Archive for the ‘Sinks, Taps & Water’ Category

How to choose a kitchen sink and tap, and how to keep them both clean

February 19th, 2016 by

When renovating your kitchen, have you thought of everything but the kitchen sink? It’s one of the three most-used sections of most kitchens, along with the fridge and the oven/stove. You’ll want to make sure that you choose the best sink to suit your home’s needs. But a fine sink is nothing unless it’s paired with an equally fine tap. And you will also need to take good ... Read more

How to save energy at home when you’re away on holiday

August 5th, 2015 by

If you’re taking a well-deserved break from the everyday home-work-sleep routine that will last longer than a couple of days, it’s entirely possible that a good chunk of your home’s electricity will end up going to waste… and you’ll still have to pay for it! source: Mjuzikxhankej on Wikimedia Commons Here’s a quick checklist of things to, well, check before you head off on your next great adventure: Switch ... Read more

Recipe ideas with (almost) no washing up

July 22nd, 2015 by

Washing up isn’t fun to do.  This is a fact.  Regardless of whether you find it easier to wash up by hand in the kitchen sink, or load up a dishwasher to do the work for you, it’s not the part of the day that many people look forward to. Here are a few ideas for recipes that let you get out of doing the washing up* ... Read more

How to stay germ-free at home

June 2nd, 2015 by

Something’s in the air. Not love, but something just as catchy. GERMS. Yes, with winter having rolled around again, Australian workplaces are being inundated with the sounds of discreet sniffles, honking nose-blowing, stifled coughs and incredulous cries of “what are you doing at work? Go home before you infect us all!” But we’re not even safe, in our own homes. Whether you share your home with family or flatmates, ... Read more

Three quick tips for renovating on a budget

February 12th, 2015 by

A kitchen renovation can be a bit like a piece of string – lengthy, complex, and full of complications, or straight, taut and streamlined. If you’ve set yourself a budget for your kitchen renovation and plan to actually stick to it (unlike the contestants of all too many renovation-based reality TV shows), then here are a few simple tips for making your kitchen look its best without ... Read more

Smarter ways to do the dishes

August 15th, 2014 by

As the old saying goes, “work smarter, not harder”.  While there is a certain nobility in hard work and labour, there’s also usually a better way to get any job done. Source: Wikipedia Here are a few simple tips for saving time and effort when it comes to washing up the dishes after a good meal: Clean up as you cook Everyone has a different cooking style, but it's not ... Read more

Comparison of Hot Water Systems – electric vs gas water heaters

May 15th, 2014 by

Ever wondered what kind of hot water system would best suit your home's needs? Here's a quick guide that compares different hot water systems, including electric and gas-powered heaters in Storage and Continuous Flow designs, to help you make an informed decision. Electric water heaters Rinnai Electric Hot Water System EHF50S36 Most electric hot water systems sold at Appliances Online are Storage type water heaters, consisting of a traditional cylindrical ... Read more

How to add value to your kitchen with a Brita tap

October 28th, 2013 by

Taps aren’t usually worth writing home about.  After all, their purpose is primarily functional.  You press or twist something and water comes out. That said, if a tap is gigantic and floating in mid-air, then it IS worth writing home about. But the appearance and design of your taps can count for more than you may expect when it comes to the kitchen or bathroom.  But choosing tapware ... Read more

How to make yourself do the dishes

February 22nd, 2013 by

It happens to the best of us.  There you are, having worked hard to cook up an amazing meal, and just when you're sitting back and feeling really good about having eaten said meal… …you notice the dirty dishes, piled up next to the sink like the Leaning Tower of Pisa (or possibly Mount Vesuvius). When faced with a terror like this, it’s all too easy to panic, ... Read more

Fizzy fresh: new taps can deliver instant sparkling water!

October 24th, 2012 by

A new tap is now able to dispense sparkling chilled filtered water at the touch of a button. That's right: Cool. Delicious. Fizzy stuff. Pioneered by the gurus at Zip, this product is able to dish out boiling and chilled filtered water as well – and all in an instant. Fizzy freshness Appliances Online got the chance to see – and taste - the product in person at The ... Read more

8 Awesome Appliances For Idiots (like us)

July 26th, 2012 by

This is a blog for idiots. You know who you are. Let me explain, I know. Because I’m one of you!  You may be particularly brilliant at a particular area of your life (ours is constructing forts from empty cereal packets), but in terms of general household maintenance ... completely hopeless. Don't worry. I get you. We’re the people who forget to turn off appliances. Barely ... Read more

Left-handed appliances for your home

June 14th, 2012 by

We're going to talk about appliances for Lefties.  By "Lefties", I'm not talking about anyone's political leanings, but rather something far more sinister... Left-handed people. Geddit? "Sinister"?  Latin for "left"? *crickets chirp* Ahem. Studies show that as human beings tend to be naturally co-operative creatures (outside of politics), most of us use our right hands in an unconscious effort to fit in and support our fellow homo sapiens.  It is ... Read more

A short guide to defrosting meat

May 30th, 2012 by

Transforming frozen meat into a delicious meal is a multi-part process.  Just as a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step, cooking meat begins the defrosting process, which can be far trickier than you’d expect to get just right. We've previously looked at the best ways to store your meat.  Now, here are a few tips on the best ways to defrost your meat ... Read more

Appliance love epic: part two

May 28th, 2012 by

As the Laura Star disappears, awake she sheds a silent tear A blood red dawn begins to rise, and reflects the fear in Rinnai's eyes, For through old promises to Omega She has sealed her Bromic's demise. (Have you read part one?)   The brave little kettle shouts out his warning As Bromic dives for his Sharp sword, The piercing whistle Brevilles out through the morning 'Til St George slays Morphy and the blood starts to pour.   Rinnai looks Delonghingly as ... 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