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
Front-loading laundry is notorious for a trademark musty smell that comes from inside the machine. The issue actually comes from the design of the machine, water can get stuck inside of the door gasket and other parts of the machine and mildew builds up. In 2005, there was actually a lawsuit against Maytag because the issue got so bad customers were complaining of mold actually being ON their clothes.
Fortunately, advancements have been made in front-load technology since then but appliance manufacturers now suggest certain tips to ensure that mold and mildew don’t build up anymore, including leaving the door ajar. Electrolux has even innovated a special door clip that leaves the door ajar without leaving it wide open, to prevent Continue reading →
Cooking Goes High Tech for the Holidays Induction cooking. It sounds like a hot new technology, but the idea of induction heating has been around since the early 1950s. Up until recently induction cooktops were expensive and generally only available for commercial use. Appliance Factory Outlet CEO Chuck Ewing said that it’s one of the hottest home kitchen appliances for this holiday season – economical for the every-day consumer and more convenient for holiday cooking.
Better Cooking Technology Appliance Manufacturer Samsung introduced an induction range that offers high-quality technology for an affordable price, giving consumers the opportunity to experience induction cooking.
The induction cooktop boasts rapid cooking time because the cooking energy comes from a magnetic field. The cookware gets hot, not the cooktop surface. Over 93 percent of the energy used goes towards cooking the food, which is far more efficient than both gas and electric.
This makes the induction cooktop a fitting appliance for households with children, those who are concerned with their energy usage, or those that value convenience and fast cooking times.
Magnetic Cookware Needed The only drawback is that the cookware used has to be made of the right metals. If the pan is aluminum or copper-based, they won’t heat up. “The best way to test for this is to see if a magnet sticks to the bottom of your pan”, said Ewing. If it does, it works for induction cooking.
Portable Induction Cooktop For consumers that can’t quite afford the price of a full induction cooktop range but still want to delight the chef in their family, Appliance Factory Outlet offers a portable induction cooktop by Frigidaire for less than $100, which comes with cookware.
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.
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.