Kitchen Appliances
  1. The Best Type of Refrigerator for Your Kitchen

    The Best Type of Refrigerator for Your Kitchen

    Find the Best Type of Refrigerator to Meet Your Needs

    These days, refrigerators are available in a wide range of styles. For example, there are French door, side-by-side, top mount, and bottom mount refrigerators. Each style of refrigerator has unique features, levels of convenience, and capacities. Check out our guide below to learn about the different types of refrigerators and how you can choose the best type of refrigerator for your kitchen.

    Top Mount Refrigerator

    When you think of a traditional refrigerator, there’s a good chance you’re picturing a top mount refrigerator. These units feature a large fresh food compartment below a smaller freezer compartment. The interior refrigerated part is larger than many other refrigerator models, although the freezer size can be small, which may be frustrating if you rely on keeping foods frozen. These fridges are typically the most inexpensive option and come in an impressive range of sizes, styles, colors, and designs, so they’ll match any type of décor.

    Bottom Mount Refrigerator

    Thanks to an abundance of space and easy-to-access design, bottom mount refrigerators are the best type of refrigerator for many kitchens. Although more expensive than a top mount fridge, bottom mount fridges place fresh vegetables, meats, eggs, dairy products, and beverages at eye level, which are the items people tend to use most often. The freezers on bottom mount units are larger than their top-mounted counterparts, so this is a good option if you’re someone who prefers to freeze meats, soups, and stews. However, accessing the freezer will require some bending, so it may not be ideal for older folks or those with back or knee problems.

    Side by Side Refrigerator

    Side by side refrigerators feature two compartments, a refrigerated section on the right and freezer section on the left. Side by sides typically include less refrigerated capacity but more freezer capacity than a top mount. The freezer is easy to access for some and can be organized more efficiently. These models tend to be more costly than top or bottom mount fridges, but they can be a beneficial choice for small kitchens because they have a shorter door swing. You can also choose to have ice and water dispensers built into the door.

    French Door Refrigerator

    Built with two side by side doors on top, and a pull-out freezer drawer on the bottom, the stylish French door refrigerator has become one of the most popular refrigerator designs of today. They are the most expensive of all of the refrigerator models, but they are extremely energy efficient and designed for convenience. With the refrigerated section on top and adjustable shelving, you have plenty of room to store a variety of foods. Even large party platters and sheet cakes can fit without a problem. The freezer is deep, with multiple levels and sliding drawers or baskets for easy organization. You can also choose to have ice and water dispensers built into the door with this model as well. Its narrow door swing won’t take up space in the kitchen, but French door fridges don’t come in any sizes of less than 20 cubic feet, so this isn’t the best type of refrigerator or small kitchens.

    Tips for Making a Refrigerator Style Decision

    Now that you know what styles of refrigerators are available, you can follow these tips to decide on the best type of refrigerator for your home:

    1. Start by taking measurements of the space where you want to place your refrigerator. The amount of space you have will be a massive factor in what type of fridge you purchase, so don’t go shopping until you know the measurements. Also, be sure to measure any doorways or hallways that the refrigerator will need to go through on the delivery day.
    2. Decide on where you would like your freezer to be on the unit. That will narrow down your choices.
    3. Think about if you want a stand-alone unit or one that’s integrated into your cabinetry for a seamless look.
    4. Determine which features are “must-haves.” All refrigerators will have crisper drawers, humidity controls, and shelving at a minimum. Any extras will add to the cost of your fridge, so get only features that are important to you.
    5. Know your budget and stick to it. Having a dollar limit in mind when shopping will help you avoid overspending.

    Choose the Refrigerator That's Right for You

    Ultimately, the best type of refrigerator for your kitchen is the one that fits your family’s needs and lifestyle. If you’re looking for a new fridge, then come to Reno’s Appliance and speak to our friendly and knowledgeable sales staff. We have a vast selection of refrigerators in a range of popular styles from top-of-the-line brands, including Sub-Zero, Bosch, and Frigidaire. Stop by our showroom in Paterson, NJ, to see our entire inventory!

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  2. What is the Easiest Way to Clean an Oven? Debunking the Myths

    What is the Easiest Way to Clean an Oven? Debunking the Myths

    Tips for the Easiest Way to Clean an Oven

    Cleaning the oven is nobody’s favorite thing to do. But if you ignore this essential chore then your oven can start to look like a crime scene with all kinds of spills, stains, or splatters that need to be cleaned. To help turn what feels like a big job into more of a minor task, here are some tips on the easiest way to clean an oven.

    Use the Self-Clean Setting, Really

    Most modern ovens have a self-cleaning feature, and while it may sound too good to be true, they do work quite well. During the self-cleaning cycle, the temperature inside your oven will reach close to 900 degrees Fahrenheit. This temperature incinerates any bits of old food and stuck-on residue and turns it into a small pile of ash that can be wiped out with a damp cloth or paper towel. Just be sure to remove the oven racks before you use the self-cleaning setting. They aren’t designed to withstand such intense heat.

    This is by far, the easiest way to clean an oven’s interior. Some people are wary of using their self-cleaning setting because of some common myths and misconceptions, so let’s dispel those right now.

    • Myth #1: Commercial oven cleaners work better. Not true. If fact, commercial oven cleaners will damage the enamel coating of a self-cleaning oven.
    • Myth #2: Self-cleaning ovens waste energy. The truth is, a self-cleaning cycle doesn’t use that much energy. Certainly not enough where you’ll see an impact on your energy bill. In fact, they are usually more insulated than conventional ovens, so they use less energy during normal operation.
    • Myth #3: Self-cleaning ovens are health hazards. Again, not true. The fumes that come from self-cleaning ovens are not harmful to adults, children, or pets—except for tropical birds. Tropical birds will need to be removed from the home while the self-cleaning oven is on. While other pets and members of the household can remain indoors, it’s best to stay out of the kitchen and open a few windows if possible due to the excessive heat given off by the oven.

    Try a Simple DIY Solution

    If you don’t have a self-cleaning oven, or maybe it’s just too hot out to run a self-clean cycle, then try these steps for the easiest way to clean an oven.

    1. First, create a spreadable paste using baking soda and water.
    2. Once the mixture is at a good consistency, spread the paste on the inside surfaces of the oven, including the oven window. Let the mixture sit for 20 to 45 minutes.
    3. Wipe out as much of the mixture as you can with a damp cloth or sponge.
    4. Once you’ve got most of it out, spray the interior of the oven with distilled white vinegar and let it sit for another 15 minutes. This will cause any baking soda residue to foam up and loosen up any particularly stubborn crud.
    5. Wipe the oven out again with a clean cloth.
    6. Close the oven door and set the oven to 200 degrees for 20 minutes to help dry it out.

    Take Care of the Oven Racks

    Don’t forget to clean the oven racks! Remove the oven racks and soak them in the sink with a mixture of hot water and 1 cup of vinegar and 2 tablespoons of baking soda. After they soak for about 15 to 30 minutes, any grease or grime on the racks should be easily wiped away with a rag or sponge. Alternatively, you may be able to place them in the dishwasher but check with your owner’s manual first to ensure the racks are dishwasher safe.

    How Often Should You Clean Your Oven?

    Once you’ve cleaned your oven, plan on giving it a thorough cleaning every three to six months depending on how often you use it and how messy it gets. But now that you know the easiest way to clean an oven, it won’t be a chore you dread, but just a task to cross off your to-do list.

    If you’ve decided that you need a new self-cleaning oven to make your life a bit easier, head over to Reno's Appliance. We carry top-of-the-line electric and gas ranges from brands known for reliability and durability like Amana, GE Appliances, and Frigidaire. We also carry a full line of wall ovens and pro ranges.

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  3. Upgrade Your Hosting Experience with a Kitchen Ice Machine

    Upgrade Your Hosting Experience with a Kitchen Ice Machine

    Find the Best Kitchen Ice Machine for Your Kitchen

    If you love to host parties and get-togethers, then an entertainment kitchen is a must have. And no entertainment kitchen is complete without a kitchen ice machine. Even if you have a refrigerator with a built-in ice maker, having a separate ice machine for entertaining has several advantages. Here are five reasons why a kitchen ice machine might be just what you need to upgrade your next event.

    They’re Portable

    While you may want to set up your ice maker in the kitchen, it will work anywhere there is an outlet to plug it into. Set it up next to your drink station in the dining room, living room, or anywhere it will be easiest for guests to access. This has the added benefit of keeping people from wandering into the kitchen if you don’t want them to.

    They’re Fast

    The average kitchen ice maker produces ice in as little as ten minutes. This means no more filling up all the ice cube trays that you have the night before a party. Also, no need to run out to the store and buy several bags of ice. You can simply turn on the ice maker and let it get to work to have a steady supply of ice whenever you need it.

    They’re Simple to Use

    Kitchen ice makers are self-contained, stand-alone units that are very easy to install and operate. That means you won’t have to hire a plumber or go through any of the typical hassles of appliance installation. You simply plug it in, pour water into the tank, and it’s ready to go. Best of all, if you forget to empty the ice storage container, you don’t have to worry because the machine will reuse the water from melted ice to make more ice.

    They’re Productive

    Even though they are relatively small, kitchen ice machines produce a surprisingly large amount of ice each day. The typical ice maker can produce between 26 and 35 pounds of ice in a 24-hour period. Obviously, they can’t store all of this ice at one time, but you can bag up the ice and store it in your freezer if needed. Otherwise, most units can hold up to three pounds of ice at one time.

    They Provide Variety

    Many people think that you have to sacrifice ice-cube variety when you have a kitchen ice maker, but this simply isn’t the case. Some units produce bullet shaped ice cubes, while others produce clear, restaurant-quality ice cubes. There are also ice makers that allow you to choose from a variety of cube shapes and styles, and even offer crushed ice, which is a fantastic option.

    Consider a Kitchen Ice Machine

    Whether you are looking for a quick way to make ice for casual get-togethers, larger parties, or for personal use, a kitchen ice maker may be the answer you’re looking for.

    Reno’s Appliance offers a variety of high-quality ice makers. We carry the best brands including Electrolux, Whirlpool, Scotsman, and Summit. We also have an extensive collection of refrigerators that come with built-in ice makers. Stop by our showroom in northern New Jersey to select an ice maker and see our full line of home appliances.

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  4. How to Properly Utilize a Beverage Center

    How to Properly Utilize a Beverage Center

    Make the Most of Your Beverage Center Storage Beyond a Wine Fridge

    Have you ever considered a beverage center for your home? More versatile than wine fridges, a beverage center holds a variety of drinks for easy entertaining and everyday convenience. Not sure what a beverage center is or why you would get one? Then this blog is for you!

    What is a Beverage Center?

    A beverage center is an appliance that looks something like a mini-fridge, but is designed with one purpose in mind: storing drinks and keeping them cool. The internal space of a beverage center is ideal for beer, soda, wine, sparkling water, and even juice boxes for the kids.

    What are the Benefits of a Beverage Center?

    There are a variety of benefits that make owning a beverage center an attractive option:

    • Entertain with ease: If you are having a party, then you are likely stocking up on food and beverages. A common problem is that all of those extra cans and bottles eat up valuable refrigerator space. With a beverage center, your drinks are stored at the perfect temperature while giving you more room in the main fridge for food.
    • Experience at-home convenience: Beverage centers can be placed anywhere you think it would be most convenient. That may be the kitchen, a den, a basement, a "man-cave" or even a home office. It's up to you to decide.
    • Save energy: Beverage centers are specifically designed for the smart flow of cold air, making them energy efficient. In addition, many beverage centers include glass doors that put the contents on full display. This allows you to make your selection, and quickly open the door to retrieve it. Compare that to you and family members having to open the door of your kitchen refrigerator to see what’s inside and make a choice. And let’s face it. We’re all guilty of standing there for a few minutes and letting cold air out while we make up our minds.
    • Increase security: Many beverage centers come with locks. It’s an ideal way to keep beer, wine, and other adult beverage chilled, but also out of the hands of any curious children in the house.
    • Enhance style: Just from a purely aesthetic perspective, beverage centers look cool. They blend in to almost any décor and can also be a nice finishing touch for an outdoor kitchen, an entertainment kitchen, or a home gym.

    Should I get a Freestanding or a Built-in Model?

    There are two different kinds of beverage centers available:

    • Freestanding units stand alone and can be placed almost anywhere in your home. Keep in mind that you need to allow for at least 2 inches of free space on the top and sides of the unit and 3 inches on the back for proper ventilation.
    • Built-in units fit directly into a kitchen cabinet space. There’s a vent on the front to release hot air so you don’t need the space around the unit as you do with a freestanding appliance. Built-ins tend to cost a bit more, but the investment may be worth it if you really want a seamless look in your kitchen.

    Why Choose a Beverage Center over a Wine Fridge?

    Make no mistake, we love all of the advantages of wine fridges. But you can't beat the versatility of a beverage center. Many models have a specific section for wine bottles, but they can also hold water, soda, beer, etc. If you are serious wine enthusiast with a growing collection, then a wine fridge may be the better option. For the average homeowner, however, a beverage center is the smarter investment.

    If you’re interested in getting a beverage center for your home, then come to Reno’s Appliance today. Whether you want something fancy, functional, or somewhere in between, we’ve got what you need.

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  5. Convection Bake vs. Regular Bake: Which Way is Best for Your Holiday Cookies?

    Convection Bake vs. Regular Bake: Which Way is Best for Your Holiday Cookies?

    Holiday Baking Tips for Convection Bake vs. Regular Bake

    It's the season for holiday cookies! Many home bakers turn their kitchens into cookie factories this time of year, churning out dozens of batches of gingerbread men, sugar cookies, and other holiday favorites. If you're a baker, then you may have wondered if a convection oven would be a better option for baking your holiday cookies. Let's look at the differences between convection bake vs. regular bake ovens to determine which is better.

    Convection Bake vs. Regular Bake Ovens

    A conventional oven uses radiant heat to bake your cookies. The heat emanates from the top and/or bottom surfaces, which usually results in an oven with hot and cold spots. That's why you'll typically have to turn your trays of cookies around halfway through, to help ensure even baking.

    A convection oven on the other hand, has an internal fan that circulates hot air, and helps maintain a consistently heated environment. There are no hot or cold spots. The most obvious advantage to having a steady supply of heat surrounding your cookies is that they will cook faster and brown more evenly. In addition, your cookies will release steam from the butter almost immediately in a convection oven, which will result in lighter and flakier cookies.

    5 Tips When Using Convection Bake vs. Regular Bake Ovens

    If you decide to switch from a conventional oven to a convection oven to handle your holiday cookies this year, then keep these tips in mind to ensure the best results possible.

    1. Lower the temperature by 25 degrees. Convection ovens are more efficient than conventional ovens, so you can lower the temperature and get the same results. Set the oven to about 25 degrees below the temperature stated on the recipe.
    2. Check cookies frequently. Your cookies will bake more quickly in a convection oven. Check your cookies about halfway through the cooking time. Then, keep checking every few minutes. Cookies will generally be done baking 6 to 8 minutes faster than the time stated on the recipe. Go by how your cookies look and smell to determine if they are done. As you get more experienced with convection baking, you'll be better able to predict the perfect length of time your cookies will need.
    3. Don't crowd the oven. Convection ovens rely on air being able to circulate, so don’t crowd the oven with too many trays at once. If the air is blocked, the food will still cook, but it will be less efficient. Feel free to use the top and bottom racks at the same time. But again, make sure not to overload them.
    4. Use low-sided baking sheets. This tip is probably a no-brainer because most of us usually use low-sided baking sheets for holiday cookies regardless of whether or not we're using convection bake vs. regular bake ovens. But especially with convection ovens, low-sided or rimless sheets allow for better air circulation and crispier cookies. In fact, you should use low-sided baking sheets with most convention oven cooking, including roasting vegetables and meats.
    5. Know when not to use a convection oven.While convection ovens are ideal for holiday cookies, you don't want use this type of oven to bake cakes, custards, soufflés, or quick breads. The movement of the air from the convection fan can cause uneven baking and reduced rising. In addition, custards can dry out from the air movement and form an unpleasant crust on top.

    What's the Bottom Line on Convection Bake vs. Regular Bake Ovens?

    When it comes to holiday cookies, convection ovens do have a slight edge over conventional ovens, especially if you have a lot of baking to do. However, you can’t go wrong with a solid conventional oven, if that's your true preference.

    If you're in need of a new oven, but still aren't sure which type is right for you, then head over to Reno's showroom in Paterson, NJ. We carry top-of-the-line electric and gas ranges and a full line of wall ovens and pro ranges. Our friendly and knowledgeable sales staff will help you find the right cooking appliance for your home.

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  6. Best Ways to Make Use of the Warming Tray Under the Oven

    Best Ways to Make Use of the Warming Tray Under the Oven

    The Warming Tray Under the Oven is the Hidden Gem of the Kitchen

    Do you know if there's a warming tray under your oven? You may have one and not even know it! Most people use the tray under their ovens to store pots and pans, which is fine, but they're missing out. Those in the know consider it to be the hidden gem of the kitchen. Here are the 6 best ways you can make use of the warming tray under your oven.

    Better Breakfasts

    Think about breakfast foods that you cook in batches like pancakes, French toast, sausages, and hash browns. You'll want to keep the batches you've cooked first warm as you continue to cook more food. Simply set your oven to 200 degrees and transfer your finished batches to an oven-safe dish or tray. Then slide it into the warming tray under the oven. When you're ready to sit down to eat, everything will be nice and warm.

    Holiday Helper

    The warming tray under your oven will be your best friend if you're hosting for the holidays. After any side dishes have finished cooking, place them in the warming tray while your roast, ham, or turkey continues to cook in the main part of the oven. This is perfect for mashed potatoes, vegetables, and stuffing. If you are going to have any of these side dishes in the warming tray for more than 20 minutes, make sure that the temperature is at least 140 degrees. If it's not, bump up the temperature of the main oven.

    Sweet Heat

    If you're having a dinner party, you can use the warming tray to keep desserts at the perfect temperature while you're enjoying the main course. Just slide the desserts in the warming tray and set the temperature to 200 degrees. Pies, brownies, even simple chocolate chip cookies will all taste a bit more decadent when served warm.

    Perfect Plates

    To keep foods warm while serving, consider using the warming tray for your plates. Ceramic plates, in particular, retain heat nicely. To warm plates for serving, stack them in the warming tray under the oven and set the temperature to 200 degrees. Remove the plates after 15 minutes. You'll be surprised at how consistently warm your food is throughout the meal. Even if you don't want to do this every day, it's a nice touch around the holidays or when you have guests over.

    Broiling Benefits

    Some, but not all, warming trays under ovens have the capability to broil foods. This is ideal for roasting vegetables and can do a nice job with steaks and some fish as well. Obviously, you'll need to check with your owner's manual to see if your warming tray doubles as a broiler.

    Storage Solutions

    It's not the ideal use for your warming tray, but there's nothing wrong with storing muffin tins, baking trays, pots, and pans in the warming tray while the oven is not in use. Just be sure to remove the items before you turn on the oven and never store anything flammable inside.

    If you've got a warming tray under your oven, then it's time to take full advantage of all it has to offer. If you are ready to upgrade to an oven with a warming tray, then stop by Reno's Appliance. We carry top-of-the-line electric and gas ranges from brands like Bosch, Wolf, GE, Amana, and Samsung. When it comes time for you to pick out a new range, stop by our showroom in Paterson, NJ to view our selection.

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  7. Reheating Tips: The Best Way to Eat Thanksgiving Leftovers

    Reheating Tips: The Best Way to Eat Thanksgiving Leftovers

    Reheating Thanksgiving Leftovers

    It's pretty much universally accepted that the best part of Thanksgiving is the leftovers. Whether you've hosted the holiday feast or grandma packed up Thanksgiving leftovers for you to take home, you've got a long weekend ahead and plenty of delicious food to enjoy. If you reheat it properly, that is.

    The fastest way to reheat Thanksgiving leftovers is your microwave, but it doesn't always yield the best results. Try these 6 reheating tips instead for the most flavorful Thanksgiving leftovers you've ever tasted.

    1. Turkey: A long, slow roast got your turkey onto the Thanksgiving table, so you should turn to your oven for the best reheating results. Start by preheating your oven to 300 degrees. Then, place turkey slices into a baking dish. Add a few pats of butter or a few spoonfuls of turkey stock to help retain moisture and enhance flavor. Cover the dish with foil and place it into the oven for 30 minutes until warmed through.
    2. Mashed Potatoes: The low-and-slow heat of the oven will recreate some superb spuds. Move the potatoes to a baking dish in an even layer. Add more cream, butter, and/or broth to the potatoes. (More moisture and fat are the two secret ingredients when reheating potatoes or any leftovers.) Cover the potatoes and place them alongside your turkey in the oven. They should both be ready to eat at the same time.
    3. Yams: Whether you call them yams or sweet potatoes, they are a Thanksgiving staple. Start by placing sliced yams on an aluminum foil-lined baking sheet and slide them into a 300-degree oven. If you like marshmallows, then add them to the yams before placing them in the oven and they'll melt as the yams heat up. Your yams will be ready to eat in about 20 minutes.
    4. Stuffing: Perhaps everyone's favorite Thanksgiving leftover, this reheating method makes it taste better than the day it was made. Add some butter and broth to the bottom of a pan or skillet. Place it on the stovetop over low heat. Once the butter is melted, add the stuffing and start frying it up using a spatula. The bread will get crispy and the broth brings moisture back to bread that may have dried out. The method will make your stuffing taste even better than before.
    5. Gravy: Low and slow is the way to go when reheating gravy. Use a skillet rather than a pan because it will heat more evenly and gently. Start by adding cool gravy to a cold pan, then turn on the heat so it warms up evenly without scalding.
    6. Pie: Whether you prefer apple, pecan, or pumpkin pie, start by pre-heating your oven to 200 degrees. Then place the pie uncovered on a baking sheet and place in the oven. If the pie was in the refrigerator, it may take 20 minutes for it to become warm enough to eat. If it was at room temperature, then it will probably take about 10 minutes.

    Bonus Reheating Tip: Get a Warming Drawer

    You can simplify your Thanksgiving leftovers reheating experience by getting a warmer 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 go very high, and most have humidity controls and timers so there's no risk of food burning, drying out, or getting soggy. All you have to do is place a plate of food into the drawer and you'll have a hot, tasty dish in no time. It's ideal for Thanksgiving leftovers, but you'll definitely use it throughout the year.

    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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  8. Quality Kitchen Taps: What Faucets Were Popular this Year?

    Quality Kitchen Taps: What Faucets Were Popular this Year?

    Quality Kitchen Taps that Last

    Whether you’re giving your kitchen a complete overhaul or simply updating the décor, installing a quality kitchen tap will definitely be part of the job. If it's been a while since you last shopped for a faucet, then we wanted to share some details about the most popular faucet styles available today that will last well into the next decade.

    Finishes

    There was a rapid shift this year in most homeowners' faucet finish preferences. Gone are the more traditional styles of the last few years. Instead, we saw a rise in popularity of more contemporary silhouettes and finishes. For example, so-called "living" finishes started appearing in more homes. These are finishes such as rose gold, brushed brass, and gun metal that are untreated and therefore will develop patina over time as they're exposed to various elements.

    Another new trend in quality kitchen taps is darker finishes. This trend towards darker faucet finishes is largely due to the rise in the popularity of black stainless-steel appliances in the past few years. Those who want a more fashion-forward look may consider a blend of two vibrant metal finishes together to render a subtle but striking transition from light to dark.

    Technological Innovations

    Some of the latest trends in faucets are centered on increased technology and innovative ways to incorporate technology into faucets. One popular trend in quality kitchen taps is hands-free or touch-free activation. This is an especially important feature for those who handle raw meat and want to be able to wash their hands without having to touch anything.

    Eco-friendly technology will continue to be popular and like all new technologies, there's an app for that. For example, some faucet manufacturers have developed faucets that enable you to monitor water usage and the lifespan of your filter through a smartphone app.

    Laminar technology is a nice faucet option to have as well. Laminar faucets emit water in a clear, solid stream for a smooth and silky feel and no splashing. It feels luxurious, but laminar-flow faucets still meet federal water flow standards.

    Functionality

    One of the most common trends in quality kitchen taps is increased functionality. It's all about making it easier for us to use water in our daily lives. More and more faucets are incorporating options that allow you to toggle between needle spray and full spray. Some go beyond that to enable you to emit an ultra-powerful stream that eradicates tough messes, while at the same time reducing splatter. That way, you can spend less time on clean up and not have to change your shirt. Faucets that have the ability to swivel 360 degrees and dock easily with magnetic docking have become increasingly popular as well.

    If you haven't bought a faucet in a long time, then you're probably not aware of all the cool new faucet features and designs out there. Reno's Appliance carries a large selection of kitchen faucets from industry-leading brands like Insinkerator, Franke, Rohl, and more. Stop by our showroom in Paterson, NJ to view our selection of quality kitchen taps.

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  9. Dishwasher Residue: Get Rid of Grime

    Dishwasher Residue: Get Rid of Grime

    Clean and Prevent Dishwasher Residue

    Have you ever opened your dishwasher expecting to find sparkling clean dishes, but instead noticed a white residue on your dishes? There are different reasons why dishwasher residue might appear on your dishes. Fortunately, there are simple ways to clean and prevent dishwasher residue no matter what caused it.

    Residue Reason #1: Hard Water

    If you have hard water in your area, then some of the minerals in your water will certainly stay behind on your dishes after you run a wash cycle. You may not notice them at first, but over time, hard water deposits will build up in your dishwasher and you’ll start to see the white dishwasher residue.

    Residue Remedy: Vinegar

    Vinegar can do almost anything in the kitchen, so it’s no surprise that it’s our go-to solution for dishwasher residue. First, empty your dishwasher and start a regular wash cycle with no detergent. One the dishwasher has filled with water, open the dishwasher door and pour in 16 ounces of distilled white vinegar. Close the door and resume the cycle. The slightly acidic nature of the vinegar will break down the hard water deposits so they’ll be easier to wash away. The next time you do a load of dishes after this treatment, you shouldn’t see any dishwasher residue. Do this every few months to keep hard water build-up away.

    Residue Reason #2: Detergent

    If your dishwasher detergent doesn’t completely dissolve, then you’ll see white residue on your dishes in the form of undissolved soap.

    Residue Remedy: Check the Hot Water Heater

    Dishwasher detergent is designed to dissolve in hot temperatures. The temperature of the water coming into your dishwasher should be between 120 and 150-degrees Fahrenheit. If the water is any cooler, then the detergent will not dissolve properly and you’ll find white detergent residue on your dishes. First, check your hot water heater and make any adjustments, if necessary. If your water heater is set properly, then you’ll want to make sure that every wash starts with the hottest water possible. To do so, run the hot water on your kitchen sink until it gets as hot as possible, then start up the dishwasher. If you’re still seeing residue, then you may be using too much detergent, which is a common dishwasher mistake. Try using half the amount of detergent you usually use.

    Residue Reason #3: Etching

    If the dishwasher residue feels gritty to the touch, then it may be undissolved powdered detergent, which you can wash away by hand. The more common reason is something called etching. Etching occurs when tiny bits of soap powder scratch your dishes. If you run your finger along a dish that has etching, then it will feel gritty to the touch, almost as if there’s something on it. And if you run the dish under water and still feel it, then you know it’s a permanent problem.

    Residue Remedy: Liquid Detergent

    Unfortunately there’s no way to undo etching that’s already occurred, but you can prevent future etching damage by using a liquid detergent.

    Use a Rinse Aid for Residue?

    Another option for preventing dishwasher residue is to use a commercial rinse aid. Some people doubt their effectiveness, but rinse aids enable more water to rinse off your dishes. And the more water that runs off your dishes, the less chance for residue to get left behind.

    Of course, the best way to get clean dishes is to start with a high-quality dishwasher. Reno’s Appliances is proud to carry an extensive inventory of world-class brands that are known for dependability and durability like Frigidaire, Bosch, and Whirlpool. Plus, we have portable dishwashers, which are perfect for small spaces. Stop by our showroom in Paterson, NJ to view our selection.

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  10. How to Incorporate Appliances with a Slate Finish Into Your Kitchen

    How to Incorporate Appliances with a Slate Finish Into Your Kitchen

    The Sleek Aesthetic of an Appliance's Slate Finish

    Looking for unique and stylish appliances for your kitchen? Consider incorporating appliances with a slate finish into your kitchen. Slate is fast becoming one of the more popular options for kitchen appliances. Let’s look at all the reasons slate can be great in your kitchen décor.

    Slate is Neutral, yet Warm

    Slate is a low-reflecting medium grey color with beige undertones. It’s a neutral color, yet still maintains warmth and depth. Slate appliances are a good choice if you want to darken the kitchen’s atmosphere a bit, but not go as dark as black stainless steel or matte black.

    Slate is Versatile

    Slate is kind of like the chameleon of appliance finishes. No matter what style of kitchen you prefer, appliances with a slate finish will fit right in. Slate works with kitchens that are:

    • Rustic: Slate nicely compliments the dark, earthy, wood tones and textures of rustic kitchens. Stainless steel appliances would ruin the rustic mood, but slate ties it all together.
    • Modern: Slate appliances blend quite nicely with today's premium kitchen materials to complete a sleek and modern motif.
    • White: Love the look of a classic all-white kitchen? Bringing in a few appliances with a slate finish may provide just enough earthy balance to anchor the bright and airy atmosphere created by white.
    • Colorful: Slate appliances go great with colorful kitchens as well. Mixing red kitchen appliances with slate appliances can be particularly striking.
    • Classic: Any appliance’s slate finish will fit right into a classic kitchen design to help evoke feelings of warmth, coziness, and comfort.

    Slate is Practical

    Not only do appliances with a slate finish look fantastic and fit in with a variety of kitchen décor themes, but they have practical benefits as well. First of all, slate is smudge and fingerprint proof—unlike stainless steel—making it the ideal appliance finish for busy households with young children. You’ll also find that slate is a tough and durable material that resists nicks and scratches. Finally, slate appliances are magnetic, so you can display plenty of family photos and children's artwork like the good old days.

    Slate is Trendy

    Gray topped the list of the fastest growing kitchen color schemes last year. Appliances with a slate finish definitely complement that design trend. Slate provides a perfect understated look that suits today’s contemporary and transitional kitchens. The warm dark tone of slate blends in and complement its surroundings rather than stand out as can be the case with stainless steel appliances.

    Slate has Staying Power

    Have you ever been burned by jumping on board a home décor trend only to have it turn out to be a short-lived fad? That won’t happen with slate appliances. Slate may be trendy, but it looks like it’s here to stay. Slate is neutral enough to go with any type of décor, even as design trends change. It also offers a nice neutral alternative to all-too-common stainless steel kitchen appliances.

    If you are convinced that slate would be great for your kitchen décor, then come to Reno’s Appliance to see our inventory of kitchen appliances in a wide variety of gorgeous finishes including appliances with a slate finish. Our friendly sales staff will help you find the perfect appliance for your home.

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