Gas vs. Electric. vs. Induction. Let the Battle of the Cooktops Begin!

Gas vs. Electric. vs. Induction. Let the Battle of the Cooktops Begin!

When it comes to cooking, there are three things you need to know about. Gas. Electric. Induction. Those are the three fuel options on the market for your range or cooktop with each having their own benefits and drawbacks. So, how do you know which cooktop fuel type is right for you?

When it comes to fuel, most people tend to go with what they already know, but as technology evolves it’s worth exploring your options. Even beyond innovation, there are plenty of aesthetic reasons to make a change. As you’ll see, not all fuels are created equal.

Now that you’re warmed up, let’s take a look at what you can expect.

Cooking With Gas

Gas Cooktop

Gas cooktops are most popular with serious cooks. From culinary professionals to home cooking wizards, the magic of gas is in that little flame. Compared to electric cooktops, gas offers more precision within a greater temperature range. For many people, the live flame is also more intuitive and easier to control.

Available in natural gas or liquid propane, gas cooktops are more energy-efficient than radiant electric models. From a design point of view the live flame, heavy grates, and commercial appearance remain as popular as ever.

If you like tactile control with a professional look and performance and you aren’t intimidated by a live flame, then a gas cooktop could be for you.

Electric Radiates Warmth

Electric Ceramic Cooktop

Electric cooktops come in two options; coil top or smooth top. Coil tops are the old-fashioned ones. Rings of conductive metal mounted into the cooktop, and to cook you simply place your pots and pans directly onto the ring. Very durable, easy to clean and self-repair, coil tops are the most affordable cooktops on the market.

Stepping up into a ceramic glass cooktop will offer better performance and more features. With an electric coil, or halogen lamp set beneath the glass, heat is more evenly distributed. The glass top gives you an easy to clean surface and an integrated look that will bring out the best in any kitchen.

If you want an integrated, elegant and relatively inexpensive cooking option, then an electric cooktop could be the way to go.

Why Is Induction Cooking So Attractive?

Induction cooktops may look like electric cooktops, but that’s where the similarity ends. With induction cooktops, magnetic coils are set beneath the glass. When a ferrous metal pot or pan (a magnet will adhere to the pot) is placed on the cooking surface, an electromagnetic field is created which heats the cookware.

Not only is this direct heat incredibly efficient (like boil water in 90 seconds efficient), it’s also the safest and the most precise compared to both electric and gas options. If that wasn’t enough, because the cooking surface doesn’t actually heat up, it’s also the safest and the easiest to clean. When it comes to cooktop performance, induction cooktops really do offer the best of both worlds.

As a newer technology, expect to pay more for induction cooktops. You may also need to invest in new cookware (cookware that will attract a magnet). And when it comes to installation, remember that induction cooktops require anywhere from 40 – 60 amps depending on the model, compared to only 30 – 40 amps for a traditional electric cooktop installation.

If you want the most precise, efficient, and safest option on the market, and you can afford to pay a little bit more for that extra performance, then there has never been a better time to buy a new induction cooktop.

Now that you’ve got a taste of what you’re cooking with, head over to our Appliance Buying Guides for all the information you need on cooktops and ventilation.

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Isabelle, Your Appliance Expert

5 Questions to Ask When Buying a New Dishwasher

5 Questions to Ask When Buying a New Dishwasher

If you’re reading this, it probably means you’re looking for a new dishwasher. It’s hard to imagine life without a dishwasher. I mean, you could. It’s possible to wash all your dishes by hand… but really? Come on.

You’ve probably noticed that there are a ton of features on the market. Laser beams that shoot out of the dishwasher and onto your floor are super cool, but if you’re serious about buying a dishwasher then you need to ask yourself a few questions.

Seriously, this is Dishwasher 101.

Is It Quiet?

Everyone looking for a dishwasher wants it to be quiet. It’s the number one most requested feature, right up there with actually cleaning the dishes. With every manufacturer promising quieter and quieter machines, how can you know which one is the quietest?

Honestly, you can’t. Not really.

There’s no standard when it comes to measuring a dishwasher’s decibel rating, but there are certain rules of thumb you can count on when you’re buying a dishwasher.

  • Stainless steel tubs are quieter than plastic or hybrid tubs.
  • Lower advertised decibel (db) ratings will generally be quieter, but since most people can’t differentiate between 3 db anyway, don’t stress this too much.
  • Some of the best dishwashers on the market are also some of the quietest, so leaning into this feature is a good shortcut when you’re shopping for a dishwasher.

What Is The Tub Made Of?

Dishwashers have 3 types of tubs: plastic, stainless steel, and a mix of both (hybrid).

When looking at dishwashers just remember that plastic tubs will be the most cost effective, and resist stains best. Stainless steel is the most durable, the quietest, the most energy-efficient and the most odour resistant. Hybrid tubs, combine both materials offering the benefits of both, but also some of the downsides too.

For more detail on dishwasher tubs, check out our previous article Which is Better? Plastic, Stainless Steel or Hybrid Dishwasher Tub?

Does it Have Load Flexibility?

Dishwasher with cutlery trays

In the olden days, you crammed your oversized dishes between the fixed prongs and if they didn’t snap off, you prayed the plates would clear the racks. Then when it inevitably failed, you took those dishes back out of the dishwasher and cleaned them by hand. Luckily, we don’t live in the dark ages anymore.

Today’s dishwashers have many load flexible options to make washing every type of dish easier than it’s ever been. How you load the dishwasher is going to affect how well it cleans too. And more flexibility helps there as well.

Look for options like cutlery trays, collapsing tines, and adjustable racks. Dedicated wash zones, more powerful jets and specialized nozzles help tackle stubborn soil loads and all combine to make every dish sparkle.

Is It Energy-Efficient?

You may not have heard, but cleaning a load of dishes in a full dishwasher uses less water than washing your dishes by hand. Not only are energy-efficient dishwashers better than hand washing, they’re also better than they’ve ever been. Today’s dishwashers use less energy and less water than last generation’s comparable models.

Features such as heat transfer technology reduce the need for high output warming coils. Soil and load sensors waste less water. Couple that with better filtration and more efficient detergent and you really minimize your ecological impact. And of course, saving energy helps you save money too.

If environment-friendly tops your must-have features then head over to Energy Star’s Certified Dishwasher list to find the most eco-friendly models.

How Does a Dishwasher Deal With Food Waste?

Dishwasher Filter

Dishwashers deal with food one of two ways; they filter it, or they grind and flush it.

Most European dishwashers feature a manual filter at the bottom of the tub, just beneath the spray arm. Heat is used to dissolve most food waste, and any leftover is trapped by the filtration system. A manual filter is easy to clean, quieter and the most energy-efficient option.

Many North American dishwashers still use some kind of hard food disposal system like a grinder to break up excess food particles and flush them down the drain. Automatic disposals are definitely neater and tidier than having to clean a dirty filter although they can also lead to more service issues.

With those five questions answered you’re off to a great start! Our Dishwasher Buying Guide has everything you need to find the perfect dishwasher. You can also check out a couple of our helpful blogs for even more information.

Isabelle, Your Appliance Expert

Cook Anywhere with a Bosch Flexinduction Cooktop

Bosch Flexinduction Cooktop

The best things in life are flexible: Gum, Slinkys, and even those stretchy pants you make sure to wear every Thanksgiving.

With their new cooktops, Bosch is bringing that same level of flexibility to your kitchen. And, with the added power of induction, Bosch is introducing a Flex-volution to cooking as you know it. Here are just a few of the reasons that FlexInduction Cooktops will help you cook any way – and anywhere — you want.

Bigger is Better

If you’ve got a big meal to prepare for the in-laws, or just have a lot of mouths to feed every night, cooking can be a time-consuming and crowded affair. With all those pots and pans – and “NO ROBBIE PUT THAT DOWN THAT ISN’T DONE COOKING YET!”– and well, you only have two hands, and only so much cooktop space, it’s an underappreciated miracle that dinner gets done at all sometimes.

Bosch has heard your dinnertime cries. FlexInduction cooktops can get your cooking done quicker than your kids will be able to destroy the house or mess up the kitchen. With FlexInduction, your cooktop’s two cooking zones can be used together to allow for the use of larger cookware. One massive cooking zone, all ready for everything you – and your family – can throw at it.

Faster is Better

Patience may be a virtue, but that doesn’t mean it’s one that most people practise often. Don’t worry, Bosch has a solution for you there, too. With the SpeedBoost function, you’ll be boiling water twice as fast.

Mac and cheese? Pasta? Corn on the cob? All of those family staples just got faster to cook, which means you have more time to spend actually eating dinner with your family instead of just wasting away over the stove all evening.

Power is Better

Imagine having all the power in the universe. Imagine being able to snap your finger and the rules of space, time, and energy all bend to your will.

So, this might not be quite that powerful, but it’s probably the next best thing. Bosch’s PowerMove feature divides your FlexInduction into three different areas. Each area has a different preset power level, and all you have to do is move whatever you are cooking to change levels. It’s easy as pie! Except you probably shouldn’t cook pie on a cooktop. But you get the general idea.

Everything is Better

In case you aren’t already convinced at just how awesome Bosch cooktops are, there’s one more stop left on this train ride. Bosch cooktops also feature a wide array of other features, including child locks, SafeStart that makes sure other metal objects aside from cookware don’t start the element, and even settings perfect for melting chocolate or butter. Bravo, Bosch. You really have thought of everything.

Even better, if you are looking for a new Bosch cooktop – or just can’t decide which of their cooktops would fit best in your kitchen space and needs – stop in today, and we can answer any and all of your questions. We promise to get you back cooking in your kitchen again before your kids will even notice you are missing. Or at least before they cause too much trouble.

Shop Bosch Induction Cooktops here.

Amanda, Your Appliance Expert

How to Clean the 4 Parts of Your Samsung Range that Get the Dirtiest

How to clean a range

If we’re being honest here, kitchens are icky places. Don’t get us wrong, they have the ability to be rather clean and germ-free, but if you continue cleaning them the way you are, you’ll never get away from the constantly growing bacteria living in the crevices of your appliances.

If there’s one appliance that seems to do a lot of the work in your kitchen, it’s the range. From spills to grease splatters, this major appliance tends to get the most use and the most messes.

But, instead of just focusing on the obvious cleanups, we want to help you really sanitize the scum out, which means doing more than just spraying a simple solution inside your range oven and wiping it down.

It requires a little more detail work. Follow these steps to clean the most surprisingly dirty spots of your Samsung range, so your kitchen stays a hygienic place for cooking food.

1. Get a Handle on It

If you are someone who tends to wash doorknobs and drawer pulls, we probably don’t need to lecture you about washing your range oven handle. But it’s better to be safe than sorry! Can you count the number of times you’ve opened your Samsung range oven when your hands were covered in food? It’s not at the top of most people’s priority list to wash our hands before opening the oven, but maybe it should be.

Door handles tend to harbour more harmful germs than most surfaces and if not washed off correctly, will create bacteria colonies! In any case, taking the time to at least clean off your oven’s handle after a meal will save you from spreading germs to other family members who also like to cook.

2. Rack On

The racks inside your Samsung range oven may get immersed in an intense amount of heat, but that in no way means they are sanitized. Every month or so, fill your sink with hot water and soap and let your racks soak in them for 30 minutes to an hour. If your sink is too small to fit them, find an empty bin to fill with hot water and soap.

Once they are done soaking, the grime should just wipe off with a washcloth. Just like butter.

3. Grate Expectations

Cleaning gas cooktop

Just like the racks in your range’s oven, if you have a gas cooktop, the grates will need some loving to keep them from bacteria’s reach. Lifting them up and cleaning under and around will not fix the issue – they may need a good soaking as well. Follow step 2, but for your cooktop’s grates, and that will clear up most of the germs you’re trying to rid yourself of.

4. A Land Down Under

Underneath your range is like a scary abyss. It’s a place where all the escaped leftovers go to die and attract other unwelcome things. This is exactly why you must look under your appliance and wipe everything up. We suggest either pulling your range all the way out so you can clean it, or using a duster that is thin enough to go under your range and wipe away the debris. It may seem spooky under there, but just remember, it’s more afraid of you than you are if it.

Of course, some ranges are beyond help, and you may just need to get a new one. If you’re in the market for a new range, be sure to check out the Samsung range selection we’ve got going at our store! And once you have it, help it stay in good condition by cleaning it EVERYWHERE. That way it will be fresh, clean, and ready to take on your food endeavours while keeping you safe from harm’s way.

Amanda, Your Appliance Expert

How to Motivate Yourself to Do Laundry

How to Motivate Yourself to Do Laundry

Let’s face it: Most people really don’t like doing laundry. But, along with dishes, mowing the lawn, and changing baby diapers, laundry is just one of those chores that has to get done, even if nobody in particular wants to do it.

And, the larger your family grows, the more laundry starts to – literally – pile up. If you are struggling with the lifetime laundry blues and are looking for help, here are some ways to put yourself back on track toward freshly washed clothes.

Make It Fun

One of the easiest ways to try to get yourself to do laundry is through association. If you associate something fun with doing laundry, then maybe you won’t put it off until you are stuck wearing the same underwear three days in a row and hoping you don’t smell.

For example, you could put on one of your favourite albums, grab your favourite beer, cocktail, or glass of wine, or even turn it into a competition between the kids to see who can do the most laundry and reward them with some ice cream, accordingly. Of course, you could always reward yourself, as well, so let’s look at idea number 2…

Reward Yourself

Treat yourself! As much as we might like to pretend that we are super evolved creatures, humans really operate on a pretty standard reward system. Much like dogs and treats, positive feedback and reinforcement go a long way, and you can turn that to your advantage to make yourself do laundry.

If you put off that thing you really want to do until you get the laundry done and then reward yourself, you’ll be more likely to keep that laundry pile small and manageable. There are plenty of possibilities: giving yourself a sticker that goes on your fridge, letting yourself stay up a bit late to watch an extra episode of your favourite Netflix show, or getting to take a nice, warm bath with a new book.

How to Motivate Yourself to Do Laundry

Wear Your Favourite Outfits First

If you are still struggling with life, liberty, and the pursuit of clean laundry, keep reading. Another trick that might work is wearing all your favourite outfits first. This way, eventually you’ll be just down to outfits you really don’t like – or no outfits at all – which will put you in the position of either finally breaking down and doing laundry or wearing your 7th grade cheerleader outfit to your aunt’s wake. Please, for the sake of your family, pick doing laundry.

Pile Your Clothes Somewhere Important

Desperate laundry times call for desperate laundry measures. If you still can’t muster up the courage to face the daunting laundry task, then maybe you need to take some extreme action.

For example, you could pile all your dirty clothes on top of – or in front of – something that you really enjoy, so that they’ll deter you from being able to use it. For some, that might mean piling all of your dirty clothes up on the TV, for others it may mean covering up your favourite chair.

Sure, it’s a little mean and messy, but if you really want to binge-watch “Gilmore Girls” for seven hours, you’ll need to get up, move that pile of clothes, and wash them.

We’ll also add that putting your clothes someplace only slightly annoying might not have the desired effect here. If you just throw them in a chair that you don’t use that often or hide them in a corner, you’ll probably just end up moving them back and forth until the pile becomes a giant, unwieldy gargantuan laundry monster that one day becomes sentient and eats you. And you don’t want that!

Of course, another way to make laundry fun is to get a new Whirlpool laundry pair – one that perfectly matches your laundry habits and has new bells and whistles to make washing and drying even easier. Stop in today to see what a new washing machine and drying machine from Whirlpool can do for you, and get out there and get washing!

Amanda, Your Appliance Expert

The Basics of Installing a GE Range Hood

The Basics of Installing a GE Range Hood

A range hood is one of the most important appliances to have in your kitchen. It is a large appliance that either re-circulates fresh, filtered air back into the kitchen or vents smoke, heat, and odours outside to keep them from getting in your way while you cook. A high-quality GE range hood is a must-have for any cooking enthusiast, but if your home doesn’t come with one built in — or if your old one is worn out — installing a new GE hood can seem like a daunting task.

However, it only takes a few simple tools and some know-how to install a GE range hood in your kitchen. They come in a variety of sizes, strengths, and configurations, so you’ll need to check the manufacturer’s guide for precise instructions, but these basic guidelines will help you on your way to getting your kitchen cooking-ready.

Range Hood Installation Basics

  1. Pick out the right range hood. Your choice will depend on how much you cook and how your kitchen is set up. If you have a clear space above your range, you can use more sophisticated chimney, island, or wall mount hoods, but if your stove is directly under cabinets, you’ll have to opt for an undercabinet hood. Undercabinet hoods tend to be easier to install since many of them don’t require a duct leading outside the house, but be aware that models which recirculate air rather than venting it may not be as effective.
  2. Take safety precautions. Turn off the power to your kitchen and lock the panel box to make sure no one turns the electricity back on until you’re done. Be sure to wear goggles, gloves, and a mask while you work.
  3. Check your venting. If you want to install a vented hood, make sure you have the proper ductwork and a range hood that matches it. Undercabinet hoods typically have ducting either running up through the cabinets above, or back through the wall behind it. If you’re installing new venting for your GE range hood, be sure that it doesn’t end in the attic or against a wall. All vents should lead outside the house, to avoid heat buildup and potential fire hazards.
  4. Remove your old hood, if you have one. After shutting off the power, open up the panel covering the electrical wiring on your old hood and disconnect all the wires. If you have an undercabinet hood, loosen the screws that attach it to the cabinet above, but don’t remove them completely. You should be able to slide the hood off the screws. Once you’ve set the old hood aside, remove the screws from the cabinet.
  5. Make sure the new hood fits correctly. Depending on the type of hood and range, the new hood should be about 20 to 30 inches above the surface of the cooktop. Hoods can hang slightly lower over electric stoves as compared to gas-powered. For optimal results, make sure the range hood covers the whole cooking area, with a 3-inch overhang on all sides, if possible.
  6. Reconnect your new GE range hood. In all instances, be sure to read and follow the manufacture’s installation instructions. Hold the new hood in place and thread the wires from the wall through a small hole in the back of the hood. There should be one black and one white wire coming from the wall, as well as two black wires and two white wires coming from the hood. Connect the two black wires from your hood to the black wire on the wall, and the two white wires from your hood to the white wire on the wall using wire connectors. Tuck the wires away, replace the panel cover, then screw the hood in place using the type of screws recommended by the manufacturer. Turn your power back on and test it out to make sure your new range hood is fully functional.

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Amanda, Your Appliance Expert

6 Unique Kitchen Storage Ideas

6 Unique Kitchen Storage Ideas

Kitchens can easily become a mess. Between cooking, eating, cleaning, and storing, they have their work cut out for them. Balancing all of that along with work and the kids and – and oh, look, there the dog goes eating something off the counter again – can be a chore for even the most talented of homemakers.

The best bet is to try to get ahead of the battle by having storage solutions for everything that lives in the kitchen. By having places for everything, you’ll know where to return stuff when you are done with it, instead of just leaving it behind to take up precious counter space. And after putting in all the work to organize everything and seeing your kitchen in its cleanest glory, it’s likely you’ll want to keep it that way.

The needs of every kitchen are different, but we put together some ideas to help make the best use of the space you have and to organize your kitchen your own way.

1. Use Those Walls

Sure, they are there to keep your ceiling up, but walls can be used for plenty of other things, as well!

You could wall mount a plate rack or grab some wall hangers and use that space for pots and pans. It will help give you more room in those cluttered cabinets to move some of the bigger and bulkier items out of the drawers and on to the walls.

2. Mug Shots

Hanging mugs

Coffee – or tea, for you fancy folk out there – mugs can take up a lot of space, especially as you start to collect cool ones you find. Not only that, but they often aren’t easily stacked, with different ones coming in different sizes and shapes.

What to do with all of them, then? Display them! You could go with a mug rack with hanging hooks, dedicate a whole wall of your kitchen to a mug display, or use some under-cabinet hooks to really maximize your mug space. The more mugs the better, we always say!

3. Merry-go-round

Some kitchens just have awkward corners that don’t seem to help much when it comes to storage. That’s not always true, though! Corners can be just as useful as shelves or cabinets for storing your kitchenware.

How, you might ask? Turn that corner into a carousel! Grab a carousel rack and turn that once-neglected corner into a master of organized cabinetry. And one that’s fun to spin around, of course.

4. Knifing Around

Source: DeVos Custom Woodworking

Looking for a cool and unique way to display your kitchen knives? Tryout an in-counter knife slot. We wouldn’t recommend trying to put one in yourself, but it gives you an option to do something a little more colourful with your cutlery.

5. Spices

Life without spice just wouldn’t be life, now, would it? Perfect for adding that extra little bit of pizzazz to whatever it is you are cooking, spices can also tend to accumulate and take over the kitchen.

Fret not: There’s no need to contribute to waste by throwing them away, you just need a more organized and seasoned approach. Spice racks are a good way to do this, and they make racks of all shapes and sizes that can go almost anywhere in your kitchen.

6. Don’t Wine

Danby Wine Cooler

Wine bottles – while an important part of any kitchen – can also quickly take up counter space. Try throwing a little artistic direction into your alcohol storage! Wine racks are always one way to go, but the internet is full of unique and creative solutions for wine lovers of all kinds.

Another great way to store your wine bottles is to use a Danby wine cooler. Since most refrigerators are set too cold for wine, a wine cooler will help maintain the integrity of the wine by generating a consistent temperature control. You paid good money for that wine, after all, so you might as well make sure it is well-preserved too!

Need more ideas? Come visit us and talk to one of our expert sales associates on how to create your most organized kitchen to date. They’ll walk you through our Danby wine cooler collection and other new appliance features that will help you get more organized.

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Amanda, Your Appliance Expert

5 Ways to Keep your Freezer Organized

Five Ways to Keep your Freezer Organized

With only five simple tips, your freezer will become your greatest kitchen ally. Your partner in pantry storage, meal preparation, and savouring the seasons. Whether it is your chest freezer in the garage or basement, your upright freezer in the pantry, or your fridge top or bottom freezer, these five key ingredients will make you talk about freezer organization more than cross-fit at your next cocktail party.

With an organized freezer, you’ll be more efficient in the kitchen and waste less food.

Tip #1 – Labels

The #1 tip for an organized freezer is to label EVERYTHING. I find it’s helpful to keep a big black sharpie in my kitchen gadget drawer, that way I can reach for it and write on containers, freezer bags, anything. You will want to write the item, the quantity, and the date. You can easily wash off the marker when you clean the container, so they are ready for the next item.

Tip #2 – Consistent Containers & Categories

When choosing your freezer containers choose items of consistent shapes that will stack well in your freezer style. Freezing items in consistent portion sizes (like spaghetti sauce for 2) is an easy way to meal plan. Cooking for 6? Remove three containers and defrost in the fridge or microwave. If you have teens in the house looking for quick meals, freezing chili or other items in single serve is very helpful.

Keep your freezer organized by having consistent categories, like frozen pre-made meals, frozen meats, and frozen treats. Keeping items in like-sized containers within their own category area of the freezer makes reaching in and grabbing what you need very easy.

Tip #3 – Bins and Bags (not boxes or trays)

When it comes to storing food in the freezer your best friends are bins and bags, not boxes or trays. Items like frozen chicken fillets often have cooking instructions right on the resealable bag (inside the box), so toss the box and save the space.

Five Ways to Keep your Freezer Organized_2

You also want to be sure to transfer all meat (beef, poultry, pork etc) from the tray pack from the grocery store or the butcher’s paper. These are not freezer friendly. While this type of packaging is fine for the fridge for a day or two before you cook & enjoy, you will always want to repackage your meats into freezer bags and label accordingly. This is also a great time to add your favourite marinades. Having bags of chicken breasts in my favourite peanut sauce makes stir fries a cinch!

I find small clear bins help me keep everything in those consistent categories. But if bins aren’t your jam, just type freezer organization into Pinterest and go down the rabbit hole of every possible freezer hack you can find. There will definitely be one that works for you.

Tip #4 – Keep Inventory

It might just be in your head but just like for your fridge you should have a rough idea of what you have in your freezer, and when it should be used by. Some people like big lists on the freezer, that is very handy too.

I like to think of my freezer less in terms of the individual items but more on the categories. Knowing I’ve got at least a container or two of pre-made meals, a bag or two of frozen meat for the slow cooker or barbecue, and some frozen veggies (and yes, French fries) I’ve got the basics covered. Just like having flour in your cupboard, or eggs in the fridge, having some basics in the freezer will make it part of the pantry family.

Tip #5 – Use It as Your First Step in Meal Prep

The key to an organized freezer is one that is regularly used. Make your freezer the first step in your weekly meal prep. Open it up, see what meat should be eaten, or what container of pre-made spaghetti sauce, chili, or stew could help with the busy week ahead. Using this as your starting point to help meal plan, use the food you have, and ensure none goes to waste by lingering too long in the back of the freezer will make you feel like a superhero.

Isabelle, Your Appliance Expert

4 Things to Consider When Buying a New Refrigerator

4 Things to Consider When Buying a New Refrigerator

So, you’re looking for a new refrigerator. Something simple; something that will hold your groceries, keep your food fresh, not kill your energy bill, and maybe even look good. Shouldn’t be too hard to find one, right?

With so many choices and so many features out there, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. Do you need a 3-door or 5-door refrigerator, a smart fridge with a water dispenser, one with a camera? Yes, fridges have cameras now!

But let’s forget about the bells and whistles. What you really need is something reliable. Something that works for you. Something you can trust. After all, you’re buying something for your kitchen, not a mission to Mars.

We’ve got you covered. Keep these 4 things in mind, and I promise you, you’ll get the fridge you need.


Size is number one on this list for a reason. If your new fridge won’t fit in your kitchen, you can’t use it. So grab your measuring tape and get your available dimensions before you buy.

As you measure your opening keep in mind that refrigerator heights vary, but widths come standard at 24, 30, 33 and 36 inches. Some manufacturers will offer a few different dimensions, but for 98% of the people out there, these are your go-tos.

In freestanding fridges, you’ve got two depth options in Standard or Counter-Depth. A standard depth refrigerator will be approximately 30″ deep and stand proud of your counter about 6″. Like its name, a counter-depth fridge will be more flush to your cabinets as only the door stands proud making them perfect for tighter spaces.

These instructions from Whirlpool will help you measure everything that you need to Refrigerator sizes: the guide to measuring for fit.


With your dimensions sorted, you’ll want to maximize the amount of food you can store. In refrigerators, that storage space is measured by capacity. Simply put, a smaller capacity fridge will hold less food than a larger capacity one.

Different refrigerator styles have different capacities too, so keep that in mind when you’re considering the look you want.

As a general rule though, budget 4 – 6 cubic feet for each adult in your home.

Refrigerator capacity versus family size


Energy savings are important. Energy Star Certified refrigerators (as well as many other certified appliances) help mother earth, and they help your wallet too. Current fridges are at least 9% more energy efficient than previous generations and simple things like properly setting the internal temperature and making sure there’s room to vent around the fridge will get you the most energy savings for your buck.

Style matters and larger fridges will typically consume more energy than smaller ones, in terms of pure efficiency though you’ll get the best balance of energy-saving and performance in the 16 – 20 cubic foot range.


Example of Refrigerator finishes

For a high-end commercial look, stainless steel remains the most popular refrigerator finish you can buy. Smudges and fingerprints are still a drawback, but with more brands introducing fingerprint-resistant finishes, stainless steel is easier to clean than ever before.

Bouncing off that popularity, manufacturers have brought a number of stainless steel colours to market from black to bronze, and traditional whites and blacks still have an incredible appeal in the right kitchen.

Whatever your kitchen just remember, when it comes to refrigerators Size, Capacity, Energy, and Colour are all you need to get started. Come on down to our store to find your perfect family fridge today.

Want to know more on How to Buy a Refrigerator? Read our Refrigerator Buying Guide.

Isabelle, Your Appliance Expert

The 4 Best Laundry Solutions for Small Spaces

Whirpool Laundry Centre for small spaces

Trying to get the most out of your laundry room shouldn’t leave you feeling hung out to dry. Just because you have a small space, that doesn’t mean you have to hit the laundromat. There are a number of space-saving solutions for any laundry set up guaranteed to maximize your space and get your laundry done as quickly and hassle-free as possible.

Laundry Centres

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Laundry Centres are a popular answer to a small laundry room problem. A stacked washer and dryer in a single unit, laundry centres are perfect for tight, taller spaces like closets, apartments or galley laundry rooms. Available in both compact and standard widths, laundry centres are amongst the most economical options on the market, and the only top load washer option you’ll find in the smaller class.


  • More affordable
  • Available in a variety of sizes


  • If one machine breaks you need to replace the entire unit.
  • Only available in vented options.

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Small Capacity Washer and Dryer

Compact washer and dryer by Whirlpool

Small capacity washer and dryers are the most versatile option going. With independent units, you can install them side by side for a more traditional look, or use a stacking kit to stack them like a laundry centre.

Unlike traditional laundry machines, small capacity units measure in at a reasonable 24″ wide, with washer capacities ranging from 1.9 to 2.6 cubic feet and dryer capacities from 3.4 – 4.0 cubic feet.

Available in gas, or electric, at either 220V or 110V, and with both vented and ventless dryer options, small capacity machines can be installed almost anywhere.


  • Best performance in the compact class.
  • Versatile installation.


  • Buying two independent machines can cost more than combination options.

All-in-One Washer & Dryer

Whirlpool All-in-One WasherDryer (Large)

If space is your number one concern, then an all-in-one laundry centre is going to be your best option. Looking like a standard front load washer or dryer, all-in-one machines perform the wash and dry cycles within a single drum. With one machine, you only need half the space compared to other options, and in really tight spaces, this may be your one and only solution. Keep in mind that with a single drum, it may take twice as long to get through your laundry, but with a ventless installation you’ll have a lot of flexibility with your installation.


  • Best space-saving option.
  • Ventless design can be installed anywhere.


  • Smaller capacity and slower workflows than other options.
  • Not available in gas.

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Portable Washers & Dryers

Portable Washer by GE

Portable laundry solutions are perfect for places like apartment kitchens, cottages, RVs, and other small spaces that don’t have room for a permanent set up.

Typically, portable washers need to be rolled out and connected to a faucet to manual fill the drum before the wash cycle can begin. Portable dryers are less common, but are available and come as part of a portable laundry set or a stand-alone unit. With tub capacities from 1.7 – 2.1 cubic feet, expect lower capacities than you’d get in most other laundry setups, but save for bedding it’s still more than enough for a small families’ needs.


  • Can be stowed away when not in use.
  • A good option for renters who want to take their laundry with them when they move.


  • Can be a hassle to set up and put away every time you want to wash your clothes.

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Our appliance experts can help you find the answers to all your laundry concerns. And with the right solutions, you don’t have to make sacrifices in small spaces. Check out our helpful Buying Guide for all laundry solutions.

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