Why choose an Aquarius tumble dryer?

Posted in Uncategorized with tags on January 25, 2010 by katecrab
Aquarius tumble dryer

Aquarius tumble dryer

The Aquarius tumble dryer is the entry level drying appliance from Hotpoint. To find the Hotpoint appliance which is right for you, look at the models in groups. There are three:

1. Aquarius
2. Ultima
3. Aqualtis

As you move from Aquarius to Aqualtis you’ll notice subtle changes in load capacity, amount of programme choices and of course, price. Aquarius tumble dryers sit at the lower end of the Hotpoint price spectrum. Similarly, you will probably find they have a smaller load capacity and less programme choice.

This should not necessarily deter you from buying an Aquarius tumble dryer, but before you buy, it is wise to examine your washing machine needs as well as your budget.

Couples or smaller families need not worry about buying a huge capacity tumble dryer so an Aquarius, with its 6kg drum size, is likely more than adequate. 6kg machines are perfect when teamed up with a 5kg washing machine as it will dry the entire wet load at once.

What programmes feature on an Aquarius tumble dryer?

In terms of programmes Aquarius tumble dryers offer a variety depending on the model. Cheaper options will only offer timed drying but the top end Aquarius+ TVF760 model includes sensor drying, delicates, bed and bath programmes and an airing cycle.

The down-side to these machines is their “C” energy rating, which is about average for a tumble dryer – these are not the most energy efficient appliances. The highest energy rating in a Hotpoint tumble dryer is the Aqualtis’ “B”, so if efficiency is high of your list of requirements Aquarius might not be for you.

Hotpoint Aquarius tumble dryers are great basic models and if you need a few more options you can still upgrade within the range to a dryer which has multiple functions alongside a reasonable price tag.


Which 45cm slimline dishwasher?

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on January 12, 2010 by katecrab

If you only have a 45cm space in which to locate your dishwasher, don’t worry there are some great freestanding slimline dishwashers available in this smaller size.

The Bosch SRS55C02GB slimline dishwasher for example boasts a whole host of features despite its smaller stature, so you don’t miss out of any of the brand’s best bits. Bosch was voted as the best Domestic Appliance brand in the 2009 Which? awards.

This 45cm slimline dishwasher gives you the choice of five programmes (Prerinse, Quick Wash 45°C, Daily/Eco 50°C, Normal 65°C, Intensive 70°C) to ensure your crockery is properly cared for.

It takes nine place settings which is perfectly adequate for a couple or small family operating the machine once a day.

The freestanding slimline dishwasher has adjustable racks to cater for larger pots and pans as well as a changeable water softener so you can get the best results with the water available in your area.

Who benefits from a 45cm slimline dishwasher?

45cm slimline dishwashers are the perfect solution for busy families who don’t have the time to wash up without vast amounts of kitchen space. They are a great time saving device and also save water on handwashing the dishes.

The Bosch SRS55C02GB is both a top selling dishwasher and a top rated one by Appliances Online customers. It currently has a rating of 4.6 out of 5 and users have commented on its ease of use, quietness and good build quality.

Looking for a compact tumble dryer?

Posted in kitchen with tags , , , on January 7, 2010 by katecrab

Tumble dryers are a blessing during the winter months in particular, when it’s all but impossible to hang your washing out to dry. However, in smaller houses and inner city apartments many of us struggle to find the room to place such an appliance.

There is an alternative.

You no longer have to 60cm space in which to place the standard size tumble dryer, there are many smaller models on the market from which to choose. One of these is the Creda T323VW tumble dryer which stands at just 49.0cm wide and 67cm high. It is a 3kg tumble dryer and so it will easily dry as many as 15 shirts in a single load – perfect for singles or couples.

The Creda T323VW tumble dryer is a vented model so if you live on an upper floor without outdoor ventilation you may wish to invest in a condenser tumble dryer instead. However, vented machines are known to be the more reliable and they require less upkeep.

With the Creda compact tumble dryer you can easily and quickly dry smaller loads of laundry, without resorting to hanging items on radiators – which often makes clothes stiff and causes condensation in rooms.

How to freshen-up musty ski wear

Posted in Uncategorized on January 5, 2010 by katecrab

If, like me, you’ve been caught unawares by the length and depth of Britain’s cold snap, no doubt you won’t be prepared for it in terms of your wardrobe.

This morning before attempting to dig my neighbours car from underneath 6innches of snow I thought I’d do the sensible thing and get out my ski-wear. I’m unfortunately not going skiing this year which means my gear has been in storage for the last 12 months. And it certainly smelled like it it’d been in storage for the last 12 months – all damp and musty.

That’s where a refresh function comes in handy.

Without the time to air your clothes, wash them properly or take them to the dry cleaners, a refresh function can be a great asset to any household. The refresh function features on many tumble dryers including the Indesit IDV65 vented tumble dryer allowing you to simply freshen up your clothes quickly.

It works by tumbling fabrics without heat to simply air them and get rid of odours. Great for bulky items such as ski wear which are worn infrequently, can’t be washed very easily and often require dry cleaning. It is also unlikely to affect the waterproof quality of the items. 

In addition to clothes which have been kept in storage the refresh programme is great for freshening clothes worn in a smokey environment or which have absorbed food smells. Because this is not a full wash it saves energy whilst still allowing you to enjoy clothing which is as fresh as a daisy!

Range cookers – Stoves

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on December 21, 2009 by katecrab

If you’re looking at range cookers, Stoves has a great range to suit any kitchen. The Stove RICHMOND1100DF comes in a veritable rainbow of colours, from Sushi (an astounding turquoise blue) to Jalapeno (a vibrant red) – so you’re sure to find one to suit your home.

Find out more information about Richmond1100DF range cookers from Stoves in the following video from Appliances Online.

Electrolux design lab 2010 – the new space age

Posted in Electrolux with tags on December 18, 2009 by katecrab

Electrolux has announced the theme for its 2010 design lab as “The New Space Age”. Entrants are asked to:

“Create home appliances that consider shrinking domestic spaces. Your ideas will shape how people prepare and store food, wash clothes, and do dishes in the homes of 2050 when 75% of the world’s population are predicted to live in an urban environment. Growing populations living in concentrated areas dictate a need for greater space efficiency. This year, special consideration will be given to designers that submit a design within the context of a range or suite of solutions/appliances. Your design ideas should address key consumer requirements; being green, adaptive to time and space, and allowing for individualization.”

To enter you must be an undergraduate or graduate industrial design student and enter by the 1st May 2010.

1st prize is €5,000 plus 6 months’ paid internship at an Electrolux global design center. 2nd prize is €3,000 and 3rd prize is €2,000.

Think you’ve got the creative edge? Find out more about Electrolux Design Lab 2010 here. Or find out more about last year’s design lab winner.

The microwave that plays YouTube videos

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on December 18, 2009 by katecrab

Whilst surfing the net this morning I found this blog about a microwave which plays YouTube videos while you wait for your food to cook.

The CastOven has a 10.4-inch LCD display that plays YouTube clips which fit your cooking time – so now you have something else to watch other than your illuminated, rotating food.

So if you’re ready to run out and buy one of these hi-tech microwaves let me give you some ideas for what to watch. These videos are made by online kitchen appliance retailer Appliances Online and they could help you redesign your kitchen or find out how to clean your dishwasher in the time it defrost a chicken breast:

About Appliances Online

How to clean your dishwasher

Beko D533W Electric cooker

Multi Wok burner on the Cannon 10455G Range Cooker