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Review: New DCS Grill – IR Sear Burner – BGC36BQAR

Written by Appliance Dude | April 30th, 2015

I’ve been playing around with the new DCS BGC36BQAR-L and it’s IR hybrid burner insert.
Not that DCS needed something like this b/c it’s been the only grill that allowed for full-surface searing but the market place
has called out for a dedicated sear component, so this is what DCS came up with. I love the fact that they still aren’t tethered to a fixed sear burner which takes up valuable grilling real estate. You can pop the sear insert over any burner and watch it glow! Watch the video and learn and any questions please visit us at the showroom or give us a call – and yes we ship DCS nationwide.
Curto’s
1966 Central Park Ave
Yonkers NY 10710
www.curtos.com

Review: New DCS Grills for 2015 – Part 1

Written by Appliance Dude | April 21st, 2015

The new DCS “C-series” grills are out and the Appliance Dude snagged one for home use! This will be the first of a long series of posts detailing my experience with this grill – BGC36BQARL. After many years of standing pat with their grill design (why mess with perfection?!) DCS incorporated a few new features in the C-series grills including an improved smoker, drop-in infrared burner or griddle as accessories as well as some new embellishments to fit and finish.
It is my duty as an appliance Jedi to absolutely use and abuse this grill so I can report back to all of you on the good, the bad and the ugly…and I will! So watch this video to get the grill fired up and watch for a relentless stream of posts on the DCS 36″ grill.

*Editors Note: This video was not one of my A+ editing jobs and lacks the typical amount of photos and music I like to include. I’m still wrapping my hands around the new video editing software…I ask for your patience please!”

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.

DCS Outdoor Grill 36″ – Mini Review and Images

Written by Appliance Dude | September 3rd, 2014

What can I say?
Two years straight and DCS outdoor grills have beaten the pants off of all of the other high-end grill brands here at Curto’s. Actually it even outsold Weber this year.

This customer in Scarsdale NY was kind enough to share some pictures of her completed outdoor kitchen. Real simple and effective in design. She was a very, very educated consumer (actually popped in on Opening Day at the new showroom back in May) and came loaded with a bunch of questions as well as insights she had developed after performing a tremendous amount of research on outdoor grills.

She was set on DCS. No ifs, ands or buts about it. And I think her tale is one that those who are shopping for better grills can learn from. Her feeling was that when you added everything up – price, performance, reputation, service history, construct…she didn’t see how anything could surpass DCS at this point. I agree.
We compared welding, seams, the way the hoods opened and closed as well as the hood weight (which was important to her as a female). And as a native southerner with a penchant for outdoor cooking especially with tangy marinades and such, the DCS grease management system was a no-brainer in order to minimize flare-ups.

I did start to receive some chatter about Lynx Sedona in the latter portion of the grill season (I did not display it this year, instead opting for the Lynx Professional series) and I think Sedona certainly has merit especially as a lower priced alternative to the premium grill market, but it is not an apples to apples comparison to the DCS grill (the Lynx Professional would be the proper analog to the DCS grill).

Enjoy the pics and I’ll be back with more thoughts on the DCS BGB36BQar grill as well as it’s 48″ brethren.

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DCS grill

DCS 36″ Outdoor grill in Scarsdale NY

DCS Outdoor Gas Grill – The Bestseller

Written by Appliance Dude | May 18th, 2014

We are neck deep in outdoor grill season in the Northeast (funny how it got off to a late start again this year) and it is amazing to watch DCS (for the second year in a row) pull a Secretariat and blow past the competition in sales. Granted we have a beautiful DCS built-in display in our entranceway but it is far more involved than that because we also have Alfresco on display in the same area.
I think folks are just doing their research, coming to our showroom, touching and playing with the assortment of grills and then when looking at the numbers, the DCS simply makes the most sense. It’s the old cost/benefit analysis – why spend in the low $4000’s for the Lynx, Alfresco or other brands (for a 36″) when you can save $700-$1000 and get what many perceive to be a superior grill in the DCS?
I’ll state it time and time again – no one can touch DCS when it comes to their sloped grates which pretty much minimize the bane of any griller – flareups. Why other brands haven’t aped this design can only lead me to believe that DCS has patented it b/c it is far superior to what the other brands are offering grate-wise.
Now we have put a 42″ Alfresco grill in a built-in display right next to the DCS one, so I’m curious to see how its sales will be over the next 2 weeks as the season works up to a fevered pitch. Is it the product placement in the showroom? Is it the price? The feature set? Let the consumer decide…

Shop for DCS outdoor gas grills at curtos.com

 

DCS 48″ Grill with access doors – Image courtesy of western dupage landscaping

DCS Range Review Part 2

Written by Appliance Dude | May 6th, 2014

After reading Part 1 of my DCS range review, many folks have asked
“where’s parts 2 and 3?”
Well, after I looked into it I realized that I had never made them. Until now…here’s part 2. Kind of focused on the looks/aesthetics…Part 3 will offer more on functionality.

DCS Range Review – Part 1 of 3

Written by Appliance Dude | August 13th, 2013

Ha!

I’m back and it’s time to talk DCS ranges.

Last fall I produced a video that touched upon the DCS RGU366. Didn’t have much of a sales history to fall back on at that point.
Now I do so it’s time to dig deep!

I’m trying something new with the videos…instead of one long one we will break down into several smaller, bite-sized morsels. Feedback please!

My Message to the DCS Range Company

Written by Appliance Dude | June 14th, 2013

Dear DCS,
How are things out in Cali? Errr, I mean in Kiwi-land? Wait, I know you’re somewhere out in the Pacific Rim…

Anyway, I am writing to make a few suggestions on how you may be able to improve your product thus goose sales a bit northward. Hopefully I won’t come across as a pompous know-it-all whose appliance pedigree is siting behind a computer all day shooting barely profitable prices at people.
I write to you as not only a valued dealer of your product but also as an admirer of your heritage as a premium cooking appliance company. I come to you with knowledge culled from talking to countless shoppers. Their word is gold. I am only a messenger.

Considering your reputation, product quality/performance and the relatively low pricing you offer in the high end, I don’t know why I’m not selling more of your product. I mean, let’s look at what you offer:

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Outdoor Grills 2013 – DCS Leading the Way

Written by Appliance Dude | June 10th, 2013

I had a customer email me yesterday stating that after mulling over about 5 different high-end grills he’s opting to go with a DCS. Not surprising. Since April we’ve sold more DCS grills than any other brand. It seems that DCS is still a name that people can trust in the out door space. And you can’t make light of the pricing…they’re a good thousand or less than their main competition.
Now if they could only parlay some of this outdoor love into their indoor business…

Aside from the price point, why are people running with it? I think it shows really well. Even though we are displaying it on a cart (still patiently waiting for my island display) shoppers can really appreciate the finish and craftsmanship as well as the unique features like the cast stainless grates, sloped racks and grease management system. If you open the door, handle the grated, tap the burners, play with the knobs, you’ll see you are dealing with the utmost quality. Sure, the free side burner is nice but the promo isn’t selling this product. The product is.