Panasonic laundry features “curry” button – Following feedback from Indian customers struggling to get curry strains out of their clothes, Panasonic has launched a curry cycle as part of its Stainmaster technology for the Indian market. Billed as the ideal combination of water flow and temperature to get curry ingredients out of clothes, its laundry machine also has five other cycles aimed at the Indian consumer, including one for hair oil. Note that although India’s middle class now numbers some 267 million people, only 10% of Indian homes currently own a washing machine.
Positive outlook for US Appliance sales – Recent data from Euromonitor shows that US consumer appliance sales last year rose 5.6% to US$69 billion, despite some large scale stumbles in 2016 as hhgregg filed for bankruptcy and appliance legend Sears reported poor sales, particularly in appliances. However, Home Depot, Lowe’s, Best Buy and JC Penney all had excellent results from appliances and have announced plans to invest more in the category.
Electrolux acquires Anova – Electrolux recently announced the acquisition of smart kitchen appliance company Anova, with its award-winning connected sous vide device, the Anova Precision Cooker. Anova’s stated vision is “To build an Anova Kitchen – a kitchen where devices are user-friendly, connected, and affordable, so everyone can cook like a pro”. The implications for mutual connected cooking developments are obvious.
Fisher & Paykel DishDrawer turns 20
One of the most unique products that Fisher & Paykel, or any New Zealand company for that matter, has ever produced, the DishDrawer marked its 20th year on the market last year.
Launching in 1996 the model received widespread media attention even featuring on the Oprah Winfrey Show and Time magazine.
The DishDrawer started life in Mosgiel when a team of Fisher & Paykel engineers, looking at the practicality of a filing cabinet asked the question “So why not put a dishwasher in a drawer?
This kicked off a major engineering challenge with the team redesigning every element of the traditional dishwasher to make the DishDrawer concept a reality.
Once it hit the market, its point of difference – greater flexibility and ease of use – was obvious. Two decades down the track, this innovative appliance is in its prime; its original benefits have been honed and new features added. Over 1.25 million DishDrawer dishwashers have been manufactured and sold in more than 20 countries worldwide.
New model DishDrawers are quieter and more energy- and water-efficient and more durable than ever thanks to Fisher & Paykel’s rigorous testing and commitment to improvement over the past 20 years.
The latest model (DD60DCX9 Series 9) is also a thing of beauty, says F&P, adding rather than subtracting to any sleek modern kitchen aesthetic, while further refining all the best features of this beloved Kiwi invention.
Bosch April promotions
Bosch is currently running a series of excellent promotions until 30 April. The first is the Bosch Cooking Cashback Promotion, offering a $200 Cashback for each eligible Bosch Series 8 oven, compact appliance or FlexInduction cooktop.
Laundry gets a mention too with the Bosch Laundry Cashback Promotion that offers $100 cashback for each eligible Bosch laundry appliance.
Finally the Bosch Finish Dishwashing Promotion offers 120 Finish Powerball Tablets for each eligible Bosch Dishwasher.
Miele Artline Cooking Appliances
Sleek, streamlined and elegant, new Miele ArtLine built-in cooking appliances blend seamlessly with flush cabinetry fronts, without a handle in sight! The ArtLine series introduces Graphite Grey as well as Obsidian Black in the Premium and Prestige collections, which are characterised by fully flush glass fronts and integrated appliance displays. The ArtLine portfolio includes ovens, speed ovens, steam combination ovens, coffee machines and warming drawers.
These Generation 6000 appliances are handle-less for a seamless and minimalist contemporary kitchen replacing the handle of conventional models with Touch2Open technology that uses a sensor integrated into the fascia panel. By gently touching this sensor, the motor-assisted door opens, pausing the action as the door reaches the fully open position.
In addition, the Prestige ArtLine series boasts M Touch displays, like PureLine models. Like a smartphone, they interact with users and offer a practical search
function for automatic programmes.
InSinkErator Instant Hot Water Taps
New from Parex is a range of InSinkErator Instant Hot Water Taps. Easily installed beside the kitchen sink, this elegant accessory delivers instant filtered 98˚C hot and cold water, whenever you want it, without a sound. InSinkErator’s Instant Hot Water Taps meet all the criteria and have the assurance of the WaterMark, which means peace of mind that your customers are buying a quality product.