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 french door refrigerator at Curtos.com
Electrolux french door refrigerator with open door, at Curtos.com
When I first mentioned this past summer that Frigidaire was revising its brand and introducing a “professional series” , a few people wrote to me and scoffed at the idea. Well a few months after launch, Frigidaire has a wide smile on their face. The Frigidaire Professional range and Frigidaire Professional refrigerators have proven to be the best sellers at this point…so good that availability is getting a little sketchy.
The hottest sellers in the Frigidaire Professional Series are the following two gas ranges:
FPGS3085KF – slide in, 30″, pro select controls, self cleaning, low simmer burner and warming drawer
FPGS3085KF - Curtos.com - Frigidaire Professional Gas Range
FPGF3081KF – freestanding gas range 30″, continous cast-iron grates, warming drawer, self clean
FPGF3081KF - Curtos.com - Frigidaire gas range
Frigidaire has upped the ante style and feature-wise, and so far we haven’t heard of any problems with the series. Of course since this is a new series, we’ll remained tuned in to that point and see if any problems develop. The new Professional Series has Frigidaire aiming squarely at GE Cafe and Bosch’s revised major appliance line. We’ll see what comes of this in the pitched battle for consumer dollars.
So the Frigidaire ranges have been available for a few months now and I’m happy to say that the only issue that has cropped up is that there were some availability issues in the late Fall, but that’s been resolved now. One interesting trend that I have seen develop is that sales of the Electrolux gas ranges have dropped slightly since the introduction of the new Frigidaire Professional series ranges. We have them displayed near one another in the Curto’s showroom and consumers are saying “hey, they look pretty much the same, have similar features, yet the Electrolux range is over $1000 more expensive.”
Compare the Electrolux EW30GS65GS, 30″ slide-in range to the Frigidaire Pro FPGS3085KF. Here are the similarities:
– self clean ovens
– convection ovens
– 4 sealed burners
– 4.2 cu feet of capacity
However, the Frigidaire FPGS3085KF sells for around $1599 at Curto’s, while the Electrolux has a UMRP price of $2499. That’s quite a spread!
I know I recently posted about the Electrolux Icon E30EW85GPS wall oven, but I had to drop some more love its way. I just had customer from Tenafly, NJ call me up here at Curto’s raving about the Icon wall oven he recently purchased for me. He said his wife loves it so much that she has actually taken a liking to cooking now and has tossed him out of the kitchen, which has in turn allowed him more time to work on his golf game. Great stuff.
Electrolux Icon E30ew85gps double oven featured at Curto's Appliances
The E30EW85GPS offers many functions and aesthetics that other more expensive wall ovens feature. It offers:
– convection system
– 6 smooth glide oven racks
– wave-touch control panel display
– meat probe
– halogen lighting system
– cool touch door
– cobalt blue interior (no functional advantage, but you gotta love the color!)
– Star-K cooking mode
– delay bake
Electrolux recently lowered the UMRP pricing on this piece so now it stands at $3299.
There are comparable ovens on the market selling for $1500-$2000 more than this piece.
If Electrolux can bring other Icon pieces to the level of this oven, then that line will be a serious contender in the
mass premium category populated by GE Monogram, Thermador, KitchenAid Architect, etc. I say that because it seems that Icon
has been lost in the shuffle as Electrolux has placed their marketing muscle behind the Kelly Ripa-sponsored Electrolux line and the new Frigidaire Pro series.
In any case, check this oven out. It’s arguably the most value-laden piece on the market today.
Fisher Paykel introduced the concept of dishdrawers to the US almost 10 years ago and the concept caught on immediately with consumers. Now, Fisher Paykel has revised the dishdrawer line with some fantastic new features that have got me so convinced of their value that I’m buying one for my new home!
From a design perspective there are two flavors – one with a handle (DD24DDFTX6) and one with an inset you fit your hand into (DD24DCTX6). In both models, Fisher Paykel has increased the height of the top drawer so you can now fit up to 13″ plates with ease, making cleaning up after dinner parties a breeze.Here are some other features:
– Energy Star certified
– Each drawer is independently operated
– Offers key lock and child locks
– Up to 12 hour delay start feature
– Folding tines create flat surface so large pots, platters and bowls can fit seamlessly into drawer
– Water is pumped into detergent filtering it through gradually which ensures a superior hygenic wash without detergent burn on dishes
Fisher & Paykel offers a variety of colors – black, white, stainless and a model that accepts custom panels to match your cabinetry.
The dishdrawers are incredibly popular and I see them being purchased by a wide customer segment. They are used in Kosher kitchens, NYC apts that are space-confined and are also a popular choice in “green” kitchens due to their eco-friendly nature – the ability to only use one drawer at a time is incredibly friendly to water and electricity consumption.
The other benefit is that Fisher Paykel lowered the price on these models, so they no longer command prices north of $1200-$1300.
Fisher Paykel DD24DCTX6
Fisher Paykel DD24DDFTX6 Straight Handle
Fisher Paykel DD24DTI6 with Custom Panel, Straight Handle
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