The 50 Best Home appliances
Are you a gadget-loving homemaker? From stylish toasters to the latest steam cleaners, David Phelan picks the top labour-saving technology for an easy life
Friday 01 March 2013
This 9kg machine is versatile and powerful. Its advanced washing system calculates how big the load is and adjusts water and energy accordingly.
The tiny Scooba is a robot floor washing gizmo that suits tiles,lino and sealed-wood floors. Leave it to scrub when you’re out – and because it’s small it gets into hard-to-reach places.
You want to dry your hands but the towel’s missing. Do you a) shake or b) fit a Dyson AirBlade tap? This classy, albeit pricey, tap has two wings to scrape water off your hands with jets of air.
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Dualit toasters are the best because they’re built for commercial use, so they’re tough enough for the home. Also, when the bread is toasted it stays inside to keep warm.
This multi-cooker was designed with Jamie Oliver. It steams, sautés, melts, boils and simmers – all unattended. It also has a stirring arm.
Dyson pioneered the bagless vacuum with a ball instead of wheels. This one is powerful, despite its small size. It is designed for use on all floors and adjusts automatically.
Vax carpet washers extract a large amount of dirt, which is visible in separate clean and dirty water tanks. Highly effective and a cinch to use.
Designed for households where space is at a premium, the UltraOne Mini is a light (4.5kg) vacuum which uses bags. It has the controls on the handle to save bending down.
Don’t be misled by the name – your pets aren’t going to do the cleaning for you. But this bagged vacuum has a mini brush with powerful rotating bristles to lift pet hair easily.
Small and light at under 5kg, the Ergoeasy is good for smaller homes (where storage is limited). Despite its small size, it’s still pretty powerful.
For minor spills where you need a handheld cleaner. This cordless model has 20 minutes of suction between charges and even has a long wand so you don’t have to vacuum on your hands and knees.
Don’t be fooled by the cute smile, this is a serious machine. It is especially good for picking up the plaster dust that defeats many machines, so it’s ideal if you’re doing up the house.
Steam cleaners work without chemicals to lift dirt from tiles or hardwood floors. This one adds sonic technology – it oscillates 10,000 times a minute to tackle tough stains.
A great appliance for outdoor uses like cleaning the patio or the car, this has high pressure, a long hose and accessories to suit different tasks. The motor is water-cooled, and it has an Eco switch to cut water usage.
Small and light, the S8330 is more powerful than it looks and has five nozzles and heads for extra versatility, dealing with pet hairs and delicate floors effectively.
This is a stylish and attractive brushed stainless steel kettle. It boils quickly and has a big capacity (1.7 litres). A window on the back lets you know how much you’ve filled.
A great kitchen gadget, the Krups will aerate the milk for your cappuccino or chocolate, or just warm the milk for you. The perfect coffee companion.
Irons with steam generators are easy to use and heat up quickly, but they’re big. This one delivers strong results from a smaller machine.
A capsule coffee machine that will froth the milk for your latte using steam and whisks. It’s simple to use and provides reliable, consistent results.
The large feeding tube on this juicer lets you drop a whole apple in. It separates juice from foam and extracts more juice than previous machines.
The Power Zone on this iron delivers a fast shot of steam. A clever cord stops you from ironing on the lead and there’s a self-cleaning soleplate.
With this gadget you can make soup in 20 minutes. It fries the base ingredients, stirs as you add seasoning and vegetables and then brings it all to the boil and simmers until it’s done.
Breville is still best known for its sandwich toasters, and this one is small and versatile. The floating hinge means you can put thin or thick toasties in.
Light bulbs, you say? No, this is Philips Hue light connects to your wireless network and three smart bulbs. The brightness and colour are adjusted via an app.
Espresso in an instant: Nespresso has a huge range of capsules so you’re sure to find one you like. It is simple to use and comes with a milk frother.
This advanced hob looks like a sheet of black glass. But touch it and the controls light up. Induction means the cooking zones heat up exceptionally fast, and cool down quick, too. Capable of fine-tuned cooking.
This is a Lightwave oven, so it combines different kinds of cooking, including a grill and convection fan oven along with the microwave. The rounded cavity reflects heat onto the food, cooking it faster.
Pyrolitic self-cleaning is that great feature where you get rid of grease inside by burning it off, reducing it to dust. This 74-litre built-in oven also has options to heat up quickly.
This food processor (there’s a smaller model available, too) is simple but highly versatile thanks to the nine tools and interconnecting bowls. The motor is impressive and has features such as Auto Pulse.
This energy-efficient stainless steel oven is affordable but still packs high-end features such as pyrolitic cleaning. The oven is extra large (74 litres) and is even good for pizza.
A solid and robust blender like this one is capable of tasks up to and including crushing ice. A safety mechanism stop the blades from starting until the pitcher is securely attached.
Panasonic’s breadmakers are solid, reliable and easy to use. This new model has a stainless steel finish, a dispenser to make sure the yeast’s added at the best moment and a timer.
This machine combines a microwave with a grill for the best of both worlds: grill meat, defrost ready meals and cook baked potatoes to perfection.
So you’d like to cook chips but don’t want a deep fat fryer? The Airfryer uses a fraction of the fat by clever circulation of the air inside the fryer.
The design classic mixer now has a big brother. The 6.9 litre capacity is much bigger than the regular mixer and is solid, durable and quiet in use.
This 9kg washer uses ecobubbles, injecting air into the cycle to create a soapy foam. The idea is the soap penetrates the clothes more deeply and faster.
This dishwasher looks neat in its stainless steel finish. It has the usual range of flexible racks to accommodate 12 place settings and automatic options to sense weight and soil levels.
Washing machines with 5kg capacity are common. But LG squeezes a massive 12kg drum into this washer which still has a great energy rating thanks to load-sensing technology.
The drum on this has a 10kg capacity. It also has a steam function to help rid clothes of wrinkles, so some can be worn straight from the machine.
Proof that tumble dryers don’t have to be low on capacity or come in white or cream, this black condenser dryer has an 8kg drum and lots of features.
Miele products aren’t budget-priced, but they’re exceptionally well made and reliable. This model is quiet and has programmes for a delayed start so it’s not churning away during your dinner party.
Quick, quiet and extremely reliable, this machine is ideal if you’re in a hurry thanks to options like a 20-minute wash cycle and a quick wash that reduces speeds for large loads by half. Decent 8kg capacity.
A coating on this stainless steel finish dishwasher guards against fingerprints so it looks smart. The baskets and racks are highly adjustable to ensure maximum flexibility and the easy-close door is satisfying.
If space is short in your kitchen, this dishwasher (45cm wide instead of the regular 60cm) can help. Despite its size, there’s still room for nine place settings.
The Flacons in the name are fragranced gizmos that sit in a holder in the door and work instead of fabric conditioners to keep clothes smelling nice (regular conditioner can be neutralised by hot water).
Keep your wine at the optimum temperature in this sophisticated cooler. It has two separate control zones so you can store both red and white.
Have you had enough of white white goods? This comes in bright lime, as well as red, brown and black. What’s more, it has dual cooling circuits to manage humidity more finely.
This US-style double-door fridge has a smaller hatch for the things you need regularly, thus keeping the rest of the fridge cooler. It also has a moist balance crisper for veg.
Unlike many US-style fridges which are deeper than regular appliances, this one aligns with your cabinets. It also has touch-sensitive controls.
More proof that a fridge can be snazzy – this one comes in black or white. The quick-cool function is a great feature, and it also has a wine rack inside.
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