Author Archive for Sofia Fernandez

Atlantic heater range – European design, economical, and with an exclusive money back offer

May 18th, 2015 by

Winter is here...and just in time, so is the new Atlantic heating range. The Tatou radiant heaters and the Artisan convection heaters, are now at Appliances Online. Combining the latest European design and the newest energy saving innovations, the Tatou is available with an exclusive seven day money back guarantee. This means you can buy a model from this range, and if you're not satisfied with the performance within ... Read more

Panasonic announces shiny new ECONAVI fridges

June 13th, 2012 by

The new range of fridges from Panasonic will feature new technologies aimed at keeping food fresher for longer, increasing energy efficiency and will have a robust yet pleasing appearance. Due to be released to the Australian market in June, the fridges will be available in three sizes: 554 litres, 465 litres and 421 litres, in stainless steel or white. "Our new range of refrigerators combines three key elements: freshness ... Read more

Fisher & Paykel showroom opens in Perth

June 11th, 2012 by

Nothing beats a hands on experience, especially when it comes to food and cooking. That's why Fisher & Paykel has opened its first WA showroom in Subiaco. The NZ appliance maker is no stranger to having the public test out its range of products. Already with showrooms in other states in Australia as well as having decked out the Sydney Seafood School, Fisher & Paykel will now be ... Read more

The self-cleaning stainless steel kitchen

June 6th, 2012 by

Stainless steel is a virtually indestructible surface, unlikely to stain, scratch badly or corrode, it's easy to maintain, to clean and is aesthetically pleasing. In other words it's great for kitchens. Now scientists have developed a stainless steel coating that steralises itself, no chemicals or scrubbing required.  Ordinary stainless steel won't exactly absorb bacteria, but it if it's not properly cleaned it may harbour colonies of germs that lead to ... Read more

Appliance repair tips from the experts

June 5th, 2012 by

It can be a tricky decision, to repair or to replace an appliance? New appliances may be more affordable to run, be better for the environment and have time saving features convenient for modern living. On the other hand, repairing an appliance may pinch the wallet less painfully. Now, an appliance parts company in the US has revealed its ideas on when it's best to chuck an ... Read more

New oven can ‘talk’ via SMS and web

May 29th, 2012 by

A UK company has developed an oven in conjunction with the nation's biggest telco, Orange, to create an appliance people can 'talk' to via text messages. The AGA iTotal Control oven uses a SIM card so that its users can control the oven's actions remotely. Say, for example, sending a text for the oven to start pre-heating while one drives home from work. Simple commands such as "baking ... Read more

Miele cleans up in dishwasher survey

May 29th, 2012 by

Miele has managed the most satisfied consumer award ahead of seven other dishwasher brands with almost a clean sweep across every category in the latest Canstar Blue dishwasher survey. The survey pitched top brands Miele, Bosch, LG, Fisher & Paykel, Westinghouse, Electrolux, Dishlex and Whirlpool against each other for performance, value for money, reliability, noise while operating, internal layout of drawers, warranty and service, and overall satisfaction. Miele scored five ... Read more

Rheem gas water heater recall

May 28th, 2012 by

Two gas water heaters from one of the nation's most popular suppliers have been recalled due to a fire risk. The dedicated recall branch of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has recalled the Rheem 4 Star Gas Water Heater and the Vulcan 4 Star Gas Water Heater due to the "remote" chance of smoke or fire damage within the heater cabinet. Both systems are storage water ... Read more

Samsung’s new stealth NaviBot S

May 28th, 2012 by

Samsung's latest robotic vacuum iteration is smaller, smarter and will sneak under furniture for a thorough, hands-free clean. Boasting a bit of the best of both worlds, the NaviBot S incorporates technology with practicality. To begin with, the bot uses 'cognitive' mapping of the area, controlled by  two CPU chips. This means that the device will create a map of the house by using an in-built camera which ... Read more

Bosch, GE and Whirlpool get thumbs up for reliability

May 25th, 2012 by

The US equivalent of Australia's Choice has rated Bosch, GE and Whirlpool as some of the most reliable appliances on the market today. While consumers swoon over smart appliances with all the bells and whistles, and others look for style, sophistication and perfect integration in the home, consumer watchdogs Choice and its US equal, Consumer Reports search out and test the most reliable and trustworthy appliances. Based on ... Read more

Introducing steam dishwashers, LG and V-Zug

May 22nd, 2012 by

A little water goes a long way in a steam dishwasher and appliance makers such as LG and V-Zug are eager to spruik the technology. Steam dishwashers use jets of high-pressure, high-temperature steam at different stages of the cleaning cycle. At the start, steam may be used to soften stubborn stuck-on food and at the end of the cycle steam may be used to give a hygienic clean without ... Read more

How to supersize a small kitchen

May 21st, 2012 by

Making an impression in a small kitchen space requires big design and appliance ideas. The best thing about a small kitchen is that all your favourite appliances can be within arm's reach! But first, how is the decor? Even small spaces can feel roomy when they are planned properly, and it's often the little things that make a difference. In a kitchen for example, making sure that well ... Read more

How to move appliances without damaging floors

May 16th, 2012 by

Hard, shiny floors that make kitchen messes a breeze to wipe up are also devastatingly easy to damage when moving heavy appliances. Vinyl and wood are susceptible to scratches and scuffing, and depending on how deep the marks are, they can be tricky to repair. Small repairs to vinyl floors are relatively simple with fix it kits from hardware stores, but scratches on wooden floorboards may require sanding and ... Read more

Robotic barista takes SMS coffee orders (video)

May 16th, 2012 by

You had better get their number sooner than later, because the cute barista at your favourite coffee shop could have a bit of smart competition on the way: a robotic coffee machine that takes orders by texts. Textpresso is a Jura espresso maker that has been adapted with a robotic arm and cloud-texting software to be able to receive a SMS and deliver a pre-programmed coffee. Since reporting ... Read more

Elderly get sucked in by door to door vacuum sellers

May 15th, 2012 by

Lux has been accused of 'unconscionably' pressuring elderly consumers to buy vacuum cleaners by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC). Lux, who distributes vacuum cleaners predominantly through in-house demonstrations, is being prosecuted in the Federal Court. The watchdog has filed proceedings in the Court against Lux, alleging that between the two years from 2009 to 2011, the vacuum cleaner distributor contravened the Trade Practices act when it engaged in ... Read more