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Fisher Paykel E522BR Refrigerators – The Only Choice…

Written by Appliance Dude | October 5th, 2011

…if you are looking for a cabinet-depth refrigerator LESS than 36″.

If you’ve been researching cabinet-depth refrigerators, you’re research has undoubtedly shown that most are 36″ wide. Why? Because they need to make up for the lack of depth by going WIDER.

However if you are replacing an old fridge with funky dimensions or you are working within the constraints of
a tiny kitchen/cabinet layout, Fisher Paykel has an answer for you.

The E522 bottom freezer fridge is cabinet depth yet only 31 1/8″ wide. The height is 66 3/4.
The fridge comes in 2 funky shapes – a flat door with a squared-off handle (e522BRXFD) and a version with a slightly curved door and handle (E522BRX). Color options are white, black and stainless.

Most E522 models don’t offer an icemaker, instead opting for ice cube trays.
However, if you must have an icemaker you can go with the E522BRXU which not only has said
icemaker but also offers filtered water through the door. NOTE – a very cool feature with the E522BRXU is that even though it offers water through the door, the water dispenser does not take away any room inside the fridge as the water line is plumbed inside the door. Funky.

The only drawback with the E522’s are that they aren’t Energy Star rated. I’ve also had a few shoppers note that they didn’t like the slide-out freezer drawers. If the freezer configuration is an issue, I would move to to the newer RF175WCRX1 which has a full extension slide-out freezer (but is over an inch wider). I’ll post more on that later.

So if you’re pinched for space and want to roll cabinet-depth style these Fisher Paykel refrigerators are the the ones to check out.

Fisher Paykel fridge

Fisher Paykel E522BRXFD - flat door fridge

Fisher Paykel Curved Front with Water Dispenser

Fisher Paykel Dishwasher Drawers – DD24DD

Written by Appliance Dude | September 22nd, 2009

Fisher Paykel introduced the concept of dishdrawers to the US almost 10 years ago and the concept caught on immediately with consumers. Now, Fisher Paykel has revised the dishdrawer line with some fantastic new features that have got me so convinced of their value that I’m buying one for my new home!

From a design perspective there are two flavors – one with a handle (DD24DDFTX6) and one with an inset you fit your hand into (DD24DCTX6). In both models, Fisher Paykel has increased the height of the top drawer so you can now fit up to 13″ plates with ease, making cleaning up after dinner parties a breeze.Here are some other features:

– Energy Star certified
– Each drawer is independently operated
– Offers key lock and child locks
– Up to 12 hour delay start feature
– Folding tines create flat surface so large pots, platters and bowls can fit seamlessly into drawer
– Water is pumped into detergent filtering it through gradually which ensures a superior hygenic wash without detergent burn on dishes

Fisher & Paykel offers a variety of colors – black, white, stainless and a model that accepts custom panels to match your cabinetry.

The dishdrawers are incredibly popular and I see them being purchased by a wide customer segment. They are used in Kosher kitchens, NYC apts that are space-confined and are also a popular choice in “green” kitchens due to their eco-friendly nature – the ability to only use one drawer at a time is incredibly friendly to water and electricity consumption.

The other benefit is that Fisher Paykel lowered the price on these models, so they no longer command prices north of $1200-$1300.

Fisher Paykel DD24DCTX6

Fisher Paykel DD24DCTX6

Fisher Paykel DD24DDFTX6 Straight Handle

Fisher Paykel DD24DDFTX6 Straight Handle

Fisher Paykel DD24DTI6 with custom panel, straight handle

Fisher Paykel DD24DTI6 with Custom Panel, Straight Handle

DCS and Fisher Paykel Appliances: Dead or Alive?

Written by Appliance Dude | July 16th, 2009

Dateline: Westchester County….

I find it amazing (and somewhat sad) how both industry insiders (and some consumers) are writing off the Fisher Paykel and DCS brands. There was some talk about Fisher Paykel’s financial solvency, but in meetings I had with a contingent from their home base in New Zealand, there are no worries.

So let’s talk product. IMHO, right now there is no better value buy in the high-end appliance cooking space than DCS. You can quote me on that. I’m going to devote a longer blog post to the merits of DCS but it will be worth it. It’s a damn good brand, so good that I’m even considering putting it in my own kitchen.

And as far as Fisher Paykel goes, if you are looking for a more Euro, sleek style for your kitchen and you aren’t doing built-in refrigerator, than Fisher Paykel offers enough appliances to make for a killer suite of appliances. And if the Fisher Paykel refrigerator isn’t appealing and you need to go with a SubZero, Monogram or the like, then you the Fisher Paykel appliance line of wall ovens, ranges, dishwashers and hoods will blend in seamlessly.

It’s a shame no one is talking about these brands because in these budget-conscious days that are so driven by VALUE, Fisher Paykel and DCS are brands that definitely deliver in the performance, looks and value columns.

And by the way, you can take Consumer Reports’ recent claim that Fisher Paykel dishwashers have the highest rate of problems, I can refute that. Simply put, Curto’s has sold its fair share of Fisher Paykel dishdrawers throughout Westchester County, New Jersey, New York City other pockets of the US and the complaints have been few and far between.