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