Archive for April, 2010

New Dualit Lite Toaster

Friday, April 30th, 2010

At long last Dualit have got round to releasing a red version of their highly successful 2 slice lite series. Featuring all the functions that have made the black and cream immensely succesful you can gurantee some brilliant toast.

Peek and Pop, bagel function and defrost all come as standard giving you a fantastic morning snack.

Following Dualit’s trend of putting the Lite toaster in high gloss finish the 26201 is no exception it looks brilliant!

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Pure Move Review

Friday, April 30th, 2010

The Pure move has sold exceptionally well over the last year or so and with summer coming a time where portable radios are very popular for sitting out in the garden or in the park with I thought I would take a look and see what all the fuss was about.

Pictures I had already seen did make the Move look a little dated but that conception was well and truly gone after opening the box. In a smooth brushed metal effect fascia it looks superb the pictures on the internet do not do it justice, the back is a black soft touch rubber effect which looks good but also adds extra grip for when being carried. Another brilliant design feature is the kickstand on the back to give it additional support which feels sturdy and keeps the Move stable.

In terms of size and weight the Move scores well easily held in your hand weighing very little makes it easy to pop into a bag and go.

In the box you get a mains adapter so you can charge the integrated battery, the Move and a manual. Lots of cardboard and no polystyrene I definitely give Pure the thumbs up on their packaging policy.

Portable DAB radios are power guzzlers and need the necessary batteries to go with them, unlike the majority of portable radios which require umpteen AA batteries the Move comes with an inbuilt Chargepak which itself is worth about £30 in itself is always bonus. It is claimed by pure to have a running time of 40 hours – quite a claim, but to be fair it does hold up we got about 38/39 hours in our first couple of tests which by most standards is very good.

Where I tested it it is a very low DAB signal area and is for miles around but the Move performed very well with a bit of breakup but nothing horrendous, it also picked up a wide variety of stations a couple more than our dedicated DAB radio which was a nice surprise. However with an external antennae I’m sure we could’ve got better signal with more time and patience.

The Move differs from the PocketDAB 1500 in that is has an integrated speaker which is fine for on the go listening, however should you listen to it for a long period of time I would recommend going for something with bigger speakers. I also tested the playback through headphones which again was good but nothing substantial.

An interesting feature is the Aux-in allowing you to play your audio devices through the move speaker should you want a change. Again this worked well and is fine for using on the go. The other connection is a micro USB port which will be used for future software upgrades.

What you really have to give the move credit for is ease of use, many radios I have found make even accessing the most common of functions a complete faff the Move doesn’t. Power on at the side boots up the move in about 10-15 seconds as it needs time to tune in. On the fascia you have menu button if you really want to play about with settings and then a DAB/FM button for easy switching, an info and preset button if you want so set favourite stations and info if you want a bit more information about which station you have ( a function that didn’t work particularly well but I think that is more to do with the signal we get). In the centre is a nub for switching station/tuning depending on whether you are on DAB or FM or for changing volume depending on which way you push. I did like the nub it was simple to use and quite sturdy giving good feedback when you push it. An interesting yet fairly useless feature is the keylock on the side which I suppose could be used if you put the Move in a bag but apart from that answers on a post card please!

After having quite a play with the Pure Move I can see why it has sold very well, its stylish, performs well and is at a very good price point of around £70. To be honest I can’t really find a fault yes the sound and reception quality could be better but for a portable DAB radio it performs brilliantly.

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Kitchenaid Spring Promotion

Friday, April 30th, 2010

Following Magimix’s decision to offer £25 cash back on toasters last week Kitchenaid are bringing out their spring offers. Currently they are offering a 6 piece utensil kit worth £60 absolutely free with every Artisan Stand Mixer bought between 12th April and 31st May.

The 6 piece utensil set in red includes a utility whisk, can opener, peeler, grater and ice cream scoop ideal for all your kitchen  needs.

All you need to do is download the form here and send it off!

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Product Of The Week

Wednesday, April 28th, 2010

This is the first and hopefully of many Editor’s product of the week and to start of it is an old favourite the Dualit Lite 4 slot toaster!

Released late last year in addition the rest of the highly successful 4 and 2 slice range. The first major difference you will now notice is the fact it has 4 individual slots instead of 2 big slots. Personally I much prefer this as it does look a lot nicer and a lot better when sat on your counter.

Like all the other Lite toasters it has Peek and Pop function which is a welcome addition, basically it allows for you to bring up your toast to see if it’s done without disturbing your current programme and avoiding burnt toast.

A new bagel function is a great addition meaning perfect bagels in the morning, crisp on the outside, warm and soft on the inside ideal for spreading cream cheese on as a morning snack.

Another notable change is the conversion from soft touch rubber which personally I loved but countless people hated and now the toaster is encased in a sublime glossy finish making it look like one of the more expensive Dualit vario models.

As with all Dualit products different colours come as standard, with the Lite toasters it comes in black, cream and red which isn’t as extensive a range as the Vario is still a good selection.

I would highly recommend the 4 slot Lite toaster to anyone wanting a great value, easy to use Dualit product.

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Check back next week to see what my product of the week will be!

Choosing your DAB Digital Radio

Monday, April 26th, 2010

With so many brands and designs on the market it can be a bit confusing when it comes to deciding which DAB digital radio to buy. If you’re not especially tech savvy then the choice can be overwhelming but there are a few easy ways to narrow down your choices and to pick out the radio that best suits your needs.

Obviously, you might have budget constraints and this is good way to begin your search, by eliminating anything that’s beyond your budget. However, if your budget is a little more flexible then it comes down to choosing the features that you think are most relevant to you.

Battery or Mains?
If your radio is going to be kept in pretty much the same place and there’s no need for it to work from battery power then you can stick to mains-only radios. The Roberts Glow Time CRD51 is an excellent choice in this category and would make an ideal bedside radio. If you’re looking for more flexibility in terms of moving the radio from room to room, then you might consider a portable radio like the Roberts Revival RD-60. This features a classic retro design and comes in a great choice of colours so you can work with your interior design! For real freedom, you could always choose solar power. The Roberts Solar Powered DAB is the first solar powered radio to hit the shelves and it’s already had really positive feedback.

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Radio or Hi-Fi System
Another choice you need to make is whether you just want the radio or you’re looking for a total music set-up. The latter will offer all the features of a DAB radio but with added extras. For example, the Roberts Sound MP53 comes with an iPod dock and a CD player so you’ve got options for playing or listening to all of your music. Its highly desirable design means you can have as the centerpiece of the room and the sound system has been highly rated.

The most important thing is to take your time and consider all the options and features. We’ve got plenty of impartial reviews on the site to help you make your decision and read what other people have to say about the products on offer.

The Benefits of a Steam Cleaner

Thursday, April 22nd, 2010

With steam cleaners now available at such affordable prices, more and more people are enjoying the benefits of owning their own. There are so many advantages to being able to take out your own cleaner at the drop of a hat, rather than waiting for a professional company to fit you into their schedule. Steam cleaners don’t generally take up much more room than a vacuum cleaner and they’re a great way to ensure carpets get a really thorough clean, helping to eliminate mites and dirt. With allergies coming to the fore and everyone more aware of the importance of keeping their carpets and upholstery in tip-top condition, a steam cleaner is a great gadget to help ensure your house is as clean as possible.

If you own a pet then chances are you find your carpets and sofas doused with a regular layer of pet hair and, whilst regular vacuum cleaners can get rid of these, it’s only up to a point and there’s always a few stray hairs or a lingering animal smell in the room. A steam cleaner can really help to add a powerful dimension to carpet cleaning and also help to eliminate those lingering pet odours.

You might be surprised at how reasonable a good quality steam cleaner can be. As with everything, you can pick your cleaner according to your budget and the Polti Vaporetto range covers every budget and requirement. The entry-level model is the Easy Steam Cleaner, which is more than adequate for most domestic situations. However, if you want a bit more power then you might decide to go for the Vaporetto 950 or the 2400. For the ultimate steam-cleaning machine, choose the Vaporetto Eco Pro 3000 as you’ve got the ideal combination of looks and power! All the Vaporetto range can be complemented with a huge range of accessories and, depending on the model you choose, you can adapt your steam cleaner to clean hard floors and upholstery.

Top Polti Cleaning Tips

Thursday, April 15th, 2010

If you own a Polti Steam Cleaner you’ll most likely have chosen it for its superior cleaning power. We’ve got a few insider tips to help you get the best from your cleaner.

If you haven’t already read it then check out our ‘Looking after your cleaner tips‘.

Tip 1 – Efficient Carpet Cleaning
When cleaning carpets use the steam in one direction, then go over it in both directions to remove the dirt from the surface.

Tip 2 – Combat Allergies with Polti
Steam the air in your home by simply releasing steam into the room. By steaming the air you can reduce allergens and pollen by 86%. Be sure to vacuum up the particles after, as the dust & allergen particles settle on to the floor.

Good for people suffering from asthma or hay fever.

The small upholstery nozzle can be used on mattresses to reduce dust bites and allergens by 96%. The steam can penetrate up to 10 inches so it will clean even the largest mattresses and it can also be clean your pillows.

Tip 3 – Use a sock for cleaning upholstery *
Polti socks help to protect the surface you’re cleaning and give better results. When cleaning upholstery use a sock and hold directly on to the surface for best results.

To clean leather, hold the cleaner 14 inches above the surface.

You can buy a pack of six socks for £8.49.

(please note that all prices are correct at time of publication but are subject to change, for up to date prices please visit www.go-electrical.co.uk).

Tip 4 – Use the concentrator accessory for degreasing
Steam alone can dissolves grease on contact, no chemicals needed, making it good for cleaning ovens, cooker hood filters and other kitchen appliances. If your Polti didn’t come with a concentrator accessory you can buy one here.

Tip 5 – Remove stains by angling
To remove small stains from carpets hold the concentrator accessory at an angle to the carpet and “catch” the dirt on a Polti large cotton cloth.

You can buy a pack of 4 Polti Cotton Cloths for £8.49.

Tip 6 – Use on parquet flooring too
On parquet floors lower the steam setting and use 2 socks to prevent damaging the glue holding the floor together.

You can buy a pack of six socks for £8.49.

Tip 7 – Don’t forget the bathroom
Steam will remove black mould from bathroom suites**.

Tip 8 – Windows and Mirrors
Steam cleaning your windows and mirrors leaves a streak free finish as there are no chemicals, just water.

Polti have a window cleaning accessory kit to make light work of your windows for £25.49.

Tip 9 – Turn your steam cleaner into a professional ironing system
Buy the Polti Ironing System and turn your steam cleaner*** into a professional ironing system. Tthe ironing board is provided with a heated suction and blowing surface to obtain professional ironing results at home.

The Polti Ironing System is available to buy at £439.90

* Patch Test first for any fading on both leather and material upholstery
**Once mould penetrates the acrylic, steam will only be able to remove the top surface of mould.
***Iron attachment fits all models apart from 950.

Top Tips For Looking After Your Polti Cleaner

Thursday, April 15th, 2010

polti logoPolti steam cleaners offer superior cleaning results using a super heated steam system. The steam is heated to 120C*, which means it is able to kill 99.9% of bacteria without the use of chemicals.  And because they only use water Polti steam cleaners are cheap and efficient to run. To keep your Polti steam cleaner running efficiently we’ve got some top tips

Tip 1 – Use Kalstop

Polti cleaners are really easy to use and look after, the only thing you should regularly add to the water is Kalstop. Kalstop helps to reduce the build up of limescale by leaving a protective seal around the boiler and accessories which helps steam flow better and keeps appliances running efficiently.

Kalstop also gives you a better clean because it removes the oxygen from the water, making the steam drier.

Polti recommend using 1 capsule of Kalstop per litre of water in the traditional boiler. or 1 capsule per 5 litres of water for continuous refill boilers (a litre of water creates 1000L of steam, about an hour of cleaning).

(If you have a model with an LCD screen then look out for the spanner symbol, it usually means that Kalstop is needed)

You can buy Kalstop for £9.99 for 20 capsules. Visit the Go-Electrcial website to buy Kalstop.

Tip 2 – Rinse out the tank

Rinsing the tank out periodically will remove the sediment of the lime scale at the bottom of the tank. Getting rid of it will keep your cleaner running smoothly.

Tip 3 – Watch out for steam escaping

If steam is escaping from the cap it could be due to a white disk (“polo mint”) needing to be replaced or a washer that needs replacing. It doesn’t happen very often but they do break down over time.

*Pocket and easy models heat steam to 110° killing 78% of bacteria.

Get Clean with the Polti Easy Steam

Thursday, April 15th, 2010

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Steam cleaners can perform many tasks around the home from cleaning carpets to upholstery. Depending on what you want yours for and how much you’re able to spend, you have a number of choices when it comes to choosing the best steam cleaner for you.

If you’re looking for a good quality steam cleaner that can be stacked away neatly in a cupboard then look no further than the Polti Vaporetto Easy Steam Cleaner. This entry-level model comes in a variety of cool colours and it’s the very latest addition to the Polti range. It’s extremely compact, yet manages to incorporate a 1.2 litre boiler capacity so it’s no wimp when it comes to getting rid of dirt. This particular model is ideal for smaller houses as it takes up so little space. You get a bundle of accessories to use with the cleaner and you’ll be amazed at the difference a good steam clean can make to your carpets. In fact, once you’ve used a steam cleaner you’ll wonder how you managed without one for so long.

By thinking of steam cleaning as an extension to your regular vacuuming, you will notice a considerable difference in the overall condition and cleanliness of your carpets. If you’ve got pets or you have young children who spend a lot of time sitting on the floor, then a steam cleaner is a great investment. For the price of getting a couple of rooms in your house steam cleaned by a professional company, you could buy your own steam cleaner and make it a regular part of your cleaning regime. With the Easy Steam Cleaner you can be up and running in no time at all.

£25 Cashback on Magimix Toasters

Saturday, April 10th, 2010

Toast is the perfect snack morning, noon or night whether you’re rushing out in the morning or curling up in the evening a good piece of toast is a must!

Make sure your toast is how you want with a Magimix toaster who now offer a £25 cashback on red, black, cream and metal toasters.

All you have to do is buy the toaster, download the form, fill it in and send it off!

Just make sure you have it in by June 30th!

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