If you are a health-minded cook (or you just want something cool hanging in your kitchen) you’ll probably want to check out Thermador’s new
steam ovens. The MES301HP (pro series with thick handle) and the MES301HS (Masterpiece series handle) are insanely great additions to Thermador’s premium lineup of wall ovens. It’s the first oven to combine three distinct cooking styles -steam, true convection and combi steam and convection. It also boasts 40 preset food settings.
Thermador Steam Oven Professional Series
One of the cool things about this oven is that it’s larger than the other steam offerings on the market. The 1.1 cu ft oven cavity can fit a 14lb turkey and according to Thermador’s cooking experts, cooking a bird in combination mode for 90 minutes will result in a perfectly moist inside and gorgeous crust on the outside.
Here is a pic of the inside of the oven:
Inside of Thermador's Steam Oven
Here are the 9 cooking modes available to meet just about any cooking need:
* True Convection (85-450°F) – A fan on the back wall distributes the heat evenly throughout. Perfect for moist cakes, sponge cakes and braised meat.
* Steaming (95-210°F) – Perfect for vegetables, fish, sides and extracting fruit juice.
* Combination (250-450°F) – A blend of steam and convection modes. Perfect for fish, soufflés and baked goods.
* Reheat (210-360°F) – Cooked food is gently reheated. The inflow of steam keeps the food moist, and brings back the original flavor, texture and crispness.
* Proof (95-120°F) – Steam and convection modes are combined to keep the surface of bread dough from drying out. This special cooking mode enables the dough to rise much faster than at room temperature.
* Slow Cook (140-250°F) – Tenderizes all meat cuts and types, especially roast beef and leg of lamb.
* Defrost (95-140°F) – Steam and convection modes are combined. Humidity transfers heat to the food, maintaining its moisture and shape. Ideal for fruit, vegetables, meat and fish.
* Keep Warm (140-210°F) – Designed to keep food warm for up to one hour without drying it out.
* Dish Warm (85-160°F) – This mode prevents food in preheated ovenware from cooling as quickly. Perfect for ovenware and plates
Check out the bread baked in the Thermador Steam oven by Chef Brad Peterson…DEELISH!
Bread Baked in the Thermador Convection Steam Oven
People seem to be sold on the idea…I’ve already sold one sight unseen!
The MES301HP and MES301HS will be available on August 1 and will retail for between $3299 and $3499.
I keep getting asked questions about the Liebherr CS-2062 French door refrigerator. Interest has definitely spiked on this piece and I think it’s because Liebherr is doing a great job convincing the influencers (designers, high-volume appliance showrooms) that there is great value in the fridge, plus it seems to be gaining some positive steam on blogs and forums.
The cool thing about the CS2062 refrigerator is that it provides great flexibility and value considering what it brings to the table and what the price point is. First, it’s flexible – it can be used as a freestanding piece, or you can push it into a cabinet and achieve a built-in design (make sure to check the roughs on the CS2062 so you have the correct cabinet dimensions).
What else does it boast? How about two compressors (this has been one of SubZero’s calling cards for years) which allows the air in the fridge to stay in the fridge and likewise for the freezer. End result: your ice cream or ice cubes don’t taste like last night’s leftover herb-crusted sea bass.
The CS2062 is also Energy Star certified and boasts LED lighting which consumes less electricity than halogen lamps plus it looks cooler.
However what I really dig is the design flexibility. I just did a kitchen in NYC where the CS2062 was used in a freestanding application with only one side adjoined to cabinetry. I also recently did a kitchen in Scarsdale where I was instructed to come up with a built-in French door solution for a price that wouldn’t make them faint. At $4999 (contractor pricing) the CS2062 can’t be beat when you consider the lack of built-in French door fridges (SubZero doesn’t offer one) and the higher price tag on the Thermador Freedom built-in model. Two months after delivery and my Scarsdale customers LOVE IT!
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.
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
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
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:
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!
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…
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
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
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
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
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
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.