Adrian Porter

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Having come on board from the world of maritime journalism, Adrian has swapped the dull subject of speedboats for the rock and roll world of large domestic appliances. Currently a product researcher working on washing machines, tumble dryers, wash-dryers, vacuums and carpet cleaners, Adrian’s goal is to bring you the most up-to-date info on these essential everyday items. Thanks largely to his time in journalism, Adrian is also an expert on coffee and claims to be able to tell the difference between a Guatemalan roast and a Brazilian blend just from the sound the teaspoon makes in the cup.

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I don’t own any spoons – they’re useless

by , Home Product Researcher Energy & Home 1 April 2015
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Spoons

In short, spoons are a superfluous, sub-class of cutlery. And anybody who actually thinks about it will see why. Will you join me in throwing out your spoons? (more about spoons...)

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Is your washer-dryer faster than a dung beetle?

by , Home Product Researcher Energy & Home 21 February 2015
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Washing machine

One of the washer-dryers in our most recent tests takes more than eight hours to dry clothes. How long would you wait for dry laundry? And what's it got to do with dung beetles!? (more about washer-dryers...)

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The most frustrating flaws in everyday products

by , Home Product Researcher Energy & Home 17 August 2014
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Angry man pulling hair out

'Tumble dryers that don’t dry your clothes'. That was recently voted as the most frustrating flaw in an everyday product as uncovered by our tests. What else is grinding your gears? (more about frustrating flaws...)

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How long should your washing machine last?

by , Home Product Researcher Energy & Home 9 July 2014
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Wrecked washing machine

How long your washing machine lasts is one of the main considerations when shopping for a new model - so how about putting expected lifetimes on washing machines? (more about washing machines...)

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Are steam cleaners really better than a regular mop?

by , Home Product Researcher Energy & Home 2 November 2013
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Mop bucket

Cleaning with steam is all the rage these days and lots of steam cleaners are being rushed out to meet demand. But it’s likely your regular mop will out-clean your steam mop, so have you stuck to bucket dunking? (more about steam cleaners...)

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Extended warranties – surely one is enough?

by , Home Product Researcher Energy & Home 26 July 2013
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A washing machine with rainbow-coloured laundry

We heard from someone who bought a washing machine with an extended warranty, only to be asked to buy another one a few months later. Has this ever happened to you? (more about extended warranties...)

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Vacuuming the stairs – how do you clean yours?

by , Home Product Researcher Energy & Home 28 April 2013
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A set of carpeted stairs

Of all the jobs around the house, vacuuming the stairs is the most groan-invoking. But there are several different ways to approach the problem - so how do you clean yours? (more about vacuuming the stairs...)

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Revealed: the new Dyson… er… thing?

by , Home Product Researcher Energy & Home 5 February 2013
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New Dyson invention teaser image

Dyson's teasing its newest invention. But the dazzling array of metal tubes, plastic things and circular doohickeys in its teaser video don’t give much away. What do you think it might be, and what do you want it to be? (more about Dyson's new product...)

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Would you buy a second-hand appliance?

by , Home Product Researcher Energy & Home 1 February 2013
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Washing machine drum

My old washing machine recently decided to shuffle off this mortal coil. And rather than sitting in a growing pile of dirty laundry, I went out to replace it. Should I buy a new or second-hand machine? (more about second-hand appliances...)

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Is your appliance lying to you?

by , Home Product Researcher Energy & Home 26 November 2012
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Washing machine timer

Time remaining displays on washing machines, tumble dryers and dishwashers can help you plan your day around your chores. But what if the predicted time differs from the actual length of the cycle? (more about appliance timers...)

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More exploding washing machines?

by , Home Product Researcher Energy & Home 28 September 2012
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Leaking washing machine

Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the kitchen, it seems that some washing machine doors may be falling out or exploding, leaving kitchens covered in shards of glass. Has this happened to you? (more about washing machines...)

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Have you joined the steam cleaning age?

by , Home Product Researcher Energy & Home 19 September 2012
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Steam cleaner

As the interest in steam cleaners starts to take off, these hot appliances could soon be in vogue. Have you bought into this home cleaning product, and if so, just what are you cleaning? (more about steam cleaners...)

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Do you really need a Dyson?

by , Home Product Researcher Energy & Home 5 September 2012
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Thanks to Kazuhiro Keino on Flickr for the image.

Our research found that if you’re a Which? member and have a bagless vacuum cleaner, there's a 75% chance it’ll be a Dyson. But my question is - do you really need a Dyson? (more about Dyson vacuums...)

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Laundry detergents – does bio make your skin crawl?

by , Home Product Researcher Energy & Home 16 May 2012
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Washing machine

Bio versus non-bio is a sensitive subject. Yet, despite studies using thousands of volunteers, it’s still not clear whether bio-washing detergent irritates skin conditions. So why keep our washing machines bio-free? (more about bio vs non-bio...)

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