33770285_l
Major Appliances, S&W Appliances

The All American Guide to Grills

In this land of plenty, there is an abundance of choices when it comes to grills. Gas, charcoal, electric–it can all start to feel a little overwhelming. That’s why we’re proud to serve up this guide to the pros and unique benefits of different grill types. So dig in, and get ready to celebrate the land of the free and the home of the brave with some BBQ, done just the way you like it. It’s practically your patriotic duty!

The Charcoal Grill 

The Flavor Master

How it Works: These grills burn charcoal briquettes, wood chips, or a combination of both.

Pros:

  • Gives an intense, smoky flavor to food. If you are serious about that authentic, rich, smoky taste, go with a charcoal grill.

  • Many models can double as smokers.

  • Cooking with charcoal products causes fewer fire flare ups which can burn food.

Cons:

  • The bottom of a charcoal grill needs to be cleared of ashes regularly.

  • Cooking with charcoal takes longer than other methods, such as gas or electric. After lighting the charcoals, you should be able to grill within 15 to 20 minutes.

 

The Natural Gas Grill

The Backyard Standard

How it Works: Natural gas fuels this grill.

Pros:

  • Great bang for your buck; these grills are easier to control–and more user friendly–than other models, making them one of the more popular options.

  • Can be hooked up to your house’s gas line.

  • Ignite quickly and heat up fast.

Cons:

  • May be pricier than charcoal models, given the extra features.

  • You should use a drip pan to prevent flare ups.

 

The Propane Grill

The Goldilocks Grill 

How it works: This grill runs on propane, which is purchased in a refillable tank.

Pros:

  • We’re dubbing this the “Goldilocks Grill” because it offers many of the benefits of other models. It heats up fast and offers temperature control, and no need for hook up to electric or natural gas lines means it’s portable.

  • Propane is a relatively benign fuel, environmentally speaking. It’s efficient and burns cleaner than coal.

Cons:

  • You’ll need to remember to fill up your propane tanks, and bring backups if you’re camping or headed to a remote location.

  • While this is a great all-round option, it lacks the “standout” attributes of other versions.

 

The Electric Grill

Your Compact Companion

How it Works: Electricity is used to power this type of grill.

Pros:

  • Tend to be more compact than gas or charcoal grills, which makes them great for small outdoor spaces like balconies.

  • Some models are designed for indoor use.

  • Easier to clean.

Cons:

  • For most models, you’ll need an electrical outlet,

  • You may need extension cords if a power source isn’t nearby.

 

 

Standard
Major Appliances

Yes, You Do Need A Deep Fryer

Look: it’s only human to crave a deep fryer. The variety of flavors and sheer decadence conspire to make irresistible delights of every kind. Read on for some dynamite applications of this timeless classic.

French Fries

Call this Fryer 101. Lesson one: French fries were invented in Belgium, not France! Lesson two: the actual frying part is easy: carve up your tubers, carefully submerge them in your oil, strain, and salt as desired. Take it to the next level with a killer sauce– ginger sesame, sriracha mayo,  curried catsup, garlic chive greek yogurt, spicy beer mustard, or any variation your heart/stomach desires.

24286048_l

Beignets

The French Quarter classic is within reach with a deep fryer. You can find a quick and easy recipe here, among other places. Serve with strong Cafe Du Monde coffee and blow your next book club away. And don’t forget the powdered sugar!

Watermelon

Yes, watermelon! Sweet and salty, rich and light: this is a best-of-all-worlds delicacy. Serve it this summer for a unique batter-dipped twist on a beloved summer flavor! You can find a great recipe here.

Poached Eggs

Deep fried poached eggs make an unusual–and sophisticated–addition to many meals. This recipe recommends pairing with creamed spinach and serrano ham, but we’re sure that there are many other options–just imagine this as part of an eggs benedict recipe!

Hungry yet? Check out this state of the art fryer from Miele!

 

Standard
Uncategorized

She-Shed Essentials: Appliances For Your Lady Lair

Move over, man-cave: the she-shed has landed! She-sheds are women’s answer to the man-cave, a designated place for women to entertain, relax and engage in “the domestic arts” (or video games, beer, and mechanics–whatever floats your boat!). Need a clearer visual? Browse these then check out our top picks for furnishing your lady lair.

 

 

Climate Control

Your she-shed should be the apex of comfort. Keep the climate to your liking with a portable A/C unit for hot summer days, and a space heater for chilly evenings.

 

 

A Mini Fridge

Stock your she-cave with your favorite treats, secure in the knowledge that no pesky kids or men will devour them.

 

 

Wine Cooler or Cellar

Obviously. With models starting as low as $120, SW Appliances offers an enormous range of price points and sizes for your personal wine cooler or cellar. We suggest something small and compact, with a clear window to show off your taste in vintages.

 

Food Preparation Equipment

If cooking or baking is essential to your she-cave activities, you can integrate a full kitchen (just make sure the ventilation is there, wiring is good, etc.). If you’re more of a popcorn and pizza rolls kinda gal, a simple microwave should do just fine.

Television

Movie buff, or just prefer to enjoy your favorite shows sans distractions? Then incorporate a TV into your she-cave!

 

 

Speakers

For listening to your favorite music or podcasts, at any volume you please. Or try ambient noises, for a spa-serene experience.

Standard
Major Appliances

Summer Laundry Tips

Tis the season of swimsuits, barbeque sauce, popsicles, and gauzy garments–and with them, a unique set of laundry challenges. Unfortunately, sometimes washing machines and dryers can do more harm than good when used incorrectly to clean delicate summer clothes. Follow these tips to face some common summer laundry challenges.

13884508_l

 When to Machine Wash A Swimsuit

Swimsuits, especially those made of cotton or nylon, are not the most durable of garments. For this reason, they should normally be hand rinsed after each use. However, most suits can–and should–take a spin in the machine every 4 or 5 wears to remove more ingrained dirt, chemicals, salt, etc. Suits should always be washed in cold water on a delicate cycle. Preferably, they should be wrapped in a mesh bag to prevent too much damage, and at the very least should be in with other soft delicates, like hand towels. One exception to the washing machine rules? Suits with sequins or other embellishments, which should always be hand washed. Swimwear should always be air dried.

 

37776143_l

 

How to Machine Wash Linen Clothing

There’s something so light and luxurious about the feel of cool, clean linen on a hot summer day. However, linen garments can be notoriously vulnerable to the ravages of a machine wash. Linen garments should always be washed on your machine’s gentlest cycle, in lukewarm or cool water (not hot or cold). If possible, the water level should be set to high so that the garments move as freely as possible. Always wash linens with like colors and materials (no zippers or buttons, which can tear the delicate cloth) and use a mild deterge

35963874_l

Machine Washing Dark Clothing

The preservation of dark clothing often gets overlooked in summer, but little black dresses or navy polos can quickly fade in the intense summer sun. Cheer and similar brands offer detergent specifically formulated to keep your clothes “mysteriously dark and dramatic” (Cheer’s words, not ours), and can help mitigate UV damage.

These tips work best with a quality washing machine.Ready for an upgrade? Check out our full line of state of the art models here.

Standard
Air Conditioners, Energy Star, Major Appliances

Summer’s Almost Here! Four Tips For Buying an Air Conditioner

12625685_lSpring has sprung. That means sunshine, flowers, and relief from another brutal winter! But it also means the sweltering days of summer are just around the corner. Follow these tips to ensure your home is comfortable for all seasons.

Don’t wait until summer, when prices are highest. Right now, S&W Appliances offers some great sales and rebates on portable, window, and wall fit air conditioners. Besides–no one likes to do heavy lifting when it’s 80 degrees!

 

Bigger is not always better. Experts recommend one ton of refrigeration for every 320-400 square feet, depending on the efficiency of your unit. Oversize AC units tend to start and stop more often, which can raise your electric bill. Ask an associate to help you pick an air conditioner that meets your needs without going overboard. (http://archive.azcentral.com/style/hfe/diy/articles/20120611buying-air-conditioner-8-smart-strategies.html)

 

Check EPA ratings to save the earth (and money!). Units with an Energy Star rating have been approved by the EPA as being significantly more efficient that the federal minimum standard. These units will also have a Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating (SEER) between 13-21. The higher the rating, the more efficient the unit.

Look into warranty options. Anyone who’s been stuck in a hot home with a broken AC knows that it’s not a fun situation to be in. A good warranty ensures that if you have any issues with your unit they’ll be addressed, so be sure to check what options are available with your unit before you buy.

Standard
S&W Appliances, Uncategorized

Think Outside The Bun and Try Grilling These

At summer cookouts, brats and burgers may reign supreme– but that doesn’t mean there aren’t other options! Try grilling these at your next outdoor shindig and see if you can find some new faves!

 

5891465574_fa2e8c73c6_oGrilled Peaches  

What’s sweeter than a peach? A grilled peach, halved and served with whipped cream!

 

Pineapple Slices

The heat of the flame helps caramelize this sweet fruit, giving it a nice bit of added texture. Serve with ice cream and brown sugar.

 

Portobello Mushroom Caps

Portobellos are super versatile– try marinating them in a vinaigrette pre-grill. They can make a great substitute for burgers for any vegetarian or health conscious guests!

 Mexican Grilled Corn

Just toss a husked cob on the grill and cook until slightly charred. Then, top with mayo, sour cream, cilantro, and parmesan cheese. Serve with lime.

Citrus Garnish

Add some complexity to sweet summer cocktails by grilling your lemon or lime garnish.

Flatbread Pizzas

Making your own flatbreads on the grill is surprisingly simple. Just flatten some premade dough, spread lightly with olive oil, grill, flip, add your desired toppings and ta da! It’s a fun new spin on pizza night.

 

Watermelon

For a sweet and salty treat, try grilling watermelon then sprinkling with sea salt.

 

Ready to throw a delicious cookout? Now’s a better time than ever! Check out our Chill and Grill special to learn how you can get a $500 rebate and the purchase of Viking grills, cabinets, carts, and ice machines. You can download the flyer at http://www.swappliances.com/flyers.html.

 

Standard
Major Appliances, S&W Appliances

Find Daily Deals on Major Appliances

major appliancesShopping for new appliances? You’re not alone. Spring is an especially popular time for homeowners and tenants alike to revitalize their homes with the latest technology. It’s also a great time to save ahead of the summertime rush on cooling appliances and air control units. At S&W Appliances, we’re seeing more and more customers every day visiting our online showroom to browse deals on appliances from the world’s top brands. Our experts have been busy making recommendations and coordinating with our customers to ensure every visitor to our site gets the maximum value from their purchases. We’ve expanded our lineup of customer incentives to make shopping this season an even more rewarding experience.

One of the best ways we allow our customers to save on the world-class appliance selection we offer is through a consistently-updated suite of daily deals. Each day, our experts curate a diverse selection of appliances and feature their favorites with limited-time discounts. With regular visits, customers can be sure they’ll see the best prices on the most popular appliances of the season. Looking through each day’s deals is also a great way to get inspired: you might not know the appliance that would perfectly complete a room in your home until you see it! Visit http://www.swappliances.com to get started.

Standard
Air Conditioners, Major Appliances

Save Now on Air Control: Air Conditions and More This Spring

air-conditionerAir conditioning and temperature control are major considerations for most homeowners and contractors during the warmer months. When a heat wave hits, our experts find themselves recommending air conditioner units and other major appliances to customers planning to use them at once. Over many years in the appliances business, we’ve found that an early purchase pays off in multiple ways. First and foremost, appliance customers who invest in air conditioners before the hot weather arrives can use their machines on the first hot day and enjoy temperate indoor conditions right from the start. In addition, customers at S&W Appliances who shop regular incentives, promotions, and limited-time deals will discover that buying an air conditioner before the rush is a smart way to find a bargain.

S&W Appliances has an online appliances showroom that allows customers to browse air conditions by category, from window models to wall fit air conditions, portable air conditioners, and more. Visitors to the site can also shop by size as well as cooling power and square footage covered. With models available from all major appliance brands and numerous rebates, discounts, and other savings featured in the online store, now is the perfect time to prepare for a fantastic spring and summer.

Standard
Major Appliances, S&W Appliances

New Arrivals: S&W Appliances’ Miele Display

SW MieleS&W Appliances is Brooklyn’s top destination for major appliances, carrying the most exciting variety of machines from the world’s best manufacturers. Homeowners, tenants, and professionals all visit our company’s showroom or browse the online gallery to find appliances designed to meet a wide range of in-home needs. We’re committed to our customers, providing abundant shopper incentives and connecting our visitors with manufacturer rebates that enable even greater savings. Our dedication even goes beyond prices to our company’s inventory: when our experts find an innovative new machine with unique modern functionality, we update our selection to ensure every guest has a chance to incorporate the newest technology into their home or business. To that end, we’re proud to announce the new Miele display at S&W Appliances.

The Miele display collects the latest Miele appliances and allows visitors to browse refrigerators, cooking appliances, laundry and clean-up machines, and more. Miele is at the forefront of appliance design, living up to a legacy of tech advancements and mechanical improvements with some of the most cutting-edge appliances in the field. Cooking enthusiasts, at-home chefs, and restaurant professionals have trusted Miele for decades: now, with the brand new display of the company’s major appliances live at S&W Appliances, every customer can discover what has made this brand famous: http://www.swappliances.com/by-brand/mie/Miele.html

Standard
Appliance Care, Major Appliances, S&W Appliances

The Perfect Combination: Oven and Microwave Deals

oven and microwave comboValentine’s Day is almost here, and while major appliances may not be as romantic as jewelry or chocolate, our acclaimed showroom has plenty of ways to celebrate. One of the best chances for our visitors to share in the excitement of the season is to shop the combination deals and two-in-one machines available in the online store. In many cases, buyers who purchase multiple appliances together in a complete set can save on the package overall and ensure that every machine works well with the other included appliances. In addition, some appliances themselves have this same combo appeal, linking two or more separate machines into an intuitive, compact, and user-friendly solution. Electric wall oven and microwave combinations are among the most useful appliances in a modern kitchen, enabling synchronized preparation of a diverse array of meals.

Right now, at S&W Appliances, top combinations from leading manufacturers like Frigidaire are available with fantastic savings. Beyond the everyday discounts, many models are also eligible for rebates and other savings thanks to the efforts of S&W Appliances experts. Major appliance deals enable customers to enjoy the benefits of multiple machines at once, with an affordable investment and reliable performance. Contact a company representative today to get started, or browse the full inventory of combination major appliances for the kitchen online: http://www.swappliances.com/_CGI/SEARCH3?MINOR=ER:ERWALCM

Standard