Tips to Help Kids Sleep During the Hectic Holidays

Tips to Help Kids Sleep During the Hectic Holidays (2)

Holiday travel, hordes of people in and out of the house all day, irregular sleeping and waking times – these are all things that can throw anyone’s sleep schedule out of whack. But kids, who tend to need more sleep and have more trouble than adults getting it, can be especially affected.

Yes, the holidays are lots of fun, but the schedule shake-ups and change of scenery can make bedtime a real nightmare. But it doesn’t have to be that way! There are plenty of ways to minimize stress and maximize sleep for your little ones no matter the time of year, so try these tips to keep your kids’ sleep on track during the hectic holiday season.

Stick to a Schedule

If you’re travelling to a new time zone for more than a day or two, it’s important to get kids adjusted to local time as soon as possible. If kids sleep in until noon and stay up until they feel sleepy, you’re going to be stuck wrestling restless little ones into bed long after midnight during your whole vacation. Nip it in the bud and get the kids used to the new schedule ASAP!

Even if you’re not travelling, it can be easy to fall into an “anything goes” kind of bedtime schedule with all the excitement of visitors and activities. Regardless of the holiday thrills each day has to offer, getting the kids to stick closely to their usual evening routine can help bedtime go much more smoothly.

Prepare Ahead of Time

On a related note, sticking to a schedule is often more easily said than done, so if you can, adjusting kids slowly during the week leading up to your big travel plans can be a big help. Putting them to bed 15 to 30 minutes earlier each night will reduce the shock to their system and help get them on track faster.

Bring Pieces of Home

Tips to Help Kids Sleep During the Hectic Holidays (2)

If your little one is sleeping in a strange bed, it can be helpful to bring along some things that remind them of home and put them at ease. Blankets, toys, or even a pillowcase that still smells like their bedroom can all make new surroundings not seem quite so scary. Whatever you bring, the comfier the better. Be sure to stop in to our store and pick up a comfy new pillow to help your little one get cozy in their unfamiliar surroundings.

If the kids are still restless, a flashlight and some “anti-monster spray” (which can be made with a spray bottle, some water, and just about any fragrance you have on hand) can help ward off fears of creepy corners or dark closets.

Plan Relaxation Time

Your little one might not be able to drop off to sleep right after being plopped into bed during this exciting time of year. New faces, tasty food, and the promise of new games, toys, and gifts can keep kids from simmering down for a long time, so you may need to add in some extra time for kids to relax and unwind before lights out. Reading a favourite book together or listening to soothing music can help put your little one in the right state of mind for bed.

By following these basic tips, you can minimize the evening struggle of getting your little ones to sleep, and make sure you get enough sleep to take on the holidays, too! If you’ve followed all these tips and your little one is still struggling to sleep, even in their own room, it may be time to upgrade their bed. Uncomfortable beds can cause fussiness and poor sleep quality in kids as well as adults – so check out all the incredible Beautyrest mattresses, pillows, and more that we have to offer in-store. Your bedtime routine will thank us!

Angela, Your Sleep Expert

Prep Your Guest Room and Mattress for Holiday Visitors

Prep Your Guest Room and Mattress for Holiday Visitors

From family to friends, the holidays are all about gathering together and being with the people you love. That means you will want to make sure everyone’s accommodations are all squared away before they all start flocking to your home for the festivities. Get your guest room and mattress into shape with these tips that are sure to make your guests feel comfortable and at home.

1. Winter Cleaning

The first step to making your guest room inhabitable is making sure it hasn’t been used as a junk room for the past couple of months. Everybody has such a room in their house, but if you plan to have people sleeping in it, it’s best if you start finding a home for all your leftover things.

Once you’ve put those things in their rightful place, or just relocated them to another place your guests won’t see, you’ll want to actually get to the cleaning part. Wash the windows, dust the side tables, and vacuum or sweep and mop the floor. You’ll be surprised how much a little tidying up can really change a room around!

2. Mattress Priority

The mattress in your guest bedroom is the most important part of the entire room. It needs to be comfortable, clean, and presentable for your guest before they arrive.

We recommend testing out the bed for yourself first. Is it old? Does it hurt your back? Is it hard to get comfortable on? If you answered yes to any of these questions, it’s probably time for a new mattress and preferably before your family or friends come to stay with you. If you need to come up with a quick fix, using a foam pad could be a bandage for the time being, but you will eventually need to find a good mattress that won’t send your guests fleeing to the nearest hotel. Make sure to visit our store to find a Sealy mattress worthy of your guest bedroom today!

If your mattress is in good condition, switch out the current sheets, pillows, and blankets with clean ones and your guest bed will be all set for sleeping in!

Prep Your Guest Room and Mattress for Holiday Visitors

3. Closet Space

Now that the room is sparkling and the mattress is feeling fresh, you’ll want to make sure your guests have space to put their belongings while they’re in your home. Check the guest bedroom closet for items that don’t belong, such as your extra dining room chairs or birthday wrapping paper, and be sure to fill it with things they may actually need, such as hangers for their clothes.

4. Luxury Suite

Treat your guests special by making their stay a little extra nice during the holidays. From lighting a cinnamon candle so their room smells delicious to placing warm slippers next to their bed so they’re comfy for the duration of their stay, there are numerous ways for you to go above and beyond for your guest. And if you want to get extra fancy, you could even put a bath robe in their closet. The possibilities are endless!

And while you’re making sure your guest bedroom is fit for royalty, don’t forget to check the comfort level of the mattress before your guests arrive. Stop by our store today to make sure your guests have a bed that will make them feel like they’re on a luxurious vacation.

It’s not always easy sleeping in an unfamiliar room, so it’s up to you to make it comfortable for your guests. As long as the guest room clean and the mattress feels like a dream, your guests should have a wonderful stay during the festivities!

Angela, Your Sleep Expert

Ventilation Hood 101: 5 Common Types of Bosch Ventilation

Ventilation Hood 101 6 Common Types of Bosch Ventilation

Class is in session! Learn how the different types of hoods improve indoor air quality.

Under Cabinet Hood

Bosch Under Cabinet Range Hood

This particular type of hood is one of the more common types of hoods on the market due to its affordability and compact size. This model is mounted beneath the cabinets that are set above the stove. It’s a simplistic, versatile design that can be incorporated into any kitchen style. They are ducted through the cabinet above or through an exterior wall, so oils and grease do not circulate throughout the kitchen.

Wall-Mount Hood

Bosch Wall Mount Ventilation (3)

The wall-mounted hood is one of the better options for preserving kitchen space. A lot of modern kitchen designs will see the hood installed over the range in place of cabinetry–serving as a distinctive design element in your kitchen. The main benefit of the wall mount is how the fan circulates air to reduce mould and bacteria build-up on countertops and other cooking areas–quickly eradicating odours and fumes.

Island Hood

Kitchen Island Bosch Ventilation

The island hood is best used for larger, professional-style ranges that are located on a kitchen island. The ceiling mount can withstand the extra elements that may come along with additional burners. This venting system can also add a very sophisticated look to your cooking space–which comes in various colours and design themes. The aerial hood helps disperse steam and grease away from your kitchen, preventing cabinet damage by way of condensation and acidic contaminants.

Downdraft Hood

Bosch Downdraft ventilation

The downdraft hoods are also common to install for kitchen islands. They are hidden inside the counter and pop up along the back of the range to reduce steam from a horizontal angle. This type of hood pulls the fumes down beneath the floor and out of the house. They are an excellent option for those who don’t want a larger overhead hood taking up space in their kitchen. This feature will help decrease mildew, peeling and discolouration on floors and walls due to moisture.

Custom Hood

Custom Hood Insert by Bosch

The custom hood is the ideal option for people who don’t want to be tied to a certain design option, and would prefer to work the ventilation into the kitchen landscape. Hood inserts and power sources are hidden into the cabinetry to allow a creative, custom-made approach. Planning how you are going to duct your ventilation is key to relieving your kitchen from smoke and smells associated with cooking–removing chemical vapours and grease build-up on walls, drapery, clothes, and carpet.

There you have it-5 ventilation hoods perfect for any kitchen layout. If you’re not sure which model fits your cooking space best, we’re always available to answer any questions and help you find exactly what you need to fit your home.

Amanda, Your Appliance Expert

How to Choose Between a Cooktop and Wall Oven or Range from GE Profile

How to Choose Between a Cooktop and Wall Oven or Range from GE Profile

It’s the appliance dilemma of the ages: “Should I get a cooktop and wall oven pair, or a range for my kitchen?”

The question has plagued homeowners for decades, and there’s no single, simple answer. Ultimately, either option will get the job done, and if you’re getting appliances from a quality brand like GE Profile, they’ll get the job done well.

However, you’ll want to take a few things into consideration when deciding which option will work best for your space and your needs. Here are five things you should be thinking about when you’re choosing between a range or wall oven-cooktop combo from GE Profile.

1. Price

If you’re shopping on a budget, a range should probably be the first option you look at. Buying a single range will be much cheaper than buying both a cooktop and a wall oven, and the price only goes up if you opt in for all the latest features, like induction cooking and warming drawers.

With a GE Profile range, you can save some money without sacrificing quality. GE Profile offers range options from induction and electric smoothtops to gas cooktop with four burners and griddle. That’s a lot of cooking power for less!

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2. Flexibility

If it’s features you’re interested in, the cooktop/wall oven combo is unbeatable in its flexibility. Getting two separate appliances lets you mix and match, so you can find exactly the features you want without compromise. Looking for a self-cleaning oven and a cooktop with a heat indicator? GE Profile has you covered. Hoping for all the latest cooking functions plus a cooktop that heats up in a snap? No problem!

Choosing a Cooktop

GE Profile also offers gas, induction, and electric cooktops, so you can pick the cooking style that works best for you. Speak with our Appliance Experts, they will help you pick which cooktop suits all your cooking needs. By mixing and matching appliances, you can get exactly the features you want, nothing more, nothing less.

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3. Cooking Space

With a cooktop and wall oven, your options for customizing your cooking space are endless. If you’re a big time baker but rarely have use for a cooktop, you can go all out on your oven space – double ovens, extra wide ovens, and even a warming drawer – while keeping your counter clear with a simple four-burner cooktop. Or you can go low-key on the oven and trick out your counters with a 5-burner cooktop! With a cooktop-oven combo, you can give yourself room to spread out where you need it, and save space where you don’t.

4. Kitchen Space

On the flip side, if you opt for a cooktop and wall oven combo, you’ll need to make sure you have the space to use it. GE Profile’s stand-alone ranges are easy to install, they can be placed anywhere you want, and you don’t need to do any major remodeling to add one in. A range also keeps all your cooking needs confined to a single area, for more intuitive food preparation. If you get a wall oven, you’ll need to either have or make the wall space for it, which can require some more major renovations.

Unless your kitchen is especially spacious, the effect of multiple cooking zones can feel cluttered if you’re not careful. Ranges are more compact – relying on a range for your daily cooking can simplify the whole process and make for a less chaotic kitchen.

GE Profile Wall Oven

5. Style

When deciding between a wall oven and cooktop or a range, both options are equally stylish. GE Profile ranges have a stunning, classic design with finish options that range from traditional white to elegant black stainless steel. They make for a great focal point in any kitchen and add a professional flair to your cooking space.

Cooktops and wall ovens, on the other hand, add a sleek, modern touch. Induction and electric smoothtops blend right in to the counters, and built-in ovens make for a totally integrated, high-tech kitchen. Either option can make itself right at home in your kitchen, and it’s all up to your personal tastes to decide which style is the one for you.

When you’re creating a kitchen by GE Profile, you really can’t go wrong. Whether you pick out a range, or a cooktop and wall oven combo, you’re going to be bringing home powerful appliances that get your cooking done in efficiency and style.

If you’re still having trouble deciding which appliance will work best for you, give us a call or come down to our store! We’re happy to help you pick out the perfect GE Profile appliances and decide how to make your kitchen suit your needs best!

Amanda, Your Appliance Expert

3 Easy Ways to Renovate Your New Home with Samsung Appliances

3 Easy Ways to Renovate Your New Home with Samsung Appliances

Renovating your kitchen is a big deal. It’s not always a quick job that will be completed in a day – but it’s worth it! It increases value to your home, saves you money on utilities with new and improved kitchen appliances, and overall makes your home look nicer. While it’s a time-consuming project to take on, we have a few tricks up our sleeves that can save you some money and time.

Take these 5 renovation ideas into consideration when working on your home’s new kitchen!

1. Hardware

One way to change the whole look of your kitchen is by simply replacing all the knobs and handles on your cabinets and drawers. This doesn’t take much money and can completely change the style of your kitchen. We suggest bringing along some old knobs and pulls to the hardware store to make sure you get the correct sizes.

2. Change Out the Faucet

Over time, faucets tend to get grungy and ridden with bacteria. In a way, the faucet is the focal point of the room and should look clean. Try investing in one that will tie the room together, so your kitchen will already start to look as though it has been fully replaced.

3. Install the Samsung Black Stainless Steel Collection

Matching your appliances will help your kitchen look organized and sleek – especially if those matching appliances happen to be the Samsung Black Stainless Steel Suite. The beautiful black matte finish gives the collection an easy-to-clean fingerprint resistant surface and helps the room blend together. We highly recommend including Samsung’s black stainless steel collection into your remodeling process to give your kitchen a timeless look.

But looks are only part of the battle. You want loyal, hard-working appliances in your home. Luckily, Samsung appliances have more than just a pretty face. From a sophisticated refrigerator, ready to take on your whole family, to innovative ranges made with the versatility for all your cooking needs, Samsung won’t let you down visually and functionally.

Fixing up your kitchen is no easy task, but with a few tips and a little help, you’ll be able to do it! Contact us today to find out more about Samsung Black Stainless Steel Collection and how we can help you in the process!

Amanda, Your Appliance Expert

5 Common Stove Top Problems and How to Fix Them

5 Common Stove Top Problems and How to Fix Them

Whether you use a range or a built-in cooktop, the stovetop is one of the most important appliances you own, and when it starts giving you trouble, it’s hard not to panic. Without a stovetop, how can you make your mom’s famous chili? How can you whip up your favourite pancakes in the morning or a grilled cheese when you get home late???

The prospect of a broken stovetop is anxiety-inducing, but we’re here to tell you not to panic. Most common stovetop problems can be easily fixed with a little TLC, leaving your stove top and your late-night snacks ready to go.

Here are five common problems your stovetop might face and their most common solutions.

The Problem: Electric burner won’t heat.

The Solution: If one of your electric burners won’t heat properly, test all the others. If all your burners are having trouble heating, it’s likely an electrical problem, and you’ll need to call in a professional or replace your cooktop. If just one coil is heating improperly, check the connection and make sure the coil itself is firmly plugged in to the cooktop. Try swapping out the broken coil with another one on your cooktop – if the new coil works just fine in the same spot where the broken coil was plugged in, that means it’s time for a replacement coil.

The Problem: Induction element won’t heat.

The Solution: If you’re using an induction cooktop and it just won’t heat up, be sure the pan you’re using is induction compatible. Induction works by heating up the pan directly, rather than the burner below, so you’ll need special, ferromagnetic pans for your cooktop to work properly. Here’s a breakdown of what types of pots and pans will and will not work with your cooktop.

The Problem: Gas burner won’t light.

The Solution: If the flame just won’t light on your gas cooktop, there could be a few things going wrong. First, make note of what happens when you try to light the burner. Normally, you should hear a clicking noise and be able to smell gas coming out of the valves. If you hear the click but don’t smell anything, the problem is likely with the gas flow. If you smell gas but don’t hear any clicking, the issue could lie with the ignition switch.

Turn the appliance off and unplug it if you can, then remove the grate and burner cap. Clean out any loose food debris and reconnect any wires that may have come loose. If that doesn’t solve it, you will likely need a new igniter or some work on your gas connection. Give us a call and we’ll be glad to help you find replacement parts and arrange any major repairs on your stovetop.

Gas stove top problems

The Problem: Gas burner is heating slowly.

The Solution: A slow-heating cooktop can become a major issue no matter what type of cooktop you have. If you have a gas cooktop, this issue could be due to the burner openings being clogged with debris, leaving the flames small and weak. This can be pretty easily fixed by giving your whole stove top a thorough clean.

Turn off and disconnect your cooktop, then remove the grates and burner caps and give them a good soak in the sink with some soap and hot water. Scrub the surfaces with a stiff brush. Wipe down the surface of the cooktop with a damp sponge as well, and use a toothpick to remove food or other debris from the gas valves. Baking soda and vinegar can also help your cleaning routine pack some extra punch.

The Problem: Gas stove top keeps clicking.

The Solution: Some clicking is normal when you switch on your gas stove top, but if it continues long after the burner is lit, or even prevents the burner from lighting, it can become a real inconvenience. This problem usually happens when something is blocking the burner. Check to make sure the burner cap hasn’t been knocked out of place and that there’s no debris blocking the holes. If you don’t have a sealed-burner cooktop, food can easily get stuck in the gas grates and will need to be removed using a paperclip or other slim, metal object (don’t use anything easily breakable or flammable, like toothpicks or plastic forks). If the clicking continues, there could be excess moisture trapped in the cooktop. Try toweling off the stovetop or even pointing a fan at the cooking surface to soak up some of the extra water or grease that may have spilled.

With these tips in hand, your stove top will be up and running again in no time. If your cooktop does end up needing a major fix – or if it’s time for an appliance upgrade – be sure to contact our store to make sure you get the best repair service, replacement parts, and new appliances around.

Amanda, Your Appliance Expert

6 Essential Security Devices for the Holiday Season

Danby Parcel Guard

The kids are at school, you are at work, and it’s the busiest time of the year. This means that your home may be a target for some Grinch-y activity. With potential scenarios ranging from having a shady aunt loot an heirloom while they’re over for a holiday dinner to narrowly missing a thief swindle a package from your doorstep, it looks like you need to step up your home security.

Safety on Your Own Time

The hectic nature of the holidays is why you need a security system that can alert you when you actually need alerts, not whenever it feels like it. With Control4, for example, you can receive safety push notifications, right on your Apple Watch. Safety alerts wherever you are, on your own schedule—it’s so simple yet makes such a difference.

A Door to Safety

With visions of shopping lists and errands dancing in your head, it can be easy to be unnerved about the little things, too. With ELAN Home Systems, you no longer have to worry about whether or not you locked the front door while you’re browsing the wine section at the liquor store. Using your smartphone, you can easily lock or unlock your door remotely if the kids find themselves locked out of the house. No more keys, no more worrying and especially no more sneaking in through the dog pen. It’s a win for everybody involved.

Pound the Alarm

The days of stressing over package theft, missed deliveries and weather-damaged boxes are gone. Thanks to Danby Parcel Guard, the smart mailbox you can prop on your porch, you can be assured that your Christmas presents are safe. This device is teeming with hi-tech features, including remote access to lock and unlock your mailbox via WiFi, a built-in alarm and a hidden camera. Even more impressive: once your package is placed inside the anti-theft drop slot, you’ll receive a notification that your package is secure.

Out With the Old, In With the New

Who else remembers putting timers on their lamps to make sure it looked like somebody was home all day? Making a deserted house look occupied during the holiday season can be tricky, but luckily, there’s a much smarter way of handling that now.

Some applications, like the Control4’s Mockupancy app, has you—and your safety—covered. It will alternate lights, pull your smart shades up or down and turn your TV on and off, making it look like you are home even when you aren’t.

Back, Back, Back It Up

As previously alluded, it seems like this time of year is rampant with package thieves. Recovering that brand new record player for your cousin Gladys is now possible, thanks to Luma.

Luma recorders secure local storage on hard drives that can hold months of footage. Just hook one to a covert surveillance camera, and fret not about losing that security footage when you need it.

Knock-Knock, Video’s Here

Ring Doorbell Camera

HD video isn’t just for your TV anymore—with a Nest Ring Video Doorbell Elite you can have HD video and two-way talk, meaning that no matter where you are you can check who is knock, knock, knocking on your door.

There are a lot of things to think about when the holidays come around, but the last thing you want to worry about is safety and security. To combat pesky package thieves, put your trust in a Danby Parcel Guard. Give us a call today, and we’ll be happy to walk you through the smart tech that comes with this handy mailbox.

Amanda, Your Appliance Expert

Whirlpool’s AquaLift Vs. Traditional Self-Cleaning Ovens

Whirlpool’s AquaLift Vs. Traditional Self-Cleaning Ovens

A self-cleaning oven is a must-have feature for any busy home, I mean who wants to spend hours scrubbing and scrapping burnt food from your oven? But traditional self-cleaning ovens aren’t for everyone. If used incorrectly, self-clean’s high heat can damage your oven, the fumes smell unpleasant and may harm small pets, and the cleaning cycle can take a long time.

Enters Aqualift. Whirlpool introduced AquaLift self-cleaning technology to the Whirlpool, Maytag, Kitchen Aid, and JennAir families to make cleaning your oven easier than ever before.

AquaLift can perform a cleaning cycle in less than an hour. It releases no harmful fumes, and at 200 degrees Fahrenheit you won’t damage your appliance with frequent cleaning cycles.

Sounds great, right? But does it clean better? Let’s break it down.

Traditional Self Cleaning

Traditional self-cleaning ovens use extremely high heat of up to 800 degrees Fahrenheit (427 degree Celsius) to burn the baked on food soil in your oven cavity to a fine ash. To begin, simply remove the racks from your oven, set the self-clean cycle and hit start. Be sure to remove any small pets to a well-ventilated area as the fumes may be harmful. Once the cycle is complete, simply wipe down your oven with a damp cloth to remove the burnt waste.

Easy enough, but be prepared to wait up to 4 hours for the cleaning cycle to complete. And though the fumes aren’t harmful to human beings, they can smell unpleasant.

Judges say? Self-clean may be slow and steady, but it definitely works.

Whirlpool Aqualift Self-Clean

Whirlpool developed AquaLift as a faster, safer alternative to traditional self-cleaning ovens. The AquaLift system uses heat and water in combination with a patented porcelain coated oven interior to remove baked on food soil.

So how does it work? Remove the racks and use the Whirlpool supplied AquaLift accessories to wipe and remove the loose soil. Pour 2 cups of distilled water in the bottom of an electric oven, or 1.75 cups of distilled water in a gas oven, and close the door. Select the Clean feature and press start. The heat will create steam to lift the soil off of the porcelain coated interior and at the end of the 40-minute AquaLift cleaning cycle, the oven will beep to tell you it’s finished. Simply wipe down the oven with your sponge, and use the plastic scraper to lift any left over waste.

That said, AquaLift functions more as an improved manual clean than a true self-clean. Be prepared to use the Whirlpool provided tools to remove any excess water or waste deposits after the AquaLift cycle finishes. You may even want to run the AquaLift cycle a second time if there’s a particularly stubborn piece of dirt. But don’t worry, because it uses lower temperatures for less time you won’t damage your oven.

And what do the judges say? The lower heat is easier on your oven, it doesn’t produce any harmful fumes or unpleasant odours and it’s much faster than traditional self-cleaning. If you’re willing to use a little bit of elbow grease than Whirlpool’s AquaLift could be the perfect addition to your kitchen.

Now that you’ve got a clean sense of traditional self-cleaning vs. Whirlpool’s AquaLift, head over and shop our BrandSource store for all of your Whirlpool Family Oven needs.

Isabelle, Your Appliance Expert

Kitchen Trends to Look for in 2020

Black KitchenSource: Vicello Kitchen

A great kitchen can be so much more than just the heart of your home. A great kitchen combines exceptional style with exceptional functionality, and we’ve got just what trends to look for in 2020 when it comes to updating your kitchen.

Trend #1: Hidden Gems

From hidden or surprising storage to high tech appliances, kitchens in 2020 and beyond have a lot of gems waiting for you to discover.

  • We’ve been seeing kitchens getting sleeker over the past few years, and headed into 2020 we’re looking to clean the lines up even more. Discreet handles on all cupboards and drawers, or hidden entirely with undermounted pulls create a new look with a gentle nod to the sleek mid-century.

Discret handles in kitchenSource: Kresswell Interiors

  • Love your morning latte but hate seeing the messy coffee station? A trend on the rise and reaching full peak in 2020 for kitchens is hidden storage stations, perfect for your morning coffee routine, toaster, and other countertop clutter.
  • Hidden from view but a gem for any avid entertainer are today’s smart appliances. With remote features, and more cooking capabilities than ever before you will never look at your oven as ‘just an oven’ (or your other appliances!)
  • A complete reversal of the oversized and statement range hood, 2020 kitchen trends bring with it a hidden range hood. Discreet and more intimately integrated into the design, range hoods for 2020 are blending in rather than booming ‘look at me!’.

Hidden vent hoodSource: Vicello Kitchen

Trend #2: Clever Kitchen

From clever storage solutions to clever cooking technologies, a big trend for kitchens in 2020 is all about getting smart!

  • An organized pantry and clever (and clear!) storage solutions are all the rage in taking your kitchen plastic free in 2020. Organized, labelled, and ready for any dinner party and last-minute cupcake request. Kitchens in 2020 will be just what Martha Stewart always wished for us.
  • With more small space living we are seeing lots of creative solutions for storage, especially for those who are regular entertainers. Increasingly, a giant storage wall – entirely covered in practical and accessible storage is making smaller spaces incredibly functional.
Source: Houzz
  • Not just clever, but smart! Kitchens in 2020 are connected and offering up smart solutions in everything from faucets to appliances. With smart charging stations, remotely controlled kitchen lighting, and smart ovens responding to voice controls, kitchen design in 2020 and beyond is very clever indeed.

Trend #3: Colour

After years of all white kitchens we have started to see more and more colour return to the kitchen, and 2020 is no exception!

  • Not ready to brave all blue cabinetry just yet? A big trend for kitchen is two tones, with a darker colour on the bottom cabinetry and lighter on the top.

Two toned KitchenSource: Rebecca Hay Designs

  • Warm up the countertops with natural wood, creating a timeless and classic look (no matter what colour the cabinets are).
  • It might technically be the absence of colour, but black is back baby. Expect to see black cabinets taking kitchens by storm in 2020 (see main image). Or forget paint on the cabinets and go with another trend we are seeing for kitchens, the warm natural wood cabinet. Combined with a laminate countertop, this creates a timeless sophisticated look that isn’t too stuffy.
  • And yes, you guessed it! Look out for even more colour in your appliances.

Samsung Tuscan finish

Need some help picking out what hot new appliance your kitchen will enjoy in 2020? Check out our helpful appliance buying guides or come to our store where one of our experts will assist you in finding the perfect kitchen appliances for your needs.

Isabelle, Your Appliance Expert

6 Most Innovative Washer Features from Whirlpool and Maytag

6 Most Innovative Washer Features from Whirlpool and Maytag

We’ve come a long way since we first wrung our clothes out in the river. In the twenty-first century manufacturers are competing to bring your family the best performing laundry in the history of well… ever.

Whirlpool and Maytag remain industry leaders pushing forward on time-saving, easy to use, and high performance washer innovations designed to make your laundry experience easier.

Here are 6 innovative washing machine features we’re excited about.

1. Load & Go

Skip the detergent every time you wash. With Load and Go you preload your detergent and fabric softener in an easy to access automatic dispenser. Whirlpool’s Load and Go system automatically adds detergent and fabric softener at the perfect time, with a capacity of up to 40 loads you’ll never wonder if you remembered to add the detergent again.

2. Built-In Water Faucet

Stop stains from setting with Whirlpool and Maytag’s Built-In Water Faucet. Located just inside the washer drum, the built-in faucet lets you prewash any stubborn stain or soil before the wash cycle even begins.

Built-In Water Faucet

3. Smart Laundry

Smarter washing is better with Smart Laundry through the Whirlpool App. Start a load remotely or assign a task to family members when it’s time to flip the laundry. With its voice activation through Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, or your Apple Watch, doing your laundry from anywhere has never been easier.

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4. Steam for Stains Option

Tackle even the toughest stains with Maytag’s Steam For Stains Option using a combination of steam and temperature to create an ideal environment for cleansing enzymes to remove organic stains.

Steam for stain

5. Sanitize Cycle

Kill harmful bacteria with Whirlpool and Maytag’s Sanitize Cycle. The extra hot water inside the washer removes over 99% of the 3 most common household bacteria.

6. Extra Power

Sometimes your laundry needs extra attention. With select Maytag washers’ Extra Power button you boost the stain fighting wash features in any load.

Getting your clothes clean has never been easier. And now that you’re caught up on the newest innovations from Whirlpool and Maytag head on over to BrandSource and shop all the latest Whirlpool and Maytag washing machines.

And be sure to check out our helpful Washer and Dryer Buying Guide for the answers to all of your laundry questions.

Isabelle, Your Appliance Expert