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How long should by washing machine last?

How long should your washing machine last? Popular opinion says the average washing machine should last around 11 years. Usually we don’t ask ourselves this question until our washing machine breaks and we have to make the decision to have it repaired or replace it. If your washing machine is 8 years old or more, you should consider the cost of repair vs. the cost of replacement, but it’s worth taking into consideration your unique situation before acting based on the “average.” Here are some questions to ask yourself before replacing or repairing your washing machine.   What are your … Continue reading


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Signs your oven needs repair   A good quality oven should last up to 15 years – but as with all appliances that are in daily use,  they can and do break down from time to time. This doesn’t mean you need to replace your oven! All large appliances require some maintenance, but are often up and running again with a bit of work. Worried your oven needs repair? Here are five signs to look out for.   Electrical issues If your oven won’t turn on, turns on intermittently or is causing the electricity in the rest of the house … Continue reading


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4 home appliance trends you’ll love   Our number one priority when considering appliances is functionality. We are looking for appliances that make our lives easier, save us time and get the job done. But let’s be honest. We love aesthetics too. Luckily, the current trends in home appliances are about both – making appliances smarter, easier to use and more efficient, while also looking great. Have you heard of the “french door” oven? The perfect solution to small spaces. What about the washer/dryer that let’s you set the cycle from your phone? Here are four home appliance trends you’ll … Continue reading


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Is there a “best way” to load a dishwasher?

Apparently there is! According to experts, how you load your dishwasher affects not only the cleanliness of your dishes, but the longevity of your dishwasher too. Have you every removed dishes to find they are still dirty? Washing dishes by hand after they’ve been through the dishwasher (or repeating the cycle) is a waste of time and energy. Follow these simple tips for loading the dishwasher the “best way.”   Plates and bowls   It might seem obvious, if the water can’t get between the plates or bowls, the dishwasher can’t clean them. Stack plates on the bottom tray leaning … Continue reading


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How to make your laundry more energy efficient

Modern washing machines and dryers have good energy-efficiency and many customisable features that make it possible to easily save money and energy. Washing machines account for about 7% of your household energy bill, and hot water about 10%. With a few simple changes, you can save money and ensure your home is being kind to the environment. Here are our tips on how to make your laundry more energy efficient.   1. Check your settings   Always wash your clothes on the shortest cycle and lowest water level. Unless you have particularly dirty washing or stubborn stains, try to wash … Continue reading


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What to look for when buying an oven

Buying a new oven is an exciting task, but the choices are endless when it comes to design and features. Here is our list of what to look for when buying a new oven.   Gas or electric? Whats the difference between gas and electric ovens? A gas oven has a naked flame on the hob, and an electric cooker uses electricity to heat hot plates. Usually, the oven will work in the same way, but their are dual-fuel options available which combine gas hobs with an electric oven. Chefs like gas burners as they feel better able to control … Continue reading


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4 signs you need your fridge looked at

Let’s be honest, if your fridge has stopped doing it’s number one job – keeping your food cool – it’s a clear sign you need either a replacement or a repair. But what if the signs are more subtle? The fridge is one of the hardest-working appliances in the home, and needs to be in good working order to run efficiently. Here are four signs that you need your fridge looked at.   Your food is spoiling quickly If your fridge isn’t cooling the way it used to – or the temperature is inconsistent – there is a good chance … Continue reading


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3 Essential Outdoor Appliances for Easy Entertaining

Outdoor kitchen and entertainment areas are the perfect place for a summer barbecue, evening get together or games night. Creating a comfortable, easy-to-use space can be the difference between between outdoor entertaining being a pleasure or a pain in the neck. Whether you need a fully kitted outdoor kitchen or are just upgrading your veranda, here are 3 essential outdoor appliances for easy entertaining.   The outdoor grill Every outdoor entertainment area needs a cooking unit. You can go for a smoker or a pizza oven, but most people opt for the classic grill. If you want to take it … Continue reading


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Do I Really Need a Stand Mixer?

If you’ve walked into a kitchen with a stand mixer like Kitchenaid, you have probably felt that pang of desire that comes with fabulous kitchen appliances. They not only look good, they do everything. A stand mixer combines heavy duty steel with a powerful motor, making it an essential for professional cooks and bakers. But are they necessary in the average kitchen? And more importantly, are they worth the financial investment? We think so, and here why.   They are better than human hands For centuries, many a loaf of bread has been mixed and made with nothing but elbow … Continue reading


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How to Responsibly Dispose of Appliances

Gone are the days when you purchase one appliance and expect it to last a lifetime. Even if it did, we wouldn’t want it to. We are in an exciting age of technological advancement, and there is always something new, more efficient or better than the appliance we bought a year ago. Unfortunately, this comes at an environmental cost. So how do we stay responsible as electronic consumers? Australians collectively own about 45 million appliances, but about 2.5 million of these end up in landfills. E-waste (electrical waste) has become a global issue. Here is how to responsible dispose of … Continue reading


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