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Capital Range BBQ Grates Review – Curto’s Westchester County

Written by Appliance Dude | November 26th, 2014

The first step in transforming yourself into an expert or authority is to admit that you don’t know everything. And when you come across new knowledge embrace it, savor it and SHARE it. So when I just found out that the Capital ranges ship with different grates on their models with BBQ’s I knew it was time to post here.

The Culinarian (open burner ranges) and their new dual fuel series will ship with the heavy-ass cast iron grates that you see pictured below. There is definitely an advantage in using cast iron with their 18K BTU infrared BBQ b/c that cast iron will get HOT. Certainly hotter than stainless and you need that HEAT in order to sear like the primal grilling animal you want to be.

If you purchase the Precision series ranges (sealed burner) and opt for a model with a BBQ you will receive channeled stainless grates. The fact that they are channeled is a good thing so as to handle the grease that comes off the food you are grilling. But let’s call it like it is – the cast iron is better than stainless!

This vantage point shows the channeled grooves on Capital's cast iron grates. Big help for grease management - the hole in the front will capture grease and send to drip pan.

This vantage point shows the channeled grooves on Capital’s cast iron grates. Big help for grease management – the hole in the front will capture grease and send to drip pan.

Cast Iron Grates on Capital Culinarian Range

Cast Iron Grates on Capital Culinarian Range

Viking VGR7486GSS 7-Series – Looking Nice in Bronxville

Written by Appliance Dude | November 20th, 2014

Appliance Dude showcases one of the first Viking 7 series 48″ ranges to land in a Westchester NY home

I believe this is the first Viking 7-Series 48″ range that was delivered to a consumer in NY (another Curto’s first). She landed last summer and now that the kitchen is finished it’s time to reflect on the beauty of this product while it’s properly framed where it should be – in a kitchen and not in a showroom display or some sexy image shot on the Viking Web site. I am stunned at the beauty of this product as it sits so proudly between the white cabinets and marble countertops. Fantastic job with the cabinets by Andrew Carr.
The owner of the home is a discerning cook and did his homework before purchasing. While the massive BTU’s (which Viking has been trumpeted in their ads) were alluring he was more concerned with the ability to hold heat at lower temps as well as the overall construction. Suffice to say, he loves his Viking.

Viking 7 Series Range in Bronxville NY - Curto's Appliances, Cabinets by Andrew Carr.

Viking 7 Series Range in Bronxville NY – Curto’s Appliances, Cabinets by Andrew Carr.

Viking 30″ Range Battle – RVGR3305 vs. VGCC5304 – Review

Written by Appliance Dude | November 14th, 2014

Whoooo!

Due to the opening of the new Curto’s showroom my time on camera was significantly limited throughout the summer and early Fall. Well friends, the time is now ripe for my return so I’m ready to start dropping love and knowledge all over the appliance biz again.

You’ll notice many changes in my new videos – I’ve got a new set (what other appliance dealership do you know that has a TV studio?!), a plethora of new appliances to talk about and many other surprises which I’ll be dropping on the public’s collective heads in the coming months.
Damn, I love my new home!

So let’s start off with one of my favorite brands – Viking. This post is dedicated to analyzing the difference between the two Viking 30″ ranges – the RVGR3305BSS and the VGCC5304BSS. I am seeing a lot of play on these models and a lot of questions about their features so it only made sense to produce a video post.

**NB - please note that I was remiss in mentioning a MAJOR difference which is the broiler system. The 3 Series RVGR3305BSS uses a bulky and somewhat antiquated broil element (that in my opinion takes up a lot of room in the oven cavity). The VGCC5304BSS uses the classic Viking infrared broiler which is hotter, sears better and takes up less room in the oven can. I will shoot another vid detailing these two.

Any questions please hit me up at Jonathan at curtos dot com or come into the showroom. Also, I do not take solicitations…I’m too busy helping people learn about appliances, sorry!

Roll ‘em…..

Wolf DF366 36″ Range – I Like the Stainless Knobs

Written by Appliance Dude | November 7th, 2014

Appliance Dude Riffs on the Wolf DF366 36″ range

Someone once told met that buying a Wolf range without the red knobs would be like buying a Mercedes without the logo.
I know the red knobs are their trademark.
I’m not here to argue that.

But my position is…the stainless knobs look better!

Sorry…

Wolf DF366 Stainless 36" Range - Curto's Westchester County

Wolf DF366 36 Range Review - Curto's Westchester NY

New Viking Induction Cooktops

Written by Appliance Dude | November 4th, 2014

First post on the new Curto’s blog!

The New 36" Viking Inducttion Cooktop - Most Powerful in the Biz

The New 36″ Viking Induction Cooktop – Most Powerful in the Biz

Have to give it to my friends at Viking who keep pumping out such innovative new product. 2014 has given us the 7 Series ranges, French Door Double Oven, new built-in refrigeration that’s pretty much bulletproof, new gas cooktops…now the party moves to induction.

Not only are the new induction cooktops absolutely sexy looking with their cool blue LED lights that illuminate cooking zones and an updated beveled edge which looks great and allows for easier cleanup, but this baby packs POWER.

On the 36″ model there are 6 induction elements that each pack 3700 watts of power. If you convert watts to BTU’s, those 3700 watts are equivalent to each burner being rated at 26,584 BTU’s. Where’s the wok!?

The 30″ and 36″ induction cooktops will be available in late November. Stay tuned!

Viking VGCC5304BSS 30 Range – Nice Sliding Racks!

Written by Appliance Dude | October 12th, 2014

For anyone who may have questioned the value of sliding racks in their range or wall oven, please watch the following video. I’ve shot the inside of a Viking VGCC5304BSS 30″ range which comes with 3 racks – 2 sliders and one conventional one.
Folks, you’ll never use your conventional oven rack again!

Largest Viking Display in NYC Metro Area – Curto’s

Written by Appliance Dude | October 10th, 2014

Here’s about 30%…and to think that industry folk thought we were nuts to stand behind Viking! We are proud contrarians and the bet is paying off. Great product, happy customers!

If you are shopping for Viking appliances and you live in the NY/NJ/CT area stop in to Curto’s new showroom and feel the Viking love. You will not see a bigger and more well-thought display anywhere.

Viking Display Showroom - NY Curto's

New DCS Ranges Are Here: Curto’s Review

Written by Appliance Dude | October 9th, 2014

Where the Appliance Dude at Curto’s in Westchester County NY welcomes the release of the new DCS ranges

Praise be to whomever…DCS has finally released a new version of their venerable indoor ranges. As a big DCS fan I have suffered for the past 4 years trying to sell a DCS product that (to me) suffered from an inherent design flaw – an ugly handle and toekick. Could a handle and toe kick really matter that much? In this case I resoundingly say YES, especially if you were thinking of piecing together an entire DCS suite – the large squared off handle looked atrocious on their refrigerator and dishwasher, so the end result was that we would simply sell the DCS range as a “onesie” piece in a kitchen with other appliance brands.

While I laud the DCS design team for trying to be different when they initially designed the squared-off handle instead of just offering another “me-too” pro range, I think it back-fired b/c the range became too polarizing to consumers.

So thankfully they listened to their dealer base and have decided to offer the same range but with a different handle, toe kick and different knobs (a bit shinier).

(newer handle on top)
New DCS Handle Option

This is a great move from DCS and one that will definitely push sales northward as the new handle looks fantastic on the ancillary appliances so you will see more fridges and dw’s sold to complete a DCS kitchen.

Curto’s Appliances Yelp Reviews That Yelp Doesn’t Want You to See

Written by Appliance Dude | September 29th, 2014

yelp

Yelp and their silly-ass review filter are just too funny.

It’s really strange how none of our recent positive reviews make it to the standard Yelp review page and are instead relegated to the “Not Recommended” page.

Conversely you can have reviews like the NYC reviewer from summer 2014 with no prior activity on Yelp, who wrote a 75% fictitious review and it sticks to our main Yelp review page.

Hey Yelp! So much for your review filter!

I hope this isn’t because Curto’s stopped advertising on Yelp back in 2011?

Anyway, I proudly offer you “Curto’s Reviews on Yelp That Yelp Doesn’t Want You to See”