BlueStar Day at the Kieffer’s Appliances Showroom – August 6th 6-8pm

Hey Appliance Fans,

It’s that time of year again!

I’m happy to announce that Kieffer’s Appliances will be hosting another BlueStar event on August 6th from 6:00pm to 8:00pm.  Our friend and BlueStar specialist Steve Cramer will be to answer any and all questions. I will definitely try to be there, but I was unfortunately selected for jury duty.

Judge: “Welcome to Jury Selection, everyone..”

Kieffer’s Guy: “HE’S GUILTY! I HAVE A BLUESTAR EVENT TO GET TO!”

Blue Star Event Flyer. Wednesday, August 6th, from 6-8pm

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

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!

Celebrity Kitchens: TLC Edition

Hey Appliance Fans,

Remember when TLC stood for “The Learning Channel” and they actually had programming related to making you smarter? I do.  By the late 90’s, they veered away from educational programming and aired such thought-provoking series like Toddlers & Tiaras and My Big Fat American Gypsy Wedding; cutting-edge stuff, indeed.  It’s been some time since my last installment of Celebrity Kitchens (check out part 1, part 2, and part 3) so I thought doing a TLC edition would be fitting because unlike TLC shows, you will learn something in this post.  Without further ado, let’s get snarky!

The Duggar Kitchen from 19 Kids and Counting

Picture of the main cast of TLC's "19 Kids and Counting"

And that’s not even all of them!

These people weird me out.  There, I said it.  On the bright side, they seem extremely friendly, warm, and an overall lovely family.  They still weird me out.  Anyway, let’s do a little math about matriarch Michelle Duggar:

Assuming each of her pregnancies took nine months, we can multiple that by the number of children (19) and get a total time of being pregnant (TTBP) of 171 months.  Divide that by the number twelve and that gives us the TTBP in years of 14.25.  WOW.

Here’s a fun fact about patriarch James Robert Duggar:  people call him “Jim Bob” and he actually likes that.  Yikes.

Let’s take a look at their kitchen:

Wide angle picture of the kitchen in TLC's 19 kids and counting

Seeing double? They have two of everything!

When you’re cooking for 19 people, you need appliances.  A lot of appliances.  The Duggars chose Frigidaire for their kitchen.  The picture below shows two 30-inch gas cooktops installed side by side.  They have a 60-inch wide hood insert above the cooktop to provide ventilation, but I can’t tell what company made it.  Below the cooktops are two 30-inch wall ovens from Frigidaire.   The kitchen also features two dishwashers, two microwaves, and two warming drawers.

Picture of Michelle Duggar using one of her cooktops to make sandwhiches.

Look at those beautiful Frigidaire appliances!

What you very often don’t see is they have a full commercial kitchen off of their main kitchen which really provides the bulk of the cooking.   You can get a glimpse of the hidden kitchen in this video below when they make pie for Thanksgiving:

Kate Gosselin from Kate Plus Eight

Title picture of the TLC's Kate Plus Eight

I’ll admit it, she looks fantastic for having eight kids.

Our showroom is located in Pennsylvania and Kate’s kitchen is located in Pennsylvania so that basically makes us long-lost friends.  When she’s not annoying me, she’s annoying me.  And when she’s not annoying me, she’s cooking in her Dacor kitchen.  Check out Kate standing next to her 48-inch Dacor Dual-fuel range.  I love this range because it has six burners instead of eight burners like many other 48-inch ranges.  A six burner design instead of eight gives more working room on the cooktop.  This Dacor range still has two ovens just like other models, one main oven and one companion oven.  Behind her in the cabinet is a Dacor wall oven and microwave above it.

Image of Kate from TLC's Kate Plus Eight baking cookies

She must have replaced Jon with a Dacor wall oven and microwave.

Normally, I can’t tell what type of hood insert is used in celebrity kitchens because it’s hidden behind the cabinetry.  The shot below allows me to see up and into the hood and that hood insert is made by the one and only Ventahood.  They manufacture some of the best range hoods on the planet.  Be sure to read all about my trip to Ventahood’s headquarters.

Image of Kate from TLC's Kate Plus Eight cooking

Look at that gorgeous Ventahood doing hard work!

 

The Little Couple

Picture of TLC's Little Couple in their kitchen

Little People. Impeccable taste.

I can’t really say anything snarky about Bill Klein and Jennifer Arnold, also known as The Little Couple.  Any jokes would just make me look like a bully.  Jennifer is a successful doctor and a cancer survivor and Bill…  Well, I don’t know too much about Bill because I’m a guy and I don’t watch crappy shows like this.  I watch quality programming like In Search of Bigfoot and Ancient Aliens.  Anyway, to design a kitchen for the Little Couple, a lot of planning needed to be done like lowering countertops while still being able to fit appliances.  I simply LOVE their appliance choice: BlueStar.

TLC's Jennifer Arnold from Little Couple with her BlueStar Cooktop

Love the back-splash and the color-coordination.

That’s a 30-inch wide French door gas wall oven by BlueStar in the background.  Don’t ask me the specific color because BlueStar offers 190 different colors and my eye isn’t that good.  On the countertop to their left rests a 36-inch wide BlueStar cooktop.  This cooktop puts out some serious heat and is perfect for searing steaks and boiling big pots of pasta.  To their right, they have a Kitchenaid dishwasher installed in the island.

Image of TLC's Little Couple kitchen

That’s the tallest hood duct I’ve ever seen!

The most interesting aspect of their kitchen, in my opinion, is the hood.  Though it’s too hard to decipher the exact brand, we see that they opted for a chimney style hood.  Normally, chimney style hoods come with a flue that can adjust for ceiling heights up to eight feet high.  For ceiling heights taller than eight feet, manufacturers offer longer accessory flues for nine or ten foot ceilings.  In the case of the Little Couple’s kitchen, they needed a much longer flue because of their lowered countertops.  They more than likely contracted a sheet metal fabricator to create a custom flue to reach the ceiling because I don’t know of a brand that sells chimneys like that.

Incidentally, we’ll be having another BlueStar day in our showroom on Wednesday, August 6th from 6-8:00pm.  Order any BlueStar range and receive a free color upgrade or purchase a BlueStar rangetop or cooktop and receive a free knob color upgrade!

Mamma June’s Kitchen from Here Comes Honey Boo Boo

Image of TLC's Honey Boo Boo

Isn’t she just precious? Don’t ask me.

I really wish Here Comes Honey Boo Boo was called There Goes Honey Boo Boo, because this family’s 15 minutes of fame should be up by now.  In the hierarchy of dumbing down America, I can’t think of another show that sits above this one.  I won’t go into too much detail about their kitchen other than to say they mimic the Duggars with some Frigidaire products, but you can check out this video to get a tour of their house.  A quick tip if you ever visit them: Don’t, I repeat DON’T sit on their couch.

As a side note, we carry every brand mentioned in this post.  Until next time, America!

Sub-Zero’s 42-Inch French Door Refrigerator (BI-42UFD)

Hey Appliance Fans,

I always like sharing big news with you and I know you visit the blog for inside scoops on the appliance industry. Today, hopefully, I won’t disappoint.

Up until now, if you wanted to purchase a 42-inch wide, built-in French door refrigerator, KitchenAid was your only option. Well, those days are gone and after much anticipation, Sub-Zero has just released their own 42-inch French door built-in refrigerator (model: BI-42UFD).   Just like their other refrigerators in the BI series, you have a choice of finishes and handles. They break down as follows:

Sub Zero BI-42UFD with light wood panels to match kitchen

My Kitchen is TOTALLY that clean. (Sub-Zero BI-42UFD/O)

 

BI-42UFD/O:

This model is ready to accept a custom wood front (see the image above) and does not ship with any handles because the idea is to match the handles with the hardware on the cabinetry. If you want, you can purchase tubular or pro-style handles from Sub-Zero separately.

BI-42UFD/S/TH:

Same model as above, except this unit has stainless steel doors with tubular handles already on the unit.

Sub-Zero BI-42UFD/S/TH all stainless in kitchen with dark brown cabinets and hardwood flooring.

Like parking a Ferrari in your kitchen.

 

BI-42UFD/S/PH:

Again, this is the same model but with stainless steel doors and a professional style handle that matches Wolf ranges and ovens.

Sub-Zero BI-42UFD with pro handles interior

Those pro handles are extremely comfortable and handle great around tight turns!

No matter which refrigerator you choose, all of the 42-inch French door refrigerators from Sub-Zero feature 24.7-cubic feet of capacity (18.3 in the refrigerator and 6.4 in the freezer). The refrigerator compartment has six adjustable glass shelves, an air purification system, and two adjustable dairy compartments. The freezer features an ice maker with filtered water and a full-extension drawer with 2-tiered wire baskets.

Just like other Sub-Zero refrigerators, the 42-inch French door model is a dual-compressor system meaning one compressor cools the refrigerator and one cools the freezer; you never have to worry about flavors transferring from the refrigerator to the freezer or vice versa. Probably the best part about purchasing a Sub-Zero (besides longer lasting, fresher foods) is the extra year warranty you receive when our certified technicians install one of these bad boys in your kitchen.

Sub-Zero BI-42UFD with pro handles interior of freezer drawer

The pro handles are gorgeous and all… but where’s the bacon?!

Want to know more about the new 42-inch French door refrigerator from Sub-Zero? Give us a call and our staff will be happy to help you. Until next time, America!

-The Kieffer’s Guy

Customer Kitchens Part 1

Hey Appliance Fans,

We work really hard with our customers over many months to help them complete their dream kitchen, but once they accept delivery, we usually don’t hear back from them.  It’s always nice when our customers send us pictures once their kitchen is complete.  This post is the first of many posts featuring our customers’ kitchens and I look forward to sharing many more with you.

If you want to submit some pictures of your awesome kitchen filled with appliances from us, you can contact me or email your salesperson.  The more pictures the better.  Don’t worry, we’ll keep you anonymous.  Also, if you want to invite me over for dinner, I won’t complain.

The BlueStar Range Kitchen

You know that I really like BlueStar ranges and they’re made locally in Reading, PA.  What I like even more is when our customers buy a BlueStar.  Check out this 36-inch, 6 burner BlueStar range in stainless steel (model: RNB366BV1).  This range is so versatile because of its high-output open burners and its large oven that can fit a commercial size baking sheet.

 

BlueStar Range Customer Kitchen

One of our client’s kitchens featuring a BlueStar Range, GE Cafe Refrigerator, Ventahood Pro-Style Hood, GE Microwave, and a Bosch dishwasher.

Because BlueStar ranges are so powerful, it’s important that an adequate hood is placed above it.  In this case, the client was very smart to choose a Vent-A-Hood 36-inch wide pro-style hood (model: PRH18236SS).  With 600 CFMs of ventilation power and Vent-A-Hood’s exclusive magic lung blower system, this Vent-A-Hood will keep their kitchen free of smoke and grease for years to come.

BlueStar Range Image

A closer look at the BlueStar Range, Vent-A-Hood, GE Microwave, and GE Cafe Refrigerator

Right next to the range is a GE microwave (model: JES1142SPSS).  This little guy pumps out 1,100 watts of power while taking up very little space.  At 1.1 cubic feet of capacity, it’s certainly not the largest microwave out there, but it’s the perfect size so as not to get in the way.  To the right of the microwave is a GE Café full-depth French door refrigerator (model: CFE29TSDSS).  I heart this refrigerator not only because of its pro-style look, but also because the water dispenser dispenses ice, cold water, and it gives you the option to dispense hot water with four different temperature selections.

Wrapping up this kitchen is a Bosch dishwasher (model: SHP65T55UC).  This 500 series model is a ridiculously quiet 44 decibels and features five wash cycles and five wash options plus a third rack, also known as a cutlery tray.  Notice the lack of handle on this dishwasher.  Appropriately called a flush handle, this style provides a sleek, modern look.

Bosch Dishwasher

Sorry for the darkness, but check out this Bosch Dishwasher

The Viking Rangetop Kitchen

Viking Rangetop

A Viking rangetop, model: VGRT5366BSS and an XO hood insert model: XOI33S

What’s not to love about a Viking rangetop?  If you don’t know anything about Viking, check out my post about my trip to Viking’s HQ in Greenwood, MS.  Behind the beautiful flower arrangement on the island rests a 36-inch, six burner rangetop, (model: VGRT5366BSS).  Notice the hood?  You shouldn’t because our clients choose a hood insert. In layman’s terms a hood insert contains all of the components of ventilation system but it lacks the decorative stainless steel shell.  In lieu of stainless, wood to match the cabinetry surrounds the hood and is provided by the cabinet maker.  The insert used in this kitchen is by XO (model: XOI33S).

Though this is a bad angle, pictured to the far left is a double wall oven from Dacor (model: EO2320SCH).  This electric double oven provides all the capacity you need for holidays or parties.  Just to the left of the wall ovens is a Sub-Zero 36-inch wide refrigerator with two freezers drawers below it (model: 736TCI).  It’s covered with a custom wood panel, but trust me, it’s there.

Viking Rangetop Kitchen

Dacor double wall ovens to the left

Along the same wall with the Sub-Zero refrigerator, we see a one of my favorite appliances of all-time, Miele’s in-wall coffee system (model: CVA4066).  This unit hooks directly into a water line and grinds whole beans for each cup.  It also makes killer espresso.  Hook up the milk carafe to the appliance and you’ll be making cappuccinos in no time.

Had a long day at work or have the kids been bothering you all day?  Maybe you need some wine.  Of course, I don’t need an excuse to enjoy some wine and our clients will be enjoying tons of wine with their Sub-Zero wine unit (model: 427RG).  Pictured to the right of the Miele coffee system, this wine unit holds over 50 bottles of wine and features two independent temperature zones; one for whites and one for reds.  But the 427RG isn’t just for wine.  See the two drawers below the glass door?  Those are two refrigerator drawers that are built into the unit.  Obviously the 427RG can accept a custom wood front like you see here, but it’s also available in a stainless steel finish.

Miele coffee system

I love me a Miele Coffee System.

This wraps up our first installment of customer kitchens.  If you have any questions about any of the appliances in either one of the kitchens, give us a call at 215-699-3522.  Until next time, America!

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