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best granite sealer

posted by: taueva on 09.18.2010 at 10:04 pm in Remodeling Forum

I recently installed Copper Canyon Granite around my bathroom sink. As it turns out, this granite is quite porous. My installer gave it 2 coats of Miracle 511 Impregnator but it still fails the 5 minute water test. Should I ask him to add another coat?

The company that sold me the granite suggested I contact the local Tekon business. Their salesman recommended they apply one of their NanoTek products. However, I couldn't find a single review of this online.

Does anyone have experience with this company?
What's the best thing for me to do now?


clipped on: 02.20.2011 at 07:08 pm    last updated on: 02.20.2011 at 07:09 pm

Kitchen Finished Pics-need backsplash advice

posted by: lanugget on 12.09.2008 at 12:25 pm in Kitchens Forum

My kitchen is finished except for a backsplash, and I need a few ideas. I have been a longtime lurker-sometime poster over the last few months. I have gotten a lot of great ideas and tips here, the best one being to look into having the cabinets made by a local cabinet maker. The start to finish time of this project was 8 weeks, with just a few hiccups along the way. Here is a before and after photo from the same view. I think if you click on them they will take you to some more shots.

2008-09-11 012



clipped on: 03.01.2009 at 06:38 pm    last updated on: 03.01.2009 at 06:38 pm

How about a thread for jokes - just to lighten up the day!

posted by: anovaguy on 01.25.2006 at 12:53 pm in Kitchens Forum

I don't know if this forum has ever had one but I figured it might be a good idea to have a thread for jokes that we can share with each other!

Here is the first one to start the ball rolling:

Testing Sperm Count

An 83 year old man went to the doctor for a physical. The doctor pronounced him in fine shape but the old man asked to have a sperm count done.

"I don't think that's necessary," said the doctor, but the old man insisted so the doctor gave him an empty bottle and instructed him to fill it up and bring it back the following day.

The next day the old man returns with an empty bottle.

"What happened?" asked the doctor.

"Well", the old man said, "I tried with my right hand, I tried with my left hand, my wife tried with her right hand, she tried with her left hand, she tried with her teeth in, she tried with her teeth out...

We never could get the damn lid off the bottle!"


clipped on: 02.25.2009 at 10:24 pm    last updated on: 02.25.2009 at 10:24 pm

Kitchen step stools...

posted by: mollie on 02.21.2009 at 09:38 am in Kitchens Forum

I have new cabinets that go to the ceiling. I am 5'2" and need a step stool. What to get? I need one that is easy to store, folds and easy to set up and put away plus need to be tall enough. Do you have this problem? Also, where do you store your stool?


clipped on: 02.23.2009 at 08:32 pm    last updated on: 02.23.2009 at 08:32 pm

Which way would you tile? Another decision!

posted by: cindy49 on 02.21.2009 at 09:06 am in Kitchens Forum

Ok the floor tile people are coming on Monday and I haven't even considered anything other than having them lay the tile square, but now am thinking diagonal would be a possibilty or even staggered.

The tiles are 16 x 16" in a light color in a pretty straight forward galley kitchen. Cabinets will be shaker style in light hickory with a brown speckled quartz counter. I don't want to detract from those aspects but would love your suggestions and of course pictures. Sorry, I don't know how to add pics yet, but will when I get the finished kitchen.



clipped on: 02.23.2009 at 08:19 pm    last updated on: 02.23.2009 at 08:20 pm

Has anyone used Porter Paints?

posted by: katiee511 on 02.19.2009 at 08:12 am in Kitchens Forum

Just got my production schedule from GC yesterday. I have to pick my paint color and sheen no later than March 16th. Their recommended supplier is Porter Paints (we are in Indiana, might be a mid-west thing?)

I notice most people use BM or SW. We have med dark oak cabinets that we want painted a soft white. Creamy color? I do not want bright/stark white but I am hoping to find a color that does not read yellow/pink/grey and I am lost.

Is there a Porter Paint color anyone has used or could recommend, please?


clipped on: 02.23.2009 at 02:28 pm    last updated on: 02.23.2009 at 02:28 pm

Calling all cabinet painting pros! Have to buy paint tonight

posted by: adf13840 on 02.10.2009 at 05:09 pm in Kitchens Forum

I am new to the forum and currently in the middle of a kitchen facelift. We bought new paint-grade maple doors and are painting the cabinets (which were already painted a darker cream) BM Mayonaisse. The painter recommended the waterborne satin impervo but the salesperson at the BM store said the alkyd (oil-based) would be a much nicer finish and more durable. I am concerned about using the alkyd because the kitchen doesn't get much sunlight and I don't want drastic yellowing. Will the oil-based really yellow that much? Can I use the waterborne paint over the alkyd primer that I already purchased? Any help is greatly appreciated!


clipped on: 02.10.2009 at 07:59 pm    last updated on: 02.10.2009 at 07:59 pm

OTR Microwave--No lectures please

posted by: cindy49 on 02.09.2009 at 09:44 pm in Appliances Forum

Ok, I know many of you dicourage use of a OTR microwave, but that is my only choice--so please don't go into the reasons why I should'nt get one.
So for those of you that have one can you recommend a reasonably priced one? From what I've read the newer models die in 3-5 years so I prefer not to spend more than 2-300.00 on one. We only use it to reheat food,bake potatoes,heat beverages,defrost, pop popcorn and maybe melt butter. I do like the sensor feature. I'm not wanting one that the fan vent comes on each time you use the microwave (apparently some of the GE's do that).

It will be stainless but I will forgo the match to my just ordered Frigidaire Dual fuel slide in range. Matching is the least of my concerns as my fridge will be KA, DW will be Whirlpool and range Frigidaire. Even a Sharp, LG, or whatever is fine. (I did read CReports but the personal reviews were terrible for their top rated ones.)From all my research both on here and the internet in general these things die quickly whether they are expensive or not.

I'm sure many of you have OTR ones; just would like to know what you think of yours, model number and how long you've had it.

Thank you (getting closer to being done with all these decisons, I hope)


clipped on: 02.09.2009 at 09:45 pm    last updated on: 02.09.2009 at 09:45 pm

Anyone have fridge, micro,& range same wall?Pics? Cabinet Depth?

posted by: jeniferrlynne on 02.06.2009 at 04:48 pm in Kitchens Forum

If you have this layout can you post pics?

I would like to do this but with my current appliance garage in the corner I would have to do 2 different cabinet depths. I could house a microwave in an upper and still get in the corner unit/garage if the upper next to garage is shallower (unless I want my micro on the counter somewhere. I need to see what other folks are doing- maybe people aren't doing appliance garages in corners! Hmmmmmm.. Any opinions welcome as we are still working on layout for the cabinet maker.


clipped on: 02.09.2009 at 12:24 am    last updated on: 02.09.2009 at 12:25 am

cast iron installation w/silestone issue - HELP!

posted by: wendyb on 01.29.2009 at 10:09 am in Kitchens Forum

template guy is here now and claims they have to create a "cradle" for support of the sink. My Kohler salesperson had said they don't need that. Kohler used to supply an extra support bracket but they no longer do because it is not necessary.

I do not want a cradle. I think I will have to sign off on it to avoid it. I don't want to do that either. I think Kohler should, but that's probably not going to happen either!

So, do any of you have a cast iron sink with silestone? with or without cradle? with or without extra brackets?

And my sink is only a simple single bowl.


clipped on: 01.30.2009 at 09:43 am    last updated on: 01.30.2009 at 09:43 am

Silgranit sink older than 5 years?

posted by: cindy49 on 01.28.2009 at 01:54 pm in Kitchens Forum

I know everyone raves about the silgranit blanco sinks, but before I commit to having our quartz countertops cut for an undermount silgranit or granit swanstone, I am wondering if there are any of you who have had these sinks longer than about 5 years. I am considering the biscuit color (whaterver they call that) and wonder about the staining after this long. Most sinks should be great in their first few years but it is after use that they start to loose thier finish and start to have staining issues. How long have they been out there?

I am also considering the Kohler cast iron, but people say cast iron shows every time it is in contact with pans. I don't have cast iron pans but just the normal ones that I prefer to hand wash.

I really don't want stainless steel--been there, done that.

Thanks for your input.


clipped on: 01.28.2009 at 01:54 pm    last updated on: 01.28.2009 at 01:54 pm

Single Door Fridge - Need Recommendations

posted by: gilmoregal on 01.23.2009 at 01:55 pm in Kitchens Forum

After reading some of the posts about French Door vs SXS vs Single door refrigerators and considering the layout of my kitchen, I have decided that a single door will work best for our family. Now I would love to get input from those of you who have single door models.

--I want large capacity (at least 24 cu ft) with fridge capacity being more important to me than freezer capacity (we have an upright freezer in the utility room.)
--I am still on the fence between top and bottom freezer, so would look at either option.
--Do not want ice in the door; no strong preference between interior or in-door water dispenser.
--Current fridge is 33" wide, but we are planning a remodel, so I could go wider if necessary.
--Love the idea of counter depth, but don't want to sacrifice interior capacity, so I think I will probably have to go with full depth. If there are any CD models with interior capacity similar to FD, I'd love to know.

Have started to check the various mfr websites to see what is available, but I would really appreciate hearing some first hand experiences (good or bad) as I narrow down my choices. Thanks so much.


clipped on: 01.26.2009 at 09:07 am    last updated on: 01.26.2009 at 09:07 am

How to cool stereo receiver in cabinet

posted by: cindy49 on 01.25.2009 at 12:00 am in Kitchens Forum

My husband wasn't very keen of me planning the new cabinets with his receiver for our stereo in the cabinets cause he says it will overheat and die. The cabinet is 18 inches high, 23 inches wide and 18 inches deep, plenty big enough for the receiver and cd player; infact there will about 6 inches of free space above it and 5 next to it. We can hide some holes in the side of the cabinet towards the top, but a friend told him that there needs to be air flow going in and out for this to really work. We can't go thru the back. What have you done to solve this problem? There will be a door on the cabinet(my goal was to hide these). Cabinets will be custom made beginning of Monday so I need to tell the cabinet maker then. Thanks.


clipped on: 01.25.2009 at 03:21 pm    last updated on: 01.25.2009 at 07:55 pm

Undermount or overmount sink with quartz?

posted by: cindy49 on 01.21.2009 at 08:32 pm in Kitchens Forum

Origionally I thought we'd put in laminate counters, but as you've all probably experienced this kitchen remodel has "grown" and I am now going to use LG Viatera quartz for counters. I was talking to my KD and she almost flipped when I said that I am considering still using an overmount sink. Either sink would probably be a light colored cast Iron installed in a rich brown quartz countertop. My concerns are: doesn't that "lip over the undermount sinks connecting them to the quartz or granite just collect all kinds of dirt, gunk, etc.?
Also, wouldn't an overmount sink also look nice in quartz or am I just way behind the times? Have any of you done it?
Thanks for your help.


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Painting Oak Cabinets Guidance Please.

posted by: zenamidievel on 01.20.2009 at 02:15 am in Kitchens Forum

We have a fairly sizeable kitchen, a lot of cabinetry and adjoining family room w/matching builtin cabinets and shelving.

I am currently not working and have time I could devote to painting everything if I knew what to do. My biggest fear is having it not look professional. Is there some kind of cabinet painting bible I could consult or is this a job better left to professionals?




clipped on: 01.21.2009 at 08:14 pm    last updated on: 01.21.2009 at 08:15 pm

Mannington Adura tile decision today, please help

posted by: cindy49 on 01.20.2009 at 09:26 am in Kitchens Forum

I am looking at a light adura tile and will grout it for my kitchen. Any issues with it being hard to clean (if you use the recommended cleaner); chipping; grout cracking or getting dirty; tougher than vinyl or not? I've been agonizing over this for so long so if you have any imput I'd appreciate it.
Thanks, Cindy


clipped on: 01.20.2009 at 09:26 am    last updated on: 01.20.2009 at 09:26 am

Is the Kohler cast iron sink too shallow?

posted by: kelleg on 01.20.2009 at 09:01 am in Kitchens Forum

I am wondering if 8 inches is too shallow for a sink. Mine will be undermounted, so I guess you really get another inch or so. I never fill mine up very high. I just wonder if it will bother me when I am washing a big pot or cookie sheet. I love the Kohler cast iron sinks and am sold on it. They have one that is deeper on one side, but I don't love the look (the Exec Chef). Any thoughts? I know people love deep sinks. Are there any people out there who don't think deeper is better?


clipped on: 01.20.2009 at 09:21 am    last updated on: 01.20.2009 at 09:21 am

Gas Cooktop-Easier to clean SS/ black porcelain

posted by: pawsit on 07.22.2008 at 05:45 pm in Appliances Forum

Today I looked at some "deep sump" stainless gas drop-in cooktops. I'm wondering how easy these are to keep clean vs. the black surface of the slide-in range tops.

Specifically, right now I'm considering the Electrolux E36GC75ESS (36" slide-in )

or possibly the Electrolux E46GC66ESS 46" drop in cooktop.

I really want the slide-in, but will have to do additional cabinet work for the retro-fit. If I got the drop in, I can avoid the cabinet work, but don't think I'll like it nearly as much.

I think ease of clean will be the deal clincher for me. DH of course doesn't want to fool with cabinet work, but I want to know I'll love what we choose.

I currently have an old SS Jenn-Air unit that does have some discoloration on the stainless from over-heating, age, etc. which causes the concern about the drop-in. Besides great functionality, I do want it to age well.

I need some advice! Thanks!


clipped on: 01.20.2009 at 12:30 am    last updated on: 01.20.2009 at 12:30 am

quartz prices?

posted by: rosema12 on 01.06.2009 at 01:43 pm in Kitchens Forum

anyone know the going rate for quartz these days -silestone. we were told the prices are going up 15%..
i am in SO CAL


clipped on: 01.18.2009 at 08:50 pm    last updated on: 01.18.2009 at 08:50 pm

feedback on GE gas range

posted by: jeri_ss on 11.14.2008 at 04:44 pm in Appliances Forum

Hi all. I am redoing my kitchen and currently going crazy over appliance selection. Have looked through both Consumer Reports, this forum & Google, but haven't found any user comments on the range I am thinking of buying.

It's a GE 30 in slide-in gas range model JGSP28SENSS

Have any of you used this model or heard anything about it. They were trying to push the GE Profile in the store where I looked, but this seemed to have all the features I wanted at considerably less money. Specifically - gas only slide-in, stainless steel, self-cleaning oven, sealed burners, precise simmer burner and continuous grates.

Has anyone had experience with this model or is there another similar one you would recommend? Thanks in advance.


clipped on: 01.15.2009 at 01:38 am    last updated on: 01.15.2009 at 01:38 am

Gas slide in range you love under 2K?

posted by: cindy49 on 01.14.2009 at 12:33 pm in Appliances Forum

I am considering a slide in range for the first time--have gas and want to stay with gas. I've only seen 1 ge and they all have a fan sending heat from the oven up thru a vent in the cooktop. Is there any way around that with other brands?
Having the controls for the oven in the front will help because I'm having the Microwave over the range, but I am thinking that these controls will always be getting spattered while I cook on the top 2 front burners which is where I do most of my cooktop cooking. I also don't want convection, extra oven, or warming drawer, or more than 4 burners--just cause I really don't need them.
Please let me know if your experience regarding the fan and the controls. Also do you have less cooktop space?


clipped on: 01.14.2009 at 12:34 pm    last updated on: 01.14.2009 at 12:34 pm

Bottom Freezer Refrigerators - French door or Single door?

posted by: merimom on 01.13.2009 at 08:54 am in Kitchens Forum

I posted this on the appliance forum, but I did not get many responses so I thought I would try to post it here too.

We are looking to get a bottom freezer refrigerator, possibly counter-depth, 36-inches wide. We can't decide if we want a french door frig or single door. Are there any advantages to one over the other?

Here is my layout as I know that should play into our decision:



clipped on: 01.14.2009 at 12:02 am    last updated on: 01.14.2009 at 12:02 am

GE gas range ease of cleaning grates & slide in??s

posted by: cindy49 on 01.12.2009 at 11:14 pm in Appliances Forum

Looking for a range to replace my 14 yr. old ge gas.I am wondering if all of you that have these newer cast iron (uncoated) grates rather than the porcelain/enamel covered cast are finding any problems with cleaning them. Having only had the porcelain/enamel ones, which are not the easiest to keep clean, I am thinking these rougher surfaced ones would even be harder if something burns on. Supposedly you can't put them in the oven while it is cleaning.
I prefer the look of the slide in but not having had one also wonder about this fan for the oven. Does that have to run every time the oven is on. Or does the heat just vent up to the cooktop? Is it a problem?
Is the surface to cook on larger with a slide in because you don't have the back controls to bump into or is it smaller cause the oven controls are now on the front? Or just equal. I know the oven is a little shorter.

Your opinions from your experiences please. Thanks, Cindy


clipped on: 01.12.2009 at 11:15 pm    last updated on: 01.12.2009 at 11:15 pm

New Miele Dishwashers?

posted by: fauguy on 12.14.2008 at 04:13 am in Appliances Forum

I heard back in Oct that some new (upgraded) Miele Dishwasher were due out the 2nd half of December. They are upgrades to the LaPerla, Excella, Optima, and Diamante.

Has anyone heard anything about these new models?

The only thing I heard (and read) was about the new LaPerla and Excella that opens and closes the door automaticly to help with drying,


clipped on: 01.11.2009 at 12:54 pm    last updated on: 01.11.2009 at 12:54 pm

how do you use 4 hr delay on dishwasher if???

posted by: rockrisley on 01.08.2009 at 12:55 pm in Appliances Forum

I think my Kitchenaid dishwasher is a lemon... I have tried all sorts of detergents and methods of washing (normal, heavy duty, hi temp, sani-rinse etc.). I never feel as though the dishwasher is doing a great job. After talking once with Kitchenaid they recommended running the water at the kitchen sink prior to running the dishwasher to assure the water is hot? How would you ever be able to use the 4 hour delay setting? The dishwasher sometimes makes strange sounds when running on certain cycles and now the door creaks when you open and close it. It is not much more than a year old. Does anyone have to run the kitchen faucet before using the dishwasher? I would appreciate any advice. Thanks.


clipped on: 01.11.2009 at 12:50 pm    last updated on: 01.11.2009 at 12:50 pm

How do you clean your Wolf cast iron grates?

posted by: irishterri on 09.22.2008 at 05:59 pm in Appliances Forum

Does anyone have a secret to cleaning the black grates for your Wolf range? Someone suggested taking them outside, spraying them with ammonia and water, and then sealing in a black trash bag for a couple of hours. Has anyone heard of this? Please help. Terri


clipped on: 01.10.2009 at 11:41 pm    last updated on: 01.10.2009 at 11:41 pm

Cast Iron or Porcelain cooktop grates??

posted by: cindy49 on 01.09.2009 at 01:09 am in Appliances Forum

I am looking at GE gas ranges and some have black cast iron grate on the cooktop and others have the porcelain ones. I've had porcelain and to really clean all the cooked on food you have to put them in ammonia overnight and then scrub them. Those of you who have had both kinds, which is easier to clean and keep clean. It seems to me that the cast iron would be even harder since they are porous. How do you clean them? Can they go in when the oven is cleaned?

Also, what are the advantages to the continous grate in a 4 burner range?

Thanks for your help. Cindy-not having fun trying to decide on 4 kitchen appliances, flooring, etc....


clipped on: 01.09.2009 at 01:10 am    last updated on: 01.09.2009 at 01:10 am

What would you choose?

posted by: mominthedubc on 04.30.2008 at 02:29 am in Appliances Forum

Okay, help me out here.

DW... KA or Miele?

Dbl oven... Monogram or Electrolux?

CD Refridgerator w/ice and water... Profile, Monogram or KA?

Thank you


clipped on: 01.07.2009 at 12:04 am    last updated on: 01.07.2009 at 12:04 am

Photos please of Mision, Shaker or Arts & Crafts

posted by: cindy49 on 01.04.2009 at 08:35 pm in Kitchens Forum

Hi, We are close to going ahead with a kitchen remodel and I am wondering if any of you who have done a kitchen in the Mision, Shaker or Arts & Crafts style have pictures you could share of your kitchens. I am particularly interested in doors with mullions and layouts of any buffet walls, but any photos will be helpful.

We are thinking of doing the cabinets in a light select hickory--select meaning no knots, waves, or much variation of color.

Thank you. Cindy


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Challenge: anyone w/ induction exp who'd go back to gas?

posted by: olivepear on 01.01.2007 at 07:36 pm in Appliances Forum

A shout out to all induction users, former GAS cooktop users:

We are all set to go on our kitchen reno with a miele gas cooktop, and because of space constraints (gotta love those nyc apartments), we are relegated to a 24" cooktop with max 10K BTUs. However, gas is gas, right? The best.

However I've recently been reading here about induction, and now I'm wondering whether a 24" induction top would be better, to get that higher heat. Having read a gazillion posts, I'm now convinced induction is a better bet vs. electric. But what about gas. My hubby thinks I'm crazy (gas is the best, remember?) and I need to hear from the former gas lovers out there, to serve him back some real "poll" responses from those of you who had the option for gas who chose induction... and whether you are happy or have regrets.

And thank you guys in advance!


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Finally Deceided on a Dishwasher.

posted by: wolfc70 on 10.27.2008 at 05:39 pm in Appliances Forum

Well after much debate and forum browsing I bought a replacement for my 20 year old In-Sink-Erator Classic Deluxe dishwasher. I bought a Bosch Integra 500 SHX55M06UC for $900 installed. I looked at every brand and was having a hard time deciding between the Asko, Bosch, Dacor and the Miele. I decided on the Bosch because I could get all of the features I wanted for $300-600 less than the rest, that and the service guy had nothing but good things to say about Bosch. He said they sell more Bosch than any other brand and have less repairs than all but Miele. Of course they were out of the black color so it should be here in about a week. I can't wait!


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Single Door Bottom Freezer Refrigerators Users

posted by: lyno on 12.03.2008 at 12:31 pm in Appliances Forum

Any users of single door (not French door) bottom freezer refrigerators? If so, what kind do you have, do you like it, and have you had any problems with it?


clipped on: 01.05.2009 at 10:50 pm    last updated on: 01.05.2009 at 10:50 pm

Electrolux Dishwasher this a good product?

posted by: clc08 on 06.22.2008 at 01:11 pm in Appliances Forum

We saw this at Lowes for $1199. Seems study with good configuration options. Husband seemed to like this model. I can't find any reviews/ratings anywhere on the Electrolux.

Any advice here?



clipped on: 01.05.2009 at 10:44 pm    last updated on: 01.05.2009 at 10:45 pm

Whirlpool vs. Bosch Dishwasher-Need help

posted by: cindy49 on 01.02.2009 at 05:08 pm in Appliances Forum

This my first time posting a message but I have read this forum for a long time. Great advise.
I need to replace my 18 year old Whirlpool dishwasher, not because it is broken but because I am remodeling my kitchen (yes there may be more questions.) I have liked my whirlpool because on Light cylce it gets all my dishes done (no I don't pre rinse) and I like the silverware tray in the door as then there is more space in the main part. It is noisy now, but was quiet to start with. I am also considering a Bosch. I don't need one with lots of bells and whistles. Here are my questions:
1. Does anyone have issues with the "tall tubs" being too low to the ground for easy loading and unloading or is it really worth it to be able to wash larger items?
2. Does anyone know of a DW besides Whirlpool with the silverware tray in the door?
3. Those of you who have had both WP and Bosch which one did you like best and why?
4. Consumer Reports rates the Whirlpool DU1055 as a Best Buy-any experience with it? Noise?
5. Any recent purchases of either that you have found outstanding that are not the very top of the line?
Thank you all. Cindy


clipped on: 01.05.2009 at 10:30 pm    last updated on: 01.05.2009 at 10:30 pm

Miele dishwasher choice confusion -- please advise!

posted by: susanpn on 01.02.2009 at 02:16 pm in Appliances Forum

I am so confused -- I've read the postings here and know I want a Miele dishwasher. I also looked at the Miele website, but there are so many different versions of each of their models, I don't know which is right for me. I just want stainless, don't mind the controls being outside (although do like the towel bar look) and MUST have the upper silverware tray! I need a lower priced model as $1200 is already a splurge. I am not clear on what prefinished and integrated mean......and the website isn't clearing it up for me. Any help greatly appreciated!


clipped on: 01.05.2009 at 10:19 pm    last updated on: 01.05.2009 at 10:19 pm

Miele DW too nice for me?

posted by: busybme on 12.29.2008 at 06:28 pm in Appliances Forum

I know it's a silly question but I'm beginning to think the answer is 'yes'.

We need to replace a 15 y.o. Whirlpool dishwasher and aren't ready for the whole kitchen renovation yet. I was planning to get a Miele but am now beginning to think that I won't use it properly/use enough of the features to justify the price/be happy with it and then kick myself for spending so much money on a dw.

I want a stainless front with hidden controls and a towel bar. I want a dw that is reliable, relatively quiet, and presents me with clean and dry dishes when it is done.

Most of my appliances have multiple cycle options, and yet I typically use 'normal' for most everything...I may oooh and awww about all of those special features in the showroom, but honestly, I just don't use them.

DH says 'get whatever you want' and price is not a serious consideration, although I am naturally frugal and won't spend the extra money unless I'm getting something extra in return.

Knowing these things about me, do you think I will feel a Miele is worth it? What are your thoughts?



clipped on: 01.05.2009 at 09:41 pm    last updated on: 01.05.2009 at 09:41 pm

Induction - Do these times seem right?

posted by: pbrisjar on 01.05.2009 at 08:49 pm in Appliances Forum

So I was doing some experimenting this weekend trying to decide if I should keep my stainless-clad, copper core pans or switch out to all stainless and/or cast iron. For my testing I used a 10" base skillet - one the stainless/copper core, one cast iron. About the only difference in shape is that the stainless one curves out and in on the sides whereas the cast iron one (Lodge) curves out.

I added 2 coffee cups of fresh water (comes to 1 1/3 cup) to the pan and turned on power boost.

Using my largest burner, on power boost, it took about 1 minute to get bubbles on the bottom (slightly less for the cast iron). It took the stainless 1 minute 50 seconds to get to a full boil and the cast iron 1 minute 30 seconds. Intetresting: I just tested with my Goodwill stock pot (really thin metal no idea what but it is magnetic) and it got to bubbles in 45 seconds, full boil in just under 1 minute 30 seconds (still kinda slow I think).

Am I missing something? Are my expectations too high? How long does yours take?

The stove is hooked up to 50 amp service as the specs require. Test was done with no other hobs or anything else on. For reference, I have the Kenmore Elite induction slide-in. Specs say the high end power/output is comparable with other units (according to the chart I saw on the induction site).


clipped on: 01.05.2009 at 09:04 pm    last updated on: 01.05.2009 at 09:05 pm

Induction Range Vs Gas

posted by: nunyabiz on 11.07.2008 at 01:02 pm in Appliances Forum

My wife & I are in the process of buying a new range.
Currently we have an old POS that is a 28 year old electric GE.
This morning I looked up under the house and found out that we do not have any gas hookup.
Called the local gas company and they said it would be "approx. $500-$700+" for them to install about $30 worth of pipe that probably wouldn't take 2 hours to do.

So unfortunately a really nice gas range is out, although personally I would rather have the absolute cheapest gas range available VS the best Electric on the market, so I am weighing the differences between an Induction range (about $2800) Vs one of the cheapest gas models I can find that is decent (probably about $1250) So even with spending at least $700+ on gas line installation it will still be cheaper than any electric that I would want.
Kenmore has an Induction now that is a free standing model which is what we need.

What does everyone think about a cheaper Gas model Vs an Induction range?
Any recommendations for the gas range (under $1300).

Induction any good?

and I really like to cook with my cast iron skillets as nothing else really comes close.

This is the gas one we were thinking about.

Here is the Induction.


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built in versusu counter depth refrigerator

posted by: eking on 07.08.2008 at 11:36 pm in Appliances Forum

Help!!. I need to make a decision. I love the way the Therador Freedom looks but $$$$. Sub Zero $$$$$. ANy ideas? I read bad things about the Kitchen Aid built in, truth behind that? ALso expensive. Are there any alternatives. Thanks folks.


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Can't stand grabby Blums -- alternatives?

posted by: growlery on 12.31.2008 at 01:51 pm in Kitchens Forum

The soft closes are included in my custom order. But I can't stand having the drawer yanked out of my hand, only to have it shoved back out again so I can trip over it waiting for it to close again. It's an expensive solution in search of a problem, in my opinion.

There is still time to change my specs, I haven't signed off on the drawings, but I want to know how big a deal it's going to be: Can I have them changed to another, very simple glide without changing the drawer dimension? Or can I have them remove or disable the soft-close mechanism? Has anyone ever done this? I think Blum products are what this company uses, so it would be something in their line.

(I know I'm weird. All my friends have told me already! But then, I argue, so is the guy who said "My drawers are too loud!")


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