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New Stuff: GE Monogram 30″ Fully Integrated Refrigerators are Available!

Written by Appliance Dude | August 6th, 2011

After a delay of a few months, the new GE Monogram fully-integrated 30″ refrigerators are rolling into dealer warehouses and onto showroom floors. As GE puts it:

Now Monogram is opening a new door in built-in design with models that can not only be customized, but also fully and seamlessly integrated with surrounding cabinetry. It’s the perfect answer when you’re looking for a true flush fit.

continuing…

“Glass- and solid-door refrigerators can be customized with your choice of stainless steel European or professional exterior panels in an 80- or 84-inch height. Or, for a custom look, order wood panels from your cabinetmaker.”

They're Here! New Monogram 30" Refrigerators Are Available.

The translation:

– Solid door refrigerators are available NOW.
– Glass door refrigerators will be available in October
– If you don’t order the fridge in stainless you will have to order both a front AND handles from your cabinetmaker.
GE will not be selling their handles as accessories like Sub-Zero does.
– If you order a stainless unit you’ll have your choice between the thinner, tubular “Euro” handle, or the chunky, thick,
pro handle.
– The fridges comes with 2 drawers…the lower one is a freezer and the upper one is convertible between a fridge or freezer.
– Fridges are using a HFC-free system meaning that it’s ozone-friendly!

I’ve had a lot of interest in these fridges come out of NYC. Strapped for space and/or looking for a sleek, contemporary look with the flexibility of hiding the appliances behind your cabinet, rocking the stainless look or for those who keep a fastidiously neat fridge and want to show glass…GE Monogram is giving you options.

Monogram 30″ refrigerator, glass door – Coming in October!

Monogram 30″ refrigerator, solid door – ZIC30GNZII

Why I Love SubZero Refrigerators: It’s the Hinge Dude!

Written by Appliance Dude | January 4th, 2011

Update – Jan 5 – 2011 – Below you will find a quote from the designer of SubZero’s refrigeration line on how he went about crafting the hinge system.


Update – Jan 4 – 2011 – And here’s the vid to prove that these hinges are mofo’s! Video ends without comparison to other competitors but worry not, the graphic evidence of the competitions’ inferior hinges/doors is listed below as photos.
PS – please excuse my drab, comatose delivery in the video. I’ve been handling the 3am feedings for my 3 week old son and I’m hurting!


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More times than not I’m asked why one should spend the several thousand dollar upcharge on a SubZero when you can find built-in models from other manufacturers for a fraction of the cost.
There’s a couple of ways to tackle this question. The popular answer, and one that I think most appliance guys will spout is that it’s the brand-name. Sub-Zero is to pro refrigerators like Xerox is to copiers. It IS the category. Others will get a bit more technical and will talk about SubZero’s reliance on 2 compressors which prevents air flow between the freezer and fridge ( a good thing).

For me, it’s all about the hinges.

Check out the photos I’ve posted below which compare the hinge action on a Sub-Zero with the hinge on two competitor’s built-in fridges. The SubZero hinge is thick, robust and glides effortlessly when opening the door. The other fridges had hinges that were tiny and didn’t offer a smooth feel when accessing the door.

SubZero bi36 hinge- Curto's Appliances

Hinge on a SubZero Bi-36 refrigerator.

Hinge on a Built-In Refrigerator

Hinge on an unamed built-in refrigerator. Weak!!!

This thing is going to hold up a 40 lb door?

My point is that the feel of a door, whether it’s a refrigerator, dishwasher or oven says ALOT about the quality of the appliance. If you open up a door and the thing is rattling, uneven or doesn’t open smoothly it’s going to give off the vibe that the product is cheap. You can’t say that about any SubZero doors.

And the hinges on Subs do more than just hold the doors up. The upper hinge adjusts the door up and down which is a great feature for flush inset or overlay Sub-Zero refrigerators. Plus it has a 90 degree stop pin included which will hold your door open when your loading the fridge up with your wares from Whole Foods.

Here’s another tidbit on the vaunted hinges. This is a quote from Jerome Caruso, the man who designed most of SubZero and Wolf’s current offerings. In an interview with Business Week magazine he talked about how he went about re-designing the Sub-Zero and mentioned the hinges:

“Caruso broke with the standard blueprint. He removed the metal shelving and compartments and created an all white and glass interior. “I asked women what they thought,” he says. “I didn’t know if they’d like it, but they said it was so much easier to clean.” And he installed a fully lit ceiling that supplies even illumination. His internal hinge pulls the door out two and half inches before swinging open, preventing it from touching or scraping any other cabinetry or appliance.”

Just The Facts About SubZero Refrigerators: The 700TCI and It’s Lack of a Crisper

Written by Appliance Dude | November 17th, 2010

Did you know that the 27″ SubZero 700TCI does NOT come with a crisper? That means that your fruit and vegetables will be exposed to the main temperature within the cabin, which isn’t optimal. Luckily SubZero offers a crisper as an optional accessory. This crisper needs to be ordered based upon whether your 700TCI is hinged right or left and will provide a humidity-controlled environment that will provide optimal storage for items requiring a crisper. Price is around $250.

The Truth About Counter Depth Refrigerators

Written by Appliance Dude | October 9th, 2010

Recently I was helping a customer who was extremely confused as she attempted to put together her kitchen appliance package. Everything in the kitchen was to be paneled including a French door refrigerator which she told me she wanted in a counter-depth style.

This is where the problems began. She had selected a Kitchen Aid Architect refrigerator, 22 cu ft, French door that accepted a panel. What she didn’t realize was that this refrigerator, though touted as cabinet depth , had a depth of 27 5/8″ which consisted of the refrigerator box alone. If you count the doors and handles, you would be looking at an overall depth of 30 1/8.

The customer did not understand this. She thought cabinet depth meant 24″ which is the standard depth of kitchen cabinets. Her translation: if this is a counter depth refrigerator, why is it sticking out at all, let aloe 7″ ?

Please read this carefully: “counter depth refrigerator” does not mean that the unit in question is flush with the cabinets. Anything but. What that means is that the box, or the refrigerator itself, is flush with an average depth of 24″ (or a little more – the KitchenAid KFCO22EV’s spec is 27 5/8″ in depth which is pretty deep).

In a counter depth refrigerator, the doors and handles ALWAYS stick out.

Even built-in refrigerators (like SubZero, GE Monogram etc) will slightly stick out. It actually wasn’t until SubZero debuted the 700 series that they offered a true flush-style refrigerator.

So, if you are looking for a style which is completely flush with your cabinet, BUY A BUILT-IN (and be prepard to spend!)

Me Likey Two 36″ French Door Refrigerators – Liebherr CS2062 and KitchenAid KFCS22EVMS

Written by Appliance Dude | July 2nd, 2010

Two 36″ counter-depth french door refrigerators have caught my eye recently. Different looks, different price points, but both charting high on the style meter.

Liebherr CS2062
I’m going to have to do a full-blown post just on this fridge. Liebherr refrigerators are funky animals, at one time the darling of NYC’s designer elite, they were a niche product that you would sell every so often into a NYC apt. Things have changed. The CS-2062 is their 36″ stainless (no finger prints!) french door refrigerator that is technically a freestanding unit but can achieve a built-in look if partnered with the correct space depth-wise.
Total capacity is 19.5 cu ft. I have one on the showroom floor that you would think is a dead ringer for a SubZero or Monogram due to it’s “flushness”. The CS2062 also offers 2 compressors (just like a SubZero) so you don’t mix air between the freezer and fridge, glass shelves which help maintain temperature and oh so funky and energy efficient LED lights inside. Contractor Pricing is $4999

The Liebherr CS-2062 Refrigerator

KitchenAid KFCS22EVMS
I’ve been told that the KFCS22EVM is KitchenAid’s top selling french door refrigerator now. Part of their acclaimed Architect II series, the KFCS22 has 22 cu. feet of overall capacity, offers an internal water dispenser, is Star-K certified and offers glass shelves. And yes, you can fit gallons on the door!
The one thing to take note of is that a feel people told me this fridge has a loud noise that cycles on numerous times throughout the day. If you read this GardenWeb post, someone states it occurs about 20x per day. I can appreciate this because my wife and I recently purchased the KBFS22 which is 32″ wide and it makes a loud cycling noise as well. I’m of the mind that it’s the icemaker but it is somewhat annoying if you’re spending alot of time in the kitchen. In any case, intermittent noise aside, this is a really nice looking box whose insides are configured in logical and efficient fashion and the price won’t break the bank. Average price should be around $2400

The Scoop on KitchenAid Architect Refrigerators

Written by Appliance Dude | March 26th, 2010

We recently installed a KitchenAid Architect Series appliance display in the Curto’s showroom and it’s been amazing to see the love it has garnered from customers. The KitchenAid refrigerators are in particular demand so what I’ve done here is break the refrigerator line down by product category, and highlight some of the real winners.

KitchenAid Architect refrigerators are the brand’s biggest sellers aside from their dishwashers. Refrigerators come in a variety of styles such as counter depth, standard depth and built-in (which are positioned to compete against SubZero, Viking and GE Monogram refrigerators) and within those sizes you will find side by side, french door and bottom freezer models.

In this post I am going to concentrate on KitchenAid’s more popular side by side and french door refrigerators. I’ll cover the bottom freezer’s in another post.

KitchenAid French Door Refrigerators

For a counter-depth unit, check out the KFCS22EV which has an automatic icemaker and is 22 cu ft. If you want to opt for a bigger fridge in a standard depth size, then look at the KBFS25EV, which is basically the same fridge as the prior one but in a larger size. If you want a built-in French Door unit, then look no further than the KBFC42FTS which at 42″ offers 22.6 cu ft and a proprietary water filtration system.
Lastly, if you prefer a French Door with water/ice on the outside door look at the KFIS25XV if you want a standard depth model at 25 cu. ft and 36″ in width, or the KFIS20XV which brings the same features in a counter depth package at 36″ in width but 20 cu. ft in capacity.

KitchenAid Side by Side Refrigerators

The majority of KitchenAid side by side refrigerators chalk in at 23-25 cu. ft in capacity. Some of the more popular pieces are the KSCS25FVSS which offers ice/water on the outside of the door, 25 cu ft and is 36″ wide. The unit is Star K certified and also has an automatic icemaker. Water in the door is filtered through KitchenAid’s proprietary PuR system. The counter depth version would be the KSCS23FVSS which offers the external ice/water dispenser in both black and a monochromatic stainless steel which makes the entire outside uniform looking. The KSCS23 is 23 cu ft.

If you are looking for a built-in fridge and don’t want to spring for a SubZero, Thermador or Viking, Kitchen Aid offers side by sides in 42″ and 48″ increments. Looking for a 48″ with ice/water outside? Look no further than the KSSC48QTS. Not interested in ice/water? Go with the KSSC48FTS.
If you want a 42″ built-in, then the KSSC42QTS (external dispenser) or the KSSC42FTS (no dispenser). Both models offer water filtration, automatic icemakers, and spill proof shelves.

Kitchen Aid French Door Refrigerator - Curtos.com

New Electrolux French Door Refrigerator Review

Written by Appliance Dude | November 9th, 2009

Electrolux has finally rolled out their new french door counter depth refrigerators without the ice and water on the outside of the door.
What Electrolux did with this fridge was create a clean, stainless look on the outside, and then they moved the control panel to the side of the door(which is pretty unique, as most appliance refrigerator companies will host the control panel in the upper portion of the refrigerator). The models sport all of the features found in the original line of Electroluc french door fridges that were released earlier this year:
– luxury-designed glass shelves
– air and water filters
– ice maker
– LED lighting
– Star-K certification
– Perfect Temp drawer in some models

The biggest advantage of the new Electrolux refrigerators is that without the ice and water in the door, Electrolux was able to move the ice machine out of the main refrigerator area. This in effect has freed up a tremendous amount of space in the fresh food compartment.
The refrigerators have literally just rolled out the door here at Curto’s so it’s early in the game to report on how they are performing in the homes, but customer’s have been very happy with the styling and other appointments. As the refrigerators gain more time in people’s homes, we’ll follow up with a performance report.

All models are available in stainless, black or white and available at Curtos.com:
Electrolux EI23BC51I
Electrolux EI28BS36I
Electrolux EI23BC36I
Electrolux EI28BS51I

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Electrolux french door refrigerator at Curtos.com

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Electrolux french door refrigerator with open door, at Curtos.com

Bosch Linea Refrigerator vs. KitchenAid Architect II

Written by Appliance Dude | August 20th, 2009

I was handed literature drawing a comparison between a new Bosch 800 series refrigerator and a KitchenAid Architect II model. I wasn’t going to post this in light of the alleged faulty information that Bosch passed along for their 800 series dishwashers, but I opted to run it since these are fact and not subject to tests.

Bosch and KitchenAid have frequently competed against one another when it came to dishwashers. Now both offer full kitchen suites in different lines so the battle has been taken across the entire kitchen. Here’s a rundown as to why Bosch thinks their new 800-Series refrigeration is hands-down better than a similar offering from KitchenAid.

Models compared are a Bosch B22CS80SNS and a KitchenAid KSCK25FVSS.

Bosch 800-Series offers the following (and the KitchenAid doesn’t):
– Dual evaporator
– Air filtration
– Long Door Design
– Hidden Water Filter
– EasyLift Shelves
– Full Extension Drawers
– Color matched LCD dispenser

Here’s a peak at the Bosch Linea fridges:

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Why Buy a Sub-Zero Refrigerator?

Written by Appliance Dude | August 19th, 2009

I can’t say that people have been jumping to drop huge $$’s on built-in refrigerators over the last 9 months. No shocker there.

A far cry from a few years ago, when customers already had their credit cards out when it was time to look at the built-ins. Now, when I bring Curto’s customers from Westchester County, New York City or Fairfield County ’round to the Sub-Zero appliances display, after hearing what the prices are, most people nowadays ask “Why should I spend that much on appliances?”.

Sub-Zero Pro48 Refrigerator available at Curto's Appliances

Sub-Zero Pro48 Refrigerator available at Curto's Appliances

I think that the Sub-Zero offerings are worth their price, so here is a quick rundown of the top reasons to buy a Sub-Zero refrigerator, especially in the light of their release of the new feature-laden Built-In series.

1. THE BRAND – It’s also the most recognized quality refrigeration brand and still is the strongest statement to make if you are gunning for a high-end kitchen (and looking for home resale value)

2. MADE IN THE USA – Every product that roles out of the factory in Wisconsin is quality checked by a human being and tested for a minimum of 5 hours, some for 24 hours or longer.

3. IMPROVED LIGHTING SCHEME provides brighter, whiter light in fridge, crispers and freezers.

4. DUAL REFRIGERATION provides a shield against odor transfer and a 60-70% humidity level so foods don’t dry out

5. NEW AIR PURIFICATION SYSTEM makes food last longer and eliminates odors, viruses bacteria and ethylene gas

6. FAMILY-OWNED AND OPERATED from 1955 through today

7. GREAT WARRANTY – 2 years parts and labor, 5 years on sealed system, 12-years parts on sealed system.

8. NEW MAX ICE FEATURE increases rate of production by 40%

9. ENERGY EFFICIENCY largest model (PRO48) uses less energy than a 100 Watt bulb

10. EXACT TEMP microprocessor keeps every compartment at +/- 1 degree

New Bosch Appliances at Curto’s

Written by Appliance Dude | August 6th, 2009

Bosch Appliances at Curto's
Today I brought in a slew of new Bosch appliances for the Curto’s appliance store showroom.
We have their lower-priced Bosch freestanding gas ranges (HGS5053UC, HGS3023) for those looking for value, the new 800-series dishwasher, a new price-buster dishwasher that is around $699 as well as the vaunted new Linea refrigerators.

The Bosch Linea refrigerators are worth noting for several reasons. Bosch expanded the line so now they are coming in at price points ranging from $2099 up to $3199 (mind you those are MSRP prices and not the typical discounted appliance prices that Curto’s offers).

Also, the Linea refrigerators mark the first time that Bosch is manufacturing their own counter-depth units (which was formerly handled by Samsung). I did my own quality-control check of the new 500 series Linea refrigerator B22CS50SNS and compared it to the older B20CS50SNS (Samsung model) which is housed right next to it.
The new fridge was noticeably more sturdy.

Bosch Linea B22CS50SNS refrigerator

Bosch Linea B22CS50SNS refrigerator