Appliance News and Gossip

In a report from Reuters, General Electric names 5 non-US appliance manufacturers as potential bidders for the company’s appliance business. The list includes Haier from China, LG Electronics from South Korea, Electrolux from Sweden, Controladora Mabe from Mexico and Arcelik from Turkey. Jeff Immelt, General Electric Chief Executive, stated that he believes Haier and LG are most likely to be interested.

KitchenAid is rumored to be switching the stainless steel they use in manufacturing their appliances from 304 grade to 403. It’s unsure how this rolling change will be implemented but differences in the materials may be evident in different lighting situations.

Whirlpool’s Magic Chef line is rumored to become a Lowes-only brand. Other Whirlpool discussion centers on their elimination of including connector hoses with their washing machines in all but the HE series.

Marvel, owned by AGA, will be closing their Indiana plant. In other plant closing news, Fisher & Paykel will be closing the plant they purchased from DCS and will be shifting their manufacturing to Mexico. Other companies currently manufacturing in Mexico include LG, GE, Whirlpool and Electrolux just to name a few.

Fisher & Paykel announced they will have a price increase in September (perhaps to pay for the move).

Miele has recalled about 3,100 T 9821 Gas Dryers due to risk of gas leak or fire. These dryers are super-large capacity white dryers with serial numbers 66461685 to 89921848 sold between March and December 2007. For additional information contact Miele at (800) 420-1813.

Frigidaire has recalled about 7,500 Kenmore Wall Ovens due to fire and burn hazards. There have been reports of gas building up and flames escaping through the oven door. The 24″ oven model numbers are 790.30472400, 790.30473400, 790.30473401, 790.30474400, 790.30479400 with serial numbers NF401xxxxx through NF601xxxxx. Frigidaire says the ovens are safe to use in the “bake” setting but do not use the “broil” feature due to risk of injury. For more information contact Sears at (800) 479-6408.


Small Kitchen Idea: Blind Cabinets

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The largest design dilemma in an L-shaped kitchen is “What do you do in the corner?”

A great way to add sleek functionality to your kitchen is by incorporating the Le Mans swivelling shelves in not just a blind cabinet but a Tall Blind Cabinet.

Rows of tall cabinets are very popular right now – espeically with interesting wood grains.  By keeping the tall cabinets on the short side the room actually feels bigger.  Extra tall cabinets in a small space feel a bit too towering.

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LED Cabinet Drawer Light and More

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LED lit drawer | KitchAnn StyleIf you have an IKEA store in your area you can purchase battery operated LED strips with sensors for lighting up a drawer interior.

The Dioder from IKEA is 11″ long.  It will light up for 15 seconds when you open the drawer.  If still on, it will go out 5 seconds after you close the drawer.

If you are in the habit of opening drawers in the dark then this will be very helpful for you.  I can imagine this as being useful for the drawer that houses the flashlights and batteries in case of a power outage.

LED backlighting | KitchAnn StyleThe IKEA Stores (no Internet sales) also sell a multicolor Dioder LED strip that is switched.  They are sold in packs of 4 and are 9 3/4″ long.  These will work well behind a mirrored vanity cabinet.

If there is not an IKEA near you, I am told Costco sells Cyron LED light strips in a 6 pack.  They may be a warehouse only item since I could not find them on their website.

Cyron does have a website so if don’t have a Costco membership you can still get the lights.  They sell kits with lights, clips and controllers.

You can use these in many places. You are only limited by your imagination.

Make your home theater spectacular by adding these lights behind your flat screen TV.

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