Author Archive for Mark Bristow

Big washing machines – pros and cons

December 17th, 2015 by

When you’re in the market for a new washing machine, you could opt for a more-or-less identical replacement for your current model. "If it ain't broke" and all that (though if you're buying a replacement, it may actually BE broke...). Or, with just a bit of extra research, you could find a machine that’s even better suited to handling the unique laundry needs of your particular household. With ... Read more

Tony Abbott buys a fridge online for Christmas – and so can you!

December 8th, 2015 by

To get ready for the festive season, many Australian households invest in a spare fridge to go in the garage, spare room, even the laundry. This extra storage space can be really handy if you’re hosting Christmas lunch, letting you chill plenty of food and drink for your family and guests. No-one knows this better than former Prime Minister of Australia, Tony Abbott: My husband with Tony Abbott ... Read more

How to defrost your fridge or freezer

December 3rd, 2015 by

If you’ve had your fridge or freezer for a while now, there’s a chance that its interior may start to resemble Antarctica – all frost and ice, but without the fun of penguins. source: Piotrus at Wikimedia Commons Here’s our guide to defrosting your fridge or freezerand removing that icy build-up so your appliance can keep running smoothly: Note – we won’t be talking about defrosting or thawing out ... Read more

Avoid the fines – let us take away your old appliance!

November 30th, 2015 by

If you’ve been exploring the streets of Sydney recently, you may have spotted some appliances in unusual places: OR SO IT WOULD SEEM! source: City of Sydney This isn’t just some interesting street art, but a clever campaign from the City of Sydney Council encouraging people to book a council pickup to dispose of their broken-down whitegoods, rather than dumping them on the street. While we’re always happy to see ... Read more

Fan Buying Guide – simple ways to stay cool

November 25th, 2015 by

When summer rolls around, if an air conditioner isn’t a practical or affordable option, a fan is often the next best choice. Sometimes a refreshing breeze is just what you need to stay comfortable during the year’s hotter seasons. So what should you keep an eye out for when it comes to choosing a fan? Let’s take a look: Size It’s always important to pick an appliance that’s the ... Read more

Appliances Online turns 10 – Celebrate double digits with our Birthday Surprises!

November 12th, 2015 by

In November 2005, John Winning launched Appliances Online with a mobile phone, a laptop and a rented truck. Today, in November 2015, Appliances Online is still going, with hundreds of employees, a sizable head office (with lots of toilets), nationwide warehouse network, and dedicated fleet of delivery trucks (plus professional installation service!). A lot has changed in the world over the last decade – socially, politically, technologically – ... Read more

The age of the Betamax is over – a retrospective

November 11th, 2015 by

Sony Japan has announced that as of March 2016, it will cease production of cassette tapes for the Betamax. If your reaction to reading that was "wait, is Betamax still a thing?", apparently it was, but won’t be for much longer. And if you have no idea what I'm talking about, read on: A brief history of the Format Wars Know, o reader, that before the age of the Smart ... Read more

How to make pancakes from scratch like a badass pro

November 10th, 2015 by

Roaming the aisles of my local supermarket the other day, hunting and gathering my household’s weekly food supply, I was struck by a sudden craving. A craving for something sweet, or maybe something savoury. A craving for a breakfast treat that goes beyond mere toast and coffee. A craving… for pancakes. What inspired this craving? Why, a fully-loaded shelf of pre-packaged pancake mix, available in all manner of flavours. These ... Read more

How to clean stainless steel

November 5th, 2015 by

One tip that we regularly recommend to anyone planning a kitchen renovation is to choose appliances with similar finishes, to help give the room a consistent, unified appearance. Stainless steel appliances tend to look especially good when matched with one another - a home kitchen can be given an elegant and professional look and feel simply by including a few sleek and stylish stainless steel appliances. However, while ... Read more

How to get wine out of clothes

November 2nd, 2015 by

Halloween has passed, Christmas is still a couple of months away… must be Melbourne Cup time! source: Synyan on Wikimedia Commons When you're all dressed up to watch a 3-minute race, all it takes is a careless misstep or accidental elbow-jostle to spill your cheeky wine glass all over your glad rags. Not quite the "glitz and glamour" look the day is known for! source: Gunnar Grimnes on Flickr Here ... Read more

Where to store your ingredients for maximum freshness

October 29th, 2015 by

Organisation is essential in any kitchen. The mark of a great home chef is knowing exactly what ingredients are stored where, so they can be used to whip up a recipe at a moment's notice. Plus, by correctly storing different ingredients in the pantry or fridge, you can ensure that they'll remain fresher for longer, saving you from having to toss out spoiled and wasted food. Making ... Read more

Food Fight – are pavlovas, lamingtons and flat whites Aussie or Kiwi?

October 28th, 2015 by

With Australia and New Zealand set to face off with one another in the 2015 Rugby World Cup Final, the old rivalries between our two nations have flared up once again. But nothing inspires more trans-Tasman rivalry than arguing over which nation is responsible for creating some of the iconic recipes that are unique to this part of the world. To be fair, Australia does have a long ... Read more

Seeking the perfect sandwich – quick tips for better sangers

October 26th, 2015 by

“Can I share with you my worldview? All of humankind has one thing in common: the sandwich. I believe that all anyone really wants in this life is to sit in peace and eat a sandwich.” - Elizabeth Miervaldis "Liz" Lemon The humble sandwich doesn’t always get the recognition it deserves. It’s not often considered a “proper” meal, but rather the quick n’ dirty replacement for one, ... Read more

How to get rid of spiders at home

October 22nd, 2015 by

A recent meeting at Appliances Online HQ was gatecrashed by a surprise visitor – a spider! Lowering him or herself down on a web, this arthropod wasn’t able to add much to the meeting agenda other than giving our poor graphic designer a fright. This wasn't our meeting visitor - this is just the least-terrifying close-up spider image I could find. (source: Bryce McQuillan on Wikimedia Commons) Sharing your ... Read more

Is your fan deadly?

October 21st, 2015 by

During summer months, fans and air conditioners become practically essential for staying comfortable at home during the day or the night. But if you go to sleep with a fan or air conditioner running in your bedroom, are you at risk of a swift and mysterious death? What is Fan Death? The Fan Death phenomenon is a longstanding folk belief, originating in South Korea, that leaving an electric fan ... Read more