Archive for January, 2012

Snuggle up in front of a Burley

Wednesday, January 25th, 2012

I don’t know about where you are, but it is absolutely freezing here on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales. So cold, in fact, that I am sat writing this with gloves on…and a scarf! This awful January weather has got me dreaming of distant beaches and 30˚C heat, but as this is not practical at the moment (feeling the January pinch a bit) I’ve decided that we should take a look at the electric and gas fires available on Go-Electrical, then at least I may be able to take my gloves off!

Burley Appliances have been manufacturing electric fires since 1975 when founder John Barson decided to set up business in his garage, building electric fires with his 20 years of electrical manufacturing experience. It all started with three commissioned wrought iron baskets costing £5.00 and some electric components. The first fire was sold the day after its manufacture had been completed.

Mr Barson went on to sell 12 fires to the electrical buyer for Harrods, employ staff and move from his garage to a proper workshop. After six years of steady growth Burley became an approved supplier to the Northwest Electricity board, and the other 14 boards soon followed by their example.

Today, Burley not only manufacture electric stoves, insets and freestanding fires but also flueless gas fires (the first one sold in the UK was made by none other than Burley) and wood burning stoves which boast clean burning technology and amazing fuel efficiency. There is an amazing range to choose from, and there is sure to be a fire that will look great in any home whether modern or traditional.

Here at Go-Electrical we have lots of different Burley models in stock, and the ones we don’t are delivered direct from Burley on a home-delivery service. One of our most popular models is the Halstead basket fire (292) which is available in a black or brass finish. It comes with real coals and has a flicker effect which means it looks very realistic when in use. As it is a compact size, it is ideal for smaller fireplaces.

If you like your fires to be a little bit more contemporary in styling, how about an Oakham (537)? Available in black or brushed steel, this fire can be wall mounted, inset or left as a freestanding appliance. It comes with real coal, and also marbles for a modern look, and has a remote that can be used to control the virtual flame effect that the fire offers.

Still not what you are looking for? Ok, how about the Ambience Flueless gas stove (4121)? It looks just like a traditional wood-burning stove, and even comes with logs that can be arranged inside for an authentic look. It offers 3.5KW of power and because of the technology behind its workings, the heat produced is more evenly distributed than a stove linked to a chimney.

Take a look at the Burley products on the Go-Electrical website, and maybe you will also change your mind about escaping to a sun-drenched beach somewhere…or maybe not! Price start from £168.90.

Hands together to welcome…Graef

Wednesday, January 18th, 2012

Another addition to the Go-Electrical website is Graef, a high-quality, German made brand that uses “innovation, durability and dependability” as their guiding principles. Graef have been manufacturing user-friendly products for over 50 years and are famous for their range of domestic and commercial meat slicers.

Here at Go-Electrical we have the range of toasters and kettles available for purchase, and coming soon will be other small appliances, such as coffee machines, milk frothers and slicers, to bring a little bit of German reliability to your home. All have are expertly engineered, and are sleek and modern in design.

The Graef TO90UK two slice long toaster recently scored 76% in a Which? Best Buy report. Which? tested the toaster and have awarded it with a Best Buy award because it “ fits a wide range of bread sizes, it’s easy to use, browns most of the slice and browns to a good level”. The Pros of the toaster were listed as; “Very stylish, simple to use, good choice for toasting one slice of bread”. We have to agree with Which? and say that this toaster is incredibly simple, and produces a decent slice of toast.

The toasters are available in a two slice long version (which means there is one long slot), or a two slice short toaster (two short slots), and they are available in White or Brushed Stainless Steel. The kettles, which have won an ‘Plus X award for Design’ are available in four different finishes; White, Black, Polished Stainless Steel and Brushed Stainless Steel. They are incredibly striking as the spout of the kettle comes out of the main body at what looks like a 90˚ angle.

If you like the sound of Graef, visit Go-Electrical and see if you fancy one of their toasters or kettles…or keep your eyes peeled for further new additions.

Be fashionable in 2012

Thursday, January 12th, 2012

According to the website adesignerspot.com colour is big for interiors in 2012;

“This year, we should all embrace colors that we wouldn’t normally associate, combine intense shades with balancing tones and think out of the box, giving our home a brand new personality. Dare to celebrate neon shades, using fluorescent green, yellow or pink, delivering thus new accent elements to your freshly decorated interior”

(www.adesignerspot.com 05/01/2012)

This got me thinking about how we can bring colour into our homes without tearing off the existing wallpaper, and painting the walls in clashing colours – can you imagine the headache – and I hit on the perfect conclusion…Coloured appliances and electricals.

Here at Go-Electrical we have a range of ‘Retro’ refrigerators that are available in some amazing colours. Whether it be a Gorenje or a Smeg, there is a fridge, or fridge freezer to match every budget and colour palette whether it be blue, pink or even candy striped (Smeg FAB28QCS £1279.90).

We also stock a fabulous range of Dualit toasters which are available in over 15 different colours. From a 2 slice Vario to a massive, family sized 6 slice toaster, Dualit should be the first port of call if you need a new toaster. Every part of the iconic appliances are replaceable which means your Dualit toaster could outlive you (grim thought, sorry!) and with Swiss-made timers used on every model you can expect nothing but reliable performance and perfect toast time after time.

To add a splash of colour to your kitchen and be in with the ‘cool crowd’ why not spend your hard earned cash (or Christmas money) on a KitchenAid Artisan Stand mixer? If you saw any of the lifestyle programs on TV last year, such as ‘The Great British Bake Off’, ‘Saturday Kitchen’ and ‘Kirstie’s Handmade Britain’ you couldn’t miss the KitchenAid mixer being used, or casually positioned in the background shots. This prominence in the media has made the mixers extremely sought after, and some colours sell out almost instantly. The mixers are available in over 25 colours, and open up endless possibilities in the kitchen because of the amazing range of accessories that are available for them. Homemade pasta anyone?

Even music lovers do not have to miss out on adding a bit of colour to their homes. PURE and Roberts Radio both make portable radios in a range of colours. The PURE Evoke Mio DAB/FM model is available in Teal, Lava, Cherry and Grape, while there is over 15 colours of Roberts RD60 Revival radios to choose from including a Union Jack print. Sounds cool to me.

Hopefully, this has convinced you that you don’t need to redecorate your whole house to be in with the fashionable crowd in 2012. Why not explore the Go-Electrical website further to see what else you can find in some lovely bright colours?

Clean your act up for the New Year

Wednesday, January 4th, 2012

Every January we make resolutions that we promise to keep, and two weeks in to the new year the majority of people have already broken or are on the verge of giving up. Whether it be laziness or lack of belief it happens time and time again. Well, this year I am more determined than ever to keep my resolutions (at least past Valentine’s Day anyway), and Polti are going to help me with one of them.

Resolution: To clean the bathroom at least once a week

I don’t know about you, but I hate cleaning the bathroom – I hate it more than I hate cleaning the oven. It is a task that I try and put off as much as possible, or until the sink becomes so coated in toothpaste that it is no longer white but blue. So, I have decided that enough is enough. I have had enough of the rubber gloves and cream cleaning fluid, and using an old toothbrush on the grouting – I am going to invest in a Polti Steam Cleaner to hopefully banish my bathroom cleaning blues.

There are 19 different models of steam cleaner in the Polti range – one to suit every budget. All I need to do now is decide which model is best for me…lets take a closer look.

Under £50:

Polti Vaporettino Lux steam cleaner

A compact handheld steam cleaner with a 500ml pressurized boiler which turns 1000W of power into 3 bar of pressure. It has a cord length of 2.58 metres but is only 28.3cm tall so it is very easy to use. As standard it comes with; a brass brush, cloth, steam grout tool, steam lance, steam nozzle, a round brush, steam spatula and a window tool.

Under £100:

Polti Vaporetto Comfort steam cleaner

A small, manoeuvrable steam cleaner on wheels available in red or silver. The boiler volume is 1.6L and creates 3 bar of pressure, and up to 85g of steam per minute. It has onboard accessory storage and as standard comes with; small accessory kit, small accessory adaptor, large brush, small brush adaptor, cloths, extension tubes, filling bottle and funnel, a small brush and a window tool.

Under £200:

Polti Vaporetto Evolution steam cleaner

One of the new additions to the Polti family, the Evolution has a 1.7L capacity and creates 4 bar of pressure, with the capacity to output up to 110g of steam per minute. The cord is 4 metres long and the three wheels allow easy movement around the house. Standard accessories are; an accessory bag, cloths and socks, demo DVD, 120 degree tool, large floor brush, a small brush, a window kit and extension tubes.

Over £200:

Polti Vaporetto Eco Pro 3000 Lux steam cleaner

A larger machine with a 2.9L boiler, 2000W of power and 4 bar of pressure. It comes with a long 5m cord, low water indicator and an automatic cable winder. As standard the Eco Pro 3000 Lux comes with almost every accessory that will every be needed; 120 degree concentrator, accessory bag, cloths and socks, demo DVD, extension hoses, floor brush, pressure lance, small brush, squeegee kit and a triangular brush.

As I am not quite at the point where I want to steam clean my upholstery or carpets, and having very little storage space, I think I will opt for the handheld Vaporettino Lux cleaner as the grouting tool will definitely make the old toothbrush redundant, and it will hopefully speed up the cleaning time of the most dreaded room in the house.

What model will you choose to be your new best friend around the house, and deal with those cleaning tasks that you just can’t face? Take a look at the full Polti range at Go-Electrical’s Polti pages.