Tag: home products

It’s not worth paying for boiler cover

by , Senior Home Researcher Energy & Home 18 September 2014
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Boiler being serviced

Our annual boilers survey has revealed a surprising nugget: those who pay for boiler cover could be better off forgoing their contract and paying for repairs on an ad-hoc basis. Do you pay for boiler cover? (more about boiler cover...)

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Product flaws: plastic parts, spares and charging cables

by , Conversation Editor Energy & Home 5 September 2014
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A broken red apple

Our 'top five product flaws' debate inspired loads of you to share your own product flaws. From delicate USB charging cables to rubbish plastic parts that are expensive to replace - what flaws drive you spare? (more about product flaws...)

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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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Your view: what are your most desired kitchen gadgets?

by , Conversation Editor Energy & Home 9 August 2014
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Food mixer

Research this week professed that the average household owns seven kitchen gadgets. I spouted that I had nowhere near that. In fact, when I counted, I owned six. Here’s how many you lot own. (your view on kitchen gadgets...)

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I don’t own seven kitchen gadgets – do you?

by , Conversation Editor Energy & Home 4 August 2014
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Juicer

How many kitchen gadgets do you own? Apparently the average British kitchen now houses seven gadgets - microwaves, juicers, coffee makers and so on. Do we really need all of them? (more about kitchen gadgets...)

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Difficult-to-use products: the niggles that let you down

by , Online Home Writer Energy & Home 15 July 2014
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iron2

Some products are great at the job they’re designed for: microwaving food evenly or helping you get every crease out of your ironing. But if the product’s awkward to use, it could make your life a nightmare. (more about problem products...)

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Does your fridge freezer make your blood boil?

by , Researcher Energy & Home 8 June 2014
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Full fridge freezer

Do you get refrigeration rage? Or is your fridge freezer frustration-free? We’re assessing our ease-of-use testing to find out which refrigeration features are the most important for manufacturers to get right. (more on fridge freezers...)

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What pushes you to boiling point with your kettle?

by , Senior Home Researcher Energy & Home 26 April 2014
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Electric kettle and a mug

Kettles can really get the steam and conversation going. We've popped the kettle on to work out, well, what makes a good one. Our latest results have found one of the top performers of the last few years. (more about kettles...)

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The big repair or replace debate

by , Senior Researcher Energy & Home 12 April 2014
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Leaking washing machine

It’s a dilemma almost everyone’s faced – a much-used home appliance breaks down and you need to act fast. But how do you decide whether to repair or replace it? (more about repair or replace...)

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Tips to get your Christmas cooking off to a cracking start

by , Online Home Writer Energy & Home 21 December 2013
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Illustration of turkey escaping from the dinner table

Christmas Day is supposed to be fun and full of laughs. But when you have an overwhelming selection of food to cook, all at different times, it can turn into a headache. But the right gadgets can be a great help… (more about food tips...)

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How do you sniff out a good laundry detergent?

by , Researcher Energy & Home 20 December 2013
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Woman smells clothes

Crystal rain, moonflower and ylang, ruby jasmine – not words that are normally associated with washing your clothes. Are you enticed by laundry detergents with fragrant-sounding names? (more about laundry detergent fragrances...)

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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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How often do you test your smoke alarm?

by , Senior Health Researcher Energy & Home 22 October 2013
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Smoke alarm

How often do you test your smoke alarm? Do you ever get the vacuum cleaner out to clean it? Testing and cleaning your smoke alarm could just save your life. (more about smoke alarms...)

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