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Posts about Appliances

A good price on the iconic KitchenAid Pro 600 stand mixer

Posted by: John Ewoldt Updated: August 30, 2012 - 9:00 AM

 

It's a fixture in the modern American kitchen and the holy grail of wedding presents--the KitchenAid mixer. There's the classic 250 or 275 watt model for about $200, the Artisan for $300 or the larger 6-quart, 575 watt Professional 600 for $450.

 

But starting Tuesday, Sept. 4, Tuesday Morning stores will be selling the Pro 600 for $300. I've heard of it going as low as $250 on Amazon but only in white. Tuesday Morning is featuring it in nickel pearl metallic, onyx black, white and empire red. With the popularity of the iconic mixer, it now comes in more than 20 colors. Since colors are trendy, it's possible to find good deals on colors that fall out of favor or may be seasonal. The four color choices at Tuesday Morning are classic.

 

Some say that the KitchenAid is the best mixer on the market. Check the online ratings for yourself. Consumer Reports tested several models including the Classic, the Artisan and the Pro. It rated the 250 watt Classic the highest, then the Artisan, and the Classic Plus. The Pro model, which received low marks for noise, was in the middle of the ratings. Models by Cuisinart were rated lower than the KitchenAid Classic and Artisan but higher than the Pro.

The cheapest price I found online for the Pro was $340 at Amazon, which makes this a fairly competitive deal. It will be in Tuesday Morning stores Tuesday or you can purchase it now at Tuesday Morning online.

Dyson $300 bladeless fan now has a cheaper knockoff version for $79

Posted by: John Ewoldt Updated: March 15, 2012 - 2:43 PM

With temps nearing 80 degrees in March fer gosh sakes, turning on the a/c may be a temptation, but for now a fan is a nice compromise in this "shoulder" season.

Two years ago the Dyson vacuum people introduced a pricey $300 tabletop 10-inch bladeless fan.

 

At the time Dyson had an exclusive patent on the technology, so any prospects for cheaper models were nil. But Thursday KGB Deals offered a Breeze Right fan that looks identical to the Dyson for $79. Anyone who was holding back on spending $300 might want to take a second look at the less expensive version.

 

 

I haven't tested the Breeze Right, so I can't confirm that it's the same fan. Dyson customer service reps say that Breeze Right is not made by them.

The KGB Deal, which runs through April 12 while supplies last, is for two sizes of tabletop fans, 10-inches ($79, reg. $179) and 16-inches ($89, reg. $199). Each is available in white, silver or blue.

The Breeze Right fans are also available on Amazon for about $50 more than KGB's deal. Unfortunately, no one has reviewed the Breeze right versions. The Dysons get generally favorable reviews on Amazon, Target.com and Bedbathandbeyond.com. Most people praise the fact that a bladeless fan is safer, cleaner and quieter. As you can see in the pic, there are no blades for kids or pets to stick their paws into. And no blades and grill to attract hard-to-clean dust and grime. The speed control is a knob similar to a volume control, not a 3 or 5-speed model.

Most reviewers claim the Dyson bladeless is quieter, but a few found it as noisy as any blade fan. Not noisier, but just not any quieter. Why consider it then? It's safer and cleaner.

Since the Breeze Right model is being purchased through a daily deal site, is it returnable if you're not satisfied? Yes. You have two weeks from the date of receiving the item to return it for credit or a refund. There is no restocking fee but the buyer pays shipping costs to return it.

Anyone purchased a Dyson or Breeze right fan and want to weigh in?

Use these tips to keep the appliance repairman away

Posted by: John Ewoldt Updated: February 8, 2012 - 8:08 AM

The"Fix It or Forget It" article about repairing or replacing electronics and appliances in the Strib Wednesday discusses how difficult it is to find a repair shop for something as common as a toaster.  Here is some additional info about making appliances last longer. Tang? Who knew?

Reading the owner’s manual before operating a gadget or appliance is like being told by a parent to finish your broccoli before dessert. As adults, most of us go right to dessert by stuffing the owner’s manual in a drawer until there’s a problem. But taking a few minutes to read the  “care and maintenance” section for tips can keep an appliance operating longer. Appliance repairmen shared a few tricks of the trade to keep a few more bills in your pocket instead of theirs.
 
: Joe Gagnon, author of the “Appliance Doctor,” recommends adding Tang powder to the dishwasher to reduce soap buildup and hard water deposits that can clog sprayer arms. To start, run the sink faucet until the water is hot. Turn on the empty dishwasher and let it run six or seven minutes . Open the door and pour 12 ounces of Tang in the water on the bottom of the dishwasher. Shut the door and let it continue its cycle. It’s an inexpensive fix to try if your dishes aren’t getting clean, but Chris Hall of RepairClinic.com thinks it’s not likely to make a big difference.
 

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He recommends checking the owner’s manual for instructions on cleaning out the filter usually located in the center of the dishwasher bottom. Use a gentle scouring pad, toothpicks to clean the spray arm holes, and some cleanser to clean caked-on residue.
 
Washing machine: Take heavy, bulky items such as rugs, blankets or comforters to the big machines at a laundromat. Heavy items are a killer on washing machines said Mark Allen, owner of Big John’s appliance repair in Minneapolis.
 
Clothes dryer: Most of us know to clean the lint screen after each load, but go one step further. Several times a year, remove the lint filter and sprinkle a small amount of water on it. If the water beads up, gently scrub the filter to remove buildup from dryer sheets and fabric softeners. “You can cut 10 to 15 minutes off your dryer time with a clean filter,” Gagnon said.

 

Rather than use a dollar bill to check for air leaks around the door gasket, wait until dark, put a lit flashlight in the fridge, turn off all the lights in the room, and hope that you can’t see the light. In areas where you can, take a hair dryer, heat the seal, and gently stretch it outwards. Be careful not to burn the plastic.

 

Dehumidifiers:  A clogged filter can cause a unit to overheat, but cleaning the filter in newer models seems to be a well-kept secret. Part of the problem is manufacturers who “hide” the filter so that you have to take out the water reservoir and reach underneath to “feel’ for the filter lip to pull it out. If you don’t have the appliance manual, call the manufacturer to ask if your model has a filter.
 
Snow blowers and lawn mowers: Use ethanol-free gasoline, also called non-oxygenated and stabilizers such as Seafoam. Eighty percent of repairs are due to gasoline with ethanol left in a mower or blower for a month or longer, said Mark Toomey of Robbinsdale Marine. For a list of stations selling non-oxygenated fuel, go here.  Start a mower or blower every couple of weeks for best performance unless the gasoline is drained.  

Your tips for making appliances last longer?

 

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Appliance overstock sale at the Mpls. Home & Garden show

Posted by: John Ewoldt Updated: March 3, 2011 - 4:05 PM

The Minneapolis Home & Garden show  started Wednesday, but the large appliance overstock sale doesn't start until Friday and continues through Sunday. The All Inc. sale will include savings of 20 to 70 percent on low to high-end brands such as GE, Frigidaire, GE Monogram, Wolf, Electrolux, Subzero, Asko and Kitchenaid. 

Items might be canceled orders, overstock or scratch and dent.

 

 

Sample savings: a GE Monogram 48-inch cooktop will be $1,500, reg. up to $5,000, a Thermador 36-inch induction cooktop is $977, reg. $2,400, a Frigidaire Affinity front-loading washer and electric dryer is $799, and a few used refrigerators for the cabin or basement are $50.

 

 

New items will be out each day, but most of the items have backstock.

All items come with a warranty. 

The sale is held in conference room 102 just outside of Hall D.   

 

Appliance overstock sale at the Mpls. Home & Garden show

Posted by: John Ewoldt Updated: March 3, 2011 - 4:05 PM

The Minneapolis Home & Garden show  started Wednesday, but the large appliance overstock sale doesn't start until Friday and continues through Sunday. The All Inc. sale will include savings of 20 to 70 percent on low to high-end brands such as GE, Frigidaire, GE Monogram, Wolf, Electrolux, Subzero, Asko and Kitchenaid. 

Items might be canceled orders, overstock or scratch and dent.

 

 

Sample savings: a GE Monogram 48-inch cooktop will be $1,500, reg. up to $5,000, a Thermador 36-inch induction cooktop is $977, reg. $2,400, a Frigidaire Affinity front-loading washer and electric dryer is $799, and a few used refrigerators for the cabin or basement are $50.

 

 

New items will be out each day, but most of the items have backstock.

All items come with a warranty. 

The sale is held in conference room 102 just outside of Hall D.   

 

      

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