Star-K Home Appliances: What to look for when buying

Miami Benchmark Image_Greyscale_5.85x8.25Let’s face it, purchasing appliances is a hefty investment for any household. For those practicing specific customs and faiths, the buying process can often be exhausting. Fortunately, brands have taken notice and have adapted their products over time to meet the needs of  their consumers.

At H&H Appliance Center, we strive to meet the needs of our consumers as well, which is why we would like to quickly review some key features of Bosch and Thermador’s Star-K  features, including the popular Sabbath Mode. Both Bosch and Thermador carry wall ovens, ranges, and refrigeration that are Star-K compliant. The typical Sabbath Mode enables the baking temperature to stay within 100 to 450 degrees Fahrenheit as dictated by the user.

The new Bosch Benchmark series now allows for two Star-K features: a delayed start and a Sabbath and Holiday setting, each with their own respective temperatures. On the Holiday mode, one is able to raise or lower the set temperature in one of two ways: By raising the set temperature when the actual heat is on and lowering the set temperature when the actual heat is off, or by raising or lowering the temperature by means of a device that accepts the request without response and then fulfills the request after a delay that is greater than 15 seconds.

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What should you look for when remodeling your kitchen? If the Star-K rating is vital to your purchase, ask for a list of appliances that meet this need. If you are looking for a specific baking temperature, time hold, or slow-bake, these are typically built into the appliances. However, if you need a specific temperature when baking, ask  for a product’s  temperature threshold. We compiled a short list of integral questions to alleviate the buying process :

1. Could I see a list of Star-K compliant appliances?
2. Does this model offer a Sabbath mode feature?
3. How long will this oven stay at this set temperature safely?
4. How will I know the oven is properly set to Sabbath mode?
5. Does this product fit within my budget? 
If not, are there any products that are Star-K certified that do?
At H&H Appliance Center, we would love to assist you in finding the right Star-K certified product to meet your needs. If you have any additional questions, please give us a call or e-mail me personally. – Nicole Henninger, Marketing Director

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