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Wine Cooler for Small Kitchens

Wine Cooler for Small Kitchens

Inspired by space-saving European design, Vinotemp’s 7-Bottle Mirrored Wine Cooler is a standard industry height and depth, but measures just 5.8” wide. The cooler’s minimal footprint is complemented by a front venting system, making it an easy to specify, built-in wine storage solution. In addition to unique dimensions, the newunit also features Vinotemp’s patent-pending mirrored trim design, dual-pane glass door, vinotemp, wine cooleradjustable, touch screen temperature control and pull-out wire shelving. The cooler holds approximately seven standard wine bottles.

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Black Stainless is the new Stainless Steel

Black Stainless is the new Stainless Steel

black stainless steel

 

 

In late 2015, several manufacturers came out with their take on black stainless, including KitchenAid, LG, and Samsung. Over a year later, the marketplace is even more crowded. LG brought Nate Berkus to KBIS to show of its LG Studio appliances in the color. “I can promise you, it’s the next big thing,” he said at a preview event. “There’s a warmth to it and a patina to it.” GE also had fridges in two new colors: matte black and its stainless steel color. Frigidaire also had a host of Gallery appliances in its version of the trend, which is actually more of a slate gray that the company says can mix and match with other manufacturers’ colors.

Read more: http://www.digitaltrends.com/home/appliance-trends-kbis-2017/#ixzz4W9A24cql

Free Delivery for Appliances

Free Delivery for Appliances

Delivery is the second biggest problem you face when buying major appliances. It can be a major, time consuming hassle unless you know exactly what you are doing beforehand. We will show you the best way to sidestep many of the issues from scheduling to damage after the fact.

But let’s look at a seemingly unusual delivery that is more common than you think.

Look very closely at this picture:

free delivery of appliance

This is a LG washer dropped by FedEx to a house in Boston two blocks from where I live. Nobody is around, and it was left without a signature.

So how can they prove it was delivered? Better yet how can they also prove it was not damaged or even not a lemon. These are hard questions to answer for a website in South Carolina shipping to the middle of Boston.

However, if you think I will rant about cboosing free delivery from internet appliance dealers, then you are wrong. Sometimes it makes sense. There are well advertised advantages. However, there are less than transparent problems as well.

Free Delivery Advantages

Free Delivery is well….free. So it is an immediate savings of the $79 or more charge. If you are a contractor who has his own guys or just placing a fridge in the garage, it makes sense. In many cases, you can also save the taxes.

Now, the Problem

Appliance service is the only bigger issue than delivery. Let me tell you why. First have a look at the pic again for some basic issues for washers.

Couple of issues to consider:

  1. The washer is bigger and deeper than the existing, so delivery into a brownstone will not be easy for someone untrained
  2. You own the liability of connecting water. Water leaks are an insurance nightmare, so it has to be installed perfectly
  3. Appliances are more complex to install. LG has a new washer pedestal called the Sidekick. It has 34 different installation steps. That’s right…..34
  4. Moving the old unit up stairs can be just as hard. BTW, trash day in Boston is Tuesday and Friday

Disadvantages

In a tough decision, we stopped free delivery 7 years ago. However, we were delivering heavier appliances like Sub-Zero refrigerators and pro ranges on softer, designer floors. Even that LG washer now frequently goes upstairs in a bedroom closet which can be as difficult to install in a tight closet.

It was apparent to me that we needed a well-paid professional mover who could deliver without damage to your property or the product. So we had to charge for it.

That team should be able to deliver, perform basic installation, and remove your existing, old unit as well as the trash. That is a complete delivery often with two or three competent people.

So You Think “White Glove” or “Titanium Added Delivery” is Worth it?

Think again, many of these services will not include climbing stairs. They will not uncrate or remove the old product. Simple connection is also not the norm, and many cases you will pay much more for White Glove type services. So here is what you need to do:

  1. You have to vet the entire process. How is it scheduled? Meaning how much time will you have to spend waiting? What are the notifications beforehand?
  2. A delivery is uncrating, bringing up the stairs, removing the old and reconnecting the new. You have to ask what the above includes and make sure it is placed on the invoice
  3. Here is an important tip. Never, ever sign for anything without completely inspecting the products for damage. When you sign, you will free the carrier and store of all liability

You should also protect yourself by checking the store on Google Reviews, Yelp and BBB for complaints.

Saving money is always a good idea, except when you end up spending more in wasted time and aggravation. Just do your due diligence beforehand.

originally posted by Steve Sheinkopf for Yale Appliances

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Samsung Electronics

Samsung Electronics America to Acquire Dacor as Part of Home Appliance Portfolio Expansion into Luxury Market

samsung and dacor appliances

Samsung Electronics America, the South Korean electronics company announced its acquisition of Dacor, an American maker of luxury appliances known for their Android connectivity and sky-high prices. Samsung’s purchase seems to signal the company’s continued interest in expanding its own smart home offerings.
The acquisition marks Samsung’s continued investment in the home appliance market and an expansion of its portfolio to include ultra-premium home appliances under the Dacor brand.

Dacor, founded by Stanley M. Joseph, the California-based company has been designing and manufacturing American-made luxury kitchen appliances since 1965 and has emerged as a trusted industry leader. Upon completion of the acquisition, Dacor will become a wholly owned subsidiary of Samsung Electronics America. Dacor will maintain its corporate identity and brand, with no changes to its operations and US-based manufacturing.

Samsung is America’s fastest growing home appliance brand and continues to deliver products with premium design and exemplary performance. With a deep understanding of the consumer marketplace, Samsung is redefining the appliance category with innovations that bring convenience into the modern lifestyle of consumers for a truly connected experience in the home.

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Another American company leaving.

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Kitchen Design Inspirations

Kitchen Design Inspirations

white range, white kitchen
La Cornue

 

Most of us have some particular design inspiration that we have always wanted to have in a new Kitchen design. I have a client that desperately wants a La Cornue range.  So if you have a dream of this particular sort, don’t disappoint yourself when you are remodeling a Kitchen, it could be your only chance.   Even if your budget is tight, there is usually a way that a good Designer can help you find a way to achieve your goals.  Your Designer can help you with your overall budget determining whether or not custom cabinets are a priority or semi-custom will fit the bill just fine.  Maybe a distressed oak butcher block countertop for the island would look great rather than granite.  White stock subway tile with a grey grout in a herringbone pattern may be all you need for a beautiful backsplash that doesn’t compete with the pattern of your countertop afterall.

Whatever your kitchen design inspiration may be, talk about it with your Kitchen Designer.  Chances are, they will be able to make it happen.

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BLACK IS BACK

BLACK IS BACK & BETTER THAN EVER

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KITCHENAID brings back

Black to the Kitchen with Black Stainless Steel!

According to Kitchenaid: “Like traditional stainless, black stainless steel has a satiny luster, paired with a modern sleekness that makes its own style statement,” Patrick Schiavone, global vice president of design for parent company Whirlpool Corp., said in a press release.“It allows design nuances of both the appliances and the kitchen itself to pop.”
KitchenAid’s designers created the line around the brand’s timeless Stand Mixer and other longtime small appliances while incorporating elements fitting for a modern, sophisticated kitchen.
“The hints of chrome, the professionally inspired feel and function, and even the way they’re badged as KitchenAid products made our small appliances a natural starting place for the creative process,” said Jason Tippetts, design lead for KitchenAid.

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Ranges: The Difference Between Freestanding and Slide-In Ranges?

Ranges: The Difference Between Freestanding and Slide-In Ranges?

Ranges: The Difference Between 

Slide-Ins

Slide-in ranges allow you to have the seamless look of your tile backsplash without looking at the backguard of a range.

The burner and oven controls up front are features of the Slide In, and also are a little bit wider on top to overlap the countertop to create a built-in look.

There are two main benefits: Style and Cleanability.

Freestanding models and Slide-In models are most often 30” wide to fit conventional cabinets. However, while they both require a 30” cabinet opening, slide-in models have unfinished sides so they are truly designed to be built-in between two cabinets. They are about 2” wider on top so they overlap the countertop.

One of the main benefits to the overlap is cleanability. Food and crumbs can’t drip down the sides like it can with a freestanding. Also, when you push a slide-in range all the way back, there is about a 2” space behind the range. You fill this with countertop material. This allows a built-in look and the capability of being able to showcase your backsplash since there isn’t a backguard blocking it like a freestanding unit.

 

Freestanding

Freestanding ranges, on the other hand, have a backguard which features the oven controls and burner controls (burner controls are usually in the back for electric ranges and up front for gas ranges).There are of course a few exceptions like KitchenAid, but generally speaking these are the most common features.

Freestanding models have finished sides so they are a little more flexible with installation. Freestanding ranges are available at much lower prices and more selection than the higher priced slide-ins. The comparable freestanding will also be 10-15% cheaper as well.

originally posted by Danny Nguyen of Yale Appliances

 

GE Agrees to Sell Appliances Business to Haier for $5.4B

GE Agrees to Sell Appliances Business to Haier for $5.4B

FAIRFIELD, Conn – Jan. 15, 2016 – GE announced today it has signed a definitive agreement to sell its Appliances business to Qingdao Haier Co., Ltd. (“Haier”) for $5.4 billion. The transaction has been approved by the board of directors of GE and of Haier, and remains subject to customary closing conditions, including Haier shareholder approval, and regulatory approvals. The transaction is targeted to close in mid-2016.

“We are pleased to be selling our Appliances business to Haier, which is committed to growing the business globally,” said GE Chairman and CEO Jeff Immelt. “GE Appliances is performing well and there was significant interest from potential buyers, helping drive a good deal which will benefit our investors, customers and employees.”

As part of the transaction, GE has entered into a long-term agreement with Haier to continue use of the GE Appliances brand. Louisville will remain the headquarters for GE Appliances.

“We are proud of Appliances’ history and performance,” Immelt continued. “Haier has a good track record of acquisitions and of managing brands. Haier has a stated focus to grow in the U.S., build their manufacturing presence here, and to invest further in the business. Innovation, new product introduction and brand management are fundamental to their overall strategy. GE Appliances provides Haier with great products, state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities and a talented team. In addition, we see the opportunity to work together to build the GE brand in China.”

“Haier and GE share the same vision, and value innovation, customer service, and developing products of the highest quality,” said Zhang Ruimin, Chairman and CEO of Haier Group. “This transaction underscores Haier’s devotion to creating a global platform for innovation, which will benefit both Haier and GE Appliances and deliver enhanced value to all stakeholders. Haier is committed to investing in the U.S. In addition, together Haier and GE will explore opportunities for joint collaboration and, in doing so, establish a type of new alliance with comprehensive strategic cooperation between two world-class enterprises, which reflects our common understanding on opportunities brought by the Internet Era.”

GE and Haier also announced today a long-term strategic partnership to explore cooperation in the areas of industrial internet, healthcare, and advanced manufacturing. GE will help Haier enhance the efficiency of its manufacturing plants, while Haier will help implement GE’s Predix platform. Both companies will work together on opportunities to develop and grow affordable consumer health initiatives in China.

 

 

GE Monogram® Pizza Oven

GE Monogram® Pizza Oven

GE Monogram® Pizza Oven Brings Old World Flavor to the Luxury Modern Kitchen

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Restaurant-style pizza has long been an aspiration for home chefs everywhere, but lacking has been a reliable way to achieve the perfect slice. Residential pizza oven options have run the gamut from cumbersome and complicated to convenient yet disappointing, spurring the development of the new GE Monogram Pizza Oven.pizza

 

Perfectly crisp crust. Browned, bubbling mozzarella. GE’s Monogram Pizza Oven brings restaurant-quality cooking capabilities to the home kitchen, enabling home chefs, entertainers, families and pizza enthusiasts to recreate their favorite pies—from the perfect Neapolitan to New York style and everything in between—quickly and with ease. Combining elegant Monogram styling and the sophisticated technology of FirstBuild, the Monogram Pizza Oven brings authentic old world taste to today’s high-end kitchens.

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Counter Depth Refrigerator

What is a Counter Depth Refrigerator?

A counter depth refrigerator is 24 inches deep for the refrigerator body. Counter depth has become the refrigerator of choice in remodeling because it looks much better than looking at the textured sides of a standard depth refrigerator.

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Most openings for this type of fridge are 36” in width and about 70”-72” tall. 36″ is the most common cabinet size.

You would be better served with a top or bottom freezer in the smaller cabinet widths of 24″ or 30″ as side by side and French doors will be small for that size.

French Door Refrigerators

French door has become the most popular style in refrigeration.french door refrig

A French door by definition is a side by side top with a bottom freezer. This style is better than a side by side for the refrigerator, because you will be eye level with most of the foods, shelves, and crisper drawers. Accessing the fridge will be much easier and it will be full width unlike the side by side.

Although the freezer is also full width with a more accessible pull out drawer, it is the compromise of a French door refrigerator. Frozen foods have to be stacked on top of each other unlike the more organized side by side.

originally published by by John Ramsay of Yale Appliances

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