Kitchen Appliances
  1. Do I Really Need a Sub-Zero Refrigerator?

    Do I Really Need a Sub-Zero Refrigerator?

    Does Your Lifestyle Suit a Sub-Zero Refrigerator?

    Sub-Zero refrigerators are in a class by themselves. They are truly exceptional appliances but can be quite expensive as well. People often ask: “Do I really need to spend thousands of dollars on a Sub-Zero refrigerator?” Let’s look at the features and benefits of this premier refrigerator and then you can decide if it’s right for you and your family.

    Superior Food Preservation

    Sub-Zero prides itself on manufacturing a refrigerator that preserves food far longer than the competition. They know that there’s more to food freshness than simply keeping food cold. Temperature consistency, humidity, and air purity also play a role in keeping food fresh for the maximum amount of time. Here’s how they control for those elements:

    • Dual Compressors
      Typically, the air from your refrigerator migrates to the freezer, bringing bad odors and tastes with it, resulting in funny-tasting ice cubes and ice cream. Although this is no longer proprietary, Sub-Zero was the first company to have two compressors, one for the refrigerator and one for the freezer. This prevents transfer of air from the fridge to the freezer.
    • Microprocessor Temperature Control
      This next-level temperature control ensures that your Sub-Zero refrigerator maintains a temperature within one degree of the set temperature at all times during normal use. This is very impressive when you consider that other refrigerators see temperature swings of up to 14 degrees. More consistent temperatures equal fresher food.
    • Vacuum Seal Technology
      Sub-Zero has a patented vacuum door seal system that completely seals the unit when the door is closed. No warm air gets in and no cold air leaks out.
    • Air Purification
      Many fresh foods emit ethylene gas as they sit, which causes other foods to spoil much faster. Sub-Zero refrigerators have a built-in air purification system that filters out ethylene, bacteria, and mold to help food last longer.

    Quality Manufacturing

    The quality standards this company holds are second to none. They use the best raw materials money can buy. Each refrigerator is designed and tested to last at least 20 years before it leaves the factory. They also have one of the best factory warranties in the industry, which proves they stand behind their product.

    Design Innovation

    No other brand of refrigerator offers as many models and designs as Sub-Zero. Sub-Zero was the first company to produce a counter-depth refrigerator that integrates into your cabinetry, making it virtually disappear. Other manufacturers wouldn’t offer that option for another 20 years after Sub-Zero pioneered the design. As a result, the company has developed strong relationships with kitchen designers and cabinet companies who choose Sub-Zero products exclusively. Increased

    Resale Value

    If a home that’s for sale has a Sub-Zero refrigerator, it will always be highlighted in the real estate listings. Why? When a prospective buyer sees the name Sub-Zero, they automatically assume that the home has a high-quality kitchen from top to bottom, and no renovations or new appliances are needed. If you’ve got a Sub-Zero, then you can demand thousands more for your home when it’s time to sell.

    Sub-Zero refrigerators have a well-deserved reputation for being superior in every way. Sure, they’re expensive, but we believe they’re worth every penny. Stop by Reno’s Appliance in Paterson, New Jersey to see our complete line of Sub-Zero refrigerators. Of course, not everyone’s budget allows for the purchase of a Sub-Zero, but we also carry a full inventory of high-quality refrigerators from excellent brands such as GE, Whirlpool, and Samsung. We’ve got an appliance for everyone at every price point.

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  2. What's the Best Appliance Finish for Your Kitchen?

    What's the Best Appliance Finish for Your Kitchen?

    Appliance Finish Comparison

    If you're installing new kitchen appliances in your home, you're no doubt considering your options for appliance finishes. There are so many choices today, it can be an overwhelming decision. At Reno's Appliance, we’re experts on appliance finishes and wanted to give you some insight on some of the most popular options.

    Stainless Steel

    Stainless steel has been the go-to appliance finish choice of homeowners for many years, and for good reason. From traditional to modern spaces, stainless works with a variety of styles.

    • Where it works: One of the most popular kitchen styles right now blends traditional cabinetry and wood floors with more modern elements such as light countertops and stainless steel appliances. For those with wooden cabinetry in brown tones, stainless breaks up the monotony of all wood and gives it a modern twist.
    • Where it doesn't: Stainless steel easily shows fingerprints and smudges. It's easy to clean, but if you want something maintenance free, then stainless steel is probably not the right choice.

    Slate

    One of the newest appliance finishes out there, slate is a low-reflecting medium grey color with beige undertones.

    • Where it works: Slate is perfect for both the modern and rustic kitchen. It serves as an anchor that grounds your kitchen with its earthy tone. It's also easy to clean.
    • Where it doesn't: Slate is great for kitchens with grey-based colors and neutral tones, but not necessarily bright or bold kitchens. Know that your slate appliances may dictate the aesthetic of your kitchen for years to come.

    Black

    Black appliances are very "in" at the moment and can be a chic addition to your home.

    • Where it works: Black appliances work best in large open kitchens because they won’t overwhelm the space. Placing black appliances against white cabinetry works extremely well to create a truly classic black-and-white look. However, you can also pair black appliances with dark cabinetry for a more cohesive look throughout your kitchen.
    • Where it doesn't: It’s best not to install shiny black appliances in small kitchens. Black appliances can easily make compact spaces feel smaller than they are. Also, avoid putting black appliances in kitchens that don’t receive a lot of natural sunlight. Dark appliance finishes will only make the kitchen feel darker.

    Black Slate

    Black slate appliances are relatively new on the appliance scene and perfect for those who want the look of black appliances without the shine.

    • Where it works: Again, black slate appliances typically work best in larger kitchens. The matte look is also smudge and fingerprint-proof, so it's an ideal appliance finish if your kitchen is a high-traffic area.
    • Where it doesn't: Black slate will make a small, dark kitchen feel smaller and darker. However, if you really have your heart set on stale black in a compact kitchen, then consider installing undercabinet lighting as well. This will help brighten up the kitchen without producing the glare that you would expect with traditional black.

    White

    Some consider white to be too "safe" or boring. However, there are new finishes with interesting textures and polishes that elevate boring white into something more sophisticated.

    • Where it works: White appliances look best in kitchens with white or light cabinetry. They also help kitchens that don't have a lot of natural light or are compact look larger and brighter. Also consider white appliances if you have light countertops so that all of your surfaces blend together for a seamless look.
    • Where it doesn't: If your kitchen cabinetry is painted or stained a dark color, then avoid white appliances.

    Paneled Doors

    From traditional or transitional, shaker or contemporary, paneled doors can be matched to your cabinetry for a streamlined look.

    • Where it works: Paneled doors are ideal for compact kitchens where big appliances like refrigerators and dishwashers would look out of place.
    • Where it doesn't: Paneled doors are customized, which means that they may be among the most expensive options. So, while they work with almost any décor, they won’t work if you have a limited budget.

    Color Finishes

    Last but not least are colored appliance finishes. They're not for everyone, but perfect for making a bold statement.

    • Where it works best: Bold reds, sunny yellows, and bright blues look great in modern kitchens. Choose colors like cream, green, or pink if retro shabby chic is more your style.
    • Where it doesn't: Colored appliances are too bold for traditional or country-style kitchens. As you can see, every appliance finish has pros and cons.

    Stop by Reno's Appliance to view our extensive inventory of appliances in a wide variety of gorgeous finishes. Our friendly sales staff will help you find the perfect appliance for your home.

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  3. Tips on How to Properly Refrigerate Wine

    Tips on How to Properly Refrigerate Wine

    Learn to Refrigerate Wine the Right Way

    Even if you consider yourself to be just a casual wine drinker, you probably have a few bottles of wine in your home. Whether you've got 5 bottles or 50, you certainly don't want your wine to go bad, so it's important to know how to properly refrigerate wine. Follow these Dos and Don'ts of wine storage to make sure your stash stays delicious.

    Do store wine in a wine fridge.

    The warmer the air is, the quicker wine will go bad, whether it's already opened or it's a brand-new bottle. It’s better to store bottles of vino in a wine refrigerator. There are several benefits to owning a wine fridge, the most important being that it refrigerates wine at a perfect, consistent temperature for the best flavor and the longest shelf life.

    Don't store wine in a kitchen fridge.

    Although you want your wine to be chilled, your average kitchen refrigerator is too cold to properly refrigerate wine. Cold temperatures will inhibit wine from achieving its full flavor. Also, unlike a wine refrigerator, your kitchen refrigerator removes humidity as it cools, which dries out the cork. Corks must remain moist in order to do their job of blocking air from entering the bottle properly.

    Do refrigerate wine on its side.

    Wine fridges store wine bottles horizontally, which keeps wine in contact with the cork so it stays moist. As mentioned above, a dried out cork will let small amounts of air into the bottle, which will damage the wine.

    Don't store wine upright for too long.

    It's okay to store your wine upright for a short amount of time, but not more than 2 weeks. Any longer than that and air will start to seep into the bottle and you'll have a musty-tasting wine.

    Do refrigerate wine at a constant temperature.

    Wines are sensitive to temperature and humidity. By storing your wine in a wine fridge, you know that you are keeping it at a correct and constant humidity level and temperature (50% to 70% humidity and 55 to 60 degrees Fahrenheit). Don't keep wine at room temperature. Storing wine in a liquor cabinet or on your kitchen counter isn't a good idea. The average room temperature is too warm for the long-term storage of wine. Warm wine is dull and flat and, in extreme cases, overly alcoholic or vinegar tasting.

    Do refrigerate wine in a convenient location.

    It's important that your collection is easily accessible. You want to be able to easily pour yourself a glass with dinner or have it on hand for entertaining guests. That's another reason why a wine fridge is helpful. Under-counter models fit seamlessly into your kitchen, and give you one central location that you know is just for your wine. Organize your collection by vintage, color, region of origin, or in any way that makes sense to you.

    Don't store wine on top of your refrigerator.

    Many people think storing bottles of wine on top of their refrigerator is ideal, but it's probably the worst place to store wine. First, refrigerators vibrate when the compressor cycles on and off, when the ice maker spits out ice, and when you open and close the door. Even slight vibrations affect your wine's taste and aging process. Secondly, your refrigerator gives off heat due to the compressor and other internal components working hard to keep the interior cool. And as we've discussed, heat is wine's number one enemy.

    Do keep your wine in a properly lit area.

    One way to ease the selection and viewing of your collection is with proper lighting. Your best bet for a light source is LED lighting, which creates a soft glow without giving off any heat. Wine fridges will come equipped with the proper lighting.

    Don't store wine in direct indoor light or sunlight.

    Traditional light bulbs give off heat and can prematurely age your wine. Sunlight and UV Rays are even worse for your wine. Keep your wine away from windows or other sources of natural light as well. Following a few simple tips when you refrigerate wine will ensure it stays fresh and flavorful. The easiest way to ensure you're following all of these tips is to get a wine fridge.

    Reno's Appliance has a variety of wine refrigerators and wine storage options from the best brands including Sub-Zero, Summit, Whirlpool, Marvel, and more. Stop by our showroom in Paterson, NJ to view our selection.

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  4. How to Clean Refrigerator Water Dispenser

    How to Clean Refrigerator Water Dispenser

    Does Your Refrigerator Water Dispenser Need A Clean Up?

    Refrigerator door water dispensers can work fine for years before showing any signs of trouble. But one day, you may notice that the water starts to trickle rather than flow, and the water doesn't taste quite so clean and crisp anymore. That usually means it's time to give the water dispenser a thorough cleaning. Fortunately, it's easy to clean your refrigerator water dispenser with a few safe, household ingredients and a little elbow grease. Here's how: 

    Step 1

    Turn off the water supply to the filter. Then, locate the copper water supply pipe that fits onto the water tank. You should be able to easily slide this copper tube off after loosening the screw that holds it in place.

    Step 2

    Use a small funnel to help you pour 3 cups of distilled white vinegar into the tube so that it flows into the reservoir. After about 5 minutes, fasten the tube to a wall or the back of the refrigerator with tape so the vinegar continues to drain downward.

    Step 3

    If your refrigerator has a built-in ice cube maker, then empty the ice cube bin and make sure the lever is in the "on" position. This will allow the vinegar to clean out the ice cube maker as well as the refrigerator water dispenser.

    Step 4

    Press the water dispensing button on your refrigerator so that the vinegar runs through the entire system. This cleans the tubing and internal fixtures that channel the water to the spout. Be sure to have a large jar or pitcher on hand to catch all of the vinegar as it streams out. Continue pressing the button until all of the vinegar finishes pouring through the refrigerator water dispenser. Dispose of the vinegar.

    Step 5

    Dip a bottle brush or an old toothbrush in vinegar and give the water dispensing spout and the area around it a quick scrub. Scrub the open end of the copper tubing a well.

    Step 6

    Reattach the copper tubing by slipping the end back into place and tightening the screw with a screwdriver. Turn on the water, and allow it to flow through the system until you cannot detect any vinegar. Do this by running the tap until the glass is full and then emptying it. Repeat this process until you cannot smell any traces of vinegar in the water. When the smell disappears take a small taste to ensure you can't detect any vinegar. If you can't, then you're good to go. Also, it’s a good idea to throw out the first batch of ice cubes that gets made as well because they may have a slight vinegar taste.

    Follow these six simple steps and you'll have a clean refrigerator water dispenser that will deliver crisp, delicious water to you and your family. If you don't have a water dispenser in your refrigerator, but you'd like to upgrade to one, then come to Reno's Appliance. We offer a large line of refrigerators from the best brands including Electrolux, Jenn-Air, Frigidaire, Whirlpool, Summit, and more. We carry refrigerator accessories as well. Visit our showroom to view our selection or browse online.

    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 wide selection of appliances.

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  5. Do I Need a Range Hood?

    Do I Need a Range Hood?

    Pros and Cons of a Range Hood

    When considering the many appliances you have in your home, a range hood is one of the most important, but least appreciated. At Reno's Appliance, we're big fans of range hoods (pun intended) and believe that every home should have one. Here's a list of the 6 most important reasons you should invest in a range hood.

    It Clears the Air

    The most important most important benefit of a range hood is that it removes smoke, steam, and grease from the air in your kitchen while you're cooking. Not only does this reduce the amount odors and pollutants that you're exposed to, it also helps cut down on the growth of bacteria, germs, and even mold in your kitchen.

    It Cools Down Your Kitchen

    Another great benefit of a range hood is that it helps remove heat from your kitchen. Whether it's heat coming from your stove or steam coming off of your food, a vent hood will help prevent it from hitting you in the face and make it slightly more comfortable for you, especially when cooking in the summertime. That way, you can focus on your recipe and not the sweat on your brow.

    It Enhances Your Kitchen Lighting

    Range hoods contain small, but powerful lightbulbs. The extra illumination can help you see what you're doing, which is beneficial for both cooking and cleaning purposes. Being able to actually see what you're cooking can help you make sure it's being cooked properly and prevent burning. The extra light will also highlight the dirt and grease in crevices and hard to reach areas that you might miss otherwise.

    It Increases Your Property Value

    Prospective home buyers expect to see range hoods in every home they look at. If you don't have one, or the one you have isn't working properly, then it could decrease the resale value of your home. On the other hand, if you install a more high-end range hood, then you can up your asking price.

    It Allows for More Creative Cooking

    One of the most enjoyable benefits you gain from kitchen range hoods is the freedom to be creative with your cooking style. Knowing that pungent odors will get sucked away, you may be more willing to try exotic spices or enjoy highly flavorful, but strong-smelling vegetables such as garlic, peppers, broccoli, leeks, and onions. You might even be willing to incorporate more fish into your meals if it was the smell that prevented you from cooking it in the first place.

    It Adds Visual Interest

    Today's range hoods are not only functional, but they are beautiful as well. Oftentimes, a stylish, stainless-steel range hood can be the focal point of your kitchen. The right range hood can really give your kitchen a cohesive look, especially if you have other appliances that match. There's no denying that kitchen range hoods provide many important benefits and help create a more comfortable and beautiful home.

    If you're thinking about getting a new range hood, check out Reno's Appliance. We carry an extensive inventory range hoods from major manufacturers including Bosch, Broan, Zephyr, and many others. Plus, we have all the range hood accessories you may need.

    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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  6. Advantages of Stainless Steel Kitchens

    Advantages of Stainless Steel Kitchens

    Hop on the Modern Trend of Stainless Steel Kitchens

    Stainless steel kitchens have been a leading trend in kitchen design for years. If you want a kitchen that looks modern as well as timeless, stainless steel is the way to go. At Reno's Appliance, we love stainless steel kitchens and wanted to offer these 5 reasons when stainless steel is the optimal choice for your modern kitchen.

    It's Easy to Clean

    Stainless steel is ideal in the kitchen because it doesn't absorb stains or odors and it's resistant to rust or corrosion. But, if you own any stainless steel appliances then you know they are hardly ever completely 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. Thus, stainless steel appliances remain looking as new as the day you bought them with little maintenance.

    It's Timeless

    Since stainless steel doesn't fade, discolor, or rust, a stainless steel kitchen will look sleek, clean, and modern for many years. Homeowners that choose stainless steel over the latest trend or design fad won’t have to worry about upgrading or updating their kitchen. Stainless steel really is timeless.

    It's Sanitary

    Did you know that real silver naturally kills germs? Similarly, stainless steel's non-porous surface resists the accumulation of harmful germs. The kitchen is where you handle raw meat, eggs, and work with your hands. It only makes sense that you should have germ-resistant materials in the kitchen. If you have small children, this is an especially important feature of stainless steel.

    It Adds Value

    Any real estate agent will tell you that upgrading your kitchen is one of the best ways to increase the value of your home. And, if you do decide to make that investment, then its best to go with stainless steel. True, stainless steel appliances can be a bit more expensive, but most prospective homebuyers are willing to pay more for a home that has a stainless steel kitchen.

    It's Gorgeous

    The best reason for choosing a stainless steel kitchen is because it looks gorgeous in any home. You can choose all stainless steel appliances and finishes for a sleek, cohesive look. Or, if you have a granite countertop and wooden cabinetry, for example, stainless steel appliances act as a third texture to balance out your kitchen. Plus, stainless steel adds a modern and professional element without being intrusive or grabbing too much attention.

    The next time you're ready to upgrade your kitchen, there's no reason not to choose stainless steel appliances. Whether you want a single stainless steel appliance, or you want to create a completely stainless steel kitchen, then come to Reno's Appliance. We carry an extensive inventory of stainless steel dishwashers, refrigerators, ranges, and range hoods.

    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. How to Load the Dishwasher the Right Way

    How to Load the Dishwasher the Right Way

    Proper Cleaning is all about Loading the Dishwasher Correctly

    Today's dishwashers truly are marvels of appliance engineering. They clean dishes, kill bacteria, and run more efficiently than ever. Unfortunately, no dishwasher has been invented that can overcome improper loading. If you don't load the dishwasher correctly, you'll see remnants of food stuck to your dishes, which is not only gross, but you'll be washing your dishes again by hand. At Reno's Appliance, we’re dishwasher experts and wanted to offer these tips on how to load the dishwasher the right way so they come out as clean as possible.

    Top Rack Tips

    1. Use the top rack for concave items such as bowls, mugs, and glasses, as well as large silverware and utensils.
    2. Don't place bowls facing the same direction. Put bowls in the back facing forward and put the ones in front facing backward to allow for better water penetration.
    3. Be sure to place glasses and mugs between the tines, rather than on them.
    4. Place dishwasher-safe plastics on the top rack only. They could warp if placed on the bottom rack.
    5. Lay large silverware items and utensils horizontally.
    6. Make sure that long-handled utensils, like ladles, are secure in their places so they don't fall through the rack and block the spray arm.

    Bottom Rack Basics

    1. Reserve the bottom rack for small utensils and larger items including plates, platters, pots, and pans.
    2. Arrange your plates and platters vertically.
    3. Place dishwasher-safe cutting boards along the perimeter of the bottom rack so they don't block the water spray.
    4. Load forks and spoons in the utensil basket with the handles facing down. Knives, however, should be loaded facing down so you don't risk cutting yourself when pulling them out.
    5. Mix up your cutlery to prevent them from "nesting" together, which could prevent an optimal wash.
    6. Place the various pots and pans open-side down in the bottom section of the dishwasher. 

    Overall Advice

    1. Aside from knowing what goes where in your dishwasher, you should also follow these best practices when you load the dishwasher.
    2. Avoid overfilling the dishwasher. Filling the dishwasher too much can prevent dishes from getting clean, and you'll wind up having to wash them again. It's better to give each dish the space it needs.
    3. But don't underfill either. A partially filled dishwasher is a waste of resources and puts wear and tear on your dishwasher. It's best to wash smaller loads by hand or wait to wash your dishes until you have a full load.
    4. Don't worry about pre-rinsing your dishes. This is one of the big dishwasher myths out there. Today's dishwashers are amazing at removing food residue so there's no need to prewash dishes.
    5. Do scrape away large pieces of any leftover food. While pre-rinsing isn't necessary, you should remove large chunks of food in order to avoid dishwasher disasters.
    6. Know what not to load. Certain items should never put in the dishwasher. Avoid putting in anything made of brass, copper, bronze, wood, or cast iron into your dishwasher. And if you've got any vintage bowls, plates, or fine crystal, then keep them out of the dishwasher as well. The heat and detergents can cause chips or strip away hand-painted details.

    If you are in need of a new dishwasher, then stop by Reno's Appliance to check out their extensive inventory of dishwashers from manufacturers that are known for dependability and durability including Frigidaire, Bosch, Whirlpool, and many others. 

    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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  8. Dishwasher Features You May Be Overlooking

    Dishwasher Features You May Be Overlooking

    Are You Utilizing These Helpful Dishwasher Features?

    Many modern dishwashers feature new technology to improve the machine's performance and make your life easier. But you might not even know that these dishwasher features exist. And that’s a shame because these dishwasher features can help save you time, energy, and money. If you've recently bought a dishwasher, or you're about to buy a new one, make sure it has these cool extras.

    • Time Indicator: Sometimes it feels like your dishwasher has been running all day. If you get a dishwasher with a built-in time indicator, you'll know how long your dishwasher has been running and how much longer it has to go before the cycle is complete.
    • Flexible Rack Configurations: It can be so frustrating when you're trying to load the dishwasher and your large pots or serving spoons simply won't fit. However, many newer model dishwashers have flexible racks that can be moved up or down, enabling you to fit larger items without blocking the water spray.
    • Water Sensors: This is one of the cooler dishwashers features out there. Some models have sensors that can determine how clean or dirty the water is. If the water is running clean, then the dishwasher knows that the dishes are clean, and the wash cycle will automatically adjust to use less water and energy. On the other hand, the sensors know if the water is particularly dirty and will maintain a steady flow of water to ensure the dishes get the extra attention they need.
    • Delayed Start: This handy feature lets you start the dishwasher at a predetermined time. If you have a full load ready to go, but want it to run overnight, you can simply set the washer to start after you're in bed. Or, you might want to program it to start when you know you won't be using other water-dependent appliances like your washing machine.
    • Sanitize Wash Cycle: Get your dishes beyond clean. With a sanitize feature, your washer will heat water to much hotter temperatures than human hands can handle. Your dishes will come out sparkling clean and germ-free.
    • Pause Wash: What's more annoying than starting the dishwasher only to discover that you've forgotten to add a couple of dishes? With the pause feature, you can halt the dishwasher cycle, add the dishes, and then start it right back up again without missing a beat.
    • Rinse and Hold Cycle: With a rinse and hold feature, you can run a quick cycle for just a few dishes. This cycle doesn't use detergent, requires much less water, and can give a quick rinse to dishes that aren't all that dirty. It can also be used to rinse off dishes and let them sit until you have a full load ready to go. This can help prevent you from washing less-than-full loads, which can be wasteful, and help stave off odor-causing bacteria while dishes wait to be washed.
    • Flatware Slots: One of the dishwasher myths out there is that you shouldn't put flatware in your dishwasher. That's definitely not true. In fact, newer dishwashers come with flatware slots that allow you to place spoons, forks, and knives into their own individual slots, so they're not bunched together. Items held in these slots tend to come out cleaner and dryer than if they're sitting in a utensil basket.

    If your dishwasher is missing any of these convenient dishwasher features, then come to Reno’s Appliance to see an extensive inventory of dishwashers that have all of these features, and more, from world-class manufacturers that are known for dependability and durability like Frigidaire, Bosch, and Whirlpool.

    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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  9. Must Have Items in Every Entertainment Kitchen

    Must Have Items in Every Entertainment Kitchen

    Entertainment Kitchens are the New Wave. Make Sure Yours Stacks Up.

    If you love to host parties and get-togethers, then an entertainment kitchen a must have. At Reno’s Appliance, we’re kitchen experts and we recommend these 7 items that can turn any basic kitchen into the life of the party:

    1. Kitchen Island
      The kitchen island is the number one necessity if you want a great entertainment kitchen. Kitchen islands are functional as well as beautiful. The extra counter space is the perfect place for a spread of appetizers and creates a natural place for people to gather and have conversations. With most islands, you can customize the drawers and cabinets underneath, so it works well for your everyday life as well as entertaining. And, you can customize the countertop to match existing kitchen décor.
    2. Roomy Refrigerator
      An up-to-date, roomy refrigerator should be part of every entertainment kitchen. The right refrigerator will give you enough space to store appetizers and finger foods. For a more refined look, opt for a built-in refrigerator with custom cabinetry. This can help transform the room into a cozy place to chat and relax instead of feeling like a room specifically used for food preparation.
    3. Wine Fridge
      What’s a party without wine? Wine fridges are becoming more popular, even among casual wine drinkers. Regular refrigerators are too cold for proper storage and cabinets are too warm. A wine fridge, on the other hand, will keep your vino stored at the perfect temperature and humidity setting, which extends its shelf life and keeps it flavorful. It’s also great for chilling beer, sodas, and cocktail mixers.
    4. Double Oven
      Do you love having dinner parties, but hate figuring out how to cook everything so it’s done about the same time? A double oven allows you to time your meals perfectly without stressing over different baking times and temperature.
    5. 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. It’s perfect for keeping appetizers warm and fresh until guests arrive. 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.  
    6. Lighting
      Lighting can make or break any room in the house, and if the kitchen is going to be your entertainment hub, you should make sure your lighting is well-suited for hosting parties. Avoid harsh fluorescent lighting and opt for softer lighting hanging from the ceiling. Adding lighting under cabinets is also a great way to show off customized cabinetry and natural stone countertops and adds a softer glow to the room.
    7. Built-In Coffee Maker
      Perfect for hosting brunches, a built-in coffee maker is an essential item in your entertainment kitchen. Installed in or under cabinets to free up counter space, these sophisticated machines enable you to program your guests’ exact coffee preferences, so they get perfectly brewed espresso, cappuccino, lattes, and more.

    Having an entertainment kitchen isn’t out-of-reach. Start creating your entertainment kitchen today with any of the items on this list.

    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 wide selection of appliances.

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  10. Inside BBQ: Grilling Tips for the Winter Months

    Inside BBQ: Grilling Tips for the Winter Months

    Grilling Tips to Help That BBQ Cooking Last Through the Winter

    Grill enthusiasts might feel a bit down during the winter months. The grill is in storage and the chance to enjoy the succulent flavor of barbecued meat is months away. Or is it? You don’t have to wait for a warm sunny day to give you the green light to grill. Here are a few grilling tips to help you make delicious grilled dishes right in your own kitchen all winter long.

    1. Pick Out a Grill Pan
      The most important indoor grilling tip is to choose a high-quality cast-iron grill pan. Cast iron holds heat extremely well and the ridges give your food great-looking grill marks. Just make sure you pre-season your grill pan before use. To do so, preheat your oven to 375 degrees. Then, rub some canola or vegetable oil in the pan using a clean cloth or paper towel. Place the oiled pan in the oven for 30 minutes. Then, turn off the oven and let the pan sit in the oven until it’s completely cool.
    2. Get the Essential Utensils
      You really only need a few items to grill well: Tongs to flip steaks, chicken, shellfish, and vegetables. A heavy-duty spatula to flip burgers and delicate fish fillets. Pastry brushes to brush oil, glazes, and barbecue sauces. A grill brush to keep your grill clean.
    3. Raise Your Grill
      Mark Game Those cool, restaurant-style crosshatches on grilled meats and veggies are easy to pull off: Place food on the grill pan at a 45-degree angle to the ridges for about 2 to 3 minutes, then pick rotate the food 90 degree, and place the same side down on the grill pan so the ridges now run at a 45-degree angle in the opposite direction. Continue grilling for another 2 to 3 minutes. When it’s time, simply flip it over—there's no need to create the marks on the other side since it will be face down on the plate.
    4. Control the Smoke
      It’s much easier for smoke from a grill to dissipate when you’re outside. Inside, you have to make sure you keep smoke levels down. Whenever you use your indoor grill, only use oil on your food, not the pan itself. Using too much oil will create smoke, so be judicious in how much you use. Also, if you have a range hood, make sure it’s turned on and it’s been properly cleaned for best performance.
    5. Fake It ‘til You Make It
      It can be hard to get that sought-after woodsy, smoky flavor from an indoor grill pan. But you can buy or make barbeque sauces, glazes, and spice rubs that come close. Keep trying until you find one you like.
    6. Monitor Your Marinades
      Marinating meats is a great way to add flavor to your indoor barbecue. But remember that most marinades have an acidic element like lemon juice or vinegar. These acids can toughen meat if left on too long. Marinate fish for no more than 20 minutes. Chicken and beef shouldn’t be marinated for more than 2 hours.
    7. Choose the Right Foods
      The best foods to barbecue indoors are burgers, hot dogs, boneless chicken breasts, steaks, fish fillets, and shrimp. Avoid larger cuts of meats that would need to be covered, like pork shoulders, prime ribs, or whole chicken. Also, avoid very fatty meats such as duck breast that can splatter and cause extra smoke.
    8. Track the Temperature
      This grilling tip is for food safety as well as best flavor. The best way to tell when meat is done is to use an instant-read thermometer to check the internal temperature. The USDA recommends you cook meats until the internal temperature reaches 150 to 170 degrees depending on how well-done you like your meats.
    9. Give It a Rest
      One of the best, but not so well-known grilling tips is to remove meat from the grill pan when it is about 5 degrees below the desired internal temperature, then let it rest under loosely tented foil for 10 to 15 minutes. The temperature of the meat will rise about 5 degrees while it rests, and the juices will redistribute to give you a moist and flavorful piece of meat or fish.

    It may be cold outside, but with these grilling tips it’ll feel like summer in your kitchen. Cook up an indoor barbecue and then invite friends and family over for a bug-free, sweat-free barbeque.

    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 wide selection of appliances

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