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Appliance Glossary

Confused about all of the terms that come into play when shopping for appliances? Goedeker's has you covered. We've created this handy glossary to help you understand the different styles and features of whatever appliance you plan to purchase.

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ADA Compliant - Label that signifies a product’s compliance with the standards of accessibility laid out in the Americans with Disabilities Act; products that may carry this label include cooktops, dishwashers, microwaves, ranges, refrigerators, wall ovens, warming drawers, washing machines, and dryers.

Advantium - An appliance line by GE that features microwaves and wall ovens which use halogen bulbs and microwave energy to produce heat for cooking food faster.

Agitator - The mechanism in top load washing machines that rotates back and forth to wash your clothes.

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Batch feed - Type of garbage disposal that turns on when the lid is engaged; safer for when children are frequently in and out of the kitchen.

Beverage center - Type of refrigerator specifically designed for storing drinks in cans or bottles.

Bottom freezer (bottom mount) - Type of refrigerator where the freezer compartment is located below the refrigerator compartment.

Bridge element - Feature of cooktops and ranges that allows you to connect two burners; better accommodates larger pots and pans with an increased cooking surface.

BTU - British Thermal Unit; a unit of measurement used for gas-fueled appliances, including cooktops, wall ovens, ranges, and grills.

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CFM - Cubic foot per minute; a unit of measurement used when determining how much blower power you need in your ventilation system.

Charcoal - Fuel used in some models of grills.

Chest freezer - Type of freezer designed to store fresh produce, fresh meats, or large quantities of products from supermarket sales for long periods of time.

ClimateKeeper2 Technology - A feature unique to GE refrigerators that uses sophisticated sensors and a multi-flow air system to maintain the ideal level of humidity and help keep your food fresh.

Coil element - Style of burner found on electric cooktops and ranges that uses a coiled metal element to heat pots and pans.

Continuous feed - Type of garbage disposal that turns on when you flip a wall switch.

Control lock - Also called child lock; safety feature which prevents children from using the controls of an appliance or opening it while it is in operation; this feature can be found on many models of cooktops, dishwashers, microwaves, ranges, refrigerators, wall ovens, washing machines, and trash compactors; may be found on some dryers.

Convection - Specific kind of heating element found in wall ovens, ranges, warming drawers, and some microwaves that is good for baking, broiling, browning, crisping, and roasting.

Convertible - Venting that originally redirects ventilation externally (to the outside of your home) but can be changed to recirculating with the right components installed.

Cooktop - Surface heating element used for cooking food; does not include an oven.

CustomCool Technology - A feature unique to GE refrigerators that provides a temperature-controlled drawer that is highly customizable based on your needs.

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Detergent dispenser - Washing machine feature that dispenses detergent, as well as bleach and fabric softener in some models, at certain times during the wash cycle.

Downdraft vent - Ventilation installed close to the cooking surface that pulls exhaust down using a powerful fan or blower.

Drip bowl - Included with many models of coil cooktops and ranges; collects food drippings in a removable bowl to make cleaning easier.

Dual fuel - An appliance that uses both electricity and gas; most common are ranges with gas cooktops and electric ovens; a handful of models of dual fuel cooktops and wall ovens may also be found.

Ducted - Venting that redirects ventilation externally (to the outside of your home) through ducts.

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Energy Star - A certification granted by the US Department of Energy and the US Environmental Protection Agency that labels an appliance as energy efficient; appliances that may be Energy Star certified include dishwashers, refrigerators, washing machines, dryers, and some microwaves; ventilation can also carry the Energy Star label.

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Food disposer - Dishwasher feature that grinds up large left over food particles on your dishes and flushes them out.

French Door - Type of refrigerator which features a side-by-side refrigerator compartment above the freezer compartment.

Front load - Type of washing machine or dryer with a door located on the front of the machine; may include a window through which you can view your clothes.

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Good Housekeeping seal - Label that signifies a product’s evaluation by the Good Housekeeping Research Institute for performance quality and fulfillment of advertised features; products that may carry this seal include cooktops, dishwashers, microwaves, ranges, refrigerators, wall ovens, washing machines, and dryers.

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Hidden bake element - Feature on some wall ovens and ranges that covers the baking element; helps make cleaning easier.

Hot surface indicator - Safety feature found on some models of cooktops and ranges that lights up to warn you when the cooking surface is still hot to the touch.

HP - Horsepower; a unit of measurement used to determine the power of appliances such as trash compactors and garbage disposals.

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Induction - Induction heating elements can be found in some electric cooktops and ranges; requires magnetic pots and pans because it uses electromagnetic energy to create heat; safer option for cooking.

Intake valve - Transports water from the home water supply into the dishwasher thanks to water pressure.

Island mount - Type of ventilation that is installed on the ceiling above a cooktop on an island or peninsula in your kitchen.

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Jets - Parts of a dishwasher that spray water on dishes while rotating to clean them.

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Laundry center - Stacking a dryer on top of a washing machine, making them one unit; good for homeowners working with limited space.

Liner - Type of ventilation that is installed underneath a custom hood in your kitchen; these may be above an island, a peninsula, or a cooktop against the wall.

Liquid propane - Fuel used in several models of cooktops, grills, and ranges; occasionally found in wall ovens.

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Moisture sensor - Dryer feature that detects the amount of moisture in the drum; helps prevent over-drying.

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Natural gas - Fuel used in several models of cooktops, grills, ranges, wall ovens, and dryers.

Non-ducted - Venting that is duct free; ventilation is internally directed (back into your kitchen).

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Open burner - Style of burner found on gas cooktops and ranges that has a wide opening where pots and pans are placed.

Oven - Enclosed heating compartment used for cooking food.

Overload protection - Safety feature on garbage disposals that automatically turns them off if they begin to overheat.

Over-the-Range - Type of microwave that is installed directly above the range.

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Pedestal - Optional accessory that can be purchased for a washing machine or dryer; raises the washer or dryer to a more ideal height and includes a drawer for storage.

PreciseFill Technology - A feature unique to GE refrigerators that dispenses the exact amount of water you need; measurements can be in ounces or cups.

Proof - A mode of cooking found in ranges, wall ovens, and warming drawers that helps yeast rise when preparing foods such as bread, rolls, and homemade pizza dough.

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QuickFreeze Technology - A feature unique to GE refrigerators that freezes meats faster to help keep them fresher.

QuietPower 7 Sound Package - A feature unique to GE dishwashers that uses a hidden vent to help trap sounds during the wash cycle and aid in quiet operation.

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Raised vent - Ventilation installed near the cooktop which pops up while in use and vents exhaust with a fan or blower.

Range - Features both a cooktop and an oven; also called a stove.

Recirculating - Venting which directs ventilation internally (back into your kitchen); good option when no form of exterior exhaust is available.

Ribbon heating element - Type of heating element found in smoothtop cooktops and ranges.

RPM - Revolutions per minute; a unit of measurement used when determining the spin speed of a washing machine or the tumble speed of a dryer.

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Sabbath mode - Special feature available on some models of refrigerators,wall ovens, and ranges that alters the appliance’s use of electricity to conform to kosher practices for the Sabbath.

Sealed burner - Style of burner found on gas cooktops and ranges that is recessed below the cooking surface.

Side-by-Side - Type of refrigerator where the freezer and refrigerator compartments are located next to each other vertically.

SmartDispense Technology - A feature unique to GE dishwashers that stores the equivalent of a full bottle of liquid detergent and automatically dispenses the needed amount.

Smoothtop - Style of burner found on electric and induction cooktops and ranges that has a ceramic, glass, or porcelain cooking surface which gives a more modern appearance.

Splash guard - Prevents water and food materials from splashing up and out of the sink when a garbage disposal is in use; may be located within the disposal itself or in the mouth of the sink; wear out over time and need to be replaced.

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Top load - Type of washing machine or dryer with a door located on the top of the machine.

Top freezer (top mount) - Type of refrigerator where the freezer compartment is located above the refrigerator compartment.

Trim kit - Optional kit that can be purchased with a trash compactor, microwave, or refrigerator; integrates the unit better with your existing countertops or cabinets allowing for more kitchen customization.

TurboCool Technology - A feature unique to GE refrigerators that automatically lowers the temperature to compensate for how often the door is opened.

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UltraFlow100 - A feature unique to GE refrigerators that dispenses filtered water at a rate of 100 ounces per minute.

Under cabinet - Type of ventilation that is installed under kitchen cabinets above your cooktop which hide the duct work.

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120 Volt - The level of power required for many appliances; make sure the voltage level on your appliance matches the voltage output of your home; a step-down transformer is required to operate a 120 volt appliance from a 240 volt power source.

240 Volt - The level of power needed for some larger appliances which require more energy; make sure the voltage level on your appliance matches the voltage output of your home; a step-up transformer is required to operate a 240 volt appliance from a 120 volt power source.

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Wall mount - Type of ventilation that is installed on the wall above your cooktop.

Wall oven - Only features an enclosed heating compartment for cooking food; does not include a cooktop.

Warm zone - Feature of some models of cooktops and ranges; area on cooking surface where food can be kept warm without over-cooking.

Wine chiller - Type of refrigerator specifically designed for storing wine bottles and chilling them to the ideal serving temperature.

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