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Viking Tuscany Ranges Now Available to Order

Written by Appliance Dude | February 19th, 2015

Viking Tuscany Ranges Available for Order

call us at 914-793-5600

Prices on the new Tuscany series for ranges for Viking start at $12,859 and run to $17,379

More info to come…

Bertazzoni Speed Oven / Cooktop Review…From a Scarsdale Mom

Written by Appliance Dude | February 17th, 2015

Considering a Bertazzoni oven or cooktop for your kitchen? Why bother listening to an appliance salesperson or anonymous reviews on forums (who probably work for the competition!)

I sold this lovely couple from Scarsdale a Bertazzoni package last fall and suffice to say the wife has been kicking the tires and then some. She wrote me this beautiful email stating her love for the product. It’s nice to receive notes like this when so many people are only motivated to write when things are negative.

Any questions on Bertazzoni products, just ping me or visit our showroom which hosts the largest Bertazzoni display in Westchester County and Manhattan.

REVIEW (Appliance Dude comments in bold)
“I totally love the 6 burner cooktop and electric speed oven. All my friends love them as well, even the ones with Wolf and Viking at home. They are a joy to cook and bake with – I literally feel inspired and happy in the kitchen. AD – Who needs psychotropic drugs, just cook with Bertazzoni and bliss will be yours!

“Thanks so much for holding my hand in the process. Maybe you could do a video of yourself and a cook making a dee-lish meal on YouTube?” AD – Working on it!

“On the cooktop I like the power of high burner, the various sizes for different types of cooking, the ease of cleaning, the beautiful design.” AD – It’s definitely a looker. Their product may be the nicest designed in the appliance business

Bertazzoni 36" Gas Cooktop at Curto's in Westchester County

Bertazzoni 36″ Gas Cooktop at Curto’s in Westchester County

“The electric oven is so fast on preheat I think around 5 minutes tops, I haven’t timed it. Convection heat is amazing for baking just bakes a perfect crust and moist interior my cakes come out way better than my old gas oven. Also meats are tender. And as far as the negative review on blowing heat, it hasn’t bothered us at all. Not sure about summertime when it will be warmer but I think it’s probably overdone…I can do a followup review later.”AD – Perfect crust, moist interior for cakes…and better than a gas oven? Sign me up!

The speed oven is the top oven in this pic. Rave reviews coming in for it!

The speed oven is the top oven in this pic. Rave reviews coming in for it!

Bertazzoni Speed Oven Interior

Bertazzoni Speed Oven Interior

“Someone did mention it’s easy to accidentally turn on the oven dials, but that’s because it’s not meant to be installed below the cooktop. I have noticed that but it’s not a real reason to buy it and doesn’t happen often. If you install in the wall like it’s intended it would ever happen.”

“Also someone complained about turning knobs on the cooktop, they do take some getting used to but once you do it’s not a big deal at all. You just hold it down on the star icon for a couple seconds before turning it.”

“One selling point for buyers could be that the Bertazzoni has a different style profile than Wolf and Viking. It’s a more streamlined euro look, and personally I think that’s the trend.”

Thank you “A” for the time you spent on this unsolicited review. I was happy to hold your hand through the research/buying process and what makes it better is that you
love the product and are INSPIRED to use it for your family. Ci Vediamo!

My Capital Range Door Detonates, And Capital is ON IT!

Written by Appliance Dude | February 16th, 2015

It’s Valentine’s Day and the Appliance Dudess has decided to make one of my favorite dishes – Chicken Scarpiello.
The chicken is cooking in the oven of our Capital Dual Fuel Conneusseurian range at 475 when I hear a shriek from the kitchen.
I run upstairs and the entire glass door (inside panel) is shattered. My wife is flipping, and I’m like…”Holy shit”.
I had heard of glass shattering on oven doors when ranges are in self clean mode, but never when cooking. So….here’ s how we turn a negative into a positive…

Yikes! My Capital Dual Fuel's Glass Bites the Dust at 475.

Yikes! My Capital Dual Fuel’s Glass Bites the Dust at 475.

Within 48 hrs Capital had a new oven door on its way out to me (would have been 24 hrs but it was a Sunday)
The diagnosis was that there may have been a hairline crack in the glass or (more likely) the screws were in too tight on the door thus there was no room for expansion from the heat. In hindsight I don’t think we’ve taken the Capital up to 475 before so I’m pretty confident that’s what happened.

So why am I writing about this negative event caused by one of my favorite brands and a valued business partner? Because it’s a lesson for everyone shopping for appliances that NOTHING is bulletproof and that shit can happen no matter how much money you spend. I have spent the last few years waxing poetic about Capital’s construct as being probably the best in the business…particularly the doors. And even after this incident I stand behind that statement.

What’s even more important is their REACTION to the event.
They moved at lightning speed to correct the issue. Do you think that would have happened if you had purchased a range from one of the behemoths? You’d still be bantering back and forth with customer service. You deal with a company like Capital and there aren’t many lines to cut through. There are many appliance manufacturers and a few distributors that could learn something from this. Kudos to Capital. I am happy and confident in selling your products
and you the consumer should be confident in placing them in your home.

ASKO Dishwasher Tip – The Stuck Top Rack – ASKO Review

Written by Appliance Dude | February 12th, 2015

When I brought my ASKO D5628XXLS home last week I noticed that the top rack was extremely stiff and somewhat unforgiving when I attempted to pull it out to load dishes. I also noticed the same situation in another ASKO that we have on display in our showroom. Hmmm..faulty racks? Bad tracks?


I spoke to a guy who knows more about ASKO dishwashers than almost any human in NY.
He explained it like this to me….

One of the reasons ASKO’s clean so well is that they have multiple spray arms throughout the dishwasher that are directly fed high pressure water. If you notice the below picture there is a black ring around the end of the pipe which feeds water into the spray arms directly under the top rack in the D5628XXLS dishwasher.

ASKO D5628XXLS DIshwasher - Curto's

That pipe and the orifice in the spray arm need to make a tight seal so there is good pressure and no water leaking out from it. The black ring helps with the seal but the flipside is that it sometimes it takes a little muscle to get the top rack to roll out smoothly.

The pipe running from the back of the dishwasher is now engaged with the spray arm. This seal can make the top rack a little stiff when trying to pull it out.

The pipe running from the back of the dishwasher is now engaged with the spray arm. This seal can make the top rack a little stiff when trying to pull it out.

Solution – take some vaseline (or chapstick) and rub it around the black ring and the end of the pipe.
I’ve been told that it will completely alleviate the tightness of the rack.


Buy Asko Dishwashers at Curtos.com

The Evolution of the Viking Burner – Viking Range Review

Written by Appliance Dude | February 10th, 2015

This is a photographic history of the 3 main Viking range burners through their history.
Am I obsessed? Am I an appliance geek?
Yes and no.
I do love appliance history and following the evolutions of brands.
But I am not a geek. I am a dude…the Appliance Dude.

Old school folks...this is like classic Def Jam hip hop. The roots of pro cooking!

Before there was a BlueStar or a Capital Culinarian…there was Viking. Old school folks…this is like classic Def Jam hip hop. The roots of pro cooking!

5 series. Patented. Brass. Staggered ports. It rocks. Still

5 series. Patented. Brass. Staggered ports. It rocks. Still

New Viking 23K BTU "Volcano" Burners on 7 Series Ranges. The Present and Future of Kick Ass Viking Burners. The Power of an Open Burner Architecture With the Easy Cleanup of a Sealed Burner.

New Viking 23K BTU “Volcano” Burners on 7 Series Ranges. The Present and Future of Kick Ass Viking Burners. The Power of an Open Burner Architecture With the Easy Cleanup of a Sealed Burner.

Buy Viking Ranges at Curtos.com

Great ASKO Dishwasher Review Video

Written by Appliance Dude | February 9th, 2015

I love it when I see great appliance videos out there on the web…this is an example of one of them. This ASKO trainer does a great job breaking down the correct ways to load their dishwashers. This is key b/c one of the key reasons dishes/silverware don’t come out clean is because they’ve been loaded improperly.
Watch this guy, he’s a master!

Reviews: First Take on ASKO D5628XXLS Dishwasher

Written by Appliance Dude | February 7th, 2015

The Appliance Dude Took Home an ASKO D5628XXLS Dishwasher. Let’s Get the First Take

So I decded to take the ASKO D5628XXLS dishwasher home (and I paid for it!) as I liked the sleek lines, no handle design and the fact that it had the Turbo Dry feature at a relatively lower price point than some of its ASKO siblings.

The ASKO D5628XXLS dishwasher

The ASKO D5628XXLS dishwasher

Right out of the box I noticed a significant difference between it and our former dishwasher, a Bosch 500 series from about 5 years ago – not as much plastic, far more steel. That’s one of ASKO’s calling cards as it makes the machine stronger and less prone to annoying smells that can accrue on plastic.

I loved the digital control panel and the design is great – no push buttons so no chance of any steam getting behind them and fouling things up with water exposure. The ASKO control panel is akin to a smart phone where its encased behind a sealed front.

The control panel on the ASKO D5628XXLS dishwasher is similar to a smart phone.

The control panel on the ASKO D5628XXLS dishwasher is similar to a smart phone.

However all was not well – after installation there were 2 issues. First, after we ran a test wash there was a nasty burnt rubber smell emanating from the dw. Made sure nothing was wrong with the electric (you need a plug for ASKO’s, you cannot hardwire them in) and then I called ASKO’s customer care line and they told me that a new machine should not give off an odor like that. Installer returned and we kept running the machine for about 30 mins and the smell dissipated. I’m going to chalk it up to new DW smell – maybe the scalding hot water mingling with the steel and plastic inside created the scent. In any case it never returned. The other problem, which actually is a problem, is that the top rack was too tight and not rolling out smoothly. My wife didn’t let this pass without comment so I called ASKO service and they are sending out new slide racks.

Aside from those 2 glitches the dw has been a marvel. The first load I ran I used the Turbo Dry (it added about 10 mins to the cycle) and lo and behold the dishes (and inside of the tub) were bone dry and SPOTLESS (those were my wife’s 2 biggest issues with our older Bosch – everything was coming out wet and the cleaning was sub-par). It was amazing to look at glasses that were literally spotless and know that all we put in the machine was one little rinse tablet.

Another point worth noting is that of the noise. The D5628XXLS is rated at 46DBA. Our old Bosch was 45. However this dishwasher is quieter – I found the noise that the Bosch made to be very mechanical in nature. You’d hear a low grind, a motor whirring, it sounded like an appliance. The ASKO has more of an organic sound – alot of sloshing water which is quite relaxing! As I sat in my kitchen with the dishwasher running in the background I found the noise to be almost zen-like…think of the serene sounds of water trickling over rocks. So while the noise itself may rate higher on the decibel meter, the SOUND is more appealing.

Loading capacity is great. As ASKO touts in their marketing, due to the solid nature of the tub and racks, they can separate their tines further so you can fit more in. Haven’t put any tall plates in so haven’t gotten a feel for the additional height yet.

So one week in we are both happy with the D5628XXLS, save for the stubborn top rack.
I will continue updating as I start to play around with more cycles.

Visit the Curto’s showroom for the largest and most diverse display of ASKO products in Westchester County and NYC.

Can You Get A Thermador Range for Less Than MSRP?

Written by Appliance Dude | February 6th, 2015



Ed Note -
Actually let me clarify this. You can certainly buy for less than MSRP – you can buy them for UMRP, which is the manufacturer’s stated minimum price. And if you want something lower than that you can trawl Ebay or Craigslist and look for open box, scratch dent or a refurbished product. Where there’s a will, there’s a way!

ASKO Dishwasher Video Guide, Part 1 – Reviews

Written by Appliance Dude | February 2nd, 2015

Here we have the first part of the ASKO dishwasher video guide.
This is the primer. The second layer of paint will deal with more granular content as we dive into features and functions of these wonderful machines. When finished this will be the definitive guide to ASKO dishwashers on the web….believe it!

Editors Note: Why am I talking about ASKO dishwashers in the Viking area? The lighting folks!

Buy ASKO dishwashers at Curtos.com

Best Dishwasher? Could it be an ASKO?

Written by Appliance Dude | February 1st, 2015

The good folks at ASKO doing their thing.

No truth to the rumour that these are the same guys building ASKO dishwashers in 2015.

You’ll be seeing alot of ASKO dishwasher content here over the next month.
I’ve installed one in my home and now I can understand why so many of our customers who have purchased ASKO dishwashers always remain in the ASKO family when they need another dishwasher.
I’ve owned my ASKO for a few days now and I am amazed at the cleaning action, drying ability, relative quietness…and I didn’t even bring home the top end model (see pic below).
Strap yourself in, great ASKO content on the way!

ASKO dishwasher racks

ASKO dishwasher racks