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Convection Oven and Steam Cooking for the Holidays

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The holidays have a funny way of turning everyone into professional home chefs. With that in mind, a convection oven and steam oven from Bekins can really improve your hosting skills.

Holiday Cooking with Steam & Convection

convection oven

We use the Miele convection oven as a great example of how it works. Traditional oven baking has a heat source in the bottom. If you have a large pan, the heat will move around the pan so the center of your food will get cooked last. Simply put, a convection oven places the heating element in the back and uses a fan to spread the heat evenly. Convection also provides better results when you have food cooking on multiple shelves.

steam oven

A steam oven obviously uses steam to cook your food. Steam cooking keeps food moist and makes it very difficult to overcook your food. Vegetables and fish cook very well in a steam oven. However, you don’t always have to choose steam or convection. Miele offers a combination oven that lets you use either method, or both at the same time. The combination oven works well with beef tenderloins and artisan bread.

WIRELESS ROAST PROBE

Finally, we recommend using a probe when cooking meat. Sometimes the cord can make people nervous, so Miele uses a wireless roast probe. Stick the probe into your food, then place your food into the oven. The wireless probe makes precision cooking both easy and safe.

GET IT 10% OFF

Not only can you test Miele ovens in our showroom; ask our Appliance Professionals how you can get 10% off select Miele appliance packages through the end of November or click here to learn more.

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Better Laundry: Front Load vs. Top Load Washing Machine

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There are times when consulting with industry experts beats any research you can do yourself online. When it comes to a washing machine, everyone has their preference. At Bekins, we do too!

While we offer a variety of styles, we believe front load washing machines clean your clothes the best.

WHY A FRONT LOAD WASHING MACHINE?

To meet government guidelines for high efficiency, washing machines use less water. Many high efficiency top load washing machines without an agitator will barely move your clothes. Don’t believe us? We took the top off one and recorded it on video. How much detergent residue do you think will be left in this load?

A front load washing machine can use less water and still get your clothes clean. It works on a front load because your clothes will tumble through the small amount of water.

what’s the hesitation?

Some people hesitate to use a front load washing machine because they have heard about some of the old, original versions which had problems with mold. Manufacturers like Whirlpool have largely solved that problem. If you care for your washer properly, you won’t have that issue.

Two simple ways to avoid mold in a front load washer:

  1. Crack the door open when you are not using it.
  2. Use one good brand of high efficiency detergent and don’t use too much of it.

TEST AMERICAN MADE PRODUCTS IN OUR SHOWROOM

We have a variety of Whirlpool washers and dryers in our showrooms. We appreciate Whirlpool’s American-made products, with headquarters right here in West Michigan.

Pro Audio In Your Home – Bowers & Wilkins

Remember when we jumped from Standard Definition to High Definition Television? Has anyone now seen native 4K video on a 4K TV? Almost everyone knows about the drastic improvements in video. However, a generation that grew up listening to music in ear buds has no idea how much they are missing in the world of high-performance audio. The same goes for people who shop for speakers at a big box store, or who have not upgraded their speakers in years.

We have seen some powerful reactions when those people visit the Bekins and Classic Stereo showrooms to hear the best brands in audio. One of the best examples is Bowers and Wilkins.

BOWERS AND WILKINS – USED BY THE PROS

The Bowers and Wilkins speakers in our showroom are the same speakers used in Abbey Road Studios and Skywalker Sound. That means the people who produce music for popular artists like Ed Sheeran and Adele use the same speakers as a reference. Skywalker Sound uses the speakers to produce audio for blockbuster movies like Incredibles 2 and Black Panther.

While top industry professionals use Bowers and Wilkins for reference speakers, the company designed them for your home.

High-performance audio - Bowers and Wilkins

HEAR HIGH-PERFORMANCE AUDIO IN OUR SHOWROOM

Hear the difference for yourself. Bring in your favorite song to hear how it sounds with high-performance audio. Customers have brought in songs they’ve enjoyed their entire life and leave blown away by the sound. They say they did not realize how much detailed they missed.

The appliance industry’s secret and how Bekins rises above

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At Bekins, we choose to hold ourselves to the highest standards. However, not everyone has to live up to those same expectations.

We find customers assume the company who sells appliances has to install them. They also assume the company that sold it to them will have to repair it when needed. Finally, they assume the appliance installers and repair technicians need a license to perform their job.

Unfortunately, none of that is true.

Appliance companies are only held to whatever standard they put on themselves. Essentially, anyone can claim to be an appliance installation and repair technician. Don’t believe us, check out the video from Target 8 at WOOD TV.

One appliance manufacturer chose to use a satellite dish company to repair their recalled appliances. As you can imagine, some people experienced terrible customer service. Some of the technicians even did more damage than good. Finally, Target 8 reported that same appliance company authorized a convicted criminal to enter their customers’ homes. Target 8 reported the technician took money, but did not do any work.

HOW WE RISE ABOVE

We hire full-time Bekins installers and repair technicians. They wear a Bekins uniform and drive a Bekins truck. We stand behind our fully-trained appliance installers and repair technicians before we let them into your home. Not only do they learn from our experienced and trained staff, we also send them to manufacturer training to get certified by the brands we carry.

Our training helps you as well. Jenn-Air quite often offers an extra year of limited warranty coverage to customers that use a certified installer. The company trusts Bekins because they know we will install it correctly.

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The Best Grills – Durability And Performance Matters

Best grills - durability and performance

THE BEST GRILLS PROVIDE THE BEST VALUE

We talk about the importance of value instead of price. You should think about how long a product will last. The best grills serve as a perfect example.

The price tags on our grills can shock some new customers. However, take a look at the curb on junk day. If you buy a cheap grill, be prepared for:

  • taking a whole day to assemble it
  • hot spots
  • poor performance in the winter
  • and junking it after only a few years

The grills we provide at Bekins perform well, last a long time, cook well in the winter and come with warranties on the most important parts.

So we ask you, which grill truly provides more value?

SEE THE BEST GRILLS IN OUR SHOWROOM