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Repair or Replace?

It's been raining for a week, winter is still throwing its usual nasty combination of wind and plunging temperatures at you, and your dryer decides this is the perfect time to pack up.

Breakdowns are a fact of life but during New Zealand's long, cold, winter months they can be a real headache. There's nothing worse than having to cope without a washing machine, dryer, oven, fridge - any of your labour-saving devices - when you don't really want to have to head out and look for a new one or get someone in to see whether it can be fixed.

The question of whether to repair or replace your appliances can seem pretty tricky when you're weighing up the cost of a new piece of whiteware, entertainment system or appliance.

But there are always some golden rules to take into account.

1) Is it really badly broken?

If a dryer isn't drying properly then check the vents and all the tubing to makes sure they haven't just got clogged up. If a washing machine always has water in the bottom it may simply be a worn-out water inlet valve. Fridges' seals can be quite easily replaced, as can dishwasher seals, filters and racks or elements for stove tops. If you're happy to DIY, there are plenty of YouTube tutorials or the very user-friendly RepairClinic to help you along. Remember that it always makes sense to keep hold of your appliances' user manuals to guide you around the finer points of how it's put together.

2) The 50% rule

Consumerreports.org has a simple but incredibly effective rule-of-thumb: "We recommend that you replace a broken item if the repair will cost more than half the price of a new product. Replacing electronic gear might be less costly than you think because prices are steadily dropping in some categories. For example, you'll probably pay at least $1,500 less for a new 50-inch flat-panel TV than you did in 2005. Major appliances, on the other hand, are getting more expensive and they usually have long service lives, which is why we generally recommend holding onto them longer than electronics." And remember that the 50% rule is cumulative ... it doesn't make sense to keep on shelling out even small amounts on a broken washing machine when a new one will save you the headaches of callout fees and not having your machine up and running when you need it.

3) Not all appliances are born equal

According to a February article by Consumerreports.org, refrigerators with side-by-side ice-makers have a repair rate of 31% but point-and-shoot digital cameras have a repair rate of 5%. Two years ago, the same website published its list of what breaks and what doesn't revealing that "around one in three laptops and desktops break by their fourth year". The site also has great advice about washing machines:

"Among laundry appliances, front-loading washers are more repair-prone than top-loaders. The large rubber gasket that forms a watertight seal around the door is a common culprit. Carefully loading and unloading clothes will minimize wear and tear to the gasket. Mold is another issue. Manufacturers recommend that you periodically clean the gasket with a bleach solution and keep the door ajar after each use to allow ventilation. We'd like to see more mold-eliminating innovations. LG, for example, has developed a special magnet that props the washer door slightly open. LG washers had been more vulnerable to mold in the past, but they now have the lowest repair rate among models of front-loaders."

4) Keep it simple, keep it safe

The easiest fix is always the simplest: make sure your appliances are maintained properly. Keep the coils and seal on your refrigerator clean; clean the ports on a gas range; make sure your dishwasher's manual filter is regularly cleaned out. And if you have a fridge with an ice-maker, empty it and turn it off if it won't be in use for an extended period. If you have hard or sediment-filled water, add a whole-house water filter or a water softener to keep an icemaker or dishwasher's water inlet valve free from scaling and clogging.

5) This really is the end

Some faults really do spell the death of an appliance. Because microwave ovens have become a bit of a commodity, once they are out of warranty most faults spell the end of their working life - replacements are just so inexpensive. But with other faults - a refrigerator's compressor, for example - you're best off heading straight to your nearest 1OO% Appliances store where you can ask about our delivery and installation service, which is designed to give you peace of mind - we'll even take away your old appliance and ensure your new product is safely installed and ready to use.

6) Know your rights

All your purchases are covered by the Consumers Guarantee Act but 1OO% Appliances also has a range of ways to pay for and protect your new appliances. Check out our website for all our products or pop into a store to get great advice from a friendly face about how you can find the most trustworthy brands.

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Anything for an easier life

Anything for an easier life

Do you think you have enough free time? Are you on the go from sunrise to bedtime?

New Zealanders are notoriously an industrious race, but in recent years we've begun to show signs of dissatisfaction at how little downtime we're enjoying.

The most recent figures from 2013 show 40.7% of men and 42.8% of women think they don't enjoy enough free time.  And across every age group the number of people satisfied with their leisure time has fallen dramatically since 2008.

A recent article in the New Zealand Herald has even extolled the virtues of a six-hour day (something pioneered by cereal king Kellogg's and being trialled in Sweden) to help us win back some work-life balance after Census figures showed we work about 15% longer than the OECD average, but produce about 20% less output for every hour worked.

So, with every age group struggling to find the time to sit back and enjoy life, it makes sense for all Kiwis to see how 1OO% Appliances can help.

Buying more time

Kiwis up to the age of around 25 are far more likely to browse online before heading into a store to make a purchase - making sure they've got all the info at their fingertips before braving the traffic.

1OO% Appliances has a great website to see what's on offer and then there's a range of great websites such as consumer.org.nz where you can compare those products and see what suits you best.

Of course, when you get into the store you'll still get the best 1OO% Appliances service. 1OO% Appliances won Best In Service, from a nationwide survey by Consumer magazine. And this is vital for families who have headed out on a weekend, or those popping in during their lunch break - nobody wants to spend too much of their precious free time shopping.

And for those older customers who have a little more time on their hands, they can be sure they'll get the very best solutions from trusted teams which live and work in their communities.

Help around the home

Everyone knows the time-saving benefits of having a great washing machine, drier or dishwasher. But often it's the small appliances which offer clever little solutions to help you have more time for yourself.

Whether you're a busy mum dishing up regular, nutritious meals for your kids, or you're a foodie with a passion for creativity, you'll know the benefits of not spending your time beating, crushing, mixing and juicing.

 

Breville's Scraper Mixer Pro

There are many tricks to baking up scrumptious cakes, biscuits, breads and pastries, but one of the most important is thorough mixing. Under-mix and your cake is lumpy ... over-mix and your cake won't rise properly. The innovative Scraper Beater wipes the sides and bottom of the bowl with every turn, cutting mixing time by up to 60%. Not only does it leave ingredients mixed better, but there's now no need to stop and scrape down the bowl with a spatula. The timer lets you set your mixer to the desired mixing time and automatically stops when the time elapses or continues to count up, perfect for the multitasker.

The Fast Slow Cooker

Breville's Fast Slow Cooker is a pressure cooker that’s also a slow cooker meaning you can cook tender, one-pot meals without having to spend hours in the kitchen. Layer delicate flavours over many hours - while you go out and enjoy yourself - for succulent, melt-in-the mouth meals, or achieve the same results in no time when you’re under pressure. Fully programmable, with integrated safety features so you can set and forget, the Fast Slow Cooker’s 6-litre capacity is perfect for when friends drop in for dinner or if you need to cook a week's worth of work lunches.

The Juice Fountain Max

There's just no comparison between freshly made fruit and vegetable juice and packaged juice from the store. But who has the time to chop and slice?

Breville revolutionised juicing in 1999 with the world's first juicer to juice whole fruit. Now, the chute is 25% larger to juice large apples, pears and oranges in seconds. And with its patented feed tube and filter, it extracts up to 20% more vitamins and minerals than other juicers. Automatic pulp ejection, two speeds, metal finish, and an easy clean design.

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A Sporting Chance

A Sporting Chance

How to choose the best system for armchair experts

What a classic winter! While the storms have raged, the rain has soaked and the temperatures have plunged, there's at least been wall-to-wall sport on television to keep us occupied.

And pretty much anyone interested in anything involving a ball, bat, racquet, shot putt or pair of running shoes has been able to tune into the hottest action during New Zealand's coldest months.

Can you kick it?

Brazil's World Cup may not have featured any Kiwis (well, except for Whakatane referee Peter O'Leary who probably isn't looking at holidaying in Bosnia and Herzegovina any time soon after his controversial call in their match against Nigeria) but according to the New Zealand Herald, 419,000 of us tuned in at 7am to the final between Germany and Argentina  - 42,000 more than the final four years ago in South Africa when the tournament featured the All Whites.

This growing audience is experiencing sport like never before on a range of great LG televisions including their Hybrid with wide-screen viewing, high-definition, natural colour, clearer motion, and TruMotion 100Hz which allows fans to watch the slick moves of great football stars better than ever. LG's Hybrid is hooked up with Freeview, meaning sports coverage on all free-to-view channels. Of course you'll also get to see all those fouls, dives and the occasional bite in glorious close-up too - but you can't win them all! A breathtaking viewing experience with incredibly crisp vision, even when viewed from close distances with over 8 million pixels and four times the definition of Full HD TV panels, you really notice the Ultra High Definition difference.

Are you converted?

Rugby has been as action-packed as ever with Super 15 teams kicking off while the summer sun still shone and the tournament still carrying on deep into the mud and sludge of July. According to figures from 2012, Kiwis are glued to their screens each Super Rugby season with a cumulative TV audience of 10 million (that's more than 4 million more than the Aussies) while figures for those who actually go through the gates to watch the games live are heading in the opposite direction.

And while not all of us revel in the red and black Crusaders' perennial successes, we can all get behind the All Blacks (especially when they play as well as they did when they trounced England 3-0 in the June tests) in August's Championship which will open with back-to-back Bledisloe Cups and feature the might of the world number two and three ranked teams, the Wallabies and the Springboks, as well as the always tough-as-nails Pumas of Argentina. With so many games to be played in so many different time zones, it makes sense to get your schedule sorted well in advance.

The modern New Zealand Rugby fan has to put up with Steve Hansen's army plying their trade all over the world. But while once that meant a radio under the pillow or arguments with Mum and Dad about staying up late, innovations such as MySky or Freeview allow you to save them for the morning (just so long as you don't get woken by the neighbour's screams of delight and chanting the final score!).

The wide world of sports coverage

The Commonwealth Games have demonstrated quite how fun it can be to watch some of the more peculiar sports. After all, who could have guessed at New Zealand's success in judo, and who hasn't enjoyed an odd half-hour of bowls, squash or swimming? Not to mention cheering on the wonderful Val Adams.

All this variety makes fans realise that there's more than one way to watch sports and if you've got the bug for backstroke or are taken with table tennis  (and who wouldn't be after this incredible 41-stroke rally) you might have to consider watching more sport online.

Thankfully the LG Hybrid Smart TV, powered by webOS, hooks up to the internet through your wi-fi and as simple to set up as a conversion from in front of the posts. Once you're online, there's a world of great sports content to find, including Premiership League football through PremierLeaguePass and a world of cricket outside of the Black Caps.

Sporting stats

Tech reviewer Pat Pilcher at the New Zealand Herald loved the LG Hybrid TV calling it "an attractive beast" that was simple to set up (15 minutes from unboxing to viewing) with "stunning" picture quality and "on-screen motion was silky smooth" - both absolute musts for sports fans.

The LG Hybrid TV is a new generation of television that was developed in collaboration between Freeview and LG. It is the first digital TV in New Zealand that is compatible with a Freeview satellite dish as well as a UHF aerial which solves the reception problems caused by our country's unique landscape, and also features a built in satellite and terrestrial tuner, which eliminates the need for a set top box.

The LB650 Series webOS SMART TV is voice, motion, USB keyboard and mouse capable; includes a Magic Remote 3.0; SmartShare (iOS,PC,Android); and works with  LG TV Remote App, Intel WiDi and Skype.

The picture quality has LG IPS Panel (Full HD), Ultra wide viewing, natural colour, clearer motion with TruMotion 100Hz and advanced micropixel LED backlight (70").

The range comes with four comfortable, flicker-free 3D glasses and is compatible with Hoyts Cinema 3D glasses. TVs also have Dual Play 3D and a 2D to 3D converter.

All TVs are light with premium metallic bezel (silver / slim), unibody rear panel, non-glare screen and a 20W Enhanced speaker system. They connect via twin Freeview Hybrid tuners (Terrestrial and Satellite), Freeview recordings (4GB built-in + HDD capable), High speed built in Wi-fi, and three HDMI inputs and three USB inputs.

They are available in: 70" 1574 x 964 x 314; 60" 1351 x 834 x 271; 55" 1241x 775 x 247; 50" 1127 x 710 x 247; 42" 960 x 610 x 218.

Check out the TV’s below.

60LB650V

55LB650V

50LB650V

 

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Mum's the Word

Mums the Word

Making everyday life easier

OK, shopping for whiteware is probably not at the top of your list if you're a busy parent having to juggle kids, mealtimes, cleaning - and have your own life. In fact, Government research released in April shows parents spend 13 hours out of the 15 hours between 6am and 9pm on weekdays, and almost 14 hours on weekends looking after their children.

But that makes it even more important that when parents do have to replace their appliances, they choose models which can help them manage their time and that they buy from a store which understands they don't have all the time in the world to browse different makes and models and can point them in the right direction.

Because 1OO% Appliances stores are owner-operated, you know that there will be an expert on hand to guide you through the showroom - after all, we've been judged by you (via consumer.org.nz's survey) as No1 in New Zealand for customer service. And because those experts are part of your community, you can trust that they're interested in helping you choose an appliance that's right for your family and your budget.

1OO% Appliances will also make sure your choice is delivered and installed so it can be up and running without you having to get lost in instruction manuals - we'll even take away your old appliance.

1OO% Appliances stocks a wide range of Haier appliances which are designed with busy parents in mind - not only good looking, practical and reliable, but also at a budget which won't cost an arm and a leg, because, let's face it, we know that you'd rather save the money for something else like a new pair of school shoes, tickets to a concert, or for saving towards baby number two! Most Haier products come with a two-year manufacturer's warranty as well as a 24/7 customer care service meaning you shouldn't have to worry about breakdowns.

A survey of 367 people by Haier last year revealed that New Zealand was a nation made up of those who liked to "splurge" out every so often on luxuries with more than half respondents saying they replace appliances only when their old ones break down. This makes your next choice of appliance all the more important - it's likely to last you a long time in amongst all that "splurging" and paying for the kids!

Dishwashers

Haier's dishwashers are designed to help you clean up after mealtimes without still having a sink full of dishes. By having a number of different programmes - including a Fast Wash Cycle, which lets you get your dining ware back on the shelves or table ready for more hungry mouths, and a rinse and glassware function so you don't eat up all that room necessary for the heavier work - and a triple filtration system for a better wash performance. 1OO% Appliances has the Haier HDW12-SFE1SS, so you know that your dishwasher can take anything your family throws at it. What's more Haier's dishwashers are smart enough to help you save money while you clean - half-load options use up to 20 percent less water and energy and models carry up to a 4-star water rating for water efficiencies.

Refrigerators

When you're buying to feed a hungry family, it's important you have the best fridge and freezer to make sure your food stays in the best possible condition until you need to get it on the table. Kids can be fussy at the best of times, but soft veggies and fruit that's seen better days is definitely not going to pass the test! Haier's frost-free refrigerator/freezer and humidity controlled crisper makes sure all your food stays fresh from the market to the table. View the Haier CFL629CW Frost Free Bottom Mount Refrigerator.

And it you're replacing an old appliance why not think about how you use your space best. Investing in a chest freezer, if you have the room, allows you to buy in bulk - often a great choice to save on money - and store food for longer. Or, if space allows, pairing a vertical fridge and freezer means you don't have to make a compromise between the economic savings of having a freezer stacked on top of your fridge and the comfier (just ask your back!) option of having the fridge on top of the freezer.

Haier's fridges and freezers also come with excellent child-friendly features such as adjustable safety glass shelves and a fingerprint resistant finish.

Top-Load Washers

There's no such thing as wash day these days, especially when you've got schoolwear, sportswear and your own workwear and all that fashionable-wear piling up each night. Haier's range of top-loaders are custom-built for families including delay start, a stainless steel washbowl for durability, an automatic out-of-balance correction so you don't come home to the frustration of a half-finished wash, up to seven washing programmes to suit every need and easy to use rotary knob controls, so there's no excuse for your teenager not to get stuck in and help!

View the Haier HWMP65-918 with fuzzy logic function that automatically detects the water level and wash load.

Dryers

And to complement the top-loaders, Haier's dryers are also family-friendly. To make sure they're easily installed and you have less downtime between your old machine packing up and getting your new Haier up and running, they have front and rear venting and wall-mountable brackets, reversible decal and 2.2m flexible ducting supplied. You can also be sure your new dryer will stand the test of time with its stainless steel drum and capacity for up to a 8kg dry load, and while it's operational, it won't be costing you the earth thanks to features such as sensor and timed drying, and convenience features such as the end of cycle signal and an anti-crease setting, so you're not stuck with the ironing. View the Haier HD80-01 Condenser Dryer.

Haier products come with a 2 year manufacturer’s warranty, 24/7 Customer Care service. Haier gives you peace of mind and leaves the change in your wallet, leaving you to do the things you enjoy and to live a Haier life.

 

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Hot in the Kitchen

Hot in the Kitchen

The kitchen has never been hotter in New Zealand.

From the ever-present TV reality cook shows to the grow-it-yourself gardening revolution, and from the modern open-plan homes which turn kitchens into living rooms to the classic Kiwi love of having friends and rellies around for a meal, we're focusing more and more of our time and energy on where and how we cook, eat and entertain.

And whether you're redesigning your kitchen to match your needs - to cope with a growing family or a new home - or whether you're simply looking to replace an old appliance, 1OO% Appliances has something to suit every taste, style and budget.

 

The entertainer

There are some staggering inventions out there at the absolute top end of fitting out your kitchen: appliances such as in-built bench-top coffee machines, flash-freezers, dual lighting-ventilation units, fridges that dispense sparkling water and induction stovetops which recognise the shape and size of your cookware.

So it's worth having a roam around the internet to see what's on offer - once you've been inspired, you can talk to a 1OO% Appliances expert to see how they can match your desires. Remember, 1OO% Appliances has been voted top for customer service in New Zealand and our owner-operators are at the very top of their game when it comes to knowing the very latest trends in entertaining and cooking.

 

Now you're cooking

Entertainers might not be satisfied with the usual largest capacity of 80 litres for a single oven and choose instead to go for the double-oven. This is a no-brainer for keen foodies who don't want their dinner parties to be constrained by their appliances and might want to be able to turn out a delicate souffle for entree while also roasting that centrepiece roast for a main course.

A basic “bake & grill” oven may be sufficient if you don’t cook often or for rental properties however a multi-function oven is a must-have for a more accomplished cook. Multi-function ovens can range from three to thirteen or more baking functions offering the most appropriate way to produce the perfect dish, for example old-school cooks know the difference between a conventional bake for cakes and fan grilling for a roast, but more adventurous cooks will love the range of options which can include pizzas, defrosting, keep warm, rotisserie and steaming. And time-poor chefs can use a multi-function oven to create the perfect cooking sequence through "intelligent" automatic programming technology, for example defrosting meat and then cooking it or cooking and then crisping the top of a dish.

The hottest trend for foodies in cooking is currently the steam oven. Instead of the heat coming from heating elements in the oven, it is generated by circulating steam created from an inbuilt reservoir. Many cooks say this helps keep in nutrients, flavour, texture and colour as well as helping to keep the oven clean by avoiding those baked-on spills.

When it comes to cook-tops the big question is the choice between electric, gas or induction. Electric and gas hobs have been the traditional choice for years, but induction heat is more hi-tech and requires specific cookware: an electric current produced by copper coils under the ceramic or glass top agitates electrons in the metal cookware creating friction and causing instant heat. Top New Zealand chef Peter Gordon, writing in the New Zealand Herald, is keen to push induction hobs for real foodies saying that although gas and induction are both great for the speed at which you can control your heat, induction is better at allowing less heat to escape hence helping keep your kitchen cool and your power bills lower. "Many top restaurant kitchens around the world have been switching all, or at least some, of their stove tops to induction because it lowers the heat in the kitchen, it doesn't need such powerful ventilation (as there is no chance of a burst gas pipe) and it's also quieter - gas is surprisingly noisy," Gordon says.

1OO% Appliances stocks Beko Induction Cooktops

 

Keeping your cool

Foodies and entertainers know the value of a great fridge and freezer. Of course capacity is the big factor here - space to keep those platters of canapes cool or that wonderful dessert away from the heat - just make sure when you're choosing a new fridge and freezer that your kitchen has the capacity to fit it. Some models can be more than 900mm wide which may mean you have to re-think your kitchen cabinetry!

If you know you're going to be going to-and-from your fridge a lot it makes sense to look at options where the fridge is either to the side of the freezer or stacked on top, or look at the ultimate luxury of separate models - certainly your back will thank you for it! Some side-by-side models can be 700 litres capacity, but choosing a matching pair of fridge and vertical freezer will let you get closer to a 50:50 mix in your fridge and freezer storage and give loads of storage space.

The ultimate entertainer's kitchen gadget has definitely become the automated ice and filtered water makers, meaning you don't have to worry about your guests having to go without ice cubes in their pre-meal g&ts and you can guarantee a cool glass of filtered water is on hand for them whenever they want.

1OO% Appliances stocks a full range of Fisher & Paykel fridges and freezers, including the ActiveSmart Ice & Water refrigerator.

 

Cleaning up

Although there's quite clearly a very functional element to choosing your dishwasher, if you're an entertainer and foodie it makes sense to consider the whole package.

If you've got people around, you want to make sure your after-dinner drinks and chat isn't punctuated by your dishwasher changing cycles every five minutes - that's why 1OO% Applianes makes sure each model we stock has a decibel rating for its operating noise level. As a guide, 47 decibels is average and 45 or lower is better. So come in and hear the difference.

The benefits of a double dish drawer can't be overestimated either, allowing you to get the dishes started after entrees without having to wait until the dessert's done; or giving you the chance to get some clean glasses without having a stack of pots and pans waiting for their turn in the draw.

1OO% Appliances stocks a full range of Fisher & Paykel dishwashers including the Double DishDrawer.

 

The family 

When you're cooking for the whole family, the buzzword is practicality. You know you're as likely to need a great toaster and kettle for that breakfast on the run before getting the kids to school, as you are a good-sized oven, easy-to-clean stovetop and spacious fridge-freezer.

You're also pretty keen to know that what you're going to spend your money on is going to last you  - what's the point after-all of going for an appliance with all the bells and whistles, if you never use half the functions and the gizmos and gadgets stop working after six months. The Consumer website has a wonderful thread on kitchen appliances which have stood the test of time - with some great stories about mixers that have lasted 40 years and even a toaster that's kept up with a couple through more than 60 years of marriage! But as well as the funny stories, consumer.org.nz is a great place to start when looking for a new appliance if your busy schedule doesn't allow you the time to browse everything 1OO% Appliances has to offer. Their advice and tips on shopping for dishwashers, wall ovens, induction cooktops and fridge-freezers will give you all the ammunition needed before you come and see one of our experts.

 

Now you're cooking

Cooking for a family can mean being flexible - being able to produce that sit-down roast for when the table's packed with rellies, to being able to cook up a quick and easy tea in half an hour.

The traditional freestanding oven, grill and hob is great if space is of a premium, but growing families might need larger capacity ovens (which range up to around 80 litres) or even the benefit of a double oven. The extra half oven is an economic option for grilling or baking small dishes while the full-sized double oven is the choice of those who may have to host those seriously large family Christmases.

For those who don't want to spend precious time scrubbing away to get their well-used ovens clean, choosing a pyrolytic oven is a great option. We wouldn't recommend, necessarily, using the function - which raises the oven to approximately 500°C for up to two hours - to cremate a Valentine's Day rose like these kitchen salesmen did, but that temperature makes sure all food and grease residue is burned off, leaving a spotless oven and only a little ash to sweep away. To keep children safe during such high-temperature cleans, the pyrolytic control securely locks the oven door, and only releases the lock once the temperature drops below 300°C.

Of course, there's no reason why having a family means having to miss out on being a great foodie, so all the great 1OO% Appliances options mentioned above for entertainers, also apply to her too! 1OO% Appliances has Beko pyrolytic ovens.

 

Keeping your cool 

When you’re choosing a combined fridge/freezer, you can choose one with a freezer mounted at the top, at the bottom or on one side. Models with a top-mounted freezer are generally a little more energy efficient, while those with a bottom-mounted freezer are more ergonomic since we tend to go to the fridge more often than the freezer. If you're running a large family, talk to a 1OO% Appliances expert about whether the money you'll save on a more economic choice will be worth the constant bending down to access a lower fridge.

Side-by-side models are a larger format, 90cm wide or more, and provide plenty of storage space. The fridge compartment tends to feature a range of handy drawers and shelves and let you store the most often used items in easy reach. The freezer capacity tends to be more than a typical fridge/freezer but has quite narrow shelves and large families may still need more room with either a chest freezer or a matching pair of vertical fridge and freezer. 

Ice and water-makers may seem like an entertainer's choice, but families can also benefit from having chilled filtered water "on-tap" for thirsty children who would usually rather turn to the fizzy drinks. 1OO% Appliances has Ice and Water Bottom Mount Refrigerators.

 

Cleaning up

If you have a large family, you'll need to make sure you have a heavy-duty waste disposer with a grinder blade made of stainless steel rather than lightly galvanised steel which will wear out more quickly. Some of the more expensive models also come with “sound deadening” so you don't scare the cat – but all waste disposers make noise!

Choosing a dishwasher for the family might also mean having to look beyond the standard size of 600mm wide x 600mm deep, and standard bench height - just to make sure you're not still stuck with a load of pots and pans in the sink once you've got all the cups, plates and glasses in the machine. Ask in-store at your nearest 1OO% Appliances about new "tall" models that still fit under-bench but give extra height.

 

Apartment living

There's no reason that you can't be a foodie, love to entertain, or raise a family in an apartment. But since more and more New Zealanders are living in flats (Government figures show the numbers quadrupled in the 10 years before the 2006 census), 1OO% Appliances has some great space-saving ranges suitable for every style and budget.

 

Now you're cooking

Because of their heat-saving qualities, induction stove-tops are the perfect appliance for apartment living. Giving you all the "touch" and control of gas, the induction stove-top's hi-tech setup means you won't be letting your cooking skills heat up the whole flat.

Although double-ovens may be out of the picture for most apartments, combining a sleek single oven or standup model with a good microwave oven will give you added flexibility in the kitchen. There's also a good range of benchtop ovens and breadmakers at 1OO% Appliances for those really tight living spaces.

The smaller your living space the more important your rangehood to ensure your cooking doesn't pervade your whole home and 1OO% Appliances has a large range from simple entry-level models, to super-stylish designer versions that will complement the look of your kitchen.

As a rough guide, a good starting point is 400 cubic metres/hour. But if you're apartment has a combined kitchen/living area you may need more powerful extraction, some models come with a useful ‘boost’ function – so you can ramp up the power for a short burst of intensive cooking.

Your rangehood should ideally be ducted outside but if you can’t duct outside, say because your kitchen has no external walls, then you can choose the reticulation mode and fit carbon filters as an accessory to better clean the air.

 

Keeping your cool

When space is a premium, make sure you have all your measurements checked and double-checked before you visit 1OO% Appliances to choose a new fridge. Rest assured there is compact models for space saving like the Fisher & Paykel E240BR WW Compact Fridge Freezer.

 

Cleaning up

1OO% Appliances stocks dishwashers with slim inverter Directdrive motors to optimise energy and water efficiencies. And all our dishwashers come with a decibel rating so you can tell if they're quiet enough for a small home. If you're not sure whether you'll fit all your cutlery, dishes and glasses in, simply come down to your nearest 1OO% Appliances store and test-drive our dishwashers in-store. You can even bring your own dinnerware along to make sure they fit! Check out the LD-1482T4 LG Freestanding Dishwasher.

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