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Modern life operates at a frantic pace. Between work and family, there’s little time to do the things you love, so why should precious moments be spent doing household chores? From appliances that take the legwork out of cooking to others that remove the drudgery of cleaning, if you’re looking to take the hassle out of housework, here are five home appliances that will make your life easier, which is perfect when you are aiming to simplify your life.
Waiting on the weather to do your laundry is a thing of the past, but not all clothes dryers are the same. If you’re in the market to take a little effort out of laundry, then a tumble dryer might be top priority, particularly for those with young children or if you live in a humid or damp climate.
When looking for a dryer, there are a number of things to consider, the first being energy consumption. New technology means high electricity costs for using a dryer are a thing of the past, courtesy of innovative appliance companies. Innovations such as heat pump technology make their dryers some of the most efficient available, meaning you have the convenience of drying your clothes when you choose at a fraction of the traditional price.
Other items to consider when selecting a dryer include sensor technology so the dryer shuts off when your clothes are dry, and different settings for different types of laundry.
Gone are the days when dishpan hands were the badge of honour of the diligent homemaker. A dishwasher is a must-have in any modern kitchen, keeping your kitchen free from clutter and free from the hassle of washing up.
Again, energy efficiency should be a priority along with new technology that ensures you don’t have to double handle your dishes by pre-rinsing. Also ensure your dishwasher is large enough to accommodate your plates, as rack height and set-up can vary. As a household of two before kids, we made the decision to purchase a 2 drawer dishwasher due to rarely having a full load otherwise. This is yet another way to save energy if you have a small household, as it gives the ability to run one drawer at a time.
A good oven
Great cooking equipment shouldn’t be the sacred ground of professional chefs, and all ovens were definitely not created equal. A good oven can take time and effort out of cooking and even the cleaning process.
Things to look for include space that ensures baking trays can be easily accommodated and the height between racks can be easily altered. Depending on your cooking skills, you may also require additional features for different cooking styles, such as rotisserie cooking, and extras such as meat probes. Quick pre-heating is a huge asset, as is any feature that cuts down cleaning time, such as the newer pyrolytic oven technology, which essentially self cleans with a little help from you.
No longer just an appliance to reheat your meals, the humble microwave can now prepare entire meals on your behalf. Leading brands have automatic features where you select a pre-programmed dish, enter the weight of the meal and the microwave takes the cooking from there. And to help save you even more time, while being environmentally friendly, find out how to clean your microwave using natural ingredients.
Good appliances aren’t just gadgets designed to have you “Keeping up with the Joneses”. Carefully selected appliances can successfully save you time, effort and cut down on cleaning. It’s just about finding the appliance to suit your needs.
What appliance in your home could you not live without? Does it have any special features to save you time?