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Changes in the way we live are triggering a transformation in major appliances. Today, major appliances use advanced technologies, consume fewer natural resources and offer more advanced features that make them easy to use and care for. All of these advancements make home appliances better suited for contemporary lifestyles.
Whichever major appliance you're shopping for, at Sears you have plenty of choices in design: Top-load, Portable and Front-load washing machines. Ranges that stand alone or single wall ovens, cooktops with a choice of burner types, including modular ones you can swap out. Refrigerators with the freezer on the top or bottom, with standard doors, French doors or side-by-side doors. Dishwashers with a visible control panel hidden on top of the door. Microwaves that mount over the range, sit on the counter or are built into the cabinet.
Major appliance manufacturers have embraced technologies spawned in the computer industry which is why you see digital displays and electronic controls instead of traditional knobs on many models. Many advances are unique to appliances, such as new airflow systems that make refrigerator temperatures more uniform; that good news for the gallon of milk stored in the door bin. Dishwashers have better sound buffering, so you don't have to retreat to the living room for after-dinner conversations. Washers release detergent, softener and bleach at just the right moment, and dryers sense how much moisture is left in the load, thus preventing fiber-frazzling over drying as well as under drying. Washer and dryer sets take laundry to the next plane, with improved cleaning, odor removal and wrinkle reduction. Some appliances even are equipment with remote diagnostics that let technicians use signals sent from the appliance by phone to troubleshoot problems.
Some of the biggest changes in major appliances affect their energy use. Many people shopping for a new refrigerator, dishwasher or water heater insist on ENERGY-STAR® appliances to help lower their energy and water bills, as well as to protect the environment. Take washing machines as an example. According to the EPA, ENERGY STAR® qualified clothes washers use more than 50 percent less water and about 37 percent less energy than regular washers. And large-capacity washers cut down on the number of wash loads, which also reduces total energy and water use.
Although a major appliance with the most basic features and options can get the job done, it the features and options that let you fine-tune the appliance to your lifestyle. A washer with more than just the basic settings can better accommodate different load sizes, fabrics and soil levels. Plentiful dryer settings let you suit the heat and dry time to the fabric, and multiple dishwasher settings can handle different cleaning requirements, from delicate glasses to cookware with baked-on food.In refrigerators, the perks are all about conveniences that go beyond basic icemakers and water dispensers. Storage space is a top priority, and refrigerators with moveable and collapsible shelves let you customize the refrigerator interior to fit large items and make the most of every cubic inch of space. Slide-out shelves and drawers save you from having to dig food out of the back of the fridge.Cooking appliances offer a huge array of features that cook quickly, bake evenly, brown foods better, reduce unwanted cooking odors and clean up quickly. Choose among conventional and convection ovens; standard and convection microwaves; standard, radiant and induction cooktops; and single and dual-fuel ranges.