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What Are the Benefits of Gas Ranges?

With so many types of cooking appliances in Concord to choose from, the deciding factor for kitchen stoves may boil down to whether you want an electric cooktop or a gas one. Both models are great performers, but for certain cooking applications, the general consensus favors gas ranges.

Speed of Cooking
When it comes to heating food or boiling water, both electric and gas ranges are highly effective at getting the job done quickly. However, in a head-to-head competition, gas ranges are a bit faster. This is because they don’t require a warm-up period in the same way electric ranges do—when gas is ignited and the flames are on, cooking can begin immediately.

Cooking Experience
If you truly enjoy the craft of cooking, you already know of the advantages of gas ranges over electric. Not only do they provide excellent temperature control for dishes that require cooking finesse, but they also offer versatility. For example, if you want to prepare a stir-fry in a wok on an electric burner, you may discover that it’s not the best cooking surface for the job. However, if you are attempting the same dish on a gas burner, you will get even heat coverage.

Cost
When making a decision to purchase a home appliance, be sure to think ahead and consider overall energy efficiency. Gas ranges may cost more to purchase upfront than electric ranges, but they will save you in operational costs in the long run because gas-fueled models tend to be more energy efficient. Gas ranges with electric ignition instead of a pilot light are especially cost effective.

At Friedmans Appliances, we provide a wide range of gas cooktops that can satisfy your cooking needs. Contact one of our helpful representatives today at (925) 265-8402 for more information. Or come visit our impressive, state-of-the-art showroom in the greater Contra Costa County, and see why we have been a Bay Area institution since 1922.


An Essential Guide to Purchasing a New Stove

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Whether you just bought your first house or are deciding to upgrade again, buying a new stove requires a little research. At Friedmans Appliance in Concord, there is a large variety of ranges and cooktops to choose from. So, the question remains: How can you make an informed decision on choosing the correct stove for your home?

Food Preparation and Cleanup
Most experts and professionals prefer gas-powered stoves for cooking, and the reason is simple: control. Using gas means being able to quickly control for very high and very low temperatures. That said, many families still prefer electric ovens because they look sleeker and are easier to clean. Ultimately, this decision hinges on your personal preference: Would you rather have a lot of control over how your meals are prepared or do you not mind having less control for an easier-to-manage kitchen?

Operating Costs
Be sure to also consider operating costs. Gas stoves with electric ignitors tend to cost less to use than electric stoves. On the other hand, pilot light stoves continuously use a small amount of gas, so their energy costs can be higher than electric models’. A gas stove will also ultimately cost more if gas lines are not already installed in the kitchen.

Additional Options
A stove’s specific options may further influence your decision to go gas or electric. For example, only electric stoves have expandable elements to fit a variety of pots and pans, but very high- or low-heat burners can only easily be found on gas stoves. You must then consider other options such as sealed gas burners, which make cleaning gas stoves more convenient; ceramic glass tops for electric stoves, which make the appliance easier to clean but limit your cooking options; dual-fuel stoves, which allow you to have the best of both worlds with a gas stove and an electric oven; and more.

Buying any appliance can be a complex decision, and here at Friedmans Appliance, we’ve got you covered. If you’re looking for a new stove or any other kind of home appliance, we have hundreds of models to choose from, all from trusted brands. We’re here to help, so if you have any questions, please call us at (925) 265-8402.


Friedmans Appliance Return Policy

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Have you read Friedmans Appliances' competitive return policy? There are three general categories of products that can be returned: damaged shipments, defective merchandise, and items that do not meet your needs.

If there is damage to your appliance during delivery, call our customer service representatives right away. To ensure that the product was not damaged during delivery, simply inspect the appliance before signing. If you notice it is damaged, refuse the appliance and call our number.

If your home appliance does not work or simply does not meet your needs for whatever reason, please call customer service within 48 hours of purchase. Most home appliances at Friedmans include a one-year warranty, so if your home appliance stops working after the first use, contact the manufacturer at the number provided in your product's literature. Some brands even supply electronic copies online.

Please note that we do not accept returns on clearance appliances, such as with our recent Red Tag Clearance Sale. If you wish to return your product, please contact your friendly Concord home appliance store at (925) 265-8402. We’ll be happy to accommodate your request as best we can!


What Are Some Factors to Consider When Choosing Kitchen Appliances?

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Are you considering remodeling your kitchen? With all of the options available, you may be wondering where to start. You must not only consider many different kitchen appliances—sink, stove, oven, dishwasher, and so on—but also which characteristics make one appliance better for you than another.

Functionality
The most important and practical quality of any new appliance is how well it performs its intended function. You may want to prioritize function over cost; after all, you will probably find that a few extra dollars are worth spending for better performance. When thinking about the appliances you need, also consider their size and what you need them to do. How will they fit in your kitchen? If you want long-lasting, easy-to-clean appliances, think about looking at stainless steel options. If you want your appliances to blend in, then maybe that monolithic, energy-efficient refrigerator isn’t for you. Always ensure that the appliance works for your home and does what you want it to do.

Efficiency
In today’s economy, energy savings—and thus, costs—are king. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, the refrigerator is the primary culprit for high energy costs. However, every little bit of energy use can add up to a high energy bill, so choosing energy-efficient appliances for the whole kitchen can help cut costs without sacrificing style or function. Buying appliances with the Energy Star label ensures that you are buying a home appliance that meets strict energy efficiency standards.

Looks
Of course, you don’t want to buy the most functional, efficient appliance if it ruins the look and feel of your kitchen. This is highly subjective and is based on what is available, your budget, and a myriad of other factors, but suffice to say: If you don’t like its looks, then it shouldn’t be part of your kitchen.

If you still have more questions or are looking for guidance from an appliance expert, stop by Friedmans Appliance in Concord, call us at (925) 265-8402, or visit our online catalogue for even more help in creating your dream kitchen. 


Selecting a Brand-New Refrigerator

Choosing a refrigerator should be a task that you put some time and thought into. From today’s latest technologies to considerations for space and storage, there are many features to think about! This video explains some of the different options you have as well as how to choose a practical size.

As you can see in the video, space is your primary concern. If the refrigerator simply can't fit, or if there’s little clearance to open its doors, then you obviously can't use it. French-style fridges are becoming more popular because of how convenient it can be to access your food. These fridges also have the option of the handy door-in-door feature.

If you are in the market for a new refrigerator, you can browse Friedmans Appliances' selection of refrigerators from top brands. For more information on a variety of appliances, call us at (925) 265-8402. 


Reasons to Purchase an Electrolux Induction Oven

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From professional kitchens to small-scale residential kitchens, induction ovens and cooktops are popping up all over thanks to the many advantages they present over their more traditional counterparts. One highly sought-after induction model that we’re excited to share with customers at Friedmans Appliance is the Electrolux induction oven. Here are just a few of the reasons why you should consider introducing this oven into your busy kitchen:

Quick and Efficient Heating
Those who have already added the Electrolux induction oven to their kitchen’s home appliance arsenal know that one of its greatest features its ability to quickly heat up. Because of its ability to magnetically grip to your cookware, it can heat pots and pans immediately and begin warming foods and liquids, saving you precious time each day.

Energy-Friendly Cooking
Less time heating food also means less energy wasted. Induction ovens are energy smart thanks to their efficiency, and Electrolux is particularly dedicated to enhancing sustainability and reducing waste in the home. Energy smart home appliances will not only reduce your carbon footprint but also save you a considerable amount of money on utilities throughout the year.

Easy-to-Use Controls and Settings
Although the Electrolux induction oven is sleek and attractive, it’s hardly intimidating for users thanks to its easy-to-use features and settings. With this oven and range from your Concord appliance store, you can decide the exact heat that each burner will cook food at as well as the cooking method that is ideal for each item, such as a slow simmer or a pan fry.

If an induction oven from Electrolux is on the top of your kitchen appliance wish list, then be sure to come into Friedmans Appliance today. The friendly staff at our Concord appliance store can share with you all of the additional features that this oven has to offer and assist you in implementing it into your kitchen design plans. Call us at (925) 265-8402 to learn more about the name brand appliances that we carry.


Creating an Outdoor Kitchen

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With spring right around the corner, now is a great time to start working on your home’s outdoor space. One way to make the most of a backyard is to add a chic and functional outdoor kitchen. No matter how much—or how little—space you have, a few essential items to consider for this outdoor room are a cooktop, such as a range or a barbecue, a refrigerator, and a sink. Once you’ve chosen your must-have home appliances, give the space character with a unique dining table or bar top table and chairs that can weather the elements.

When shopping at your Concord home appliance store for items to include in the outdoor kitchen, keep your budget, your design goals, and your home’s architectural and décor styles in mind. No matter what look you’re going for, the Friedmans Appliance team can help ensure that you find the right home appliances for this exciting outdoor space. To learn more about the appliances we carry, call (925) 265-8402.


The Advantages of Stainless Steel Appliances

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For those who already own stainless steel appliances, it’s no surprise that stainless refrigerators, ranges, and dishwashers continue to be among the best sellers at Concord home appliance stores. They offer several unique advantages when compared to other appliances including their ability to instantly transform any kitchen. Let’s take a closer look at just a few of the advantages of stainless steel appliances:

Newer Designs and Energy Standards
Since stainless started to take off as the top trend in home appliances, major designers and name brand companies started to look for ways to create the most attractive models to consumers. This means that today’s modern stainless models are not only well thought-out in terms of dimensions and output but also when it comes to energy savings.

Increased Resale Value for the Home
Another major advantage of owning stainless steel appliances is that they generally increase the value of one of the most important spaces in the home, the kitchen. Should you decide to sell your home in the future or just have it appraised, the presence of modern stainless appliances from a Concord appliance store will boost your home’s overall net worth.

Less Time Spent Cleaning
One fear many shoppers at appliance stores have when it comes to stainless is that this material is difficult to clean. That couldn’t be farther from the truth, and stainless is easily maintained using everyday household items like a non-abrasive rag, water, and some dish soap. Fingerprints and grease stains wipe away without leaving a trace.

If stainless steel is a material that you’d like to use when renovating your kitchen, then come check out the stainless appliances we carry at Friedmans Appliance. We carry refrigerators, freezers, ranges and other stainless steel home appliances from the leading names in the industry. To find out if we carry a product that you’re interested in, visit our Pleasant Hill showroom or call (925) 265-8402.


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