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No-nonsense controls, hard-working functionality and day-in-day-out reliability are all a given with professional-level appliances from Westye
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Showrooms often display stoves and cooktops that have the look of commercial appliances but are really better suited to more casual use in a domestic workspace. However, if you really like to put your appliances through their paces, it makes sense to visit a supplier that understands the difference between heavy-duty looks and heavy-duty performance.

The Westye Group appliance distributor specializes in Wolf and Sub-Zero brands, both of which offer built-in advantages most often associated with commercial-level appliances, says vice president of sales Rob Maxam.

"Sub-Zero refrigerator-freezers provide a good example," he says. "Many domestic refrigerators share a single compressor between refrigerator and freezer with colder air drawn from the freezer compartment as required.

"However, frozen air lacks humidity, which is a central component of keeping food fresh. An influx of cold air alone is inclined to dry food out and shorten its life. The water mists spraying over vegetables in supermarkets guard against this.

"Sub-Zero's refrigerators, on the other hand, have two compressors, one for each section of the refrigerator. The refrigerator receives its own moist cool air, resulting in fresher food for longer."

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Two separate cooling compartments mean no odors can transfer from refrigerator to freezer, and the self-contained dry environment for the freezer aids in its freezing efficiency. Elements such as door alarms, easy-access design, and up-front electronic controls all help a busy cook whether there are fifty tables waiting for service, or just one.

"Wolf appliances are equally renowned for bringing commercial strengths to domestic appliances," says Maxam. "The signature red knobs, for example, are easy to use and these rotate out of sight when not in use. The ovens feature Wolf's dual convection system, too. Four heating elements and two fans operate either in sequence or simultaneously, depending on which of the eight cooking modes you choose."

The modes demonstrate the versatility of the Wolf stoves these include bake, roast, broil, convection bake, convection roast, convection broil, convection and bake stone.

Wolf ovens' solid, simple looks belie their adroit functionality in other ways, too. Professional chefs are likely to kick the oven door shut when pressed for time. Wolf's easy-close door damper systems mean neither the souffle nor the prep chef's nerves are disturbed when this happens.

Wolf ovens can take a real beating in terms of constant use as well. Triple glazing means energy savings and also an on-going cooler, more comfortable working environment. To ensure you can clearly see the dinner's progress, bright halogens illuminate the oven interiors. A hidden bake element increases valuable cooking space, whichever of the 30, 36, 48 or even 60 inch models you choose.

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A view of a kitchen designed by Hammersmith.

Gas cooktops from Wolf have sealed burners and a seamless pan drawer for easy cleaning. Automatic electronic re-ignition and an illuminated control panel contribute to a safe cooking environment, even when the chef is under pressure.

Wolf microwaves offer sensor cooking, easy operation and a five-year warranty. Wolf range hoods feature stainless steel baffle filters, welded seams, halogen lighting and infinite speed blower control.

"All Wolf appliances display this rock-solid functionality," says Maxam. "For a busy chef, this means meal preparation, on a large or small scale, can be speedily and reliably addressed."

For details, visit the Westye Living Kitchen, 1700 Executive Drive South, Suite 400, Duluth, GA 30096, phone (770) 921 9373. Or visit the website:

Apr 06, 2007
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