By Wares March 06, 2017 Major appliances

A round-up of some of the latest local and international major appliances category news.

Samsung’s whiteware wonderings

Samsung’s Wi-Fi connected and Bluetooth-enabled Family Hub 670L combined fridge-freezer went on sale in New Zealand in time for Christmas.

Featuring a 21.5-inch full HD LCD screen which can display content from your smartphone or Samsung Smart TV it also has speakers so you can stream your favourite music and cameras inside the fridge which capture images every time the door closes which you can then access using your smartphone. Also on trend is the French Door design and Black Caviar finish.

Another Samsung whiteware innovation seen at CES this year was the FlexWash + FlexDry Laundry System. A side-by-side front-load washer and dryer set, what’s different is that both units have a smaller washer or dryer incorporated into the top of the machine, top-load-style.

The front-loader on the FlexWash is five cubic feet, and there’s an extra cubic foot added by the top-loader space. The FlexDry top-loader will handle clothes that require different settings than the main load, like delicate clothing with a lay-flat rack and gentle heated-air system. No news on a New Zealand release at this point.


Laundry + robot = Laundroid

One other whiteware product at CES in January which captured a lot of attention was Laundroid (photo above), from Japan-based and aptly named company Seven Dreamers Laboratories.

As the product’s name suggests, it automates the last remaining physical aspect of doing the laundry – folding your clothes.

You simply toss the clean washing into the drawer at the bottom and Laundroid, using AI and image analysis to distinguish between t-shirts, dresses and undergarments, sets to folding.

At this stage, it admittedly takes 3-10 minutes to fold one piece of laundry – which means a young family of five will be washing again by the time the next set of folded clothes is done – but at least it also features support for Android and iPhone so you can find out how far it’s got through its task!

Award Appliances 60cm Built-in Dishwashers

Award Appliances will release four new built-in dishwasher models during March, with each and every one representing “exceptional value at very affordable prices”. One is white, two are touch-proof stainless steel and one is a fully-integrated model. Specifically designed to allow a perfectly tailored result with new kitchen joinery, all are height adjustable (82-91cm) and all with fully adjustable toe-spaces ensuring a seamless final result. All are specified with 15 place settings, three VarioSpace baskets to cater for all possible loads, turbo drying for efficient performance and “beautifully quiet” operation. Energy and water ratings are also first class and all are covered by a full 3-year warranty.

Robinhood Undermount Rangehoods

Monaco has just launched a new range of premium Robinhood glass undermount rangehoods that feature perimeter extraction and LED strip lighting. Available in 52cm and 90cm sizes in both black and white glass, the white models are RPD3CL6WH (520mm) and RPD3CL9WH (900mm) and the black RPD3CL6BK (520mm) and RPD3CL9BK (900mm). Designed to be completely built in, all feature a powerful 1000m3/h perimeter extraction system, easy clean modern styling, a recirculation option where ducting to the exterior isn’t possible, three-speed centrifugal motor, soft touch electronic controls, LED lights to illuminate the whole cooking area, dishwasher safe micromesh filters and a delay timer which finishes up after you finish cooking.

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