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Westinghouse - The Entertainer's Choice

Westinghouse POR668S

When you combine the impeccable service of 1OO% Appliances with the trusted brand of Westinghouse, you have a winning combination.

1OO% Appliances is a tried and tested Kiwi name – even coming out tops in TVNZ’s Fair Go poll for “best service” – and Westinghouse has comparable accolades scooping last year’s Reader’s Digest award for most trusted whiteware brand across the Ditch in Australia.

The Westinghouse name has become synonymous with New Zealand entertaining: its sleek and stylish designs blend perfectly with functionality across all household needs meaning that whether you’re having guests over for dinner or a whole weekend, you have the right whiteware to make a great impression. And, of course, if you’re keeping a busy family on an even keel, it’s still possible to do it with a flourish and a stylish finish.

In the kitchen

The wall-to-wall food shows on television shows how obsessed New Zealanders have become with cooking up a storm in the kitchen. And while we can’t all be MasterChefs or My Kitchen Rulers, we know the bar’s been raised when it comes to entertaining (our guests might not actually score our food, but you can be sure they’re channeling their inner Gordon Ramsay when you plate up the courses).

Westinghouse and 1OO% Appliances provide the perfect combination for making sure you’re armed with the best ingredients in the kitchen.

The Westinghouse Built-In Single Oven (POR668S) is a super-stylish entertainer’s wall oven with a fingerprint-resistant stainless steel finish and a beautiful triple-glazed glass door. The full-width inner glass door gives you a better seal which is not only easier to clean, but also keeps the outside temperature down and the inside temperature more even – just the trick to keep you cool when the cooking heats up.

Its 66 litres of useable capacity is great to fit anything up to a 10kg turkey – that’s more than enough for your typical entertainer, and the Westinghouse Boss system ensures you have low energy costs rated to A-class European standard (consumer.co.nz calculates it at $31 per year to run), low heat output to keep your kitchen cool, and low noise output.

Its anti-spatter grill insert and self-cleaning catalytic liners (that absorb fats which are then vaporized by the oven) also make cleaning a breeze.

And to match, Westinghouse's Bottom Mount Refrigerator (WBM3700SBR) is an equally stylish way to store your food. Again, kitted out in fingerprint-resistant stainless steel, its multi-flow air delivery system means your food will stay chilled no matter where you store it – perfect if you want to keep that bottle of white wine at the perfect temperature and don’t have to worry about food frosting up at the back.

The adjustable shelving system also allows you 20 settings meaning you can accommodate the smallest deli item to the largest party platter – all without having to worry about spillages since the Spillsafe system isolates spills of up to a litre without it ruining other items.

Other features are the telescopic freezer bins which give easy access and specialised humidity controlled storage compartments to keep your veges crisp or lockable draws to keep away prying hands.

In the laundry

It’s all very well being a kitchen king or queen but you’re bound to need a little help in the laundry. There’s nothing worse than wasting time which you could best spend enjoying yourself, than getting to grips with a load of dirty laundry. And that’s why Westinghouse has a range of good-looking washers and dryers to help save you time and money, and stop you from getting into a spin when it’s time to clean up.

The Westinghouse 6kg Top Load Washing Machine (WWT6041) has a stylish toughened-glass lid and the peace of mind that comes with a three-star water rating and two-star energy rating. Its 6kg capacity is perfect for a small family and 11 wash programmes and 850 rpm maximum spin speed make for simple operation and great results. For example, for those heavily soiled clothes, simply use the soak option or use deep rinse for sensitive skin.

Features such as its soak setting – meaning you don’t have to waste room in your laundry for a laundry tub – and its agitator action – which prevents tangles and ensures a thorough and even wash – also show you’re getting value for money as well as a dependable piece of whiteware.

The Westinghouse 8kg Top Load Washing Machine (WWT8011), on the other hand, comes with a range of time-saving features which really give you a touch of luxury in the laundry. The agitator action and 11 wash programmes are the same as the 6kg model, but the addition of an auto water level sensor and programme saver can really cut down on the time you spend getting your clothes clean.

The auto water level sensor automatically selects the ideal water level for your wash, meaning whether you do a small or large load, you’ll only use the water you really need. And you can make life a little easier with the easy-to-use feature allowing you to save your most used cycle and then use it at the touch of a button and the delay start option which means you can set and forget your wash.

For added peace of mind, the child safe lid lock prevents the lid from being opened during the spin cycle.

More help around the home comes in the shape of Westinghouse's Sensor Dryer (WDV5051)which senses the residual moisture in the clothes and automatically stops when the desired dryness is achieved. This protects your clothes by ensuring they aren't over dried and saves energy by using the exact amount of energy required for any load size.

The 5kg capacity, fabric type selection, electronic sensor push button controls, child safety lock door, and two Star Energy rating prove this is a quality machine but, as well as the sensor dry function, there’s a couple of other features which really make this a true labour-saving device.

The auto-reversing tumble action alternates clockwise to anti-clockwise to reduce clothes tangling and bunching together, so they dry more evenly and quickly. And by periodically rotating the drum after the drying cycle has finished, clothes are prevented from settling, which reduces the need for ironing and limits the amount of creasing.

 

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6 things to look for when buying an Oven

6 things to look for when buying an Oven

Competitive cooking shows come in many forms – from cupcake contests and best bakers to MasterChefs and My Kitchen Rules. But much of their appeal in New Zealand is down to how we kit out our own kitchens – we simply like to think of ourselves as a nation of cool cooks who could quite easily knock out a quick three-course meal to impress any team of judges, let alone the critical tastebuds of our own family.

And this competitive element has led to huge advances in technology across the range of ovens available in New Zealand.

So whether you’re an entertainer, a home-baker who likes to impress workmates, a family-focused meal-provider, or just a foodie who likes creating the finer things in life at mealtimes, here are half a dozen key tips to choosing the best oven for your home.

Capacity

Before you head out to choose your new oven have a good think about what you’re going to use it for. Are you the type of person who is going to roast Gordon Ramsay’s goose or Jamie Oliver’s suckling pig for a large Christmas get-together? Or are you catering for just yourself and your plus-one? Do you find yourself juggling a family roast and all the trimmings with a delicate dessert?

Because when it comes to capacity, it isn’t just the size that matters, but how you use that size. If versatility is your thing then why not consider dual ovens so you can have two dishes on the go at the same time each at different temperatures and using cooking styles – after all we don’t all have the time to get that pav meringue done and dusted before it’s time to slam in the lamb.

If space is at a premium, two smaller ovens may be more use to some than one large oven.

And if you’re aiming for a large capacity oven, make sure you check the number of slots available for your racks. You’ll find every oven has a “sweet spot” for each style – your pizza bases, meringues, casseroles and roasts won’t all work out best when they’re at the same spot in your oven – so it’s important that you can access all the available levels with the right height rack.

It might seem obvious, but make sure you’re fully keyed in to the difference between an oven’s dimensions and its capacity. You might have the spot in your kitchen perfectly designed for your choice of free-standing or in-built ovens, but despite having similar external dimensions, all makes and models do not have the same capacities.

If you’re into your quiches or meringues – or anything which needs to be at a specific height, consider choosing a model which is 900mm wide, which gives you the opportunity to sit two cake tins side-by-side. This means you won’t be having to swap your cake tins between shelves and guessing baking times.

A good rule of thumb for minimal capacities for families is up to 20 litres for a couple, from 20 to29 litres for a family of four, or more than 29 litres for larger families.

Function

No matter how much we might like to keep our homes spotless, we at 100% Appliances defy anyone to claim they love donning the marigolds for a long stint scrubbing out the inside of your oven. But all that grease and grime, those tough to reach corners and that foul-smelling, caustic cleaning cream can be a thing of the past thanks to the ultimate in keeping your oven sparkling: pyrolitic cleaning.

The technology has been around for a half century but pyrolitic cleaning ovens are still a revelation for anyone used to the traditional cloth-and-scrubber technique. By using a heat cycle which reaches a whopping 500C-plus, the oven turns all your spillages to ash – even seemingly welded on sugar and pie fillings – which are then simply swept away with a quick brush.

The cycle often lasts up to five hours which does mean you have to find a convenient time when you won’t need to use it (the ovens also lock automatically to make sure they’re safe while boosting out such immense temperatures) – but the tradeoff is that pyrolitic cleaning ovens have great insulation meaning they cook more evenly and don’t warm up the room so much.

Of course there’s always the old elbow grease to fall back on if you don’t opt for a pyrolitic oven, but you should still make sure your oven plays nice when it comes to cleaning. When you’re checking out the choice of ovens, ask how easily any side racks can be removed – some need a special tool to take them out and you’ll find you get a far better clean by removing them each time you tackle a cleaning session. Also, check how easily the bulb can be changed – some models are particularly tricky and could require a callout.

Versatility

At their most basic design, ovens will simply provide heat. But there are a heap of features as to how that heat is produced which will help save you time and money, and help you cook more healthily.

An electric fan forced oven helps distribute the heat around your oven meaning your food should cook evenly – always a help to avoid your gingerbread men turning out with singed feet and undercooked heads – and should help avoid those annoying juggling acts when you have to rearrange your racks after pre-heating the oven.

And then there’s steam – probably the biggest buzzword in ovens at the moment. Pro chefs have long known the benefits of using steam to cook food: primarily it’s speed, with reduced cooking times saving them (and now you) time and money. But many of them swear by the taste of food coming out of steam ovens with the damp heat reducing the need for basting in fats and oils and preserving vitamins and nutrients.

A new dimension

For the ultimate in versatility though, many foodies are now choosing what’s known as “Multidimensional cooking”. This is the perfect combination of convection fan-assisted cooking with the bonus of a steam-setting.

Possibly the only drawback of steam is that you don’t get that golden brown finish to your dishes (which is why pro chefs finish off many of their dishes on the stove top). But by mixing the styles in a single oven, you get the best of both worlds: nutrient-rich, moist foods which are then finished off with that home-cooked golden glow.

Some makes and models also use a controlled steam function to help you prove dough for baking bread and making yoghurt – others claim the steam function helps you clean the grease more easily – all of which truly takes your oven to a new dimension.

Safety

A glass door is an absolute must if you want to keep an eye on your food. Having to open the door to check whether those muffins are done or whether your roasties are just the right shade of golden brown is a pain in the neck and means you’ll lose your heat every time your sneak a peek. Glass is also much easier to clean.

Just make sure that if you’re going for a glass door that you get something which is triple or quadruple glazed – this will keep your kitchen cool even when roasting at top temperatures and will provide maximum protection for you and your family when you’re hitting those extreme temperatures necessary for pyrolitic cleaning.

While we’re talking about safety, it’s also important to check out the way the racks are configured in your oven. The safest option is always a model which has stops at the front of the racks and which doesn’t allow the racks to slump forward when you pull them out. You certainly don’t want all your hard work on the floor just when it’s coming to service time, and, in the worst case scenario, you could end up with serious burns.

If your oven is close to the ground also consider a child lock.

When checking the inside of a new oven check the grill element doesn’t hang down too far or there’s a guard in front of it– there’s always a chance of burning yourself when reaching in. And look for smokeless grill trays which reduce the risk of fat splashes and burning oils.

Automatic cooking programmes

The competitive cooking craze on television has created something of a monster when it comes to making mistakes – and even cheeky youngsters are now likely to mark the family cook down on a less-than-perfect cake, tart or macaroni cheese!

Helpfully many makes and models of ovens come with more than a simple on-off switch and a temperature dial. Digital displays, preset timers and automatic programmes are the foody’s friend allowing you to set the perfect time and temperature for whatever you’re cooking to ensure it reaches the table in perfect condition.

Delayed start options mean you can set-and-forget while taking the kids to footy or welcoming your guests; Sabbath mode allows you to keep food warm without it drying out; and there can be a host of other options for every gourmet dish.

 

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Breaking Bad

Breaking Bad 1

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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