In these value-driven times, I would have to say that the GE Profile WPRE6150KWT washer has turned out to be one of the biggest sellers at Curto’s Appliances.GE hit a home run with this piece. Here’s what it delivers:
– Washer priced around $500
– Energy Star-rated
– Offers stainless steel tub which is more hygienic
– Has a shortened agitator, which is gentler on fabric
– Offers a colossal 4.1 cu ft of capacity – yes, you can stuff a comforter in here
When you consider that the WPRE6150 is also rebated, it’s a no-lose proposition! This piece has cut into sales of the current king of top-loading laundry, the Whirlpool Cabrio. While the Cabrio is huge and offers several bells and whistles, it’s also several hundred dollars more expensive than the WPRE6150KWT. The consumer will determine what is the better buy.
GE Wpre6150kwt washer at Curtos.com
GE wpre6150kwt washer - Curtos.com
Thermador just snuck some changes to their pro cooking line in on me.
The Pro Harmony ranges (the 24″ deep ones that are flush with your cabinetry, as opposed to the 27″ deep Professional Series which has the bullnose).
Noted changes include :
– 18K BTU on every burner
– Fastest time to boil in the biz
– Two extra low burners rated at 375 BTU
– Black porcelain maintop
– 36″ Thermador ranges offer 5.0 cu ft capacity
– ExtraLow feature cycles StarBurner as low as 100 degrees F
Thermador Pro Harmony Gas Ranges
A customer from Rye, NY visited the Curto’s appliance store recently who was interested in redoing their entire kitchen and they were extremely confused about which wall oven to buy. We went through the various iterations – non convection, dual convection, pro handle, designer handles, micro combos, telescopic racking systems, Master Chef controls, meat probes, rotisseries….the list goes on.
When the dust settled, the decision was made to purchase the Electrolux Icon E30EW85GPS 30″ double wall oven. At a UMRP price of $3299 this is an absolute steal when comparing to other pro wall ovens on the marketplace which are typically $2000 more expensive. Look at what you are getting with the Icon oven:
– Convection system (3rd element provides variable speed technology fan)
– Temperature probe (monitors the cooking progress and automatically indicates when the meat is precisely cooked)
– Smooth glide oven racks (these cost over $300 each on one manufacturer’s oven!)
– Wave Touch control panel technology (allows for easy programming)
Electrolux Icon Double Oven E30EW85GPS
And as far as aesthetics go, the oven comes with a thick pro-style handle, interior halogen lighting and cobalt blue interior. Can you say “snazzzy”?
And for those looking at a single wall oven, Electrolux Icon makes the 30″ E30EW75GPS which boasts nearly identical features as the double with one less oven.
Handle on the Electrolux Icon E30EW75EPS
Yes, you can fit a turkey in the Electrolux Icon E30EW75GPS wall oven. Note temperature probe at work as well in this photo.
However, if you have panels on the 500-series they won’t fit.
Also the 500-series were 83″ tall. The new Bi-Series ships at 84″ in height. However there is a grille accessory that can change the height into 83″. Make sure to ask for this.
In an effort to give a vital boost to the appliance industry, the Govt. will be instituting a cash for clunkers program for home appliances, much as they did for the automotive industry. While timing for the program hasn’t been finalized yet, I’ve heard that it could be instituted by the end of the year. The Government has already allotted $300 million in taxpayer money to finance the program. The early details are that consumers will receive $200 towards high-efficiency upgrades for appliances such as washers, refrigerators, dishwashers and air conditioners. As more details emerge, Curto’s will be covering it and of course offering the program to our loyal customers.
Wolf Dual Fuel Range at Curto's
Many of my Wolf appliance customers in Westchester County and beyond ask what are the best methods to clean Wolf kitchen appliances such as the cooktops, wall ovens and ranges. Curto’s Appliances has compiled a tip list to help you clean and protect these significant kitchen investments. Let it roll….
General Rule: When cleaning stainless steel, always wipe or clean in the direction of the grain.
– Soap & Water, Towel dry, make sure to blow out the holes.
– Do not use abrasives as they may remove paint
Porcelain coated grates, pressed steel tops, gas oven interiors and oven racks:
– Use soap & water and towel dry to avoid streaking
– Fume Free Easy Off – use for difficult cooked on food products which is great for ovens and can be used on any of the above in “worst case scenarios”.
– Also use mild abrasive cleaners like Soft Scrub Orange, Bon Ami, or Bar Keepers
– While surface is warm, poor water on so that it bubbles, akin to a deglazing pan. Use a spatula to scrape off burnt-on food that now bubbles up.
– For stubborn stains you can use a Green Scotchbride pad with a cleanser like Barkeepers Friend or Bon Ami. AVOID PRODUCTS WITH BLEACH.
– Once the Wolf appliance product is clean spray or wipe on oil to protect surface from oxidation. If you get an orange color, this is rust and should be wiped/scrubbed off with a fine grade steel wool.
– Vinegar can be helpful for the removal of stains and discoloring of the griddle surface.
TOMORROW…Part 2 – How to Clean Wolf Appliance Stainless Surfaces and Wall Oven Interiors
…or at least one of the main differences is that Wolf (and SubZero) will test EVERY SINGLE product that rolls out of their factory. That’s right…every one. Tested by a human…for hours. Sometimes as long as 24-48 hours.
So when people complain about prices or about turnaround time, you have to take into consideration that Wolf Appliances and SubZero have separated themselves from the pack (no pun intended) due to their quality control.
I mean, when was the last time you heard about doors or handles falling off of SubZero’s?
The bottom line is that it takes a bit longer to churn out quality, and you won’t find better quality than what they’re producing at the Wolf/SubZero factory in Wisconsin.
Editors Note: Not that Wolf doesn’t have it’s manufacturing glitches. But when it does, they call a mea culpa immediately and get the recall info out asap. That’s service.
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:
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
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
I just got my hands on this commercial which shows most of the new Bosch appliances that have been rolling out this summer. For up to he minute availability call Curto’s Appliances store at 1-800-966-2878 or email us at CurtosAppliances@aol.com.
The hot items seem to be the Bosch Linea refrigeration as well as the Bosch washers and dryers with AquaStop and MistCare technolgies. More to come…