Tag: home products

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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Are you boiled over by this smart kettle?

by , Home Researcher Energy & Home 20 October 2013
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ikettle

Will the wonders of modern technology never cease? A new kettle – called the iKettle - has been launched that can be turned on from your smartphone over wi-fi. Do you want to boil from distance? (more about clever kettles...)

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Is life too short to empty the lint filter?

by , Researcher Energy & Home 19 October 2013
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Tumble dryer lint

Modern appliances are designed to make our lives easier, but many come with little maintenance tasks we should carry out regularly to keep them running smoothly. Do they always make it on to your ‘to do’ list? (more about appliance maintenance...)

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Hoover’s ironing ad – steamy or sexist?

by , Conversation Editor Energy & Home 20 September 2013
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Screenshot of Hoover's IronSpeed game

Hoover’s new interactive ironing ad is causing controversy. The game asks you to help iron your date’s clothes, who strips down to his boxers. Our Nikki Whiteman and Amy Hupe debate whether the ad's ill-judged. (more about Hoover's IronSpeed ad...)

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How long do you expect your kitchen appliances to last?

by , Senior Home Researcher Energy & Home 25 August 2013
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Faulty household appliances

You’ve bought a new small home appliance, it didn’t cost a great deal but it’s developed a fault. Do you take it back and complain, or do you just resign it to the recycling pile? (more about kitchen appliances...)

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Washing machines – does washing at 60 really banish bugs?

by , Researcher Energy & Home 22 August 2013
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Washing machine

More than a third of Which? members use the 60°C program on their washing machine regularly. But is 60 the magic number when it comes to keeping bacteria at bay? And do washing machines actually reach 60°C? (more about washing machines...)

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How much space does your fridge freezer waste?

by , Home Researcher Energy & Home 15 August 2013
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Full fridge freezer

Think fridge freezers’ claimed capacities will help you see which one will hold more food compared with another? Think again. We don’t think manufacturers’ quoted capacity figures paint an accurate picture... (more about fridge freezer capacity...)

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Your view: letting off steam over noisy kettles

by , Conversation Editor Energy & Home 9 August 2013
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Steaming red kettle

They serve us well through morning coffees and afternoon teas, but has the trusted kettle lost our love when it boils so loudly it’s ready for take-off? Here’s how you let off steam over noisy kettles… (more about kettle quirks...)

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Is your kettle as loud as a drill?

by , Home Researcher Energy & Home 1 August 2013
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Noisy kettle compared to drill

Unbelievably, our tests have found that some kettles are as loud as an electric drill. No wonder noisy boiling is one of your biggest kettle bugbears. Does your noisy kettle make you boil over with rage? (more about noisy kettles...)

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