Refrigerator Water Filters
Dual Evaporators - Keeping It Fresh
Twin cooling or Dual Evaporators means there's no air exchange between the fresh food section (humid air) and the freezer section (dry air) of the refrigerator. Keeping the dry air in the freezer where it belongs will keep your produce and other fresh food lasting much longer. Keeping the humid air from the fresh food section out of the freezer will also nearly eliminate freezer burn. Professional brands have used similar technology in their refrigerators for decades, but now it's available on many mainstream brands as well.
Stainless Steel & Alternative Finishes
Few trends have taken over the home appliance industry as dramatically as stainless steel. Over the years, demand for the look of stainless steel with easier maintenance has led to many new finishes. GE Slate, KitchenAid Black Stainless, Frigidaire Smudge-Proof, and Whirlpool White Ice have all become best sellers.
Counter-Depth or Standard-Depth?
Standard-depth refrigerators are more widely available than counter-depth. The advantage of standard-depth is the huge interior capacity that many families require. However, counter-depth models certainly offer a sleeker look. Manufacturers are working tirelessly to develop inventive ways to reduce cabinet size and increase interior capacity . There are a few premium counter-depth models available today that don't sacrifice the interior space.
LED Lighting - It's Not Just for Looks
LED bulbs flood the inside of the refrigerator with light making it easy to see into every nook. Food looks the way it should and it's easy to see when it's time to replenish. In addition to the superior lighting, LED bulbs also burn much cooler than the incandescent bulbs of the past - resulting in big energy savings!
Precise Filling & Hot Water Dispensers
Ice & water dispensers aren't only offering crushed or cubed anymore. Models with Precise-Fill take the guesswork and measuring out of your recipes, making it fast and easy to cook like a pro. Some models even dispense hot water so you can enjoy that cup of tea with no effort. Built-in safety features keep small children and pets safe too.
Ranges & Cooktops
No more baking one sheet at a time. True convection ovens add an extra heating element and fan to circulate the air inside the oven. Fill every rack and enjoy evenly browned and baked goodness.
Plus there's no need to grab a calculator to figure out your old favorite recipes. Simply enter the temperature you've always used and Auto Temperature Conversion will figure out the rest.
Power/ Simmer Burners
From boiling water to simmering sauces, today's gas ranges handle it all with ease. Dual or triple stacked burners on some models can accommodate a variety of different tasks with great control. Other models offer differently sized burners in each placement, with higher powered burners in the front.
Self Cleaning Oven Racks
There hard-porcelain coated racks can stay in the oven during the self clean cycle-without discoloring or warping. Available on high-end ovens and mid-line to premium GE models.
Induction burners look smooth like normal ceramic electric cooktops, but actually use magnets to directly heat the pan instead of radiant or thermal heat. Because the pan itself is directly heated, there is no transfer of heat to other areas of the cooktop, making it safer for pets or small children. Induction is also able to heat up and cool down very rapidly, giving you the precise control of gas with the cleanup ease of ceramic smooth tops.
Some ovens offer a plug in probe that speaks directly to the oven's control panel. The display can then provide a real-time readout of internal meat temperatures. It can also alert you when the meat has reached a pre-programmed temperature.
18" Built-in Dishwasher
24" Built-in Dishwasher
Keeping It Quiet
Dishwasher noise levels are often listed in decibels. For every 3 decibels increased, the noise is twice as loud. Whisper-quiet libraries are about 40 decibels and many dishwashers today are just as quiet.
Stainless steel tubs have helped achieve these low decibel ratings because manufacturers have been able to melt rubber and other materials to the outside of them. Often times an indicator light is the only way to tell a premium dishwasher is running!
Nylon Racks vs. PVC Racks
Nylon racks are much more resilient than PVC racks against chipping, peeling, and rust. Most mid-line to premium dishwashers are equipped with nylon racks. PVC is only found on the most basic models today, though they were very prevalent in the past.
Rack materials are usually listed in the detailed specifications, but simple fingernail test will tell you right away. If the material gives in, then it's likely PVC. Nylon shouldn't give in at all.
3 Racks are Better Than Two
A few manufacturers have started offering a 3rd rack on their dishwashers. The rack is located at the very top of the tub, staying out of the way of bulkier items on the other two racks. This 3rd rack has proven to be very useful for sharp knives, large utensils, lids, and even wine glasses. It's an ingenious use of space that increases total capacity as much as 30%.
Drying: Heat vs. Condensation
Traditionally, all dishwashers used heated drying with a heating element on the bottom of the tub. Popular European style dishwashers now use condensation dry. Condensation dry is possible due to the stainless steel tub material. Stainless steel cools off much more quickly than the dishes do so the steam/water is naturally attracted to the steel and then runs out the drain.
The advantages of traditional heating elements are faster drying cycle times and dryer plastics. Condensation drying is more energy efficient, won't deform thin plastics, and no steam damage to wooden counters/ cabinets.
Adjustable upper racks are available on most mid-line to premium model dishwashers. The upper rack can adjust up or down a couple of inches to accommodate large items on the bottom rack or taller glasses on the top.
Easy gliding racks are also available. These offer a smooth, premium feel. Heavy loads will always roll out smoothly and the smooth action will help alleviate any chipping or cracking.
Front Load vs. Top Load
Front load washers offer the best overall wash performance, especially if you have heavily soiled items. For customers that work in the trades or fields, we usually recommend front load. They also use the least amount of water. The down side is cost, as they are typically more expensive than top load washers.
Top load washers offer the largest capacity and better vibration control. We recommend them for main or second floor laundry where they are not placed on sturdy concrete slab. For families with average soil levels and large loads, top load washers offer great performance at an economical price.
What Makes Laundry High Efficiency (HE)?
High efficiency laundry has been available for several years now. Not only do they use about 70% less water, but HE washers also spin at very high speeds. The high spin speeds wring out much more water than traditional machines so drying times are also significantly reduced. This results in even more energy savings.
HE Laundry pairs are typically much larger capacity which means fewer loads, and so once again- less energy use. In addition to the energy savings, HE laundry offers more gentle washing and drying action so your clothes will last longer. Savings all around!
Steam - Hot Air or Lifesaver?
In washers, steam boosts the temperature inside the drum, causing clothing fibers to relax and release dirt. Higher wash temperatures also sanitize clothing and help eliminate allergens. Steam is released during the spin cycle too in order to keep those annoying wrinkles from settling in. In all steam washers, it's an option that must be selected so your colors can still be washed cool when needed.
Steam dryers can obviously aid in de-wrinkling. They can also be used to run short, refreshing cycles when you don't have time to complete an entire wash cycle. Steam dry cycles eliminate odor causing particles and can even be used to sanitize sick clothing or bedding.
Sleep and Forget About It with Overnight Wash & Dry
Some front load washers now come with the Overnight Wash & Dry cycle. This cycle completely launders a small load without the need to flip it over to the dyer. It's perfect for that last minute outfit you need to wear tomorrow. Just throw it in the washer before bed, wake up in the morning, and throw it on!
SmartDispense Washers Save Time & Money
A common laundry mistake is using too much detergent. Washers equipped with SmartDispense eliminate the guesswork and dispense just the right amount of detergent for every load. The washer contains two reservoirs (Detergent & Fabric Softener) that each hold one gallon - about 2 months worth for the average family. The washer then detects the soil level and size of the load before dispensing the exact amount required.
Additional Home Air Control