Hey Appliance Fans,
Last post was all about my awesome trip to Viking’s Headquarters in Greenwood, MS. This post is all about Viking’s brand new line called D3.
I’ll admit that I wasn’t much of a fan of the old designer series. Not because of the performance, but more because of the styling. Apparently I wasn’t the only one who felt this way and Viking agreed. So Viking went back to the drawing board and came up with a really fresh look. And they made it super easy to personalize (more on that in a second).
The Best Part About D3
The warranty, period. Viking has extended their Three Year Signature warranty to include ALL D3 products. That’s right, I said ALL D3 products. I can’t think of another company that offers a three year warranty on their freestanding refrigeration let alone their cooking products.
Viking stayed true to some of the look from previous series (like the full width black glass on their range and oven doors). One thing that was lacking from previous designs was the knobs. To put it simply, the knobs were gross. Not anymore. Viking’s knobs on the D3 product are much beefier and more pro-style than previous models. The coolest part about the knobs is how you can personalize them to match your cabinetry or other colors in your kitchen. The inserts that are blue in the picture can be colored to match anything you want. You can even insert wood into the slots to match your cabinetry perfectly. Just a small change like this makes a HUGE difference in the overall appearance of the appliance. Viking also changed the style of their grates for the ranges. Less sleek, more beef. Score.
The Product Line
If you’re familiar with the overall product line of Viking, then you know that they offer about 1.2 billion appliances. This can get REALLY confusing for consumers and for idiot salespeople like me. The D3 line, however, has twenty-two models. That’s it. Now I’m sure they will introduce more products into the line, but for now it’s very streamlined and I think this benefits the consumer because it doesn’t inundate them with some many choices. Some highlights of the line are:
30” Ranges (all self-clean): Gas, Dual Fuel, and Electric
30” Wall Oven: Double or Single
Microwave: One built-in option or two over the range options (one traditional and one with convection)
Cooktops: 30” & 36” Gas or 30”, 36”, & 45” Electric (no induction……yet)
Refrigeration: 36” Counter Depth French Door with internal water and ice– AWESOME refrigerator
Dishwashers: Two options
Ventilation: 30” & 36” Chimney Style (both with the option to recirculate). 30”, 36”, & 45” Downdrafts
Warming Drawer: One option at 30” wide
How about an 18,000 BTU power burner on their gas ranges? Cooktops have a 17,000 BTU burner. Is that enough power? Plus D3 convection ovens boast the largest convection fan in the market (8 ½“). Oh, and it’s bidirectional for maximum heat coverage in the oven. Anyone impressed that I used the word bidirectional? No? Fair enough.
D3 at Kieffer’s Appliances
In the not too distant future, we’ll have a sweet display of the D3 line in our showroom. I’ll be sure to tweet all about it and I’m sure write a quick post with some pictures. In the meantime, get off your keister and friend us on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/kieffers.