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  1. The Appliance Expert's Advice on Cleaning Stainless Steel

    The Appliance Expert's Advice on Cleaning Stainless Steel

    Stainless steel is perhaps best known for its ability to resist rust and corrosion, making it a popular choice in kitchens. However, if you own stainless steel appliances, then you probably know that they are hardly ever free of stains. The surfaces of dishwashers, refrigerators, and ovens tend to attract fingerprints and water stains. This can be frustrating, but the good news is that cleaning stainless steel appliances is easy.

    As appliance experts, we wanted to share nine simple ways you can clean your stainless steel appliances for a flawless finish.

    1. Dish Soap and Baby Oil

    Put about ½ teaspoon of dish soap on a rag and moisten it with a modest amount of water (just enough to dampen). Then, wipe along the grain of your appliance. For extra stubborn stains, you might have to go over the area a few times. When you finish cleaning, be sure to dry the appliance with a clean towel.

    To polish the appliance, dab a few tiny drops of baby oil onto a clean, dry rag. Again, rub along the grain of your steel, in both directions, and you’ll see a nice shine emerge.

    2. White Vinegar and Olive Oil

    Pour a bottle of distilled white vinegar into a clean spray bottle. Spray the surface you want to clean and let it sit for 30 to 60 seconds. Then, wipe away the vinegar in the direction of the grain with a microfiber cloth. Repeat as necessary. When the appliance is completely clean, apply a few drops of olive oil to a clean, dry cloth and polish in the direction of the grain.  

    3. Club Soda

    Pour a bottle of club soda into a clean spray bottle. Spray the club soda directly onto your appliances. Wipe clean in the direction of the grain with a soft, microfiber cloth. This will clean the fingerprints, stains, and leave behind a nice shine in one step.

    4. WD-40

    This is an odd, but super simple method for cleaning stainless steel. Get a bottle of WD-40 and spray a light coat directly onto your appliance, then wipe away for instant clean and shine. As a bonus, WD-40 also provides a layer of protection to help prevent pesky fingerprints from appearing later on.

    5. Lemon Oil Furniture Polish

    This is another simple, but effective way to clean stainless steel. Unlike other methods described, first pour or spray the polish directly onto a clean cloth, and then rub it into the appliance in the direction of the grain. Then, wipe clean with a different microfiber towel.

    6. Glass Cleaner

    Fingerprints can be easily removed with any common glass cleaner, such as Windex. Spray the cleaner on a microfiber cloth and apply evenly in a circular motion to remove the fingerprints. This won’t bring out a shine, but it’s a good way to keep stainless steel clean between polishings.

    7. Flour

    This method is ideal for stainless steel sinks. First, make sure your sink is clean from any surface dirt and food particles. Then, coat the sink in plain white flour. Finally, use a soft cloth to buff the sink in a circular motion. It will start to shine like new almost immediately.

    8. Commercial Stainless Steel Cleaners

    If your appliance has extensive stains, scratches, scratching, or needs a thorough polishing, then you may want to consider a commercial stainless steel cleaner. This is the most expensive option, but these products are effective at producing dramatic and long-lasting results. Be sure to read the manufacturer’s instructions before using any commercial product.

    9. Water and a Cloth

    You’d be surprised how much routine cleaning you can accomplish with just warm water and a lint-free cloth. By following the direction of the grain, the majority of the smudges will vanish without the need for special supplies or chemicals. Just be sure to dry the appliance with a towel or cloth to prevent water stains.

    What’s the Best Method for Cleaning Stainless Steel?

    Stainless steel appliances are durable and attractive, but they do require regular cleaning. The best method for cleaning stainless steel is the one that works best for you. Choose one of the techniques above and with a little bit of elbow grease your stainless steel appliances will look fantastic again.

    But if you think it’s time for an appliance upgrade, then come to Reno’s Appliance. We have every home appliance you will possibly need in an array of attractive finishes, including stainless steel. Stop by our showroom in Paterson, NJ to view our selection and speak to our friendly sales experts.

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  2. Did You Know Outdoor Kitchens Can Increase Your Home's Value?

    Did You Know Outdoor Kitchens Can Increase Your Home's Value?

    Summer is the time for grilling and enjoying meals outside. Today, many families are taking al fresco dining a step further by installing outdoor kitchens on their property. An outdoor kitchen can be as simple as a grill and outdoor seating, or as elaborate as a fully outfitted kitchen complete with built-in gourmet appliances such as pro grills, warming drawers, outdoor ovens, refrigerators, and cocktail stations. You can even have a contractor install plumbing and electrical lines to allow for conveniences such as sinks, lighting, and ceiling fans.

    Whether you’re interested in a basic outdoor kitchen or something more elaborate, here are five reasons why creating a place to cook outdoors is a worthwhile investment.

    1. Increased Home Value

    Outdoor kitchens are considered a luxury feature, which can make your home more marketable if you decide to sell it. When compared to other outdoor projects, such as building an addition on your garage, installing a fence, or putting in a pool, outdoor kitchens have the highest rate of return on your investment. Experts agree that you can get at least a 100% return on your investment in an outdoor kitchen and in many cases, up to 200%.

    However, be sure that your outdoor kitchen is proportional to the size of your yard. Many prospective home buyers will love having an outdoor kitchen, but not if it takes up most of the property. Make sure there’s enough open space in the yard as well.

    2. Expanded Entertainment Space

    It seems like we are always trying to make more room for gathering with friends and family. Bringing the party outdoors in warm weather is the most logical way to host large groups. People have more room to spread out, and the backyard instantly provides a relaxed atmosphere. Plus, with an outdoor kitchen and nearby comfortable seating, there’s no separation between hosts and guests. Everyone can gather around the grill and socialize as dinner is being prepared. Nobody is stuck indoors cooking while everyone else is enjoying the party.

    3. Lower Energy Bills

    When you bake, fry, roast, and broil foods indoors, the temperature in your house elevates several degrees, which kicks the air conditioning into overdrive. When you cook outdoors, you keep all of that heat out of your house, which means less AC use and lower energy bills.

    4. Easy and Adventurous Cooking

    Stepping outside to cook encourages more fun and experimental cooking. Inside you’re limited to the usual appliances. But with an outdoor kitchen, you may have access to a grill, a smoker, an outdoor oven, and a whole range of appliances that help make more adventurous cooking simple. Try pizza on the grill, smoking some sausages, or baking or grilling fruits outdoors for dessert. There are endless possibilities. Plus, if you make a mistake (they happen) and something burns, then the house won’t be filled with smoke and lingering bad odors.

    5.  Almost Year-Round Enjoyment

    For some reason we think of our grills as usable from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Then, they’re put away for the season. An outdoor kitchen is so practical and easy to use, that you’ll want to cook outside as much as you can. That means you’ll be cooking outside during mild spring evenings and crisp fall nights. You may close up your outdoor kitchen for winter, but we’re sure you’ll be waiting for the first signs of spring to fire it up again.

    Create an Outdoor Kitchen Today

    Incorporating interior kitchen ideas to your outdoor setting is a great way to add versatility, value, and fun to your home. If you’re ready to create an outdoor kitchen, then head over to Reno’s Appliance. We have everything you need for outdoor cooking and entertaining. Stop by our showroom in Paterson, NJ to view our selection.

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  3. Tips for Dad: 8 Grilling Ideas You Never Considered

    Tips for Dad: 8 Grilling Ideas You Never Considered

    Father’s Day and backyard barbecues go hand in hand. Whether you’re a dad who loves to man the grill, or you’ll be handling the grill while dad chills in the hammock, we’ve got some great grilling ideas for you. So, forget the burgers and hot dogs. This year, elevate your grilling game with eight of the best grill recipes we bet you’ve never tried.

    1. Grilled Clams with Paprika Butter

    When you toss hot clams right off the grill with some flavored butter, it's an irresistible combination.

    Ingredients

    • 4 pounds grilled clams
    • ½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
    • 1¼ teaspoon hot smoked paprika
    • 1 teaspoon celery seeds
    • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
    • Salt and pepper

    Directions

    1. Set grill to medium-high heat and place clams directly on grill grate. Let them sit undisturbed until they pop open, then transfer to a bowl.
    2. Mix butter, paprika, celery seeds, and cayenne in a small bowl until well combined; season with salt and black pepper to taste.
    3. Add butter to bowl with grilled clams and toss to coat. Serve immediately.

    2. Grilled Lamb Meatballs Kebobs

    These lamb meatballs may look fancy, but they only take 6 to 8 minutes to cook on the grill!

    Ingredients

    • 3 slices white sandwich bread, torn into large pieces
    • ¼ cup whole milk
    • 1 small onion, quartered
    • 2 cloves garlic
    • 1 large egg white
    • 2 teaspoons coarse salt
    • 1 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
    • 1 pound ground lamb
    • ½ pound ground pork

    Directions

    1. Working in batches, pulse bread into coarse crumbs in a food processor. Transfer to a bowl, drizzle with milk, and let stand 10 minutes.
    2. Meanwhile, puree onion and garlic in processor until smooth. Add egg white, salt, and pepper; pulse to combine.
    3. Stir onion mixture into breadcrumbs. Add lamb and pork and gently mix until just combined.
    4. With dampened hands, form mixture into 1-inch-diameter balls. Place on a parchment-lined baking sheet, cover, and refrigerate until ready to use, up to 1 day.
    5. Set grill to medium-high heat and thread meatballs onto kebob skewers (about 2 or 3 meatballs per skewer).
    6. Grill meatballs, turning a few times, until just cooked through, about 6 to 8 minutes.

    3. Grilled Bacon

    Combine dad's 2 favorite things-grilling and bacon-for pure dad-food perfection.

    Ingredients

    • 1 pound thick cut bacon (Hint: get it from your local butcher)
    • 1 cup chopped parsley
    • 1 tablespoon chopped garlic
    • 1 tablespoon chopped shallots
    • 1 cup olive oil
    • Sherry vinegar (optional)
    • Pinch of salt

    Directions

    1. Whisk together all ingredients, except bacon and vinegar, and set aside.
    2. Grill all bacon together on medium heat. Grill each side for 5 to 7 minutes until desired crispness.
    3. Transfer bacon to a plate and drizzle dressing over it.
    4. Finish with a drizzle of sherry vinegar, if desired.

    4. Grilled Cesar Salad

    Take this basic salad to the next level.

    Ingredients

    • 2 heads of romaine lettuce, root end removed
    • Olive oil, as needed
    • Kosher salt to taste
    • Pepper to taste
    • 1 egg yolk
    • 2 anchovy fillets
    • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
    • Grated Parmesan cheese

     

    Directions

    1. Rinse romaine and let dry. Cut into thick chunks; then toss the lettuce pieces in olive oil, salt, and pepper, to taste.
    2. Brush a grill pan with additional olive oil and heat a grill pan over medium-high heat.
    3. Grill romaine pieces on the grill pan until char marks start to form and the lettuce begins to soften, turning occasionally, about 3-4 minutes.
    4. To make the dressing, whisk egg yolk, mustard, salt, pepper, and lemon together in a mixing bowl. Slowly stream in oil while whisking continuously, until dressing comes together.
    5. Place the grilled greens on a plate, drizzle with dressing, and top with Parmesan cheese.

    5. Grilled Bruschetta Chicken

    This dish looks really fancy, but it's easy to make.

    Ingredients

    • 4 tablespoons olive oil
    • Juice of 1 lemon
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • Pinch of black pepper
    • 1 teaspoon of Italian seasoning
    • 4 boneless chicken breasts, pounded for even thickness
    • 3 Roma tomatoes, diced
    • 2 cloves garlic, minced
    • 1 tablespoon of freshly chopped basil
    • 4 slices of mozzarella cheese
    • Grated Parmesan cheese

     

    Directions

    1. In a small bowl, combine oil, half the lemon juice, 1 teaspoon salt, pepper, and Italian seasoning. Whisk to combine. Pour mixture into a large re-sealable bag with the chicken, and chill in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.
    2. Transfer chicken to a preheated grill and discard excess marinade. Grill chicken over medium-high heat until cooked through. About 5 to 7 minutes per side.
    3. Meanwhile, combine tomatoes, garlic, chopped basil, and remaining lemon juice, and season with salt and pepper. While chicken is still on grill, top each breast with 1 slice mozzarella and cover grill until cheese is melted, 2 to 3 minutes.
    4. Top chicken with tomato mixture.
    5. Sprinkle with freshly grated Parmesan and serve.

    6. Grilled Shrimp Foil Packets

    These quick and easy foil packets take their inspiration from the beloved shrimp boil.

    Ingredients

    • 2 pounds large shrimp
    • 2 smoked andouille sausages, thinly sliced
    • 2 cloves garlic, minced
    • 2 ears corn, each cut into 4 pieces
    • 1 pound of red bliss potatoes chopped into 1" pieces
    • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
    • 1 tablespoon old bay seasoning
    • 4 tablespoons butter
    • Salt and pepper
    • 1 lemon, sliced into thin wedges
    • 2 tablespoons fresh parley, chopped

    Directions

    1. Preheat grill over high heat.
    2. Cut 4 sheets of foil about 12 inches long. Divide shrimp, garlic, sausage, corn, and potatoes evenly over the foil sheets. Drizzle with olive oil.
    3. Add the Old Bay seasoning and season to taste with salt and pepper. Toss gently to combine.
    4. Top each mixture with parsley, lemon and a tablespoon of butter each.
    5. Fold the foil packets crosswise over the shrimp boil mixture to completely cover the food. Roll the top and bottom edges to seal them closed.
    6. Place foil packets on the grill and cook until just cooked through, about 10-15 minutes.
    7. Serve immediately.

    7. Grilled Peaches with Cinnamon-Sugar Butter

    This recipe just takes a few minutes to make and tastes awesome with a big scoop of ice cream on the side.

    Ingredients

    • 2 ripe peaches, halved and pitted
    • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
    • 2 teaspoons sugar
    • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
    • Olive oil or canola oil

    Directions

    1. Slice peaches in half lengthwise and remove pits; set aside.
    2. In a small bowl, mix butter, cinnamon, and sugar until well combined.
    3. Heat your grill to medium-high.
    4. Brush peaches with oil and grill cut-side-down until slightly softened and charred, a little over 1 minute. Flip to rounded side and grill an additional minute.
    5. Serve grilled peaches on individual plates. Top each with cinnamon-sugar butter, fresh basil or mint, and a scoop of vanilla ice cream or whipped cream.

    8. Grilled Vanilla French Toast

    Want to really surprise dad this year? Make him breakfast on the grill with this easy recipe.

    Ingredients

    • 6 eggs
    • ¼ sugar
    • Pinch of salt
    • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
    • 2 cups whole milk
    • Vegetable oil
    • 12 slices of white sandwich bread, or challah, lightly toasted
    • Butter, jam, and maple syrup for serving

    Directions

    1. In a shallow baking dish, whisk the eggs with the sugar, salt and vanilla extract. Whisk in the milk.
    2. Working in batches, add the slices of bread to the egg mixture and turn to coat; let stand until well soaked, about 1 to 2 minutes.
    3. Lightly oil the grill grates, then grill the soaked bread over moderately high heat until dark brown grill marks form on the bottom, about 2 minutes. Flip and grill for about 2 minutes longer, until the French toast is cooked through.
    4. Transfer to plates and serve with butter and maple syrup or jam.

    Have these grilling ideas inspired you to fire up the grill for Father's Day? We think you'll agree that these are some of the best grill recipes you've ever tried. If you're in need of a new grill, then head over to Reno's Appliance to see our entire selection of grills, professional-grade grills, and grill accessories.

    Reno's Appliance was founded in 1951 as Reno's Radio & TV. Since then, the shop has grown to become the one-stop home appliance source trusted by thousands. Reno's sons continue to carry on the tradition set forth by their father and exhibit exceptional customer service. We have every home appliance you will possibly need.

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  4. The Ultimate Graduation Party Planning with Reno's

    The Ultimate Graduation Party Planning with Reno's

    It’s June and countless students across the country are graduating from high school, college, and post-graduate schools. If you’re the proud parent, grandparent, or spouse of a graduate then you’re probably thinking about hosting a graduation party to celebrate their achievement. Graduation party planning can seem like an overwhelming task, but we wanted to offer a few tips to help make your party planning a bit easier.

    Have a House Party

    The first thing you should check off your graduation party planning list is where to have the party. Most people opt to have their graduation parties in their own backyards—and for good reason. It’s cost-effective, casual, and June weather is ideal for outside events. Also, a high school graduate who will be going away to college may appreciate having a party in the comfort of their own home before heading off to their dorm.

    If you have your heart set on an at-home party in the backyard, then you’ll definitely need to make sure you have all of the right outdoor appliances to accommodate your guests.

    For example, it may be time to upgrade to a pro grill that has a larger capacity and all kinds of features that help you perfect your grilling game. Or, you can add to your existing set up with accessories like a grill cart or a smoker.

    An outdoor refrigerator is another item you might want to consider. These units are more compact than full-size indoor kitchen units, come with thicker insulation, and are equipped with more powerful components so food stays cold during warmer days. Plus, you won’t find yourself making trips back and forth to the kitchen refrigerator all day.

    Outdoor beer dispensers are also a great convenience for large outdoor parties. Instead of having your guests dig around an ice-filled cooler for a cold one, they can help themselves to a perfectly chilled glass of beer straight from the tap.

    The best part is, not only will you get great use out of these items for the graduation party, but you’ll have them for backyard barbecues all summer long.

    Think Up a Theme

    One of the more exciting aspects of graduation party planning is choosing a theme. You can choose a theme based around your graduate’s career goals, college major, school, or sport they’ll be playing in college. There are all kinds of fun possibilities. But don’t stress about a theme if you can’t think of one or the graduate doesn’t want one. Parties with friends, music, and food are still fun even without a theme.

    Use Invitation Etiquette

    Here are some quick tips for graduation invites:

    • Use paper invites sent through the mail.
    • Send invites at least six weeks prior to the event.
    • Request RSVPs at least two weeks prior to the event.
    • Make sure you pick out thank you cards when picking out invites so your graduate has them ready to go shortly after the party.

    Make the Food Fun

    Serve delicious food that’s easy for folks to eat as they mingle. Here’s a list of classic crowd pleasers:

    • Bruschetta on grill toasted bread
    • Flatbread pizza
    • Pigs in a blanket
    • Mini smoked sausages
    • Beef sliders
    • Grilled veggie kabobs
    • Grilled chicken or shrimp skewers
    • Crab cakes
    • Mini sandwiches
    • Chicken wings
    • Cheese quesadillas
    • Mini egg rolls

    Be sure to provide plenty of water, soda, and juice. If you like, you can serve beer and wine for the adults. And of course, no party is complete without dessert. Get your graduates’ favorite cake, cupcakes, cookies, or ice cream and you’ll be all set.  

    Party Perfection Is Possible

    Graduation party planning requires some thought and creativity, but remember, above all else they should be fun affairs that match your graduate’s personality. Use the ideas above and throw a party that’s sure to be a good time.

     

    Reno’s Appliance was founded in 1951 as Reno’s Radio & TV. Since then, the shop has grown to become the one-stop home appliance source trusted by thousands. Stop by our showroom in Paterson, NJ for all of your appliance needs this graduation season!

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  5. The Importance of a Good Outdoor Grill Cover

    The Importance of a Good Outdoor Grill Cover

    There’s nothing quite like firing up the grill for a backyard barbecue. Whether you’re feeding family, friends, or most of the neighborhood, cooking is just more fun when you’re outside. As grill experts, we find that most people don’t need to be convinced about the their many benefits. But, we wanted to tell you about one important accessory many people overlook—an outdoor grill cover.

    Why should you get a grill cover?

    There are several reasons you should invest in a high-quality grill cover:

    1. Protection from the elements: A grill cover helps protect your grill from any type of weather that Mother Nature can throw at it, be it rain, snow, sleet, hail, or wind. It will also protect your grill from dirt and falling twigs.
    2. Critter control: Grill covers are also essential for keeping pests out. Unprotected grills are prone to attract raccoons, opossums, squirrels, and other furry friends looking to lick up any leftover grease or drippings. In addition, bees, wasps, spiders, and other bugs think grills are the perfect spot to build a nest because there’s ample shade.
    3. Rust prevention: Constant exposure to wind and water will cause your grill to rust very quickly. Rust is notoriously hard to clean, leads to a poor working surface, and turns your beautiful grill into an eyesore.
    4. No “Ash Paste”: Ash paste forms when rainwater mixes with the charcoal ash at the bottom of your grill. When that paste hardens, it will turn into a cement-like substance that is near impossible to remove and reduces the efficiency of your grill.
    5. Long- and short-term storage: A high-quality grill cover will protect your grill between uses during grilling season and will be sturdy enough to protect your grill throughout the harsh winter months.
    6. Fuel fortress: If you store charcoal, wood, or other types of fuel under your grill, then an outdoor grill cover will also protect them from being exposed to moisture and becoming useless. If your grill uses a propane tank, then your grill cover will offer ample protection for that as well.

    What materials are grill covers made from?

    Outdoor grill covers are typically made from one of the following materials:

    • Polyester: Probably the most common grill cover you will come across is a polyester grill cover. It’s lightweight, easy to clean, and will stand up to almost all weather conditions. However, it’s not the most durable material, so you may need to replace it every couple of years.
    • Vinyl: Vinyl grill covers are highly waterproof, so they offer great protection from rain and snow. The downside is that they may not be as durable as other types of covers. So be sure are purchasing a thick, sturdy vinyl cover.
    • Canvas: Canvas grill covers are typically your cheapest option, and also the most durable material.

    What features should be considered when purchasing a grill cover?

    When you’re shopping for a grill cover, be sure to pay close attention to these features:

    • Size: You want your grill cover to be the right size for your grill. If it’s too small, it won’t provide ample protection. If it’s too big, then there might be enough room for animals to sneak in.
    • Straps: A grill cover with straps will help keep the cover in place even in windy conditions. Straps are also helpful in keeping unwanted pests out of your grill.
    • Air vents: Grill covers with air vents will prevent moisture and condensation from building up, which can lead to rust.
    • Pockets: Pockets can be especially useful when you put the cover on overnight and you want to keep your utensils close at hand and ready to use for the next grilling session.

     

    If you’re making an investment in a grill, then getting a grill cover is a no brainer. They’re inexpensive, effective, and will help make sure you continue to enjoy your grill for years to come.

    Reno’s Appliance carries grill covers and all kinds of accessories for your backyard cooking and entertaining needs. And of course, we also carry an extensive inventory of grills, including pro barbeque grills, freestanding grills, and charcoal grills.

    Reno’s Appliance was founded in 1951 as Reno’s Radio & TV. Since then, the shop has grown to become the one-stop home appliance source trusted by thousands. Reno’s sons continue to carry on the tradition set forth by their father and exhibit exceptional customer service. We have every home appliance you will possibly need.

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  6. The Dish on American vs. European Dishwashers

    The Dish on American vs. European Dishwashers

    If you’ve been dishwasher shopping recently, then you may have been asked if you were interested in an American or European-style dishwasher. Maybe that question caused some confusion. After all, aren’t all dishwashers pretty much the same? The short answer is no. As appliance experts, we wanted to make you aware of the significant differences between American vs. European dishwashers, so you can choose the best option for your home.

    Price

    European-built dishwashers are often more expensive than their American counterparts. The reason has to do with Europe’s environmental standards, which requires that European dishwashers use less water and energy than American machines. Therefore, the dishwasher itself needs to pick up the slack. European manufacturers use sturdy, hard-working, and often pricier parts and components to match the level of clean you’d get with a standard American model. However, use of high-quality parts also means your European machine will last longer than an American machine.

    Efficiency

    If you’re looking at American vs. European dishwashers in terms of energy efficiency, then European models win. On average, a European dishwasher will use 3.5 gallons of water per cycle. A standard American model will use 6 gallons of water per cycle (although some Energy-Star rated models use about 4 gallons).

    American dishwashers also have a heated dry cycle. During heated dry, a coil at the bottom of the dishwasher heats up the air inside the dishwasher to dry the dishes. European dishwashers don’t have that option as it’s considered an unnecessary use of electricity. Because European models are so energy-efficient, they’ll help you save on utility bills. If you get a standard American dishwasher, then you can expect higher water and electricity bills.

    Noise Level

    In Europe, homes tend to be smaller, so loud dishwashers are very intrusive. That’s why European dishwashers are built to be very quiet. The main way that European manufacturers reduce noise levels is by using filters at the bottom of machines to catch food particles, instead of noisy food disposers found at the bottom of American models. However, many of the higher-end American models like KitchenAid are adding the filter system to compete with the quiet ratings of the European models.

    Size

    The size of American vs. European dishwashers is also quite different. Like most things American, the dishwashers are larger than their European counterparts. European machines are built for Europe’s smaller homes. They are known for their sleek, minimal appearance, which will sit flush in a standard 24” cabinet to for a seamless look. American models were built to have a larger capacity and will protrude about three inches out from a 24” deep cabinet.

    Features

    Generally speaking, European dishwashers have different types of features than the average American product. For instance, many European machines include a water softener filter, which is useful because hard water, present in many European countries, hinders the effectiveness of soap. Another feature found in European models is what is called “sensor technology,” designed to regulate the cycles of a washer and ensure that all resources are being used efficiently.

    Most American models don’t have those specific features, but will have a variety of wash cycles, a heated drying option, and water temperature controls, which are lacking in European models.

    Brands

    American dishwasher brands include the names you’re probably most familiar with, such as Frigidaire, GE, Whirlpool, and Maytag. European Brands include Asko, Bosch, and Avanti.

    So when it comes to American vs. European dishwashers, there are a lot of differences to consider. However, keep in mind that American manufacturers have been adopting some of the best features of European machines, like quieter, more efficient operation. Meanwhile, European-style machines have gotten better at deep cleaning.

     

    If you’re interested in a new dishwasher, then come to Reno’s Appliance. We have an extensive inventory high-quality American and European dishwashers. Our knowledgeable and friendly sales team will help you find the perfect machine for your home.

    Reno’s Appliance was founded in 1951 as Reno’s Radio & TV. Since then, the shop has grown to become the one-stop home appliance source trusted by thousands. Reno’s sons continue to carry on the tradition set forth by their father and exhibit exceptional customer service. We have every home appliance you will possibly need.

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  7. Outdoor Appliance Experts Offer 6 Reasons You Need a Pro BBQ Grill

    Outdoor Appliance Experts Offer 6 Reasons You Need a Pro BBQ Grill

    Are you looking to heat up your grilling game this year? Then you’re definitely going to need a better grill. Professional-grade grills have become all the rage among grilling novices as well as those who consider themselves to be BBQ pros. As outdoor appliance experts, we’re here to offer six reasons why you need to get a pro BBQ grill, pronto!

    1. Better Tasting Food

    Can getting a pro grill actually make your food taste better? Absolutely. Pro grills have more precise controls and use ceramic charcoal briquettes for better heat distribution and more predictably delicious results than you’d ever get with a traditional grill. Your food will cook up perfectly, with less effort, every time. Steaks and burgers will be juicy, veggies will be crispy, and guests will be asking for seconds.

    1. Ultra-High-Quality Manufacturing

    When it comes to pro grills, you definitely get what you pay for. You’ll find that pro grills are flawlessly designed, solidly constructed, and engineered for ease of use. To ensure reliability, engineers stress-test designs under laboratory conditions that simulate years of use. When you invest in a pro grill, you can expect that it’s the last grill you’ll ever need to buy.

    1. Superb Searing Capability

    The perfect sear is the goal of every outdoor cooking enthusiast. Pro-level grills often have a dedicated area just for searing. Some grills take that feature a step further, allowing you to adjust searing temperature settings to get restaurant-quality sear marks that will leave your friends in awe.

    1. Built-In Rotisseries

    Do you want to really raise the bar at your next backyard barbecue? Then get yourself a pro grill with a built-in rotisserie. This is a feature that you might not think you need, until you actually have one. Then you’ll wonder how you ever lived without it. Imagine serving family and friends who might be expecting the standard barbeque fare, a perfectly roasted leg of lamb or pork loin with an assortment of roasted veggies. That certainly beats burgers and hot dogs any day of the week.

    1. Huge Cooking Capacity

    Pro grills have enormous capacity, which are ideal for the biggest backyard bashes. Finally, you can cook everything on the menu at once so it’s hot and fresh when you’re ready to eat. There will be no more squeezing burgers onto every last square inch. No more letting the chicken legs get cold while you’re grilling up veggies. And because everything cooks together, you’re not stuck behind a grill all day trying to keep up with the demand of your hungry crowd.

    1. Beauty

    Pro BBQ grills are simply gorgeous outdoor appliances. Does the appearance of a grill really matter? We think it does. We all spend a lot of time making sure that we have lush lawns. We pick out the perfect patio furniture and will gladly spend a few weekends sanding and staining the deck. Why would you want to have an old eyesore of a grill? A beautiful grill compliments the entire outdoor look you’ve worked so hard to cultivate.

     

    Ready to become a BBQ pro this summer? If so, a new grill is certainly in order. Head over to Reno’s Appliance to see our entire selection of pro grills, accessories, and other outdoor appliances from top brands like DCS, Lynx, and Viking. Then dig out your favorite grilling recipes and invite the neighbors over for a summer feast.

    Reno’s Appliance was founded in 1951 as Reno’s Radio & TV. Since then, the shop has grown to become the one-stop home appliance source trusted by thousands. Reno’s sons continue to carry on the tradition set forth by their father and exhibit exceptional customer service. We have every home appliance you will possibly need.

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  8. Skip the Flowers-Say Happy Mother's Day with Home Appliances Mom Actually Wants

    Skip the Flowers-Say Happy Mother's Day with Home Appliances Mom Actually Wants

    Are you trying to think of a unique gift idea for Mother’s Day this year? Do you think mom might be tired of the same old brunch and flowers routine? Consider saying Happy Mother’s Day with a gift of a new home appliance.

    Now, we’re not suggesting you get your mom a new vacuum or toaster. Rather, get your mom an appliance that matches her passions and interests. At Reno’s we’re experts in home appliances and wanted to make a few Mother’s Day gift suggestions for you.

    Show Mom You Love Her a Whole Latte

    Does mom love coffee? If she does, then maybe a new coffee maker is in order. But we’re not talking about a drip machine that you can get at any department store. Elevate mom’s coffee experience with a built-in coffee maker. These sophisticated machines are installed in or under cabinets to free up counter space. Beyond that, these machines enable mom to pre-program her exact coffee preferences, so she gets perfect, coffee-shop quality java day after day.

    Mom may also appreciate this Wolf coffee system. She can fill the whole bean reservoir with her favorite roast, and with press of a button, the beans are ground fresh and coffee is brewed in minutes. Of course pre-ground coffee can be scooped in as well. The Wolf coffee system is easy to use, clean, and install. It’s guaranteed to start mom’s day the right way.

    Win the Day with a Wine Fridge

    Even for the casual wine drinker, a wine fridge is a great gift idea for many reasons. For example, a wine fridge stores wine at the perfect temperature and humidity, which extends its shelf life and keeps it flavorful. Regular refrigerators are too cold for proper storage and cabinets are too warm. In addition, bottles of wine are stored securely, yet gently to prevent cracks, spills, and any other damage. Some of the best brands of these home appliances include Sub-ZeroSummit, and Marvel.

    Here’s a bonus idea: Pick up a few bottles of mom’s favorite vintage in addition to the wine fridge. Put them in the fridge to start her collection, but keep one out and make a toast—to mom of course.

    Cook up a Smart Idea

    We all love our mom’s cooking, but does she love to cook? Whether it’s gourmet meals, old fashioned comfort food, or a secret recipe for chocolate chip cookies, if your mom enjoys cooking, then she’ll love the convenience of a “smart” oven.

    Smart ovens can be connected to the Internet and controlled with a smart phone. For example, mom can use her phone to start preheating her GE Profile Wall Oven or GE Profile Range when she’s out and about, so it’s at the perfect temperature right when she walks in the door.

    Alternatively, maybe she’s already home, but busy with other things when the oven’s timer beeps. There’s no need for her to run to the kitchen. Mom can turn the oven off or reduce the oven’s temperature using her phone.

    There are even some ovens that will listen to mom’s voice commands. It’s true! Jenn-Air has partnered with Amazon’s Alexa Voice Service, enabling mom to use her voice to control any connected product.

    Simple voice commands have been created for everything from preheating and setting timers to changing temperatures and cooking modes. Some commands include:

    • “Alexa, tell Jenn-Air to preheat the oven to 350 degrees.”
    • “Alexa, tell Jenn-Air to reduce the oven temperature by 25 degrees”
    • "Alexa, tell Jenn-Air to set the oven timer for 12 minutes."

    Mom will love how easy it is to use. If this sounds like something mom would love, then make sure to visit Reno’s Appliance and ask about the Jenn-Air 30” Double Wall Oven and the Jenn-Air Microwave/Wall Oven. And, if you’re interested in other Alexa-enabled appliances, you can ask to see the Jenn-Air 72” Counter-Depth French Door Refrigerator.

     

    Still not sure which home appliance will say Happy Mother’s Day in just the right way? Then stop by Reno’s Appliance in Paterson, NJ to view our wide selection of home appliances. Our friendly sales staff can make recommendations and guide you towards choosing the perfect gift for mom.

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  9. Properly Measuring for Your New Refrigerator

    Properly Measuring for Your New Refrigerator

    You’ve searched for months and you’ve finally found the perfect refrigerator. It’s got all the features you want, plenty of room, and a gorgeous finish. But when it gets delivered, you find out that it doesn’t fit the spot you had planned. That’s a completely frustrating problem, but one that’s easily avoided if you know how to determine refrigerator measurements.

    As experts in kitchen appliances, we wanted to tell you how to take accurate refrigerator measurements so you know it will fit perfectly in your kitchen upon arrival.

    Measure Width, Depth, and Height

    When measuring the space you have in mind for your new refrigerator, be sure to measure top to bottom, left to right, and front to back. Take measurements a few times to ensure accuracy.  And remember that homes settle over time, so the measurement on one side may not necessarily equal the measurement on the opposite side.

    Make Room for the Door

    Include the length and width of the door in your refrigerator measurements. Consider how far the door will open and how it will fill the space of your kitchen. You certainly don’t want any cabinets, chairs, or walls interfering with the arc of the door. You want to be sure the door opens wide enough so that you have full access to vegetable and door bins.

    Plan for Proper Ventilation

    Refrigerators need enough air around them for proper ventilation. If your refrigerator is entirely boxed in, then it may run too warm, causing food to spoil. When taking refrigerator measurements, make sure you allow for at least one inch of space on top, behind, and on either side of the refrigerator to allow heat to escape.

    Leaving enough space around the unit also allows you to easily slide your refrigerator out when it’s time to clean it. Dust builds up fast around the refrigerator and if not cleaned regularly your refrigerator will run less efficiently and possibly increase your energy bills.

    Measure Doorways and Hallways

    You measured the space you have for your refrigerator and you know it will fit. But will it fit through your front door, down the hallway, around any corners, and through the kitchen entrance? Measure the entire path your new fridge will take before it gets to where you want it to go. Nothing is worse than getting your new appliance home and finding that it won’t fit through the front door.

    Determine Cubic Feet

    Another refrigerator measurement that’s important to consider is cubic feet. This number won’t affect how your refrigerator will fit into your space, but it will help you determine how much will fit inside. Most refrigerators these days are 18 to 26 cubic feet. An 18-cubic-foot fridge is sufficient for a two-person household. Families with four or more people will want at least a 20-cubic-foot model.

    The first place to look for the cubic feet measurement is inside the refrigerator itself. There should be a label with a range of measurements listed, including cubic feet. If it’s not listed on the label, look at the model number. For example, model number XYZ18 tells us that this refrigerator is 18 cubic feet. Model number ABC22 is 22 cubic feet.

    If all else fails, you can grab a tape measure and measure the width, depth, and height of the inside of your refrigerator. Multiply the numbers together (W x D x H) and divide the total by 1728 to get the cubic feet.

    Don’t Shop Without Measurements

    Before you go shopping for a new refrigerator, take the time to do some measuring. Having the right refrigerator measurements in hand will help make sure you get the perfect appliance and avoid a lot of frustration.

    Reno’s Appliance has a large selection of refrigerators from top-of-the-line brands including Sub-ZeroBosch, and Frigidaire in a range of popular styles such as French doorbottom freezer, and top freezer. We also carry compact refrigerators, which are perfect for small apartment, dorm rooms, or the office. You’ll even find a nice selection of sleek and stylish wine refrigerators.

    Reno’s Appliance was founded in 1951 as Reno’s Radio & TV. Since then, the shop has grown to become the one-stop home appliance source trusted by thousands. Reno’s sons continue to carry on the tradition set forth by their father and exhibit exceptional customer service. We have every home appliance you will possibly need. Stop by our showroom in Paterson, NJ to view our selection.

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  10. Product Feature: Miele's W1 Washer and T1 Dryer

    Product Feature: Miele's W1 Washer and T1 Dryer

    Miele, one of the top appliance manufacturers in the world, has recently released the W1 washing machine and T1 dryer. This pair has been dubbed the everything washer and anywhere dryer because they were built with four key characteristics in mind:

    1. Perfect size
    2. Outstanding performance
    3. Unsurpassed convenience
    4. Extreme efficiency

    A Truly Dynamic Laundry Duo

    Both the W1 and T1 can be plugged into standard 120-volt outlets, rather than the 220-volt outlets that most machines require. That means no electrical upgrades are necessary and each machine is much more energy efficient than standard washers and dryers. In fact, both the W1 and T1 have been given ENERGY STAR® certification by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

    Each appliance can be controlled and monitored from your mobile phone or Wi-Fi-connected tablet when you download the Miele app. Easily start or stop loads when you’re away from home, receive notifications, order detergent and supplies, and more.

    The W1 and T1 share these cool features, but each appliance has its own stand-alone features that deserve a closer look. 

    Why the W1 Washer is a Winner

    • QuickIntenseWash: For when you’re short on time, this setting provides a high-level clean in less than one hour.
    • TwinDos: The TwinDos function has two detergent containers built into the appliance. A simple touch of a button dispenses the optimal amount of detergent for the size of the load, and the W1 will automatically release it at the perfect time for best results.
    • CapDosing: No more guess work or messy pours when it comes to adding fabric softener or other fabric conditioners. Simply place the pre-portioned Miele Caps into the fabric conditioner compartment of the W1. The machine will automatically add the contents during the wash cycle at the right time.
    • SingleWash: When you don’t quite have a full load, this setting lets you wash small loads in half the time, using up to 70% less water and 25% less energy, while maintaining excellent cleaning results.

    Why the T1 Dryer Triumphs

    • Heat-pump technology: The low, gentle heat generated by the T1 isn’t released, but recycled in the unit, which increases efficiency by up to 60% when compared to conventional dryers.
    • Ventless design: Because the heat is recycled, ducts and vents are completely unnecessary. It truly is the go anywhere dryer.
    • FragranceDos: Add your favorite scent to your laundry with Miele’s fragrance pods. Simply fit the fragrance pod into the specially designed holder for delightfully scented and fluffy laundry.
    • SteamFinish: Say goodbye to your iron. The steam finish setting sprays a fine mist into the dryer during the cycle. The steam gently penetrates the clothing fibers for smoother, neater-looking clothes straight from the dryer.

    If you’d like to learn more about Miele’s W1 washer and T1 dryer, or see them up close, then stop by Reno’s Appliance. While you’re there you can also check out other high-quality washers and dryers from top brands including Samsung, Whirlpool, Maytag, and LG.

    Reno’s Appliance was founded in 1951 as Reno’s Radio & TV. Since then, the shop has grown to become the one-stop home appliance source trusted by thousands. Reno’s sons continue to carry on the tradition set forth by their father and exhibit exceptional customer service. We have every home appliance you will possibly need. Stop by our showroom in Paterson, NJ to view our selection.

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