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Bright Ideas for Camping: Part 1

camping

Spring weather tends to draw us back to the desire to go out and enjoy nature. Even if just for a weekend, time spent immersed in nature’s glory allows us to recharge for the upcoming week and enjoy quality time with friends and family. Living Direct offers many compact appliances and other products that are perfect for your outdoor travel adventures. These products make great additions to your camping equipment supply.

Be sure to share your best camping tips in the comments!

EdgeStar mini Kegerator1. EdgeStar Mini Kegerator

Nature lovers are doing more to practice “Leave No Trace” camping. This portable mini kegerator is an easy way to avoid the task of storing, carrying and cleaning up multiple cans and bottles. As an added bonus, you can rest assured that it will be easy to make friends with your neighbors at your campsite. The EdgeStar mini kegerator’s highlights include:

– Electronic temperature controls
– Compact size
– AC/DC power compatibility

Peak 30 LED Rechargeable Worklight2. Peak 30 LED Rechargeable Worklight

This flashlight’s affordable price, flexible design and durability make it a must-have for outdoor expeditions. The Peak 30 LED rechargeable worklight has an integrated hook making it great for hanging from a tree or inside of your tent. Powerful LED lighting technology and the thought of no disposable batteries is a win-win for me. The highlights of the Peak rechargeable worklight include:

– 8 hours of continuous use on a single charge
– An ultra strong magnet and 360 degree swivel hook for hanging, mounting or both
– An LED flashlight tip that lets you direct light when you don’t need all 30 LEDs

Peak Power Inverter & Charger3. Peak 150 Watt Cup Power Inverter

While it is nice to unplug from technology while camping, who’s to say that you can’t have your mobile phones, cameras and other electronic devices charged up and ready on the way home. With two USB ports and two AC outlets, you can charge two electronic devices, a mattress pump and a camera simultaneously. The Peak power inverter is a great choice for camping because:

– Can charge four electronic devices at the same time
– Includes two USB ports and two standard 3-prong AC outlets
– Has a secure, sleep and compact cup-like design

ShelterLogic Popup Canopy4. ShelterLogic Popup Canopy

This canopy is easy to use and provides relief from the elements; whether it’s the sun shining or a bit of rain. A truly high-quality item with drip-free seams and anti-fungal agents, the ShelterLogic 10×10 popup canopy is the perfect complement to a relaxing day camping. The features that make this canopy great are:

– Quick and easy set up
– Sealed with water proof tape for drip-free seams
– Canopy made of patented fade blockers and anti-fungal agents

 

Part 2 of our Bright Ideas for Camping series can be found here!

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It’s Wedding Season: What to Give the Happy Couple

White Wedding Gift

If you’re anything like me, your fridge tends to be covered in “save the date” postcards this time of year. And while I’m excited to spend my summer celebrating my friends’ and family’s wedded bliss, I’m kind of freaked out about what to get the Mr. and Mrs. (there are 5 couples!)

Then I realized that I work for a company that sells appliances for smaller living spaces. Putting that into the equation, along with the fact that my friends getting married are just starting out and buying their first homes, I knew I was golden. So without further hesitation, I give you my top five wedding gift recommendations.

KitchenAid Stand Mixer1. KitchenAid Stand Mixer

If the couple you’re buying for doesn’t already have one these, I’m willing to bet that they want one (and it’s on their gift registry). This thing is a kitchen essential for people who like to bake or cook. It comes with attachments for preparing homemade pasta, ice cream, fruit juice and, of course, mixing among other things.

I’m getting this for the people that treat me like their child and have me over for dinner every now and then. I figure the menu will only expand once they get my gift…

Nesco Roaster2. Nesco 6 Qt. Stainless Steel Roaster

I have some friends that practically live at restaurants and seem to have never used their kitchen but swear they want to learn to cook. I’m getting them this roaster. Call it a crock pot, a slow cooker, a roaster – whatever you want, but this thing is the perfect tool for those aspiring to cook.

It goes like this: buy food, put in cooker, set cooker and voila! Dinner is ready when you get home from work. This is the perfect gateway cooking device!

EdgeStar Mini Kegerator3. EdgeStar Deluxe Mini Kegerator

One of the couples is having an open bar at their wedding, so naturally, the mini kegerator is a perfect wedding gift for them. They like to entertain and the groom is a bit of a beer snob. And for the nights they’re not entertaining, it can easily be placed in a closet due to its compact size.

The mini kegerator holds a 5L mini keg, which more breweries are starting to produce, and it’s the perfect size for two people to enjoy.

 

Portable Propane Grill4. Keg-a-Que Portable Propane Grill

Tailgating brought the couple I’m buying this for together. I find it’s only fitting to get them this as their wedding present.

It’s compact enough to fit in the trunk of a car and has handles on the side for carrying around to wherever their favorite teams take them. Plus, the fun football shape makes it perfect.

 

EdgeStar 18 Bottle Wine Cooler5. EdgeStar 18-Bottle Dual Zone Wine Cooler

Nothing says love quite like wine… or a wine cooler for that matter. The last couple I’m giving a gift to is going to have their honeymoon in Napa, so what better gift than to give them a unit to properly store all of their new favorite wines?

This unit isn’t over the top big and has two different zones so they can chill both their reds and whites at the proper temperature.\

 

If you’re in panic over wedding season this year, don’t fret – there’s something out there for everyone!

Let us know in the comments what wedding gifts you are planning to give.

 

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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.

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Top Commercial Products: EdgeStar Medical Freezer

EdgeStar Medical Freezer

Our #1 selling EdgeStar medical freezer is being used all over the country at leading pharmacies.  This 1.5 cu/ft vaccine freezer has the ability to hold temperatures at -20°C and -5°F.  This is important because a lot of vaccines, including the new Zostavax vaccine for shingles, need to be constantly monitored and stored at these very low temperatures.

The convenient countertop design makes this mini freezer space efficient, which is important in a pharmacy setting.  We offer this unit in white, with stainless steel handle and built-in lock.

If you are looking for a solid, dependable and space efficient medical freezer for your pharmacy, please contact us!  We would love to add your pharmacy or medical center to the list of leading facilities using our EdgeStar CMF151L medical freezer!

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.


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4 Built-In Appliances to Replace a Trash Compactor

trash compactor

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. Trash compactors are typically 15 inches wide, but 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, I’ve put together a list of appliances that are 15” wide and could easily replace your outdated trash compactor. Start dreaming of the ways you can upgrade your kitchen:

Wine Cooler

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.

A wine cooler will definitely upgrade the look of your kitchen. There are many different designs you can choose from, but all of them are sleek and sure to be a conversation piece amongst visiting family and friends.

Aside from the aesthetics, if you enjoy wine, then having a wine refrigerator in your kitchen is convenient. 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.

Some of my favorite 15”, built-in wine coolers:

Koldfront Built-In Wine CoolerKoldfront BWR300BL Built-In Wine Cooler

– Single zone wine cooler

– Holds up to 30 bottles

– Temperature range of 40 – 65 degrees F

– LED display & interior lighting

– Slide out wire shelves

 

EdgeStar Built-In Wine CoolerEdgeStar CWR261DZ Built-In Wine Cooler

– Dual zone wine cooler

– Holds up to 26 bottles

– Temperature ranges:
Lower zone – 40-54 degrees F
Upper zone – 54-64 degrees F

– Slide out steel-trimmed, wooden shelves

 

Vinotemp Wine CoolerVinotemp VT-26 Built-In Wine Cooler

– Single zone wine cooler

– Holds up to 26 bottles

– Temperature range: 45-65 degrees F

– Has a lock for keeping your wine secure

– Slide out wood shelves

 

Beverage Refrigerator

What’s great about having a beverage fridge in your home is you’ll free up space in your kitchen refrigerator. Sodas and beers can take up quite a bit of shelf space that could instead be used for more groceries or leftovers from dinner.

Having a designated fridge for your drinks will also make it easier when entertaining because guests will know exactly where to go for a refill. It also means your refrigerator door won’t be constantly opened and closed, causing temperature fluctuations, which can cause some food items, like eggs, to go bad.

My favorite 15”, built-in beverage fridges:

EdgeStar Beverage FridgeEdgeStar CBR900SS Beverage Fridge

– Holds up to 84 cans

– Temperature range: 38-50 degrees F

– Has a lock for keeping beverages secure

– Slide out coated wire shelves

– Blue LED interior lighting

 

Avanti Undercounter Beverage CenterAvanti BCA1501SS Beverage Center

– Holds up to 72 cans

– Temperature range: 34-43 degrees F

– Has a lock for keeping beverages secure

– 2 slide out glass shelves, 1 slide out wire shelf, 1 basket

– LED interior lighting

 

Marvel Beverage Fridge & Wine CoolerMarvel Beverage and Wine Fridge

– Holds up to 60 cans & 4 wine bottles

– Temperature range: 40-65 degrees 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

 

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 are my favorite built-in refrigerators:

Avanti Built-In RefrigeratorAvanti OBC32SS Outdoor Refrigerator

– 3.2 cubic foot capacity

– Reinforced for outdoor use, but can be used indoors

– Comes with attachable caster wheels for easy mobility

– Full range thermostat

– Reversible, stainless steel door

 

Marvel Built-In RefrigeratorMarvel 30AR Refrigerator

– 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

 

Ice Maker

Large families, or those that just really love ice, might find that their refrigerator ice maker can’t keep up with their needs. Luckily, you can get a separate, larger ice maker than can be built into your kitchen cabinetry.

There are quite a few different under counter ice makers available on the market and most make what is known as clear ice, meaning it contains no impurities; it’s restaurant quality. 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:

EdgeStar Built-In Ice MakerEdgeStar Clear Ice Maker

– 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

 

Danby Ice MakerDanby Clear Ice Maker

– Makes up to 32 pounds of ice a day

– Stores up to 25 pounds of ice

– Removable ice bin

– Built-in drain pump

– Produces bullet-shaped ice cubes

 

Scotsman Sonic Ice MakerScotsman Nugget Ice Maker

– Makes up to 125 pounds of ice a day

– Stores up to 22 pounds of ice

– Produces “Sonic” ice

– Drain pump with 10 foot pump line

– Uses 40% less energy than standard machines

 

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

 

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