An outdoor TV is a great addition to your outdoor living area. With Spring beginning in just a few days, people are starting their preliminary planning to prepare their outdoor space.
Peerless has been in the business since 1941 and has led the industry in some of the best outdoor TVs, for any type of weather. Their displays are fully enclosed in an aluminum frame and can withstand up to thirty degrees below zero, and up to one hundred and thirty. It can also withstand water, moisture, dust, and even insects. Peerless TVs feature a terrific ambient light sensor which can adjust the TV's picture automatically when glare becomes an issue.
When picking an Outdoor TV, it's very important to take the environment into consideration. How much direct sunlight does the area receive? How many people may be utilizing the TV? Do you primarily watch sports / movies etc.? What type of devices are you going to hook up to the TV e.g. external speakers like a sound bar or surround speakers, cable / satellite box, streaming device, audio amplifier with 2.2 UHD pass through?
Peerless has two outdoor series TVs to choose from. The Xtreme series comes in a 1080p resolution, and the Ultraview series comes in an Ultra HD "4K" display which is four times the resolution of 1080p displays. Depending on how often you will be entertaining outside in the coming months, will determine what type of TV display you want to invest in. Both series come with a waterproof remote which makes it more robust than your average remote control.
The Xtreme series 1080p come in 43" (XHB432) 49" (XHB492) & 55" (XHB552) displays.
Peerless' Ultraview 4K displays are the pinnacle of any outdoor TV. Boasting a 2160p resolution, this series will give you the best clarity for any outdoor situation. Like the Xtreme series, the frame is made of high grade aluminum which can withstand the elements, up to twenty two degrees below zero, and up to one hundred and twenty two degrees fahrenheit. It also utilizes an isotropic blackout panel that means that direct sunlight won't make it impossible to watch the big game, or your favorite movie while poolside, or at your grilling station.
Some great accessories to enhance your outdoor display include:
When people are planning their outdoor living space often times they overlook one of the most essential parts of the outdoor space, the Outdoor Bar! This guide is to help you decide what you may want to have in your new outdoor living space. The most important area of this whole area will be the seating space when planning make sure you allocate enough space so you can comfortable seat people at the bar. Locally there is Patio.com on 919 Post Road E, Westport that will have a large selection of bar stools of all heights and sizes for your new bar area.
However, there is more to an outdoor bar than seating. You will want all the products that make your bar unique and the happening spot in the neighborhood.
These items are a great investment for your outdoor kitchen because they make your life so much easier. Never again will you have to load up the cooler and stock up on ice before your party so that you are ready to go. You can have all the essentials fully stocked and ready to go everyday of the week with little thought. Not only will your beverages be the perfect temperature but you will be able to keep your food and condiments ready to go. The most common size for these refrigerators are 24”. Most vendors make them including Lynx, DCS, Sub Zero, and Marvel. There are two popular configurations that they come in, the first being your typical swing door refrigerator. Some popular examples of this are the Lynx LM24REFR($2699), DCS RF24RE3 ($2599), Sub Zero UC-24RO/PH ($3030), and Marvel MO24RAS1RS ($2069). These units are all refrigerator and are designed to run from temperatures of 32 degrees all the way to 110 degrees. It is not acceptable to simply put a refrigerator that is designed for indoor use into your outdoor area. The first reason being that indoor refrigerators do not have strong enough compressors to keep food or beverages cold enough in the direct sun causing the food or drink to spoil as well as shorten the life expectancy of the machine. Also, they do not have the appropriate finish to be left outside and the finish of the product will disintegrate or rust in a short amount of time. When purchasing a refrigerator for your outdoor bar make sure it is designed for use outdoor, if not you will be incredibly disappointed and most likely the manufacturer will not help you in the event the product fails. Another popular outdoor style is refrigerator drawers. This option gives you the ability to have two separate compartments where you can store your food/beverages and is my favorite way to organize an outdoor refrigerator. A few examples of this are the Lynx LM24DWR ($4109), DCS RF24DE3 ($3899), Marvel MO24RDS3NS ($3459).
Having an Outdoor Kegerator will make your outdoor bar stand out! Imagine having an ice cold draft beer while hosting the ultimate back yard party. These units will come in single tap or dual tap configurations. If you typically host larger parties its best to get a single tap because you are able to hold larger kegs. If you enjoy having different types of beer you may want to consider having a dual tap unit so that you can do pony kegs. Some examples of single and dual tap kegerators are the Lynx LM24BFR ($3239) with Lynx you then can purchase a single tower head L24TWS or a Double tower head L24TWD. DCS Makes two versions a single tap RF24TL1 ($3299) and a RF24BTL1 ($3499). Marvel also makes a model the MO24BNS1RS ($2539).
When you are a wine enthusiast wine coolers are definitely a must have for your outdoor bar area. The reason why you want to buy a wine cooler instead of just an outdoor refrigerator is because wine isn’t stored as cold as other beverages. These units are available in single zone,(where you set the temperature to 55 degrees) and dual zone where you can set two temperature settings one for whites which are typically consumed at a cooler temperature and a red zone where reds are typically consumed at a warmer temperature. An example of this would be a Lynx LM15WINER ($3459)
We can all agree that running out before your party to get ice is one of the worst chores you have to do before entertaining or even before going to an event during the warmer months. The only thing worse than going to pick up ice is running out of ice while you are entertaining. These outdoor ice makers will keep the party going until you kick everyone out or until the neighbors call the police. Lynx makes an 15” Outdoor ice machine LM15ICER ($3349), DCS also makes one RF15IL1 ($3199), Please consult one of our sales experts when considering the purchase of an outdoor ice maker as there are multiple variables that need to be considered when ordering.
Outdoor sinks and cocktail stations are an essential part of your outdoor bar. They are great for storing extra ice and keeping additional beverages chilled while entertaining. They are also great place where all your drink garnishes can be left. Also, having a sink is nice so you can dump the left overs from wounded soldiers your guests may have left during the party. The Lynx LCS30 ($2109) may be the ultimate outdoor cocktail station with the built in bottle opening, the bottle storage on the front, the insulated ice bin with sliding stainless covers, and sink it will be the center of attention at your ourdoor bar. If you don’t have room to build it in you can also get the 30” Freestanding Cocktail Pro LCS30F for ($3019) this offers the same features as the LCS30 but also adds two fold down shelves, four commercial asters to make the unit easy to move, and an optional pass shelf with a halogen light (LCSPS $499).
If you live in New England like our team here at Marsillio’s Appliance and TV you know that our warm season is painfully short. Even in the height of summer we can have some evenings dip into the upper 50’s and low 60’s. With that being said you may want to add Infratech outdoor heaters to your backyard area. These electric powered heaters can make your outdoor patio area up to 20 degrees warmer than surrounding areas. It will certainly make those chilly nights more enjoyable outside as well as extend your outdoor season by at least a month on either side of summer.
If you have any other questions or want to see and experience any of the products mentioned in this article please call or stop into Marsillios Appliance and TV @ 2031 Black Rock Tpke Fairfield, CT.
The right outdoor grill is an essential appliance piece for the spring and summer seasons. Choosing the right grill can be very daunting considering many factors like cost, size, style, fuel type, brand, and overall aesthetics. Three brands that offer a price for everyone, various sizes, fuel type, and aesthetics are Lynx, DCS, and Wolf.
Lynx's Smart Grill technology with their two patented trident infrared burners provide the fastest cooking, and the most precise temperature control over many other leading brands. Lynx offers two unique heating elements for their smart grills, Trident infrared, and Ceramic burners. Trident Infrared heats the grate directly underneath with over twenty five thousand BTUs of power. It offers the best in instantaneous temperature control. Trident heat technology has been a standard for chefs around the world.
Their patented Flametrack System helps separate Lynx among its competition by using sensors which can tell if the grill's flame has been extinguished, then relights the burner if there is no flame for up to thirteen seconds. With a sensor on its burners, the Flametrack system is ideal for grilling under windy conditions which can extinguish conventional flame systems on other grills.
The Ceramic element uses a cordierite composite, used in kilns and commercial ovens for many years and can withstand extremely high temperatures. Traditional metal burners aren't consistent in their heat distribution and over time, the metal can warp, contract and expand making cooking uneven. The Ceramic burners are more reliable and can endure more than metal, which is why commercial grade units are used by restaurants and chefs for their reliability. The Ceramic elements are subjected to thousands of rigorous tests before they are implemented into Lynx Pro smart grills.
The SMART36 built in grill is equipped with all the features listed above, and offers over nine hundred and thirty six square inches of cooking surface for all your cooking needs. It is available in natural gas or liquid propane models. Other models available are the L54TR, L42TR, L36TR, L30TR, & L27TR (the numbers indicate the inches of the unit.)
DCS from Fisher & Paykel offers a variety of built in grills. Their Series 7 and Series 9 models offer the best design and functionality from a company dedicated to high quality control.
The Series 7 model, allows you to prepare a variety of different meals with great ease, and precise temperature control. Their grills are hand made and built to withstand the rigors of the most dedicated of cooks, to the extreme weather mother nature has to offer.
The Series 7 models are as follows: BH1-48R-N (4 burners), BH1-48R-L (3 burners), BH1-36R-N / L (3 burners), BH1-30R-N / L (2 burners), BGC30-BQ-M / L (2 burners.)
N= Natural Gas
L= Liquid Propane
BQ= Non Rotisserie
Number= Size of the unit
The Series 9 from DCS offers more features which include the following:
The Series 9 come in the following models: BE1-48RC-N, BE1-36RC-N (built in) and BE1-48RC-N and BE1-36RC-N (freestanding.)
Wolf's OG "Outdoor Grills" series add style and decor to any outdoor kitchen area. All grills are built to high standards, rigorously tested to withstand nature, and built to last for twenty years. All components are put through extreme stress tests before going into their final design. The series features some of the following innovations:
The series is available in the following sizes OG30 (three burners), OG36 (four burners), OG42 (four burners), & OG54 (built in only, w/ six burners.)
Stop into Marsillios today to look at the assortment of grills we have to offer for your grilling season.
$1,099 in Stainless *Also available in other colors
WHY BUY? When the JGB700SEJSS goes on sale, pounce on the opportunity to buy. We’ve seen it drop as low as $699-$799, an incredible value for what you’re getting.
At that price point, no other range is going to give you five burners including a powerful 18,000 BTU power boil, integrated non-stick aluminum griddle, heavy cast iron grates, convection bake (not True Convection) and self-cleaning. It also has steam clean, a feature popular with GE, which is used to quickly clean minor food spills with water and lower temperatures.
The storage drawer may feel a little flimsy and the oven size (5.0 cubic foot) is smaller and has less features than the next series up (the GE Profile PGB911SEJSS, which has a cast iron reversible grill/griddle, two 18K burners, three oven racks and 5.6 cu. ft. oven), but overall, it’s tough to complain about the JGB700SEJSS at that price.
* Quick note: If you want to buy a center grate (JXGRATE1), it’s around $60.
$1,399 in Stainless *Also available in Black Stainless
WHY BUY? The KFGG500ESS is one of the nicest looking freestanding gas ranges out there. With a stainless steel cooktop surface, five burners ranging from 5,000 to 18,000 BTU and Even-Heat True Convection, the KitchenAid should be on your radar.
Aside from appearance, KitchenAid gets very good performance reviews. The oven has a bow-tie shaped baffle with a convection fan, a more advanced design to help circulate that hot air to provide even cooking at a quicker rate.
“Even-Heat,” as KitchenAid calls it in their ranges and wall ovens, is an excellent feature, where the entire oven—walls and racks included—preheats effectively by initially heating above the set temperature to avoid cold spots and then stays at the perfect temperature while cooking. You get convection baking, broiling and roasting, as well as options for pizza, baked goods, meats, etc. Also, their 5.8 cubic foot oven is one of the largest ovens you’ll see in a freestanding convection range.
If you like to boil your pasta and do high-heat cooking in the center, this range might not be for you. The center burner only amounts to 8,000 BTU, which is lower than what most ranges have (for example, Bosch’s slide-in gas range has a 18,000 BTU center burner). Also, there are two large cast iron grates compared to three that other brands manufacture, which is a tad annoying when it comes to cleaning.
Overall, it has similar features to some of its competitors, but you’re paying for that high-end look and a really good convection system when you go with KFGG500ESS.
PGB960SEJSS (GE PROFILE)
$2,199 in Stainless *Also available in Black Stainless and Slate
WHY BUY? GE Profile makes one double oven freestanding gas range compared to five different single oven range models they sell, so there’s no comparing and contrasting. That’s the easy part. The hard part? Making sure the double oven is for you.
It’s becoming more and more popular, which is why it makes the list. The GE Profile double oven range (PGB960SEJSS) and KitchenAid double oven range (KFGD500ESS) are the same price, but the former gives you more bang for your buck.
First off, there’s a LOT of power. You get two 18,000 BTU power burners (front left and right) to go along with a 9,500 BTU burner and 5,000 BTU simmer burner. Not only that, but GE Profile has the industry’s first combination oval/round burner (10,000 BTU). That dual purpose burner allows you to cook with anything from grills/griddles to bigger pots. Secondly, the overall oven capacity is huge at 6.8 cubic foot, the largest among its competitors.
You also get convection bake and convection roast, self-clean and steam clean, and an integrated reversible cast iron grill/griddle. Chef Connect, a feature popular with select GE products that’s been around since 2015, allows you to sync the clocks on both the range and over-the-range microwave (OTR) or hood, as well as the cooktop burners with the microwave or hood vent fan and light. It’s important to note that it can only be synced (paired with Bluetooth) with a GE hood/OTR that has Chef Connect. Majority of customers don’t find this feature appealing.
Overall, the KitchenAid’s appearance may pop a little more, but the GE Profile, which is still sleeker than the GE, has a better double oven range.
* Quick note: The center grate (JXGRATE1) is included.
With warmer weather just around the corner, the winter cleanup season is upon us. This is one of the busiest times of the year for not only bringing your lawn furniture out of winter storage, but the time where many begin to consider outdoor renovations / upgrades. One of these areas is outdoor living, an extension of one's indoor living space. Outdoor kitchen areas are more popular than ever and the time to begin planning is now. Here are several things to consider when planning your ideal outdoor kitchen / living space.
The first step is taking into account the space you have to work with. Proper measurement of the space and accounting for things like shade, shelter, and warmth are very important. A pre built outdoor island package is one idea that can help bring your outdoor living area to fruition.
For those cool spring or fall evenings often experienced here in Connecticut, a radiant heater can offer comfort for your outdoor kitchen area, allowing an extension of outdoor fun well into autumn. An Infratech radiant heater is a great solution. The duel radiant WD-Series with up to six thousand watts of power, offers a terrific floating heat effect for the outdoors. A popular model, the WD-6024 covers up to fourteen square feet. It comes in a variety of different colors and finishes like Stainless Steel, Black, Bronze, White, Copper, and Grey. A Duel Duplex switch (14-4325 w/ weatherproof box and cover) is required in order to run the unit at half or full power, supporting up to twenty amps.
Plan the layout as early as you can. An L-shaped kitchen is a popular choice for many outdoor layouts and offers more of an open design. Choose carefully where you want your appliances to go. (e.g. you may not want to put a barbeque next to a fridge that would be working harder in an outdoor environment trying to keep things cold, and the barbeque is creating a huge amount of heat next to it.)
Also make enough room for a food prep area. Many people forget this simple thing and are left with a very small, or no prep area at all. Having the ability to have a food prep with water makes preparation and clean up easier than having to go in an out of the main home all the time. Lynx offers a series of sinks and cocktail stations for all your needs. One unit, the LCS30 offers quick convenience for bottle storage, bottle opening, insulated ice bins for ready ice all day long, and an integrated towel holder. There are also three sizes of Lynx sinks, eighteen, twenty four, and thirty inches (LSK18, LSK24, LSK30).
What type of appliances are you considering for the area? Where is the plumbing in relation to the outdoor living area? A contractor or builder should be consulted as to the options you have to run water, drainage, and power to the area.
Choosing the right grill is the most important decision when planning the outdoor area. Will you go with freestanding or a built in grill? Smartgrill by Lynx offers a wide range of natural or liquid propane grills. The SMART30 offers over eight hundred and forty square inches of cooking space. The blue hue backlight knobs make it easy to see what temperature the unit is set at. A duel position, internally powered rotisserie w/ a three speed motor, offers up to sixteen thousand BTUs of power. The temperature sensors measure for perfect measured heat output for the most accurate levels every time.
A wonderful addition to an outdoor kitchen is an outdoor pizza oven. Lynx's thirty inch Napoli oven (CCLPZA) has a power output up to seven hundred degrees (forty thousand BTUs, and four hundred square inches of cooking surface) making it ideal for pizza, and freshly baked breads. It comes with the ability to reverse the chimney to vent from the front or rear. Luminous blue lighting for the knobs, and bright interior lighting make it simple to operate in any lighting condition. The unit comes in a natural gas version (LPZANGK) and an LP version (LPZALPK).
A smoker makes a great companion to any grill. Lynx's professional series smokers offer great coverage, with over a thousand square inches of cooking surface, duel racks for food placement, a temperature range between one hundred and sixty - three hundred and fifty degrees. WiFi enabled apps allow you to check on the progress of the food as it's cooking, and an LCD control panel allows for real time information to be displayed on the front of the unit. The LSMKF thirty inch built in would make a great fit for your outdoor kitchen.
Warming drawers are very popular, especially when keeping food hot for guests who are late to the party. The L30WD-1 from Lynx offers adaptable temperature range settings from ninety - two hundred and twenty degrees for keeping bread and poultry very hot. Precision control helps to regulate moist and crisp settings, it has two removable steam pans and steam racks, and a hidden heating element allows you to use the drawer as a towel or robe warmer.
An undercounter refrigerator (single or side by side) allows for a myriad amount of things that can be stored for quick access like soft drinks and other beverages. Lynx's LM24REFL twenty-four inch undercounter refrigerator offers plentiful five point three cubic feet of space. Dynamic cooling technology that allows food to get cold and remain cold with state of the art cooling distribution. Its blue interior lighting make it easy to locate items within the fridge's interior. It also offers a locking mechanism and is energy star rated which will keep yearly operating costs at a minimal.
Another refrigerator option is a drawer. Drawers can offer more storage capacity and unlike a side by side, or single unit, are slightly more compact with a stacked design. Lynx's LM24DWR drawer offers five cubic feet storage, door alarm indicator, letting one know if the drawer has been left open, full-extension glide-out drawer slides which makes retrieving items at the back of the unit easy. The unit also has a locking mechanism and is energy star rated like other Lynx fridges.
Another brand, Marvel offers a similar fridge drawer unit M024RDS3NS in twenty four inches with a dynamic cooling technology for the most regulated temperature control, a thermal insulated cabinet for the best energy efficiency, locked doors, and a close door assist to alert you when the unit is left open.
One of the most important appliances not taken into consideration are outdoor dishwashers. Asko's DOD651PHXXLS series dishwasher is the answer to your dirty dishes. With nine settings including Normal wash, eco, hygiene, rinse, and sanitation, the unit is designed to handle whatever goes into it. It is designed with a float mechanism which shuts off the unit if begins to overflow. It has a hidden heating element which is safe for all ceramics and plastics. It is equipped with two powerful spray arms, and equipped with seven spray zones. It can handle up to fifteen place settings, and has smooth glide metal rails with ball bearings for easy loading and unloading of the machine.
Stop in to Marsillios Appliance & TV to look at the outdoor kitchen options and outdoor entertainment we have on display, to turn your outside into the prime destination this upcoming season.
TC5000WN (SPEED QUEEN)
*Available in White only ($1029)
WHY BUY? The “old new” as I like to call them. Remember those Speed Queen washers from a few years ago that got stellar reviews? Well, they brought them back (in this newer version).
The dual-action agitator, or “Classic Wash Action,” moves back and forth while the tub stays fixed. That style of washing is used more for commercial applications, hence why the wash performance on this model is unbeatable. Also, no more “Auto” load sensing. There are two water levels: Half tub or full tub of water for you water enthusiasts. They removed the lid lock, too, the only washer to not have one.
More importantly, it’s simple. Knob controls, six wash cycles (Normal ECO, Heavy Duty, Delicate, Perm Press, Bulky/Sheet and Spin—Heavy Duty is still the recommended cycle to use) and three options (Extra Rinse if you’re sensitive to soap, Presoak and Heavy Soil). Choose your wash temperature and cycle, press start and be on your way. But don’t go too far because Speed Queen has the quickest wash times for each respective cycle compared to all the other top loaders out there.
Overall, Speed Queen’s reliability is second to none. The lifespan of their laundry is 20-25 years. And if you’re looking to replace that ancient machine of yours that cleaned dirty clothes the best and lasted forever with a washer that does the same, this is the one.
Quick note: PLEASE be sure to not overdo it with HE detergent. These machines pump out a ton of water, and extra detergent leads to oversudsing.
TR7000WN (SPEED QUEEN)
*Available in White only ($1,099)
WHY BUY? It’s a Speed Queen. American made from Wisconsin. It’s going to double the lifespan of any other machine you get and is fast and great at washing clothes. ‘Nuff said.
I get the hesitation because of the mixed reviews on the newer (2018) TR models. They did change things. The wash performance isn’t like what it was because the agitator and tub rotate together, and some cycles use less water, so the TC does a better job with thick fabrics and heavy-soiled clothes. But it’s an eco-friendlier machine than the TC5. It’ll be gentler on your clothes and quieter, especially on the Normal ECO cycle. The Heavy Duty cycle, which we tell customers to use, still does a great job for stain removal. Also, the 820 RPM maximum spin speed (710 RPM in the TC) equals less time drying in your dryer.
The TR7 comes with a 7-year full warranty; their competitors offer a 1-year full warranty. It has a 1 horsepower (HP) motor and inverter drive system; their competitors have a less powerful motor and more parts, which makes for a more expensive and tougher repair. In the TR series, you choose the water level (small, medium or large) for soil or pick Auto Fill, which uses a sensor to determine how much water to use based on the friction of clothes in the tub. The only downside is the smaller tub size (3.2 cubic foot).
Why pay more for the TR7 when the TR5 and TR3 have the same wash performance and mechanics? You get the longer warranty and more features, useful features I might add. You get a time-remaining display, speed cycle (which takes only 29 minutes long!), soak and prewash options, warm rinse (plus extra rinse), delay start and eight special cycles (Athletic, Denim, Wool and Super Soiled are ones I tend to point out to customers).
*Available in White only ($749)
WHY BUY? Maytag is reputable. It may not be the Maytag of past (Speed Queen has taken over), but it’s still one of the better washers out there, and it’s easy to get service when needed.
This model is one of the highest-selling washing machines on the market. And when it goes on sale (which is often), the price drops significantly, making it an incredible value. The stainless steel tub is big enough for sheets and queen comforters. You get a ton of cycles including PowerWash, which is the recommended cycle to use, normal, whites, bulky/sheets, drain & spin and rinse & spin. You also get a hand wash cycle, which is a little gentler on clothes than a delicate cycle, a cold wash for vibrant colors, and a soak option.
It’s very simple to use, which is what customers like. Using knobs, choose your soil level (light, regular or heavy), choose your wash temperature (hot, warm, cool, cold, tap cold), choose your cycle and water level (auto sensing or deep water wash) an add an extra rinse or deep rinse (with or without fabric softener) if you need. Deep water wash, well, will add more water to the machine. Using this cycle with PowerWash gives you an A+ performance!
It’s worth nothing these High Efficiency (HE) machines will cut the cost down on your water and electric bills. However, the downside is that all the new HE top loaders—and front loaders for that matter—only last 6-10 years and the lack of water impacts the wash performance in a negative way.
Quick note: The NORMAL cycle does not work with DEEP WATER WASH (only auto sensing). Lids lock on all new top-load machines. Please be aware of different sounds and movements from the machine compared to your old one. You may think the machine has stopped working, but that’s how it operates.
*Available in White only ($599)
WHY BUY? Whirlpool, who owns Maytag, is one of the most reliable brands. Their laundry is among the least serviced appliances. This model is basic, but sometimes basic is good.
It’s similar to the Maytag mentioned above. The wash temperatures are the same and you get a deep water wash and deep rinse, which works well together to get the soil and soap out. Maytag’s tub size is bigger and the PowerWash cycle will perform a little better, but you still get the other cycles including normal, heavy, colors and whites (with or without soak), delicates, bulky/sheets, drain & spin and rinse & spin. You can’t choose your soil level and you lose out on hand wash, but you gain a quick wash cycle that Maytag didn’t have on the model above, which is nice.
For the price point and cycles you get to go along with a trustworthy brand, it’s tough to beat.
Please note that Whirlpool does not have a 10-Year Limited Parts Warranty on the Direct Drive motor and Stainless Steel Wash Basket that Maytag gives .
*Available in White ($999) or Satin Nickel ($1099)
WHY BUY? No more mold! Well, we hope, but at least one company has finally developed a system to help prevent the nastiness that’s happening in your front load washer. How does it work? Drain, dry and defend.
GE’s tub, which is a generous 4.8 cubic feet, and gasket design makes for better drainage of water. GE also uses Microban antimicrobial technology built into the gasket, dispenser and draining system. When you type in the word “Microban” on Google, this is what comes up:
“Microbran antimicrobial product protection is a built-in active ingredient that enables products to resist the growth of microbes such as bacteria, mold and mildew.”
Not only that, but the UltraFresh Vent System with OdorBlock is a new airflow system that eliminates excess moisture and helps prevent odors. In other words, you don’t have to keep the door open or use a rag to dry that gasket anymore.
GE also takes the best of other brands (to an extent) and puts it into one machine. To start, it has WiFi capabilities. Feature-wise, SmartDispense holds up to 32 loads of detergent (50 ounces) and automatically dispenses the right amount to avoid refills, kind of like Whirlpool’s Load & Go. The washer door can be reversed, a feature that was only available on select Electrolux models. Tumble Care periodically tumbles clothes up to eight hours to keep clothes fresh for those who forget to put them in the dryer right away, a feature that is close to Maytag/Whirlpool’s Fresh Hold option. You also get an Active Wear cycle for nicer gym garments, a cycle that is popular with GE laundry overall. Steam, which helps loosen stains, prewash and sanitize cycles come with it, too. *The Wash and dry feature is on the next model up.
It’s new, but for the price point, it’s very appealing. For the mold prevention, it’s a no-brainer.
*Available in White ($1,249) or Metallic Slate ($1,349)
WHY BUY? The Whirlpool family (KitchenAid, Maytag, Whirlpool, Amana) is one of the more reliable brands out there. When there’s a problem, it’s quick and easy to get parts and schedule a technician for appliance repair. KitchenAid doesn’t make laundry and Amana only designs top loaders, so Maytag and Whirlpool it is. Aside from great service, you get a ton of features and good performance. You’ll be paying more Whirlpool’s comparable smart washer, which makes Maytag a much better buy for what it is.
It gives you a bigger tub than most at 5.0 cubic feet. The Extra Power button will work extra hard against stubborn stains by using both hot and cold water during different phases of the wash to boost the performance. You can use this on any wash cycle, but just keep in mind that extra detergent must be added in the marked “Extra Power” compartment.
Optimal Dose Dispenser is similar to Whirlpool's Load & Go but in smaller capacity and located in the top compartment. It holds enough detergent for up to eight loads so you don’t have to refill evert time. PLEASE BE SURE TO CLEAN IT REGULARLY to avoid future service issues.
The 24-hour Fresh Hold option is for those who forget to take clothes out of the washer when they’re done. The machine uses an internal fan combined with periodic tumbling, which allows fresh air to circulate inside the washer while moisture is filtered out. You also get an overnight wash and dry cycle for small loads (spins it dry), a sanitize cycle for bacteria-infested clothes and LED interior lighting.
When you download the Maytag Mobile app, you can monitor and control your machine away from home, receive notifications when your laundry is finished and use remote diagnostics. Go to maytag.com/connect for specific instructions on how to connect. Unlike its family member Whirlpool, Maytag has extended warranty (parts only) on the drive motor and wash basket.
*Available in White ($999) or Chrome Shadow ($1,099)
WHY BUY? Based off a recent study done by Yale Appliance, Whirlpool is the least serviced brand of laundry. There are fewer bells and whistles here, which many customers like.
The main feature is the Load & Go XL. A Whirlpool staple, this feature allows you to fill up to 40 loads and dispenses the correct amount of detergent for each selective cycle. This feature is located near the bottom of the unit. It's a great feature for those who find it annoying to refill detergent every time. PLEASE BE SURE TO CLEAN IT REGULARLY.
In this 4.5 cubic foot washer, you get a ton of cycles including regular/normal, heavy duty, delicate, bulky items, drain and spin, wrinkle control, whites and colors. You also get a quick wash (small, lightly solid loads in 15 minutes), cold wash (for gentler cleaning), sanitize (kills 99.9 percent of bacteria), steam clean (reaches a hot temperature to remove everyday stains) and presoak (hands-free option that operates before the wash cycle). It’s worth noting the presoak option is not available on any Maytag front loader. *The 12-hour Fan Fresh feature is on the next model up
If you care about the look, this model will stand out. It’s modern and sleek, and its easy-to-easy touch controls allow you to customize up to 35 cycle combinations. Simple enough.
LG's WM8100 series mega capacity, front load washer is your answer to a machine that can handle all your toughest washes from king size bedding, to sports equipment like football pads etc.
With a 5.2 cu. ft. capacity, the washer delivers a max rpm speed of 1300 which gets most of the water out of the clothes and helps to cut down on drying time, and not over dry delicate clothing. Other features include High, medium, low, and no spin speed, five water temperature settings which include extra hot, hot, warm, cold and tap cold (all rinses use cold water).
The unit has a direct drive motor which is quieter than other traditional motor systems, and is ideal for a second floor laundry set up and won't disturb those in any bedroom. The unit and it's matching dryer are available in White or Graphite Steel. The motor and basket come with a ten year warranty. All other mechanics come with a one year warranty.
An excellent companion to the washer unit is the one cu. ft. sidekick pedestal washer (WD200CV), that allows the user to not have to fill up the regular washer for small load items like undergarments, socks, or gym clothing. The "mighty mini" also comes with a remote so you can start and stop loads with ease. The remote is also magnetic and can attach to the side of the regular washer when not being used. The unit is compatible with select 29 - 30" LG washers (see unit for details). The sidekick comes with a ten year guarantee on the motor and basket. All other mechanics come with a one year warranty.
Upgrading the kitchen can be a very expensive endeavor and most luxury brands offer very little in the way of promotions or rebate programming.
Wolf, Subzero, and Cove are offering a great promotion program for their clientele until the end of the year. With this program, the client has the ability to choose their ideal appliances, either receive three extra years of protection, receive a thousand dollars back, or earn points to redeem for up to ten different Wolf gourmet products to add to your kitchen's decor.
The way to qualify is to purchase any full size refrigerator plus any cooktop wall oven combination or any professional range. Once you purchase either combination of those products you can get a $1000 rebate or 3 additional years protection on all the products purchased. (All the products must be purchased on the same sales invoice qualify for Sub-Zero Care Plus (excluding dishwashers, laundry, coffee system, outdoor grills, side burners, and burner modules). Speak with an associate for further details.
The final part of the offer allows the client to redeem points for free Wolf gourmet products. Each additional appliance purchased earns one point towards the gourmet products. (A maximum of six points can be earned. Side Swing microwaves, cup warming drawers, & Asko laundry products don't qualify).
The points earned for the gourmet products can be applied to the following:
Contact Marsillios Appliance & TV today and speak to a sales associate for further details, or visit the manufacturer's website at Subzero - Wolf.com/promotion
When it comes to cooking and innovation, GE's Cafe Series wall ovens are held on a higher tier above most. With the new line from GE Cafe, you'll be able to spend more time with your family, and spend less time in the kitchen than ever before. With GE's new Advantium technology, it's taken the guesswork out of food preparation and made it simpler. So go ahead, go shopping for hours on end, go for a hike in the woods, go to the beach, go skiing, and don't worry about the next big meal you're planning.
Their latest and greatest models include the Cafe 240V Advantium Technology Wall Oven (CSB923P2NS1) and the Smart Single Convection Oven (CTS70DP2NS1).
The Advantium Technology Wall oven features some great new innovations pioneered by GE. These include the following:
With this technology, you can prepare things faster than ever before. e.g. with the speed cooking option, you can bake a potato in ten minutes as opposed to an hour, leaving you with fifty extra minutes to spare.
Excellent time to catch up on an episode of your favorite show, or getting another chore out of the way.
The Advantium Oven's smart single partner is the CTS70DP2NS1 which offers some of the best, latest innovations. Utilizing a web connected interface, the wall oven can automatically adjust and modify cook times to ensure that food is never under or overcooked. The oven offers a full color display which makes setting selections a snap.
The oven delivers top - down true European style convection. An ideal technology to prepare delicious roasts, chicken, turkey, pizzas, cakes, and more.
With the speed cooking option, with up to one hundred and seventy five pre loaded options, there's no preheating required. You select the temperature and place your item(s) in the oven and that's it.
When house chores and errands take you away from the kitchen, you can utilize the Cafe Appliance Kitchen App to manage your cooking so things are prepared when you arrive home.
Come visit our new GE Cafe vignette at Marsillo's today for a demo of both units, and look into how you can add these units to your kitchen today.
KitchenAid has come into its own as one of the better brands out there. Owned by Whirlpool, KitchenAid has an elegant look companied by good performance. It’s also easily serviceable.
If you’re looking to replace your gas cooktop and electric wall oven, KitchenAid should be at the top of your list. And you don’t have to break the bank to get that high-end look you’ve always wanted.
All KitchenAid cooktops (excluding one model with a downdraft) come with five sealed burners. It is electronic ignition, which is more common and efficient than the standing pilot ignition you might have had on your older appliances. Also, all of KitchenAid’s cooktops have full-width cast iron grates that are dishwasher safe. LP (liquid propane) conversion kits are included with all models.
Let’s look at the three series of cooktops KitchenAid has to offer:
You are paying a bit more money for KitchenAid, especially because of the name and look, but their entry-level cooktop gives you better performance and more features than other brands’ entry-level cooktops:
*Also available in a 30” (special order). Please note the 30” has a 17K BTU Multiflame burner
When you step up to the next series, you get these new features:
*Available in a 30”. Please note the 30” has a 17K BTU duel-ring center burner
You get all the same features in the previous model PLUS:
*Available in 30” (special order). Please note the 30” has a 17K BTU duel-ring center burner
Now, let’s pair it up with one of these wall ovens, shall we?
KitchenAid wall ovens are beautifully designed. For the most, there are no bells and whistles except on the high-end model.
Their all-touch electronic control panel is super easy to operate. The pro-like satin-textured handles and blue porcelain interior really make it pop (*black porcelain on the high-end model). The generous capacity (5.0 cubic foot per oven) beats majority of the competition, and their viewing window is one of the largest in the industry. Self-cleaning and halogen lighting is in all ovens.
Let’s look at the three series of double wall ovens:
*Also available in 24” and 27” (special order). Please note that features may not be identical in these models.
You get all the same features in the previous model PLUS:
*Also available in 27”. Please note that features may not be identical in this model
Ah yes, the ultimate chef’s oven. Here’s what you get with KitchenAid’s high-end model (including the features on the previous model):
*Only available in 30”. Please note there are four total racks in this oven
Induction cooking has been around for decades but has only entered the lexicon within the last several years. While many brands offer this technology, there are a select few who have pioneered this established innovation.
So what is the difference between traditional radiant cooktops versus an induction, and what type best suits your needs?
Radiant cooktops use a traditional heating element built underneath the ceramic glass top. Their power source usually ranges from thirty - forty amps. Radiant cooktops have been the standard for many decades and are seen in most homes either freestanding, or in a separate counter cooktop. People looking in to upgrading their current kitchen appliances are going more towards the induction route because of its ability to cook food faster, and more effectively.
Induction first began at the turn of the twentieth century but became more known by the two thousand teens.
Induction uses magnetic current via copper coils that are built underneath the ceramic cooktop of the oven. It heats your pots and pans directly without having the basic heating element, the result is a very consistent and precise temperature.
Induction also boils water up to fifty percent faster by focusing more of the magnet coil's energy in the center rather than the outside of the pot.
It also makes cleaning up spills and other messes a breeze due to the cooktop's outer periphery remaining cooler so those messes don't have time to be baked on.
While many brands manufacture induction cooktops, there are several brands that are the gold standard when it comes to pioneering the technology. Most brands use bridging elements to combine multiple heating elements together for larger pots and pans, or for grilling purposes.
Frigidaire refers to its technology as Auto Sizing which adapts the power based on the size of the pot / pan.
Miele uses a similar technology called Twin Booster which speeds up the induction cooking based on the various sizes of the pots / pans.
Dacor uses Sensetech which senses the size and adjusts accordingly for efficiency.
Whirlpool and its subsidiaries refer to their technology as Auto Pan Detection to determine the heating element size in order to spend less cook time and save on energy usage.
If you're not sure if your current pots & pans will work with an induction cooktop, place and ordinary refrigerator magnet on the bottom of your cookware. If it's magnetically attracted, it will work with an induction cooktop.
Want to see it work in person? Marsillios Appliance & TV has induction live on our showroom floor so you can experience how it works in person! We hope to see you in our store!
When it comes to pro ranges, three brands come to mind in regards to their unique designs, and patented technology. Pro ranges offer a unique blend of restaurant grade cooking, while adding a new contemporary design to best match your home's decor.
Thermador has been in the appliance business for over one hundred years. Established in Irvine California in 1916, they were the first to introduce an in-home pro range in 1948, and introduced the first self-cleaning oven in 1963. Their patented star burners for their gas ranges offer some of the best flame dispersion for the most even cooking. Their precision simmering technology offers highest highs, and lowest lows in BTUs for perfect cooking temperatures. The Perma Flame technology accommodates this feature perfectly in that it will reignite the burner(s) if they become extinguished. Their convection technology offers exceptional baking with the most even cooking due to their patented fan technology. The duel valve precision offers high resolution precise burn control that are achieved with their brass duel-valving design for the least amount of corrosion than the leading competition. The Illumina lit knobs (on specific models) utilize both LED and halogen bulb design for very illuminated panel displays and a well-lit oven interior.
Established in Greenwood Mississippi in 1987, Viking makes a series of commercial and residential appliances from refrigerators, microwaves, electric, and gas ranges. Their VSH pro sealed burner technology cooks up to eighteen thousand BTUs with their gas range technology. The Vari-Simmer setting allows all burners to provide the most gentle, even simmering at the lowest temperatures possible. The "Porcelainized" cooking surface keeps spills at a minimum with its raised edges for easier clean ups, and a long-lasting finish. The Sure Spark ignition system ensures automatic ignition / reignition if the burners are accidentally extinguished during cooking. The Pro Flow Convection baffles bake breads, cakes and everything else with incredible heat circulation and even baking via its patented design.
Wolf brand appliances was established in California and for twenty years, have been a subsidiary of Sub Zero. Their control heat & airflow designs offer the best convection cooking for a myriad amount of different recipes. Their High on Heat technology allows for the highest to lowest temperatures without burning or over cooking cooktop meals. You can also combine burning elements to create one large element from cooking anything from steaks, to pancakes. Their superb heating elements on specific models achieve faster boiling times than any other leading brand.
When it comes to wireless sound, Sonos has been the leading authority for nearly twenty years. With an assortment of speakers and other various accessories and sources, you can turn any room into a concert venue, or cinematic experience.
Sonos' One speaker with Alexa built in are ideal for any kitchen, bedroom, den or rear channel surround sound speaker with voice activated functionality. The new Move is internet and bluetooth capable with a ten hour battery built into it. So whether you're relaxing by the pool, or heading to the beach, the Move is always ready for on the go.
Their larger Play 5 can be used for any deck, patio, or larger room to fill the air with clear sound from over eighty different streaming sites including Pandora, Spotify, Deezer, Amazon, Apple Music, and countless internet radio channels.
Sonos' Playbar and Beam can add additional front channel audio and turn your TV into a home theater. Add the One or Play Five, and their signature subwoofer and create a 5.1 surround sound system.
Stop by Marsillios Appliance & TV to listen to our Sonos speaker demos and bring home Sonos today.
When it comes to laundry, no other brand is synonymous than Speed Queen. Whether it's a laundromat or your own home, Speed Queen offers a myriad of makes and models to choose from.
Dating back to 1908, the company was founded by Joe Barlow and John Seelig in Ripon, Wisconsin. After establishing the Barlow & Seelig Manufacturing Co., they renamed the company Speed Queen in 1928 and thus began their legacy as one of the most premiere laundry manufacturers.
Speed Queen is a uniquely American brand, tested and guaranteed to last for twenty five years. How they achieve this, is by leading the industry in utilizing some of the best quality parts. While other brands utilize plastics and other inexpensive pieces, Speed Queen uses metal gears and other various pieces that last longer. Speed Queen also has the best agitator design which substantially cuts down on vibration and noise in the home. The mechanics and mother boards in their TR series are tested to withstand intense moisture and as much vibration as possible.
While most brands try to wash using as little water as possible, Speed Queen's TC series will fill the tub to the top of the agitator arm to maximize the most effective cleaning possible. While other brands have a locking mechanism that makes it harder to add forgotten garments, The TC series' "no lid lock" mechanism makes it easier to add your forgotten garments throughout the wash cycle. They guarantee that their top loaders will handle up to a queen size comforter like the competition's front loader washers can.
Both the TC and TR series utilize commercial grade parts but both series differ slightly. The TC series utilizes a transmission type motor for effective noise reduction. The TR series uses a traditional belt driven motor. Depending on which series to choose from, they both utilize several different washing options, temperature selects, and load sizes.
Their top loaders feature a patented agitator arm that efficiently pulls the laundry to the bottom of the basket, while not damaging your delicates in order to not off balance the load(s) which makes it difficult for the tub to jettison the water out during the spin cycle.
Come into the Marsillios Appliance & TV showroom to see the various models we carry, and talk to one of our associates about Speed Queen washers and dryers today.
Dacor is a company with over fifty years of appliance experience. Based out of California, the company has a tradition of high quality control, and many designs for any type of home.
Their Heritage series gas cooktops combine the latest ingenuity with style and ease. The Heritage series comes with many different features one feature is its Illumina knobs which add to precise temperature control, and a convenient illuminated display.
The Perma bead blasted finish helps in resisting surface scratches, and makes it a breeze for quick clean ups. The cooktop grates also come equipped with padded feet in order to not scratch the top if moving cookware from one area to the other.
With up to 18,000 BTUs, the cooktop allows for precise simmering and melting capabilities for whatever you're cooking. It also will reduce wear and tear on your pots & pans.
Its Continuous grate design is ideal for even heat distribution, and for moving your cookware from one burner to another without scratching the surface.
The signature Perma Flame system reignites your burners if they become extinguished, so you're not losing out on cook time or potentially having to recreate a dish.
The Brass caps that the burners are equipped with add a certain look, and last longer than conventional metal caps which can discolor over time and may require replacement.
Stop by our showroom and speak to any of our dedicated staff about the Dacor brand and how you can add it to your home's kitchen.
With the holidays rapidly approaching, cooking is at the forefront of many people's minds when trying to choose the right product for their needs. With many cooking designs to choose from, consumers are looking into consolidating and getting the most out of their appliances. One such appliance are wall ovens.
With single and double oven options, people have more ability to cook and prepare everything from casseroles to a Thanksgiving Turkey. Some ovens have special features like steam, speed cooking, true convection and convection microwave combinations. In order to select the right technology, here are some distinctions between single and double ovens.
Double ovens can offer even larger cubic capacities and more features including:
Every home is different, and both single and double ovens come in a variety of different sizes which will determine which model will best suit your needs. Both single and double ovens also require professional installation to insure they work to their specifications.
4K Ultra High Definition TVs are all the rage these days. Utilizing the most advanced color processing, picture, and onboard smart features differentiate one model over another. Choosing the right TV can make a major difference whether you're watching your favorite sports team, your favorite film, or playing your favorite video game will determine which features are most important.
The environment of the room is also something to take into consideration. Some brands favor a glossier type screen (eg. Samsung, LG), while others like Sony utilize more of a matted screen which favors in rooms with a lot of natural or artificial light.
Some features to take into consideration to narrow down your options are the following:
Come on down to Marsillios Appliance & TV and ask an associate on the different 4K TVs we offer.
Choosing the right oven range can be one of the most important decisions when considering the myriad styles to choose from for your kitchen. Two of the most popular styles consumers are currently looking at are Front Control or Slide In ranges. Both are similar, yet they are different in quite a few ways. Here are a few differences between both styles.
Marsillios Appliance & TV features both designs. Stop into our showroom located at
2031 Black Rock Turnpike in Fairfield, CT.
(P) 203-366-7541 (F) 203-384-2538
Ask any of our friendly staff about products, services, and installations.
You're looking for a dishwasher but prefer an American-made brand to a European-made brand, is that so?
Well, KitchendAid is a great choice! KitchenAid was started in 1919. That date is discretely marked on the satin-textured handles on their appliances. Pretty cool, right? You can even get different color medallions for it, but that's here nor there... They are now one of many brands owned by the Whirlpool Corporation.
KitchenAid was well known for their iconic stand mixers, but it was in 1949 that they began producing dishwashers. It was only their second line of products. When Whirlpool bought KitchenAid in 1986, more kitchen appliances like refrigerators and ranges were introduced.
Enter 2018, where KitchenAid dishwashers are now being rated among the best. It may not be as popular as Bosch or Miele dishwashers, but in terms of quality, performance and quietness, it's comparable.
There are three models that have sold the most in the last year (500-plus orders for each)--the 104 series, 234 series and 334 series, specifically the KDTE234GPS, KDTE334GPS and KDFE104HPS.
All of those models have ProWash, an express wash, normal and tough cycles and a rinse only cycle for washing, and a heated dry option and sani-rinse for drying. Like Bosch's Auto cycle, KitchenAid's ProWash cycle is great in how it chooses the correct cycle by sensing the soil level and then makes time adjustments for a proper clean. Express wash is for light-soiled dishes and takes roughly an hour to wash. As for drying, the heated dry option uses a recessed heating element during the dry cycle, and the sani-rinse heats the temperature up to 155 degrees, which eliminates 99.9 percent of bacteria. You have the option to delay the dishwasher up to eight hours on all three models.
Certain upgraded models will have Dynamic Wash Arms instead of ProWash, as well as ProDry/Extended ProDry options. The Dynamic Wash Arms uses nine wash arms in one for better overall coverage of dishes, especially in tighter spaces. We all know the lack of drying is one of the biggest complaints with dishwashers these days. The ProDry uses the recessed heating element and a fan to get a better clean and any moisture out of the tub--the 334 series gives you this drying option. If you see ProScrub on one of their models, that option is used to help remove the hard gunk on pots and pans by using 40 targeted spray jets.
In regards to look and features, here are the differences between the three models that were listed above.
(PrintShield Stainless; other color options include White, Black and Black Stainless) - Currently the only model that provides touch controls on the front of the machine. It has a smudge-proof stainless steel exterior, stainless steel tub, two adjustable rack positions (upper rack), four stemware holders, silverware basket and their smooth SatinGlide Max Rail (upper rack). Decibel rating: 46 dBa
(Printshield Stainless with a bar handle and hidden controls; other color options include White, Black and Black Stainless) - Smudge-proof stainless steel exterior, stainless steel tub, 3rd level rack, two adjustable rack positions (upper rack), silverware basket, SatinGlide Max Rail (3rd level and upper rack) but no stemware holders. Decibel rating: 46 dBa
(Printshield Stainless with a bar handle and hidden controls; also available in Black Stainless) - Smudge-proof stainless steel exterior, stainless steel tub, 3rd level rack, two adjustable rack positions (upper rack), four stemware holders, two foldable tines (upper rack), silverware basket, SatinGlide Max Rail (3rd level and upper rack), a bottle wash feature and Pro Dry; Decibel rating: 39 dBa
*The 234 and 334 can be ordered with bar handle or pocket handle
The KDTM354ESS (also available in Black Stainless), which has also been a decent seller over the last year, uses a Clean Water Wash system instead of ProWash. It's said to have superior performance by continuously removing food particles from the wash water and avoids you having to clean the filter. Along with the stainless steel tub, adjustable upper rack and SatinGlide Max Rail (upper rack), this unit has a light wash cycle for delicate glassware and dishware, ProDry and ProScrub options, a 24-hour delay start time, adjustable tines on both the upper and lower racks and eight stemware holders. It's also quiet at 44 dBa. However, there is no 3rd level rack and the stainless steel is not smudgeproof.
A couple things to keep in mind if you are purchasing an American-made dishwasher. Most American-made dishwashers use a heating element for drying, whereas European dishwashers use condensation dry. Also, most American-made dishwashers have removed their grinders (food disposal) to keep up with the quietness the European-made dishwashers offer. Like Bosch and Miele, KitchenAid uses a filter which results in super quiet decibel ratings that range from 39 to 46 dBa. It's smart to check and clean out the filter once every month.
If you plan on having a custom panel put on, European-style dishwashers are usually the way to go because they are made to sit flush in a standard 24-inch cabinent. Meanwhile, American-style dishwashers are a bit deeper, so if you wanted your dishwasher to match your cabintry and sit flush, you must make sure to have a deeper cutout. If not, the dishwasher will stick out 1/2 inch beyond your 24-inch cutout. However, the choice of stainless steel, black stainless, black, or white will not affect anything.
The KitchenAid dishwashers start around $600-700. Specialty orders, ones that include a see-through window and lighted interior (KDTM384 and KDTM804, with the latter using both Dynamic Wash Arms and Clean Water Wash and having more features like the 3rd level rack) run upwards of $2,000. Do you really need to pay THAT much money for a dishwasher? I don't think you do.
Overall, KitchenAid dishwashers can be somewhat pricier than other American-made brands like Frigidaire and Maytag, but you'll find it to be a better machine.
Maytag is part of the Whirlpool company and just like Whirlpool, Maytag introduced their new line of front load washers!
They may not look as sleek as the new Whirlpool front loaders, but recent reviews are high on the cleaning performance of the machine. Plus, there are some savvy features on all three of their models.
Let's take a look at three models Maytag has to offer.
MHW5630HW *Only available in white
Maytag's entry-level model starts out with a 4.5 cubic foot stainless steel tub. While Whirlpool front loaders are now all touch, Maytag front loaders utilize both knob and touch controls. You select a wash cycle by turning the dial and are then able to customize your settings, add an option and start the cycle by using the touchpad. Cycle memory, as they call it, saves your customized settings right after cycle completion should you want to use that same cycle the next time around.
The cycles/options include regular/normal, heavy duty, delicate, whites, bulky items, towels, drain and spin, wrinkle control, quick wash (small, lightly soiled loads in 15 minutes), extra rinse (kicks in after the wash cycle ends and helps get rid of excess soap) and steam clean (reaches a hot temperature to remove everyday stains).You don't get a presoak option on any of their models.
However, the Extra Power button is a nice new addition to all of their models. The Extra Power button will work extra hard against those stubborn stains. How? It uses both hot and cold water during different phases of the wash to boost the performance. You can use this on any wash cycle, but just keep in mind that extra detergent must be added in the marked compartment (says "Extra Power") for this to work; read the owner's manual for the recommended amount. It's a feature that definitely differentiates Maytag from other brands.
You also get a 12-hour Fresh Spin option, which tumbles clothes periodically for up to 12 hours to help avoid wrinkling. Use this option when your loads aren't be moved from the washer to the dryer right away.
MHW6630H *Available in white and chrome shadow
Unlike Whirlpool, Maytag gives you more of a reason to jump from their entry-level front loader to the one next in line.
Right off the bat you get a bigger tub at 4.8 cubic feet. You get two extra wash cycles--sanitize (kills 99.9 percent of bacteria) and colors--on top of what is offered on the lower model. You also have the option to go with a white or metallic slate exterior.
But what really stands out is the Advanced Vibration Control Plus (on this model and the next) and 16-hour Fresh Hold option. The machine has a ball-bearing balancing ring and six-point suspension system which automatically redistributes unbalanced loads and helps re-adjust and recalibrate itself from load to load. All in all, a stable machine will help prevent many issues from happening down the road.
The 16-hour Fresh Hold is different from the 12-hour Fresh Spin, as it uses an internal fan combined with periodic tumbling, which in turn allows fresh air to circulate inside the washer while moisture is filtered out. This is a very useful option for those running errands (a.k.a going to happy hour) or forgetting that clothes are in the washer.
MHW8630H *Available in white and chrome shadow
If you want to get smart, this is the model for you. When you download the Maytag Mobile app, you are able to monitor and control your machine away from home, receive notifications when your laundry is finished and use remote diagnostics to avoid additional service calls (we can all agree nobody wants to deal with that). Go to maytag.com/connect for specific instructions on how to connect.
Not only do you get a smart appliance, but this model has the Optimal Dose Dispenser, a feature that was on last year's highest model. It's similar to Whirlpool's Load & Go but in smaller capacity. Fill the top compartment to the "Max" line and it will dish out detergent when needed, avoiding refills for multiple loads. It holds enough detergent for up to eight loads. And with this model you get an even bigger tub at 5.0 cubic feet, a 24-hour Fresh Hold option, an overnight wash and dry cycle and LED interior lighting.
Maytag continues their 10-year parts warranty on the direct drive motor and stainless wash basket on all of their models. With service being a big part of the game with these new machines, it's good to know there is some coverage when going with Maytag.
The new Whirlpool front load washers have hit the market!
Whirlpool front loaders have gotten a good reputation over the years. With their new models, they have transitioned to a clean, all-touch control display. The new Load & Go system, which we'll get into in a little bit, has now been added to all models.
Let's take a look at three models Whirlpool has to offer. (excludes model# WFW9620H)
WFW5620HW *Only available in white
It's considered a "closet depth" unit being that it is less than 32 inches deep (31 9/16" to be exact). What's nice is that you get a 4.5 cubic foot stainless steel tub, which allows for bigger items like king size comforters. We do, however, recommend that consumers take their big comforters to the laundry mat; you don't want to put too much stress on the machine.
Even though this is Whirlpool's lower model, it boasts identical features to the model next in line. So don't think of it as "basic," especially with the amount of wash cycles/options it has to offer.
The cycles include regular/normal, heavy duty, delicate, bulky items, whites, colors, towels, drain and spin, cold wash (for gentler cleaning), sanitize (kills 99.9 percent of bacteria), wrinkle control (for less wrinkles), quick wash (small, lightly solid loads in 15 minutes), presoak (hands-free option that operates before the wash cycle), extra rinse (kicks in after the wash cycle ends and helps get rid of excess soap) and steam clean (reaches a hot temperature to remove everyday stains). You can customize up to 35 cycle combinations. You'll also have a time remaining display.
It features Load & Go, which allows you to fill up to 20 loads and dispenses the correct amount of detergent for each selective cycle. This feature is located near the bottom of the unit, and you still have the single load dispenser in the top left compartment. It's a great feature for those who find it annoying to refill detergent every time.
WFW6620H *Available in white and chrome shadow
Next in line we have the WFW6620H. This model will have the same features, cubic feet and measurements as the previous model.
The differences are it can be ordered in either white or chrome shadow, it has an extra large Load & Go compartment (up to 40 loads instead of 20), and the appearance is a bit sleeker with its all black glass exterior door.
WFW8620H *Available in white and chrome shadow
Here's where you're not only paying for the appearance, color and Load & Go XL, but you're getting a few more features.
Want more capacity in your washer? You get a bigger tub at 5.0 cubic feet. We all want our clothes smelling fresh, right? You get a 12-hour fan fresh option, which utilizes a built-in fan that turns on after the wash cycle ends and tumbles clothes for up to 12 hours. If you're running around and not keeping an eye on your laundry, this feature will be very beneficial to you. You also get a wash and dry option, which uses hot air to tumble dry clothes after the washing is finished.
And don't forget: All new machines lock these days. Should you need to add a garment last second, hit the pause button and then press start again to continue the cycle. More importantly, be sure to clean your washer frequently! Mold is still an issue with front load washers.
Bosch wall ovens are sleek. They are user-friendly. That flush installation also makes for a smooth transition in your kitchen. It gives you that high-end appearance without paying a super high-end price.
Sticking with single and double wall ovens, let's take a look at the different series Bosch has to offer:
Bosch's Benchmark Series, which is the highest series in their line of products, has 17 modes in total, including 14 specialized cooking modes. With the Benchmark Series, bake, hi & low broil, roast, warm, proof dough, convection bake, convection broil, convection roast, pizza, multi-rack convection, self clean, fast preheat, speed convection for frozen foods and sabbath are available in both the upper and lower cavity. The upper oven also gives you the AutoProbe feature, which allows you to program your meat to cook rare, medium and well-done and takes the guesswork out of cooking by using a temperature probe that is included. The EcoChef option, which is a more efficient way of cooking by using the residual heat in the oven to finish the process, is also provided in the upper oven, too.
In a double oven, you get a total of six racks, including one telescopic rack, and four Halogen lights (two in each oven); in a single oven, you get three racks, including one telescopic rack, and two Halogen lights. A broiler pan comes with both.
As for color, stainless steel is your only choice with the Benchmark Series. However, you do have the option to choose between a left swing or right swing, which is only available in the Benchmark Series, as well as the traditional drop-down door. The swinging door is a nice touch for those who dislike having to reach over the oven door.
The 800 Series looks almost similar to the Benchmark Series and has a few of the same features, including having 15 modes, a temperature probe and a telescopic rack. However, here are the differences:
The 800 Series holds less power (8,495 watts) compared to the Benchmark Series (9,125 watts) and does not have the color TFT control panel. Should you go with a double oven, the 800 series doesn't offer convection in both cavities; you only get six modes in the lower, including bake, hi & low broil, roast, warm and sabbath. The 800 series does not have the speed convection (frozen foods) and EcoChef modes. Also, incandescent lighting is used instead of halogen lighting. It doesn't come with a broiler pan either.
The biggest takeaway is the lack of convection/cooking modes in the lower cavity of a double wall oven. For those who like to cook a ton for family and guests, you're going to miss out in not having those extra modes in the lower cavity. However, you do save a decent chunk of change by going with the 800 Series.
Unlike the other series' Bosch offers, the 800 Series is available in stainless steel, black stainless and black.
If you're really opposed to the touch display and want that old school dial, then the 500 Series is for you. In a single wall oven, you can purchase a 500 Series with or without convection. Like the 800 Series, the 500 Series double wall oven has convection in the upper oven and Thermal cooking in the lower oven. However, the 500 Series offers a model that has Thermal cooking in both levels.
The oven performance and total wattage (only 40 W less) is on par with the 800 Series. But in the 500 Series (with convection), you lose out on the telescopic rack, temperature probe, a fast preheat option, the QuietClose door and an extra interior light. In the 500 Series without convection, you lose those features mentioned above and only get a total of six modes: Bake, hi & low broil, roast, warm, self clean and sabbath. You can purchase the telescopic rack as an accessory.
The 500 series is good value for what it is, especially if you don't care about losing out on some of the other features and going with the knobs. That said, whether it's a double oven or single oven, it's recommended to get the 500 Series with convection because of the 13 modes compared to the six you'd get without it. Stainless steel is the only color in the 500 Series.
The one con with Bosch wall ovens--and ranges for that matter--is that the oven cavity size in a standard 30-inch oven is a bit small at 4.6 cubic feet compared to other competitor's wall ovens. That said, you'll still have room to fit that full size turkey in there!
If you want a refrigerator with a sleek look and quality performance, then Bosch's refrigerators should be on your radar.
And if we're talking the popular freestanding french door, which many folks ask for, you don't have to get overwhelmed with all the different models like other brands offer. That's because Bosch has a simple selection.
Here are the options to choose from:
The classic french door with one freezer drawer. This is one of three counter-depth models, with a width of 36 inches and a total of 20.7 cubic feet. It comes in stainless steel or black stainless. Note: this is the only model that has a choice of two colors.
Its dual AirCool system (SuperCool and SuperFreeze) does a great job in keeping food, drinks and frozen items at the right temperature and removing odors during transfer. Keep your vegetables and fruits fresh while sticking them in the humidity-controlled crisper drawers and your meats, fish and cheese fresh by putting them in a full-width Chiller drawer.
Like most refrigerators these days, this has LED lighting and adjustable tempered glass shelves. What's nice is that you are given a ton of room for gallons of milk/water/juice, as well as other condiments (don't forget that Bosch includes free egg trays), to be placed on the side door. You also have a foldable shelve should you have taller glasses or pitchers.
There is no water in this unit, but it does come with a factory-installed ice maker in the freezer, accompanied by a water filter inside the fridge.
If you want two freezer drawers for separation of your frozen foods, this is your guy. It has the same features and measurements and as the BL21CL80SNS. The only difference is this model doesn't have a water filter and only comes in stainless steel.
Bosch's standard (full depth) fridge. It's a 36-inch french door (25 cubic feet) with one freezer drawer. It also has ice and water on the door and, in my opinion, looks a lot cleaner than most fridges that have exterior water and ice. And it comes in fingerprint resistant steel, which is nice a touch (get it?).
This model uses MultiAirflow cooling which boosts air circulation for even temperature throughout the fridge. It also has the SuperCool and SuperFreeze has settings. There's a cool feature called Quick Ice, where it speeds up the ice making process when more ice is needed. This model also has a water filter.
The only downside for this french door is the ice/water maker takes up some space inside the fridge. It also happens to be cheaper than the other two, but that's because it's standard depth.
Ah, the good 'ol side-by-side refrigerator. And it's a counter-depth fridge. And it has water and ice on the door. This 36-inch fridge has a total of 20.2 cubic feet. It uses the MultiAirflow cooling and has adjustable tempered glass shelves in both the fridge and freezer. Unlike the other two counter-depth models, this comes in a stainless steel that is fingerprint resistant. And just so you know, Bosch does have built-in refrigeration. Whether you want stainless steel or custom panels, a 30-inch built-in bottom freezer or a 36-inch french door, the Benchmark series is available. Overall, it's hard to beat the design and performance of a Bosch. It doesn't have that "bulky" look to it, and the drawers and shelves don't feel cheaply made. It's a high-end product that you're not paying too much of a premium for.
- Matthew Pagels
Everyone wants a dishwasher that will last longer than 10 years, but it's very tough to find one that manages to do so in this day and age.
However, there is one brand of dishwashers that claims to have a life expectancy of up to 20 years for their product--and that's Miele.
An independent family-owned company established in 1899, Miele has developed one of the best, quietest and most reliable dishwashers on the market. They currently have five series of dishwashers--Classic, Crystal, Dimension, Lumen and Diamond--all of which are engineered and manufactured in Germany. The price will increase for each series, but it's important to remember that all of their dishwashers are built the same way, including have three spray arms and three pumps for washing, which is different from other dishwashers, as well as a clean air dry fan for drying, which beats condensation dry like their competitors offer.
Miele are also the innovators of the third-level rack. If you still wanted a silverware basket, you can purchase one as an accessory (there are models that come with the silverware basket but without the third-level rack). All series can receive a custom panel, but if you do decide to go with the stainless steel look, you won't have to worry about smudges caused by those perfect kids of yours with Miele's clean touch steel.
So which one should you buy? Well, the Classic--specifically the model with touch controls on the front and a stainless steel exterior--is $999 (UMRP). And while you may be reluctant to pay a bit more than you'd like for a dishwasher, it is great value when you factor in the 20-year life expectancy. It's very quiet at 46 decibels (dBA). It has five wash cycles--normal, express, pots and & pans, saniwash and rinse & hold, as well as a short cycle that cuts your wash time by roughly 30-50 percent and a delay start that you can set up to 24 hours in advance.
On the inside, we have a stainless steel tub, the third-level rack, an adjustable upper rack that includes two flexible layers to put smalls cups, saucers and shot glasses on and a lower rack that has two adjustable tines. When you see the color Amber, that means it is adjustable, so don't fight with it because it will win.
Next in line is the Crystal--specifically the model with touch controls on the top, a bar handle and stainless steel exterior--which comes in at $1,699. Why the jump in price? On top of what the Classic offers, the Crystal gives you two extra wash cycles: QuickIntenseWash for normal-soiled dishes, which finishes in just under an hour, and China & Crystal wash for sensitive glassware, which hits a low temperature and uses less pressure. A great feature is the patented Auto Open, where the door opens automatically when your dishes are washed and dried.
Another addition is a water softener on the base of the machine, which will help increase the wash performance and lifetime of your dishwasher. On the inside, you're given a 3D level cutlery tray that allows for not only silverware but ladles and spatulas. It also gives you the ability to slide the tray from left to right in order to fit taller glasses on the adjustable upper rack. The lower rack comes with two rows of flexible stemware, too. The Dimension is priced at $1799, but the only additions are a bottle wash, more flexibility on the lower rack, a wash cycle for grates and hood filters, an extra quiet cycle (40 dBA). Whether that is worth the extra $100 is up to you.
If you're looking to get fancier with the Knock2open feature, which opens the dishwasher by knocking on the door twice, along with a lighted interior, extra cycles and a decibel rating as low as 38 dBA, then the Lumen and Diamond is there for you. The extra features are cool, but is it worth paying upwards of $2,000 for a dishwasher? I'd rather save that money for something else.
Again, you're going to be paying a bit more for a Miele dishwasher compared to a basic dishwasher, but the quality, durability and longevity of the machine really stands outs.
Healthy Living Expert Danny Seo Named Bosch Home Appliances Brand Ambassador
Irvine, CA - December 15, 2015 - Bosch home appliances, the premier European kitchen design brand, is proud to announce an exciting new partnership with America's foremost expert on modern, healthy living, Danny Seo. In this role, Danny Seo will work with the appliance leader to showcase how its award-winning, modern and thoughtfully designed kitchen appliances use advanced technologies to help Americans live a healthier, simplified lifestyle.Through the partnership, he becomes the first official Brand Ambassador for Bosch home appliances in the US.
"We're thrilled to welcome Danny Seo to the Bosch home appliances family," said Dan Kenny, director of brand marketing for Bosch. "Danny Seo is at the forefront of the healthy living movement in this country, and his perspectives on achieving a healthy lifestyle align perfectly with our brand values."
For Danny, transforming the way Americans approach healthy living is more than a profession, it is a way of life. Danny shares this passion and expertise as the editor in chief of his own namesake magazine, Naturally, Danny Seo, which is read by more than 3.5 million people every year. With an emphasis on designing appliances that are "Invented for Life," Bosch is proud to help consumers incorporate this movement into their kitchens.
"It's truly an honor to work with a brand that design-forward consumers recognize and trust, like Bosch," said Danny Seo. "The brand's use of modern design philosophies to offer simple solutions that help make life easier is something I strongly believe in, and it's one of the reasons I've always included Bosch in my own kitchen."
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Model CYE22USHSS available in stainless steel only.
Coffee from your refrigerator is now a reality with GE's K-Cup Brewing system that's included with models CYE22USHSS and CFE28USHSS. Simply place any K-Cup flavor inside a container that comes with either refrigerator and then attached the container to the external dispenser. In moments, you're enjoying a piping hot cup of Joe without a Keurig machine taking up vital real estate on your counter.
Coffee is ready in moments and, coincidentally, your day just got way better.
Here's where you put your K Cup
GE's Counter-Depth and Full-Depth Refrigerators with K-Cup
Do you need a counter-depth refrigerator with K-Cup? No problem. Select model CYE22USHSS. With 22.2 cubic feet of capacity and GE Cafe's pro-styling, this refrigerator qualifies as Energy Star and includes a full-width temperature controlled drawer (three different temperature settings), LED lights, and 84 percent of the refrigerator is made in America. Need a more spacious interior? Again, not a problem. Select model CFE28USHSS. This model features 27.8 cubic feet of capacity and includes the same bells and whistles as their counter-depth unit.
Both units also include:
Precise Fill: The water dispenser reacts to the amount of water you need. Chooses how many ounces or cups you want, and the perfect amount dispenses each time.
Hot Water Dispenser: Choose from four different temperatures for the perfect preparation of hot beverages or foods
Hot Water Scheduling: With the GE Kitchen App, you're able to pre-set times so your hot water is ready any time of day.
If you want to check out GE Cafe's French door refrigerator with K-Cup Technology, we'll have it on display very soon in our new GE Cafe display.
Over the last 10 years counter depth appliances have been increasing in popularity due to their seemless design and built in look. They give the customer the look of a refrigerator that is much more expensive such as a Sub Zero, Thermador, or Jenn Air refrigerator. They are also highly desirable in galley kitchens or kitchens where space is tight. Counter depth refrigerators all have a case depth of 24" which makes them typically about 30" deep with the doors and handles on them. Counter depth refrigerators also give the customer the option of having water and ice on the door compared with a built in where that is typically not available.
Many customers ask us the difference between a built in refrigerator and a counter depth refrigerator. The main difference being that on a built in refrigerator the compressor is usually at the top of the unit, and that they can be ordered with stainless steel fronts or with wood panels to match your kitchen cabinets.
Overall, counter depth refrigerators are more popular than ever giving customers more cubic feet of capacity than ever before and giving customers a more luxurious appearance than a traditional refrigerator. Will a counter depth refrigerator hold more than a traditional refrigerator? No it will not. However, it will give customers a more stylish look in the kitchen and take up less space.
While it is often very easy to find counter depth refrigerators for your 36" wide opening. We still have customers come looking to get counter depth refrigerators for 30" openings. While there are far fewer choices for them in the 30" space here are some options that may work in your kitchen. At this time there are only 5 manufacturers producing counter depth units in the 30" size, Sub-Zero, Thermador, Bosch, Miele, and Liebherr. These units will be more expensive than your typical freestanding refrigerators because they are "built in" refrigerators meaning that they are designed to be built into the cabinets and are going to be 80"-84" in height. When thinking about purchasing one of these units always plan ahead and check to see if you have the appropriate height in the kitchen and rooms leading to it.
Sub Zero IT-30CIID
Sub Zero's new IT-30CIID is a beautifully designed and well made refrigerator. It can be purchased with or without internal water dispenser which is always great! It also features two freezer drawers so that you have better organization than a single drawer model. It can be purchased to be installed with wood panels (overlay) or with stainless steel panels.
The Miele refrigerator KF1801VI is actually made on the same platform as the Bosch and Thermador is but they give you upgraded lighting and crisper drawers. The crisper drawers allow you to choose the temperature within the drawer which is designed to make your foods last longer such as meats and produce. This model is also available with wireless monitoring so that if there is a problem it will send a call to Miele for you where they know which part has failed so the technician can come with the right part the first time at your home.
Thermador T30IB800SP and Bosch B30BB830SS
The Bosch and Thermador units are pretty much identical to each other because they are made in the same factory, the Thermador is available in both stainless steel and with or wood panels(overlay). The Bosch is only available in stainless steel. The reason you would consider buying one of these over the other is because of the promotions that happen on them. Thermador has the 1-2 Free promotion going on which can get the customer a free dishwasher, and also a hood depending on qualifying items.
Liebherr CS-1660 and the HCB1560
Liebherr makes two different models in the 30" Size the CS-1660 and the HCB1560 these units are going to be less expensive than the rest of their competitors but offer a great well made product that will perform as well as any of their competitors. They also have a great option on them called bio fresh which keeps the temperature in the drawers within a degree and air moving over the food so that your food will last longer.
Overall, it is much easier to find a 36" Counter depth refrigerator but these options can help you find the perfect 30" Counter depth refrigerator for your home!
With all the options available in laundry today one of the first questions customers ask me is whether they should purchase a front load or top load laundry pair for their home. My answer always varies depending on each individual's needs and wants.
The great thing about front load laundry is that they are more delicate on the clothes in that instead of agitating them they infuse water through the clothes and tumble them in and out of the water. This makes the fabrics last longer and remove stains better. Front load washers also have a larger average tub size than a top load washer and since they are not using an agitator or washer plate you can put more clothes in them. Front load washers also are more efficient in the amount of water they use because they do not have to fill up the tub to wash making the water usage less than any of the "H.E." (high efficiency) top load washers. Last, the front load machines have the ability to spin out fast meaning the clothes come out of the washer almost dry!
With all those great benefits why wouldn't you get a front load washer? Well, there are a couple of things you have to consider before purchasing a front load washer. First, they tend to have a larger footprint than a traditional top load machine. Being that we live in New England many of our homes tend to have smaller doorways, hallways, and laundry rooms than in other parts of the country. Be sure to measure the location depth and width accurately to make sure the machines will fit. Next, Front load machines are prone to mold/mildew smells. This is caused by a variety of reasons but some of the main reasons are that you must leave the washer door open when you are not using it, and also that people are used to using a capful of detergent when doing laundry. This is not true with a front load washer, you should only use about two table spoons of soap for a wash. Last, wash times on front loaders tend to be slightly longer than top load competitors. You can expect quick loads to be from 16 minutes to 30 minutes. Electrolux has gained popularity for their 16 minute wash time on small loads. Also Samsung has a 40 minute full wash on select models.
There are two types of Top load laundry your traditional agitator machine and the "H.E." machines which stands for high efficiency. The agitator machines are the tried and true work horses which depending on the brand give you the option to select water level. Brands like Speed Queen have made this style of washer the most popular in our region due to the fact that they are made to last longer than the competition as well simplicity of use. Speed Queen also features the longest warranty in the industry. Fisher Paykel is a manufacturer that makes a model that gives you the best of both worlds an agitator machine that gives you the ability to select the amount of water you use or gives you an "H.E." mode that lets the machine determine the amount of water to use as well as having a fast spin speed at the end of the cycle meaning that the clothes come out almost dry. "H.E." machines mostly do not have agitators and use wash plate technology to wash. By using a wash plate the machines are able to get capacity's that are as large as front loaders. However, these machines are not as simple as the agitator machines and are not just spin the dial to wash. The customer has to make inputs such as soil level of the clothes and which type of garments are being washed.
- Dave Marsillio
Whether you hate it or love it, for past 15 years stainless steel appliances have been the trend. For those of you that have hated stainless steel, we have good news vendors are finally listening to you! Vendors such as General Electric, Kitchen Aid, Samsung, and LG are now offering a different kind of finish. One that does not show the finger prints as much and that gives you a unique style. Samsung and Kitchen Aid call the line "Black Stainless", LG calls it the "Diamond Collection", and GE calls their new line "Slate". For everyone who hates the stainless finish come in and check out these new products because the alternative to stainless steel just may be here.
- Dave Marsillio