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Why are grills so expensive?!

Why are grills so expensive?!

If you have ever bought a grill at one of the big box stores, it can make our grills that start about $1000 and up (way up…way, way up) seem kind of pricey. What are you getting with a $3999 DCS, $5769 Wolf or a $12,999 Alfresco that you do not get with a $199 Memorial Day promo grill? BTU’s and longer life are the key benefits.

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I was at my sister’s house a few weeks ago. She lives out of state and can’t easily buy appliances from us, so don’t judge her. As the appliance expert of the family, she asked me to look at her grill. Without even walking outside, I told her that her hardware store grill is only good for about two or three years and then maybe you can replace a few parts and get another year out of it. When I looked at it, I was exactly correct. Even though it has stainless steel burners and stainless flame tamers, they do not use the same grade or gauge metal as the premium brands. In her case, the caps over the burners that even out the heat were a pile of rust and the stainless base plate had so much rust that the brackets holding up the drip pan were gone. I was able to wire some things together and get one more season out of her grill.

Our premium brand grills typically have lifetime warranties on most of their stainless steel components. That doesn’t mean you can forget about maintenance. The burners, grates, fireboxes and other heat zone components are built of much thicker gauge material that last much longer. The other big advantage is that our grills are much hotter. If you want to sear a steak the way Ruth’s Chris does, you need a thousand or more degrees. The main burners from our grills are often 25,000 btu’s or higher. Alfresco’s sear zone will hit 1,400 degrees Fahrenheit. At that temperature, you can create a great crust on your steak so quickly that you can keep a great rare zone in the middle.

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I don’t want to say that you cannot successfully cook on a less expensive grill; I did for years. Now that I have a great DCS grill, I can say without reservation that my ability to cook great meals has gone up substantially. Come in and let us show you some options to turn your parties into a more impressive event.

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Go Pound on Rocks

FPL-4Thankfully, we no longer need to beat our clothing on stones by a river, scrape them across a washboard, or use a machine that can catch arms, hair, small animals, etc, if you weren’t careful (see said torture device below).FPL-5

We have options. Top loading machines (with or without agitators) and front load machines, are the choices currently on the market. Could laundry (I dare say) be a joy?! Fun!? I bet you want to know! My current personal favorite is a little known, but an outstanding performing brand from New Zealand, Fisher & Paykel.

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They offer three top loading washing machines with two AeroCare dryer options in electric and gas. Their washers clean 22 lbs of laundry with a 49 dBA sound rating. So if quiet and large loads are important to you….keep reading. Fisher & Paykel SmartDrive™ machines have three important parts that make their machines wash so well.

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A direct-drive motor, flexible agitator, and a computer all work together to adjust to the size of the load. The computer gives feedback to the machine so it adjusts spin speed and water levels, all in the name of clothing care. With less parts and less water usage, you have a machine that can clean and doesn’t require a whole lot of maintenance. Fisher & Paykel laundry is all about clothing care, getting the dirt out of the grimiest loads while being gentle on your delicates, too. Their agitator model offers three water levels using WashSmart™ (giving you a true fill to the top option). The water levels in the non-agitator models rise to the level of the clothing in the wash basin using AquaSmart™ technology (great for energy savings). It is large enough to hold comforters and blankets.FPL-7

If you would like a more deluxe look, their glass top model with the matching glass top dryer is also it’s most chemical resistant surface. And check out how sleek they look…

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Their machines come with a full 2 year parts and labor warranty, with 8 additional years on the direct drive motor. With models starting at $799 for the washer, and $799 for the electric dryer….they are also well within reach of most laundry room daydreams or your soon to be reality. Stop in today to see them for yourself and start making laundry day an actual joy!

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