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Washer Broke? 3 Reasons to Buy a Speed Queen Washer

Written by Appliance Dude | August 23rd, 2017

In this Speed Queen washer review, we’ll explain why a Speed Queen washer is a fantastic choice to bring home

I can tell the look from a mile away. The customer will come into the showroom, no smile, eyes slightly glazed, with a harried, preoccupied countenance. They are definitely not visiting the Curto’s showroom for a new bbq grill.

“How can I help you?” I ask…

“My washing machine broke,” the customer says. “I have 3 days of wash growing in my basement. Help”.

We see this all the time. And when a customer is coming off a bad experience with their machine, whether it was consistent service calls/money spent out of warranty, or just a simple dissatisfaction with the machine, we know what to suggest.

A Speed Queen top load washer.

Spped Queen Washer Review

Speed Queen washer review

Unless you have a family of 10 or need to stack your laundry, the top loading Speed Queen washer AWN432 is the way to go. Speed Queen has produced washing machines for over 100 years and their reputation for producing best in class washers continues to grow.

Here are the three main reasons why we recommend a Speed Queen washer over other top loading washers:

1 – Speed Queen washers are born from a commercial heritage. If you go to a laundromat or any institution with large-scale laundry needs like a hospital, they are usually outfitted with Speed Queen laundry. Speed Queen has taken the platform they use for commercial application and uses parts of it for their residential products. For instance, most residential washing machines are made with a large amount of plastic. This is done to keep costs down, but will also fail quicker so the homeowner will need to purchase new machines sooner. Speed Queen washers use far more steel which will last longer, and Speed Queen tests their machines to the point of failure so they are made to hold up for close to 25 years.

2 – Speed Queen washers offer the best warranty in the business. While most other laundry manufacturers offer a standard 1-year warranty, Speed Queen offers a 3-year warranty on their knob machines like the AWN432, and an amazing 5-year warranty on the electronic control washers. Talk about having confidence in your product.

3 – Speed Queen washers wash better. Most of the Speed Queen story is in their warranty and their commercial heritage, but how do they clean?
Speed queen washers use a 210 degree agitator that strokes 68x per minute. This action ensures that the clothes and water are being moved through one another in a gentle, cleansing action.

If you want more information on Speed Queen washers and dryers, please call or visit the Curto’s showroom at 1966 Central Park Ave – Yonkers NY 10710. We will ship Speed Queen washers nationally. usually with free shipping!

How I Nearly Blew up My Alfresco Grill – Part 2

Written by Appliance Dude | August 20th, 2017

In Part 1 of this Alfresco Grill Review series I discussed how a mistake I made with the Alfresco rotisserie nearly set the grill on fire.
In Part 2 I detail another incendiary instance with the Alfresco grill, this time at the hands of the solid fuel insert SFI-POD. This accessory is amazing but MUST be used carefully.

Alfresco Grill Review – To Sear or Not To Sear

Written by Appliance Dude | August 18th, 2017

Do you need an inline sear zone burner in your premium gas grill? The industry upsells them as a sexy feature and I drank the KoolAid for a bit myself, but I’m changing my mind.
Especially if you own a grill that has a dedicated sear burner that cannot be removed. I’d rather have more normal grilling real estate. Watch the vid, hope it helps

ASKO Dishwasher Review: 5 Reasons You Need to ASKO

Written by Appliance Dude | August 17th, 2017

Is an ASKO dishwasher in your kitchen’s future? If drying ability and energy efficiency is important to you, then keep reading!

When someone visits our showroom and is looking for a new dishwasher, whether in an appliance package or as a “onesy” there are two names that always come up:

Bosch and KitchenAid

Can you blame them? the Bosch is born from German-design standards, which marries tradition and the future. As the great Dieter Rams said, “German design standards are set by the reduction to essentials without eliminating the poetry”. So does that mean your dishes come out cleaner? For more on Bosch and German design standards, please read here.

KitchenAid has it’s own compelling narrative. It just works, and has for years, so they have built an insane level of trust and confidence in the American public when it comes to dishwashers and countertop appliances. And the #1 rating in Consumer Reports doesn’t hurt.

So where does that leave ASKO? It’s the under radar, stealth move.
ASKO, in many ways, reminds me of Saab, but with better quality standards.

I owned 2 Saabs and was always happy with its outsider status compared to BMW and AUDI. It was the bastard child of European sports / luxury cars, but it inspired a CULT of fervent Saab-heads. ASKO has created this as well.

We have people (mostly who live in NYC) that visit the showroom and when they are renovating an apt they don’t want to hear any dishwasher name invoked other than ASKO.

Why?

I have 5 compelling reasons why ASKO dishwashers has created this cult following.

It Dries Better
Yes you read that correctly. European dishwashers, due to their lack of a heating element, have always done a inferior job of drying compared to their domestic brethren who use heating elements in their tubs. ASKO’s Turbo Drying system pulls out moisture to dry your dishes better.
ASKO’s fan-dry system gets the load completely dry. After the final rinse, the moist air in the dishwasher is mixed with dry air from outside, and the machines dries completely.
Note – you must have an ASKO with the Turbo Dry system. So why does Turbo Drying kick ass?
Dishes normally dry by the residual heat contained in the tub after the wash.
The moisture rains back down onto the dishes creating water spots and leaving the dishes wet.
The door should be opened after the wash to release the steam so moisture doesn’t condensate on dishes.
Dishwashers without Turbo Drying need to have a higher temperature final rinse, consuming more energy.With Turbo Dry after the wash is complete the fan comes on and draws in hot steam.
Moisture is removed before it can cool and drip back onto crockery. The moisture is then condensed and directed back into the filter.

Stainless is Better
ASKO dishwasher baskets, spray arms, seam welded tank and door are all stainless. The competition, for the most part, are plastic.
Stainless build will make components last longer and also minimizes leaks because it is welded as opposed to glued.
Plus, a stainless door will not corrode, wear out or discolor over time.

It’s BIGGER
ASKO dishwashers – particularly the XXL models – can hold up to 17 place settings, larger than any dishwasher on the market. Check out the pic!

ASKO dishwasher review

The insides of an ASKO dishwasher

It Cleans Like a Beast
No pre-rinsing needed! ASKO Dishwashers do the pre-rinsing for you saving you time, water, energy and effort.
SCS™ (Super Cleaning System) removes food particles from the dishwasher before starting the main wash to give you a cleaner result.


I Own One, And Can Attest That They are Legit

I would never talk up a product that I owned and was dissatisfied with. The bottom line is that our ASKO is sleek, quiet (though not whisper-quiet like a Bosch), does a great job drying, is durable as can be (far better design integrity than the more plastic models on the market) and incredibly green/eco friendly.

If you have more questions about ASKO dishwashers please call our showroom at 1-800-966-2878. And remember we ship them across the USA, with free shipping.

Review: Kamado Joe vs Memphis Pellet Grill

Written by Appliance Dude | August 16th, 2017

The Memphis Grill vs Kamado Joe
Pellets vs Lump Charcoal
Set it and Forget It vs Manual Controls
Stainless vs Ceramic
Pelletheads vs Joe-Freaks

I would simply say….buy them both, but nothing in life is simple…save for Aaron Franklin’s brisket ingredients (beef, salt/pepper, smoke)
Watch the video as I dig into the topic..and remember, if you want more info or want to buy a Memphis Wood Fire Grill or a Kamado Joe, call us at 1-800-966-2878 or visit curtos.com

ButtercreamBlondie Thanks Curto’s

Written by Appliance Dude | August 16th, 2017

The owner of ButtercreamBlondie visited the showroom today bearing gifts…a beautiful package of cupcakes for our Janice. Yelp and Google reviews are great, but when someone bakes you cupcakes and delivers as a Thank You, now that means something! We promise to take care of all of our customers, whether we receive cupcakes or not!

Westchester County / Bedford Outdoor Kitchen Pics

Written by Appliance Dude | August 11th, 2017

A Westchester County Outdoor Kitchen that Screams VALUE

Here is an outdoor kitchen in Bedford Westchester County that uses an Artisan by Alfresco 36″ grill head with 32″ access doors and a Marvel MO24RAS1RS 24″ refrigerator. The couple did not want to spend a fortune on the outdoor kitchen grill equipment. Instead they bypassed an Alfresco and Lynx and decided upon Alfresco’s “little brother”, the 36″ Artisan. The Artisan grill – ARTP36 – shares some features with the Alfresco. These include the same briquette cooking system and igniters/wires that are encased in heat-resistant silicone. The grill is also made in the same California factory as the Alfresco.

For the kitchen masonry they used natural stone veneer in Mosaic pattern. For the countertops they used polished and sealed Bluestone. Many people love the way Bluestone looks but they shy away from using it as an outdoor kitchen counter top b/c of its propensity to stain. In this case the Bluestsone is sealed which will protect it from the elements as well as potential spillages.

If you want to learn more about the Artisan grill line or design an outdoor space contact us at Curto’s at 1-800-966-2878 or visit at 1966 Central Park Ave in Yonkers.

Artisan 36 grill

Artisan 36″ Grill in Westchester County outdoor kitchen

Artisan ARTP-36 Grill

Artisan 36″ Grill and 32″ Access doors

Artisan ARTP36

Artp36 Grill in outdoor kitchen

Memphis Pellet Grill Review: Great Grates!

Written by Appliance Dude | August 10th, 2017

In this Memphis Grill Review, Señor Smoke at Curto’s is told by an employee at Memphis Grills that YES, you can fit a water pan under your brisket, with the help of the Memphis small grate kit accessory. This is a game-changer, providing that much-needed moisture boost in the cook chamber!

For questions or ordering info on the Memphis wood fire grill, please email or call us at 1-800-966-2878