Miele Profiline Dishwashers

Hey Appliance Fans,

For much of my adult life, I thought Miele meant dishwashers in German.  Turns out it doesn’t.  What Miele loosely, very loosely, translates to is “excellent dishwashers”. Ok, it doesn’t mean that either.  But if you’re considering a dishwasher, you should consider a Miele dishwasher.  Their models are considered European style dishwashers.  Don’t be lazy.  Read the post that I embedded into this article.  Go ahead, I’ll wait…

Now that you have a firm understanding of European style dishwashers, it’s time to talk about Miele’s Professional Series Dishwashers or “Profiline Series”.  You have two choices in their Profiline series: Model PG 8083 with hidden controls or PG 8080 i with front controls.

An image of Miele's Profiline dishwasher model PG8083.

An image of Miele’s Profiline dishwasher model PG8083.

Typically, dishwashers are plugged into a standard electrical outlet or hard wired into a 120volt line.  The Profiline dishwashers can be powered this way, but their real advantage is being able to connect to a 240- volt line; just like a clothes dryer that runs on electricity.  This gives Profiline dishwashers an advantage over most dishwashers and that advantage is speed.

America: “How fast is a wash cycle on a Miele Profiline dishwasher, Kieffer’s Guy?”

Kieffer’s Guy:  “A ridiculously fast 23 minutes when connected to a 240- volt line.  That’s not a typo.  In fact, that’s faster than me blushing after reading the first few pages of Fifty Shades of Grey.”

But it’s not just about fast wash times.   Though speed is the number one reason our customers opt for these units, there are a variety of other features like:

  • 9 Wash Cycles
  • Miele’s Famous 3D Cutlery Tray (on model PG8083).
  • 48 dBA Sound Level
  • AutoSensor Wash
  • Built-in Water Softener
  • Delay Start
Get a $500 Reidel Gift Card with Purchase of a Miele Profiline Dishwasher!

Get a $500 Reidel Gift Card with Purchase of a Miele Profiline Dishwasher!

To entice consumers into the luxury that is a Profiline dishwasher, Miele is offering an exclusive incentive.  If you know anything about Miele, they NEVER offer incentives or rebates; however, if you purchase a Profiline dishwasher from now until August 31, 2014 you’ll receive a $500 gift card for Riedel, the ultra-fabulous wine glass manufacturer.  Unfortunately the gift card doesn’t come with wine, but you can buy some wine and then invite me over to help you drink it.  Deal?

Until next time, America!

-The Kieffer’s Guy

As always, don’t forget to visit the Kieffer’s website for all of your appliance needs in Eastern Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Maryland, Delaware, and Washington DC!

Dishwashers: European vs. American

Hey Appliance Fans,

I break out in hives every time I see one of his movies.

I break out in hives every time I see one of his movies.

Happy new year everyone and Welcome to 2013!  Let’s do a quick review of 2012 before we tackle today’s topic:

  1. The Mayans got it all wrong.  So many people bought into this Mayan stuff without thinking about it the Kieffer’s Guy way: how on earth is a civilization that doesn’t have antibiotics going to figure out that the earth would end, but we missed it even though we’ve created things like the computer, the internet, and Nicholas Cage’s career?  Baffling.
  2. Lance Armstrong is a dope (every pun intended), but his kitchen is still awesome.
  3. Chip Kelly is now the head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles.  I don’t know if that’s a good or bad thing.  We’ll have to ask the Mayans.

Most of my previous posts about dishwashers are extremely popular with my MILLIONS of readers so I thought I’d break down dishwashers into three main categories and explain what the major differences are between the three categories: American Style, European Style, and Gangnam Style.

Your 15 minutes is almost over, Psy.

Your 15 minutes is almost over, Psy.

Apparently one of my co-workers is telling me that Gangnam Style is a song by some weird Korean dude and it’s not an actual type of dishwasher.  I learn something new every day!  Anyway, European and American styles are very real types of dishwashers so here we go:

European Style vs. American Style Dishwashers

I’m going to paint with a broad brush here so please realize that there are differences from brand to brand and model to model, but all European style dishwashers basically operate the same way and American style dishwashers basically operate in the same way.

Internal Water Heater — European Models: The water leaves the wash arms at the correct temperature based on the wash cycle the user has selected.  American dishwashers have a heating element at the bottom of the tub and that’s how the water is heated.  This has no bearing on how your dishes are cleaned.  Hot water is hot water.  What an internal water heater does provide is that most everything is now dishwasher safe; specifically plastics that would normally melt.  We all know that we can put plastics in the top rack of an American Dishwasher but you can’t put them in the bottom rack because the heating coil will melt the plastic during the dry cycle.  Since there isn’t a heating coil in European models, you can put plastics anywhere in the bottom rack and I’m talking about the cheap takeout silverware you get at a pizza place.  I’ve seen it with my own eyes, they won’t melt.

Heating Coil – American Models: As I mentioned above, American dishwashers have a heating element at the bottom of the tub.  This heats the water during a wash cycle, but also provides a heated dry option.  It’s during the heated dry cycle that items in the bottom rack can melt.  European dishwashers don’t have a heated dry cycle.  They utilize condensation dry which means that after a cycle ends, the dishes are extremely hot, but the stainless interior of the dishwasher is cooler.  The cooler stainless steel draws the moisture off of the dishes and onto the sides of the dishwasher.  Some more advanced models (like a Miele Diamond dishwasher) have a little bit of space between the stainless interior and the exterior walls of the unit.  Cooler air is pumped into this space to further cool the stainless interior thus helping to draw even more moisture off the dishes.  A dishwasher with a heated dry option will use more energy than a European model.

Flush Design – European Models:  Dishwashers of the European variety can be installed flush with your cabinetry while American units are designed about an inch deeper.  This means that American models will stick out about an inch to an inch and a quarter.  No big deal, I have an American style at home and it doesn’t bother me; however, if you want to put a wood panel onto the dishwasher, then a European dishwasher is for you.  Let me repeat that, if you want to put a wood panel onto your dishwasher, chose a European brand because they can be installed flush.  If you’re not installing a wood panel on the front, but you still want a flush install, select a European model.

See how this Whirlpool sticks out from the cabinetry?

See how this Whirlpool sticks out from the cabinetry?

Notice how this Miele is installed flush with the cabinetry?

Notice how this Bosch is installed flush with the cabinetry?

Hard Food Disposer—American Models (sometimes) European Models (never):  Think of a hard food disposer as a garbage disposer in your dishwasher.  It grinds up bigger pieces of food that remained on your dishes after you scrapped them over a trash can.  SOME, I repeat SOME, American models have this feature while others don’t.  European models and some American models grind up food with a multi-stage filtration system.  Hot water pushes food particles through levels of filters which break up the food.  Remember that the main themes in dishwashing are quietness and energy efficiency.  Adding a hard food disposer adds noise and uses more energy.  When I say more energy, I don’t mean a glaring difference on your utility bill (you’ll never notice), but it does use more energy.

Summary

As I mentioned before, these are some major differences between American and European style dishwashers.  You will find some differences from brand to brand and model to model.  If you want to be bored with even more detail, call or stop into our showroom and one of our salespeople will be happy to help you.  Until next time, America!

Brands That Offer a European Style Dishwasher:

  • Gaggenau
  • Miele
  • Bosch
  • Thermador
  • Blomberg
  • Electrolux
  • Asko
  • Viking

Brands that Offer an American Style:

  • Kitchenaid
  • Whirlpool
  • Maytag
  • GE
  • GE Monogram
  • Frigidaire

-The Kieffer’s Guy

As always, don’t forget to visit the Kieffer’s website for all of your appliance needs in Eastern Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Maryland, Delaware, and Washington DC!

Dishwashers and Celebrity Sightings

Hey Appliance Fans,

It’s been a couple of weeks since I posted something. I’m sorry. It’s mainly because I’m having writer’s bloc. Blogging can be difficult sometimes; maybe I’m losing my sense of humor. I did, however, have some celebrity sightings that I thought I’d share.

Former NBA player and current 76ers broadcaster spotted at Panera Bread.

Malik Rose

So I was at Panera Bread in King Of Prussia, PA the other day and guess who walks in? Malik Rose. You probably don’t know who he is so let me explain: Malik Rose, a former Drexel student, played thirteen seasons in the NBA with various teams and retired after the 2008-2009 season.  Currently he is a TV broadcaster for the Philadelphia 76ers.  He was with his kids and wife so I didn’t bother him. I reckon no former NBA player wants some idiot blogger coming up to him to say hello right before he takes a bite out of his turkey and cheddar on focaccia. Yup, I said reckon.

And there was yet another celebrity sighting and ladies, you’ll like this one:

Local boy Bradley Cooper spotted in Montgomeryville, PA.

Bradley Cooper spotted in Montgomeryville.

My roommate was driving home from work the other day in the Montgomeryville, PA area. If you don’t know anything about Montgomeryville, just picture a normal American town like yours with every mass retailer you can think of (Lowes, Old Navy, Bed Bath & Beyond, etc). Anyway, she stops at a red light and a limo pulls up next to her. She’s a little weird like me so she attempted to get whoever was sitting in the back of the limo to roll down their window. Maybe she was going to do the “Do you have any Grey Poupon?” joke; which is a classic by the way.  Regardless, the person DID roll down the window and guess who it was? Hollywood mega-star and local boy Bradley Cooper. Ya know, from The Hangover I & II, The A-Team, and tons of other movies. Pretty cool, huh?

If things comes in “threes” like many people say, I wonder what celebrity I’ll run into next. If you’ve read part 3 in my Celebrity Kitchen series, I think you know who I’m hoping for. I have my fingers crossed for Christina Aguilera. (crossing fingers now)

Man I love Youtube.  I mean, what dork takes the time to upload a freaking Grey Poupon commercial?  (Says the guy who searches for a Grey Poupon commercial on Youtube).

And now onto the show…

Dishwashers, Dishwashers, Dishwashers…

I’ve written a few articles on the white film that can suddenly appear on your dishes and you can read them here and here. Remember, it’s not your dishwasher. It’s caused by the amount of detergent you’re using. Use less soap. If the white film does rear its ugly head, then you need to clean the interior. Throw two cups of white vinegar in your dishwasher and run it on a normal cycle (without dishes). I haven’t personally tried this technique, but I know people who have and it works. What I HAVE tried is…

Dishwasher Magic

Now you know what it looks like.

Now you know what it looks like.

For the first time on this blog, I’m going to endorse a product. Disclaimer: I’m not paid to talk about this.  That being said, dishwasher magic is AWESOME. It’s available in any grocery store in the dishwasher detergent section near the rinse aid products; it’s about $3.50-$4.50. Basically it’s a high concentration of citric acid that dissolves calcium build-up and other nasty things that can accumulate in your dishwasher over time. I’ve used it twice now in my dishwasher at home with fantastic results. The directions are super easy to follow and I think you’ll be happy with the results too.

That’s all for now, America!

-The Kieffer’s Guy

As always, don’t forget to visit the Kieffer’s website for all of your appliance needs in Eastern Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Maryland, Delaware, and Washington DC!

Viking D3 Knobs

Viking’s New D3 Line

Hey Appliance Fans,

Last post was all about my awesome trip to Viking’s Headquarters in Greenwood, MS.  This post is all about Viking’s brand new line called D3.

I’ll admit that I wasn’t much of a fan of the old designer series.  Not because of the performance, but more because of the styling.  Apparently I wasn’t the only one who felt this way and Viking agreed.  So Viking went back to the drawing board and came up with a really fresh look.  And they made it super easy to personalize (more on that in a second).

The Best Part About D3

The warranty, period.  Viking has extended their Three Year Signature warranty to include ALL D3 products.  That’s right, I said ALL D3 products.  I can’t think of another company that offers a three year warranty on their freestanding refrigeration let alone their cooking products.

The Look

Viking D3 Knobs

You can choose any color you want for the knob inserts or you can use wood from your cabinetry.

Viking stayed true to some of the look from previous series (like the full width black glass on their range and oven doors).  One thing that was lacking from previous designs was the knobs.  To put it simply, the knobs were gross.  Not anymore.  Viking’s knobs on the D3 product are much beefier and more pro-style than previous models.  The coolest part about the knobs is how you can personalize them to match your cabinetry or other colors in your kitchen.  The inserts that are blue in the picture can be colored to match anything you want.  You can even insert wood into the slots to match your cabinetry perfectly.  Just a small change like this makes a HUGE difference in the overall appearance of the appliance.  Viking also changed the style of their grates for the ranges.   Less sleek, more beef.  Score.

The Product Line

Viking D3 Double Wall Oven

Up close shot of the knobs and handles on the new D3 wall ovens.

If you’re familiar with the overall product line of Viking, then you know that they offer about 1.2 billion appliances.  This can get REALLY confusing for consumers and for idiot salespeople like me.  The D3 line, however, has twenty-two models.  That’s it.  Now I’m sure they will introduce more products into the line, but for now it’s very streamlined and I think this benefits the consumer because it doesn’t inundate them with some many choices.  Some highlights of the line are:

30” Ranges (all self-clean): Gas, Dual Fuel, and Electric

30” Wall Oven: Double or Single

Microwave: One built-in option or two over the range options (one traditional and one with convection)

Cooktops: 30” & 36” Gas or 30”, 36”, & 45” Electric (no induction……yet)

Refrigeration: 36” Counter Depth French Door with internal water and ice– AWESOME refrigerator

Dishwashers: Two options

Ventilation: 30” & 36” Chimney Style (both with the option to recirculate).  30”, 36”, & 45” Downdrafts

Warming Drawer: One option at 30” wide

Performance

Viking D3 Gas Range

New grates, new knobs, all the power you need.

How about an 18,000 BTU power burner on their gas ranges?  Cooktops have a 17,000 BTU burner.  Is that enough power?  Plus D3 convection ovens boast the largest convection fan in the market (8 ½“).  Oh, and it’s bidirectional for maximum heat coverage in the oven.   Anyone impressed that I used the word bidirectional?  No?  Fair enough.

D3 at Kieffer’s Appliances

In the not too distant future, we’ll have a sweet display of the D3 line in our showroom.  I’ll be sure to tweet all about it and I’m sure write a quick post with some pictures.  In the meantime, get off your keister and friend us on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/kieffers.

As always, don’t forget to visit the Kieffer’s website for all of your appliance needs in Eastern Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Maryland, Delaware, and Washington DC!

Food For Thought When You’re Not Thinking About Food

Hey Appliance Fans,

I brought my buddy Captain Obvious to help me out with today's blog post.

Long title to this blog post, eh?  I know.  If you’re looking to talk food, head over to www.kiefferscooks.com.  The “food” for thought today might seem a bit obvious, but I thought I’d develop a little checklist for all of you appliance shoppers who are looking to replace appliances or re-do their kitchens entirely.  By no means is this the complete list, but it should help point you in the right direction.  If I missed anything, which I probably did, send me an email and I’ll add it to the list.

The List

While you might have a list of likes and dislikes about your current appliances, write them down.  One of the many things I’m guilty of is making a grocery list in my head, going to the store, and getting everything EXCEPT for two items.  And they’re usually important.  Like toilet paper or deodorant…..or chocolate.  Some questions to ask could be:

  • Do I have enough space in my refrigerator and freezer?  If you’re looking for more width in your refrigerator, going with a side by side model might not be the best idea.  If you want a counter-depth refrigerator because of the look, but still need more space, maybe refrigerator/freezer drawers are for you or some under-counter refrigerator.  For the differences between standard and counter-depth refrigerators, check out this post.
  • How is the size of your cooktop?  Most people have a 30″ range or cooktop (if you have four burners, most likely you have a 30″ cooking surface).  Is this big enough?  We find that a lot of our customers step up to a 36″ range or cooktop.  Did you want to add a griddle or a grill to your range or range top?  Once you decide to go 36″ or wider, having the option of a griddle or a grill becomes a reality.
  • What do you like or dislike about your dishwasher?  If your dishwasher is 10-15 years old, YOU are in for a treat!  There are so many more features available now than ever before: cutlery trays, flexible rack configurations, adjustable rack heights, power wash zones, etc.  The list goes on and on.
  • How do you want your kitchen to “flow”?  Maybe you’re working with a kitchen designer, maybe you’re not.  Either way, ensure that traffic can still flow through your kitchen even when the refrigerator, dishwasher, and oven doors are open (not all open at the same time….I think you get what I’m trying to say).
  • Will the appliances fit in my house?  Don’t confuse this question with: will the appliances fit in the spaces I have set aside for them?  They are two different things.  Will the appliances fit in my house means can they fit through the areas to get the unit to its final home?  Make sure there is enough space in doorways, hallways, and other places that the appliance must fit through to get into your kitchen.  Our delivery guys work EXTREMELY hard, but they aren’t equipped with shrink rays to make the appliances smaller.
  • What color of appliances did you want?  Customers pretty much answer this question before they even step into a showroom.  Black, white,

    A "Dahlia Yellow" range from BlueStar.

    stainless, or bisque (aka almond)?  Remember that bisque is a color that is slowly being phased out of manufacturers’ production lines (it’s becoming the avocado color of the 1970’s).  Many companies still make bisque options, but the options don’t include their entire product line meaning there are fewer choices.  If your entire kitchen is bisque and you are just replacing the dishwasher, you might want to think about replacing the dishwasher in another color and then matching that color as the other appliances run their course.  Some range companies like Viking, BlueStar, AGA, American Range, and La Cornue offer a wide variety of color options.

As I mentioned before, this is just a list to get you started.  Many other questions will pop up as you dig deeper and deeper in the appliance world.  Notice, however, that I never mentioned specific products.  Customers get too pumped up about a particular manufacturer BEFORE they even know what features they want in their appliances.  Always determine what you want out of your appliances before you settle on a brand.  Match the brand to your needs, not the other way around.

That’s all for now, see you next time!

As always, don’t forget to visit the Kieffer’s website for all of your appliance needs in Eastern Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Maryland, Delaware, and Washington DC!

Following Up On Phosphates – “Help! My Dishes are White!”

Hey Appliance Fans,

Today’s post is a continuation of my “Phosphates Go Buh-Bye” post last summer.  To get you up to speed, phosphates helped to keep white spots from appearing on your dishes, but they aren’t good for the environment.  I mentioned to switch to a powder detergent instead of a liquid as the powders are getting better reviews.  Also, using a rinse aid is SUPER important.  I can’t stress this enough.

On a completely random side note, I’ve been addicted to eating tacos recently and I’m eating my dinner of tacos as I write this.

What is this white stuff on my dishes!?!

Lately, we’ve been getting calls from customers telling us that their dishwasher is broken.  Now it certainly could be broken or need a service call.  Dishwashers, like any machine, can break down.  The first question that we always ask is, “What seems to be the problem?”  The answer is usually, “My dishes aren’t being cleaned and there is a white film covering them”.

AHA!

The problem is NOT the dishwasher.  It’s the detergent.  If you’re experiencing the same thing in your dishwasher at home, here’s what you need to do:

  1. Remove any dishes from the dishwasher.
  2. Take two cups of white vinegar and throw that right into the tub of the unit.  Don’t worry about trying to fill the detergent compartment with the vinegar.
  3. Run the dishwasher through a normal cycle.

The vinegar will clean out all the white film stuck to the inside of the unit.  What you have to do next is change detergent or use LESS detergent.  Today’s dishwashers use so little water (sometimes only 4 gallons) that they don’t need as much soap as you’ve been using all of these years.  Check to make sure your rinse aid reservoir is filled.  If you haven’t been using a rinse aid like Jet Dry, then go out and buy some.  It’s absolutely critical that you use a rinse aid with today’s detergent formulas.

I just had a customer come into the showroom last month looking to buy a dishwasher.  He actually brought some of his pots and pans that were COVERED with the white film.  Once he showed me his cookware, I knew exactly what the problem was.  I sent him home without him buying a dishwasher and told him that if my solution didn’t work to give us a call back and we’d sell him a dishwasher.  I never heard from him again.

The moral of this story?  I’m a bad salesman, but a good Kieffer’s Guy.  Speaking of which, if you have any questions or just want to send me fan mail, drop me an email.  I DO respond.

As always, don’t forget to visit the Kieffer’s website for all of your appliance needs in Eastern Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Maryland, Delaware, and Washington DC!

-The Kieffer’s Guy
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Crazy News! Insane News!

Hey Appliance Fans,

Raise your hands if you’re used to companies providing less and less and charging more and more for their products (excluding Kieffer’s of course, I go to bat for EVERY single one of my customers).  Remember when ice cream came in true half gallon sizes?  Restaurants used to pack up your leftovers for you.  Rebates were paid with checks not debit cards.  Realize that all of the sentences so far have started with the letter `R`.

My point is that we are always asked to do more with less.  From ice cream to our jobs.  Do more with less.  Every once in a while, however, a company does something so crazy that you almost have to pinch yourself to make sure that you’re awake.  Appliance fans, today is that day.  Make sure you’re sitting down for this:

Viking 3 Year Full Warranty

This could be yours, with a FULL 3 YEAR WARRANTY

Viking has EXTENDED their warranty to a full 3 years on all indoor Viking Professional Products!
(excluding under-counter refrigeration and ice makers)

Is anybody else with me on how insanely awesome this is?  When banks are failing and crying for handouts and manufacturers are sending jobs overseas, Viking thumbs their collective noses at the establishment  and does the opposite:  Still made in America (Greenwood, MS) and they stand behind their product more than any other appliance manufacturer out there.  To quote Emeril, “BAM!”

So what’s a person to do with this great news?  How about stop by our showroom and talked to one of our salespeople about filling your dream kitchen with Viking!  What a great idea!

Shameless Plug:

Have you checked out our cooking blog, kiefferscooks.com?  Written by our in house Chef, Brenda Kieffer, the blog covers her experience studying at the Culinary Institute of America, restaurant reviews, and recipes.  It’s a fun read, so check it out today!

As always, don’t forget to visit the Kieffer’s website for all of your appliance needs in Eastern Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Maryland, Delaware, and Washington DC!

Phosphates Go Buh-Bye

Hey Appliance Fans,

So you’ve been recycling for years– separating the cans from the bottles.  Weather stripping has been placed on every

Shaq Vs. Mini Me

I got nothing. This speaks for itself

window and door throughout the house.  You’ve replaced every old appliance, including your dishwasher, with energy efficient models.  You are now well on your way to turning your “Shaq-Like” carbon footprint down to a nice “Mini-Me” size.

While you’re busy making your house “green”,  companies are doing the same thing.  In some cases without you being aware of it.

To phosphate or not to phosphate?  That is the question.

This is a trick question because there isn’t an option.  Because of government regulations, phosphates were removed from laundry detergent years ago and now dishwasher detergent is following suit.  Phosphates were used for two reasons.  One, they created more “suds” which the consumer assumed meant better cleaning.  The truth is that the amount of bubbles a detergent makes has no bearing on its cleaning power.  Clever marketing–absolutely.  The second reason is that phosphates help to soften the water which aids in the drying process thus preventing spots from appearing on your dishes.

I would have tasted great with some rice pilaf and grilled veggies, but I got “Phosphated”.

The benefits of using phosphates in detergent are clear, however, mother nature doesn’t benefit from them at all.  Once the phosphates reach our waterways, the damage they do is real.  Phosphates encourage algae growth which in turn robs the water of oxygen.  Why is that bad?  Because fish and other plant life within that pond, lake, stream, etc. don’t have the oxygen they need to survive.  Not good.

The Solution

As phosphate free detergents appeared on retail shelves throughout the country (July of 2010), backlash ensued.  Suddenly, consumers complained that their dishes were covered in spots and appeared to be dirty.  While most consumers thought this was the dishwasher’s fault, the detergent was the culprit.

It’s important to understand that because of the government’s regulations, detergent companies have to play catch up and reformulate their products.  This means that phosphate free detergents are always improving, however,  it’s now more important than ever to use a rinse aid such as Jet Dry in addition to your detergent.  Another tip is to make the switch from liquid or gel to powdered detergent.

I really don’t want to endorse any brand over another, but here at Kieffer’s, we’ve had success with Cascade ActionPacs with Dawn. In addition, Consumer Reports ranked Finish Powerball Tablets fairly well.  Click here for the consumer reports article.  While these products could work well in your kitchen, I encourage you to experiment with different brands to find the one that works best for you.

We’ve had success with Cascade ActionPacs w/ Dawn.

A Few Things to Remember

1.  Phosphate Free detergent is here to stay and we need to deal with it.

2. If your dishes aren’t washing properly, it might not be a problem with your dishwasher.  It could be the detergent you’re using.  Try lessening the amount for each load.  Since today’s dishwashers are so water efficient, they require less detergent to get the job done.  Also, try switching to powdered detergent instead of liquid or gel products.

3. Use a rinse aid, use a rinse aid, use a rinse aid.

4. Each town’s water hardness is different.  Having too hard of water can affect the rinsing of your dishes.  You might have to install a water softener into your home or investigate dishwashers that have a built-in water softener.  For more information about the hardness of water in your town, contact your municipality directly.

Thanks to phosphate free detergent, I’ll be enjoying this dish for years to come.

Living in a phosphate free world might not be the ideal situation, but as mankind looks for better ways to protect the environment, we need to make adjustments to our lifestyle for the greater good.  By making small changes to how we wash dishes, we can be a big help to our little friends who taste so good.

As always, don’t forget to visit the Kieffer’s website for all of your appliance needs in Eastern Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Maryland, Delaware, and Washington DC!

-The Kieffer’s Guy

Decoding Dishwashers

Hey Appliance Fans,

What’s the single appliance in your kitchen that you wouldn’t want to go without, even for a day?  A refrigerator?  Possibly, but you could eat out until you replace it.  How about an oven?  Maybe, but a microwave could substitute for an oven– at least for a few days. (hint: guess dishwasher)

If you guessed a dishwasher, you are correct!

In my family, dishes are created on a minute by minute basis and they stack up fast!  Typically, I’m so busy writing blogs or watching the Phillies that I don’t have the time, or the desire, to hand wash my dishes (does anyone really have the desire to hand wash dishes??).

Did you know that there are 1.2 billion dishwashers on the market?

Ok, maybe there aren’t 1.2 billion, but there’s an awful lot to choose from.  And how do you choose the right one for you?  Your first step is to visit our Lansdale showroom and talk to one of our salespeople.  Obviously you already knew that so let’s dig a little deeper:

The four biggest features that change the price point of a dishwasher are:

  • Number of Cycles
  • Rack Configuration
  • Decibel Level
  • Quality of components (i.e. stainless steel interior vs. plastic interior)

Tips when purchasing a dishwasher:

  1. The look:  Is it important that the handle of the dishwasher matches the rest of the appliances?  Did you want an integrated model (controls “disappear” when the door is closed) or controls on the front?  Stainless steel, black, white, panel overlay?
  2. Cycle Features: What’s in your cabinets?  Lots of china and crystal?  If so, make sure to select a model that has a china or crystal wash cycle.  You’ll be glad you did.  A lot of dishwashers today have “top rack” cycles meaning that only  the top rack will be cleaned.  This is perfect if you only have a small amount of dishes to wash.
  3. Rack configuration:  Forget about the standard upper and lower rack configurations.  Sure, companies still make them and this style is still standard in most units, but dishwashers have evolved.  Models can now be equipped with cutlery trays and other racks to hold lids, large utensils, stemware, and more.
  4. Noise:  If you have an old dishwasher, you know that running it makes your kitchen sound like a NASCAR speedway.  It’s safe to say that all of the models on the market today, no matter what brand, are quiet.  However, there are levels of quiet from brand to brand and model to model.  Most dishwashers are in the upper 40 to mid 50 dB range.  Check out this decibel chart to see where everyday sounds measure in dB’s.
    Decibel Chart

For more information than you would ever want to know, stop in our Lansdale, PA showroom and have one of our salespeople help you to decode dishwashers!

As always, don’t forget to visit the Kieffer’s website for all of your appliance needs in Eastern Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Maryland, Delaware, and Washington DC!

-The Kieffer’s Guy

Energy Star Appliances = Money in Your Pocket

Hey Appliance Fans,

By now, everyone knows how incredibly efficient energy star appliances are.  Washing machines and dishwashers are using less and less water and refrigerators are now cheaper to operate than ever.  Because of this, everyone is seeing their monthly utility bills shrink.  Did you know that the amount of money a consumer can save over the lifetime of an energy star clothes washer can cover the purchase cost of the dryer?!?

Purchasing Energy Star Appliances:

If you have an appliance that’s older than ten years, chances are it’s robbing you every time you turn it on.  Picture your washing machine, in a dark alley with a gun, sticking you up for your wallet.  If that makes you angry, it should.

Tips For Buying Energy Star Appliances:

  1. Determine the size of unit you need. For instance, if your children are grown, do you really need a 5.0 cubic foot washing machine or a 25 cubic foot refrigerator?  Less space.  Less energy.
  2. Check the Energy Guide Label. This label tells you how much electricity, in kWh, the unit will use in one year.  Keep in mind that energy rates will vary based on region, but this will still give you a good comparison between models and brands.
  3. Contact A Kieffer’s Salesperson. There are differences from manufacturer to manufacturer.  Don’t waste your time doing the research.  Let one of our sales staff give you all the information you’ll need to know.

Check out more information on purchasing energy star appliances.

Energy Star Rebates:

Buying energy star appliances doesn’t just save you money.  It also saves the utility companies.  In fact, many energy companies throughout the country are offering rebates to encourage consumers to switch from old, energy sucking units to sleek, efficient models.  Here in the Philadelphia area, both PECO and PP&L are offering rebates to consumers who make the switch.

PECO Energy Star Rebates:

  • Refrigerators……….$75.00
  • Freezers……………..$75.00
  • Clothes Washers…..$100.00
  • Dishwashers………..$50.00

Download the PECO Rebate form.

PP&L Energy Star Rebates:

  • Refrigerators………$50.00
  • Clothes Washers….$75.00
  • Dishwashers……….$30.00

Download the PP&L Rebate form.

As always, don’t forget to visit the Kieffer’s website for all of your appliance needs in Eastern Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Maryland, Delaware, and Washington DC!

-The Kieffer’s Team