Need a New Washing Machine? Choose It Right!

What’d you look for when you buy a washing machine? Is it after-sales service, consumption of water, how energy efficient it is, whether it’s a front or top loader, or how well it cleans clothes?

The most important point to consider when you wish to buy a washing machine is what your washing needs are and how many loads you would wash every week. Based on that, you could decide on the size and capacity of the machine. Other parameters you could consider are whether you should buy a top loader or a front loader, how easy it is to use any, how easy it is to maintain it, how efficiently it uses energy, how much space it takes up, how much noise it makes and the like.

You could start with comparing front loaders and top loaders. Front loaders are said to use much less water than top loaders. Also, they are more energy efficient than top loaders. But the disadvantage is that you must bend down to load the machine or access the clothes after washing. Plus, with the door in front, you would have to make sure there’s excess space in front when you open it. On that count, the top loader is much easier to access. Those with back problems, lay off front loaders.

Also, check for automatic temperature sensing, because this system mixes water to the right temperature. A very important thing to ensure is that the door shuts well. On the noise front, choose something that doesn’t make a racket and drowns all other sounds. Other questions you must get answers to – does it sense dryness automatically and does it ensure wrinkle-free clothes?

If you have many loads a week, it would be best to go in for a stainless steel tub. Check if the washing machine has the technology to understand how much water is really required. That would work well for you, because if you use more water than is required, the clothes may not really get clean as the detergent can get quite dilute. Also, check what kind of cycles it offers. In other words, does it wash a range of clothes – from dirty jeans to a soft toy? Ask if the clothes come out tangle-free. Another feature you could look for is a delayed start. Then it could wash just when you want it to. And then, what’s the after sales service like? Because word of mouth gets around real quick and customers really value service after sales. So, if someone lets out that the service isn’t up to the mark, potential customers would rather not buy the machine.

The best thing to do would be to ask others who already own washing machines and what to look out for. Says a cousin, “I’d buy a washing machine that doesn’t make too much noise, occupy too much space, crush and wrinkle clothes, has a delayed start so it washes clothes when I want it to, and allows me to finish reading a book, while it works away.” That just about sums up what a good washing machine ought to do.

Good luck!

This guest post was submitted by a home appliance enthusiast, who likes sharing her tips on energy efficiency and interior design.

Design Trends From The Modern Kitchen.

2013 has seen a number of new kitchen design trends, many influenced by natural wood, exciting texture and spacious, elegant, materials. Every household needs a bold and stated kitchen, and there’s no other area of the house that demands such importance and attention. There’s a reason why the kitchen is the heart of the home, and every food enthusiast should be able to refine their skills while making excellent meals for their family.

Men as well as women are focusing on the design of their kitchen these days, and thankfully there are a number of trends to match most desires. Here are some of the best kitchen designs and architecture trends we’ve seen this year.

Multimedia Kitchen Opera – Oikos

This innovative and high-tech kitchen is designed by Massimo Colombo, and comes from the famous Italian design company Oikos. Not only does this marvellous kitchen benefit from a double screen that complements living and working areas, but the screen can be used for a number of different things. From watching television to listening to music, and even surfing the internet, the Multimedia Kitchen Opera features beautiful wood craft, LED lighting and many other glamorous design features, making this one of the luxurious kitchen of 2013.

Ultra-Modern Glossy Kitchen – Judy by Futura Cucine

This stunning black and red kitchen has ‘chic’ written all over it, and it also gives the impression of increased space because it’s made of lacquered glass! The working area leaves nothing to the imagination, and is split into three parts (cooking, washing and eating) for increased efficiency.

Yin Yang Kitchen – Stefan Price

Elegant yet simple, the Yin Yang kitchen by Stefan Price provides balance and grace to any home. Taking inspiration from the iconic Chinese symbol, the kitchen is made up of two striking areas – black and white. Not only do these areas represent different personalities of the kitchen, but they can also be used to prepare different types of food.

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Stainless steel appliances have also made an appearance in 2013 kitchen design trends, and the big brands have been taking all the limelight. Companies like Range Cookers, have produced a wonderful variety of stainless steel cooker,
and it’s the value as well as the design of these appliances that’s causing all
the fuss. Integrated appliances have made a comeback too, and there are a variety of options with 2013 kitchen design trends that will allow you to free up space with fitted appliances.


Gone are the days of overwrought and detailed cabinets, and thanks to simple colours and natural woods (mahogany and walnut), the old kitchen cupboard designs have been replaced drawer fronts, panel doors and smooth surfaces.

Counter Tops

When it comes to counter tops, the latest trends have combined gold marble and light coloured Quartz. Architects have reduced the amount of heavy granite they use, and instead opted for a simplistic but elegant approach to our kitchen surfaces. Some designs even come with appliances built into the counter tops! 

This article was contributed by Range Cookers – Specialists in making your kitchen look great and work even better. 


Tips for Moving Into a New House

Moving into a new house is not only one of the most exciting experiences that one can have, but it can also be one of the most stressful. The stress associated with moving is often compounded slightly when the home one moves into is unfurnished, as this can add to the difficulty of making the space one’s own. It can also make the experience more enjoyable when properly approached, however, as moving into a new house doesn’t have to be as anxiety-producing as it is often made out to be. Consider the following 3 tips, each of which can help you to make the transition into your new home more enjoyable and relaxing.

Purchase the Right Appliances

Moving into a new home that is currently unfurnished means you’re going to not only have to go out and buy new furniture, but usually appliances as well. Shopping for appliances is not exactly easy; with so many on the market, it can be difficult to know which ones are worth choosing and which are not. This being said, the right appliances will make your home much more comfortable and worth living in, and thus should not be ignored. Visit for more information on how to properly outfit your home with new appliances.

Establish a Theme

The “theme” of your home is something that should never be overlooked. After all, when setting out to outfit a new home, you’ve got to come up with a cohesive collection of artwork, furniture and other elements that can be used to make the home more your own. Establishing a theme doesn’t have to be hard, and can be made especially easy by hiring a professional interior designer. If you don’t have the money to hire a designer, however, there are plenty of online tutorials that can help you to plan a theme that will make your home more comfortable and enjoyable to live in.

Invest in Eco-Friendly Lighting Options

Fluorescent bulbs are more popular now than ever before, and for good reason. Indeed, eco-friendly lighting options such as these can help to not only make the environment a better place for people and animals to live, but can help to save you money in the long run. Investing in eco-friendly lighting options doesn’t always mean spending a lot of money, and what you save in the end can help to make it all the more worthwhile.

KitchenAid Rescue My Appliances Sweepstakes

Are you ready to win some new appliances? I will be moving to a rental property soon which means I can’t do this sweepstakes but wanted to share it with you:


WHAT: KitchenAid Rescue My Appliances Sweepstakes
WHEN: now through 11/2/2010
Submit a photo of your old kitchen appliances and you could win a new suite of appliances from KitchenAid® (worth $7,000), Service Live Credits toward remodeling (worth $1,000), and a phone consultation with Susan Serra, our kitchen design expert (worth $200)! Entries are submitted from 10/5/10 – 11/2/10.


GOOD LUCK everyone! Let me know if you enter!

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