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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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


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 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:


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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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 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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Steam Clean Ovens

Choosing a Steam Clean Range or Oven

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Self-cleaning ovens were first introduced almost 50 years ago. They're effective, but the self-cleaning operation takes several hours, heats up the kitchen, and is accompanied with a strong odor.

Now there are other technologies such as Aqualift® available in some Whirlpool and Maytag ranges. Click on the link below to go to our previous blog and video:

Aqualift Self-Clean Technology

Several manufacturers also offer a Steam Clean option. These ranges and ovens come with a traditional self-cleaning system. However, for light cleaning they provide a Steam Clean option. While the process may differ somewhat from brand to brand, the idea is the same. The Steam Clean option has these advantages:

  1. Low temperature. No superheating of oven means your kitchen will stay cool.
  2. Quick cleaning. In Whirlpool's case the SteamClean cycle is only about 20-25 minutes.
  3. No fumes or odor. No need to open windows and doors.

This Whirlpool Gold® 5.0 cu. ft. Single Wall Oven with SteamClean Option was top rated by a leading consumer magazine:


Whirlpool Oven


Whirlpool Oven 2

Whirlpool SteamClean Oven

Here's Whirlpool's description of the SteamClean option:

Clean up after every day light spills using only heat and 1-1⁄4 cups of water—no harsh chemicals or cleaners needed. Used periodically to clean light spills on the bottom of the oven, it keeps the oven clean and reduces the need for frequent self-clean cycles.

The short video below shows how Whirlpool's SteamClean system works:

The great thing about the SteamClean option is that if it doesn't do the job the first time, you can run another SteamClean cycle, and you always have the option of bringing on the powerful self-cleaning cycle for really tough work.

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AquaLift® Self-Clean Technology

Whirlpool and Maytag Innovative Oven Cleaning System


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We recently produced a video showing how to use the self-clean cycle in your oven to clean your range. (Click on link: cleaning your self-clean oven.) Now you're about to learn about other methods of getting an oven clean.

Traditional self-clean ovens and ranges have pyrolytic self-cleaning systems. When it's time to clean the oven, homeowners switch to the self-cleaning cycle. The oven heats up to temperatures as high as 800-1,000 degrees fahrenheit for several hours and turns any spatters or food particles inside the oven to an ash which can then be wiped away. This process heats up and stinks up the kitchen.

However, today there are some other options to clean your oven. Whirlpool Corporation offers a new technology called Aqualift® on some of its Maytag and Whirlpool brand ranges. Here's what they say about Aqualift®.

Get your oven clean in less than an hour with odor-free, low temperature AquaLift® self-clean technology. This innovative coating on the oven interior activates with water and heat to release tough, baked-on soils from underneath so food and debris easily wipe away. Plus, with AquaLift® self-clean technology, temperatures stay below 200˚F as compared to ovens that require heat of up to 800˚F during traditional self-cleaning cycles.

The ranges have been engineered with an exclusive enamel oven coating that activates with water and low heat, allowing moisture to release tough baked-on messes. In less than an hour, the oven is ready for a final wipe-down to remove food and debris, with no odor or extreme heat like traditional high-temperature self-clean ovens.

The ranges are designed, engineered and assembled with pride in Tulsa, Okla.

The brief video below demonstrates exactly how the innovative Aqualift® technology works.


Several brands also offer a steam-cleaning cycle in ranges and ovens. We'll cover ovens that steam-clean in an upcoming blog. For more information on oven cleaning systems contact the professionals at Arizona Wholesale Supply.

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3 Myths about Self-Cleaning Ovens

Exposing online myths about self-cleaning ovens.

Myth #1 – Self-cleaning your oven creates a high risk for a service problem.

One blogger advised that when you use the self-clean cycle on your oven there is a great risk of the oven failing. She knew this because people often complained online that their oven failed after self-cleaning.

Think about this for a minute. Online is a place where people often go to express their dissatisfaction. There are millions of self-cleaning ovens in use. Suppose that the overwhelming majority of those ovens have been cleaned a number of times with no problem. How many of those successful cleanings do you think get reported online? “Oh, I just cleaned my self-clean oven and it worked. I better go online and post this to the world!” No – you expected it to work. That's not news. But if it fails, you want EVERYONE to know what a bad oven you got from XYZ.

Self-cleaning ovens are designed to be cleaned. If there was a serious performance problem on self-clean ovens manufacturers would be all over it because they absorb the warranty expense. There's simply no supporting evidence to the notion that using the self-cleaning cycle in an oven will cause the oven to fail.

Myth #2 – Self-cleaning ovens are big energy wasters.

It is true that when you put your oven through a self-clean cycle it does use some electricity. One electric utility figured about a dollar for each cleaning. Another quoted $0.35. However, others maintain that because of all the heat during a cycle, self-cleaning ovens do have more insulation than non-self-clean ovens and therefore use less energy during normal operations. In any case, the cost of self-cleaning an oven appears to be less than the cost of a can of oven cleaner notwithstanding some of the outrageous claims made by the uninformed.

Myth #3 – Self-cleaning ovens are health hazards.

If you happen to be a tropical bird, this is true. Birds cannot deal with the fumes coming out of a self-cleaning oven and should be taken outside or to a room away from the kitchen during the self-clean cycle. Humans are safe, but the kitchen does warm up so I cleaned my oven in the middle of the day when there wasn't much going on in the kitchen and opened a window.

For information on cleaning your self-cleaning oven, check out the You Tube video below:


We'll also be posting videos on ovens that come with a steam-clean option and those with Whirlpool's new AquaLift cleaning mode.

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Oven Cleaning Methods

Cleaning your oven

Evolving methods of oven cleaning


Maytag Range with Aqualift

One of the dirtiest jobs in the kitchen is cleaning the oven. The oven is far from the most used appliance in the kitchen, but it sure seems to be the one that we most dread cleaning. Since we don't use our ovens that often, you'd think that cleaning would be a snap. It might be if we cleaned the oven each time we used it. Instead, we continue to bake on dirt until we can't seem to tell the difference between the porcelain oven cavity and the coating of dirt that it has acquired.

Here are the systems of oven cleaning that have evolved over the years.

Elbow grease

This is the oldest method of getting an oven clean, and it is still with us today. Scrubbing out the inside of the oven has gotten easier thanks to oven cleaners such as Easy Off, but many people just don't like the rubber gloves and the caustic chemicals involved.

Continuous cleaning

Continuous cleaning ovens were quite common throughout the 70's and 80's. Ovens were sprayed at the factory with a gritty speckled material that coated the interior of the oven. The coating absorbed stains and tended to spread them so that they were less noticeable. Large spills needed to be cleaned up with a wet rag.

There were a couple of disadvantages to continuous clean ovens. They never were truly clean as they just tended to minimize small oven spills. In addition, you couldn't use any cleaners in these ovens because they would damage the continuous clean coating.


Self-cleaning soon became the preferred method of oven cleaning and remains so today. Self-cleaning ovens have a cycle lasting from 2-4 hours during which the oven is locked and heats to a very high temperature. Any spill overs stuck to the oven cavity are turned to ash by the extreme heat. After the cycle is over and the oven is cooled, you simply sweep away the ashes and the oven is sparkling clean.

Though the system works well, there are drawbacks. Your oven is not usable during the self-clean cycle. Afterwards, you still need to clean the oven, though admittedly, it isn't hard sweeping out the ashes and cleaning around the oven gasket and door. Anything accidently left in the oven during the cleaning cycle is likely to be ruined. Most oven racks must be removed during self-cleaning.


Steam cleaning an oven is a more recent cleaning cycle that is much shorter than a self clean cycle. Customers put about 10 ounces of distilled or purified water in the bottom of the oven and press the steam clean button. The water is heated and the interior of the oven is steam cleaned. The cycle lasts 20 minutes. When completed just wipe out the water from the oven. For any baked on stains that aren't removed by steam cleaning, the self-cleaning cycle is still an option. This is a great way to keep your oven presentably clean, and the self-cleaning cycle is always there as a “back-up”.

For a brief video demonstration of steam clean technology click here: STEAM_CLEAN


Like steam clean, Aqualift is much quicker than self clean and involves the use of water. With Aqualift technology, a small amount of water is poured into the bottom of the oven cavity. There is a special enamel coating in the floor of the oven that is activated with water and heat. The aqua lift cycle runs for less than an hour at a low temperature. Oven spills and stains are softened by the heated water, and can be wiped out of the oven after the cycle has been completed.

For a brief video demonstration of aqualift technology click here: AQUALIFT


For help in selecting the right cleaning method and the right range or oven for your needs, consult the experts at Arizona Wholesale Supply .


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New Maytag Range has it all

Whirlpool Corporation’s annual builder reception was held at the Scottsdale Design Center on May 17th. Among the many new products and platforms shown and featured, none offered more superlatives than the Maytag brand’s new 6.2 cu. ft. capacity induction range with EvenAir true convection..

1. Largest capacity oven, 6.2 cu. ft
2. Speed Heat Induction elements, featuring a 3,700-watt 11″ element, and 3,200 watt 9″ elements
3. EvenAir true convection oven
4. Warming Drawer.
5. Power PreHeat (8 minutes)
6. AquaLift Self-Clean Technology
7. 10 year limited warranty on elements and glass cooktop.


For more information click on the following link:
Maytag Induction Range with True Convection

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