We had just returned from looking at a wonderful Century home that we absolutely fell in love with when I checked my e-mail and got the news. I literally stood there in absolute shock, re-read the e-mail about 30 times to be absolutely certain that I wasn't misunderstanding anything, and then I began hooting and hollering loudly enough for everyone in my Grandma's house to rush in to see what all of the commotion was about.
"I got it! I got it! Holy Cow!" I screamed with absolute delight.
I proceeded to show my family the e-mail, and they were stunned. My Grandma has used Maytag appliances for decades, so she was the first to tell me how dependable they are. Maytag is a brand that has been around for over 100 years, bringing fantastic appliances that make everyday life so much easier and more convenient. And very soon, I would be the proud owner of an entire kitchen suite! Woo-Hoo! I would have to say, this is the highlight of my entire blogging career!
The news couldn't have come at a better time. You see, our home is nearly 100 years old. It definitely needs some updating and you can tell that a very old woman lived here for many, many years. We will need to remove lots of tacky wallpaper, paint rooms, refinish floors, and remodel an entire bathroom. Yes, we have our work cut out for us. But we paid for our home in its entirety, so we're willing to do the necessary work to bring this grand old home to it's original splendor.
One of my biggest desires was to replace the sad, old appliances in the home with modern, energy efficient stainless steel ones. I am a total foodie and I love to cook, so having a kitchen that is comfortable and efficient is very important to me.Thanks to Maytag, this dream was going to come true, and it wouldn't take 10 years of skrimping and saving!
Take a look at my kitchen before our appliances were delivered:
I dealt with Shane at JB Hunt & Associates, and he facilitated my delivery and installation from start to finish. It took 4 trips to my home as well as a few unexpected hiccups, but he and his crew were very friendly and helpful. They kept at it until the job was done right. They even rolled out carpets to ensure that my carpet and flooring wouldn't be marred or damaged during the delivery and installation process.
We did have to alter our kitchen slightly to ensure our new Maytag Ice20 French Door Refrigerator would fit. It was taller than our previous fridge, so we had to remove a cabinet to accommodate the height of this "Lamborghini Fridge" as Shane called it. This was a bit of a pain, since our cabinets were built in rather than screwed in, but it was well worth the work....and the damage sustained to my house when we removed the cabinet. That's a whole other story altogether, though!
After my appliances were installed, I couldn't stop staring at them. I couldn't believe I actually owned such beautiful appliances! I had to pinch myself more than once! Yes, my kitchen still has updating that needs to be done. We want to have the cabinets completely redone, we're re-doing our shabby counter tops, and the ugly, old-fashioned flooring has GOT to go. But having these amazing new appliances really do change the look of the kitchen already!
First I'd love to tell you about the star of the show, the Maytag Ice20 Refrigerator. Holy moly, this is the fanciest, most modern fridge I have ever seen!
I love the fact that this model has a touch-screen, digital control panel that allows you to dispense filtered water in measured increments, gives crushed or cubed ice, and even has a rapid cool feature. What is rapid cool? Well, if you go shopping, chances are you leave the fridge open for extended periods as you unload your groceries. This can cause the temperature of your food to rise to dangerous levels. With the rapid cool setting, you can quickly bring the fridge back to a safe, cold temperature ideal for foods and other perishable items.
The Ice20 has gorgeous French Doors and has ample space for everything under the sun. You can even hold 2 gallons of milk in the door of the fridge. For all of you wine lovers out there, there is a great wine holder built into the door as well.
The height of the easy access drawer is also wonderful because it's truly at kid level. My kids can easily grab their own fruits, string cheese, juice boxes, or veggies, all on their own. What a great way to encourage independence and give little ones a sense of pride!
I love the fact that this range gives me the extra burner space to prepare several dishes at once. With the Holidays rapidly approaching, this will save so much time and headache as I rush to prepare huge family meals!
This range also has a lighted indicator that lets you know the surface is hot....Even when the burners are turned off. As a mom, this is a great safety feature that will help ensure there are no burns that occur from touching a hot cooktop.
We had some issues when installing this, and the service men actually had to come out twice to get it squared away. It seems that a bolt was missing when they first attempted installation, so this wasn't installed with the others. They were great about getting our microwave re-ordered and installed in just a few days, though. I do have to say, going a few days without a microwave was tough and I will never take this modern day convenience for granted again!
The other thing I noticed is that this microwave is incredibly roomy! I can even fit casserole dishes in it! Not only will they fit in this 2.0 cu. ft. over-the-range unit, but the WideGlide™ tray is designed to move throughout the microwave for uniform cooking results - even in cookware as large as a 10" x 15" pan. The powerful 1,000 watts of cooking power ensures your food will be heated all the way through, while sensor reheat means you can warm your meals without worrying about cooking times or power levels. The stainless-steel interior looks great and cleans easily, while the four-speed ventilation fan will help keep your kitchen clear of cooktop smoke and odors.
Be sure to check back often, as I will be posting updates about my Maytag experiences. I plan to put them to the ultimate test of Holiday meals, as well as everyday use. I am loving them so far, and I can't wait to try out all of the amazing features these appliances have to offer!
And since these are backed by a powerful 10 Year Warranty, I know these appliances will be there for me during life's most important moments like family meals, special occasions, and kids' birthday parties!
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***Disclosure:I wrote this post participating in an Maytag Moms Dependable Kitchen Ambassador program by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Maytag. I was provided with a Maytag kitchen appliances set, including a refrigerator, microwave, dishwasher, and range to facilitate my post.***