Kitchen Appliances
  1. Buying an Oven

    Buying an Oven

    So you’re finally getting around to replacing that old range. There are a host of different stovetop/oven combos, and the decisions to be made are mind-numbing.

    Gas or electric? Double oven or single? Every brand has a different combination, and the pros and cons are different for each option.

    So, what do you do?

    Gas or Electric?

    This will be the most important decision when buying a new range. Most often this choice is made based on the available services in your home, but those can be modified should you feel strongly one way or the other. Before you go shopping, make sure you’re familiar with both options and take that path.

    Electric ranges offer many benefits - they are easy to clean, provide an even surface and require no ignition. They also offer a more even distribution of heat within the oven. A drawback however is typically a glass or ceramic cooktop is less durable, and can damage easily.

    Gas stoves and cooktops are more durable, and offer quick heat as the open flame is immediately hot - but a boil-over can cause a mess, and is more difficult to clean than the smooth electric surface.

    Once you settled on a source, determine how many burners you’ll need. Most come with 4 or 5, and many ranges come with an interchangeable plate to turn one side into a griddle. Some gas ranges come with larger grates, and some smaller.

    Double or Single Oven?

    Back in the day, fitting a full-sized turkey in the oven was a tight squeeze. Now various brands are maximizing the inside-the-oven space, making cooking more items at once a breeze.

    The newest feature in range ovens is the double oven range. They are perfect for the cook who needs the flexibility of a double oven, but doesn’t have enough space for a full, wall-sized appliance.

    Pros of a double oven range include the ability to bake two different recipes simultaneously, at different temperatures – along with the ability to bake something on a single sheet, using the smaller upper oven using less energy than heating the entire unit would.

    For those who like to entertain, or make many different things at once, the double oven is a great choice.

    Do You Need a Hood?

    It’s a good idea for every range top to have a hood - somewhere for the cooking smells and smoke to go. If you’re buying a new oven, you should consider a new vent hood as well. Buying the same brand as the range top will ensure the finishes match.

    So, whichever options or brand you eventually choose, be certain to do your research and find what suits your individual styles and needs. The choices are plentiful.

    To learn more about the different ovens that are available at Reno’s Appliance, visit our showroom at 235 McLean Ave in Paterson, NJ or visit us online at www.RenosAppliance.com.

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  2. Choosing a Wine Refrigerator

    Choosing a Wine Refrigerator

    After accumulating a few of your favorite wines, now comes the challenge of properly storing your newly found cases. For some with a basement or other cool area of their home where they can store wine at an appropriate temperature and humidity, the solution is relatively simple and inexpensive. However, for the rest of us the best way to keep our wine at 55 degrees Fahrenheit may be to invest in a wine refrigerator, or wine cooler.

    From small under-cabinet models to large units capable of holding hundreds of bottles, wine refrigerators come in all shapes and sizes. For a newcomer to wine collecting, deciding which type to buy can be an overwhelming experience.

    Take some of these factors into consideration when making a selection.

    ·      Size. If you are unsure how large your collection may eventually become, experts suggest starting out with a 40-bottle cooler. It would be small enough to fit in most kitchen environments without compromising too much space, yet it will meet the goals of a collector starting out and would be big enough for entertaining.

    ·      Quality and Features. A basic wine refrigerator will store your wine at the proper temperature and relatively humidity. Wine refrigerators vary in quality, with higher quality units offering separate cooling zones for storing different blends. Other high-end features include pull-out shelving for different sized bottles, UV-protected glass, remote controls, and digital temperature control panels.

    ·      Coolers or Racks? Depending upon how you plan to consume your collection, a combination of a wine refrigerator and wine rack in a cool space may offer the most affordable alternative. Wines can be stored outside a cooling system on a built-in rack - perhaps those that you plan to consume within a relatively short period of time (a month or two), or those not of great value. This would free up room in the wine refrigerator for more valuable bottles, that you may be saving for a special occasion, or a wanting to keep in your collection for a longer period of time.

    To learn more about the Wine Refrigerators that Reno’s Appliance offers, visit our website at www.RenosAppliance.com or visit our showroom at 235 McLean Blvd, in Paterson.

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  3. AC Sizing

    AC Sizing

    Buying a Room Air Conditioner

    When buying a room air conditioner, remember that bigger is not always better. If you were to buy a unit that is too large, you aren’t necessarily going to get better cooling. An oversized air conditioner is actually less effective - it also wastes energy as well. Make sure your unit is sized properly.

    So What is a Proper Size?

    Air conditioners remove both heat and humidity from the air, and if a unit is too large, it will cool the room in less time, but will only remove some of the humidity. This will leave you with a damp, clammy feeling room - if properly sized, the unit will remove humidity as effectively as it cools.

    There is a simple formula to size a unit best for your needs:

    Determine the square footage of the area to be cooled - use the following.

    • For rectangular (or square) rooms - multiply the length of the area by the width.
    • For a triangular space, multiply the length of the area by the width, and divide by 2.

    For odd shape rooms, break down the room into basic shapes, and apply the same math as above.

    Use the chart below can help you to determine the correct cooling capacity for your room. Cooling capacity is measured in British Thermal Units (BTU’s) per hour.

    Area To Be Cooled (square feet)

    Capacity Needed (BTUs per hour)

    100 up to 150

    5,000

    150 up to 250

    6,000

    250 up to 300

    7,000

    300 up to 350

    8,000

    350 up to 400

    9,000

    400 up to 450

    10,000

    450 up to 550

    12,000

    550 up to 700

    14,000

    700 up to 1,000

    18,000

    1,000 up to 1,200

    21,000

    1,200 up to 1,400

    23,000

    1,400 up to 1,500

    24,000

    1,500 up to 2,000

    30,000

    2,000 up to 2,500

    34,000

    Make any adjustments for the following circumstances:

    • If the room is heavily shaded, reduce capacity by 10 percent.
    • If the room is very sunny, increase capacity by 10 percent.
    • If more than two people regularly occupy the room, add 600 BTUs for each additional person.
    • If the unit is used in a kitchen, increase capacity by 4,000 BTUs.
    • Consider where you install the unit. If you are mounting an air conditioner near the corner of a room, look for a unit that can send the airflow in the right direction.

    As always, do your research and make sure you’re taking all the factors necessary into consideration before making your purchase. In this case, choosing the wrong size will be counter-productive, end up costing you more in the long run, and leave you with a less than cool alternative to just opening the windows and using your ceiling fan.

    Stop by Reno’s Appliance in Paterson, NJ to select the best air conditioning unit.

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  4. Dishwasher Features

    Dishwasher Features

    So You Want to Buy a Dishwasher

    If you haven’t been in the market for a dishwasher in a few years, you’re not going to believe what they can do now!

    Models today can “hand wash” the finest crystal; there is a double dish-drawer that allows you to mix delicate crystal and heavily soiled baking dishes; and an in-sink dishwasher that runs a small load in half the time.

    What’s the Trend?

    Recently, the most important factor to consumers has become the noise level during operation. With floor-plans featuring kitchens as the hub room of the home, nobody wants the sound of a dishwasher grinding away in the background. While some models are promoted to be “ultra-quiet”, almost all dishwashers are now made with more insulation so they make less noise during operation than older models.

    While a seamless look is still popular - where dishwasher fronts are matched with cabinetry panels, there are some who like to see their appliances and are opting for fronts with bright colors and patterns. Stainless fronts are still popular with those looking for a professionally styled kitchen.

    Steel Arms

    Check the arms on the bottom of the dishwasher and choose a model that has stainless steel, as they tend to be sturdier, have bigger holes, and generate better water pressure so you don’t use as much water to do the job.

    Two or Three Tiers

    Since Maytag introduced the world’s first dishwasher to include a third rack, other manufacturers have followed along. The extra level is helpful if you entertain a lot or have many utensils - stacking cutlery on the third rack gets it a little cleaner and is easier to unload.

    Adjustable racks can be moved to accommodate larger pots and pans when needed.

    Soil Sensors

    Soil sensors check the water after every phase of rinsing or washing, no matter what cycle is selected. They sense that the dishes are clean after three parts of the wash cycle and will move straight to the dry cycle, even if the six-part cycle was selected. This feature can also result in a significant savings over time.

     

    Stop by Reno’s Appliance in Paterson, NJ to select the best dishwasher for you.

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  5. Choosing a Washer | Paterson, NJ | Reno's Appliance

    Choosing a Washer | Paterson, NJ | Reno's Appliance

    There are several options of washing machines to select from. Let’s take a look at some things to consider.

    What is the Size of Your Laundry Room?

    Full-sized washers can be 24-30 inches wide, and depending upon the contour of the front, it may even be wider. So be sure to measure you space, and check the hallways and doorways that lead to it - make sure you can get through OK. Consider limiting factors, such as a washer door that may bang into the wall each time you open it, or maybe a narrow space -  a front loader that stacks with the dryer may be a good fit.

    Main or Second Floor Laundry?

    First thing is to be sure the floor can handle to weight of the machine. You may also want to look at quieter models with features that reduce vibration and noise during the spin cycle.

    How Much Do You Wash?

    Tub dimensions are most important, and range from about 2.45 cubic feet up to 5.6 cubic feet. The largest capacity on a front or top loader will not have a central agitator. Consider the bells and whistles, such as programmable settings or a pedestal that will save the back-strain from stooping all the time.

    Not a Lot to Spend?

    Just because you have a small budget, doesn’t necessarily mean you have to sacrifice performance. Trendy colors can add to the cost, and you can save a hundred or so dollars by opting for a standard white model. Traditional no-frill top loaders are the cheapest, but typically will cost more in the long-run as they use more energy. Use the Energy Guide to estimate your energy cost over the typical 10-to-15 year life of your machine.

    Conserving Water and Electricity

    Front loaders typically use less water than traditional top loaders, as they have to fill up entirely for their wash and rinse cycles. Look for an Energy Star model, which reduces water and electricity use by 20% to 35% over non-rated models. Actual costs will vary, but they can give you a ballpark estimate of what you’ll be in for.

    Tough Stains?

    Recent tests have found front loaders tend to provide better cleaning results than top loaders. Some machines feature special stain-remover or presoaking cycles, or a steam feature. A “cool” temperature setting will mix a small amount of hot water with the cold to help powdered detergent dissolve completely for better removal of stain and heavily soiled items.

    Delicate Items?

    If you have many delicate items, you’ll want a front-loader or a top-loader without an agitator - they can cause clothing to tangle and is harder on the fabric. Some higher-end models have special cycles designed to clean specific materials, like denim, towels, comforters and even hand-washables. Look for custom features like steam for better stain removal, adjustable spin speed to reduce tangling, and even germ killing high-temperature sanitizing cycles.

     

    So whatever you decide, you’ll certainly want to do your research and consider all the factors involved when choosing the right make and model for the type of unit that will best suit your needs.

    Stop by Reno’s Appliance in Paterson, NJ to select the best washing machine for you.

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  6. Choosing a Dryer

    Choosing a Dryer

    The latest clothes dryers are loaded with numerous settings that boost performance and functionality. Learn what dryer is right for you!

    First step - Gas or Electric?

    This will likely be dictated by the supply to your house. If you don’t have a natural gas supply to your home, the choice is simple - you’ll need to go electric. If you have gas, it will offer an edge on the energy-saving side.

    Color Choice

    Dryers, like all appliances, are available in eye-catching shades like ruby red, electric blue, and metallic carbon, but be aware those fancy colors will add a hundred or so dollars to your bottom line compared to their basic white counterparts.

    Size

    Make sure you have enough clearance to open your dryer’s door. Keep the following in mind:

    • Standard width of a clothes dryer is 27-to-29 inches - if you have a small space, consider a trimmer dryer of a stackable washer-dryer set.
    • Match up your machine with your washer - a good rule of thumb is to allow for twice the capacity of your washer - this will allow heated air to circulate through and around your wet laundry efficiently. Drum capacity is measured in cubic feet.
    • If you wash bulky, oversize items on a regular basis, consider a larger-than-average capacity dryer.

    Necessary Features and Functions

    • Moisture Sensor: This feature will put an end to over-drying, and eventually damaging your clothes - they automatically shut off when the load is dry.
    • Brightly Lit Controls: If you plan to keep your new machine in a poorly lit corner or basement, this feature can be a lifesaver (at least an eye-saver!).
    • A NSF-Certified Dryer: Only NSF-certified models can effectively kill 99.9% of certain household bacteria.

    Ready to Go?

    Stop by Reno’s Appliance in Paterson to pick out the best dryer for your home.

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  7. Chest or Upright Freezer?

    Chest or Upright Freezer?

    There are trade-offs to each type of freezer - you have to choose between price, capacity, conveniences, energy efficiency, and freezer installation. Find out which freezer option is best for you.

    Chest Freezers

    Convenience Features

    Chest freezers typically come with a wire basket to help separate food and keep your freezer organized. They accommodate odd-shaped, long, or larger items which may have difficulty fitting in a standard upright freezer. Some models now have a bottom drawer accessible from the outside of the chest - while that feature adds convenience, it will also result in a slight reduction of capacity.

    Installation Requirements

    Since chest freezers are typically very wide, you will need to ensure that there is enough space and head-room above for the freezer door to fully open. Double check your measurements before you purchase to make sure you have a spot for it.

    Upright Freezers

    Price, Capacity, and Energy

    Upright freezers are generally more expensive than chest models, and ironically they provide less usable storage capacity - about a difference of 10-15% less. Prices are influenced by capacity, storage systems, and convenience features. Check the defrost procedure; auto or manual - it can be hard to detect whether an upright has self defrost or not - confirm that with your retailer.

    The feature can cost you $100 or more, plus will use more energy - but the convenience is well worth the extra cost. An auto defrost feature in an upright works similar to refrigerators, cycling on and off to keep the freezer free of ice build-up.

    Convenience Features

    The best convenience feature of an upright freeze is the ability to organize and rotate food. Some models have versatile storage systems with removable, adjustable door storage bins and shelving.

    While you are able to keep your items better organized in an upright, size constraints can make it difficult to store larger items like turkeys or long frozen items without removing a shelf to accommodate their size.

    Installation Requirements

    From a footprint perspective, an upright freezer requires less space. Think in terms of refrigeration when looking at an upright - it will need room for its height, width, and door swing space. Also allow an inch behind the unit.

    So, Which is Better?

    If organizing your items is important - and you can swing the extra cost, an upright model may be best for you. But, if all you’re wanting is an economical frozen food storage space, while keeping energy costs low, a chest model is more economical to buy, and operate.

    Stop by Reno’s Appliance in Paterson, NJ to pick out your next freezer.

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  8. Ranges & Cooktops | Paterson, NJ | Reno's Appliance

    Ranges & Cooktops | Paterson, NJ | Reno's Appliance

    There are a vast number of options in size, configurations, and cooking functions for ranges, cooktops, and ovens. This allows for better adaptability for your cooking needs and the physical restraints of your kitchen’s layout and space.

    Look at Your Kitchen’s Space Constraints

    Experts will tell you that for a smaller kitchen, with limited wall and cabinet space, a range is the best option. Cooktops take up counter space, but are beneficial in that they leave the space below available for storage. A single wall oven’s space needs are similar to a standard range, and offer the flexibility of placement. Double wall ovens take up the big chuck of space, removing nearly 30-33 inches of usable counter space.

    One Oven or Two?

    Take a realistic look at how you cook, and what you’ll need. Make sure you are not sacrificing too much just to make sure you can handle that one annual meal over the Holidays - sometimes termed the Thanksgiving Turkey Phenomenon! Focal Point? If your kitchen is in need of a focal point, a range is the path to take. Ranges can act as an anchor when other features lack visual appeal. Alternatively, window sinks or backsplashes can be the focal point and a cooktop will allow those to stand out.

    Aesthetic Preferences

    With so many options, choosing between a range and a cooktop oven combination can actually just come down to what you think looks better. If you prefer the impact of a pro-style cooking setup, then a range may suit you best. However, those who prefer a sleeker setup may opt for the cooktop with a wall oven underneath to achieve the look they want. It’s really up to you!

    Cost Differences

    There are two cost factors - the appliance itself, and the installation. Generally, if you’re looking to keep costs down, ranges are the way to go. They are generally easy to install, but the top-of the line ranges are quite pricey and not necessarily more affordable than the cooktop oven combinations. Another consideration is replacement costs. Should one component of a range fail, you have to replace both the stovetop and the oven. With the separate cooktop and oven arrangement, you can replace only the malfunctioning part. However, with cooktops and ovens varying in size from brand to brand, and since they typically are closely integrated your options may be fewer when it comes to replacing options. Ranges are more standard and are easily replaced.

    To learn more about the different ranges and cooktops that Reno’s Appliance offers, please visit our showroom at 235 McLean Ave in Paterson or visit us online.

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  9. Picking the Right Appliances for Your Home

    Picking the Right Appliances for Your Home

    When making investments, it’s always wise to do your research. Investing in appliances is no different, so be certain to shop with caution. It’s best to set your budget first, and then research the sizes, shapes, and styles that will work best in your kitchen.

    Ranges

    A classic option that suits most kitchens in both style and function is the oven-cooktop combination. Determine your space and style ahead of time. Then, decide between a standard slide-in freestanding range, a commercial-style range, or a vintage cast iron.

    Ovens

    Should you have opted out of the standard range arrangement, a separate oven and cooktop will likely be the direction you go. Double ovens, wall ovens, warming drawers, and steam ovens are all available options.

    Cooktops

    Separate cooktops allow for more flexibility in your design, and most importantly your cooking. If you opt for a wall oven, you can keep your baking and cooking spaces separate by finding an individual electric or gas range.

    Refrigerators

    When choosing a refrigerator, think carefully beforehand with respect to just how much room you’ll actually need for storing food. A refrigerator can take up a lot of visual space, and there are many guides available that can help you decide between counter-depth, full-depth, and built-in models.

    Microwaves

    After you have put all the effort into planning the perfect kitchen, the last thing you’ll want is to have it appear that you just stuck the microwave somewhere on the counter. Built-in models, typically above the range or oven, are very popular. Countertop versions have the advantage of being readily available and easily replaced - so be sure to remember the microwave in your planning.

    Universal Designs

    It’s a good idea to take mobility issues into account when making appliance purchases. While accessibility may not be an issue for you right now, situations change, and elderly visitors or young children should feel comfortable when visiting and spending time in your kitchen. Choose appliances that everyone can use and feel safe being around.

    To see all of the different appliances that Reno’s Appliance has to offer, please visit our showroom at 235 McLean Blvd in Paterson, NJ or online.

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  10. Microwave Considerations | Paterson, NJ | Reno's Appliance

    Microwave Considerations | Paterson, NJ | Reno's Appliance

    It’s all about size - when it comes to microwave ovens, anyway. Prior to shopping for a microwave oven, it’s a good idea to take a look at your kitchen and determine just how much space you’re willing to concede for your microwave, and how you’re planning to use it. Are you planning to feed a large family, or just the occasional reheating? A larger oven, 1.2 cubic feet or more, will likely be needed if you’re making large meals like casseroles or lasagna. If you’re constrained by counter space, there are units as small as .5 cubic feet that do a great job for heating soups or tea.

    What to Look For?

    There are some must-have features that help take the guesswork out of your meal prep. Automatic defrost and programmed setting to warm up snacks are a great feature. There are also sensors that calculate cooking time based on the amount of steam food emits during cooking times. Wattage? Best results come from microwaves with at least 1,000 watts, for cooking quickly and efficiently. Microwaves with 700 watts or less are slower, and tend to cook less evenly. You can figure that the higher the wattage, the faster the cooking time. Innovations in New Units Some microwaves can double as convection ovens. There are also some that feature built-in coffee makers or toasters. Rotisseries are even available on some larger microwaves.

    Cleaning

    There are several ways to keep your microwave clean and extend its life. Before wiping it down, spray an all-purpose cleaner into a cloth and give it a good wiping down. Never spray directly into the oven to avoid cleaner entering the vent holes, as it can damage the internal parts of the oven. Clean the turntable by hand washing in the sink, and returning it to the microwave.

    Reno’s Appliance carries a variety of microwave types and brand names for all kitchen sizes. To see our array of microwaves, please visit our showroom at 235 McLean Blvd. in Paterson or online at www.RenosAppliance.com.

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