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.
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.
Agitator - The mechanism in top load washing machines that rotates back and forth to wash your clothes.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Drop-in - A type of range that is installed on top of a toe-kick plate instead of a warming drawer or storage compartment. Drop-in ranges are a dying trend, with most people opting for slide-in ranges instead.
Ducted - Venting that redirects ventilation externally (to the outside of your home) through ducts.
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.
Food disposer - Dishwasher feature that grinds up large left over food particles on your dishes and flushes them out.
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.
Holiday mode - A feature on some refrigerators that automatically switches your settings to a slightly higher temperature to help save energy while you are away for an extended period of time. Note: This setting will not support storage of most foods.
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.
Jets - Parts of a dishwasher that spray water on dishes while rotating to clean them.
Meat probe - Some ranges include a built-in meat probe so you can check the temperature of your roast, turkey, or any other meat you may be cooking to ensure that it comes out just right.
Moisture sensor - Dryer feature that detects the amount of moisture in the drum; helps prevent over-drying.
Non-ducted - Venting that is duct free; ventilation is internally directed (back into your kitchen).
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.
PreciseFill Technology - A feature unique to GE refrigerators that dispenses the exact amount of water you need; measurements can be in ounces or cups.
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.
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.
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.
SpeedCooking - A feature unique to GE ovens that uses Advantium technology to cook food through the power of light. In addition to the conventional oven, radiant heat is produced by halogen bulbs above and below the food to add a boost of microwave energy, cooking your food quickly and evenly.
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.
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.
UltraFlow100 - A feature unique to GE refrigerators that dispenses filtered water at a rate of 100 ounces per minute.
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.
Wall oven - Only features an enclosed heating compartment for cooking food; does not include a cooktop.