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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

Bosch Dishwasher Buying Guide Part 1 – Bosch Integra Dishwashers

Written by Appliance Dude | May 6th, 2010

If you’re looking to buy a Bosch dishwasher you’ve come to the right place.

Is your current dishwasher leaking all over the floor?
Are your dishes coming out dirtier than when you put them in?
Or maybe you’re redoing your entire kitchen and you’ve decided to update your relatively trouble-free dishwasher.

Bosch Integra Dishwasher - Hidden Controls

Your choice of dishwasher is extremely important. Unless you are open to the drudgery of cleaning grime from dishes and burning your hands under scalding water when doing so), your dishwasher is an indispensable part of your kitchen. It is YOUR FRIEND. And if it’s going to be your friend, it needs to be someone you can trust, and there isn’t a dishwasher brand out there that can be trusted as much as Bosch.

Plus, Bosch has not incorporated UMRP, or minimum prices on their dishwasher lines, so it is possible to buy a discount Bosch dishwasher without a great effort, especially if you live in the price-pressurized Northeast market.

Why Buy a Bosch Dishwasher 24?
Bosch dishwashers are among the most popular dishwashers in the marketplace. Why? Because they combine the following: QUALITY – PERFORMANCE – DURABILITY-FLEXIBLE PRICE. They consistently receive positive reviews from Consumer Reports, as a matter of fact when CR released their most recent dishwasher ratings, Bosch held 2 of the top 3 spots. Quite simply, Bosch knows how to make a quality dishwasher and get it into your home and price that won’t make you break into a cold sweat.

Bosch dishwashers can be broken down into several different lines:
Bosch Integra
Bosch Evolution
Bosch Ascenta

Today we’re going to focus on the Bosch Integra line of dishwashers, whose calling card is that the controls are hidden from the user. Instead of being located on the front of the dishwasher door, they are found on the TOP of the door, accessible when you open the door.

Bosch Integra Dishwashers: 300 Series
Bosch Integra dishwashers start with the 300-series. The 300 series operates at 50 decibels, a stainless steel tub and 4 wash cycles. They are Energy Star and NSF certified. There is a 19 hour delay start timer and quick wash that operates in 30 minutes. These dishwashers are available in black, white, stainless and will accept a custom panel.
Prices on the Bosch 300 Series Dishwasher should be from $750 on a black or white model to around $850 on a stainless unit.

Bosch Integra Dishwashers: 500 Series
The Bosch Integra 500 Series is the most popular offering from Bosch and IMHO offers the MOST value. Want to make your dollars work wonders? This is the line to be in. The two offerings to focus on in this series are the SHX45 and the SHX65 models. The SHX65 offers more wash cycles (6 opposed to 4) as well as a sanitize option that removes bacteria. Aside from those two features the dishwashers are identical: they both operate at the same decibel level (47), both are Energy Star certified, both offer stainless tubs and both offer capacity for 14 place settings. The SHX45P05UC can be had for under $900, especially if you take advantage of Bosch rebate programs. The SHX65 should start around $975 in black or white and go up to about $1150 for stainless.

Bosch Integra Dishwashers: 800 and 800 Plus Series
The Bosch Integra 800 Series is Bosch’s premium line of dishwashers. They offer an introductory dishwasher, the SHX68P05UC, which operates at a near silent 44 decibels, offers 6 wash cycles, a stainless tub and reduces Energy usage up to 20%. The next step up is the 800 Plus series which takes everything that the SX68P05UC and SHV68P03UC offer and delivers even more. The SHX68E05UC is 42 decibels and operates at 180kw per year, which helps qualify it for the demanding 2011 Energy Star requirements. The premium SHX68E15UC and SHV68E13UC also offer 6 wash cycles but operate at 40 decibels which makes them the quietest dishwashers in the US market. Both 800 Series plus dishwashers also offer one more rack (15) than the 800 Series SHX68 and offers a different, more flexible racking system for easier loading.
Prices on the Bosch 800 Series should start around $1199 and will move up to around $1600 for the top of the line 800 Series Plus. Expensive?
Go price out a Miele if you want sticker shock – top of the line Miele LaPerla dishwasher chalks in at $2400.

Check out this video touting the power of the Bosch 800+ Series. It rocks! And keep an eye out for the vaunted 3rd rack…more on that below!

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The 800 Plus Series Offers the Third Rack System

With the introduction of the 800 Plus Series, Bosch now offers a third rack for additional loading capacity, something that you originally would only find in a Miele dishwasher. This third rack is V-shaped and helps to separate silverware, making it easier to clean. It also offers room for odd-shaped cutlery and small dishes.

Bosch 800 Series Dishwasher - Third Rack

Suffice to say, I absolutely love the Bosch Integra Line of dishwashers. They look great, are durable and don’t command price points that border on the absurd. Plus, they’ve received the adualtion from Good Housekeeping, Consumer Reports and scores of households whom first bought Bosch dishwasher products when they were first introduced into the US market in the 1990’s and would NEVER think of switching into another brand.

NEXT UP IN THE BOSCH DISHWASHER BUYING GUIDE…THE BOSCH EVOLUTION DISHWASHER SERIES…

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

Sub-Zero Introduces New Refrigerator IC-27R and Freezer IC-27FI

Written by Appliance Dude | February 13th, 2010

Nothing like getting hit up with info on new appliances, especially when they are wheeled out by Sub-Zero.

Welcome to the concept of refrigeration and freezer columns as done by SubZero…..

What’s the advantage of columns or integrated refrigeration?

It releases you from design and space constraints! FREEDOM…….

The IC-27R refrigerator is a 27″ inch column with 16.2 cu ft of capacity.
Height is 78 9/16.

Spill proof glass shelves, door alarm to alert you if its left ajar and comes in both stainless as well as
a version that accepts panels and pro or classic tubular handle options are available as well.

A 90° door stop is built into the patented hinge

Star-K Kosher certified as Sabbath and holiday-compliant

The IC-27FI all freezer column is nearly identical (16.3 cu ft of capacity) and is E-Star and Kosher certified as well.

The new Sub-Zero integrated columns enable you to pair full-size refrigeration with drawers to customize your clients’ designs in countless new ways.

I’ve been told these units will be in dealer showroom this summer…stay tuned!

New SubZero Refrigerators at Curto's Appliances of Westchester

The New SubZero Wolf Kitchen Appliance Package Rebate at Curto’s

Written by Appliance Dude | February 12th, 2010

Ok, I’ve been bum rushed by queries regarding the new SubZero Wolf Appliance savings program.
If you are shopping for a SubZero refrigerator or Wolf appliances, it’s time to get off the fence folks.
Not only hasn’t there been a price increase from 2009, but if you piece together the right SubZero Wolf kitchen appliance package, you will save an additional $2500 in this appliance promotion. Plus, SubZero and Wolf rarely ever extend promotions
of this dollar magnitude, so now is the time to act.

1. Any full size SubZero (excluding 600 series) + Wolf range = $1000 instant savings
or
2. Any full size SubZero (excluding 600 series) + Wolf oven, rangetop or 30″/36″ cooktop = $1000 instant savings

PLUS save $250 each on up to six additional items (excluding microwaves).

SubZero Wolf Appliance Promotion at Curto's

Ridiculous Rebate on Bosch WFVC6450UC Washer

Written by Appliance Dude | February 8th, 2010

People have been asking me to review the Bosch WFVC6450U washer as it is garnering a lot of attention in our showroom. I can tell you this much – not only is the Bosch WFVC6450UC priced under $1000 (great deal for a quality front load washer), but the current rebates on it are borderline absurd. Right off you get $300 back in your wallet.
Then, if you purchase one between 2/10 and 2/15, there is another $100, so you are in for a grand total of $400 back, just on a
washer. No one else is offering anything like this for a single laundry appliance.

And think about it, it’s not like you have to buy something like an Estate washer. This is Bosch. One of the better laundry manufacturers in the business. Think Green appliances. Energy efficient. Quiet. Dependable. In the laundry category, the deal on the WFVC6450 is the best out there.

Here are some features on the WFVC6450:
# EcoAction Option Reduces Energy Usage by up to 20%
# Bosch Washers Exceed Federal Energy Standards by up to 102%
# Exceeds ENERGY STAR® 2011 Guidelines – Uses only 130 kWh/yr
# ActiveWater turns 13 gal. into 400 gal. of washing power
# 15 Wash cycles for more flexibility and the greatest variety of load types
# 1200 rpm max spin for drier clothes and efficient drying
# BabyCare cycle cleans with extra water&high temperatures

Translation – the Bosch WFVC6450UC is energy efficient, quiet and dependable. And with the $400 rebate, it’s offers a fantastic opportunity to
jazz your laundry room up with modern, efficient appliances.

Bosch WFVC6450UC washer

New Wolf Appliances and SubZero Dream Kitchen Savings

Written by Appliance Dude | January 29th, 2010

Glad to see SubZero and Wolf appliances have put together a program that will hopefully juice some high-end kitchen appliance package deals.

Program starts March 1, 2010 and ends Sept 30,2010

Customer will get $1000 off your purchases if you buy a Sub Zero 700 tall refrig series or a BI model or a 648 Pro48 series AND any Wolf range or a Wolf wall oven, cook top or range top.

If you add another Sub Zero or Wolf product another $250 off each product up to 6 for a total of $1500.

Max Discount could be $2500.

If you’ve been on the fence about putting in a high-end kitchen appliances, now is the time to jump!

NB – THE WOLF MICROWAVE DRAWER MODELS AND THE WOLF MW MWC MICROWAVES AND SUB ZERO 600 SERIES DO NOT QUALIFY. ALL OTHER MODELS QUALIFY

GE Smart Grid Appliances

Written by Appliance Dude | January 26th, 2010

Found this video report by Consumer Reports. GE’s new “green” appliances will operate on the “smart grid” meaning lots of energy and cost savings for consumers. They will cut power use during the most expensive energy consumptions parts of the day. Interesting stuff here.

GE Monogram Kitchen Appliance Packages

Written by Appliance Dude | January 25th, 2010

Still trying to get over the fact that the Jet’s unlikely playoff run has ended. Wow.
As I was watching the game I was perusing some literature that GE just gave me regarding Monogram kitchen appliance packages. Interesting things in there so let me get my mind off Gang Green’s loss and get back to the world of appliances…

GE has released a few Monogram package deals scaling from a MSRP price of $10,999 for a 5-piece package up to $37,299 for an 8-piece appliance package deal. Keep in mind that these are MSRP prices so odds are, if you are dealing with the right appliance store, you’re going to be able to buy into these packages at lower prices.

I wanted to take a few of these packages and dissect them and see what Monogram is bringing to the table. In the last two years I’ve become a very big fan of Monogram products as I like the redesign they performed on their cooking line and I NEVER hear from customers with problems related to the product.

Monogram kitchen appliance suite


I sent two of my employees to GE’s Monogram factory in Louisville, Kentucky (yes it’s American-made) and they were extremely impressed by the line. They received hands-on training with the product and also were given insight into the manufacturing process. Suffice to say I think Monogram is going to be a popular choice for customers who want to dip their toes into the high-end space but don’t want to completely blow out their budget. The one thing that Monogram appliances offers is price flexibility as dealers aren’t tied to UMRP policies (minimum pricing set by manufacturers).

I was particularly drawn to the Monogram kitchen appliance package that GE has dubbed “Metro”.
This suit of appliances is geared towards urban dwellers who may have space constraints. It includes:
36″ Free Standing Counter Depth fridge – ZFGB21HYSS
24″ dishwasher – ZBD6920PSS
30″ hood – ZV830SMSS
30″ gas cooktop – ZGU384NSMSS or ZGU384LSMSS
30″ single convection oven – ZET938SMSS

You’ll notice that the Metro package offers the thin, tubular-style handles popularized by another premium appliance manufacturer based in Wisconsin. Monogram also offers the flexibility to use Pro-style handles which are available on their cooking ranges.

Best Value Kitchen Appliance Packages: GE Profile Package

Written by Appliance Dude | December 24th, 2009

In the first installment we discussed the Frigidaire Gallery Series and the great value as a kitchen appliance package that it brings to the table.

Now we’re going to shift focus to GE. In the last 2 years, it seems all of the noise out of the GE camp has been about their Cafe line of appliances.
No doubt, Cafe has been one of the top success stories in two years of dreariness for the appliance industry. GE Cafe appliances boast pro styling, some pro functionality, and price points that won’t make most consumer pass out. However, lately I am recommending that people consider the GE Profile line as well. For less money than GE Cafe, you can receive many of the same benefits, albeit with a different look.

Let’s take a look at a GE Profile value package in stainless and compare the dollar outlay to GE Cafe.

30″ Gas range – PGS975SEPSS – The range offers convection cooking, deep recessed cooktop for easier cleaning, extra-large oven and a stacked burner which ranges from 18K BTU to 140BTU for a low simmer. It also offers self cleaning, glass touch controls and double coated racks that you can keep in the oven during self cleaning. Retail is $2649 ($300 less than the Cafe FREESTANDING unit).

GE Profile PGS975SEPSS gas range

Dishwasher – PDWT380RSS – If you want to save a few dolllars, GE Profile offers the PDWT380RSS which is also Enery Star qualified , offers the Smart dispense technology, and offers 4 wash cycles. The retail on the PDWT380RSS is $1099.
The GE Cafe CDWT980RSS dishwasher is $1449.

Free-Standing French Door Refrigerator – PFSS6PKXSS – This is a 26 cu ft French Door refrigerator with external ice/water dispenser. It is Energy Star rated, 36″ wide and 70″ high. It offers energy efficient LED lighting and a full-width drawer that maintains freshness and crispness. Retail is $2699. GE Cafe does not offer a freestanding french door refrigerator. Their counter depth unit has a retail price of $2999 retail.

GE Profile French Door Refigerator

Over the range microwave/hood – PVM1870SMSS – This combo micro/hood offers 1.8 cu ft of space and is powered by 1100 watts. This is NOT a convection micro. Retail is $569.

So total these up:
GE Profile Range – $2649
GE Profile dishwasher – $1249 (top of the line)
GE Profile French Door fridge – $2699
GE Profile micro/hood – $569

Total – $7166.
Then take $300 off for GE Combo rebate
Total – $6866

Keep in mind we are using retail prices. If you’re actually paying these numbers, you’re getting robbed!