Miele Profiline Dishwashers

Hey Appliance Fans,

For much of my adult life, I thought Miele meant dishwashers in German.  Turns out it doesn’t.  What Miele loosely, very loosely, translates to is “excellent dishwashers”. Ok, it doesn’t mean that either.  But if you’re considering a dishwasher, you should consider a Miele dishwasher.  Their models are considered European style dishwashers.  Don’t be lazy.  Read the post that I embedded into this article.  Go ahead, I’ll wait…

Now that you have a firm understanding of European style dishwashers, it’s time to talk about Miele’s Professional Series Dishwashers or “Profiline Series”.  You have two choices in their Profiline series: Model PG 8083 with hidden controls or PG 8080 i with front controls.

An image of Miele's Profiline dishwasher model PG8083.

An image of Miele’s Profiline dishwasher model PG8083.

Typically, dishwashers are plugged into a standard electrical outlet or hard wired into a 120volt line.  The Profiline dishwashers can be powered this way, but their real advantage is being able to connect to a 240- volt line; just like a clothes dryer that runs on electricity.  This gives Profiline dishwashers an advantage over most dishwashers and that advantage is speed.

America: “How fast is a wash cycle on a Miele Profiline dishwasher, Kieffer’s Guy?”

Kieffer’s Guy:  “A ridiculously fast 23 minutes when connected to a 240- volt line.  That’s not a typo.  In fact, that’s faster than me blushing after reading the first few pages of Fifty Shades of Grey.”

But it’s not just about fast wash times.   Though speed is the number one reason our customers opt for these units, there are a variety of other features like:

  • 9 Wash Cycles
  • Miele’s Famous 3D Cutlery Tray (on model PG8083).
  • 48 dBA Sound Level
  • AutoSensor Wash
  • Built-in Water Softener
  • Delay Start
Get a $500 Reidel Gift Card with Purchase of a Miele Profiline Dishwasher!

Get a $500 Reidel Gift Card with Purchase of a Miele Profiline Dishwasher!

To entice consumers into the luxury that is a Profiline dishwasher, Miele is offering an exclusive incentive.  If you know anything about Miele, they NEVER offer incentives or rebates; however, if you purchase a Profiline dishwasher from now until August 31, 2014 you’ll receive a $500 gift card for Riedel, the ultra-fabulous wine glass manufacturer.  Unfortunately the gift card doesn’t come with wine, but you can buy some wine and then invite me over to help you drink it.  Deal?

Until next time, America!

-The Kieffer’s Guy

As always, don’t forget to visit the Kieffer’s website for all of your appliance needs in Eastern Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Maryland, Delaware, and Washington DC!

Appliance Travels: My Visit to Ventahood

Hey Appliance Fans,

If you’re on the east coast, I’m sure you’re sick of winter.  I know I am.  It’s like the polar vortex decided to sit right over my house and chill out (every pun intended) for a couple of months.  It got so bad that I decided to trade in my car for one of these:

Me heading to work.

Me heading to work.

But I’m not here to brag about my awesome new Taun Taun (I named her Buffy).  I’m here to brag about my trip to Dallas, Texas to visit the Ventahood’s headquarters.  To answer a few questions: Yes, I’m a Philadelphia Eagles Fan.  Yes, I felt dirty arriving in Cowboy Country.  No, I didn’t hunt down Tony Romo just to make fun of him, but I wanted to.

Ventahood HQ Plaque

Ventahood’s History

For those not in the know about Ventahood, they only manufacture range hoods and trust me when I say that they make awesomely delicious range hoods.   Since 1937, the Woodall family has operated Ventahood and I had a chance to meet brothers Skip and Blake Woodall during my visit.  Side note, can their names be any more “Texas”?  I don’t think so.  In 1961 the company setup shop in Richardson, Texas and they’re still located there today.  In 2005, they expanded their factory by over 50 percent to accommodate the demand for Ventahood products.  Don’t worry America lovers, all of Ventahood’s products are made in the U.S.A.

Here's a Ventahood advertisement from back in the day.  Here's a little trivia: one of the boys playing in the field is Blake Woodall.

Here’s a Ventahood advertisement from back in the day. A little trivia: one of the boys playing in the background is Blake Woodall.

Ventahood’s Style

Ventahood offers plenty of hood styles from professional models and chimney style units to hood inserts and made-to-order hoods.  These custom hoods are hand made by two craftsmen in their factory and come in a variety of finishes and colors.  Talk about exclusive.

Pictured above is one of Ventahood's original range hoods.

Pictured above is one of Ventahood’s original range hoods.

Examples of Ventahood's Designer Series Hoods.  These are super customizable.

Examples of Ventahood’s Designer Series Hoods. These are super customizable.

Under the "Hood" of a Ventahood (get it?).

Under the “Hood” of a Ventahood (get it?).

Usually you see hood inserts encased in wood to match the surrounding cabinetry.  This insert is covered in plaster and I thought this was super cool.

Usually you see hood inserts encased in wood to match surrounding cabinetry. This insert is covered in plaster and I thought this was super cool and wanted to share it with you.

Ventahood’s Magic Lung

Setting style aside, the secret to Ventahood’s range hoods is the Magic Lung Blower System.  This exclusive design not only removes smoke and heat from the kitchen, it also liquefies a tremendous amount of grease trapped in the smoke.  Once liquefied, the grease collects in an easily removable, dishwasher safe tray positioned below the Magic Lung.  Don’t forget that the Magic Lung system is also one of the quietest blower systems on the market.  For more details about its functionality, check out this post I wrote about the Magic Lung.

Vent-A-Hood's exclusive Magic Lung.

Vent-A-Hood’s exclusive Magic Lung.

Ventahood University

I can go on and on about Ventahood, but it’s probably easier to check out this video they produced.  Hosted by my buddy Bob Seloff who just happens to be Ventahood’s Chief Engineer, Bob probably doesn’t realize he’s my buddy.  HEY BOB, we had lunch together so that makes us buddies.

I really can’t complain about my trip at all.  I ate a little too much beef; I swear that’s all they have down there and I don’t think Texans know what a vegetable is (just kidding).  More importantly, I learned that the employees at Ventahood are real, they work hard, and they stand behind their range hoods.  As I walked through the production floor, I was amazed to see people crafting hoods as opposed to robots mass producing product.  It’s a concept that the Woodalls hold dear to their hearts and it comes across in every hood they make.  So from the Kieffer’s Guy to all of the hard working people at Ventahood, thank you for having me down to visit and look forward to coming back!

Until next time, America!

As always, don’t forget to visit the Kieffer’s website for all of your appliance needs in Eastern Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Maryland, Delaware, and Washington DC!

Get Your Food On with Sub-Zero and Wolf

Are you redoing your kitchen?  Are you thinking about filling your new kitchen with Sub-Zero and Wolf Appliances?  Do you like to eat?   If you’ve answered yes to any of those questions, then you need to get your butt down to the Fretz Showroom at the Navy Yard in Philly.  Fretz is our distributor for Sub-Zero and Wolf and every month they hold a demo night.  During demo night, potential customers can see the myriad of Sub-Zero and Wolf appliances and enjoy a gourmet feast prepared on Wolf products.  Enough of me writing, let’s get you hungry with the menu:

Fretz-Demo-Schedule

Click the image for closer look.

Appetizers:

  • Brie and Brown Sugar Pecan Tartlet
  • BBQ Beef on Corn Fritter with Avocado and Chipotle Cream
  • Teriyaki Salmon on Rice Cracker with Wasabi Sauce

Here’s a tip:  These appetizers are incredibly delicious, but please don’t pig out on them because there’s a three course meal coming up.

Course 1:

Baby romaine with granny smith apples, toasted pistachios, dried cherries and gruyere cheese topped with white balsamic agave vinaigrette.

Course 2:

Jumbo Lump Crab Cake Baked in a Wolf Oven.

Course 3:

Beef Tenderloin Roast

  • Seared on all sides with a Wolf Charbroiler and finished in a Wolf Oven.

Roasted Turkey Breast

  • Prepared in a Wolf Convection Steam Oven.

Steamed Asparagus

  • Prepared in a Wolf Convection Steam Oven.

Crushed Redskin Potatoes

  • Potatoes cooked in a Wolf Steamer Module.

 Lemon White Wine Sauce (for asparagus and turkey)

  • Prepared on a Wolf gas range and kept warm on low simmer

Gorgonzola Cream Sauce (for beef)

  • Prepared on a Wolf gas range and kept warm on low simmer

You’ve probably gained ten pounds just from reading the menu, but I’m sure you want to taste all of the goodness.  With that in mind, here are the dates of each demo night for your reference:

2014 Product Demonstrations

Time: 6:00-9:00pm

February 20th
March 20th
April 17th
May 15th
June 19th
July 17th
August 14th
September 18th
October 16th
November 13th

You can call Fretz directly to sign-up or I can be your date.  Just let me know and I’ll put on my fancy dress.  Until next time, America!

-The Kieffer’s Guy

As always, don’t forget to visit the Kieffer’s website for all of your appliance needs in Eastern Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Maryland, Delaware, and Washington DC!

It’s 2014!!

Hey Appliance Fans,

BOOM!  Welcome to 2014.  When I was partying with Keith Richards back in the 60’s*, we both laughed at the thought of us making it to 2014.  Well, Keith and I are still here and I’m happy to say that 2014 is looking to be a fantastic year for kitchen appliances.  Without further ado, let’s look at some of the news for 2014.

*I don’t know Keith Richards and I wasn’t alive in the 60’s.

Kieffer’s Appliances Showroom

In 2012 and 2013 our showroom went through more changes than the number of times Lindsay Lohan checked herself into rehab, but there’s nothing wrong with change!  A few months ago, I was touting our awesome new virtual tour that our buddies at Google (every heard of them?) did for us.  If you haven’t seen it, you can check it out here.  Well about three months after Google did their magic, we revamped our Miele display.  Check it out:

Kieffer's Appliances Miele Display

Our Miele Display is so big I couldn’t fit it in one shot.

So what’s in store for our showroom in 2014?  Well, well, well, we’re completely gutting our Thermador, Gaggenau, U-line, Bosch, GE Monogram, and Dacor displays and redoing ALL OF THEM.  Everything should be wrapped up by early spring and I’ll be sure to share all of the images with you.  I’m super excited.

Sub-Zero and Wolf’s New Product Line

Starting in the fourth quarter of 2013, Sub-Zero and Wolf began rolling out new refrigeration columns, downdrafts, microwave drawers, and new refrigerator drawers.  2014 is going to be even bigger with the addition of new wall ovens (including 27-inch wide ovens), new cooktops, a COFFEE SYSTEM, new hoods, and microwaves.  I know it’s difficult to imagine how Sub-Zero and Wolf could get better.  Think of it like trading in your old Mustang for a new 2015 model.  For more information on the revamped product line, check out Sub-Zero and Wolf’s New Generation Website.

Sub-Zero and Wolf's new product line

New appliances from Sub-Zero and Wolf!

Rebates

I don’t like to save money, but I’m sure you do.  With that in mind, many manufacturers have extended or altered their rebate programs for 2014.  Thermador’s 1,2, FREE program now includes a free dishwasher when purchasing a single wall oven with cooktop or rangetop.  The previous promotion required the purchase of a double oven.  Dacor has also revamped their program to include free product or money back depending on how much Dacor product is purchased.  Watch out as each program offered by the manufacturers has their own start and end dates.  For more details on each program, check out the snazzy little rebate page I created.

Viking Range

Some of you may or may not know that Viking was sold in late 2012 to the mega-appliance company Middleby Corporation.  To celebrate, Viking is rolling out new products.  Not quite as drastic as Sub-Zero and Wolf’s new generation, Viking will feature new ovens, built-in refrigeration, and brand new ranges known as the 7 Series.  Something that’s not changing from Viking is their 3 year signature warranty on the entire Viking indoor appliance line.  See what else Viking has coming up for 2014 by clicking here.

Viking's 7 Series Range

Viking’s 7 Series Range is going to be BIG.

These are just some of changes happening in 2014 and you can be sure that The Kieffer’s Guy (I love writing in the third person) will keep you updated on all of the latest, hottest appliance news as we move into the future.  Until next time, America!

-The Kieffer’s Guy

As always, don’t forget to visit the Kieffer’s website for all of your appliance needs in Eastern Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Maryland, Delaware, and Washington DC!

The AGA Total Control Range

Hey Appliance Fans,

Let me tell you about a range company that is synonymous with England, but originally began in Sweden.  I’m talking about AGA which stands for “Awesomely Gorgeous and Awesome”.  OK, it doesn’t stand for that.  It stands for Aktiebolaget Gas Accumulator and I don’t speak Swedish so don’t ask me.  Today, they’re known as the Aga Rangemaster Group.

The AGA cooker was their first product developed in 1922.  The cooker was invented by Gustaf Dalén who, incidentally, won the 1912 Nobel Prize for Physics.  Not for the AGA range, but for the development of the Agamassan.  This little device was used to safely transport acetylene which, apparently, is a highly volatile compound; so volatile that my boy Gus was blinded during the development of the Agamassan.  So the age old question of what does a blind, Nobel Prize winning physicist do with his free time has been answered: they build an awesome range.

Side note: PLEASE click on the Gustaf Dalén link above as it highlights his killer mustache.  Enough of the past, let’s talk about the current state of AGA and find out all about their Total Control Range.

Rockin.

Rockin.

AGA’s Total Control Range is a fully electric unit, unlike other AGA Cookers that are powered by gas.  A little trivia, some of the older AGA ranges run on peat…yum.  There are three separate ovens within the Total Control Range that are each specifically designed for baking, slow cooking, or roasting.  The fourth area (top left corner) that looks like an oven is actually a control board for operating the range.  The cooktop of the Total Control features two hot pads: one for simmering and one for boiling and it’s perfectly fine to put food directly on the simmer plate, although pots and pans work too.  We did it here in the showroom and made pancakes and eggs:

They looked great, but I didn't have any.  Carbs go right to my thighs.

They looked great, but I didn’t have any. Carbs go right to my thighs.

They turned out Eggcellent.  Sorry about that joke.  I'll show myself out.

They turned out Eggcellent. Sorry about that joke. I’ll show myself out.

AGA’s Total Control Range comes in two sizes:  the three oven model that we have on display (39 inches wide) and a five oven model (58 ¼ inches wide) that features a warming plate in addition to the simmer and boiling plates.  Total Control Ranges also come in 12 different colors with my favorite being “British Racing Green”.  Did I mention it comes with a remote control in case you don’t want to leave the couch while watching re-runs of Monty Python?  It does.

Good counting, I couldn't find a pic of the Claret range (red).

Good counting.  I couldn’t find a pic of the Claret range (red)

The remote control is "Absolutely Fabulous," dahhhling.

The remote control is “Absolutely Fabulous,” dahhhling.

There is TONS more to talk about with AGA, but for the real skinny, head on down to our Lansdale Showroom to see this range in person and talk to one of our knowledgeable sales staff.  If you don’t want someone knowledgeable, ask for me.  Until next time, America!

-The Kieffer’s Guy

Our Total Control Range in Cream.

Our Total Control Range in Cream.

The Kieffer’s Appliances Virtual Tour!

Hey Appliance Fans,

Just a quick post today to brag about how awesomely technological we’re getting.  I’m pleased to announce that you can check out our showroom right from your own home during commercial breaks of Breaking Bad, The Big Bang Theory, re-runs of The Love Boat, or any other TV show you’re addicted to.

The big bad boys at Google came into our showroom and did their creepy Google magic and now you’re able to sit on your bum and see all of the brands (over 60) of appliances we have on display.  Check out ranges, wall ovens, refrigerators, and a partridge in a pear tree all from the comfort of your home.

What’s the downside you ask?  Well, the downside is I don’t get to meet you in person.  Hopefully after you take the Kieffer’s Appliances Virtual Tour, you’ll be compelled to come visit me and the rest of the sales staff in person.  I’ll even make you a cup of coffee from our Miele Coffee System.

This guy is way too happy BEFORE his first cup of coffee.

This guy is way too happy BEFORE his first cup of coffee.

Check out the tour below, but you can always click the “Showroom Tour” link from the main menu.

Until next time, America!

-The Kieffer’s Guy

BlueStar Day at Kieffer’s Appliances – September 25th

Hey Appliance Fans,

I’m happy to announce that Kieffer’s Appliances is partnering with BlueStar for another BlueStar Day on September 25th from 6:00 to 8:00pm.  Our friend Chris from BlueStar will be here to answer any questions about BlueStar that I can’t answer.  Plus, you’ll be able to meet me, The Kieffer’s Guy!  Yes, I will sign autographs.

Stop in from 6:00-8:00pm to get a great deal on a BlueStar!

Stop in from 6:00-8:00pm to get a great deal on a BlueStar!

As always, don’t forget to visit the Kieffer’s website for all of your appliance needs in Eastern Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Maryland, Delaware, and Washington DC!

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Breaking News: Viking to Discontinue D3 (Not Really)

Hey Appliance Fans,

Breaking news from The Viking Range Corporation: D3 is dead.  I repeat, D3 is dead.

Actually, it’s not dead at all.  Viking is slightly re-working the product line and giving it a new name.  Here’s a breakdown of what to expect come the end of July 2013 and into the future:

  1. Viking D3 will now simply be called “Viking”.  All of their professional style products will now be called “Viking Professional”.
  2. The new Viking line will no longer offer the knobs that can accept a wood or colored insert.  These knobs are being replaced with a stainless steel knob.
  3. The D3 style handles that can accept wood or colored inserts has also gone the way of the Dodo and they are being replaced with the pro-style handle found on the Viking Professional Line.

That’s it.  Only some slight changes, nothing major.  Everything else stays the same in terms of the product offerings and features.  Even more important is that Viking’s full three year warranty is still in play and so is their $600 instant rebate when you purchase a full Viking kitchen.  You can also save $300 instantly if you decide to only purchase a Viking range and not the entire appliance suite.  Both promotions expire on December 31, 2013.

A quick entry, I know, but an important one nonetheless.  Until next time, America!

Viking-Promtion

Vent-A-Hood

Hey Appliance Fans,

If you read the blog, you know that I don’t spend too much time on ventilation; mainly because it’s super boring.  I’m not saying ventilation isn’t necessary for your kitchen it is, but it isn’t sexy like Thermador’s Steam Range, La Cornue, or other luxury ranges/appliances.

I’m not saying that the different styles of hoods aren’t cool or sexy, I’m saying the functionality of a fan exhausting smoke and heat to the outside doesn’t really excite people when they are designing their dream kitchen.  There is a company, however, that does things a little differently than everyone else and I thought I’d share some info about them with you.  That company is Vent-A-Hood.

ventahood

Texas is More Than Cowboys, Cattle, and Cacti

Texas is also the place where Vent-A-Hood started and they are still located there today (in Richardson, TX to be more precise).  Back in the day, they literally went door to door to make a sale and then went back to their shop to build the hood they had just sold.  That’s a guerrilla-style business plan if I ever heard of one.  Well it worked and in 2005, Vent-A-Hood increased their production facility by fifty percent to keep up with demand.

I’ll leave it up to you to visit their website and check out all of the different hood styles Vent-A-Hood offers, but I DO want to talk about the technology behind their hoods; specifically their “Magic Lung” blower system.

Oh, Ho, Ho, It’s Magic….You Know

Sorry for the obscure Pilot reference.  Great song, though.  Anyway, Vent-A-Hood’s claim to fame is their “Magic Lung” blower system. I’m totally plagiarizing from Vent-A-Hood’s website, but I don’t think they’ll have a problem with it considering I’m writing about their product.  Attention Vent-A-Hood Legal: Please don’t sue.

From Vent-A-Hood’s Website:

The Unique “Magic Lung®”

Vent-A-Hood's exclusive Magic Lung.

Vent-A-Hood’s exclusive Magic Lung.

The patented Magic Lung® blower system sets Vent-A-Hood® apart. You shouldn’t settle for anything less than the Magic Lung® because it is:

Quiet

Turn on a Vent-A-Hood® and you’ll hear only a whisper of air movement, because the Magic Lung® system provides the quietest ventilation available. Vent-A-Hood®s with halogen lights also feature SensaSource® (see left). With SensaSource®, when full blower power is not needed, you can lower the blower speed for even quieter operation.

How quiet is a Vent-A-Hood®? The test results shown below were generated at a certified independent industry testing lab.* All tests were measured at full speed to demonstrate the most accurate sound rating (other manufacturers may use lower speeds for testing which don’t reflect accurate operating sound levels.)

300 CFM Magic Lung® Blower 5.4 Sones (At High Speed)*
600 CFM Magic Lung® Blower 6.5 Sones (At High Speed)*
900 CFM Magic Lung® Blower 6.3 Sones (At High Speed)*
1200 CFM Magic Lung® Blower 6.6 Sones (At High Speed)*

Vent-A-Hood’s® Magic Lung® “multi-blower technology” allows CFM to double, triple, or quadruple with very little effect on sound levels.

*Ratings in accordance with the Standard Test Code by the Energy Systems Laboratory of the Texas Engineering Experiment Station.

Efficient

The powerful Magic Lung® blower traps all cooking contaminants, liquefies grease vapor and removes heat-polluted air. Because the Magic Lung® blower combines sufficient air pressure and constant speed with centrifugal filtration—and because it doesn’t pull air through a filter—it is the most efficient kitchen ventilation available today.

Easy-cleaning

The Magic Lung® housing snaps apart for easy cleaning in the dishwasher or with warm, soapy water. Moreover, the Magic Lung® is the only ventilation system that collects the grease in the easily cleaned housing rather than in hard-to-reach areas behind a mesh or baffle filter.

Fire-safe

The Magic Lung® is the only residential ventilation system on the market today that prevents fire from spreading to the rest of the home. Constant speed creates centrifugal pressure that prevents fire from entering the ductwork. As needed, SensaSource® increases blower speed to its normal level to maintain this safety feature.

Powerful

Magic Lung® blowers can be configured to provide the power you need for even the most demanding cooking surface. Each highly efficient Magic Lung® blower supplies 300 CFM of air movement; you can combine multiple blowers in a single Vent-A-Hood® to create the perfect ventilation for your cooking surface.

<<End of Plagiarism >>

Cleaning a Vent-a-Hood

Cleaning a Vent-A-Hood is a breeze (breeze, get it).  They’ve redesigned their housing that collects the grease.  Rather than try and explain it through words, check on this video.  Everyone say hi to Eric:

That’s all for this week appliance fans.  Don’t forget to email me with your questions!  Also, be sure to check out our profile on Houzz for some ideas to make your dream kitchen a reality.  Until next time, America!

P.S. If you didn’t get my reference to “Magic” by Pilot, behold a great song with ridiculous 1970′s style camera shots and editing:

As always, don’t forget to visit the Kieffer’s website for all of your appliance needs in Eastern Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Maryland, Delaware, and Washington DC!

Large Capacity Refrigerators and Your Kitchen

Hey Appliance Fans,

28 cubic feet of capacity.  29 cubic feet of capacity.  30 cubic feet of capacity.  31 cubic feet of capacity.  Do you know where I’m going with this?  Yup.  I’m talking about refrigerators; specifically large capacity refrigerators.  The reason I’m bringing this up is because consumers don’t realize just how big these units are until they get them in their home.  Today’s topic is going to be about these behemoth appliances.  I certainly don’t want to talk you out of purchasing a refrigerator this size, but I want to make you fully aware of what you’re getting yourself into.

Bigger Is Better

And I've lost my appetite.

And I’ve lost my appetite.

As Americans, we assume this to be true on a daily basis.  If bigger wasn’t better, Costco, BJ’s, and Sam’s Club wouldn’t exist.  I mean, how dare you tell me that I don’t need a fifty pound jar of beef jerky and a five gallon vat of relish.  But bigger isn’t always better such as a credit card bill, a leak, or Honey Boo Boo’s Mom.   Of course bigger isn’t always better when we’re talking about refrigerators and let’s list some reasons:

  1.  It doesn’t fit in your cabinetry giving you the look you want
  2. It blocks a pathway or work flow in the kitchen
  3. It won’t fit into your home

There’s no question that 28-31 cubic feet of capacity is enormous and will store lots of food.  In fact these refrigerators offer slightly more storage room than the Sarlacc which resides in the Great Pit of Carkoon (my very FIRST reference to Star Wars in the blog!!)  Do you really need that much room?  Probably not if you’re a family of two or three.  If you have a few teenage boys that eat their weight every two hours, then maybe you do need something with a larger capacity.  I want you to think about what’s in the back of your refrigerator right now.  Go ahead.  You probably don’t know what’s back there, do you?  Whatever is back there is probably more like a science experiment than a late-night snack.  My point is don’t be seduced by a bigger size refrigerator.  Try and figure out how much capacity your current refrigerator has now and determine if that capacity works for you or not.  If it does, why would you get a bigger unit?

The Sarlacc offers slightly less capacity than a 29 Cubic Foot Refrigerator from GE.

The Sarlacc offers slightly less capacity than a 29 Cubic Foot Refrigerator from GE.

It Won’t Fit Into Your Cabinetry

This isn’t entirely true.  As long as you have enough width and enough height in the cabinet cutout, then the unit will fit.  What people don’t realize is how deep these units actually are.  Adding depth is how manufacturers achieve super-large capacities.  If you want a particular look of an almost flush install with your cabinetry, these models are NOT for you.  I repeat:  these models are not for you.  If you want a flusher look, get a counter-depth unit.  In fact, we just put a 29 cubic foot GE Profile into cabinetry on our showroom floor to give customers a visual of what to expect:

No Flush Look For You!

No Flush Look For You!

It Blocks a Pathway or Work Flow In Your Kitchen

I’m piggybacking off of the whole won’t-fit-into-your-cabinetry idea.  Before you purchase one of these babies, take note of where its final resting place will be.  For example, do you have an island right in front of the refrigerator that might impede traffic flow with the added depth of the unit?  Because these refrigerators stick out more, ask yourself:

  • “Will it get in the way of an entrance into/out of the kitchen?”
  • “Will this unit interrupt traffic flow if more than one person is cooking or interrupt the general traffic flow inside the kitchen?”

The added depth may or may not affect your kitchen or cooking habits, but certainly double check.

That's a lot depth.  Make sure it doesn't impede the flow of your kitchen.

That’s a lot depth. Make sure it doesn’t impede the flow of your kitchen.

It Won’t Fit Into Your Home

Because of their depth, I can almost guarantee that our drivers will have to remove the refrigerator doors just to be able to fit these units through your front door; however, there’s only so much we can do on our end.  It’s important to measure not just the final destination of the appliance, but also the pathway our drivers need to use to get the refrigerator in place.  If you live in an older house, this could be even more important as doorways and hallways were narrower than they are now.  You might be dreaming of a refrigerator that can fit an elk, but we might not even be able to get the unit into your house let alone the kitchen. *

*Legal is requiring me to mention that I have not tested to see if an elk will fit in a large refrigerator.  I’ve used a literary device called hyperbole so back off.

We’re coming to a close for this week’s post, but remember these things before you purchase a large capacity refrigerator:

  1. Measure.  Will it fit in the desired area?  Will it fit through hallways and doors that lead to the desired install location?
  2. Will the depth of the unit affect any traffic/work flow in your kitchen?
  3. Will the refrigerator even fit through the front (or back) door?

Tip:  Having problems visualizing how much one of these refrigerators will stick out of your cabinetry?  Place a yardstick against the wall where the unit will rest and take note of where the yardstick ends.  Though there’s not one depth for all of these units, guesstimating a 36” depth is a good guide to go off of for a general idea of what you’re getting into.

That’s all for this week, appliance fans.  Until next time, America!

As always, don’t forget to visit the Kieffer’s website for all of your appliance needs in Eastern Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Maryland, Delaware, and Washington DC!

P.S.  Here’s the awesome fight scene from Return of  The Jedi with the Sarlacc.  You’re welcome.