• Finding the Right Appliances for Small Kitchens

    Having a smaller house can be a great way to pursue a simpler lifestyle for your family. However, you may wonder how you’ll be able to fit everything you need into the smaller spaces of your downsized home, especially in the kitchen. Luxury appliances can be found in small sizes that are perfect for streamlined kitchens that are low on space. Here are a few tips to help you find the right high-end appliances for your small kitchen.

    Dishwasher

    When it comes to dishwashers, you may be surprised by how much you enjoy having a smaller model. If you have a small family, you won’t have to worry about waiting a few days before you have a full load of dishes to wash. Instead, you’ll have the perfect sized appliance to fit your family’s needs and your kitchen’s small size. Look for cabinet-sized dishwashers if you want a model that is similar to a traditional dishwasher, but reduced in size. If you want an even smaller appliance, check out the different single-drawer dishwashers that are available at your local appliance showroom.

    Refrigerator

    You’ll find a wide range of different refrigerator sizes when you visit the appliance showroom. For a small kitchen, be sure to check out counter-depth refrigerators. These models are available in the same widths as traditional refrigerators, but won’t cut into your floor space. You will also find options for narrow refrigerators that are only 18 to 24 inches in width. For the smallest of spaces, you may want to consider a “mini fridge” that is both shorter and narrower than traditional refrigerators, only taking up a few cubic feet of space.

    Oven and Cooktop

    For a small kitchen, a wall oven that fits seamlessly with your cabinets may be a great option. For your cooktop, consider a modular option that allows you to switch out different heating elements so that you can make the most of your small space. Be sure to also consider petite oven ranges, which are simply smaller in size than their traditional counterparts.

    When you’re ready to shop for luxury appliances in St. Louis, schedule an appointment at one of AUTCOhome Appliances three showrooms in the area. We offer a wide range of appliances from high-end brands like Wolf, Dacor, and Bosch, so you can find the right fit for your dream kitchen, no matter its size. For more information, call us at (314) 373-2000.

  • How to Test Your Oven’s Temperature

    When you turn your oven on and set it to a specific temperature, it’s natural to expect it to reach and maintain that exact temperature so you can bake or roast your culinary creations to perfection. However, it’s common for ovens to need be recalibrated from time to time to ensure they are measuring temperature accurately.

    If you want to test your oven’s temperature, start by placing an oven thermometer in the center of the middle rack when the oven is cool. Next, set the oven temperature to 350 ºF and let it heat up for about 20 minutes. Check the thermometer, and then place it back in the oven. Continue to check and record the temperature every 20 minutes for the next couple of hours. Determine the average temperature from all of your readings, and then find the difference between that average and 350. Next, follow the manufacturer’s instructions to adjust the oven’s temperature setting according to the difference that you found.

When crafting nutritious, home-cooked meals for your family, you should have access to the latest kitchen innovations and high-quality craftsmanship—which you can find from luxury brands like Bosch, Viking, and Wolf. To shop for professional-quality kitchen appliances in St. Louis, schedule an appointment at one of AUTCOhome Appliances three showrooms. You can reach us at (314) 373-2000.

  • A Look at Some of the Innovative Design Features of Electrolux Appliances

    Electrolux is all about the enhanced experience—with innovative features and high-end craftsmanship, Electrolux appliances make it easy to design the professional-quality kitchen of your dreams.

    This video shows some of the latest design innovations from Electrolux. You’ll learn about the BlastChiller, UltraFresh+, integrated appliance cameras, and other amazing features that can help you get creative in your kitchen.

    At AUTCOhome Appliances, we know how important it is to feel comfortable and confident in the kitchen. That’s why we’re committed to providing homeowners in the St. Louis area with a wide selection of top-of-the-line appliances from innovative brands like Electrolux, Bosch, and Viking. Call us at (314) 373-2000 for additional information.

  • What to Store in Each Section of Your Refrigerator

    After you’ve chosen the perfect luxury appliances for the kitchen of your dreams, you may be wondering how to get the most out of those appliances. One task that should certainly be on your to-do list is finding the best way to organize your fridge. Once you’ve identified the optimal set-up for your refrigerator, it will be easy for you to keep your ingredients fresh so you can cook wholesome, healthy meals for your family. Here are a few tips to help you get started.

    Door Shelves

  • The refrigerator door is one of the warmest parts of your fridge, since it is exposed to outside air every time you open the door. Due to this, you should avoid storing items that can spoil quickly, such as milk or meat, in the shelves of your refrigerator door. Condiments are the ideal items to store in this area.

    Drawers

    Refrigerator drawers are designed with humidity controls so you can adjust the moisture levels in these areas. This function makes drawers the ideal place to store fresh produce. However, one thing to keep in mind is the possibility of contamination if you store raw meat above the drawers. Some homeowners find the best solution for keeping their fruits and vegetables safe is to dedicate one drawer to produce storage and the other to meat storage.

    Upper Shelves

    The upper shelves of your refrigerator offer the perfect area to store cooked and ready-to-eat foods. Since warm air rises, this tends to be another warm area of the fridge, so you shouldn’t store foods that spoil quickly here. Leftovers should be kept in this area, as well as drinks and snack foods.

    Lower Shelves

    Any raw ingredients you have—apart from the fresh produce and meat that have already been stored in drawers—should be stored in the lower shelves of the refrigerator. If you would prefer to keep raw meat in this area instead of in a drawer, consider storing it in a clear plastic tub that will keep any spills contained, preventing contamination.

    If you’re looking for the perfect refrigerator to meet your family’s needs, schedule an appointment at AUTCOhome Appliances. With three locations in the St. Louis area, we make it easy to upgrade your cooking experience with cutting-edge kitchen appliances from brands like Sub-Zero and Monogram. For more information, call us at (314) 373-2000.

  • Strategies for Cleaning Your Stainless Steel Appliances

    Imagine this—you’ve finished designing your dream kitchen with sleek stainless steel appliances, only to discover that they soon start to show stains and smudges. The good news is that modern stainless steel appliances come with smudge-resistant finishes, but it’s still important to know the best ways to keep your new luxury appliances clean and beautiful. Here are a few tips to help you keep your stainless steel kitchen appliances looking their best.

    Stay Away from Harsh Solutions

  • When it comes to keeping stainless steel clean, it’s best to take a gentle approach. For wiping the surfaces down, a microfiber cloth or high-quality paper towel will be best. These options allow you to remove smudges and debris without any risk of scratching your stainless steel appliances. Never use an abrasive scrubber pad or steel wool on stainless steel surfaces, as these can scratch the steel, making your high-end appliance look old and worn out. You should also stick to gentle cleansers to keep your stainless steel looking its best.

     Choose from Home-Made or Store-Bought Cleansers

    There are many solutions you can mix up at home that will keep your stainless steel appliances clean and sanitized. For instance, dish soap and baby oil, white vinegar and olive oil, and club soda mixed with water are all safe and effective solutions that you can use to clean stainless steel. If you prefer the convenience of store-bought cleansers, look for an option that is specifically designed for cleaning stainless steel.

     If you are looking for a luxury appliance showroom in St. Louis, come to AUTCOhome Appliances. We have three locations in the St. Louis area, and our associates are ready to help you learn about the latest innovations from high-end appliance brands like Miele, Bosch, and Wolf. To find out more or to schedule a showroom appointment, call (314) 373-2000.

  • Undercounter Refrigeration from Sub-Zero

    With modern luxury appliances, you’re not limited to the traditional refrigerator design. Sub-Zero offers sleek under-counter refrigeration solutions to help you maximize your kitchen’s design and convenience.

    Sub-Zero’s undercounter refrigeration options are built right into your kitchen counters. Whether you want extra space to store drinks, produce drawers built conveniently into your kitchen island, or extra freezer space, Sub-Zero can provide a stylish and efficient option to meet your needs. You can even choose an under-counter freezer with an ice maker. You also have a range of different styles to choose from, including stainless steel designs, refrigerators with glass doors, and integrated designs that will blend seamlessly with your cabinets.

    Reclaim your kitchen with luxury appliances from AUTCOhome Appliances. With three showrooms in the St. Louis area, we make it simple for you to find the state-of-the-art appliances and smart technology you’re looking for. For more information, call us at (314) 373-2000.

  • Experience the Superior Design of Miele Built-In Appliances

    Have you seen the latest built-in appliances from Miele? If you haven’t had a chance to visit your local luxury appliance showroom to see this impressive line, it’s time to schedule an appointment. In the meantime, check out this video clip to see the sleek lines, incredible versatility, and unmatched performance of Miele’s line of built-in kitchen appliances.

    If you’re looking for an appliance showroom in St. Louis, give AUTCOhome Appliances a call at (314) 373-2000. In addition to Miele appliances, we carry models from a wide range of cutting-edge appliance brands, including Wolf, Viking, and Bosch. Our associates can help you evaluate the different luxury kitchen appliances available so you can find the best fit and cook with confidence in the kitchen of your dreams.

  • Comparing Gas and Electric Cooking

    When you visit your local appliance showroom to pick out luxury appliances for your dream kitchen, remember that it’s important to consider more than just how an appliance looks. One of the most important considerations is whether you should choose gas or electric appliances. Each option offers its own advantages, so continue reading for help selecting the right kitchen appliances to fit your family’s needs.

     

    Gas Ovens vs. Electric Ovens

    Whether you end up choosing a gas or electric oven, if you select a model from a reliable, trusted brand, you’re sure to enjoy great performance that encourages your creativity in the kitchen. Both gas and electric high-end ovens provide even heating—the idea that electric ovens heat food more evenly is a myth. However, gas ovens do tend to heat up faster, which can be beneficial if you’re preparing a big meal or cooking on a short timeline. Electric ovens tend to provide a drier heat with lower humidity, which can be ideal if you enjoy preparing baked goods for your family.

     Gas Cooktops vs. Electric Cooktops

    There is a much more noticeable difference between gas and electric cooktops than there is between gas and electric ovens. Gas cooktops tend to be pricier upfront, but are more efficient and can help you save money on your utility bills. On the other hand, electric cooktops offer simpler installation, and the flat cooking surface allows for more even heating. Most professional chefs and discerning home cooks prefer gas cooktops, however, as heat adjustments can be made instantaneously, providing more control over the cooking process.

    Whether you want gas appliances or electric appliances, AUTCOhome Appliances can help you find the perfect option. We carry high-end appliances from iconic brands like Monogram, Miele, and Bosch. To find out more or to schedule an appointment at one of our three luxury appliance showrooms in the St. Louis area, call (314) 373-2000.

  • Dishwasher Myths that Are All Wet

    Your kitchen appliances should help you feel confident in the kitchen, rather than stressed about making mistakes and messes. This goes for all of your appliances, including the dishwasher—but it can be easy to feel confused due to popular dishwasher myths. Here’s a look at the truth behind some common myths about this important appliance.

    Myth: How You Load Your Dishwasher Doesn’t Matter

  • Modern dishwashers feature carefully designed dish racks that allow you to maximize your loads without compromising on performance. However, you can’t just put the dishes anywhere and expect the dishwasher to perform as it should. Pots and pans should be placed soiled-side down on the bottom rack, and plates should be loaded vertically with sufficient space between each dish. Make sure that you do not block the wash arm, as this can result in a dishwasher that’s still full of dirty dishes, even after a wash cycle.

    Myth: Pre-Rinsing Is Required

    While dishwashers of the past required you to rinse off every dish before you loaded it to ensure the dishes would get clean during the wash cycle, modern luxury appliances have proven themselves to be much more capable. With a top-of-the-line dishwasher, you just need to scrape off the food remnants, and your dish will be ready for the washer.

    Myth: You Should Only Put Dishes in the Dishwasher

    While it may seem counterintuitive that your dishwasher can serve purposes beyond washing dishes, there are many other household items you can place in the dishwasher to be thoroughly cleaned and sanitized. For instance, kitchen sponges, lunch bags, and even children’s toys can all be placed in the dishwasher, and are sure to come out clean and glistening.

    If you’re in need of a new dishwasher or other luxury kitchen appliance in St. Louis, look no further than AUTCOhome Appliances. With three showrooms featuring a range of high-end appliance brands, including Wolf, Miele, and KitchenAid, you’re sure to find a next-generation dishwasher that fits in perfectly with your kitchen’s design. To learn more, call us at (314) 373-2000.

  • What Are the Benefits of Warming Drawers?

    When selecting the right oven for your dream kitchen, one of the decisions you’ll be faced with is determining what features will be most complementary to your cooking style. One upgrade you can find on many luxury ovens is a warming drawer. Here’s a look at the benefits of choosing an oven with a warming drawer when you visit your local luxury appliance showroom.

    If you have a warming drawer, you’ll have an easier time preparing large meals with multiple dishes, since you’ll be able to keep completed dishes heated to the perfect temperature while you finish cooking the rest of the meal. Warming drawers are also great for heating up dishware prior to serving a meal, and can even be used to proof dough when you are baking.

  • You’ll find an extensive range of professional-quality ovens when you visit one of AUTCOhome Appliances’ three showrooms in the St. Louis area. Our brand partners include Wolf, Miele, Electrolux, and more. To schedule a visit, call us at (314) 373-2000.