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Skybox - The Ultimate Trophy for the Serious Sports Fanatic

By: Kellie K. Speed

If you’re looking for a great way to entertain your family and friends for any sports event, be sure to check out Maytag’s latest and greatest – the Skybox Vendor, self-proclaimed “the ultimate trophy for the serious sports fanatic.”  And they aren’t kidding.

The SkyBox vending machine combines fun for the whole family and brings it right to the comfort of your own home.  Don’t worry – you can put away your wallet.  You don’t need dollar bills to make it dispense your favorite beverage.  Simply push the illuminated button that illuminates the name of the beverage of your choosing, and like their commercial grade counterparts, a beverage is dispensed.  You can even mix and match your look so as soon as each new sports season begins, you can change out the front and side panels with a new sports team of your choosing. With more than 250 panel options, you’ll surely be able to find your favorite team and will soon become the talk of the neighborhood for one of the trendiest additions to your home.

Whether you’re a Boston Red Sox or New York Yankees fan, one thing you can agree on is the fact that there is no other unit quite like the Skybox to hit the market.  The interchangeable front and side panels allow you to change the logo of your favorite sports team with each new season.  For example, during the spring/summer months, we prominently display our Red Sox gear but when fall/winter rolls around, it’s time for the New England Patriots to come out of hiding.  It even comes equipped with a back-lit front panel so your favorite team’s name and logo is illuminated – the most ideal gift for any man in your life.

The front and side panels of the SkyBox unit can be customized with sports panels featuring professional and college teams, NASCAR drivers, and other sports logos. Soon you’ll also be able to outfit your SkyBox Vendor with personal family photographs or art. The front panel graphic illuminates just like a real vending machine. Customize the four beverage selections with an array of beverage cards that are included with the SkyBox unit.

The SkyBox Vendor accepts glass or plastic bottles and cans in any combination. The easy-load design holds up to 64 cans (12 oz.) or 32 glass or plastic bottles (12 oz.).  The optional sturdy SkyBase stand (which is a must) provides the perfect room-temperature space to store snacks, DVDs or beverage refills.

One of the most annoying things when getting a beverage out of a vending machine happens when you actually open the drink.  Rest assured, Maytag has thought of everything, especially this feature, by providing a smooth delivery system designed to prevent beverage shakeup — no shake, no mess, no problem. 

The SkyBox Vendor has the look and style of larger commercial models and even comes with a variety of 24 cards to show off your new selection of beverages.  The beverage cards include: Coca Cola, Diet Coke, Sprite, Dasani, Cherry Coke, Vanilla Coke, Diet Vanilla Coke, Pibb Xtra, Caffeine Free Diet Coke, Pepsi, Diet Pepsi, Mountain Dew, Diet Mountain Dew, Aquafina, Sierra Mist, Pepsi Blue, Pepsi Vanilla, Dr. Pepper, 7-Up, A&W Root Beer, Beer, Light Beer, Dark Beer and Import Beer.

The unit even has a smart system, so when your beverage selection runs low, the SkyBox Vendor alerts you with a special indicator light.  If  the actual dispensing system becomes jammed, the SkyBox Vendor will signal the problem immediately – so you can easily open the unit and clear the jam. 

If you would like to stock some alcoholic beverages but do not want your children to gain access, with a simple flip of a switch, you can lock out any of the four beverage selections. The unit also features a key lock on the front SkyBox door for more parental discretion. 

The SkyBox Vendor, which comes in either pitch black or grid iron platinum, retails for $499. The SkyBase stand is sold separately and is $69.  Each sports panel kit is $39. A complete SkyBox unit with sports panel is $607.

The complete SkyBox by Maytag Vendor with stand measures 58.5” x 24” x 22.1” (H x W x D). Separately, the SkyBase stand, a lower shelving unit, measures 25” x 24” x 22.1” and the SkyBox beverage machine is 33.5” x 24” x 22.1” (H X W X D).

For more information or to purchase a unit, visit Maytag’s website at www.skyboxbymaytag.com or call 866-692-2774.

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Kellie Speed - Click to enlarge

Kellie K. Speed is a freelance travel writer and restaurant reviewer. Her features have been published in various publications including The Boston Globe, Cahnersí Industrial Distribution and Graphic Arts Monthly magazines and Reno Air Approach.

Kellie has reviewed numerous first-class hotels and travel destinations, including Hawaii, California, Arizona, Bermuda and Mexico, to name a few. She has also traveled internationally to Ireland, England, France, Germany, Belgium and the Czech Republic. Next year, she is planning a trip to Tahiti.

Since she is from Massachusetts, she will be providing reviews of local restaurants for Travel-Watch.

If you would like to email Kellie any suggestions or comments, please do so at kkspeed@aol.com.

 

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