Washing doesn’t need to be such a chore with our time & money saving tips

woman holding clothes after washing them

If you’re thinking about buying a new washing machine then don’t do it until you’ve read these tips!

Opting for a quick machine will save you drying time

The quicker your machine spins, the dryer your washing will be at the end of the cycle. This means that you can have fresh new clothes in less time. In order to make the most of it we recommend going for a machine with a minimum of 1600 rpms.

Save money on power by choosing energy efficient

 When choosing your new washing machine make sure that you select one with a high energy rating and the option for an eco cycle. Anything above A+ is good. The more + signs the better energy rating. Washing on eco in an efficient machine can save you up to 60% on your power bills. A win for you and the environment!

Don’t go bigger than you need to

In this case we are talking about the capacity of the drum. If you have lots of space in your machine then that is wasting energy and your money. Washing machines typically come with capacities of between 5–13kg. For those who live alone and don’t go mad with their clothes a 5kg machine should be enough whereas we would recommend 10+ for families of 4 or more.

Avoid using your tumble dyer unless you need it

When you have a washer-dryer, you will probably feel like always setting it to wash and dry. Though this is an easy option it is not good for keeping your clothes looking their best. Colours will fade faster from the heat and they will also lose their shape quicker. Do not put anything delicate on to tumble dry, instead opt to air dry clothes whenever possible.

Use natural fabric softeners

If you have sensitive skin, you may already be avoiding fabric softeners. They can be full of chemicals which are bad for both the environment and your skin. To keep your clothes soft a more natural alternative is vinegar. It is non-toxic, perfume free and will leave your clothes super soft.

Use lemon juice to shift difficult perspiration stains

If you have some clothes that are suffering from a little discolouration try dabbing lemon juice and baking soda on the stains before washing. Bear in mind that it is better to do this when the stains are fresh, stains that have been washed in can be almost impossible to shift without bleach.

Line dry anything you want to iron

Giving your washing a really good shake and hanging it out to dry will make clothes so much easier to iron. If you tumble dry them and leave them in a scrunched pile you are making your life and your ironing so much harder !

Wash items inside out to avoid streaks

If you are noticing the colours of your darker clothes are looking streaked with lightness this can be caused by friction inside of the washing machine rubbing away the dye. Avoid it by turning your clothes inside out before the wash. This is also the only way to make sure that your jeans last in the best condition.

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Bargain student essentials – Our top pics

Off to Uni this year? Know somebody who is? Have a look at our favourite bargain student essentials to make sure that you have everything you need in your new digs without breaking the bank. Don’t forget that if you spend over £40 on our website that you will get free next day delivery, sometimes it pays to buy more!

a student looks into his future

Our top pics will suit the halls of residence down to the ground as they can all be safely stored away and used from the convenience of your room.

The Morphy Richards Equip Steam Iron – Bargain Student Essentials

You may be tempted to buy a super cheap iron but this is rarely worth it. A poor quality iron means way more time spent ironing your clothes when you could be doing things that are 10000x more fun. They are also way more likely to break.

Morphy Richards is a fantastic brand for assuring quality and value so you can be sure that you won’t be wasting your money when you pick up one of their products. The Equip Steam iron is lightweight and easy to use. It does everything that you need it to without spending a fortune. It will steam and iron your clothes in no time and comes at a VERY reasonable price.

Cuisinart 2-in-1 Grill and Sandwich Maker – Bargain Student Essentials

Cuisinart 2-in-1 Grill and Sandwich Maker down to just £76

This amazing grill from Cuisinart is perfect for making almost anything. Currently offered at a 16% discount, this multi functional grill is worth every penny.

Make delicious thick, deep filled toasted sandwiches in the Cuisinart 2 in 1 grill & sandwich maker. Have quick and easy omelettes, calzones, quesadillas, paninis and even pastries with the sandwich maker plates. The grill is also ideal for meats, fish or vegetables. Who said that student food was never healthy ?!

Morphy Richards Equip 2 Slice Toaster – Bargain Student Essentials

A solid brand at a bargain price, what’s not to love? This Morphy Richards toaster will make sure that you’re fed when you really can’t be bothered to make anything.

Morphy Richards Equip Jug Kettle – Bargain Student Essentials

This slick little kettle will make sure that you never go without your morning brew! It’s 1.7L capacity means you can keep your housemates happy and the cord storage means it can be kept neatly out of the way. The 2 year warranty makes this kettle an absolute bargain. There’s nothing to say it won’t serve you all the way through Uni!

Sage Smart Oven Pro – Bargain Student Essentials

The price may look a little steep for a student but this convenient little oven has so much to offer ! You will feel right at home in your new digs when you can make real meals which taste amazing. Bake cookies, pizzas , grill steaks and bacon, make toast for your whole flat; the possibilities are endless!

10 Pre-set cooking functions include: Toast 6 slices, Crumpet, Bake, Bake, Grill, Pizza, Cookies, Reheat, Warm, Slow cook & the accessories included: Non-stick 13″ pizza pan, enamel baking tray and enamel grill rack

Samsung Solo Microwave – Bargain Student Essentials

Let’s face it, when you’re busy working or hanging from a big night out a microwave is a bit of an essential.

This one is easy to use, eco friendly & has a ceramic enamel interior; it is easy to clean, anti-bacterial, durable and won’t scratch or crack.

The Morphy Richards Vector collection is stylish, functional and affordable

The Morphy Richards Vector collection in cream. Stylish, functional and affordable.
The Morphy Richards Vector Collection in cream; special offers staring at just £34.99

The Morphy Richards Vector collection has been created with you in mind. If you want your kitchen to be stylish without spending the earth then this is the range for you. The collection is stylish, functional and affordable. Spend less without compromising on the aesthetics.

The range will suit a couple, family and even a bachelor pad. Choose from four colours and co-ordinate your kitchen effortlessly. Show your personality off with your interiors, whether your a bold and confident red, dreamy cream, a sparkling white or understated, classic black.

The Vector kettle and generous four slice toaster in red makes a bold, eye catching statement.

The range is new to our website and delivery is free on a £40+ spend. All the more reason to purchase the set ! Morphy Richards products come with a 1+1 year guarantee when you register your product so you can rest assured that you are spending your hard earned cash wisely. The range offers toasters, kettles and coffee makers while other appliances are available in matching colours though the texture may differ. There is no need to compromise on your kitchen with this range offering style, functionality and affordability.

Summer Bright’s for the Kitchen

Adding a pop of colour to your kitchen can really lift your décor and it’s never been as easy than with our range of colourful appliances. All appliances featured come with free next day delivery so what are you waiting for? Update your kitchen with some Summer bright’s today !

The complete Limited Edition Kitchenaid Queen of Hearts Collection is available to buy online now with Free Delivery

“This year we should embrace colours that we wouldn’t normally associate. Combine intense shades with balancing tones to give our home a brand new personality. Dare to celebrate neon shades. Dabble in fluorescent green, yellow or pink for an instant uplift.”

(www.adesignerspot.com )

You don’t need to redecorate to update your interiors a little. Adding a couple of bright appliances into the Kitchen will make a world of difference and really show a flash of personality.

“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)

Smeg TSF01PKUK 50's Retro 2 Slice Toaster Pink
Smeg TSF03 Toaster – Pink £179 with Free Delivery

Here at Go-Electrical we have a range of Smeg ‘Retro’ refrigerators that are available in some amazing colours. Have a sneaky peak here .

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. Every part of these iconic appliances are replaceable which means your Dualit toaster is built to last. These beauties are handmade in England with Swiss-made timers used on every model so that you can expect nothing but perfection every time!

KitchenAid 5KSM175PSBGA Artisan Elegance Stand Mixer Green Apple
The KitchenAid 5KSM175PSBGA Artisan Elegance Stand Mixer in Green Apple is down to just £494

We love a bit of lime

To add a splash of colour to your kitchen and be in with the ‘cool crowd’ why not spend your hard earned cash on a KitchenAid Artisan Stand mixer? If you are TV and cooking fan then you will have seen this fantastic mixer starring in ‘The Great British Bake Off’, ‘Saturday Kitchen’ and ‘Kirstie’s Handmade Britain’. This prominence in the media has made the mixers extremely sought after. 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. Make pasta, cake batter, meringue, burgers, sausages , meat balls – the possibilities are endless!

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Make your own ice-cream for the Summer

coned ice cream with blueberries and flowers

Don’t miss out this Summer, make your own delicious frozen deserts with an Ice Cream Maker..

The Great British Summer weather cannot be relied upon in any capacity but we can still make the most of our Summer! You may not be able to guarantee sunshine but you can always guarantee ice cream so, invest in an ice cream maker! You can choose your own flavours, get the kids involved – it’s a great chance to have a play in the kitchen and create some delicious treats in the meantime. Here are a few more reasons that an ice cream maker definitely is a good idea…

It is cost effective in the long term

I average at least 4 ice-creams a week from May to August – and that’s without buying any for the kids. By buying an ice-cream maker, I would definitely save money in the long run.

I love Ben & Jerry’s but it can be almost a fiver a tub!

I love trying the different flavours that this iconic American duo come up with. Having an ice cream maker allows me to take inspiration and come up with my own. Not only that but I can add extra where my favourite brand may scrimp a little because the consistencies are all up to me!

The flavour possibilities are endless

With an ice-cream maker you can come up with literally any flavour you want. Got a crazy idea that you’d never find on the shelves? No problem ! Make it yourself and give it a try. Ice cream makers are fantastic for fans of desert and those who love to create. The possibilities are endless – especially if you fancy yourself as a bit of a Heston Blumenthal wanna-be. Bacon and egg ice-cream anyone?

person holding ice cream in cone in front of pumpkins

Have I convinced you that this is a brilliant idea yet? Well, if not, maybe we should take a look at some of the ice-cream makers available…

Sage BCI600UK Smart Scoop Ice Cream Maker

The Sage BCI600UK ‘The Smart Scoop’  can make up to 1 litre of fresh ice cream, gelato, sorbet, frozen yoghurt and other frozen desserts. When the icecream machine has finished it will play music just like the old retro ice cream vans.

The Sage Smart Scoop is the first icecream maker to automatically sense the hardness of the mixture based on the selection chosen. Heston’s ice cream machine will also keep the ice cream ready until it’s time to serve.

Sage Heston Blumenthal BCI600UK Smart Scoop Ice Cream Maker

The Cuisinart Ice Cream Maker Deluxe

Allows you to make ice cream, frozen yoghurt, sorbets and frozen drinks. Simply place the detachable 2 litre freezer bowl into your freezer the night before using it and the next day you can have a healthy and versatile dessert in just twenty to thirty minutes. Fully automatic, simply fill the bowl with your desired mixture and press on, and the open lid allows ingredients to be added while in motion.

Cuisinart ICE30U Deluxe Ice Cream Maker

The Cuisinart ICE100BCU professional gelato and ice cream maker is extremely easy to use. The professional compressor system means there is no need to pre-freeze the bowl. This means you can make delicious ice cream, gelato, frozen yoghurt or refreshing sorbet in just 40 minutes.

Fully automatic, simply fill the bowl and switch on. The open window allows ingredients like nuts, chocolate chips or fresh fruit to be added while the icecream machine is still in motion.

When you have decided which one you want visit our website to buy online with free delivery. Go on, just think of the summer! 

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Wedding Season is underway…

wedding day

It’s that time of year again – Wedding season! The wedding bells are chiming, and every weekend seems to be filled with some friend or relative tying the knot. What to give the happy couple is always a dilemma no matter how well you know the bride or groom. Here at Go-Electrical we have created a list of must-buys to help you make your decision. Suiting a range of budgets the products we have selected would also make great anniversary presents. Why not take a look? You never know, your present might just be the one that the newly-weds love the most. Visit us at www.calvertsonline.com for larger scale white goods.

Dualit have updated the popular 2 slice Lite toasterwith a new Peek & Pop function, allowing you to view your toast at any point without cancelling the toasting cycle.

wedding toaster

Smart and stylish the Lite toaster is finished in a gloss finish that stays cool to the touch and features a defrost setting and a bagel function that toasts one side of the bagel only. The cancel button adds to the flexibility of use and the wider 36mm slots allows you to toast larger items.

wedding mixer

How much do you like the happy couple? If you would like to make a very generous contribution to their home then a Kitchenaid Artisan Stand Mixer has to be one of the best cookware gifts on the market. With the variety of attachments available it will assist you in cooking almost anything! The range of colours available mean that it always looks beautiful in the Kitchen.

Who doesn’t love a toastie? The Cuisinart overstuffed sandwich maker GRSM1U is made with deep fill style designed plates so you really can fill your toasted sandwiches to the max! With the non stick plates you can cook the sandwiches without mess. These plates have been designed so you can create well-filled toasted sandwiches. The overstuffed sandwich maker looks very modern and sleek and would be a stylish asset to any kitchen.

wedding juicer
Sage BJE430SIL The Nutri Juicer Cold – £149 with free delivery

Every health conscious home these days needs to own a juicer! The Sage BJE430SIL Nutri Juicer Cold features cold spin technology and a super sized jug. With it you can easily prepare fresh, healthy fruit and vegetable juices without fuss.

Which coffee machine is right for you?

cups of coffee

A coffee machine can be quite an investment but if you choose the right coffee machine it will change your life! Make sure your money is well spent with our quick guide.

Choose the right coffee machine

When picking a coffee machine you will usually be picking between a traditional espresso machine , bean to cup or a capsule coffee machine.

If you want to get the most for your money then a traditional espresso/ bean to cup machine will give you more cups for your cash. If you’re looking for time and convenience then a capsule machine is perfect. For those who want to explore coffee flavours and perfect the art of coffee making then we would recommend a manual espresso machine every time.

manual coffee machine
Sage BES980BKS ‘The Oracle’ espresso coffee machine in black sesame down to £1449.
coffee grinder for manual machines
Sage BCG820BSSUK Smart Grinder Pro Stainless Steel £199.99

Will you need a grinder?

For a manual coffee machine you will need to purchase a good quality grinder. Having your grinder separate to the machine allows you to get the extraction time to an art. You can tailor make your grind to the coffee that you’re making and get the most out of your beans. With a bean to cup machine there is no need to purchase a grinder as the machine will do the grinding for you. Most bean to cup machines will still allow you to select which type of grind you would like for your coffee.

Using pre ground coffee will never release the optimum flavours from your coffee. For maximum flavour invest in a quality burr grinder which will create an even texture. Think about your priorities when choosing the right coffee machine.

You’ll also need a knock box…

A knock box is a handy gadget where you can knock out the used coffee grounds. Less mess ! You don’t have to traipse backwards and forwards to the bin. Simply empty it when it’s full.

A few quick tips to get the most out of making your own coffee

I think we can agree that you just can’t beat the flavour of the freshly roasted beans that go into making a proper cuppa’ coffee. Whether yours is a latte, mocha, flat white or americano the base is always the same – it begins with the espresso. Thinking about what kind of coffee you want to make will help you choose the right coffee machine. If you opt for a capsule coffee machine then you don’t need to worry about the espresso. Simply choose the pod that you want and let the machine do the rest.

capsule coffee machine.
The Sage Creatista Plus in Black Truffle SNE800BTR is at the top of it’s game in Capsule Coffee machines buy it now at £449.95 with free delivery.

For a glorious cup of coffee begin with an exemplary espresso. Start with premium quality coffee beans and take care to store them in a cool, dry place. Having them in an airtight container can extend their shelf life up to 3 months.

Firstly decide what kind of coffee you are making, the size of your espresso will carry the all of the flavour and you don’t want it to be too overpowering. Generally you will choose from the following espresso measures;

  • Ristretto – 24ml
  • Espresso – 36ml
  • Lungo – 45ml

When you choose the right coffee machine decide how much you want to experiment. A manual machine will always give you the most scope for creativity.

Good beans are the key

A good coffee will allow you to taste the fruitful flavour of the beans through the milk. Choose coffee grinds which are graded over 80/100 to ensure that you are getting the finest, speciality coffee. When you roast your beans, you must be wary of roasting out the flavours within the bean. Getting the roast profile and extraction right on the machine is going to provide you with #coffeegoals.

Storage

Leaving your beans in the open air will detiorate their quality quicker than anything, if you keep them in a airtight container then you can prolong their life from 1-3 months. Ensuring that your coffee beans are stored in a dry environment is key – they don’t need to be kept in the fridge.  

row of different types of coffee. created from using a manual coffee machine

The Importance of stretching milk

If you love frothy coffees then you will need to make sure that you invest in a coffee machine that allows you to steam & stretch the milk. Do you know what we mean when we say stretching milk? It simply means the process of bringing air into the milk for that lovely frothy effect. Take the milk nozzle and position it just outside of the milk. Then texturise it by spinning the milk in circles for a nice creamy/frothy texture.

Grinding to perfection – choose the right coffee machine

To achieve perfect extraction you need to make sure your grind is not too coarse in order for the water not to flow through too quickly because this makes for tasteless coffee. On the same hand if your beans are too fine then you can be too slow, making it overly bitter. Aim for 36ml in about 30 seconds from 13g.

coffee burr grinder for manual coffee machines

Cuisinart DBM8U Professional Coffee Burr Grinder Mill – down to just £51.99

Considering your budget, time and how much passion you have for making coffee should ultimately help you chose the right coffee machine.

Breathe easy this summer with an AirFree Air Purifier

While most of us are excited for Summer it can be a nightmare for those who suffer with allergies and hay fever. It is made even worse for people who cannot take antihistamines because of difficult side effects or conflicts with existing medication. The AirFree Air Purifier range is designed to allow sufferers to be free of symptoms of allergies and hay fever. The contemporary design will also blend seamlessly into your home.

Airfree Air Purfiers offer a natural solution to those who suffer from asthma and respiratory allergies. With its tested and patented technology the purifier eliminates dust mites, bacteria, fungi, virus, pollen, allergens of domestic animals and other microorganisms from the air within the rooms of your household. AirFree technology allows you to choose to breathe clean air at home. It will also help prevent instances of must and mould in humid environments.

We take a look at a sample of the range below;

The AirFree P80

The Airfree P80 Air Purfier in white  draws air from the room. It will then heat the air to around 200°C and effectively sterilize it. The purified air is then cooled and returned to the room.

The Award winning design is neat and practical. There is no maintenance, no filters to change, and the device is light and portable. It will purify air in a room of 32m² and is completely silent. This silent technology means it is just as appropriate for use in a bedroom as any other room in the house. There is even a cool blue adjustable night light. The environmentally friendly technology means there are no ozone or ion emissions and the appliance has low energy consumption. Perfect for the whole family from adults to babies.

The Airfree Iris 40 Air Purifier

The Airfree Iris 40 Air Purfier in white  draws air from the room, heats it up to 200°C and effectively sterilizes the air. The purified air is then cooled and returned to the room. This model is suited to slightly smaller spaces than the P80 because the Iris 40 will purify air in a room up to 16m². This model is still completely silent and appropriate for use in any room in the house.

Award winning design means the appliance is neat and practical and there is no maintenance. There are no filters to change, and the device is light and portable. The Airfree Iris has a rainbow spectrum of light colours . Choose one colour at the simple touch of a button. Set the appliance to run in random colour selection to create a soothing and calm environment.

Airfree environmentally friendly technology means there are no ozone or ion emissions and the appliance has low energy consumption. Just set it up in your room and it will eliminate up to 99.99% of any microorganisms and allergens in the air.

Airfree Lotus Air Purifier White

The Airfree® Lotus is top of the range of Airfree purifiers because it combines a distinctive design with exclusive technology. Just like other AirFree purifiers, the Airfree Lotus offers a natural solution to help those who suffer from asthma and respiratory allergies. The Airfree Lotus also changes colour and opens the outer ‘petals’ of the appliance creating a calm and welcoming environment.

The Airfree Lotus Air Purfier in white sterilizes the air in the room by heating it to 200°C. The purified air is then cooled and returned to the room. It’s a very simple, natural and effective solution that eliminates any microorganisms and allergens in the air. All of this functionality is performed in complete silence so you remain undisturbed. The Airfree Lotus will purify air in a room of 60m².

Award winning design means the appliance is neat and practical – no maintenance, no filters to change, and the device is light and portable.

Airfree environmentally friendly technology means there are no ozone or ion emissions and it has low energy consumption. Just set it up in your room and it will eliminate up to 99.99% of any microorganisms and allergens in the air.

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A Dualit toaster

Invest in British manufacturing with a Dualit Toaster. “This clever toaster does all the thinking to produce perfect toast from the 1st to the 500th slice.”

The Dualit Catering Toaster (49900) is the first truly commercial pop-up toaster designed by Dualit. The only pop-up toasters Dualit made until now were the Lite range. The 49900 is ideal for continual, day in day out use. It is perfect for breakfast time in a guest house or café which might not have the need for a massive conveyor toaster.

The toaster is “foolproof” according to Dualit. Drop in the bread and lower the lever for the toast to automatically pop-up when ready. It features an intelligent browning system – simply set the browning control for a specific type of bread. The toaster auto-adjusts the time to ensure consistent browning from the first to the last slice. This Dualit toaster has spring-loaded slots which centre the bread so the outcome is evenly browned toast time after time.  The slots of the toaster are 30mm wide so you can serve chunky slices. The two sides of the toaster and individually controlled which is another reason why the Pop-Up toaster is ideal for multi-service use.

Proheat Elements

Like other Dualit toasters the 49900 features the Proheat elements which are exclusive to Dualit. ProHeat elements have a protective armour plated layer covering the filament so they are super strong.  The patented ProHeat elements are capable of toasting up to 120-533 slices of bread an hour. You would be forgiven for worrying about how long the toaster would last. Panic not ! Every part of the toaster can be replaced just like the domestic Vario and Combi models.

Weighing 7.5kg and measuring 23cm x 35cm x 34cm (HxWxD) the 49900 toaster is very robust and sturdy. Made from Stainless Steel the toaster is easy to keep clean, and will fit into an industrial kitchen easily.

The Dualit Catering Toaster (49900) is available now from Go-Electrical for £270.00