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Black Steel My Heart

KTAblckSteelKitchenAid has introduced their new line of black stainless steel appliances. While there is a complete family of products in this color offering (dishwasher, walloven, hood) the 5 door refrigerator is a true treat. It screams “LOOK AT ME! I appeal to the appliance nerd in you!!” I’m not ashamed to say “YES, YES IT DOES!!!” I showed random people the piece all morning, and by random, I mean trade partners and contractors that weren’t here to shop. (sorry guys)

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Why? I’ll tell you why. There are 5 doors to open and close! The organization and design coolness makes me want to learn everything about this refrigerator. It has a platinum interior, soft close doors, Preserva Food Care System that provides two independent cooling systems, herb storage in an angled drawer to keep stems damp but leaves the herb leaves alone, satin glide drawers, side shelves that pop out easily for cleaning, and a 3 tier freezer drawer section. At 25.8 cubic capacity, there is a TON of space in this refrigerator.

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I love the idea of being able to open independent drawers and doors eliminating temperature fluctuations in the other areas of the unit. That in itself tells me that preservation will be at peak performance. While there is ice and water through the door it doesn’t seem to hinder the useable space in the fresh food section. The two independent drawers fully extend!!

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I’m also loving the new KitchenAid medallions on the ends of the handles. They come in red, but can be ordered in black or stainless. If the black stainless steel is too bold for your taste, the refrigerator comes in stainless steel as well. MSRP in black or stainless steel is $3999.

Even if you aren’t looking for a new refrigerator, if you’re in the area you have to stop in and see this refrigerator for yourself. It’s definitely worth the trip!

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Basketballs & Dishes

With March Madness Sweet 16 happening right now….who has time to spend in the kitchen cleaning up the game dishes? Someone, or something, has to do them. If, like me, your “madness” is a dishwasher so loud it could be mistaken for an insane fan throwing pots, pans, and glasses around the house, it may be time for a new dishwasher. One of my “Sweet 16” dishwasher options to end my personal March Madness would be Fisher & Paykel. So prepare yourself for product knowledge tossed out to you with plenty of cheesy basketball puns.

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Fisher & Paykel is an appliance company known well for its dishwasher drawer solutions. While they offer a whole complete kitchen appliance suite, their dishdrawers are a game changer due their unique feature set and versatility of use. Fisher & Paykel developed the idea of a dishwasher drawer when someone jumped in with a filing cabinet box and said “Hey! Make a dishwasher like these drawers!” This was in 1986 and took another 13 years for them to introduce their dishwasher drawer into the North American Market. They have continued to improve their machines throughout the years with design and engineering that includes SmartDrive motor technology.dishdrawer-2

This industry player offers one or two drawer options; panel ready or not; with or without a handle. This allows for easy pairing with any other brand as well as the whole team of Fisher & Paykel kitchen appliances. On the two drawer models you can choose separate wash cycles and temperatures for each drawer. For day to day use you can choose to run just one drawer, or use the full capacity of the double drawer to fit up to 14 place settings, easily accommodating the dinner dishes of a basketball team roster of 12. Unlike cheering fans, at 47.5 dB, it’s also quiet. They have built-in safety features such as a triple stage flood protection with a high strength hose, an overfill tub sensor, and a back-up switch that activates a drain pump. FPdishdrawerIf your eyes are glued to a game and your little one wanders into the kitchen, the child lock feature keeps their little hands from setting off cycles. The powerful motor controls water pressure in the dishwasher and is strong enough to shoot water into the air 17 FEET, a feature any basketball player, or fan, could appreciate. With a 2 year parts and labor warranty that extends to 3 years if you register online, you can be assured it will be a key kitchen clean up player for a long time.

As for me and my final dishwasher pick? I’ll get to it after the games….

Blog idea credit to the awesome Cathy Bame for bringing up March Madness. You rock!!