Wall Oven Fit System Revolutionizes Re-Installations into Existing Cabinets

Whirlpool Appliances, makers of the Maytag, Kitchen Aid, and Whirlpool brands of home and kitchen appliances, has introduced a new system that is included with all their new wall ovens and microwave combination ovens dubbed the “Fit System.” The video simply explains how this system works – using four adjustable legs and two trim options the ovens may be used in multiple cutout sizes which Whirlpool dubs small, medium, or large. Watch the video to learn more and call or visit one of Karl’s appliance stores to see these ovens in person.

Dishwashers Buying Guide – How to Choose the Right Dishwasher for Your Kitchen

Stainless Steel Dishwasher

One thing is for certain when it comes to buying new appliance – there is more choices, perhaps too many, then ever before. Competition has been growing fiercely in the home appliance industry as both European and Asian manufacturers are bringing their products to the United States. This is especially true when it comes to the built in kitchen dishwasher. This article will try and make selecting a new built in dishwasher simple and easy.

1. Determine your size

Dishwashers come in two standard widths – 18″ wide and 24″ wide. The large majority of dishwashers sold in the U.S. are 24″ wide models. 18 inch wide machines are generally used where space is at a premium or a large dishwasher is not necessary. For instance, city dwellings, home wet bars, or one bedroom apartments are places you will often see an 18 inch side dishwasher. Dacor has recently introduced a 30 inch wide dishwasher available in both stainless steel as well as custom panel ready. However, since they are the only manufacturer for the sake of this article I will not label this as a standard size.

2. Determine your preferred door style

Full Console: The days of all dishwashers looking the same are over. Traditionally, dishwashers all had what I will call a Full Console and these are still available. Full console dishwashers are still popular especially in lower priced models. This type has the control panel at the top of the dishwasher door – usually about 4 inches high. Since a picture is worth a thousand words here is a link to a popular full console dishwashera

Fully integrated: perhaps the most popular style in recent years due to their sleek, clean look – these dishwashers have the controls on the top leaving only a solid door and handle. Cycle options are selected and then the user closes the door which activates the dishwasher to start the cycle selected. Since many new dishwashers are so quiet you literally can not tell they are on, some fully integrated add a small display on the front or a light that is aimed on the floor as visual indicators of cleaning status.

Semi or Partially Integrated: It was mentioned at the beginning of this article that there are more and more choices and the semi or partially integrated dishwasher is one of the newest types to come to market. These are a sort of cross between full console and fully integrated dishwashers having the controls on the top while at the same time having a display or panel in the front.

Custom wood panel ready: These are dishwashers that are designed to accept a custom wood panel to match the kitchen cabinetry and are available in both full console and fully integrated styles with the later dominating the market. Matching appliance handles or cabinet hardware may be used as a means to open the unit. This is a popular choice during kitchen remodels as it allows the designer to “hide” or blend in the dishwasher focusing guests attention to the homes décor.

Dishwasher Drawers or the DishDrawer: The DishDrawer was original designed and manufactured by Fisher Paykel Dishwasher, an appliance manufacturer from New Zealand who holds dominant market share in its home country as well as Australia. These are available in double drawer and single drawer configurations. More recently, dishwasher drawers have been introduced from DCS, Jenn-Air, Kitchen Aid, and Maytag. These are an excellent choice for those who would benefit from running smaller loads more often as the drawers can operate independently.

Other Types:

Portable dishwashers

These are on wheels and are not required to be built in having finished sides. Often used when the cost of modifying cabinetry is not in the budget or when space does not allow a permanent dishwasher. Portable dishwashers may be left freestanding or could be kept in a closet, rolled out, and hooked up to a kitchen faucet and sink as needed.

Conclusion:

While we did not cover the specific features of dishwashers, using this guide to narrow down you selection will save you a great deal of time when beginning the selection process. Remember that nearly any dishwasher you choose will be quieter, more efficient, and offer improved cleaning when compared to your current machine.

Induction Cooktop Stovetop and Range FAQ

Cooking with Magnetic Induction Cooking Surfaces – Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

As one of New Jersey’s largest retailers of large appliances, Karl’s not only exposes customers to new technology in home appliances but also receives many specific questions. This is the culmination of years of accumulating the most frequently asked questions regarding induction cookers. Also, we have included a short video of a product expert covering KitchenAid induction cooktops that we feel is helpful. After reading this FAQ and watching the educational video you will be an induction expert!

What is or how does induction cooking work?

Induction cooktops use a high frequency induction coil below a smoothtop cooking surface that creates a magnetic field. The magnetic field only heats the metal or iron surface that it is touching, in this case the cookware, by exciting the molecules in the pan to create heat.

How does induction cooking differ from traditional gas or electric cook surfaces?

With induction, there is no exposed flame or heated surface. If an element is turned on and there is no cookware present the element will not create heat. Heat is only created when a cookware 5″ or greater in diameter is placed on the element. When cookware is removed the induction coil is de-energized and will automatically shut off.

How fast can induction cooking surfaces boil water?

Induction cooktops can boil water faster than traditional gas or electric cooktops. Times to boil 1 quart of water can be is little as 90 seconds. In fact, induction cooktops are generally the fastest cooking appliances available.

How will delicate foods, like chocolate, perform on induction cooking appliances?

Magnetic induction elements offer precision control of heat from extreme high to extreme lows. The low heat setting is ideal for melting chocolate or preparing delicate sauces and dips.

Is induction cooking efficient?

Yes, induction deliveries a higher percentage of energy to the food being cooked than any other cooking method.

Installation FAQ

Can induction cooktops or ranges replace existing appliances?

Yes, if you are replacing electric appliances induction is generally an easy re-installation. Depending on the brand you are replacing, the new unit may fit right into the existing cut-out or space if you are replacing a stove or range. If replacing gas cooking appliances, additional electric connections may need to be installed.

Is an induction cooktop easy to clean?

Yes. Induction offers the precision heat control of gas cooking and the easy clean up of smoothtop electric cooking. In addition, clean up is even easier than traditional radiant electric cooktops. Since the unused portion of the surface does not get hot, most spills will not cook into the surface. Also, most induction cooktops have glass touch controls so there are no raised knobs.

What do you clean an induction cook top with?

Most spills will easily wash off with a damp cloth or sponge.

Do I need to use specific pots and pans with induction cooking appliances?

Yes and no. In order for the induction coil to create the required magnetic field there must by some iron content in the bottom of the cookware. The best way to determine if you existing cookware will function if you buy induction cooktops is with a magnet. If the magnet sticks to the bottom they will work.