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September 13, 2016
Who's on First?Sorting out AppliancesChoosing the right washing machineWhen you're choosing a new washing machine several factors come in to play, and effect our decision. Here are a few of them.Size:You need a machine big enough to do the job. Tub size can matter, but remember that front load machines will hold more than equivalent sized top load machine, and sorting and frequency of washing need to be factored in when selecting tub size.Cost:Everyone has a budget. Appliances can seem expensive, but think about the life span and how often you use your washer.Features:There are an abundance of features on today's washing machines. Make sure to take advantage of this, and don't buy a stripped down machine. I remember hearing about a customer who insisted on the most basic washer available, and later complained that it lacked a permanent press cycle.Brands:Brands DO make a difference, and it's easy to get confused. For example, the Whirlpool Corporation owns and manufactures several appliance brands, eg. Amana, Whirlpool, Maytag, KitchenAid, and Jenn-Air. However, that does not mean that these brands are the same. For example, Whirlpool laundry products are high quality and hugely popular. Even though Maytag washers and dryers are made by Whirlpool Corp, there are significant differences between Maytag and Whirlpool. Maytag has many heavy duty, commercial parts, that are absent on the Whirlpool as well as a longer warranty and a higher price. You may need advice in choosing between the Whirlpool and the Maytag and weighing the value of heavy duty
April 20, 2016
Perfect Timing for Viking AppliancesSave Two Ways on Viking Appliances at UAKCViking is the brand that introduced and popularized commercial restaurant-style appliances for the home. Today, Viking is part of Middleby, a large corporation that is a leader in commercial appliances for restaurants and large enterprises. Middleby has brought their technology, their acumen, and their resources to Viking with a steady stream of high quality, dependable appliances made with commercial features and quality, but designed to accommodate consumer needs.At Universal Appliance and Kitchen Center, our skilled sales associates are fully trained in all the latest features and benefits of Viking appliances. Today, you have a unique opportunity to save on Viking by beating the pending price increase and at the same time taking advantage of their current money-saving offers.Bad News and Good NewsBad NewsThe bad news is that Viking has announced a price increase of as much as 7% on May 1st, 2016.Good NewsIf you act now you can beat the price increase and save up to 7% on Viking appliances at Universal Appliance and Kitchen Center.But wait there's more!More Good NewsThe more good news is that you can save even more on Viking appliances with their special offers which include a free dishwasher and/or a free professional range hood.Call or visit a Universal Appliance and Kitchen Center showroom today to get Viking appliances at the lowest price available plus maximize your savings with Viking's YOU COOK, WE CLEAN SALES EVENT!
February 10, 2015
Miele Appliances at KBIS/IBS 2015New Miele Range a Winner in Las VegasMiele Appliances shown at KBIS/IBS 2015It's hard to come away a winner when you go to Las Vegas. But, the new Miele range was a good bet at the 2015 Design and Construction Week (*KBIS/IBS) show in January. Miele partnered up with some top kitchen brands (Haefele, Bauformat, and Cosentino) to showcase their luxury appliance brand. The new Miele Range, their first EVER, was a huge hit. (To clarify, Miele has been very successful in cooking products such as built-in cooktops and ovens over the years, but they've not ventured into the range business until now).Miele's range model line up consists of several configurations in 30", 36", and 48" ranges. The range line has been eight years in the making, and the attention to detail shows in the innovative features, and stunning Miele design, not to mention the durable construction. Miele's 30" range weighs in at 337 lbs. Compare that to the 160 lbs. of a typical Whirlpool gas range.You might also expect state of the art technology in a range of this class, and Miele does not disappoint. With a high-tech control panel that includes their exclusive MasterChef electronic controls, the new Miele features algorithms to perfectly cook many foods, and it will also store your own special recipes. Miele has taken a fresh look at every feature on a range. For example, Miele's unique range handle is designed to swivel from its vertical
April 10, 2014
Appliance FeaturesGet the right features on your new appliancesAvoid costly mistakes in selecting plumbing fixtures and appliances Customers sometimes ask for basic appliances with no bells and whistles. However, it's important to be specific. Here's an example: After purchasing a "basic" dryer from one of the big box home improvement stores, this customer wrote:...no alarm to tell you when it is finished, had nothing but wrinkled cloths from day one because of this. Why would anyone build a dryer without an alarm is beyond me, not like you can stand next to it until it is done so clothes don't wrinkle."The truth is that the difference between a $299 dishwasher and a $399 dishwasher is not just $100. There are likely to be very important features missing on the entry level model such as delay start, heavy wash, or a sani-cycle. The time to find out about the features or bells and whistles on your appliance is before you purchase. If you wait until after your gas range has been in the home and used for a couple of weeks before you discover that you do not have a low simmer setting, it's too late.Here are some basic tips on getting the right features on appliances: Avoid "loss leaders". There's nothing wrong with buying an appliance that is advertised at a good price, but when you see something that is priced way below the market price for a comparable appliance ask the sales associate for an explanation. Get a sales associate
October 23, 2013
GE Dishwashers at Universal Appliance and Kitchen CenterGE Dishwasher Shopping Guide Read below tips from GE on selecting a new GE dishwasher. Shopping Guide: Dishwashers Whether you're looking to replace all of the appliances in your kitchen, or just your dishwasher, there have been many changes in technology that can help ensure that the appliance you choose is perfect for your home. This dishwasher guide will take you through the the latest features that can help save you time and money in the kitchen. Built-In Dishwasher 24″ This is the most common type and size of dishwasher and comfortably fits between cabinets and underneath the counter. These dishwashers can hold up to 16 place settings. Energy Efficient For 7 consecutive years, GE has been awarded the Sustained Excellence Award for our commitment to creating appliances and lighting products that are more energy efficient – helping to reduce your energy bill and protect the environment. By replacing a dishwasher manufactured before 1994 with an ENERGY STAR® qualified dishwasher, you can save $40 a year on your utility bills*. Replace one of these old dishwashers with ENERGY STAR and save money to pay for dishwasher detergent all year. The new, ENERGY STAR qualified dishwasher will save, on average, 1200 gallons of water over its lifetime. * U.S. Department of Energy Features Not all GE dishwashers are stocked with the features mentioned below, but the list will help you learn more about the features that are available and what you can look for when shopping for a new dishwasher. 1.