Innovations: Appliances

By Rhonda Jackson | March 31, 2006


GE's Side-By-Side Refrigerator has several new updates including outside temperature controls, a sealed ExpressChill crisper and a TurboCool function for maintaining a consistent cool temperature. The Side-by-Side also features a new, gently contoured design in black, white and stainless steel.

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Jade has added a slide-in sealed burner cook top to its culinary line. This cook top is available in 36- and 48- inch sizes and can be custom configured with an 18,000 BTU commercial charbroiler, steel griddle and/or 12,500–18,000 BTU burners. It has a 24-inch flush to cabinet design and cast-iron burner caps.

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KitchenAid's new French-Door Bottom Freezer Refrigerator has full-span shelving with a narrow door swing. This 42-inch built-in model is available in stainless steel or frameless for custom paneling. The refrigerator features electronic temperature monitors, a variety of specialty drawers and storage bins and a water filtration system for the ice maker.

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Whirlpool has added the Duet Sport model to its line of washers and dryers. Great for small spaces, the Duet Sport compacts the features of Whirlpool's Duet front-load line in a smaller size. Designed for conservation, the washer and dryer set uses 66 percent less water and energy with every load. Available in white or white with gray accents, Whirlpool offers an optional 10- or 15.5- inch storage pedestal.

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Jenn-Air's new slide-in ranges are ideal for island installations. The new family of slide-in ranges comes in gas, electric and dual-fuel models. The ranges are 30 inches wide with warming drawers and a curved front floating glass design. These ranges are available in black, white and two versions of stainless steel.

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Jenn-Air's under counter built-in Ice Maker creates ice cubes from pure mineral water. Jenn-Air's Clean Cube system creates ice cubes by continuously circulating water over a 32-degree frozen plate until the required amount of ice is produced. This ice maker is available in black, white and stainless steel and custom panels and can make up to 35 pounds of ice a day.

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Sears adds the Kenmore Elite dishwasher to its line of appliances. The Elite features several technological and conservation updates: the Turbo Zone, a special section of the dishwasher which uses 24 rotating spray jets to clean baked-on dishes while gently washing the rest of the dishes; SmartWash technology, which calculates the amount of time and water needed to clean each load of dishes; and Fast Wash, which cleans loads in 30 minutes. The Elite line of dishwashers comes in white, bisque, black and stainless steel.

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Viking has introduced a new line of Professional and Designer convection microwave hoods. A built-in ventilation unit sets this product apart from the rest. The convection microwave hood has four convection settings for baking, broiling roasting and manual convection. All units come equipped with a 300 CFM ventilation kit that helps with smoke and odor control.

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