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Summer’s End Means the Fall Appliance Season is Starting!

Written by Appliance Dude | September 2nd, 2012

August is usually a dead month in the world of major appliances. The last air conditioners were sold in July and people are usually sunning themselves in various vacation spots throughout August where top of mind topics are “did you put SPF on the kids?” or “where are we going to eat tonight” as opposed to “which pro range should I buy”.

Thankfully, this August was different for the Appliance Dude and Curto’s as a whole, as large kitchen orders continued to come in through the last week of the month. No complaints here! Don’t know if these are folks that just got a jump start on the typical cooking season appliance purchase cycle (mid September through early November) but a fact is a fact and the recent trends held up: people are still rocking high end packages, typically with all pieces coming from the same manufacturer.

So now we turn the page to September and after Labor Day and back to school, people should be out in droves looking to get their kitchens done prior to Thanksgiving. My Fall buying show will be taking place right before the cooking season rush begins and here are some things which will be featured at that show and which in turn I will be showing on our floor:

new kitchen appliances from Whirlpool and Maytag that are absolutely sizzling looking. Yes, Whirlpool and Maytag as harbingers of taste, design and style! Who woulda thunk!?

GE’s new “Slate” appliance line.

new GE dishwashers

new Electrolux refrigerators (they better work)

and more….much MUCH MORE!

Appliance Dude is Back From Vacation…Time To Get Busy!

Written by Appliance Dude | August 2nd, 2012

Rum Punch, Grace Bay Beach and Appliance Dude...Chillin!

After cooling my jets with wifey in Turks & Caicos I have returned to the world of appliances! (actually I never really left, as I gained much inspiration for future webisodes
under the caring and warm embrace of assorted rum punch varieties!)

I am locked and loaded and ready to pour out the content this month as we prepare for the Fall buying season. You want Wolf and Sub-Zero info? More dirt on Electrolux French Door fridges? Viking D3 tidbits? Even more info on Bosch dishwashers? Stay tuned, we’re going to roll….HARD!

Appliances 2012 – What We’ll See, According to Me

Written by Appliance Dude | December 22nd, 2011

The Crystal Ball says…

– We will have new major product releases from Wolf / SubZero sprinkled throughout the year – 36″ French Door fridge, steam oven, 42″ and 48″ side by side fridges with internal water dispensers

– Electrolux will release a new line of appliances, which will be priced somewhere between Icon and the Kelly Ripa stuff.

– High Efficiency top load washers will continue to cut into the market share of front load washers

– Entirely new laundry platform will be released by GE, sometime later in the year

– LG and Samsung will continue their assault on the domestic brands, but new tariffs on their refrigerators will make the playing field more level.

– The housing market will still be in the doldrums, which will of course affect the appliance industry so that means that consumers are still in the drivers seat…look for more package rebates and more high-end promotions continuing throughout the year.

Wolf Appliances: Unsealed Rangetops are Hereby Discontinued

Written by Appliance Dude | December 19th, 2011

If you were thinking of buying a Wolf rangetop and wanted to rock the unsealed version (which is about $400+ less than the sealed version) you need to act very fast.
They have been discontinued but I have been told orders will still be filled heading into the New Year. The sealed rangetops are quite different looking as they use the dual fuel range design, so if you want that traditional Wolf-look with the more chiseled knobs and individual grates, the time to act is now friends.

Wolf Sealed Rangetop at Curto's

Wolf Sealed Rangetop - This is The Present and Near-Term Future of Wolf Rangetops

Wolf RT364G - Open Burner Rangetop...Au Revoir My Friend

Dennis’ GE Monogram Kitchen: Pleasantville, NY

Written by Appliance Dude | April 19th, 2011

Looking for a home in lovely Pleasantville? Just down the street from the village and train station this lovely rebuild boasts a beautiful GE Monogram appliance package and a Sharp microwave drawer.

Appliances Used in This Kitchen:
– 36″ gas rangetop with griddle – ZGU364NDPSS
– 36″ insert – ZVC36LSS
– 30″ Double Wall Oven – ZET2PMSS
– 42″ Side by side Fridge, Panel ready – ZISB420DX
– 24″ Monogram wine refrigerator – ZDWI240WII
– 24″ Sharp Micro Drawer – KB6524PS

Buying Appliances Online…A Guide to Maintaining Your Sanity and Protecting Your Wallet

Written by Appliance Dude | March 24th, 2011

Are you looking to buy appliances online?

Then read the following folks…even though you are probably saying to yourself “What creditable information is a brick and mortar appliance dealer going to give me about when it comes to buying appliances online?”

Well, I’m a bit different. I have a robust online kitchen appliance business which accompanies our brick and mortar operation. So I can see things from both sides.

The reason I decided to write this is because I deal with DROVES of people who are so friggin’ confused when it comes to selecting and purchasing their kitchen appliances.
First they can’t decide on brands which sometimes dovetails into questioning features.

Then there is the issue about whom to buy from.

Do I shop local?

Do I go to a big box retailer or an independent?

Do I buy online?

Do I go DEEP online and buy from someplace outside the “reputable” sites just so I can save a few bucks?

The first bit of advice I’m going to tell you is that if you opt to go online, buy from someone reputable. How do you gauge this?
How prominent does their site show up in Google organic rankings? How many reviews are there? Then GET ON THE PHONE with a salesperson.
Do they know what the hell they are talking about? Do they sound professional? Are they an authorized dealer? Do they return emails promptly?

What I would avoid, at all costs, are the bottom-feeders who are the low price prostitutes. I know, it’s an ugly image.
But these are the entities that list ridiculously low prices and then end up nailing you by either
A) Not shipping product
B) Sending you refurbished or open-box merchandise, or items that are out-of-warranty

Here is a 100% true story that I recently experienced.

Customer from New Jersey calls up my showroom and asks to beat a price on a Kitchen Aid dishwasher – model KUDE40FXSS. New Architect II piece. Beauty. Best seller.
The price he has is $150 below my wholesale cost. I had dealt with this customer before and as usual, I am painfully honest.
“My man,” I told him “you need to take that deal. I won’t touch it. Just be very, very careful about where this is coming from and whom you are dealing with.”

So about 2 weeks later, I receive a phone call from same customer. He needed a dishwasher.KitchenAid, KUDE40FXSS.
I’m like…whoa…what about the sick deal you received on the web?
“Oh”, he says, “the dishwasher came earlier in the week…with an open box, no cushioning inside…and a leftover sandwich inside it.


Is it really worth the risk to LOWBALL and shop for absolutely bottom-bottom pricing?

The answer is no.

If you took bids from contractors to do a major renovation on your home, you are never supposed to take the low bid. Why? Because an insanely low bid will ultimately bite your ass. The project overruns will mount up…”Oh we didn’t budget for this” says the contractor…and by that time it is too late to fire the guy because they are knee-deep in sawdust in your kitchen.

The analogy works here as well. Get a rock-solid, discounted price. Get free delivery. Just make sure to get it from someone who is going to be there in case of a problem.
You don’t want sandwiches showing up in your new dishwasher.

More to come…

Feel free to email me with questions at jonathan at curtos dot com.