Last week, something incredible happened. It involved opening my front door.
It also involved bringing people in (whom I’d never met before) and letting them look at, in, and around my kitchen.
But it’s okay because . . . my new appliances from Maytag were delivered!! Yes, I’m crazy-excited about being a Maytag Mom, but I’m mostly crazy-excited about the gorgeousness of those new appliances.
Maybe there was a time in my life when a trip around the world would have been the best thing I could imagine, but not anymore.
A beautiful new refrigerator and shiny appliances that make cooking and cleaning easier . . . are waaaayyyy better.
A trip might be fun, but in this phase of my life I’m all about making real life easier. Do you remember those Maytag repairman commercials? The ones where he has nothing to do because Maytag appliances are so dependable? THAT’S what I’m looking for now.
It’s not so much about depending on my oven for fancy dinner parties. I need to know I’ll be able to grab something out of the freezer and get it prepared and on the table in the 45 (or fewer) minutes I have between helping with homework and getting to a baseball game.
And really . . . the dishwasher being dependable is THE thing that keeps this house out of Disaster Status. I have to keep my run-it-at-night-and-empty-it-in-the-morning rhythm going or the entire house seems to spiral out of control.
I giggled as the delivery men brought in my new Maytag Ice20 French Door fridge, new dishwasher and range. The installations went smoothly and they were ultra-careful about keeping my house perfect by wearing their blue booties and using special mats to protect my wood floors. (I didn’t tell them until later what the name of my blog is!)
What have I found to be different from my old appliances?
Well . . . the Maytag dishwasher gets my dishes cleaner. Plain and simple. I find myself checking to see if it’s running since it’s so much quieter than my old one. When I unload it, though, I see how clean the dishes are, even with the same detergent I’ve always used.
And I LOVE the way this dishwasher is designed. There are two little buttons to push that allow you to raise or lower the top rack. Which means . . . if you have tall glasses, just lower the top rack. If you have tall pots/pans, raise it to give more room on the bottom. Perfect for the girl (me!) who puts everything she possibly can in the dishwasher.
And the features on the fridge? Where do I start . . . ?
First, my kids are obsessed with the fact that the fridge measures the amount of water you’re getting. You can even set it to dispense a certain amount of water.
My 9yo loves this. Not only has he figured out exactly how many ounces of water every cup/glass/mug in our home can hold, he fully enjoys the fact that he can set his cup to fill and then leisurely walk over to the table to talk to us. He’s very into the multi-tasking.
I also love the drawer in the middle. Not that I’ve fully figured out how to best use it, but so far it’s been great for making fruits and veggies and string cheese easily accessible to the kids.
And the drawer-freezer at the bottom that doesn’t allow things to fall out . . . is perfect for people like me. I was a little concerned about things getting lost down in the drawer, but there are actually two levels of drawers so neither gets terribly deep. And it fits everything I had in my old freezer.
Oh, and those are the delivery men. They were excited about being shown on the World Wide Web! They did a great job, and the one on the left didn’t even flinch when he pulled this unidentifiable mess out of the back of my old fridge.
(Don’t worry, I didn’t let him put it in my new one!)
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, vent, dishwasher, and range to facilitate my post.