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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
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!


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!

Best Value Kitchen Appliance Packages: Frigidaire Gallery Package

Written by Appliance Dude | December 16th, 2009

I’ve had a bunch of readers send in emails inquiring as to what I deemed to be the best value kitchen appliance package in today’s market.
First of all, we need to define “value”. To me, value is going to be the sum of visual appeal, reliability, manufacturer reputation and low cost.
I scanned my lists and came up with these three candidates for best kitchen appliance package. Each one is a 4 piece appliance package in stainless with a freestanding gas range. Keep in mind that most of these emails have been centered around the $3000-$5000 price range so that’s the target I’m shooting for.

I will introduce each appliance package in a separate post, so the entire series will consist of three posts spread out over three days. First up…Frigidaire’s Gallery Series.

Frigidaire Gallery Series Appliance Package

Frigidaire_FGGF3054KF Gallery gas range

Refrigerator – DGHS2644KF – Side by side, 26 cu ft, external ice/water, ENERGY STAR
Gas RangeFGGF3054KF – 30″, convection, chicken nugget and pizza buttons!
DishwasherFGHD2433KF – 24″, ENERGY STAR, Quietest dishwasher in its price range
Hood/microFGMV185KF – 1.8 cu ft capacity

The Skinny on Frigidaire’s Gallery Series Appliance Package

A year ago if anyone asked me what I thought about Frigidaire, my answer was “I try not think about them”.
That’s changed. I’m talking a 180 degree change.
I’m blown away by the new Gallery and Professional series’ Frigi introduced this summer. I didn’t think they had it in them. They do. And then some.
Whenever I walk by one the displays in the showroom I get all warm and fuzzy. The styling, the attention to detail. The construct. And the price points…what’s not to love.
I was talking to one of my sales guys the other day and we were surmising on the lack of Electrolux business in the last few months. The reason why? The Frigidaire Gallery and Pro series are so close in looks, with a just a few less bells and whistles…why would you pay the upcharge for ELX? The comparable Electrolux range is well over $1000 more than the Frigidaire version! (Hint to Frigidaire – you need to create more separation between Electrolux and Frigi in order to justify the price splits).

What You’re Getting in This Appliance Package

Regarding the above package…you’re getting a 4-piece, all stainless package, ENERGY STAR fridge and dishwasher, convection oven and a sleek OTR micro which acts as a hood and offers a spacious 1.8 cu ft of capacity for under $3000. I did a quick scan of online prices and most authorized dealers (remember we only pay credence to actual dealerships, not cretins running 800#’s out of some bathroom in Brooklyn where they sell refurbs) were a tick below $3000. Plus you would have rebates to take advantage of as well.


Here are few links to check out regarding Frigidaire appliances:
Frigidaire’s Home Page
Frigidaire Gallery Home Page
Frigidaire Professional Collection

In Part 2 tomorrow….amidst all of the hulabaloo created by the resounding success of the GE Cafe line, it seems that GE’s Profile line has been lost amidst the clamor for Cafe. I’m here to debunk the notion that Profile is old, dated and/or seen better days. Profile is relevant, somewhat sexy and provides a great bang for your buck. Tomorrow we’ll get re-aquainted with it.

Shop Smart for Kitchen Appliance Packages

Written by Appliance Dude | December 8th, 2009

A recent customer at Curto’s Appliance store was debating on whether to buy an entire kitchen appliance package now, or, just buy the one piece he absolutely needed now, and wait for the Spring for the rest of the appliances. The idea to wait a bit was provoked by his fear of the economy and thought that the manufacturers would offer better incentives on kitchen appliance packages in the Spring. My response…no way are you getting a better deal in the Spring than you are now.

The Spring time means home improvement season has kicked in, so the appliance marketplace will receive a boost from that. Plus, the govt looks like they are moving forward with Cash for Clunkers for appliances in late February, so the manufacturers won’t have much reason to provide further incentives with all that momentum going on. In the dead of winter, appliance manufacturers and dealers are looking to move product, pure and simple. Whether it’s to juice the cash flow, hit a volume quota or to clear the floor for the 2010 models, dealers are ready to deal NOW.

Plus manufacturers are offering great rebates – GE has it’s $500 back on a package of Profile or GE Cafe appliances (by the way we feel the GE Cafe line may just be the best value in home kitchen appliances right now). Thermador has its 1-2 FREE program.
Bosch is giving back $300 on a pair of frontload washer/dryer + additional monies for kitchen appliances.
The deals for kitchen appliance packages are there friends!

GE Cafe CGS980SEMSS – Best Value, Lowest Price?

Written by Appliance Dude | November 13th, 2009

Had to do a post on this piece…while 2008-2009 proved to be tough shakes for appliance manufacturers, you can bet that the folks at GE Appliances are dancing a mad jig about the GE Cafe 30″ gas range – CGS980SEMSS. This gas range has proven to be an absolute rock star. GE actually couldn’t have timed the introduction any better – just as the economy was starting to slow up, here comes a cooking range which gives off a pro look, sports some pro features, but comes in THOUSANDS of dollars lower than other pro cooking appliances by brands I won’t name here. Look at the features:

– Self cleaning oven

– 18K BTU power burner and a 150F degree simmer burner

– PreciseAir convection system means accurately baked foods in a gas oven.

– Super-large capacity in the oven

– Warming drawer offers an addition 1.0 cu ft for baking 140 – 450 degrees.


GE Cafe CGS980SEMSS Gas Range at Curtos.com

Considering the MSRP on the CGS980SEMSS is $2899 and it typically sells in the mid-$2000 area (the price for the CGS980SEMSS is less than that at Curto’s) compare that with other 30″ gas ovens that are in the pro category. I won’t name names folks, you’ve been shopping around, so you know the models. The CGS980SEMSS reviews very well, also considering that customers have done nothing but rave about the piece.

The world of kitchen appliances may be bruised and battered, but there are a few pieces out there that have risen above the fray and prospered. Count the CGS980SEMSS as one of them.