Appliance Dude Review: Viking VDOF730SS French Door Wall Oven

The Viking VDOF730SS French Door Wall Oven is here.
The new Curto’s showroom.
New showroom?
Oh you didn’t hear?
You will…

The VDOF730SS is built like a Sherman tank, has the elegance and style of Grace Kelly and is born from great stock owing to it’s commercial heritage. This wall oven knocked out the folks at the KBIS show in February as well as the Architectural Digest show in March. It is one of the most anticipated releases of the year and it is finally here first at Curto’s.

UMRP price in stainless is $6899. Check it out at the new Curto’s showroom at 1966 Central Park Ave in Yonkers. The future is here.

Alfresco 42″ Grill for Sale – Outdoor Kitchen Fire Sale!

Anyone interested in a 42″ built-in Alfresco grill set up for Natural gas?

This grill normally sells for $5299.

I’m going to lose this one for much, much less.

Also have an Alfresco 28″ outdoor fridge and 36″ double access doors to outfit your outdoor kitchen

Alfresco 42″ Grill – Steal this from us!

Call or email soon folks, this won’t last. Alfresco may make the best grill in the business.

Curto’s New Showroom – Part 1

Curto’s has a new showroom.

It is 1 block north of the place we inhabited from ’84-2014.

Address is 1966 Central Park Ave
Yonkers NY 10710

It is the largest showroom in Westchester County (and will get even larger)

It is different.

It is comfortable.

It is bionic.

And it has been very, very busy.

Come visit.

GE Monogram Review – New Prices July 1 (refrigerators/ranges)

As I gaze into the crystal ball I can see things developing on the GE Monogram front in the second half of the year.

New Monogram French Door Oven...Yes it Self cleans!

New Monogram French Door Oven…Yes it Self cleans!

I was very happy to see that starting July 1 GE decided to cut prices up to $1000 on some built in Monogram fridges. They also sweetened up the rebate so if you rock a full package including built-in fridge then you can receive a few free items between a dishwasher, beverage center, hood insert etc. People love the free product…go ask Thermador!

So what’s going to happen now? I think sales are going to come back over the second half of the year. Big Fall buying season coming up as folks ready their kitchens for the Holidays. WHy? How?
Here’s the formula:
Price correction + Better Rebate + New Products/Cool tech = win for consumers

I know there are folks out there who would never buy Monogram b/c it’s GE. Understood. Move on.
But for the rest of us I believe it can be a compelling alternative in the high end (yes, I consider it a “high-end” brand, not a “mass-premium” like some of its detractors like to paint it)

They have spent a fortune on R&D and are always coming out with new product. Check out the
new single Monogram French Door oven which, unlike the Viking VDOF730 french door oven, will offer self cleaning.

They have a full suite of products. They’ve invested in learning center/showrooms in both Chicago and NYC so if you live anywhere near those metro areas you have NO REASON not to be educated on Monogram (and I’d like to point out to the metro NYC customers that the crew at the Monogram center in NYC’s A&D building is top notch..Paula is the boss down there, go see her)

Viking French Door Double Wall Oven: VDOF730SS Arrives!

UPDATE 7/15/14 – Check out the Appliance Dude Viking French Door Wall Oven Video Review

It’s nice to be first.

: )

Buy the Viking French Door Wall Oven VDOF730SS at Curto’s

First! The gorgeous Viking French Door wall oven has finally landed. Come check it out at first at Curto's in Westchester County NY. Worth the hype...

First! The gorgeous Viking French Door wall oven has finally landed. Come check it out first at Curto’s in Westchester County NY. Worth the hype…

My Wolf OG36 Outdoor Grill – Use and Care Review

The summer grilling season got off to a late start this year. Was it the tempestuous Northeast weather? Laziness? Lack of time due to the imminent opening of the new Curto’s showroom? Nay, nay, nay.

It was because of a fire.

Right before Memorial Day I had my grill guru come out and perform my opening day tune up  -he will thoroughly clean the grill, scrubbing and burning and vacuuming it until it”s almost passable as a semi-new grill (that may be a slight exaggeration but it’s a huge improvement in the looks and performance dept)

So he comes out on a Monday, says I’m ready to go, and that evening my wife grills chicken breasts with an Asian marinade (soy sauce, garlic, sake, olive oil). I closed the grill down that night without incident, then the next day I went back out in the afternoon to turn it on….and the hose which attaches the LP tank to the grill crumbled in my hand, turning to black soot. I looked at the back of the grill and the wiring harness for the igniter was fried as well. In addition the entire side of the grill which is stainless, had turned black and none of the lights were working. There was also significant discoloration on the right side of the inside of the hood.

To make a long story somewhat short, we called in the experts at Northeastern Appliance in Peekskill (Troy and his guys are sages when it comes to servicing Wolf/SubZero product) and after 2 visits the grill was repaired. So what happened?

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Capital Outdoor Grills – The Best Outdoor Grill?

It looks like Capital outdoor grills will be available again soon here in the Northeast. Not that they were really GONE, but they certainly weren’t being pushed by their former distributor thus they didn’t have any share of dealer floors.

That’s about to change, at least for Curto’s. With our focus on outdoor appliances we need to show best of breed and I can emphatically tell you that Capital makes one of the best grills in the industry AND I’m happy (and quite excited) to say that after previewing their new Maestro series it looks like they may have created the best grill in the business.

I’ll have more pics and product info on the Maestro series soon, but rest assured that if you are looking for a high performance grill, Capital is right there in the rarefied outdoor specialist air that Alfresco and Lynx are breathing as well. Details on the Capital outdoor grills to come…


24″ Gas Wall Oven Review – Verona VEBIG24SS

The 24″ gas wall oven.

Pretty unsexy in the grand scheme of things. Look at some of the choices – Maytag’s CWG3100, GE’s JGRP20, Frigidaire’s FGB24T3e…most of these gas wall ovens would look great in your great-grandma’s apartment. Simple. Utilitarian. No frills.

But what if you want a little more sizzle (both in appearance and performance)?

Maybe you are a serious cook that just happened to end up in a prewar in Brooklyn Heights that only offers a gas connection and tiny 24″ cutout. You want looks, dammit you want PERFORMANCE to cook that soy Turkey this coming Thanksgiving!

Yes the options are limited but you don’t have to run with one of the aforementioned 24″ gas wall ovens.

Enter the Verona VEBIG24SS or VEBIG24E (matte black) wall oven.

Verona VEBIG24SS Gas wall oven


Right off the bat you can see that the appearance of these ovens pretty much leaves the other ones in the dust…unless you prefer the look of a kitchen circa 1978.

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Lynx Grill Review – Sedona vs. Professional

For years Lynx has been considered the Sub-Zero of grills.
High quality.
High price points.
While other companies have tried to break down the door and knock Lynx off their perch (Wolf) or have tried to regroup to reclaim dominance they once wielded in the outdoor kitchen / pro grill space (Viking), Lynx continuer to motor on, defending their championship belt at every turn.

In 2013 Lynx decided it was time to open the line to more price conscious wallets, a strategy Mercedes employed when they created the 190E in the late 80′s and more recently the C-class. Strategically it makes sense – let more folks drink from the Lynx cup of love, get them into the brand and you very well may have a customer for life. So with that in mind, the Lynx Sedona line was born. [Read more...]

RIP Alice, Loved Your Thermador Wall Oven

Just heard that Ann B Davis, otherwise known as “Alice” from the Brady Brunch, just passed away. Strange, I thought she had died in the late 90′s. Or maybe that was “Momma” from What’s Happening. Whatever…

What’s the first thing I think of when Alice is mentioned? Alice cooking Peter’s favorite – pork chops (and apple sauce) in her vintage Thermador Wall Oven.
So whenever someone questions me about Thermador’s wall ovens my answer is simple – if they were good enough for Alice and Julia Child, they should be good enough for you!

Alice Rocking the Electric Cooktop with her Thermador Wall Oven standing guard behind her.