Category: Kitchen Appliances

A Guide to Cooktop and Range: Which is Best?

A guide to cooktop and range: which is best?

Unless you are a huge fan of microwave-only cooking (said no one ever), then you are likely going to want some means of cooking a real meal in your home. But surprise, surprise! When you go to make that investment, you will be confronted with questions about cooktop and range tops.

Is there a difference? Which one is best? Here’s your guide to cooktops and range tops and choosing what is best for you.

Cooktop and Range: Is There a Difference?

Although cooktop and range tops look very similar and serve the same overall purpose, they do have some differences, believe it or not – however, so slightly. A few of the most common distinguishable differences between the two include:

-The controls for cooktops are found on the top, whereas the controls for range tops can be found on the front of the unit.

-Depending on the model and type, cooktops aren’t always as powerful as range tops. They may have one really powerful burner, whereas a range top will have all of its burners at the same level of power.

-Sometimes range tops can come with a griddle as a feature – this is something you will likely never find on a cooktop.

-The counter in your kitchen will need to be cut to accommodate both the range top and the cooktop – and both can be flanked on either side. However, cooktops require a precise cut in the countertop as it is a drop-in unit.

Cooktop and Range: Fuel Type

While there may be a variance in the combination of appliance and fuel, typically, you see cooktops in both electric and gas. Range tops are most commonly gas. Electric cooktops are often glass tops with consistent and efficient heating, keeping your kitchen cooler, too. They are easy to keep shiny and clean, as well.

Gas cooktops and range tops use either propane or natural gas (converter kits are usually available). And they come with durable cast-iron grates that can stand up well to the heat from the flame and still look fantastic. Unlike electric cooktops, the gas versions do not require any time to heat up. Instead, you turn them on, and they are ready to go.

Choosing which fuel type is best will vary based on your preferences.

Cooktop and Range: The Similarities

Now, we told you that these two appliances are quite similar. So, let’s take a look at how that is:

Neither a cooktop nor a range top has an oven. They are strictly stove-type appliances. You will typically find them in homes that have a wall oven – or those that have a full range but are looking to add some additional burners to, say, the kitchen island. When installing them, both will have to be added to the countertop or to a storage cabinet. They are not stand-alone units.

Cooktops: The Pros and Cons

A guide to cooktop and range: which is best?

Cooktops are meant to be used regularly – especially those built with a pro-style strength. Families who cook every day or cook a lot will find them to be a reliable option. Plus, they come in varying sizes, such as 30 inches and 36 inches, so even the smallest kitchens will have space. Below are some of the pros and cons:

+Controls on the top make it a safer option for a household with young kids

+Cooktops are easy to clean

+Smaller than a full-size range

+They look like a fitting, beautiful addition to any kitchen

Unfortunately, some may feel as though there are a few downfalls, too, including:

-Cooktops are often smaller than range tops and may not be suitable for busy kitchens.

-They tend to come with a lot of features but may not be as professional as range tops, depending on the model.

-The knobs on top may be difficult to reach if cooking on all burners or with big pots and pans

Range Tops: The Pros and Cons

A guide to cooktop and range: which is best?

Professional kitchens are known to have range stops. They give the kitchen a commercial feel yet with ultimate class. They are durable, powerful, and give you lots of control while cooking. Range tops are often larger, requiring more space – for instance, 48 inches and 36 inches. They are great for those who do a lot of cooking.

Let’s take a look at a few perks and some cons:

+Range tops are designed for heavy use and are built for longevity

+They are larger, often making it easier to accommodate larger pans and pots

+The knobs are easily accessible despite what you are cooking on top

+Range tops have a professional look

Are there any downfalls of a range top? Maybe a couple. Let’s take a look:

-May seem too big and bulky for smaller kitchens

-Will likely require professional installation

-Controls in the front may be enticing for small children

-Range tops are often, but not always, more costly than cooktops

Cooktop and Range: Which is Best?

Well, all of that brings us back to the million-dollar question – which one is best? It truly depends. If you have a large kitchen, then a range top may be a perfect choice, but if you don’t, you may want to stick to a cooktop. If you are looking for an appliance that will give you great power and long-lasting durability? Opt for a range top. If you are just looking for convenience and safety for the kids, then a cooktop may be your answer.

One important thing to remember is that you will have to cut your countertop to make space for either one of these options, so make sure you are investing in the best fit for your home and your cooking needs.

Buy Cooktop and Range Appliances from Thor Kitchen

Well, there you have it – all the details, including the pros and cons – which means you should have everything needed to decide which one is best for you. Keep in mind that Thor Kitchen offers a long list of features for both cooktops and range tops, so you may want to dig a little deeper and do your due diligence before you decide which one is best and make that purchase.

Ready to buy? Find a dealer near you today to shop cooktop and range kitchen appliances for your home.

Different Types of Kitchen Dishwashers

Different types of kitchen dishwashers

When you think of kitchen dishwashers, you probably have a specific type that comes to mind. Most people know about built-in dishwashers that fit neatly under the countertop in the kitchen, such as THOR’s 24 inch stainless steel dishwasher. Yet, there are so many other types too, each with its own perks.

If you don’t have a dishwasher or are in the process of searching for one, knowing the options available can help you make the best decision. Below we will go over the different types of dishwashers available as well as their features and the importance of the material they are made of. This will help you invest in the perfect appliance for your kitchen.

Why Use a Dishwasher?

It doesn’t matter whether you have been hand washing dishes since you were old enough to reach the sink (with a stool) or if you think that your great-grandmother’s method of washing the dishes is the best and only way to get the job done. Hand washing dishes cannot compare to a dishwasher when it comes to getting dishes clean and making sure they are sanitized and free from germs. Dishwashers are made to clean dishes well and can do so at higher temperatures for extended periods of time. When it comes down to protecting your home from spreading germs – in the world of coronavirus – then you need a dishwasher to gain that reassurance.

Of course, getting dishes clean isn’t the only reason to use a dishwasher.

Modern Dishwashers are Efficient

Modern dishwashers are designed with the environment in mind. They are made to be efficient – when it comes to both water and electricity. Believe it or not, when it comes to washing a full load of dishes, a dishwasher is actually better for the environment than hand washing is.

Ready for two more fantastic reasons for investing in a dishwasher? You won’t have to cover your counter space with drying dishes – and you won’t have to worry about arguments over who is going to take care of the dishes. Investing in a dishwasher makes cleanup a breeze after crafting and enjoying a delicious recipe.

Types of Kitchen Dishwashers

There are different types of dishwashers that serve a purpose for those who use them. Some are more preferable than others, of course. Let’s take a look at a few of the options available.

Built-In Dishwasher

A built-in dishwasher is the most common type of dishwasher in the home. They fit snugly under the counter and blend in with the surrounding appliances and cabinets. These are often made of varying materials, with stainless steel being the most popular, thanks to its timeless look and durability.

Portable Dishwasher

Portable dishwashers are freestanding units that can easily be moved around your kitchen. They will need access to water and a drain, but you are able to move the unit up by your sink when you are washing – and then move it elsewhere when you aren’t.

Countertop Dishwasher

A countertop dishwasher is one that sits on top of your counter. It is portable and can be moved – and it also needs to have access to a water supply and drain such as your kitchen sink. Keep in mind that these are smaller and don’t allow you to wash as many dishes at one time as other options, which can be a downfall.

Integrated Dishwasher

Similar to built-in dishwashers, an integrated dishwasher is one that is made of the same materials as the surrounding cupboards. They blend in without standing out or appearing like a dishwasher. Some people prefer this for a uniform, cohesive look.

Commercial Dishwasher

While you won’t likely want a commercial dishwasher for your home kitchen, they are still available. You will often find these in the restaurant and hotel industries. Though if you are looking for something that offers you the reliability and strength of a commercial dishwasher that is designed for a home, we have just the thing.

Thor Kitchen’s Dishwasher

Thor Kitchen knows just how important durability and efficiency are when it comes to appliances – including dishwashers. After all, you are going to be filling it with your family’s dirty dishes, day in and day out. So we have created their 24-inch built-in dishwasher in stainless steel to get the job done.

This Thor Kitchen dishwasher is built with busy families in mind. It does the thinking for you, thanks to its Smart Wash System, it can run on a delayed timer. That way, you can always count on waking up to a dishwasher full of clean dishes to start your day.

It is packed with power and performance – as well as these must-have features:

A Quiet Performance at Only 45 Decibels.

The noise volume is low enough to not interfere with anything going on in your house.

Smart Wash System

This intelligent dishwasher uses a soil sensor to determine just how dirty your dishes are so that it can adjust the cycle as needed to make sure they are super clean every time.

Power Spray Arms

No more will you have to worry if your dishwasher has the ability to reach all areas of the unit. With Thor Kitchen, you can count on it.


This dishwasher is both water and energy-efficient so you can feel good about reducing your carbon footprint and save some money on your utility bill too.


This unit offers adjustable racks, so you never have to worry about fitting large dishes or utensils. This is done with ease. Further, the removable utensil basket makes it a cinch to get the silverware back into its designated drawer.

Fingerprint Resistant

Finally, the stainless steel finish always keeps your dishwasher clean and fingerprint free. This keeps your dishwasher shining bright and looking beautiful in the kitchen.

Choose the Perfect Kitchen Dishwasher Today

When it comes down to it, having a dishwasher can make a positive impact on your life. You can enjoy your time doing other things – rather than standing in front of a sink full of dirty dishes. But not just any dishwasher will do.

Now that you know your options and what may be the greatest option for your kitchen and your needs – you can make an informed decision to get the best dishwasher. Will that be a stainless steel dishwasher from Thor Kitchen? It should be. Find a dealer near you today for dishwashers and much more!

4 Eco Friendly Kitchen Products

Supporting eco friendly kitchen products

Your home is where you spend most of your time – especially in your kitchen. This is why it is so important to invest in products that are eco-friendly and better for both the environment and your family. You will not only help to conserve energy, but you will also reduce your carbon footprint and reduce the damage to the world around you. 

What you bring into your home is your choice – and that includes the kitchen appliances you use every day. Consider adding one of these eco-friendly kitchen products to your home.

What is Eco-Friendly?

When you hear that a product is eco-friendly, it should signal to you that the product is not going to harm the environment. Most of the time, these products are healthy for you and your family, too. And while research can help you find these products, looking for certain seals – such as the Energy Star seal on appliances – is a good indication of a great product. 

It is important to note that while eco-friendly appliances can be more expensive up front, they are much more efficient in the long term, saving you money for years to come. This is especially true since they are built with durability and sustainability in mind. 

Consider the advantages that come with doing something good. 

Ok, now let’s move on with the much-needed eco-friendly kitchen products that you’ve been waiting for. 

1. THOR Kitchen 30–Inch Wall Oven

THOR Kitchen 30-Inch Wall Oven – A 30-inch processional, self-cleaning, electric wall oven may sound like a mouthful to say initially, but it is definitely an appliance that packs a punch. With its pro-style design and high performance, you will not only get a powerful oven but one that looks fantastic in your kitchen, too.

This oven, model number HEW3001, comes with a lot of perks, including: 

● A total of 4.8 cubic feet of cooking space inside the oven
● Seamless, touch glass control panel
● Multiple convection modes depending on what you are cooking
● Hidden bake element for sleek design – and easy cleaning
● Stainless steel exterior
● Self-cleaning function
● Energy-efficient lighting with a white LED display

2. THOR Kitchen Professional Electric Cooktop 

THOR Kitchen Professional Electric Cooktop – Whether you are looking for an additional stove space or you are looking for your only one, you can find joy – for you and the environment – with this 36-inch or 30-inch professional electric cooktop. It looks sleek and modern to bring a balance within your kitchen. It won’t stick out, but rather complement the other appliances in your kitchen. It is a great addition to any countertop – especially an island. 

Precision cooking is a top attribute of this electric cooktop, whether looking to gently simmer a sauce to quickly get water boiling. You won’t waste energy trying to get the right temperature. It also comes with the following features: 

● Tri-Zone Lightningboil Burner for the most precise heat – and quick boil
● Synchronize two burners to help cook large cookware, even on a griddle
● Automatic shut off
● 5 elements (4 elements with the 30-inch model)
● 9 power levels
● Touch glass controls

With multiple sizes to choose from, you will find the perfect fit. And it is sure to make cooking big meals a breeze!

3. THOR Kitchen 24-Inch Professional Electric Range

THOR Kitchen 24-Inch Professional Electric Range – Looking for the whole package? With this professional electric range, you get both your oven and your stove all in one beautiful appliance. It will blend well with your kitchen, regardless of your current design style. After all, this shiny stainless steel is able to fit well with all kitchens, including styles such as modern, contemporary, traditional, elegant, country farmhouse, Mediterranean, cottage charm, beach house, and so on. Because this range is built to last, it can evolve with your kitchen – even when you remodel or redecorate. And, long life means less waste for the environment. 

So, what else does this model HRE2401 range have? Let’s take a look: 

● Smooth glass top for easy cleaning and sleek design

● Four heating elements

● True convection fan for even cooking and baking

Energy-efficient LED control panel lighting

● 3.73 cubic feet of oven capacity

● Heavy-duty control knobs

● Blue porcelain interior

● Multiple cooking modes, such as bake, convection bake, broil, and convection broil

You will not only enjoy the benefits this space-saving range brings, but you will feel good about using it, too.

4. THOR Kitchen 36-Inch Professional Electric Range

THOR Kitchen 36-Inch Professional Electric Range – For those who have more space, this range offers a pro-style design with high performance and power. It, too, has a smooth glass top that blends flush with the countertop. It is both easy to clean and provides you with flexible cooking options.

Speaking of being easy to clean – did you know that not only is stainless steel durable but that it is also easy to clean? There are many ways to clean its shiny surface – both with and without the use of chemicals. Things like fingerprints, smudges, food, and so forth can be easily cleared away, leaving you with nothing but a priceless shine that warrants just the right amount of attention. 

But, this range, model number HRE3601, does more than just look good. It is also a great choice for making a difference in your kitchen – and the environment – with these features: 

● Smooth frameless glass top
● Five heating elements
● 3,000-watt Lightningboil element
● True convection fan
● Energy-efficient LED control panel lights
● Large oven capacity – 6.0 cubic feet!
● Heavy-duty control knobs
● Blue porcelain interior that is both stylish and easy to clean
● Multiple cooking modes, such as bake, convection back, broil, and convection broil

Having the right size range is important both for fit and functionality in your kitchen. Are you looking for a range model that may fall somewhere between the 24-inch and 36-inch options we have discussed? You’re in luck. THOR Kitchen offers a 30-inch range that has all the same capabilities. It is eco-friendly and looks incredible in any kitchen. 

Make a Difference With Eco Friendly Kitchen Products

You may question whether your purchase of an eco-friendly appliance may actually make a difference in the environment. However, it is important to remember that we all have the capability to make a difference in the world around us, and together – one step at a time – we have the power to change the world.

Upgrade Your Kitchen with Stylish Kitchen Appliances

modern open space kitchen

Have you been thinking about upgrading your kitchen? It is normal to dream about creating the perfect space for you and your family. After all, you spend a lot of time in this area of your home so it should be a space that you enjoy and find welcoming. 

Take a moment to imagine how it would feel to step into a space that just made you feel great. Then, think of what you would need to make that happen. New flooring? New cabinetry? Or – how about new appliances? What is it about the space that could use some sprucing up? 

New appliances can not only change the look of the entire kitchen, but they can also make you excited at the joy of using a brand new clean refrigerator or cooking on a range that has a built-in griddle so you can experiment with all sorts of new recipes. You don’t need to tear out the entire space or call in a contractor – upgrading your appliances can be the transformation you are looking for. 

If you are ready to take the plunge and upgrade your kitchen with stylish kitchen appliances, then here’s what you are going to need. 

A Range

How about a 48-inch dual fuel range with a built-in griddle? Model number HRD4803U from THOR Kitchen has exactly what you are looking for to add some pizazz to both your kitchen – and your cooking and baking. It is a pro-style range that comes with a beautiful stainless steel finish and durability that will last for years (or until you are ready to upgrade again). 

Dual fuel allows for you to have the best of both worlds. You get gas for the cooktop because every chef knows that cooking with a gas stove leads to much more precise cooking. And the oven is electric because, well, every baker knows that gas ovens do not provide consistent, even baking – but electric ovens do. 

Here are a few features to look out for: 

  • High-powered BTU burners, ranging from 650 BTU to 18,000 BTU
  • Luxglide telescopic racks that extend without tipping 
  • Energy-efficient heating
  • Two ovens, one 4.2 cubic feet, and the other 2.5 cubic feet
  • Continuous cast-iron cooking grates for easy cleanup
  • 15,000 BTU griddle for cooking all kinds of new recipes
  • Blue porcelain interior for style

A Refrigerator

Are you interested in a new refrigerator? If you are serious about transforming your kitchen, then you should be. Refrigerators can get cluttered and dull over time. Spills never get cleaned up, the outside has pictures that your 8th grader did in 1st grade, and it’s just, well, an eyesore – and time for a change. Consider a new refrigerator to be a fresh start. 

With this 36-inch stainless steel french door refrigerator from THOR Kitchen, model number HRF3601F, you get plenty of space to organize your food – including two big freezer drawers. It is easy to clean and keep clean. Plus you get all these additional features, too: 

  • 20.7 cubic feet of flexible storage space
  • Showcase LED lighting
  • Dual cooking system to maintain the proper humidity – and prevent freezer burn
  • Automatic ice maker
  • Ample door storage – even for gallon jugs
  • Door alarm to prevent leaving it open too long
  • Adjustable racks and shelves
  • Big freezer drawers for easy access
  • Stainless steel finish that is resistant to corrosion and easy to clean

A Dishwasher

If, as part of your kitchen upgrade, you would like to either let go of hand washing dishes or step up your cleaning game, then you need to add a new dishwasher to your kitchen. Besides, technology has changed over time, which means dishwashers today have all sorts of new features and water-saving, energy-saving technology that older machines do not. This means that investing in one will not only allow you to totally upgrade your space, but it comes with other bonus benefits, too. 

THOR Kitchen’s 24-inch built-in stainless steel dishwasher, model number HDW2401SS, is a great option for any kitchen. It will keep your dishes clean and will save you time and money, too. Take a look at some of the features you will get with this incredible dishwasher:

  • Powerful spray arms that can reach all areas of the unit for a thorough clean
  • Adjustable racks to fit any size load
  • Removable utensil basket
  • Fingerprint resistant – and easy to clean stainless steel surface
  • A quiet 45 DBAs
  • Water and energy efficient
  • Smart wash system that senses the soil level of the load and adjusts its cleaning cycle accordingly. 

Wine Refrigerator

And, just because you are upgrading you have to take a step outside your normal box and do something special – just for you. And that means adding a wine cooler to your list of kitchen appliances. How cool would it be to have that special place to house your wine, your beer, your liquor, or even just your waters, juices, and soda? Not only does it stand out and look great, but it also adds some functional convenience because it would free up your refrigerator and keep your wine at its optimal temperature.

THOR Kitchen has many different options to choose from, but for now, let’s look at the 24-inch dual-zone french door wine cooler that holds 42 bottles of wine – in two separated cooling zones (think red and white). Model number TWC2402 offers power, performance, and these features: 

  • Precise temperature control with an LED display
  • Maximum storage capacity of 42 bottles of wine
  • Pull out racks for easy access
  • Interior LED lighting for a beautiful showcase
  • Security lock for protection
  • Door alarm 
  • Charcoal filtration system to ensure air purity and cooling efficiency

Kitchen Appliance Suites

Upgrading the appliances in your kitchen is always fun and exciting, but it is an investment. For those looking to replace all the kitchen appliances, you may want to consider an appliance suite. This gives you all of your appliances but a better rate because you are buying them together as a package. Not only will it save you money, but it will give you one stunning, upgraded kitchen. 

What are you waiting for?

Power Up Your Kitchen with these Professional Style Appliances

professional style appliances

Your kitchen is one of the places in your home where you spend most of your time. Yes, you cook meals for your family here and enjoy a nice meal together. You help your kids with their homework, sip on limitless glasses of wine with your besties, and so much more. It’s no surprise that they say the kitchen is the heart of the home. 

But just how powerful is your kitchen? 

It is time to fully reach the level of adulting where you can have a kitchen with real appliances that really get the job done well. Power up your life – and your kitchen – with these professional style appliances. 

6 Professional Style Appliances that Power Up Your Kitchen

Whether you’ve just moved into a new place or it’s time to replace your older kitchen appliances, you may be interested in taking a closer look at these professional style appliances.

These appliances are designed to give your kitchen a modern look while giving you the power you need to cook like a god!

Here are six professional style appliances that will power up your kitchen.

Professional French Door Refrigerator

Have you ever had a delicious dinner and decided to save the rest for lunch tomorrow. Then, seemingly overnight, those leftovers have found their way to the back of your fridge never to be seen again? You forget about them, they start growing mold… it has a terrible ending. 

You need to power up your kitchen with a new refrigerator that offers all sorts of space for organizing and finding everything you need when you need it. Maybe some LED lighting throughout to light up even the darkest spaces. You will find all of this – and more – with THOR Kitchen’s 36-inch French door refrigerator. This unit comes in an easy-to-clean stainless steel finish and is counter-depth so it doesn’t take up too much of your space. 

You will jump for joy with all these features: 

  • Ample storage space with 20.7 cubic feet of flexible space
  • Showcase LED lighting throughout the interior for visibility 
  • Dual-cooling system to maintain proper humidity levels – and prevent things like freezer burn
  • Automatic ice maker
  • Convenient door storage
  • Door alarm
  • Adjustable shelvings and racks for convenience and easy organization
  • Two freezer drawers with ample space for organizing and storing food

And so much more. 

Professional Gas Range

Let’s be real for a moment. Are you a family that enjoys eating ramen noodles for dinner every night? Maybe some mac-n-cheese in a pot on the stovetop? If that’s your idea of dinner, then you don’t need much. And while we all love these one-pot noodle dishes, most of us actually like to cook and eat real meals. You know, the kind of meals that make people fall in love. If this sounds like you, then you need to power up your kitchen with a new gas range. 

The 36-inch gas range by THOR Kitchen, model number HRG3618U is a must-have for anyone who is looking to cook something delicious to eat. This range is beautifully designed in professional stainless steel, making it durable for many years – no matter how many meals you cook or how hearty those meals are. 

You will find these fantastic features: 

  • Six high-powered burners
  • Luxglide Telescopic racks that extend fully without tipping
  • Infrared broiler
  • Commercial convection fan
  • LED control panel lights for a modern look
  • 5.2 cubic foot capacity oven
  • Continuous cast-iron cooking grates
  • Blue porcelain interior
  • Heavy-duty control knobs
  • Black porcelain spill tray for easy cleanup

And that’s just to name a few. 

If you’re interested in upgrading to professional style appliances for your kitchen, this is the best place to start.

Professional Ventilation Hood

Now, you can’t have a gas range without having a ventilation hood. Life just wouldn’t be complete without it. After all, how do you intend to socialize and spend time with those you care about in the kitchen – the heart of your home – if you can’t breathe safe air? Or if you all have sweat dripping down your back and smell like the ocean while sauteing some scallops? Gross. 

Every time you cook you release toxins in the air that can impact the quality of the air around you. Your kitchen holds odors, gets steamy, and is downright uncomfortable. That is, of course, unless you have a ventilation hood. This 36-inch professional range hood in stainless steel by THOR Kitchen allows you to enjoy the clean, cool air without the odor. Plus, it looks so great it will become a focal point in your powerful kitchen! 

Self-Cleaning Wall Oven

Sometimes having a wall oven is all you need to prove you have made it to the next level in life. This 30-inch professional self-cleaning electric wall oven by THOR Kitchen provides all sorts of perks that will surely come through in your cooking and baking. 

  • Touch glass control panel
  • Multiple convection modes
  • Hidden bake element
  • Large 4.8 cubic feet oven capacity
  • Easy to clean interior
  • White energy-efficient LED display

And the fact that it is stainless steel just seals the deal, my friend. 

Modern Dishwasher

All this cooking and hanging out in your kitchen — feeling all big and bad — and then you are going to go get your hands dirty washing your dishes? Oh no, no. You will have a THOR Kitchen stainless steel dishwasher that will clean the dirtiest of dishes — and on your command, too. You keep doing you and let your dishwasher take care of the dishes. That’s what it means to power up. 

This dishwasher comes with great features, too, like: 

  • Super quiet operation
  • Smart wash system to use just the right amount of power for your load
  • Powerful spray arms
  • Adjustable racks
  • Removable utensil basket
  • Fingerprint resistant exterior 
  • Both water- and energy-efficient

Stainless Steel Ice Maker

When someone comes to your house and they ask you for some ice, how would you feel if you didn’t have any? Do you have to resort to a party with bagged ice from the local convenience store? Power up your kitchen with an ice maker that gives you endless amounts of ice like the 15-inch built-in ice maker in stainless steel from THOR Kitchen. Need ice for frozen margaritas? No problem! Need ice for your water with fruit? No problem! Need ice for your smoothie? No problem! Need ice for some iced tea? No problem! It is always there for you – so go on and be the powerful ice king or queen you were meant to be. 

Everybody wants a strong heart. And since the kitchen is the heart of your home, make it powerful with these professional style appliances by THOR Kitchen. 

7 Essential Kitchen Appliance Accessories

There are plenty of big additions to your kitchen that you will make throughout your lifetime. Maybe you need a new range or a new refrigerator. Or maybe you finally think it is time to save yourself from dishpan hands and invest in a dishwasher. Then again, maybe you went ahead and splurged for an appliance suite, upgrading all the appliances in your kitchen! 

If you buy pro-style appliances that are designed with durability and long-lasting reliability in mind, then you can have confidence in the fact that they will be there for you for years to come. And, because they are so well-designed, you will find that they come with a list of accessories to make the product more adaptable to your needs. Think of it as adding a little splash of spice to your dish. 

To help you understand your options, here are some essential kitchen appliance accessories you may be interested in. 

1. A Stainless Steel Duct Cover for Your Range Hood

Do you have a range hood? These are such important additions to your kitchen because they keep out toxins and odors while also helping you to remove the heat caused by cooking. They then leave you with clean, healthy air to breathe – and no long-lasting odors from dinner. 

These range hoods come in two types – ducted and ductless. If yours is a ducted range hood, then that means the dirty air is carried through ductwork and straight outside. But, no one wants to see this ductwork, do they? Not at all. 

This stainless steel duct cover for your range hood conceals ductwork. It clearly matches the vent hood and can even extend beyond the height of the hood for those high 10-foot ceilings. It is available for a 30-inch, 36-inch, and 48-inch range hood. 

2. A Telescopic Rack for Your Professional Range

If you ever do much baking or cooking in your oven then there is a good chance you have pulled out your rack to remove your food and almost lost the rack (and the food) to the floor. Traditional racks only pull out so far before they are no longer going to remain part of the oven. And it is an unfortunate event if your food is still on it when this happens. 

Telescopic racks use ball-bearing rack guides that allow a smooth and effortless glide. They extend out much further than regular racks — and they don’t come with the risk of tipping over. Which means no food wasted! And this even applies to the heaviest dishes.

These telescopic racks are available for 30-inch and 36-inch professional ranges. 

3. Charcoal Filter for Your Range Hood

Ductless range hoods filter the dirty air out of your kitchen and return fresh, healthy air. While they work great at keeping the toxins out and the clean air in, the filters will not last forever. You need to clean them regularly and replace them with these charcoal filters as time passes. 

The charcoal filter will filter out grease, dirt, and other contaminants from the air, leaving your kitchen healthy and odor-free. 

These filters are available for the TRH range hood and for the HRH07 range hood. 

4. Island Trim for Finished Appearance

Your kitchen is yours to design however you see fit. If you would like to put your range on your island rather than up against your wall, then you are absolutely able to do that. In fact, many people prefer to save the counter space along the perimeter and use the center island for all their cooking. In some ways, it makes meal prep a little more inclusive for everyone in the kitchen. 

But a range is designed to go up against a wall. So when it is placed within an island, there is a not-so-pleasant back that you will not want to look at. Does this mean you should resort to putting your range against the wall? No way. All you need is an island trim. 

Just as the name suggests, island trim provides a finished appearance to the back of your range when used within an island. And with a stainless steel finish, it complements the appliance for a flawless look. 

This easy-to-install island trim is available for 30-inch, 36-inch, and 48-inch ranges. 

5. Bamboo Cutting Board Griddle Cover

Having a range with a griddle can mean a lot of great things for your home – especially some delicious meals. But you don’t use your griddle all the time. This means you can make it useful for other things, such as adding a bamboo cutting board on top. It provides you with a stable surface for all your cutting and chopping needs. And, it is super convenient since it’s right next to your burner. 

This bamboo cutting board is made 100% from renewable resources making it a very eco-friendly solution. 

6. A Wok Ring

Do you cook a lot of Asian cuisines? If you have a wok and have ever tried using it on a regular burner, you’ve likely found it a bit challenging. If this sounds like you, then this wok ring is a perfect addition to your kitchen. 

The non-slip design keeps your round-bottom wok in place while cooking. And it is very easy to clean, too – simply load it in the dishwasher!

7. Reversible Cast Iron Griddle and Grill Plate

What’s for dinner tonight? It doesn’t matter what you choose because you will have a reversible griddle and grill plate. Looking to make pancakes? Use the griddle. Want to grill a steak? Use the grill plate. You can transform your griddle in seconds, depending on what you are cooking. After all, choosing the right surface will lead to delicious results. 

With this griddle and grill plate, you will get even heat distribution and superior heat retention. It comes with an extra-large surface and is dishwasher safe — which is like the icing on the cake. 

So, which accessories are you going to bring home? Enhance your life – and the appliances in your kitchen – with one (or more) of these accessories from THOR Kitchen. 

The Benefits of an Undercounter Refrigerator

Have you ever thought about adding an under-counter refrigerator to your appliance entourage? While it may not seem like it is a totally necessary addition, you may re-think that decision after hearing about their benefits. Undercounter refrigerators may be small in size, but that doesn’t mean they don’t come with a mighty purpose. Those who have them, love them. Those who don’t, well – they haven’t discovered what they are missing yet. Today, let’s take a look at the benefits that an under-counter refrigerator can bring to your home – and your life.

A Place for Cold Drinks

Have you ever noticed how many people tend to have an extra refrigerator just for drinks? Often, this is a full-sized refrigerator found tucked away in the garage. While this is very convenient to have, giving up all that space is not. With an under-counter refrigerator, you can have this extra place to stash cold drinks without taking up too much space. And it wouldn’t even require a walk to the garage – or even require that you have a garage in the first place! Not to mention how much space this would free up in your main refrigerator.

Keep Your Refrigerator Organized

Whether you choose to use an under-counter refrigerator as a place to store drinks or not is your choice. But, know this – having the additional refrigerator is going to allow you to keep your full-sized refrigerator more organized. Try as we may, it is so hard to keep things organized. We may start off great after a shopping trip, giving each item its special place and making sure everything is easily seen. But then, what happens? That’s right – life happens. Leftovers get thrown in there, something doesn’t make it back to its designated spot, or someone moved everything looking for the ketchup. Before you know it, your organized mess becomes chaos. By having an additional space to store food items of your choice, you are essentially taking some pressure off of your full-sized refrigerator. You are allowing things to be spread out and organized much more neatly so that everything can be seen – and be accessible. It just feels good.

Allow Your Kitchen to be Streamlined

Streamlining your kitchen may not be something you have taken into too much consideration. But how many times have you been rushed to cook dinner or get breakfast on the table for your kids before school? Sometimes you need to move fast. And when you have to run back and forth to the refrigerator – even if it means walking 8 steps in another direction – you are taking time away from your cooking or food prep. Let’s not even get into how much extra time you would need if your refrigerator is disorganized. Make use of an under-counter refrigerator by putting the things you access most frequently in it. This grab-n-go idea will allow you to get your meals prepared much faster than you’d otherwise expect. It makes the whole process of cooking much easier as you can freely flow around your kitchen and grab exactly what you need in a jiffy.

Help with Weekly Meal Prep

Do you participate in weekly meal prep? So many people are on this trend, spending Sundays prepping lunches and such for the week so that they are eating healthier and eating homecooked meals rather than hitting up the drive-through or ordering takeout. While this weekly meal prep has helped many people, it doesn’t come without its frustrations. The biggest one being – where to store the food! For many of us, it is hard enough just to store the food we buy from the grocery store. Planning and prepping and having 5-7 prepped meal containers can cause complete congestion in the refrigerator. And, depending on what you have, keeping it organized won’t even help. Do you know what will? You’ve got it – an under-counter refrigerator. Prep your meals and put them in this fridge for convenience.

Use it Anywhere in the Home

Just because it is a refrigerator doesn’t mean it has to be installed in the kitchen. This compact appliance can be used in a variety of different places, including the outdoor patio or grilling area, the garage, the basement or bar area, or even the den. They are perfect for holding drinks, snacks, condiments, and other items that you want to conveniently access in whatever specified area they are housed in. Don’t feel restricted with this under-counter refrigerator. Instead, allow your creative juices to flow so you can determine just how it can make your life even better by bringing it home!

Top if Off with Stainless Steel

Stainless steel is beautiful and timeless. And it fits nearly every design style, whether contemporary, modern, traditional, elegant, farmhouse and more. By investing in a stainless steel under-counter refrigerator you can rest easy knowing that it, too, will flow seamlessly in uniform with your other appliances. Perhaps what makes it even more helpful is that if you choose to install this refrigerator in other areas of the home, you can do so without worry. The shine and elegance that come with its finish mean it will fit nicely anywhere in your home regardless of your design style or color scheme. This also means that it won’t look like an eyesore! Instead, it will blend wonderfully with everything else in your home.

Save Energy

While you will save energy for yourself by not having to walk to your full-sized refrigerator and dig for what you need, that is not the energy we are referring to. Designed using energy-efficient LED lighting and a convection cooling system to help maintain a consistent temperature, you can find comfort in knowing you are keeping your energy costs down – which is always a benefit. Plus, you won’t be holding that refrigerator door open for too long anymore in search of what you need. In short, your energy costs for your refrigerator maintaining its temperature will also drop.


If you are still on the fence about adding a stainless steel under-counter refrigerator to your home, remember the benefits of convenience and savings. Two important things to consider when purchasing a new kitchen appliance.

5 Types of Pro-Style Kitchen Appliances

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Are you building a new kitchen from scratch? Are you remodeling your kitchen? Looking to update your appliances? Want to change things up a bit?

There are so many choices you have when it comes to choosing the right appliances for yourself. You are probably thinking that you have seen them all already. A quick internet search or a walk through a home improvement store and your head may be spinning. How on earth do you even begin to choose which one would best fit your kitchen?

Ready for a life-changing tip? You need to opt for pro-style appliances. These are designed with the durability that commercial appliances have, but with a softer appearance beautifully fit for every home kitchen.

Don’t believe us? Here are 5 types of pro-style kitchen appliances that you must have.

A refrigerator is an important addition to the kitchen. Sure, you need a range, a dishwasher, and so on – but you definitely need a refrigerator to keep your food healthy and your drinks cold. This stainless steel, French door refrigerator is both beautiful and sturdy. In other words, it is built to last without looking dull.

Inside, you will find a ton of space that can aid in keeping things organized as well as two large freezer drawers. Did we mention there is an automatic ice maker, too?

This refrigerator comes with a handy feature – a digital display on the outside of the door that lets you know its health at a glance. Plus, these additional features:

  • Counter-Depth French Door
  • 2-Drawer Freezer provides better organization
  • A full-width chiller drawer provides flexible storage
  • Retractable shelf designed to fit taller items with ease
  • Dual cycle and dual air-cooled refrigeration system
  • 2 large humidity controlled fresh food drawers

2. Thor Kitchen’s 48-Inch Pro-Style Professional Dual Fuel Range, Model Number HRD4803U

If you want a professional style range because you do a lot of cooking, then you may want to consider this large dual fuel range that gives you the right fuel for the right type of cooking. If you ask any chef or baker, you will learn that gas stoves are the go-to heating type and that electric ovens lead to thorough, even baking every time. With a dual fuel range, you get the best of both worlds.

Of course, this pro-style range also gives you 6 burners with continuous cast-iron grates and porcelain underneath for easy cleanup. And, not only does it have one 4.2 cubic foot range, but it also has a second one with 2.5 more cubic feet of baking space. It, too, has porcelain inside so it is easy to clean.

Looking for more features? No worries – you will definitely find them:

  • Black porcelain drip pan on the cooktop
  • Blue porcelain oven interior
  • Thermostat controlled griddle with dishwasher safe drip pan
  • Heavy-duty continuous cast-iron cooking grates
  • Convection oven fan (30 in.)
  • Three (3) halogen oven interior lights
  • Thermostat controlled electric oven
  • CSA certified metal burner control knobs

3. Thor Kitchen’s 30-Inch Professional Self-Cleaning Electric Wall Oven, Model Number HEW3001

A built-in wall oven will offer your space a unique look with plenty of beautiful kitchen design options. With a wall oven, you are not limited to keeping the oven underneath your cooktop or rangetop. Many designers choose to place the wall oven on an adjacent wall with the addition of a storage cabinet underneath the cooktop or rangetop.

Not only does it look beautiful, but the THOR self-cleaning electric wall oven is also multi-functional. It offers different modes including bake, multi-convection modes, and more.

Check out all the features below:

  • Touch Operated Glass Panel
  • Multiple Convection Modes
  • Hidden Bake Capacity
  • Large 4.8 cu. ft. Oven Capacity
  • Stainless Steel Exterior
  • 3500W Top Heater
  • 3000W Bottom Heater
  • Self-Cleaning Function
  • Easy-to-Clean Interior
  • White LED Display

4. Thor Kitchen’s 30-Inch Pro-Style Gas Range, Model Number LRG3001U

 If you are looking for a gas range that looks good, gives you long-lasting durability, and fits any size kitchen, then look no further. With a stainless-steel finish that can’t be beaten, this range is sure to blend perfectly with all of your other kitchen appliances – regardless of your design style. Yes, it is that versatile.

Believe it or not, this 30-inch range brings 5 burners with it and 4.5 cubic feet of oven space. You can cook up the main course and all the sides without running out of space. And, well, that’s important for those who love to cook for others.

Thanks to the porcelain drip pan on the stove and the porcelain in the oven, cleanup is a breeze. But, that’s not the only great feature. You’ll find these, too –

  • Heavy-Duty Continuous Cast Iron Cooking Grates. They will not rust or tarnish with your heavy cooking. That means they will always keep your gas stove looking sharp.
  • Black ABS Knobs
  • Halogen Lights
  • Commercial Convection Fan
  • Triple Layered Glass Window
  • Storage Drawer at Bottom
  • Broiler burner

5. Thor Kitchen’s 24-Inch Top Control Dishwasher, Model Number HDW2401SS

Every commercial kitchen is going to have a dishwasher. And, if you are going for pro-style cooking appliances, that must mean you are pretty serious about cleaning, too. You will get clean, sanitized dishes each and every time while also saving water, energy, and money.

With a top control dishwasher, you get a sleek look without any buttons to accidentally hit. It’s quiet and uses a smart wash system, too. Like the other appliances above, there are even more features for this dishwasher –

  • Delayed start-up to 24hrs in advance
  • Multiple filter system
  • 45 dB noise level
  • Smart wash system
  • 3-arm jet sprayer
  • Removable utensil basket
  • Child lock safety protection

THOR Kitchen offers the best professional appliances for your home kitchen at an affordable price. Browse our collection of professional appliances or find a dealer near you so can join the ranks and #COOKLIKEAGOD.

Future Proof Your Kitchen with This Timeless Electric Wall Oven

It’s hard to keep up with the latest kitchen appliance trends. They’re always changing and when you buy something it’s usually outdated by the time you get it home and out of the packaging. If you’ve ever committed to a kitchen design style only to find out that it’s no longer trending, we feel your frustration! You’ve spent months browsing the web, saving YouTube videos, and building Pinterest boards for nothing. Realizing that your dream kitchen theme made it to the out-of-trend list is a real punch to the gut. When it comes to the popular wall oven solution, we decided to offer a classic, timeless design with modern functions to future-proof your next kitchen remodel. We kept it simple. So, you don’t ever have to reimagine, re-pin, or restart your plans for a very long time. Dual wall ovens next to range top

A Simple, Modern Look

Your mother or grandmother may have had a single electric wall oven. But trust us when we say this is not your grandmother’s oven. THOR Kitchen’s 30 Inch Professional Self-Cleaning Electric Wall Oven is designed to be simple and effective while offering a timeless look. So bring on the ever-changing trends, this wall oven is future-proof. Designed with a stainless-steel exterior finish, you have an easy-to-clean surface that shines beautifully. And, the great thing about stainless steel is that it fits well with any design style. So, whether you have a modern, contemporary, traditional, elegant, or farmhouse kitchen, this wall oven could never look better. The idea of keeping things looking simple means hiding all the unsightly – yet necessary – pieces of an appliance. For example, the bake element. We all know that every electric oven has a bake element. Does that mean you have to see it? It sure doesn’t. This wall oven comes with a bake element that is hidden under the floor of the oven. This not only gives you a seamless look, but it also reduces the need to reach into those hard-to-reach crevices where food and spills like to gather. The result? Beauty that is easy to keep clean. Just because you have an electric wall oven doesn’t mean you have to have an appliance with unsightly buttons and knobs. This wall oven comes with a glass touch control panel that looks sleek and is easy to clean. Plus, the minimal aesthetic fits into any design style you’re currently into, whatever that may be.

Simple, Powerful Features

When you have a powerful appliance, it’s going to come with powerful features. The two just go hand-in-hand with one another. So, without further ado, let’s take a look at the many features that come with THOR’s 30 Inch Electric Wall Oven, shall we?
  • Multiple Convection Modes. Convection baking allows for much faster cooking times and for the even circulation of heat thanks to the internal fan running continuously throughout the cooking time. Convection roasting surrounds the meat on all sides, similar to a rotisserie, sealing in the juices quickly for moist, tender results.
  • Large Oven Capacity. What use is an oven if it isn’t big enough to fit your food? With this wall oven, you’ll find a large 4.8 cubic foot capacity that’s ideal for everyday family meals as well as weekend and holiday feasts. You have the flexibility to create delicious dishes of all shapes and sizes.
  • Power and Control. You need an oven that can be flexible – and one that allows you to maintain power and control. When you need it to be strong and tough for family feasts, it will be. And, when you’re making a delicate gourmet dish, this oven can hold back giving you just the right amount of heat you need. This is all thanks to a 3500W top heater and 3000W bottom heater.
  • Self-Cleaning Function. To give your oven a long life, you need to take care of it. Oven maintenance should be part of your baking routine. But who has time for that? With the self-cleaning function, you get quick and efficient cleanup that helps the longevity of your oven.
  • Easy-to-Clean Interior. When you don’t want to do the deep cleaning of the self-cleaning function, but prefer to just wipe up some small drippage, you’ll be happy to know this blue enamel oven interior is designed for high-temperature resistance and is easy to clean.
  • White LED Display. LED lighting is not only energy-efficient, but it is also ideal for electronic displays. With this display, you’ll be able to read the time and function displays easily for a wonderful cooking experience.
Of course, we should also mention that this electric wall oven is CSA Certified, has two racks with six rack positions, and has multiple oven settings such as delay bake, delay start, keep warm, and Sabbath mode.

Future Proof Your Wall Oven Today

Committing to a kitchen design style comes with the risk of it becoming outdated someday. The real anxiety lies in the uncertainty of when it may become outdated. With the simple and modern yet timeless design of THOR Kitchen’s 30 Inch Professional Self-Cleaning Electric Wall Oven, you can future-proof this part of your kitchen to match any and all design trends in the years to come. Start by locating a THOR Kitchen dealer near you.

Creating a Professional Kitchen at Home

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If you’re interested in creating a professional kitchen at home, there are a few things to consider before you get started. There are a variety of ways you can approach this project.

In this article, we’re exploring a few ideas all about creating a professional kitchen at home.

Creating a Professional Kitchen at Home

Are you serious about cooking? Do you want to make the best, one recipe at a time? Whether you are a professional chef or just someone with a love of cooking, then you need to have a kitchen designed just for you.

Think about it – to be great at something, you have to have the proper equipment, right? Soccer players, video gamers, doctors, and even teachers have certain things they need to be the best at what they do. That means if you want to be a great chef or a baker, then you need to have a properly designed kitchen – and the right appliances.

Here’s how updating your kitchen appliances can help you create a professional kitchen at home.

Design the Proper Layout

When cooking or baking, you move around your kitchen a lot. For instance, you grab things from the refrigerator, then head on over to the countertop where you can chop, dice, and then throw your goodies on the stove. Next, you need to wash your hands again and head back over to the refrigerator and pantry to gather what you need to get the next dish started. It’s a constant level of movement throughout the kitchen.

Now, imagine if your kitchen had a layout that made this difficult. Or, imagine if adding another chef into the kitchen simply made maneuvering from one point to another a frustrating dance.

To have a professional kitchen, you need to design the proper layout – and this includes having what is known as the Kitchen Work Triangle. It means having an easy flowing space that foes between the refrigerator, the prep area, and the cooking area. When you design your kitchen around this concept, you allow yourself easy flow from one step of the process to the next.

Plus, you won’t have to worry about wasting time because everything will be close by! It’s the most simple and efficient design for those who are serious about their kitchen.

Organization is a Key Component

Just as your designed space is important, so is the organization of your kitchen. Keeping things organized furthers the idea of having a layout. You want things to flow. Imagine trying to cook a meal – and keep it from burning – when you can’t find the utensils you need to do so!

Create your at-home professional kitchen to include organization tools such as a system to hang your pots and pans, for instance, or a container to allow utensils to be readily available. In addition, don’t clutter your countertops with items that you don’t use regularly, such as your old panini maker or waffle iron. Instead, find a cabinet that offers you the space to store such items.

Keep in mind that organization does not just apply to your countertops and drawers, either. Keeping your refrigerator and freezer organized is very important. As you need to run and grab something quickly, you don’t want to have to stall and look for it. Throw out old leftovers, label everything, and keep the things in your refrigerator easily accessible.

Remember, everything in your kitchen should have a place – and it should always find its way back there when you are done using it. It is truly the only way you will ever know where things are while you are cooking.

Make Sure You Design for Space

If you are wanting this beautifully, functional kitchen to fulfill your cooking aspiration, then there is a good chance you will spend a lot of time here. And, this means you need space.

Your kitchen should be designed to allow for space that is needed. This should include having a space for your food prep, your storage, your cooking, and so on. Sometimes installing an island is a great way to get more space if your kitchen space allows for it.
Invest in the Pro-Style Appliances
Finally, you can have a great kitchen with lots of space and an incredible organization, but if you don’t have pro-style appliances, you simply can’t have a professional kitchen at home.

Not sure what a pro-style appliance is? Let us explain.

Pro-style appliances are designed with serious chefs in mind. They are high-quality, durable appliances that are able to handle the heavy use as you would find in a commercial kitchen – except they look beautiful in your residential kitchen.

Thor Kitchen has an array of pro-style appliances designed in stainless steel that will fit perfectly into your kitchen despite your design style. If a professional kitchen is what you want for your home, then you need these appliances, at a minimum:

1. Range

This should be either gas or dual fuel, for optimal performance. Consider Thor Kitchen’s pro-style dual fuel range. With the proper heating for each compartment ensures that your food will come out right each and every time.

2. Refrigerator

Your food needs to be maintained properly. And, you will want to make sure that you have enough space to keep your refrigerator organized. Invest in a professional style refrigerator that allows you access to both!

3. Dishwasher

With all the cooking and baking you will do in your professional kitchen, it is important to clean your dishes so that they are sterile and sanitized appropriately. Besides, the last thing you will want to do is wash dishes! Installing a pro-style dishwasher will allow you to load them up and walk away, knowing your machine will take care of the rest.

These are just the major appliances that you need. Though, the addition of a microwave, wine cooler, cooktops, and others are a great addition to a professional at-home kitchen.

A Final Tip for Creating Your Professional Kitchen at Home

Finally, consider adding a range hood to your professional kitchen at home. Heavy cooking can lead to many toxins being released into your kitchen – so keep your family healthy by providing clean air. Thor Kitchen has range hoods that are wall-mounted and install neatly under the cabinet.

Just as you would take any other hobby or joy in your life seriously, don’t you think it is time to take your love of cooking to a new level? Create your professional kitchen at home today with Thor Kitchen!

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