Monthly Archives: November 2017
  1. The Cooktop Debate Heats Up: Gas vs. Electric vs. Induction

    The Cooktop Debate Heats Up: Gas vs. Electric vs. Induction

    When it comes to ranges and cooktops, Americans have always had two choices: gas or electric. Induction cooktops, which have been popular in Europe for years, are now gaining a foothold in America and have become an attractive third option.

    Each type of cooktop has pros and cons you should consider before making a purchase, so let’s break down the different options.

    Gas Cooktops

    Gas cooktops are a no-nonsense and very popular cooking solution. Their biggest advantage is instant heat—just turn on the flame and your pot or pan will be hot in seconds. Plus, you’ll be able to raise or lower the temperature instantly, which means more precise control while cooking. Of course, there is a downside to a typical gas control knob: it’s hard to get the same temperature every time you use it.

    Another advantage is that you can put any type of pot or pan on a gas burner—including cast iron, copper, and stainless steel. You can find gas cooktops at several different price points, but maintenance costs are low. However, if you don’t already have a gas line in your kitchen, you’ll have to have one installed, which of course adds significant costs.  

    Electric Cooktops

    Electric cooktops are the least expensive option, which is probably their biggest advantage. Their main downside, however, is a slow change in heat. You have to wait for them to heat up when you turn them on, and changes in temperature occur slowly, giving you less control than a gas cooktop, so precise results can be hard to achieve.

    Electric stoves that have coiled heating elements can be maintained inexpensively and the ceramic coils can be easily replaced if they get damaged. Ceramic radiant electric cooktops are a bit pricier to repair, but are very easy to clean since you’re just wiping down one flat surface.

    Induction Cooktops

    Induction cooktops are one of the most popular kitchen appliance trends of the past few years. Induction cooktops use electromagnetism to cook your food, which sounds complex, but it’s actually simple, super-efficient, and safe.

    Below each cooking zone in an induction cooktop is a coil of metal. When the power is turned on, a current flows through the coil and produces an invisible magnetic field. If there is no pan on the cooking zone, no heat is produced, so it’s cool to the touch.

    Once a pan that contains iron (cast iron, black metal, or stainless steel with a magnetic grade base) is placed on the cooking zone, the magnetic field induces electrical currents inside the pan, so the pan itself gets hot and acts as its own heating element. In comparison, gas and electric cooktops are heated indirectly, using either a gas flame or electric coil to pass heat to the pan.

    Induction cooktops can achieve very high temperatures and reach the lowest temperatures of the three types of stoves. As mentioned, with induction cooktops you don’t get heat anywhere except where your cookware sits. This means that if you happen to have an overflow, food cannot become baked on. In fact, most models don’t need a specialist cleaner. You can simply wipe them down with a damp cloth or use the same spray as you do everywhere else in your kitchen.

    The main downside to induction cooktops is cost. They are the most expensive of the three options. Also, you need to have pots and pans that contain iron for an induction cooktop to work. So be sure to include the price of a new set of cookware in your budget.

    The Bottom Line

    There’s no right or wrong answer when it comes to the kind of cooktop or range you choose. Gas cooktops probably fit most people’s needs. However, if you’re a serious chef with a big budget then induction is probably the way to go. But if you just need an inexpensive stove to boil water and fry an egg, then electric will be fine.

    Here at Reno’s Appliance, we offer a large inventory of cooktops and ranges from top brands. Stop by our showroom in Paterson, NJ to view our selection and speak to our friendly and knowledgeable sales staff.

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  2. Warm Up to the Idea of a Warming Drawer

    Warm Up to the Idea of a Warming Drawer

    Let’s say that you are in the middle of remodeling your kitchen. You’ve picked out all new appliances including a refrigerator, range, dishwasher, kitchen sink, and faucet. But have you considered installing a warming drawer as well? You might be wondering what a warming drawer is or if it’s really necessary. The team at Reno’s Appliance wants to tell you about this hot new trend in kitchen design and why it’s worth considering.

    What is a Warming Drawer?

    A warming drawer is a separate appliance that uses a low-heat setting to warm up food or keep just-cooked food warm and ready to eat for hours. The temperature levels on a warming drawer don’t typically go higher than 200 degrees Fahrenheit, and most have humidity controls and timers so there’s no risk of food burning, drying out, getting soggy, or becoming overdone.  

    Warming drawers range from 24 to 30 inches wide, and are about as deep as a large kitchen drawer. This is typically enough space to hold several dinner plates of food, a couple of pies, a large pizza, a few holiday side dishes, or loaves of fresh bread.

    Warming drawers are typically installed with an accompanying wall oven, but they can also be installed on their own. Warming drawers are usually stainless steel, but can also blend seamlessly into your existing kitchen cabinetry, so you don’t have to worry a clunky appliance stealing space from your kitchen. Plus, most models hide the control panel behind the front cover, so you won’t even know it’s there until you’re ready to use it.

    Why Do I Need a Warming Drawer?

    If you and your family have an on-the-go lifestyle, it may be difficult to find a time when you can have a sit-down meal together. Fortunately, the warming drawer makes it possible for families to have fresh meals despite their busy schedules. All you have to do is place the plate into the drawer and you’ll have a hot, tasty dish in no time.

    Warming drawers are also great for just heating up empty cups and dishes on cold days. That way, your freshly prepared food and hot beverages stay warm as you enjoy your meal.

    There are even uses for warming drawers beyond the kitchen. Install one in your master suite or bathroom and have a warm towel waiting every time you step out of the shower. It doesn’t get more luxurious that that.

    Isn’t My Toaster Oven and Microwave Enough?

    Chances are you’re asking yourself, “Why buy a warming drawer when I have a toaster oven or microwave?” These are convenient appliances for sure, but there are some notable disadvantages. Microwaved food tastes, well, microwaved and always has hot and cold spots. Plus, the microwave can significantly reduce the nutrient content of your food. Toaster ovens heat food more evenly than microwaves, but they are small appliances—not ideal for large family gatherings or multiple plates.

    A warming drawer may not be the first appliance you think of when it’s time to remodel your kitchen. But once you have one installed, you’ll wonder how you ever got along without one. Reno’s Appliance has top-of-the line warming drawers to fulfill all of your cooking needs.

    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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  3. 12 Last-Minute Tips to Simplify Thanksgiving Prep

    12 Last-Minute Tips to Simplify Thanksgiving Prep

    Thanksgiving is a wonderful holiday that gives family and friends a chance to spend time together, enjoy a meal, and relax. But if you’re hosting the Thanksgiving feast, you know that the days leading up to Thanksgiving can be a bit hectic. Whether you’re feeding four or forty, last-minute preparations can be overwhelming and interfere with your enjoyment of the holiday.

    At Reno’s Appliance, we want you to enjoy Thanksgiving as much as your guests. So we’re sharing our 12 favorite tips that can help you stay organized in the final days before the guests arrive.

    Three Days Before

    1. Shop for your fresh ingredients like vegetables and fruit and store them properly so you know they’ll stay fresh.
    2. Take out any serving platters, silverware, and plates that you’ll be using out of storage and make sure they are clean. Keep them in a place that will be easily accessible on the day.
    3. Wash and iron your table linens. If you plan on using a formal dining table that won’t be needed beforehand, then lay the linens on the table. Better yet, set the entire table.
    4. Make a run to the liquor store to make sure your bar is well stocked and the wine is properly stored.

    Two Days Before

    1. Start preparing your side dishes, which can be refrigerated and then easily transferred to your oven on Thanksgiving Day.
    2. Blanch any vegetables you’ll be serving by bringing them to a boil and then immediately placing them in ice water to stop the cooking process. Then refrigerate the vegetables in a tightly lidded container. This method will help reduce the time it takes to cook the vegetables on Thanksgiving Day. This method works particularly well with asparagus, string beans, and brussel sprouts.
    3. Prep your gravy ahead of time and freeze it. About an hour before dinner will be served, just place it in a pan over a low flame and bring to a slow boil.

    One Day Before

    1. You’ll probably be taking lots of pictures, so make sure your phone, tablet, digital camera, digital recorder, or any other picture-taking device is fully charged and has plenty of storage space.    
    2. Finish any meal preparation you may have left. Even doing simple tasks like cutting herbs, seasoning food, and slicing cheese will save time.
    3. Come up with a game plan for the actual cooking of the entire meal. Start with the time you want to eat and work backwards, knowing that it’s the turkey that will take the most time.

    Thanksgiving Day

    1. Use a warming drawer to keep side dishes warm while the turkey finishes, so everything is served at the perfect temperature.
    2. Make sure your dishwasher is empty before the meal starts. That way, you can load it up as people finish their meal.

    Bonus Tip

    Here’s one extra tip: Consider upgrading your kitchen appliances. You know that your range, refrigerator, and dishwasher will be working overtime on Thanksgiving and throughout the entire holiday season. Visit Reno’s Appliance to see their large selection of kitchen appliances to including:

    Be sure to get to Reno’s Appliance before the holiday season kicks into high gear. But if you can’t get those new appliances for Thanksgiving, then you can always put them on your holiday gift wish list.

    All of us at Reno’s wish you and your family a safe, happy, and healthy Thanksgiving holiday.

    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. Stop by our showroom in Paterson, NJ to view our selection.

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  4. The Perfect Range for Your Holiday Season

    The Perfect Range for Your Holiday Season

    The holidays are approaching and that means friends, family, and of course, plenty of food. If you’re hosting the crowd for a large feast, preparing your famous pies, or cranking out dozens of holiday cookies, then you’re going to need a range that’s built to handle whatever you can throw at it (or in it).

    Reno’s Appliance is proud to carry the Wolf 48” dual fuel range. Let’s look at why this is the ideal appliance for all of your cooking and baking needs this holiday season.

    The Cooktop

    Here’s what you’ll find on the top part of this outstanding range.

    Dual-Stacked Burners

    The gas cooktop features six dual-stacked burners, which means each burner is really two in one. The upper-tier burner produces up to 20,000 BTUs of power for quick boils and perfectly seared steaks. The lower-tier allows you to dial back all of that power to just a hint of a flame—perfect for simmering sauces or keeping gravy warm while the turkey finishes roasting.

    Infrared Griddle

    Plus, the cooktop features a built-in, 15,000 BTU infrared griddle, which can definitely handle your big holiday morning breakfasts, complete with pancakes, hash browns, bacon, and eggs.

    Spark Re-Ignition System

    And here’s an additional great feature—the spark re-ignition system. Have you ever thought your dish was almost finished cooking, only to find that flame had gone out who knows how long ago? Each burner on the Wolf Range has a sensor that automatically re-ignites any lost flame for improved temperature control and added safety.

    This is all just on the top of the range, so now let’s look at what the actual oven can do.

    The Oven

    The oven includes professional-grade features to give you perfect results every time, including:

    A Dual Convection Oven

    Two fans work together to distribute heat evenly throughout the oven. This eliminates cold spots and produces more consistent results, even when using multiple racks at once.

    A Second Convection Oven

    This smaller oven provides consistent heating, and is especially useful for cooking of holiday side dishes at one temperature, while the turkey is roasting away in the big oven at a different temperature.

    10 Cooking Modes

    There are ten cooking modes to choose from that provide the ideal cooking environment for everything that will be on your holiday table from turkey and ham, to yams and corn, to cookies, cakes, and pies. Simply select the cooking mode with an intuitive touchscreen and relax.

    Temperature Probe

    Never undercook or overcook again. The temperature probe signals you when your dish has reached the desired temperature, taking the guess work out of preparing delicious roasts.


    High-Quality Construction

    All Wolf products are built with superior-quality materials and heavy-gauge stainless steel, with a classic brushed finish that matches other Sub-Zero and Wolf products, allowing for seamless integration into your kitchen design.

    To ensure reliability, each major component of the range is first subjected to extreme stresses far beyond what the average household would ever subject it to. Furthermore, every function of every product is thoroughly tested before shipping.

    Simply put, you won’t find a better-constructed, more reliable range at this price point.


    Visit Reno’s Appliance Today

    There’s still plenty of time to get the Wolf 48” dual fuel range set up in your kitchen in time for the holidays. Stop by Reno’s Appliance in Paterson, NJ to view this outstanding kitchen appliance and other range options.

    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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  5. 6 Simple Laundry Mistakes That Make Your Clothes Stink

    6 Simple Laundry Mistakes That Make Your Clothes Stink

    We wash our clothes not only to clean them, but to make them smell nice and fresh as well. But sometimes, we pull our clothes out of the dryer and they smell less than fabulous. It’s pretty frustrating. We invest so much time washing our clothes. Why are they stinky?

    There are some simple mistakes that you could be making (unknowingly) that contribute to the funky smelling laundry, however, these mistakes are easily fixed. Check out these six mistakes that may be making your clothes malodorous, along with some simple fixes. 

    1. The Mistake—Not washing the washing machine: It may seem a little counterintuitive to have to clean something that has soap and water swirling around inside it on a regular basis. But, your washer holds moisture, which can lead to mildew growth and musty-smelling clothes.

    The Fix—Clean your washer: You should clean your washer periodically to prevent mildew growth. About once a month, wipe down the drum with a household cleaner, then add two or three tablespoons of baking soda to the drum and run an empty hot wash cycle to help kill any lingering bacteria and mildew spores.

    1. The Mistake—Overloading the washer: It’s tempting to stuff your washer to save time. It’s quicker to do one huge load, than two smaller loads, right? Unfortunately, your time-saving trick may actually be preventing your clothes from getting clean. Part of what helps clothes get clean is their ability to move around freely and generate friction with each other.

    The Fix—Lighten your load: The fix here is pretty simple. Start washing smaller loads. Laundry day may be a little longer, but your clothes will smell, and actually be, cleaner.

    1. The Mistake—Adding too much detergent: More detergent doesn't necessarily mean a better clean. In fact, too much detergent can cause your clothes to hold onto dirt and bacteria.

    The Fix—Read the label: If you want your clothes to be truly clean, don’t assume “a capful” of detergent is perfect for every load. Read the label and pour in the recommended amount of detergent. Use the markers in the cap to measure more precisely. Or, switch to pre-measured packets or pods for convenience.

    1. The Mistake—Choosing chilly temperatures: You may wash everything in cold water to reduce energy use (which is admirable) and hot water bills (which is smart). Of course, cold water isn’t always the best choice for getting clothes truly clean.

    The Fix—Put your clothes in hot water: For the fabrics that can handle it, washing clothes in the highest water temperature possible can kill odor-causing bacteria and result in a better clean. But always read clothing labels to ensure fabrics are hot-water safe.

    1. The Mistake—Not using a deodorizer: You might be thinking, “I use a fabric softener, so this doesn’t apply to me.” Fabric softeners are great at adding scents to clothing, which masks odors, but doesn’t neutralize them.

    The Fix—Add a little acid: The slightly acidic nature of vinegar acts as a great deodorizer. Add one or two tablespoons to each load to truly remove odors. As a bonus, it will prevent colors from fading. 

    1. The Mistake—Letting your clothes get lonely: It’s so easy to forget a load of wet laundry in the washing machine. But this isn't the best thing for your clothes. While your clothes are sitting in a dark and damp environment, bacteria and mold are setting up shop.

    The Fix—Set an alarm: Use the timer on your smartphone, oven, or microwave to remind yourself to move your clothes into the dryer as soon as the wash is done. If you happen to forget anyway and they’ve been sitting more than two hours, run the clothes through a hot rinse cycle, then immediately dry them.

    Try these tips to keep your clothes smelling clean. But if your clothes are still smelly, then consider a new washer and dryer. Reno’s Appliance is proud to carry an extensive inventory of world-class brands that are known for dependability and durability like Samsung, Whirlpool, GE, Electrolux, and many others. Stop by our showroom in Paterson, NJ to view our selection.

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