Top Commercial Products: EdgeStar Beverage Coolers

EdgeStar BWC70SS Beverage Cooler     EdgeStar BWC90SS Beverage Cooler     EdgeStar BWC120SS Beverage Cooler

Are you looking for a great, compact beverage cooler for your office or a customer waiting area?  The EdgeStar 62, 84, and 118 can beverage coolers would be a perfect choice for your needs. Whether you are a workout facility looking to store your energy drinks or an auto-repair shop that likes to offer a soda while your customers wait for their service repair, we have the beverage cooler for you!

The 3 different capacities allow you to pick the right size for your space.  These are also great for promotional gifts and can easily be labeled and decal-ed.  These beverage coolers will come in a stylish black color with stainless steel trim and handle.  The wire shelving inside the unit can be moved and arranged to accommodate different bottle sizes.  Give us a call if you would like to add these to your business or personal needs.

Ryan is the head of Business Sales for Living Direct. If you are interested in learning more about any of our commercial products or wish to make a bulk purchase from our site, you can reach Ryan at 1-800-297-6076 or contact him through this form.

4 Built-In Appliances to Replace a Trash Compactor

Built-In Appliance

If your kitchen has a trash compactor, but you hardly ever use it, then maybe it’s time you replaced it with a different appliance. Updating this appliance is a one-step way to update your kitchen and transform your space.

Trash compactors are typically just under 15 inches in width, but just to be safe, make sure to measure your model and the opening it sits in before deciding on the new appliance you want to exchange it with.

To help get you started, we’ve put together a list of appliances that are 15 inches wide or slightly under and could easily replace your outdated trash compactor. Start dreaming of the ways you can upgrade your home:

1. Wine Cooler

Have an affinity for wine or looking to class up your space? A wine cooler will definitely upgrade the look of your kitchen. There are many different designs you can choose from, but all of them have sleek, contemporary finishes sure to be a conversation starter amongst visiting family and friends.

Aside from the aesthetics, if you enjoy wine then placing a wine refrigerator in your kitchen will be a fitting and convenient addition. You can easily pair a wine with your dinner, entertain guests or enjoy a glass after a long day at work. The wine will be perfectly chilled to your preferred temperature and waiting for you when you want it.

Like all under counter appliances, you will want to make sure you are purchasing a wine cooler that is specifically designed for built-in purposes. A freestanding unit should not be built into cabinetry because it will overheat and stop working, and in the process, your wine could be ruined.

Some of my favorite 15 inch built-in wine coolers:

1. Koldfront BWR300BL Built-In Wine Cooler

Koldfront BWR300BL Built-In Wine Cooler

This understated wine cooler has all of the best features without any of the fuss.

Features:

  • Single zone wine cooler
  • Holds up to 30 bottles
  • Temperature range of 40-65° F
  • LED display & interior lighting
  • Slide out wire shelves

2. EdgeStar CWR262DZ Built-In Wine Cooler

EdgeStar CWR262DZ Built-In Wine Cooler

Perfect for the wine red and white wine drinker, this dual zone unit has two independently controlled temperature zones. The upper zone is ideal for red wines, while the lower zone is perfect for lighter varietals.

Features:

  • Dual zone wine cooler
  • Holds up to 26 bottles
  • Temperature ranges:
    • Lower zone – 40-54° F
    • Upper zone – 54-64° F
  • Slide out steel-trimmed, wooden shelves

3. Avallon AWC280DZ Built-In Wine Cooler

Avallon AWC280DZ Built-In Wine Cooler

This dual zone wine cooler has all of the bells and whistles that cause wine aficionados to swoon: low-emissivity dual pane glass doors filled with argon, seamless stainless steel trim, and roll-out shelving just to name a few.

Features:

  • Dual zone wine cooler
  • Holds up to 28 bottles
  • Temperature range: 40 – 54°F (both zones)
  • Has a lock for keeping your wine secure
  • Roll out wood shelves with stainless steel trim

2. Beverage Refrigerator

Free up valuable refrigerator space and impress guests with an array of drink varieties by installing a beverage refrigerator in the place of your trash compactor. Sodas and beers can take up quite a bit of shelf space that could instead be used for more groceries or dinner leftovers.

Having a designated fridge for your drinks will also make it easier when entertaining; guests will know exactly where to go for a refill.

My favorite 15 inch built-in beverage fridges:

1. EdgeStar CBR901SG Built-In Beverage Refrigerator

EdgeStar CBR901SG Built-In Beverage Refrigerator

You’ll be able to stock plenty of beer and sodas for your friends and family in this sleek beverage fridge. A digital temperature display ensures your drinks are kept at your exact specifications.

Features:

  • Holds up to 80 cans
  • Temperature range: 38-50°F
  • Has a lock for keeping beverages secure
  • Slide out shelving
  • Blue LED interior lighting

2. Koldfront BBR900BL Built-In Beverage Refrigerator

Koldfront BBR900BL Built-In Beverage Refrigerator

This beverage fridge has all of the features as the EdgeStar fridge but comes in a classic black rather than stainless steel.

Features:

  • Holds up to 80 cans
  • Temperature range: 38-50°F
  • Recessed handle
  • Slide-out wire shelving
  • LED interior lighting

3. Marvel 3BARMBSG Built-In Wine & Beverage Fridge

Marvel 3BARMBSG Built-In Wine & Beverage Fridge

Can’t decide between a beverage or wine fridge? With this wine & beverage fridge, you don’t have to!

Features:

  • Holds up to 60 beverage cans & 4 bottles of wine
  • Temperature range: 40-65°F
  • Slide out maple-trimmed, wire shelves
  • Double pane, tinted, UV-resistant glass door
  • An alarm if the temperature is higher or lower than desired point for an extended time.

3. Refrigerator

Maybe instead of drinks, it’s too much food that’s making it difficult to close your kitchen refrigerator door. An under-counter refrigerator might be the answer to your problems then.

Beverage fridges and regular fridges have a similar temperature range, but beverage fridges might get warmer than you need for storing food. Also, many refrigerators have door storage and adjustable shelves, which most beverage refrigerators don’t have.

Here is my recommended built-in refrigerator:

Marvel 30AR Built-In Refrigerator

Marvel 30AR Built-In Refrigerator

This high-end refrigerator from Marvel features a timeless design sure to look great amongst any kitchen décor.

Features:

  • 3.0 cubic foot capacity
  • 3 adjustable, chrome-plated wire shelves & 3 door shelves
  • Auto-defrost
  • Filler kit allows usage in 18-inch wide opening
  • Leveling legs

4. Ice Maker

If you have a large family, love to entertain, or simply love eating ice, you may have found that your refrigerator just can’t keep up with your needs. If this is the case for you, consider replacing your trash compactor with an undercounter ice maker.

There are quite a few different undercounter ice makers available on the market and most make what is known as clear ice, meaning it contains no impurities; it’s restaurant quality. Other options include gourmet, nugget, and crescent. However, the Scotsman that I’ve included in my list of favorite built-in ice machines makes what is known as nugget ice or, as most people call it, Sonic ice. That’s right; you can get delicious Sonic ice right in your home!

My favorite built-in ice makers:

1. EdgeStar IB450SS Built-In Ice Maker

EdgeStar IB450SS Built-In Ice Maker

This clear ice maker features a sleek stainless steel door that’ll match your existing appliances. An ice scoop, removable bin, and all installation parts arrive with the ice maker.

Features:

  • Makes up to 45 pounds of ice a day
  • Stores up to 25 pounds of ice
  • Removable ice bin
  • Gravity drain line
  • Insulated ice storage

2. Koldfront KIM450BL Built-In Clear Ice Maker

Koldfront KIM450BL Built-In Clear Ice Maker

Over the stainless steel craze? Change it up with this black undercounter ice machine. Able to produce 45 lbs. of restaurant-quality ice per day, you’ll never be without ice again.

Features:

  • Makes up to 45 pounds of ice a day
  • Stores up to 25 pounds of ice
  • Removable ice bin
  • Drain line included
  • Produces clear ice cubes

3. Ice-o-Matic Nugget Ice Machine

Ice-o-Matic Nugget Ice Machine

Love sonic ice? Enjoy the same delicious, chewable ice you know and love in the comfort of your own home. This undercounter nugget ice machine will cause you to wonder what kept you from replacing that old trash compactor sooner.

Features:

  • Makes up to 85 pounds of ice a day
  • Stores up to 22 pounds of ice
  • Produces “Sonic” ice
  • Approved for both indoor and outdoor use
  • Ice scoop included

So, now that you know about the variety of built-in appliances available, it’s time for you to update your kitchen by getting rid of that outdated, unused trash compactor. Fall in love with your kitchen all over again with this one-step transformation.

Must-Have Products for Holiday Entertaining

Tis’ the season to entertain!  Many of us love entertaining and the holidays but entertaining during the holidays can be downright stressful.  As a child you enjoyed all the festivities had to offer whether you celebrated Christmas, Hanukkah or, for some, maybe even Festivus! As we become adults we get to see the behind the scenes of it all and unless you have super powers you have had your challenges.  So here is a helpful guide on must-have products to make your entertaining season full of cheer!

Slow Cooker:

One of my favorite must-haves is the infamous slow cooker. This is a great product for even those nights when you have to fit in some holiday shopping and still manage to cook dinner for the family. The options are endless: you can make a wonderful, warm apple cider, an amazing dip for Christmas Eve, baked applies for dessert or, on Christmas, a hearty soup as an appetizer. Growing up every Christmas, we had Escarole and Bean Soup, super delicious and super easy!

Simply any appliance that allows you to get all of your other duties done while it does all the cooking is a life saver. There are some great options to choose from depending on your family/guest size. I typically have small get-togethers and find the perfect size for me is a 3.5 qt, like the Cuisinart 3.5 Programmable Slow Cooker, but if you have a larger family a 6.5-7 qt might be right for you. Check out the Cuisinart 6.5 qt Programmable Slow Cooker or the Kalorik 7 qt Slow Cooker for larger groups.

Knife Set/Food Processor:

Whether you are a purist or practical, you need a great tool to help with food preparation.  For the purist who really takes cooking to a higher standard, a great knife set is key. I highly recommend any knife set from the Ginsu Knife Collection as they are the epitome of high quality! For the amateur chef or the professional, you have a range to choose from. A couple of my favorite knife sets are the Ginsu Chikara 5  Piece Bamboo/Stainless Steel Set and Ginsu Shoku Ebony 8 Piece with Magnetic Strip.

For the practical chef who doesn’t have enough hands to keep up, a great food processor can help out a lot. Preparation is half the battle and these are some of the great options available: Cuisinart 4 Cup Food Processor, Cuisinart 7 Cup Food Processor and, for the budget-minded, Black & Decker Food Chopper.

Gravy Boat:

My father (who is a chef, so he definitely knows what he’s talking about) always said a good gravy boat is essential to a holiday meal as the gravy ties the entire meal together.  There are many wonderful gravy boats on the market today, but I have a new favorite.

What is better than a regular gravy boat? A heated gravy boat with a wide handle and nice design, the Next Level Gravy Boat.  Not only is it great for serving gravy, but it can also be used for morning brunch as a syrup warmer!  You could probably use it for many other sauces as well. I believe anything that warms something dear to your heart is a great product and a must-have!

Wine & Beverage Refrigerators:

If you are the type of entertainer to throw big lavish dinners, cozy get-togethers or rowdy parties (so pretty much, any type of entertainer), then enjoying a holiday beverage is key. Whether you love a cold beer, tall glass of wine or some bubbly, a great beverage or wine cooler is a big convenience. There are so many different options available that you are sure to find the right product for your needs.

Here are some wonderful units for all of you different types of entertainers:
- Cold Beer: EdgeStar 84 Can Beverage Cooler
- Cozy Get-Together: Koldfront 4 Bottle Wine Cooler
- Red OR White Wine: Koldfront 30 Bottle Wine Cooler
- Red AND White Wine: EdgeStar 46 Bottle Dual Zone Wine Cooler

Coffee Makers:

Lastly, but definitely not least, is a great coffee maker!  Coffee is many things for different people. Some use it as their alarm clock to wake up, it’s what keeps others going throughout the day and for people like me, it is just nice to sit and enjoy a lively conversation over a hot cup of coffee.

If you’re going to be hosting a crowd this holiday season, then make sure you have enough joe to go around! Get a large coffee machine like the Cuisinart 12 Cup Coffee Maker or the Cuisinart Grind & Brew 10 Cup Coffee Maker. And don’t forget about the tea drinkers in your family, the Kalorik-JK31099 Dome Jug Kettle will help them feel right at home.