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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.

Conclusion

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.

Professional Range Hoods Fight More Than Kitchen Odors

Beer battered fish and chips served with malt vinegar and tartar sauce. Baked salmon with a side of crispy bacon-wrapped scallops. Pan-seared chimichurri pork chops. We love the aromas of a flavor-packed home recipe. But the aftermath? Not so much. Especially when it comes to grease, splatter, and lingering kitchen odors.

If you love the home-cooking experience but hate the battle with lingering kitchen odors, it’s time to invest in a professional kitchen range hood. With a professional range hood, you can cook anything with confidence. It will help keep your newly remodeled kitchen smelling just as clean as day one. But did you know that a professional range hood fights more than just lingering kitchen odors? Read more.

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Lingering Kitchen Odors

The aromas of food in the kitchen can be nostalgic. They can trigger childhood memories and often remind us of the holidays. Smell, after all, is the strongest of the human senses. But there’s a point when those wonderful aromas just turn into a distinct smell, aka lingering kitchen odors. Especially if you’re not equipped with a proper range hood.

These odors seemingly creep into every corner of your home like an invisible monster. They unknowingly cling to your furniture, your clothes, and your hair. Worst of all, these lingering odors can follow you right out the front door. Outside the context of cooking in a kitchen, the lingering smell of food is off-putting.

There’s nothing more intrusive in a social setting than smelling like last night’s dinner. And if you’re hosting a dinner party, a greasy, stuffy kitchen isn’t just unsightly but is bad etiquette. So, how does one #CookLikeaGod and keep the post-meal lingering kitchen odors at bay?

Better Habits

Before you start lighting up the scented candles, commit to better habits. Be mindful of kitchen ventilation. If you want to reduce or eliminate kitchen odors, simply start by using your kitchen range hood anytime you’re cooking food.

It takes 21 days to form a habit.

So, for the next 21 days turn on your range hood as soon as you turn on your cooktop. You’re committing to kitchen ventilation. You’ll smell the difference.

Reduce the Heat

Not only will you smell the difference, but you’ll also see and feel the difference in your kitchen’s atmosphere. If you’ve ever cooked a big meal or cooked for an extended period of time, then you know all about the stuffy atmosphere it creates. Combine it with additional people in the kitchen and you have an even bigger issue.

Heat and steam don’t just make us uncomfortable but can also attract mold and can drive up cooling and energy costs. With the help of a kitchen range hood, you can keep the surrounding kitchen air comfortable and enjoyable while you cook. And, as a bonus, your cooling system will rest easy.

Smoke, Steam, and Airborne Toxins

Besides eliminating kitchen odors and reducing the permeating heat from your cooktop, the range hood also rids the air of smoke, steam, and harmful airborne toxins. These toxins permeate from the smoke and steam as the temperature of the kitchen naturally rises from your cooking. Airborne toxins and heat are a dangerous combination.

Did you know that carbon monoxide is one of those airborne toxins? No one should have to be subjected to unhealthy, dirty air in their own home – especially if you have young children. It’s time to use your range hood for what it’s made for – kitchen ventilation. And, since your family’s health is always the priority then it might even be time for an upgrade.

3 Benefits of Upgrading to a Professional Kitchen Range Hood

Upgrading to a professional range hood by THOR Kitchen has 3 key benefits.

  1. Professional appliance at a practical price: It operates quietly while offering powerful suction that eliminates odors, smoke, and steam. It also features a large, commercial-style 430-grade stainless steel baffle filter maximizing airflow and grease filtration.
  2. Versatility and Efficiency: This vented range hood can also be converted to a non-vented (ductless) range hood with carbon filters (not included). The 7-inch round duct vent provides better ventilation performance and efficiency. And the LED lights illuminate your cooking while saving energy.
  3. High-quality design: The stainless-steel finish offers a modern design aesthetic and is built to withstand high heat, grease, oil, and steam.

The health of everyone in your home is too important to not have a source of reliable ventilation. Wouldn’t you agree?

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Increase the Value of Your Home

Last, but not least, investing in a professional range hood may increase the value of your home! Any ordinary kitchen is going to come with a refrigerator, a range, and maybe even a dishwasher. The range hood? That’s an added bonus that is not always expected but always appreciated. Even more so when it’s a ducted hood – due to the time and skill needed to install the ductwork and hood properly.

Between eliminating kitchen odors, providing clean air for your family to breathe, and increasing the value of your home, a professional range hood should be the focal point in every kitchen. Opt for this in your kitchen remodel so you can cook anything at home without worrying about what you’re putting into the air. And, when the time comes to sell, you’ll be thankful you took the time to bring this addition into your home.

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