By Wares October 26, 2016 Major appliances

Samsung tops Canstar Blue washing machine survey

Canstar Blue’s latest survey looking at washing machines also delves into New Zealand’s laundry and clothing care habits.

Key findings:

  • 12% confess to having a mountain of clothes on their floor, with Gen Ys being the worst offenders (only 12% we ask?).
  • 15% have ruined clothing by mixing colours and whites in the wash (only 15%?).
  • 24% ignore care labels and wash all clothes on the same setting (only 24%?).
  • More use the cold cycle to save money.
  • Nearly a quarter didn’t know that the inside parts of a washing machine needed to be cleaned.

This year Samsung takes the top spot for overall satisfaction and rated the highest for value for money, ease of use, quietness, design, and warranty and service.


World’s “cleverest” fridge goes on the road

Connected kitchen appliance, the Samsung Family Hub Fridge, will be on show in Auckland during October and November at select Noel Leeming stores.

Set for launch in New Zealand next year, consumers will be able to get a sneak peek of the Samsung Family Hub Fridge and its features which include grocery management, family communication tools and entertainment.

The fridge will be on show at Noel Leeming St Lukes during October , Wairau Park in November and there are also plans for demonstrations in Christchurch and Napier before the end of the year.


Smeg, Asko launches at Auckland Home Show

Visitors to the 2016 Auckland Home Show saw a good few new products from JFB and Applico, with Smeg and ASKO possibly the standouts on the day, along with brands Baumatic, Classique and recent entry into the DIY channel, Whirlpool.

New products on show for the first time this year include Smeg’s extensive new Dolce Stil Novo home appliances range which, when launched in 2017, will offer 60 and 45cm ovens, a blast chiller, multi-functional drawers, gas, induction and mixed cooktops, hoods, wine cellars and coffee machines.

Smeg dishwashers were another strong presence with freestanding, built under and fully integrated options on show, many incorporating the new Planetarium washing system consisting of an arm with an asymmetrical axis, to produce greater coverage of the tub.

Smeg also showed off its Combi Steam Ovens, wine cabinets, new washing machines with brushless motors, condenser and heat pump dryers including the 6-star energy rating SAHP86 heat pump model.

Making its mark under the new distribution deal were ASKO’s A+ burners that produce a perfectly adjustable pure flame. Precision-engineered flame ports ensure that the flame travels the shortest distance to the bottom of the pan so more energy is utilised and the heat is distributed evenly over the entire surface of the pane.

The standout is the Duo Fusion, but other options in the range include gas, ceramic, and induction in various sizes from 30cm domino through to 110cm wide gas cooktop. ASKO also displayed its new Elements by ASKO cooker hood soft black glass neatly framed with real metal profiles.

As an aside, with the change to Whirpool distribution, you can direct consumer questions about the brand to 0800 566 372 or

Mitsubishi Electric CX Designer Series Inverter Multi Drawer Range

With a sleek new look and advanced features designed to keep food fresher for longer, the new Humidity Drawer now features integrated Vitalight Technology, keeping fruit and vegetables fresher for longer. A higher level of humidity maintains the crispness of produce, whilst amber LED lights mimic photosynthesis, increasing Vitamin C levels for fresher, tastier food. An Advanced Inverter with Neuro Fuzzy Logic Technology earns this model a 3.5 star Energy Star rating and at 17 dBA, is the quietest in its class. The all new flat panel design works well in kitchens that are small on space and is available in Black, Red, White and Stainless Steel, and in 370L and 402L sizes.

Miele EVS 6114 and EVS 6214 Vacuum-Sealing Drawers

Miele is bringing sous vide cooking to the home cook with the brand’s first built-in vacuum-sealing drawers, complemented by a Miele steam oven. As the latest additions to Miele’s Generation 6000 built-in appliance range, the two new Vacuum-Sealing Drawers complement Miele’s 45 cm tall steam and steam combination ovens to fit a 60cm recess. The vacuum chamber and controls are revealed when the drawer is opened and can be used to set the vacuum-sealing stage and the sealing duration. To meet professional demands, the higher setting results in an almost complete vacuum.

Once food is vacuum-sealed, it is ready to transfer to a steam or steam combination oven to be sous vide – cooked at low, constant temperatures for an extended time period. Sous vide cooking allows seasonings and marinades to fully develop their flavour profiles while the food’s texture and moisture are maintained. Vacuum sealing also optimises food storage and can extend food freshness by up to three to five times and is ideal for freezing but without freezer burn.

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