Tag: home products

Why kettle water tastes funny: mystery (nearly) solved

by , Conversation Editor Energy & Home 26 July 2015
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Steaming red kettle

Earlier this year we asked you to help solve the mystery of smelly, foul-tasting kettle water – a problem that for many of you has been spoiling your daily cuppa. And now we’ve discovered a common cause. (more about kettle water mystery ...)

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Your view: why washing machines break down

by , Conversation Editor Energy & Home 12 July 2015
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washing machine

It's clear washing machines - and perhaps some other products - aren't lasting as long as you expect, but why is this? And is the situation any worse than it used to be? (more about washing machine breakdowns ...)

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Is your washing machine built to fail?

by , Home Product Researcher Energy & Home 17 June 2015
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washing machine error

Washing machines aren't lasting as long as you expect, and in recent years we’ve heard from customers and repairman about models that can’t be repaired. We found that a change in design has had big consequences. (more about washing machines ...)

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Are your home appliances safe?

by , Deputy Home and Garden Editor Energy & Home 14 June 2015
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appliance fire

If a car is recalled for safety reasons, owners can be traced through the DVLA. But what if your washing machine or tumble dryer is at risk of catching fire? How can you find out? (more about product recalls ...)

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How smart does a kettle really need to be?

by , Conversation Editor Energy & Home 14 May 2015
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ikettle

My brother-in-law loves gadgets. Ideally, he’d like to be able to control all the appliances in his home with a smartphone app or a remote - for him, the ‘smart’ kettle is a dream come true. (more about the wi-fi kettle ...)

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Have you had a problem with smelly kettle water?

by , Senior Home Researcher Energy & Home 3 May 2015
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A cup of tea with some biscuits

Can you help solve a mystery that's threatening to ruin the breakfast time cuppa of tea drinkers up and down the country? Smelly kettle water. It's a problem many of you seem to suffer, judging by comments we've had. (more about kettle mystery ...)

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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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Farewell to instruction manuals

by , Senior Technology Researcher Technology 9 March 2015
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instruction manual

Ever been utterly bemused by an instruction manual? Or bought a product that didn't come with one at all? These days it seems we're just expected to know how products work, but not all of us were born tech savvy... (more on instruction manuals...)

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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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Do induction hobs interfere with pacemakers?

by , Senior Home Researcher Energy & Home 12 February 2015
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induction_hob

More of us are deciding to buy induction hobs when replacing our old hob or cooker. But did you know that they could interfere with some pacemakers? (more on pacemakers...)

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Do you wish for more from your microwave?

by , Senior Home Researcher Energy & Home 4 February 2015
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Microwave

Microwaves are a gadget found in almost all kitchens. While they're meant to be a convenient way to get the cooking done, are they really as good as we all think? (more about microwaves)

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Buying a stairlift? The pressure’s on…

by , Senior Health Researcher Energy & Home 23 January 2015
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stairs

Do you feel as though you may have been pressured into buying a stairlift? Our survey reveals shopping for a stairlift may not have been as simple as everyone had hoped… (more about stairlifts...)

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3D printers are great, but can they really print spare parts?

by , 3D Printing Reports Technology 19 October 2014
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Fridge with plug socket

3D printers present users with lots of possibilities, making them a technology darling in the past few years. Are they answer to fixing your broken appliances? 3D printing expert Dr. Mike Vasquez explores… (more about 3D printers...)

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Beko fridge freezer fires: should there be tougher penalties?

by , Conversation Editor Energy & Home 29 September 2014
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Fridge freezer

An inquest into a fire fatality has concluded that a Beko fridge freezer was at fault. It’s now been recommended that there should be tougher penalties for manufacturers that fail to recall faulty products. (more about Beko fridge freezer fire...)

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