Counting Calories? This Maytag Refrigerator Can Help

The Maytag MFX2571XEM features a color touch LED screen that helps you count calories.

The refrigerator isn’t always your biggest ally when it comes to your diet. But premium features on the new Maytag MFX2571XEM can help you to stay fit and eat fresher foods.

The new Maytag MFX2571XEM is the latest in Maytag’s “Ice2O” series. It’s a classy French door refrigerator with beautiful shelving and drawer space—the refrigerator has a glass floor, so you can check your produce inventory in the extra bottom drawer while grabbing a glass of no-sugar-added apple juice. That extra drawer adds a ton of space—up to five grocery bag-fulls of your favorite produce or deli meat.

The bottom freezer drawer is even larger—since it sits on the bottom, mini chest freezer, as you can fit large amounts of food without having to “stack it” like in top-mount freezers. It also features two rolling drawers to put every day food items in, such as TV dinners or those delicious pot pies made by Marie Callendar.

But on your healthy diet, you’ll be staying away from those premade frozen meals, right? However, if you’re the only one in the house dieting, it just goes to show that this refrigerator is adaptable to any family environment—whether your focus is on protecting that fresh produce or having quick, convenient access to premade meals (because sometimes we all get a little busy).

The coolest part, of course, is the calorie counting. It doesn’t actually count your calories for you (you still have to hold some of the responsibility for your diet, geez!), but there is a handy nutritional database of common food items right in the LCD touch screen of the water dispenser. I checked it out myself (see pictures) and looked up the nutritional value of my favorite food—avocadoes! Delicious. The database’s food groups include dairy, fruits, meat, and of course, that mysterious “other” food group. It’s really fantastic—say you want that midnight snack but you’re not sure what to eat? Within a few seconds you can find out just how many calories are in that handful of almonds versus a small apple.. and voila, smart and healthy snacking.. even when it’s a midnight snack.

It also has handy food storage tips in order to maximize the life of your fresh produce and meats, so you can eat fresher, longer.

Overall? This fridge is perfect for the sophisticated consumer who’s looking for a refrigerator that fits neatly into your lifestyle, whether you are a busy mom or health food nut. The calorie-counting guide is perfect for those in need of a little helpful reminder everytime they go to the fridge, and it’s available at Appliance Factory Outlet & Mattresses—where we find you the best appliances to fit not just your lifestyle but your budget, too.

Kitchen Appliance Measurements

One of the most overlooked steps in buying an appliance is getting the right measurements. Not all kitchen appliance brands have standard measurements, so getting your kitchen’s specific space requirements should be one of the first steps you take when deciding on a good investment. Some important factors to consider:

  • Keep appliances size-appropriate. Large-capacity models in small kitchens lack visual appeal and practicality.
  • Measure your home’s entry ways so you can be sure you’ll be able to get your new appliance inside the house.
  • Remember to take measurements of width, height and depth of where your appliance will sit.
  • Be aware of the space an appliance will need to open and close.

This is what a counter depth fridge looks like. Photo from TinaRobinsonDesign.com

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Samsung Rated Highest in Consumer Satisfaction for Sixth Year in a Row

RF4287HARS Model has fully customizable shelves and 28 cu ft of shelf space to store your food.

The RF4287HARS has customizable shelving with pop-out door shelves to fit all your favorite foods. Image courtesy Samsung.

What makes a great refrigerator? Samsung knows. According to J.D. Power and Associates, Samsung was rated highest in Customer Satisfaction with Refrigerators for the sixth year in a row this year. The highest ranking factors were ease of use, performance and reliability (which includes how well the refrigerator works, how noisy it is and energy efficiency), and features.

 J.D. Power and Associate’s study was based on responses from almost 6,000 consumers who purchased Samsung Refrigerators in the last two years, and what did they like most? Samsung did particularly well in the Side-by-Side and French Door refrigerator categories.  Samsung’s French Doors are unique and stylish, as well as very user-friendly.

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Easy Fixes for Common Appliance Problems

Appliances make our lives more convenient—if we didn’t learn this in 50s we sure know now. We use them for absolutely everything: washing our clothes, our dishes, storing our food, & much more. But what happens when something affects the way they work? They can cause minor inconveniences that sometimes we feel we might as well put up with. However, many people don’t realize that a lot of common appliance problems can easily be fixed with the right know-how and a proactive attitude towards fixing these minor problems! Remember, however, that sometimes more serious problems may be present and that a professional repair technician is always the best answer. Below are some common appliance problems with easy starting points on how to fix them.  Continue reading

New LG Refrigerator Technology Benefits Consumers, Planet

At a recent trade show in Berlin, LG unveiled its new plan for its line of refrigerators: better Linear Compressor technology. It allows refrigerators to free up space inside while making them more energy efficient, a focus that LG has taken seriously this past year.

 
The new LG LBC20514TT

The LG LBC20514TT refrigerator features the new linear compressor technology in the bottom-mounted freezer. Image courtesy LG.

New Refrigerator Technology Saves Energy, Saves Money, Saves Food
The third-generation designed Linear Compressor in LG’s new bottom-freezer units controls the cooling power of the refrigerator, which makes it 45 percent more efficient than the average A- rated refrigerator in Energy Star’s certification program. Energy Star officially gave the technology an A++ rating in Europe.

All around, the refrigerator is more efficient at preserving food, as well. It includes an Opti Temp Zone which optimizes the temperature in the refrigerator depending on the type of food, and their new Vita Light Zone technology provides internal LED lighting which helps food retain vitamins and nutrients in vegetables and fruit. According to LG, their refrigerator-freezers were also designed to preserve meat’s texture and taste when frozen, and maintain the flavor of foods for longer periods of time, which in turn saves you money on grocery bills.

LG Pushes for Green Appliance Development
This is the first of many products that LG is researching and developing in order to reduce their impact on the planet. LG plans to spend $18 billion in the next 10 years on “greening its operations,” as well as reducing their green house gas emissions by 40 percent, practicing electronics recycling (especially for refrigerators) and producing more efficient, ecofriendly appliances.

Shopping Green Saves You Money in More Ways Than One
LG’s new refrigerators now meet and even beat Energy Star certification thanks to the improved technology as well as other various features. The company offers a 10 year warranty on the third-generation linear compressor inside of their refrigerators, and you can find many of the new bottom-mount and French door styles for brand new at Appliance Factory Outlet. LG is also offering a $100 rebate for purchasing one of their new energy efficient refrigerators, so there’s never been a better time to upgrade your appliance.

Why Changing Your Water Filter is Important

If you use the ice or water dispenser from your refrigerator, most likely you’ve experienced that pungent “freezer taste.” An easy way to avoid this is to replace your refrigerator water filter. There are three types of water filters used in refrigerators :

Fiber water filter: made of rayon or spun cellulose fibers. This filter collects rust, lead and other sediments in the water.

Granular activated carbon (GAC) filter: This is the most common type of filter. The GAC filter traps chemicals and impurities found in water.

Solid carbon block filter: This is the newest water filter found in refrigeration. This filter strains the water more slowly allowing it to absorb more chemicals and impurities than the other filter types.

Most water filters should be changed at a minimum of every six months, although some refrigerator brands’ water filters can go up to 12 months. If you use your water or ice frequently, your filter should be changed more frequently. There are many benefits of water filters:

Regularly changing your refrigerator's water filter can save you up to $600 over costs of bottled water, according to Whirlpool. (Based on average use of two 6-month, 200 gal water filters verses purchasing the same amount of leading brand bottled water.)

  • Filters are a greener alternative to bottled water, both in cost and conservation. According to appliance manufacturer Whirlpool, changing a water filter twice a year saves 3,000 plastic bottles of water from ending up in landfills.
  • Filters save money. The average $25–$100 water filter saves the average consumer up to $600 over costs of bottled water, according to Whirlpool. (Based on average use of two 6-month, 200 gal water filters verses purchasing the same amount of leading brand bottled water.)
  • Filters are healthier for you. Regularly changing your refrigerator’s water filter helps you avoid cloudy ice, foul-tasting water, unpleasant ice and water odor, discoloration and floating particles.
  • Filters are healthier for your refrigerator. Regular filter changes an also save you from expensive repairs to water fixtures, because ineffective filters allow sediment build-up causing fittings to break, fixtures to leak and reduced water pressure.
Not changing your filter frequently enough can also result in “filtered” water containing more bacteria than the original water source. Water contaminants can get trapped in the filter, resulting in bacteria growth. An easy way to remember to replace your filter is to change it with Daylight Savings Time.
Most replacement parts come with easy-to-use instructions, but call a service technician if you’re unsure about the installation. Check Appliance Factory Outlet & Mattresses for your replacement water filter today. Appliance Factory Outlet carries water filters for major refrigerator brands like, GE, Frigidaire, Samsung, LG and more. Remember this small replacement can save you from more expensive water fixture replacements later, not to mention better-tasting water!

Appliance Dumping: Bad for the Environment, Bad for Taxpayers

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Dumping an appliance may seem like an easy fix for someone who wants to get rid of their old fridge, but it has some pretty hard consequences not only for the environment, but for you too. Refrigerators are one such example- refrigerants like ammonia, Freon and methane are used in the refrigeration process. They become hazardous when an old, worn out appliance begins to deteriorate in an open environment. Heavy metals like iron and copper make up 50-60% of a fridge’s total weight leaving a huge risk if those heavy metals were to leach into local water systems or rivers. Continue reading

Appliance Factory Outlet: Extreme Color Make-Over

Be apart of Appliance Factory Outlet’s Extreme Color Make-Over! Cast your vote on our  Facebook page for what color you’d like to see on a side-by-side refrigerator. Make sure to check back to watch the transformation of stainless into color!

 
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