You may be surprised to discover you do have space for a dishwasher, after all, thanks to Whirlpool’s, new freestanding and built-in slimline models, which are just 45cm wide.Read more →
Add a dash of colour and retro cool with a Swan Vintage dishwasher. This little beauty isn’t all style and no substance either – the A+ rated appliance can accommodate 12 place settings and has six wash programs – including intensive, normal, eco, one hour, glass and rapid wash – all beautifully packaged in a choice of nostalgic shades.Read more →
If you’re still of the school of thought that dishwashers guzzle too much water and electricity, can damage items and take too long to run, then Whirlpool’s new 6th Sense PowerDry dishwasher might just change your mind. The A+++ energy rated appliance’s sensor technology monitors soil levels and adjusts water usage, temperature and the wash cycle accordingly, saving up to 50 per cent in water and energy. Its 10 settings include ‘Eco 50’, which uses just 10 litres of water; ‘steam’ for heavily soiled pots and pans; and a delicate glass program. There’s also a multizone option, which allows you to quickly wash just the top or bottom section or both, and the new PowerDry setting means you can wash and dry a full load of 13-place settings in just one hour. Available freestanding or integrated, the PowerDry dishwasher is super-quiet, too, and costs £699.Read more →
Sleek, discreet and with an A energy rating, the latest offering from the pioneer of drawer-style dishwashers certainly gets our vote. Perfect for making light work of dirty dishes after a dinner party, Fisher & Paykel’s DishDrawer DD60SCHX7 opens as smoothly as a kitchen drawer for easy loading and boasts nine programmes and capacity for six place settings. Priced at £699, it’s a top-drawer choice (sorry.)
If it’s a free-standing dishwasher you’re after, have a look at the stylish range by AmicaRead more →
I don’t know about you, but I expect a new appliance to magically work without me having to read the instruction manual – who’s got the time?
As a result, it was months before I realised my washing machine had a quick wash cycle, I have no idea if my microwave does more than defrost and reheat, and the digital clock on my cooker has never shown the right time.
So, I think Gorenje‘s new Simplicity collection is made with people like me in mind, because the stylish range of appliances operate intuitively through one single dial.Read more →
I don’t know what I’d do without my dishwasher. Washing the dishes is right up there with cleaning the bath, on my long list of household chores I hate. So, if you feel the same way and are in the market for a new dishwasher, check out these four, new models.Read more →
Christmas 2011 was particularly memorable for me. Not because I spent the day with my family, or because I received so many wonderful, thoughtful presents. No, it was particularly memorable because our dishwasher broke and we had ten people coming for lunch.
A dishwasher is pretty near the top of my essential kitchen kit list and with Easter just around the corner and a family lunch planned, I’m glad we now have a dishwasher in full working order. So, if you’re thinking of buying one, I recommend you read the ‘Choosing a Dishwasher’ feature in our April issue, first.
They’re not the water-and-energy guzzling monsters you might think they are. In fact, you’ll use fewer resources than ifRead more →
As a child, I was always fascinated by the Star Trek method of cookery, which seemed to involve barking orders at a hole in the wall from which food or drink then magically materialised.
I also loved sci-fi movies where whole meals were in pills form and clothes were cleaned via light waves… and don’t get me started on suppertime at The Jetsons!
For my mother’s generation, front-loading washing machines and frost-free fridges were the latest covetable kit, so what are the key developments of the past few years that have helped to make life easier for my generation?
Here in the first of a five-part series (and in my best Tomorrow’s World voice) I look at the kitchen innovations that might have seemed a sci-fi pie-in-the-sky idea to her and her friends but are life-enhancing must haves for me and mine…
You might be surprised to know that dishwashers have been around for some time – the first domestic electric dishwasher first appeared in the 1940s. These were, in turn, based on a hand-operated model designed by an American well-todo lady, Josephine Cochrane to prevent her servants chipping her china! Interestingly, the company that she then went on to form was sold to KitchenAid, which is now a part of the Whirlpool group.
However, although they are commonplace in the US, these timesaving marvels have yet to be installed in even half of UK households, despite them being the most coveted and loved appliance on a recent BK blog poll. Yep, only 4 in 10 of us actually have a dishwasher but this is probably more to do with space than reluctance to invest – particularly as you can pick up a decent, all-round model for £200 these days. I say, make the space! If your kitchen’s really compact, don’t think of it as an extravagance, merely another place to store your crockery! Besides, smaller 45cm models are much more efficient than they used to be, too, and think of all the water you’ll be saving if you buy one of the latest models that use as little as 9 litres per wash.
Recently, manufacturers have been keen to make improvements, so racks are more versatile, allowing you to customise the interior depending on what you have to clean. They’ve getting bigger, too. At least on the inside, with some machines fitting 14 place settings in just one wash, without taking up more space in the kitchen. If, like me, a dishwasher’s on your must-have list then visit housetohome to see more or buy our April issue (out 7 March), which will feature an essential guide to finding the model that’s right for you.
Next week… pyrolitic ovens.
YsanneRead more →
Admittedly, I’m not one for the domesticated duties that come with owning a kitchen. I’m not a great cook, my cupboards overspill and I abhor the washing-up – even when that mainly consists of loading and unloading a dishwasher. For me there’s no fun in it, so when I do finally admit defeat and unenthusiastically make a start, I often wish there was something that would cheer me up.
Not having installed a TV in the kitchen as yet, I think the next best thing may be a slogan of some sort – something quirky that will bring a smile to my lips. This, for example, is perfect…
A simple stencil, but it adds so much personality and humour to the room. The question is, if you were following this idea for your own kitchen, what phrase or line would you choose?
LaurieRead more →