Since 1938 Barber & Haskill has been a family owned business serving the Barrie, Midland and Orillia areas. We are dedicated to providing you with the best in products, services and pricing.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Extended Warranties

Are Extended Warranties Really Necessary?
Over the years, we have all been put in the position where – after making a major purchase for a household item – we have to make a decision about whether or not we should buy extended warranties.  
 Plus we match our competitors documented price with the same merchandise.
Here at Barber and Haskill, we do not push warranties on our customers.  It is always totally up to you if you feel an extended warranty is something that will add a level of comfort and value to the total purchase.
Often, I am asked my opinion on whether to buy an extended warranty.  
So, here are my thoughts:
When it comes time to decide about the warranty, I would strongly advise it on major appliances like refrigerators, ranges, dishwashers, wall ovens, cooktops and laundry.  These items are the most expensive to purchase and in turn the most expensive to service, both in parts and labour.  And, unfortunately, it is true that appliances do not last as long as they once did.  These days, it is estimated that an appliance’s lifespan is anywhere between eight and 10 years.
This last fact may have you wondering with all the advances in technology and improved materials, how is it that appliances are lasting for a shorter period than their predecessors?  A good question and the answer starts and ends with – technology.   Yes, appliances work better today than they ever have and are more efficient than they ever have been, thanks primarily to technology.  However, all of these advances lead to having more things that can go wrong.  It is something that can bring both advantages and potential problems.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Dual Fuel Cooking

It’s time to consider Dual Fuel for your new range
 Wolf Dual Fuel Oven
When it comes to cooking, much of the world is divided into one of the two camps: gas fuel or electric.  There is, however, a growing portion of the population that is embracing a cooking method that utilizes the best of both worlds  – gas and electric – in one unit.  It is called dual fuel. 
Before we get into dual fuel, let’s look at the two different range fuels – gas and electric.
A gas range uses heat created by the burning of gas – usually propane or natural gas – to create heat both on the cooktop as well as in the oven. An electric range uses electric elements to create heat in both the cooktop and oven.  
As mentioned at the top, dual fuel range gives you the best of both options, offering a gas cooktop with an electric oven.   If you’re a serious cook (or like to think you are one), you will love the benefit of a dual fuel range.  It allows you to utilize the best of both an electric range oven and gas cooktop. 

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

PowerWash® system, only a Maytag® washer

Maytag claims to be the best in the industry* when it comes to providing you with the best machine cleaning.

Why do you think they have the confidence to say this?
They can say this because they have the confidence of the  PowerWash® system.

Power Wash uses a combination of higher than average water temperatures, longer wash times, and the most vigorous wash action the machine offers.  Combined with an extra rinse to finish the cycle off.  To get the best cleaning results in the industry.

 Maytag Top Loader
Get the Best Cleaning in the Industry enabled by the PowerWash™ system*
Medium to extra large capacities
Low-profile impeller is powerful for deep cleaning and more gentle than an agitator
Save in lifetime water & energy costs with ENERGY STAR® Qualified HE washers and dryers

 Maytag Front Loader
Get the Best Cleaning in the Industry enabled by the PowerWash™ system*Medium to extra large capacities Advanced Vibration Control and optional stack kits allow for placement near bedrooms or in closetsSave in lifetime water & energy costs with ENERGY STAR® Qualified HE washers and dryers

                                           Top Loader                                          Front Loader

*Based on a 17 lb load, among the leading brand of top load machines, the Powerwash® cycle versus their comparable cycles and default settings.
Dramatization tested load size not depicted.

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Tuesday, May 12, 2015

10 tips for BBQ Success

 Canadian Summer and BBQ Season

With the May 24 Long weekend being the unofficial launch to season we thought we would help kick-start things off right with some helpful BBQ tips.

Buy from Local Butcher in Midland
Your Butcher, Your Friend
Avoid packaged steak, start buying your meat from a local butcher or the butcher at your local grocery store.
Fresh is always better.

Canadian Grade BeefGrade
Spring for Canadian Prime or Certified Black Angus steaks if you can.  choice-grade steak is a good, less expensive alternative.
Marbleized T-Bone Steak
Request a cut with marbling. Marbling is the white streaks of fat that are in the meat, they add flavour and keep your steak juicy.

        4. 20 minutes before cooking, remove your steak from the refrigerator, a cold steak will not cook evenly.

5.  A sturdy pair of tongs, a brush, and a grill are all the only tools you need for a great tasting steak.

6.  A properly heated grill cooks the best, so making sure your grill is preheated is essential.  To test if it is hot enough, hold your hand over the grates, 2 seconds should be all you can hold it there for if it is preheated correctly.

7.  A seared crust is what you want for your steak, and the way to obtain that is to leave your steak alone. The constant movement of a steak, before it is ready, will only cause it to stick to the grates.

8.  Cooking your steak to its desired doneness can sometimes be tricky.
Using a touch test can help.

  • soft and spongy = a rare steak
  • springs back = a medium steak
  • firm = well-done steak

9.  Under cooking your steak is far better than overcooking your steak.
You can always pop it back on the grill to cook a little longer, but you cannot un-cook something, once it is done.

10.  Letting your steak rest at least 5 minutes after removing it from the grill, will produce a juicier steak by allowing it time for the juices to settle.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Maytag Refrigeration

 MayTag Month Refrigerator Promo.  $100.00 Mail-In Rebate Available
 Maytag Must Haves.
When it comes to keeping cool, Maytag® refrigerators get the job done right. This 4-door french door refrigerator is built tough to take on a full load of favorites. Signature Maytag® steel shelves leave all your groceries in good hands, while the PowerCold™ feature chills the 26 cu. ft. refrigerator compartment down quickly—even if the whole family's been browsing with the door open. And with our adjustable-temperature refrigerated drawer and EasySlide bin, you can store everything your way so your family won't have to go searching when you're not in the kitchen. We even found a whole new way to light up the refrigerator, with steel shelves that feature under-shelf LED lighting to keep your food in the cold but never in the dark. Plus, the 10-year limited parts warranty1 means this 4-door refrigerator is made to cool and built to last.