Our Kitchen Appliances

posted by Andrea | 10/8/2012

Over the past few months, I’ve gotten tons of emails and questions asking about what appliances we purchased for our kitchen renovation, where we purchased them, what features we were looking for in appliances, etc. etc.

So since the appliances are finally here, and since I’ve been able to test them out for the past week or so, I figured I it was time for me to share a bit more about them.

However, before I get started — I just want to clarify that we did NOT get any sort of discount or deal for promoting these products. Wouldn’t that have been nice though!

Also, since we purchased most of our appliances from a local scratch and dent appliance store, the product links below do NOT reflect the actual prices we paid. I simply included the links for anyone interested in more specific information about our appliances. Even though there are no visible scratches or dents on any of our appliances, we paid less than 1/2 the suggested retail price — but I’m sure that doesn’t surprise you :)

Refrigerator:

We purchased a GE Cafe French-door refrigerator with a bottom pullout freezer — and we absolutely LOVE it!

At first, I wanted to purchase a counter-depth fridge because they take up less space, but when I realized they were literally twice the price for LESS storage space, I quickly changed my mind!

I’m so glad I didn’t go for the counter depth… especially since every refrigerator we’ve ever had has been really small. So that fact that this refrigerator is over 25 cubic ft is pretty exciting for both of us.

I was also a little worried about the pull-out freezer, but we love that too. It has 2 separate pull out “bins” and a bunch of different organizing compartments, so it’s really easy to find whatever we want.

It’s Energy Star rated so even though it’s one of the biggest refrigerators on the market, it will cost us less than $60 per year to run! Cool huh? (pun intended)

Did I mention it’s huge?

It’s 25.1 cubic feet and has loads of customizable options — like shelves that can quickly push back or pull down to accommodate taller/shorter items, movable drawer dividers, and removable door organizers — all of which help to maximize it’s storage capacity!

Along with water and ice in the door (something I missed all summer long), it also has lots of cool features that we can control directly from the outside of the fridge (like the Turbo Cool and Energy Saver features).

Oh, and another really cool feature is that even though the fridge is stainless, the handles are a little different material that doesn’t show finger prints — so I won’t have to constantly wipe down the handles every 5 minutes.

(Side note, about 10 minutes after the frige was installed, Nora already had 300 tiny hand prints on the freezer! Oh well…)

So far, we are absolutely loving our new fridge. My biggest “problem” right now is buying enough food to actually fill it up (I’m so used to having limited fridge space.)

But I think that’s a problem that I can easily solve!

 

Oven / Stove:

Picking out my future oven and stove was a huge deal for me.

I really wanted a double electric wall oven and a 5-burner gas cook top. However, we continued to have issues designing our kitchen layout based on these requests… so I was forced to change my plan.

However, when I found the GE Cafe Duel-Fuel Range with Baking Drawer, changing my plans wasn’t as difficult!

Not only does it have 5 large burners (GAS), it also has a full-size (ELECTRIC) oven and an additional smaller oven — which they call a “baking drawer”.

So this model was about as close as I could get to my initial design (double electric oven and 5-burner gas cook-top) plus, it takes up WAY less space so it worked much better with our kitchen layout.

OK, so let’s start with the gas cook top…

Our cook-top has 5 large “continuous” cast-iron grates that create a totally flat cooking surface to accommodate even the biggest pans (the continuous grates make canning so much easier).

And we can replace the middle grate with a large cast iron griddle – you know how much we love our griddle!

Finally, the front right burner is a special burner with 20,000 BTUs (normal burners have around 8,000 BTUs) so it can boil water in about 60 seconds!

I can’t tell you how nice it is to have a properly working stove after 4 months without any stove and 1.5 years before that dealing with a malfunctioning stove.

I honestly feel like a master chef!

 

On to the electric oven and baking drawer…

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The top oven is a full-size (5.5 cubic feet) oven which is WAY, WAY, WAY bigger then our old 1940′s wall oven!

With the press of a button, it can switch over to a convection oven — which we had at our first house and I really enjoyed that time-saving feature.

It has all the normal features our previous oven lacked… like several adjustable racks, self-cleaning capabilities, delayed bake, timed bake, auto shut-off, locking door, built-in timer, etc. BUT, it also has a recipe converter (not sure how to use this yet), a memory that can be programed to automatically cook our favorite foods, and a built-in meat thermometer which should make Thanksgiving dinner relatively painless this year!

So yeah, it’s a little nicer than our old half-broken oven (or the toaster oven we’ve been using all summer).

On top of all of that, it also has a second (1 cubic foot) oven / baking drawer under the main oven.

This oven can’t be converted to a convection oven, but it has all the other features of a normal oven… and will be perfect for making casseroles, breads, brownies, cakes, pies, cookies, or anything else that doesn’t require a full-size oven.

I’m sure Dave and I will get lots of use out of the baking drawer — especially since it pre-heats much faster than the full-size oven and uses less energy.

 

Dishwasher

Our dishwasher is in our island — and I was pretty adamant that I wanted the dishwasher to be paneled (we got a special-order panel from our cabinet company that fits over the dishwasher so it looks just like our cabinets.

Surprisingly, I was able to find exactly what I wanted at the scratch and dent store!

We went with a Jenn-Air dishwasher (I couldn’t find a website link) and it’s REALLY nice! It’s all stainless steel inside and has a bunch of customizable options to fit different size dishes.

I also really love that since it’s a paneled dishwasher, the control buttons are all on top so you don’t see them when the door is pushed all the way in. Oh, and it’s so quiet you almost can’t hear it running.

However, the most important thing is that it cleans our dishes without any effort from us :)

 

Microwave

Our microwave is tucked away in the corner of our kitchen behind closed doors — so it won’t be visible. For this reason (and since we don’t use our microwave that often), we opted to buy a cheap microwave from Craigslist.

It works perfectly fine and saved us a bunch of money!

 

Sink / Faucet / Garbage Disposal

The Sink:

For as long as I’ve had a “dream kitchen”, that dream kitchen has had a farmhouse apron-front sink — so yeah, I’m just a little excited about our sink. And while I know a sink isn’t technically an appliance… it’s definitely an important part of the kitchen, and a bunch of you have already asked for more information about our sink.

We purchased our sink from Signature Hardware and I would highly recommend that company. We absolutely love our huge sink and how quickly and easily we can wash large pots, pans, cookie sheets, etc. It might even become Nora’s new bathtub!

 

The Faucet:

We purchased the Moen Lindley faucet in brushed nickle — and I think it’s the perfect faucet for our kitchen. I couldn’t find the exact product link but here is an almost identical faucet. We love the practicality of the one-handle operation and the pullout sprayer. And I also love that even though it’s not necessarily old-fashioned looking, it doesn’t look nearly as modern as some of the other goose neck faucets on the market.

Oh, and we had to pay a little extra, but this faucet has a “spot resistant” coating so it shows NO finger prints and NO water spots – hallelujah!

 

The Garbage Disposal:

I honestly don’t know much about garbage disposals, so I just told our plumber to get us the best one he could for the most reasonable price. Well, he got us a good one.

It has a bunch of cool features, but I don’t know enough about them in order to offer a good explanation … but I CAN tell you that it’s so quiet you almost don’t even hear it running (no, I’m not exaggerating!)

Since I don’t have all the information, I’ll just show you a picture of the box in case you’re interested :)

OK, so I think that’s it!

Obviously these appliances are WAY nicer than anything else we’ve ever owned, but since our plan is to live in this house for a long time (and we don’t plan on doing another kitchen renovation any time soon!) we figured it was worth the cost — especially since we found almost everything for such a fabulous deal at the scratch and dent store!

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21 comments

  1. Amanda @ The Fun Mommy

    10/08/2012

    Your new appliances look AMAZING! I am so jealous of that stove, I love it! You were smart to buy good quality appliances, and things that you really loved. If you are going to live with it for years you should get good stuff.

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  2. Elissa

    10/08/2012

    Does that garbage disposal thing go under the sink? That’s not something I’ve ever seen before. What does it do? Is it common in the US? (I’m in Australia)

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    Lisa Reply:

    It’s something that gets installed under the sink. You can scrape plates and dump peelings into your sink, and then turn on the disposal while you’re running the water. It has spinning blades that chop your peelings into tiny bits, making them small enough to get sent through your plumbing pipes along with the water.

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    Donna G Reply:

    I must add that my late brother-in law was a maintenance man for many years and he was absolutely ADAMANT that you should not put everything down the disposal; namely grease, potato peels or hard pits from peaches, plums, etc. But you SHOULD run quartered lemons or orange peels and ice through the disposal occasionally to keep the blades sharp and the disposal smelling nice.

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  3. Sue

    10/08/2012

    Congrats ! it all looks beautiful.. All your planning and hard work paid off….. I am so jealous ! ;o)

    Sue in nj

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  4. Bonnie

    10/08/2012

    Your kitchen looks beautiful. Congratulations!

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  5. Julie

    10/08/2012

    ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL!!!

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  6. Paula

    10/08/2012

    I love the stove/oven. Enjoy your new kitchen!

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  7. Erica

    10/08/2012

    LOVE your appliance choices, especially the refrigerator and dishwasher :)

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  8. Chris

    10/08/2012

    Yet another “teaser” post showing only parts of your new kitchen. I can’t wait to see the whole thing !! :)

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  9. Ashley

    10/08/2012

    Someday, I too will get to remodel my kitchen and–like you–I dream of a farmhouse apron-front sink! I was so excited to see you put one in. Looking forward to seeing the whole remodel!

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  10. kathy w

    10/08/2012

    I absolutely love your new appliances! I think you picked excellent choices and your new kitchen will be worth all the time, research and money you spent. I think the kitchen is where families all come together. Also, perfect timing for the holiday!

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  11. Megan R

    10/10/2012

    Just wanted to say that your kitchen looks beautiful, you have amazing taste! And thanks for selecting the GE oven and refrigerator. I hope you and your family enjoy them!

    Megan from GE

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  12. jobyah rodgers

    10/16/2012

    your stuff looks amazing but could you make any as great as this but cheaper

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  13. Debbie B.

    01/17/2013

    You mentioned your bottom freezer is organized. Would you mind sharing how you went about organizing it? We have had a top freezer until recently and I find myself constantly digging for things. Any pictures or tips would help. Thanks, Debbie

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  14. Gaby

    06/23/2013

    Beautiful kitchen! Are you looking at adding the range hood?

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  15. Kathryn

    12/29/2013

    Hi Andrea!
    Happy (almost) New Year! I have been following your blog for almost 2 years now and you have inspired me in so many ways! I am by nature a procrastinating, overly-sentimental clutter-keeper! But by reading your blog, I have been inspired to take on just one thing when I find it’s not working for me – like my wrapping paper/gift closet, the kitchen cupboard with the mess of toppling plastic containers, the bathroom drawer ensnared with just my girls’ hair accessories, etc. – and I’m finding that they are starting to add up! Just by opening one of those cleaned-out, organized spaces, I can feel my stress level go down. So thank you!

    But, like is typical of the way I sort through my stuff, I have already gotten side-tracked from what I was going to write to you about. Ha! I really want to know how you are liking your refrigerator? Due to some water damage from when our old fridge went wacko in the middle of the night, we need to refinish our hardwoods, and obviously, buy a new refrigerator. We are looking at a very similar design to the one you have, but we are considering the “4th door” which is just a separate drawer below the two fridge french doors. I thought it would be a good place to put the kids’ snacks that they can access on their own – string cheese, yogurt, cut apples and veggies for the day – but I’m not sure it’s worth the extra cost. I guess my question for you is, have you noticed it being a problem to access the wide bottom drawer in your refrigerator by having to open BOTH refrigerator doors? That would be the only disadvantage I could see? (Sorry for the long-windedness!)

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    Andrea Reply:

    Thanks for the kind words Kathryn. Glad you’re enjoying and benefiting from the information on my blog!

    We love our refrigerator (and you don’t need to open both doors). I personally don’t see the need for an extra drawer — unless the overall cubic feet is more. The refrigerators we looked at with the 2nd drawer actually had LESS cubic feet of space and cost more — so that didn’t make sense to us. I’m sure it could be convenient for your kids, but also keep in mind that they’re only little for a while and then they’ll be able to reach the doors and get their own food.

    That’s just my opinion though. Good luck :)

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    Kathryn Reply:

    Thank you! That helps!

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  16. Julie Freeland

    04/15/2014

    Andrea,
    It didn’t look like you had any type of exhaust system over your stove. Is that true? And if so, how can that work?

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  17. Sandra

    05/25/2014

    I super love your dishwasher; yes, what an amazing invention!!

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