • Type of crisper/vegetable drawers cover: Glass
  • Internal light in fridge

Refrigerator Inner Door

  • No. of door shelves with transparent cover: 2
  • Number of adjustable door shelves: 4
  • Adjustable door shelves with wire support
  • No. of bottle shelves: 1
  • Bottle shelves with wire support

Other Refrigerator features

  • Accessories: Bottle holder, Cheese box, Egg tray
  • Freezer compartment features
  • Internal freezer compartment: yes

Other refrigerators include 2 door models and undercounter units. In addition, SMEG has a complete array of appliance products in stainless steel including ovens, ranges, dishwashers, etc. Visit this site often for updates on SMEG and other great appliance brands and products for your new home, remodel, or improvement project.


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Oven Cleaning Methods

New Appliances Offer More Cleaning Options

Over the years, we've seen a variety of methods for getting ovens clean. Starting with the elbow grease method along with the home remedies that always seem to involve vinegar and/or baking soda, and on to the continuous-clean (never clean) ovens, and of course the self-clean method that has become so popular for some time now.

But now we're seeing some new cleaning methods such as Steam-Clean, as well as Aqualift, an oven cleaning technology developed by Whirlpool. Here is a brief description of these new methods:

Steam-Clean Ovens

Steam-Clean

Some range and oven manufacturers have added a steam-clean option to some of their products. Essentially, this method involves pouring a cup of water into the oven bottom, and selecting the oven's steam clean setting which lasts about 30 minutes. During the cleaning, the steam should loosen minor food spills. Afterwords, the oven needs to be wiped out to remove the water and softened grime. Using this method, the temperature is much lower than self-clean, there are no chemicals or cleaning agents involved, and it takes only 30 minutes. Evidently, steam-cleaning is not a “total” solution since these ovens still have a self-clean cycle for heavily soiled ovens.

Aqualift Ovens

Aqualift

Aqualift is an oven cleaning technology developed by Whirlpool. The oven bottom has a special coating that activates with water and heat. Using two cups of water and a low temperature cleaning cycle, the coating acts to release (lift) soil from underneath so that the water and soil can be easily wiped-up. It's worth noting that LG has now introduced their version of this which they've dubbed EasyClean™.

Click on the links below to view a brief video on each of these technologies:

Aqualift

Steam Clean

If you're in the market for a new range or oven, ask the professionals at Arizona Wholesale Supply about different oven cleaning options.


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KitchenAid Built-In Oven with Microwave and STEAM Option

Who Thought a Microwave could Steam?

KitchenAid Convection Oven that Microwaves, Steams, and More

The 220v. power allows this oven to cook with a 1600 watt convection element, giving it plenty power for thermal cooking, and has an added 900 watt broil element for grilling. But why stop there when you can add true variable microwave energy for even faster combined thermal/microwave cooking? But wait! There's more! This is not your Grandma's oven. It's a real convection oven that bakes, roasts, and broils, but does so much more. By adding variable (inverter) microwave power and sensor technology to traditional radiant and convection heating, you'll get amazing results.

We all know that there's been a lot of excitement these days about steam cooking and the healthy benefits that accompany this cooking method. Well, this oven has a sensor steam cycle built-in. KitchenAid even includes a special steam cooking vessel for best results.

Finally , I LOVE the optional crisper accessory that works like a charm for hors 'd oeuvres, bacon, and etc.

There are two companion models of this oven. The KMBP100ESS will fit in a standard 30″ wall cabinet, while the KMBP107ESS is designed for 27″ wide cabinets.

30″ Built In Microwave Oven with Convection Cooking
KMBP100ESS



Here are some of the factory specs and details:

PRODUCT DETAILS

Convection Cooking
Circulates heat around the oven cavity with a 1600-watt convection element that allows baking at temperatures up to 450° F.

EasyConvect™ Conversion System
Takes the guesswork out of convection cooking by ensuring exceptional results when experimenting with new recipes or familiar favorites.

Professionally-Inspired Design Including Handle, Badge, Graphics, Chrome Chamfer
A bold blend of professionally-inspired styling with sleek touches for the home. This stunning microwave oven features Satin Textured Handles, Precision Touch Controls, a Chrome Inlaid Frame, the KitchenAid® Badge and KitchenAid Brand Medallion.

Broil Element
Combines the high power and even coverage needed to achieve results similar to outdoor grilling results.

Sensor Steam Cycle with Steamer Container
A sensored microwave oven cycle that allows precise steaming based on the food type and doneness level selected. Includes a steamer container to help you get the best results.

1.4 cu. ft. Capacity
Provides large cooking capacity while complementing your convection oven.


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New Options to Get Ovens Clean

Trends in Oven Cleaning

The Old Way

Years ago, all ranges and wall-ovens had to be cleaned by hand, which meant lots of tedious scrubbing. Over time, three oven cleaning systems evolved:

  1. Commercial oven cleaners.
  2. Continuous cleaning ovens.
  3. Self-cleaning ovens.

Commercial oven cleaners which can still be found on your ovens shelves are highly caustic – get out the rubber gloves, and produce toxic fumes. If you have a self-cleaning or continuous cleaning oven, the manufacturer's operating instructions will provide a strong warning against using commercial oven cleaners.

Continuous clean ovens are ovens have a rough, porous, ceramic coating that will, over time, absorb and spread minor spills so that they are less noticeable. They work continuously (hence the name), and do not require any work from the homeowner. Any attempt to clean this surface with chemicals and/or abraisive pads or cloth, may cause the coating to peel away.

Self-clean ovens have a CLEAN selection on the oven controls. This requires locking the oven with a latch on the oven door, and putting the oven into the self-clean mode for several hours while the oven becomes super heated up to 900 or more degrees, thus burning off any stains or debris in the oven cavity. Of course, everything (*including the racks) must be removed from the oven before cleaning.

New Oven Cleaning Trends

Whirlpool-Oven

Whirlpool Steam Clean Oven

Now, there are some new cleaning methods that have been developed recently, and are gradually being rolled out by appliance manufacturers as new range and oven products are being introduced. Whirlpool has developed a cleaning system for ovens called Aqualift®. The oven bottom has a special porous coating that with a cup of water and a low heat setting will loosen soils on the oven floor so that they may be wiped off. Other cleaning systems becoming available are steam cleaning methods which rely on the power of heat and steam to remove baked on food from all oven surfaces.

We've written about oven cleaning before, but we'll be updating some of the newer oven cleaning methods in some upcoming blogs so check back often.

For help in selecting a new range or oven from AWS, be sure to contact your contractor or design consultant, and then make an appointment with the professionals at Arizona Wholesale Supply.


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More Smart Appliances for your Home

New Jenn-Air Wall Ovens

In 2009, as Jenn-Air was transitioning from a mass premium brand to a super-premium brand, they introduced a new game-changing wall oven. Now, Jenn-Air is preparing to update their state-of-the-art 2009 oven with their new “connected” wall oven. While “connected” or “smart” are the appliance buzzwords for 2015, there’s much more to tout on Jenn-Air’s new oven than it’s remote wi-fi operation. But we’ll save that for a future blog and focus on just how smart this new oven really is.

Jenn-Air Oven Controls

Jenn-Air has had touch screens for a long time, and their exisiting oven features Jenn-Air’s exclusive menu with a full-color display, enabling users to select the desired doneness of their roast by the interior color of the meat. Jenn-Air’s new (and much larger) oven keeps that full-color display, improves upon it, and adds remote operability. This means that the new oven can be controlled from your Android or Apple IOS device as well as from the oven’s home screen.

Your app equipped smart phone will allow you to remotely preheat the oven and control its operation from beginning to end. Using the wired temperature probe of the oven, the oven can communicate the food’s internal temperature to your remote device. And there’s much more waiting for you in the way of interoperability.

Jenn-Air makes this oven available in three configurations:

  • Euro-Style stainless steel with sleek modern handles (below).
  • Pro-Style with more of a restaurant, commercial look.
  • Black Floating Glass with black glass fronts.
Jenn-Air Double Oven

The oven line includes a single wall oven, a double oven (above), and a combo version with oven on the bottom and microwave on the top.

The new Jenn-Air ovens are scheduled to hit the market in September. Check with your account manager or design consultant for updates and more details.


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Make your home smarter with Smart Appliances

What’s a Smart Appliance?

At the recent *Pacific Coast Builder Conference (PCBC) a major theme seemed to be Smarter Homes. Subjects such as connected homes, structured wiring, and interoperability were covered in presentations over the two day conference.

In appliances, several manufacturers featured smart appliances with wi-fi capabilities. GE, Jenn-Air, and Viking all offered some form of remote operation. Here’s a quick look at just one of the offerings:

GE Brillon

GE BRILLION APP FOR HANDS-ON CONVENIENCE AND PEACE OF MIND
Turn your smart phone into a remote control for your WiFi Connect appliances! Get the GE Brillion app for your Android or iPhone, and you’ll be able to change appliance settings, keep an eye on your appliance status and cycles, and get maintenance alerts—all from your mobile device!

GE WiFi Connect – Wirelessly control oven functions from your smartphone

  • PREHEAT YOUR OVEN FROM THE GROCERY STORE.
GE-Wireless-Preheat

TURN YOUR OVEN ON WITH YOUR BRILLION APP.

  • NO MORE WAITING FOR THE BEEP!

GE-Phone-Alerts

GET AN ALERT WHEN YOUR COOKIES ARE READY.

  • NOT QUITE READY FOR DINNER?
GE-Wireless-Control

CHANGE YOUR OVEN’S TEMPERATURE FROM YOUR LIVING ROOM.

The GE Brillion wall ovens are installed into the wall for a seamless, built-in appearance. The control panels are conveniently placed above the oven.

The GE Brillion ranges combine Brillion technology with the latest in cooking technologies, including dual fuel and convection baking.

For more information on smart ovens from GE, Jenn-Air, Viking or other major appliance brands contact your Arizona Wholesale Contract Sales Rep or your Design Professional.


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