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Newest Home Appliances Combine Style with Substance
Performance and style are converging in the kitchen as high-function appliances that incorporate seamless and stylish features are becoming available. Consumers have increasingly demanded sleek, stainless steel refrigerators and ranges that pack the punch of a restaurant-style kitchen, and now new dishwashers are coming on the scene. The newest dishwashers from Kenmore Elite®, for example, incorporate the high-tech design and ease of use of an MP3 player control pad with the best cleaning performance on the market.
Personal electronics have become an extension of individual style, and as such, manufacturers are incorporating greater choice and style into their products. This is evident in the growing selection of sleek and colorful cell phones, MP3 players and even kitchen-top appliances. These aesthetic qualities are increasingly making their way into larger home appliances, with washer/dryers now on the market in colors such as “Pacific Blue” and “Champagne,” and the new SmartTouch™ control pad on Kenmore Elite® dishwashers, which allows users to select a cleaning cycle with a single touch.
The stylish new feature offers seamless controls that not only make selecting a cycle easier, but also make cleaning a snap, allowing users to clean the dishwasher’s front panel with just one quick wipe.
On the Forefront of Design and Function
With this convergence of function and style, kitchen appliances are no longer cumbersome or plain boxes hidden in closets or corners, but instead, powerful conversation pieces that people proudly display in their homes.
According to a Soap and Detergent Association survey, consumers rank baked-on cleaning performance as the number one unmet need in all home appliances. Another survey of more than 1,200 mothers, by Sears, Roebuck and Co., showed that, when it comes to dishwashers, moms want a superior cleaning machine that doesn’t sacrifice appearance. Examples of appliances that meet this demand for high performance in a stylish package are the Kenmore Elite dishwashers featuring revolutionary TurboZone with Rotating Spray Jets™.
These machines, offering both style and unmatched cleaning abilities, have an updated, highly powerful system that utilizes 24 rotating spray jets to blast away baked-on, tough-to-clean messes no matter the size or shape of the dish. Because intensified cleaning action is only provided in the TurboZone area, every corner of a baked-on dish is cleaned with these intense jets, while the rest of the load receives a gentle wash. Tough-to-clean items do not need to be loaded face-down, so dishwasher space is maximized.
The new dishwashers take the work out of doing dishes while delivering water and energy savings and first-rate style, including classic to modern color choices of white, bisque, black and stainless steel.
Time- and Trouble-Saving Tips
While function- and fashion-forward appliances help ease time spent in the kitchen, other ways to keep your kitchen running smoothly include:
(1) Every one to two months, add one cup of vinegar to an empty dishwasher after it fills with water at the start of the cycle to remove buildup.
(2) Run the dishwasher before you go to bed each night and unload it first thing in the morning. This will keep your kitchen neat and keep dishes from piling up.
(3) Clean stainless steel appliances with undiluted vinegar.
(4) Cleaning the interior of your dishwasher, including the rotating arms and all drawers and baskets, will remove grease and lime scale deposits that build up inside.