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Interview with a Dishwasher

Asko LogoAsko Logan 3What happens when you interview a fellow co-worker about their new Asko dishwasher? You get a lot of answers and some silly photo ops…..I put my glasses on for this one to get my “reporter” groove on…Asko Logan 5

Logan used to resort to a base model “other” brand that was noisy (you could hear the *squish*squish* of the water) and didn’t clean her dishes. It was bad, so bad that Quinn (pictured below in all his furry cuteness), her fur baby, helped out with the dishes. Asko Logan QuinnFast forward to about 6 months ago when Logan was the proud purchaser of a top-of-the-line Asko dishwasher and here is what she has to say from first hand experience…

Logan’s words:

“I put REALLY dirty dishes in there. I even put a casserole dish caked on with a dark berry cobbler and it came out CLEAN!!”

“My wine glasses come out streak free. I usually let them sit for a few days because I don’t have a full load right away.”

“I LOVE the silverware tray. I never use the silverware basket.”

“I don’t hear it. The little display window shows the time left. I also like that the design is simple, doesn’t have a name on the front, and doesn’t compete with other design elements in my kitchen.”

“Quinn likes to sit on the door when the dishwasher is open and sometimes ‘pre-wash’ the dishes. He is 10 lbs.” (It’s a good thing this dishwasher sanitizes the dishes!!!!!)

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The top of the line, D5656XXLHS model with a tubular handle has a MSRP of $2155, with the pro handle MSRP at $2210. Their base model starts at $979!!! Inside this stainless steel interior dishwasher sits a fully removal third utensil rack positioned in the center of the dishwasher. The WideClean zones offer more powerful wash action on pots, pans, and cobbler crusted Fiestaware. This model also has an interior light. And since Asko is the dishwasher line for the Subzero and Wolf family, you get a 2 year warranty AND amazing customer service. They also offer a 3 year warranty if it’s purchased and installed by us included as part of a full Subzero-Wolf package. Of course, we have this model and other Askos on the floor. We’d be happy to show them to you!Asko Logan 1

Something to Talk About

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FOOD_CROISSANT_COFFEE_TRG_72815Pull up a chair and grab a fresh baked croissant with your coffee. The time has come again to seriously consider a Subzero-Wolf-Asko package. As of July 1st through March 31, 2017, they are running a promotion that can include $1000 back and/or Wolf Gourmet product options.

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Many consumers wonder if the cost of a premium appliance package is worth it. They also wonder if they can afford such luxuries. I’m here to tell you it’s possible and worth it. Investing extra money now will give you a fabulous chef’s kitchen that will last you for many years.

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Refrigeration that lasts, cooking products that stand up to the toughest and gentlest recipes, cleaning products that take on anything you can whip up on their fine products, this is what you can have with a Subzero-Wolf-Asko kitchen. But they don’t stop there….how about a coffee system and microwave options (built-in, drop down doors, micro-drawers). Under-counter refrigeration and freezers offer you drawer options or door options. Wine storage in beautiful columns, or placed under your counter. Ice machines and outdoor products, the list goes on and on. You like modern and sleek? Professional and robust? Hidden behind decadent cabinetry? If you can dream it, the Subzero-Wolf-Asko line can bring it to life. This is a manufacturer that doesn’t quit and neither do their products.

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One of their best kept secrets is how they treat their customers. You are premium. You are cared for. Their customer service is top notch and, to us, one of the best in the industry. They invest in you as you have invested in their products.

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This is not a product line can be summed up in a small blog. A tour through our expanded Living Kitchen and details in person about their promotion are very much worth a trip to our showroom. Finish your coffee and croissant, and stop in. It’s time to wake up and realize this kitchen dream is within reach. We will show you how…

Proms & Dishwashers

Prom1It’s prom season. Teens everywhere are suiting and dolling up for this special event. So what do proms and teenagers have in common? If you are fortunate enough to have a teen that cleans up and helps out around the house, we might just help make their jobs easier. Let’s face it, it is hard to get kids to do any chores. Wouldn’t it be nice if one chore was easier to do but still got the job done?DishesPicNot all teens are meticulous cleaners. And if you have them doing the dishes, they may not always pay attention to how they are loading the dishwasher. With a new dishwasher you won’t have to worry if your teen pre-washed or pre-rinsed the dishes. Scraping any pieces off the plate and putting them in is the extent of the effort needed. Yes, they will look disgusting. Yes, you will doubt the dishes smeared with mashed potatoes and caked on cheese will get cleaned. Yes, you will be amazed at the end result. Dishwashers these days actually wash dishes. What a novel idea…dirty dishes3

Dishwashers have changed plenty over the years. Drying done by heating elements has almost disappeared, replaced with more energy efficient condensation drying methods. Loud? These days many dishwashers are so quiet an indicator light or displayed light within the door is included so you know the dishwasher is even running and/or off. They are THAT quiet. The clean factor is what really wows me. I’ve watched some really awful dishes go into current dishwashers and that come out squeaky clean. It’s really fun to experiment and put the most disgusting dishes in and still have them come out clean!dirty dishes2So if you can get your teen to help out, and even if you can’t, know that you could make dishwashing easier on everyone by upgrading to a new machine.

Woodland Creatures, Soap, and Water

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This morning as I unloaded my dishwasher I decided it may be my favorite appliance (closely tied with my range, refrigerator, microwave, washer, and dryer). Spending most of my young adulthood in New Jersey I was quite accustomed to doing dishes the old fashioned way….with a sponge and soap. Most of the homes where I lived didn’t have room for dishwashers without giving up valuable cabinet space. Many homes were older and smaller. Winter would come and my poor dishwashing hands would take a beating in that dry, cold weather.

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Since moving to Central Florida one of my favorite luxuries is my dishwasher. Florida is blessed with lots of newer construction and space so dishwashers are a staple in many homes and apartments. The chances of magical woodland creatures helping with housework are pretty slim even in Disney’s backyard, so I am quite grateful to modern engineering and design. They have provided indulgences such as being able to wake up to clean dishes in the morning while slumbering in dreamland overnight.

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There are a variety of live dishwashers on our showroom floor. Having experienced first hand how to load, unload, reconfigure, and use all the features on our floor models is a huge help in showing and explaining them to our clients.

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A personal favorite is the Bosch brand. Depending on the model, Bosch can offer an interior light, an indicator light on the floor showing it is running, energy efficient condensation drying, a half load option, a speed perfect cycle, a water softener, plenty of rack adjustability, and a third rack (a personal favorite) for those pieces you don’t want bouncing all over the machine. Being able to put lids, large utensils, ramekins, and small items in the third top rack really help with clean up of jobs large and small. They are also quiet, perfect for overnight washing!

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I’m grateful for dishwashers. They allow more time for doing what I love…cooking, spending time with friends and family, or just being able to go to sleep and wake up to a set of clean dishes from the day before. Life is good!

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Tang You Very Much

Working within a family owned company the opportunity exists to really get to know the people that keep Aggressive running and vibrant. There are some pretty wise, colorful, and interesting personalities here! So when trying to compile some helpful tips on upping the clean-ability factor of a dishwasher, I naturally turned to our human appliance database of a team. Here are just two Tang-tastic tips to keeping your dishwasher running and vibrant.

It turns out that dishwashers can be degunked and get things to “SPAH-kuhl” (as my daughter would say) with Tang and white vinegar. So let’s say dishes aren’t coming out quite as shiny and clean as they used to…..there’s a way to fix that easily and cheaply and make a citrusy salad dressing with the leftovers! Okay the dressing might be a stretch. Tang has a high citric acid content that aids in cleaning the inside of a dishwasher. There are a variety of ways to do this varying from filling the soap dispenser with two table spoons of Tang, to dumping a small container of the stuff completely in the bottom of the dishwasher tub before running a cycle. Voilà! All cleaned up in there! As for white vinegar? Place a filled cup of vinegar face up on the top rack of the dishwasher.  Run the dishwasher. The cycle will wash into the cup and distribute the vinegar. Instant cleaning action! Give these two tips a try and let us know how they worked out for you in our comments section.

Special thanks to Doug and Buzz for sharing their brains by offering these tasty tidbits of dishwasher tips.

Fun in the Kitchen

Today’s subject: Fun in the kitchen. Men, get your minds out of the gutter and think appliances, specifically dishwashers. A man shared with me that he and his wife don’t own a dishwasher and actually visit while they do the dishes (by hand). No, his name wasn’t John Boy Walton, but for the rest of us it’s more likely a struggle between wanting to cook a healthy meal at home, and really hating to make a mountain of dirty dishes and utensils. If this is your struggle then your solution is simple- obtain a good dishwasher. Oh yeah, and while your new machine is quietly doing the cleaning you should ask your spouse how their day was.

Here’s a few of my dishwasher recommendations to meet a variety of budgets:

Miele (see video) Models ranging from $899-$2,299

General Electric GDT720 (see video) (with bottle wash jets, also great for cleaning smoothie glasses) starting at $899

Bosch SHX7PT55UC $1299 (see it here)

KitchenAid models starting at $699 (built like tanks!)

Whirlpool WDF520PADM starting at $399 (see it here)

 

The Dirt on Dishwashing

Dishwashers….STOP PRE-RINSING!

Let’s wash our dishes before we load them in the dishwasher….Uh… how about NO?

It is a common misconception that the quick wash is a more efficient setting on your dishwasher than a two hour normal wash when in reality a quick wash doesn’t wash long enough to clean dishes well.   Most people that use that cycle will pre-rinse their dishes.  If you do pre-rinse, then the quick cycle is fine.   But if you are rinsing – STOP!!!   That is significantly less efficient than using a full cycle without rinsing your dishes.   In just two or three minutes of pre-rinsing you will use as much, or more,  water than your dishwasher would for a full cycle.  Many dirty dishespremium dishwashers that have an auto wash, or sensor wash, need to see how dirty the water is in order to run a full cycle at the highest temperature.  High temps for longer periods of time allow for better drying.   If you pre-rinse the sensors recognize that your dishes are fairly clean and the dishwasher shortens the wash time, which adversely effects sanitizing and drying.  Modern detergents have enzymes that eat food particles.  If you have rinsed all of the food off, the enzymes can attack your glassware and turn them cloudy since they do not have food to eat.   Be sure to scrape the big chunks off, but the little bits will be washed away at the end of the wash cycle.  If you want more details, check out what the EPA says about pre-washing.

Submitted by Doug White – Appliance Expert  Doug