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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…

Pick up your drawers…

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Microwave drawers have been popular for over a decade now. Many builders, designers, and kitchen remodelers like the fact that they can have a microwave tucked away under an island, bar cabinet, or theater area relatively concealed and off of the counter.

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MSRP varies for microwave drawers from $949.99 to $1900. Sharp invented and patented the microwave drawer. They use their chassis to make the insides of all the other brands offering microwave drawers. Wolf, Gaggenau, Thermador, Bosch, Viking, Monogram, Jenn-Air, and Dacor all have their own version to match up with their product lines.ThermadorDrawerIn our live kitchens we show Wolf, Thermador, Viking, and Sharp models. They are all similar in features, but it is interesting that Sharp saves a trump or two for themselves. Sharp rates their models at 1000 watts and everyone else has a rating of 950 watts. Expect a cook time difference that will be only a few seconds off, if any. Sharp upsized their microwave drawers from 1.0 cu.ft. to 1.2 cu.ft. a few years ago. As the new models from the other vendors get updated, they are also gaining the extra size. Viking, Jenn-Air and Dacor still sell the 1.0 model, but you will be hard pressed to see where the 0.2 cubic foot went. Some brands offer their microwave drawers in 24″ and 30″ widths for aesthetic and design purposes. The interior capacity remains the same regardless of the width you choose.VikingDrawer

One of the more common questions is if full coffee cups or other liquids splash out as the power open and close drawer moves. Because we have them live, we can test that. All four models sloshed the water in our coffee cup and bowl differently. I think that shows the inconsistencies in manufacturing. In a slope sided cereal bowl about ¾ full, only one of the microwave drawers spilled any water. None of them spilled water from the coffee cup.  Granted….this was with a glass and a bowl of water.  Popcorn, casseroles, and a dinner plate would work fine taking the ride in and out.

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All of the models are great performing sensor microwaves. Sharp promises us that they will begin offering a convection model that will also function as a baking oven. They also plan to offer a model that will accept a custom wood panel so that it hides in the cabinetry. Do not expect those before 2018, though. If you are tired of the over-the-range or countertop microwave, come in to our showroom to check out the microwave drawer.

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