Liebherr Named Energy Star Most Energy Efficient Refrigerator of 2011

Energy Star Refrigerator

Liebherr refrigerators model CS1660 and CS1611 have earned the designation of Energy Star Most Efficient 2011. Liebherr is a leading force in a green manufacturing process and values energy efficiency and responsible manufacturing.Liebherr was the first appliance manufacturer worldwide to remove CFC’s completely from the production process in 1993. The Liebherr refrigerator was one of only two appliance brands that qualified. The Energy Star Most Efficient designation recognizes the most efficient of Energy Star appliances.

Miele Appliances – A Fresh Green Offer

Miele Appliances A Fresh Green Offer

Miele Appliances is offering customers the chance to get $1000 in free cookware with purchase of select Miele home appliances. When you purchase a Miele induction cooktop along with any ventilation hood, you get a free 11 piece set of JA Henckels induction cookware. That’s a $1000 value. Promotion lasts now through 3/31/11. See any of our NJ appliance stores or Karl’s Appliance Website for full details. Karl’s Appliance offers free shipping on all Miele appliances and vacuums.

Microwave Oven Buying Guide Part 2

True Built In Microwaves

A true Built In Microwave Oven is designed to mimic the appearance of a wall oven. A built in microwave is often installed directly over a wall oven to give the appearance of a double wall oven. This allows for a more professional look in your kitchen where the microwave goes unnoticed. Built In Microwaves also have the capability to be installed under the counter to maximize usable space in your kitchen, and place the microwave in a spot where everyone can access it.Built In Microwaves typically offer higher end features, larger capacity, and are available in most finishes including Stainless Steel, Black, and White. Built In Microwaves come in 3 sizes – 24″, 27″ and 30″.

Average Price Points: $700 to $2,000

Bottom Line:Built In Microwaves are a more specialized type of appliance typically reserved for applications such as a complete kitchen or cabinet redo. They are much more permanent than other microwaves and are typically bought to match a new wall oven or other appliance.

Jenn Air Built In Microwave

Microwave Drawers

Microwave Drawers are a new style of microwave oven that are becoming extremely popular. Microwave drawers offer convenience, style, and a fair price. These microwaves are installed below the countertop and operate the way a normal drawer does. The drawer opens by pushing or pulling the handle, and once open the drawer can accomodate large and tall items easily. The built in style of these appliances allows you to keep the microwave out of sight and also in a convenient spot. Microwave Drawers are becoming more common now and are available from manufacturers including Sharp, Wolf, Dacor, and Viking.

Average Price Points: $700 to $1,500

Bottom Line:The microwave drawer is a popular option in new construction and in remodels because of its convenience and space saving design.

Microwave Drawer in Stainless Steel

Built In Microwaves with Trim Kits

A more common type of built in microwave is actually a countertop microwave that is combined with a trim kit to fit in a cutout in the wall or cabinetry to achieve a built in look at a lower price point. There are certain counter top microwaves that are designed for these applications available from most manufacturers including GE, Sharp, Viking, and Wolf. In addition to the microwave you must also purchase the trim kit at an additional cost. These trim kits allow a seamless installation into openings of 24″, 27″ or 30″. This type of built in microwave is also commonly used above a single wall oven to fit the cutout left by a pre existing double wall oven.

Average Price Points: $200 to $800

Bottom Line:Built In Microwave Ovens with Trim Kits are a cost effective and easy way to build in your microwave and conserve counter space.

Dacor Microwave with Built In Trim Kit

SpeedCook Ovens

Speedcook Ovens are a new style of appliance that combines different cooking options into one appliance that can cook food up to 4 times faster than a conventional oven. By combining microwave and convection cooking into one appliance you can cook oven quality food in a short time normally achieved only by microwaves. Some speedcook ovens such as the GE Advantium also use a halogen light that cooks delicous food quickly with no need to preheat. SpeedCook ovens can be used as a normal microwave as well.

Average Price Points: $1400 to $3000

Bottom Line:A speedcook oven is a must if you enjoy cooking, but have little time to do so. This appliance can be used as your normal microwave and oven.

Advantium Oven by GE Monogram

Purchasing A New Clothes Washer: Front Load Washers Vs. Top Load Washing Machines

When shopping for a new washing machine, many consumers find themselves asking, “What makes a front load washer better than a top load and why would I want to spend the extra money on one?”

While front load washers may not be for everyone, there are significant benefits (both for the environment and the consumer) to purchasing a horizontal access washer.

Front load washing machines offer a number of significant improvements over the more traditional top load washing machines:

1. Greater Capacity. Front load washer capacities average 4.0 Cu. Ft. and go all the way to 4.7 Cu. Ft. These large capacity tubs are 25-30 percent larger than the average top load washer and fit king size comforters! Imagine eliminating trips to the Laundromat for those large items and reducing loads of laundry by 25%. Most customers are amazed by the cost and time savings these capacities afford. Spend time with your family not your laundry appliances!

2. Advanced Clothes Care. By design, the cleaning action of a front load clothes washer is gentler on clothing than traditional top load washing machines. People who use these washers find that clothing looks newer and lasts longer when washed in a front load machine. This is a tremendous benefit – most people do not realize how much they spend on clothing – as the average load of clothes often costs more than the washer that is cleaning them!

3. Superior Cleaning Action. Movement through water and the chemical action of detergents clean clothes. Front-Load washers move clothing in and out of the water more often per cycle compared to top loading machines. The result is simple – improved stain removal.

4. Energy & Water Conservation. Most, if not all, front loaders are Energy Star rated. They use about half the amount of electricity and up to a third the amount of water than other machines. The reduction of electricity and water usage not only helps the environment but some estimates show that the clothes washer can pay for itself over its lifespan with reduced utility bills.

Bottom Line: A front load washer may be a great way for you to save time, money, and the environment. The additional up-front expense may even be recuperated in water and energy costs, cleaner and longer lasting clothing, and time savings.