We live in a technologically-driven age; we want everything faster, sleeker, sexier, more efficient and more environmentally-friendly. We also want things simpler, because, honestly, who has the time to mess around with complicated washing machines, vacuum cleaners and ovens? Fortunately, appliance manufacturers are well aware of our demands and work tirelessly to ensure that our every whim is met – and then some. So, without further ado, we look at five nifty household appliances that any modern home shouldn’t be without.
- Dell XPS 2720
If you like your laptops on the side of mega, then this is it. The XPS 2720 has a whopping 27 inch screen, so you don’t have to worry about squinting to see the finer details on whatever you happen to have open – especially YouTube or your favourite TV series. It comes with Windows 8, touch display, 8GB memory, 1TB SATA hard drive, DVD drive (of course) and four USB ports. It’s not cheap, but when you’re looking for the best that mobile technology has to offer, you can’t expect it to be.
- SMEG vintage-style pink fridge
We don't have time to go shopping every night after work - and we don't particularly want to either. The pink SMEG fridge adds a quirky, yet stylish touch to your kitchen appliances and keeps all those ready-meals we seem to survive on these days nice and fresh. What’s more, the colour is enough to cheer you up on even the most miserable of winter mornings.
- Rangemaster induction oven
Microwave ovens aren’t exactly on the way out, but as far as kitchen appliances go, induction ovens are definitely on the way in. They’re energy efficient, take up very little space and allow you to cook healthy meals in virtually no time at all. Not only that, but this glass topped induction oven is really pretty! It gives the kitchen a bit of a space-age and minimalist look (whereas worktops in the rest of the house often resemble the aftermath of a church jumble sale).
- Panasonic NA-140VZ4 washing machine
So, washing machines aren’t sexy, but they are necessary and they can be sleek. This lovely Panasonic model has got rave reviews, scoring an average 9/10. The steam system is just one of the reasons it’s so amazing because it practically makes ironing obsolete. It has a super-convenient 15-minute quick cycle and a 50-minute relatively cycle. It has 10kg capacity, which isn’t enormous but it’s pretty handy. It’s also energy and water efficient, so it’s a win on pretty much all accounts.
- Panasonic V Series Plasma TX-P55VT65B TV
Panasonic nails it again with its V Series Plasma TX-P55VT65B TV. It scored full marks on several reviews, so you know it’s going to be special. Some great features include a built-in video camera, a 65-inch screen, side-mounted speakers, its very own sub-woofer and rather pleasing aesthetics. There are also 3 HDMI connections, 3 USB ports, an SD card slot and a Common Interface slot – the list goes on, actually, so if you like to keep all your gadgets connected in one hub, Panasonic will do it. Now that’s sexy.
Remember that when you’re in the market for a new home, there are no rules regarding what appliance sellers should and should not leave behind, so you can’t take anything for granted. If you’re not sure what your rights are regarding fixtures and fittings, consult a property expert like Tepilo for advice.