Buyer’s Guide: How to Pick the Right Washing Machine


Let’s face it, buying a new washing machine isn’t much fun.

In fact, these devices are some of the hardest to shop for. They’re exhausting to transport, and the marketplace is saturated with countless different models and makes to choose from. Even when you get past all the confusion, you’ve still got the stress of buying something that needs to last you several years.

Yet, no matter how tough it might be to buy the perfect washer – it would really stink not to have one (literally). Or having to call the washing machine repair man all the time simply because you didn’t spend much time researching which brand to buy! 

Rather than commit yourself to a life of dirty clothing or washing your underwear in the sink, why not simplify your washing machine shopping experience with this handy guide?

We’re going to cover the most important considerations, from efficiency and size to the constant debate about “top loaders” and “front loaders”, to help you find the perfect option.


Handy Guide:

The Basic Types of Washing Machine

When it comes to choosing a big, expensive device like a washing machine, the first thing you’ll need to do is figure out what kind of machine is right for you. This means choosing whether you’d prefer to have a “front-loading” washing machine or a “top loading” machine.

If you’re comfortable using something similar to your previous washing machine, then you probably already have a presence. However, if you’re moving to a new home with a different layout, or you simply aren’t sure which type will suit you best, it might be worth taking a look at your options.


The “Front Loading” Machine

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The most obvious difference between a front loading and top loading washing machine is where you put the clothes. A front-loading washer will have a horizontal drum which spins rapidly in order to wash and rinse your clothing. This is a different approach to the top-loading machines, which use agitators to move and rotate clothes.

Front loading machines can be better for families with delicate clothes, because agitators are often rougher on the materials they wash, and they can even cause your items to tangle up too.

Choosing a front loader could mean that your clothes last for longer. Additionally, if you haven’t got a lot of space to work with, your front-loading machine can simply be placed underneath a workbench or stacked under something else.

Most front-loaders come in sizes anywhere from 5kg to 10kg.


The “Top Loading” Machine

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Alternatively, the “top-loading” washing machine comes with an upright drum and an agitator, which mixes your clothes around like a spoon stirring soup. In many cases, top-loaders are much cheaper than front loaders, however, there are plenty of manufacturers out there who are working to produce a budget-friendly front-loader.

Top loaders also have a larger load capacity than their counterparts, thanks to their upright drum, and they’re capable of handling larger loads of washing at a time. This makes them appealing to larger families that need to get loads done quickly.

Another benefit of the top-loading machine is that you can interrupt the wash cycle whenever you want if you want to add or remove items. People with painful joints or a sore back can also benefit from the fact that they don’t have to kneel to access the machine.

Some top-loading models will feature an impeller in place of the standard agitator. This component takes up less space, and also works to create turbulence in the water of a machine, helping to clean clothes. However, impellers can cause more tangling in your clothing.

Top-loader washing machines are often available with capacities of between 3kg and 10kg.

Pros and Cons

Top Loaders:

Top loaders are the more traditional form of washing machine, and they’re often much cheaper than their more modern counterparts. However, they’re not always ideal when you want to avoid tangled or damaged clothing.


  • More reliable (can potentially last longer)
  • Shorter washing cycles
  • Cheaper
  • Easier to manoeuvre (lightweight)
  • Can add or remove clothes mid-cycle
  • Better rinse performance


  • Harsher on clothing
  • Consume more water and energy
  • Can use more washing detergent
  • More expensive to run

Front Loaders

Front loading washing machines can be a more environmentally-friendly option, using up to 70% less water and energy during a wash cycle. Additionally, front-loaders are less likely to tangle your clothes, but they are more expensive.


  • Use less water and energy (particularly when washing on low temperatures)
  • Use less detergent
  • Cheaper to run
  • Gentler on clothing
  • More temperature and program options
  • Higher spin speeds
  • Good for small spaces


  • Very long wash cycles
  • Difficult to stop a wash mid-cycle
  • More expensive
  • Heavy and cumbersome
  • Some need to be specially installed
  • Louder spin cycles
  • Poorer rinsing quality

Functional Features

Once you’ve chosen the type of washing machine that’s right for you, it’s time to think about the features you need to make your life as easy as possible. After all, when you buy a washer, you’re not just looking for the right drum size, you’re also searching for variable timers, drying features, and a whole lot more.

Here are just some of the functional features you might want to consider before you start splashing your cash.

Washer-Dryer Function

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Perhaps one of the most popular considerations for homeowners today is whether they should reduce the space and inconvenience of having a separate washing and drying machine, by buying something that can accomplish both things at once.

Washer-dryers are well suited to anyone who wants to be able to dry their laundry quickly, but they might not have the space to facilitate two separate appliances. The great thing about these machines is that they often come with some of the latest technology, including automatic sensors that use the weight of the load to determine how much drying time you need to get the best results.

Of course, while washer-dryers come with both washing and drying capabilities, they’re a washing machine first, which means that you might not get the best dry first time around.

However, a great thing about these machines is that because they come with condenser technology built-in, you probably won’t need to get a vent installed when you want to start using one.

Variable Timer or Delayed Start

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What if you want to control when your washing load will be ready to hang up to dry? One of the most common features of a washing machine today is the variable timer solution, which gives you the opportunity to choose how long your washing cycle should be.

You can even choose a time for the cycle to start, which is great when you want to take advantage of off-peak rates for electricity, or simply make sure that your home to deal with a wash when it’s finished.

Of course, it’s worth noting that many washing machines will adjust the time you set based on how much weight is in the machine.


Temperature Control

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Temperature control might not seem like a crucial feature for your new washer at first glance. However, being able to choose whether you’re running a hot or cold cycle is a useful way to cut down your energy bills. Using cold water is often just as good as hot water, and it can save you a lot of money on heating up the liquid before it’s ready for the wash.

Additionally, you might have noticed that some of your clothing specifically requires you to run washes at certain temperatures. Delicate materials can’t always hold up well to the stress of extreme heat.

Different Modes

Another great feature to look for when you’re choosing your washing machine is the option to choose from multiple modes to suit specific wash types and fabrics.

For instance, you might have a unique mode that you use for delicate fabrics, as mentioned above or a particular mode for light-coloured clothing. There are even solutions out there that allow you to choose a stronger wash if you have heavily soiled garments to clean. The modes available will depend on the brand you choose.

Smart Controls

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Today, devices of all shapes and sizes are becoming increasingly clever, thanks to new technology. Some washing machines are equipped with something called “IOT” technology, which means that they can interact with the internet, and allow you to control your machine from your phone!

There are also other options that allow for increased customisation and touchscreen interfaces which are a perfect way to reduce the problems with dials and buttons that have been prone to breakage in the past.

With smart controls, you could potentially start a load of washing running before you get home or adjust the washing cycle when you’re away from the house if you change your mind about the mode you’ve chosen. Unfortunately, manufacturers are still trying to figure out how they can get the machines to collect your dirty laundry for you, too.

Child Lock Features

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Some machines come with a “child lock” function, which either makes sure that the door of the washer can’t be accidentally opened mid-cycle or prevents the washing mode from being changed when a button is knocked.

In a house with children running around, the last thing you want is all your wet laundry suddenly spilling out over the floor because someone got curious.

Manufacturers also recommend activating the door lock when you’re not using the machine too, as this can prevent your child from climbing inside. However, it’s sometimes worth keeping the door of a front-loader washer slightly open to prevent the growth of mould or mildew in the rim of the machine.


Drum Materials

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Okay, you know what type of washing machine you’re looking for, and what features you need, now you’re ready to think about the material of the drum inside the washer.

What your machine is made from is very important, as material choice can impact the performance and longevity of your machine. By making sure that your machine is built of high-quality material, there is less to no possible chance that you’ll need an appliance repair service anytime soon. 

Learn how to repair your washing machine yourself and save time and money. This DIY guide will show you how.

The three most common options include:

  • Porcelain-coated steel drums: These are probably the cheapest option on the market. Though they work quite well for a time, they’re also prone to chipping and breakage the more you use them. Often, porcelain-coated drums are more likely to deteriorate quickly, leading to the need to replace a machine faster.
  • Plastic tubs: Plastic drums, on the other hand, can have a longer lifespan than their porcelain counterparts, as plastic is naturally more versatile and durable. A plastic tub should be able to last for much longer.
  • Stainless steel drums: If you’re looking for the best of the best, then steel drums are where it’s at. These tubs generally deliver the best results because they’re not only the gentlest on your clothes, but they also last longer too.

Ultimately, the cheaper you go with your washing machine, the more likely it is that you’ll end up with a less durable material in the drum.


First Things to Do Before You Buy

Congratulations! You know what you’re looking for, and you feel comfortable with the idea of going to the store and choosing your new washing machine. However, before you make that commitment, it’s important to take a couple of quick preparation steps first. For instance:

Measure the Space You Have

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The last thing you want is to go and spend all your cash on your new washing machine, just to discover that it doesn’t fit wherever you want it to go. Before you start your love affair with the perfect device, make sure that you do the groundwork.

Check out the space you have for your machine and measure it twice to ensure that you know exactly how much room you’re dealing with.

Keep in mind that specific features could affect the space you have to work with. For instance, if you must mount your washing machine, then you probably won’t be able to use a top-loading device.

Similarly, if you’re planning on stacking a dryer on top of the washer, you’ll need to pick a front-loading device too. When you’re measuring, remember to leave plenty of space for opening and closing the lid or door.

Know What Capacity You Need

Often, the best washing machine for your needs will be the one that can load and clean all your clothing and materials as quickly and effectively as possible. With that in mind, it’s important to choose the right capacity for the typical size of a load in your house.

Capacities in the washing machine world can range anywhere from 3kg to 18kg, so you shouldn’t have too much trouble finding a machine that works with your household.

Obviously, the larger the machine is, the better it will be for bigger homes who have bulky items to wash like bedding. However, remember that you shouldn’t go too over the top with your choice, as bigger machines also drain a lot of water and energy.

Most of us will only fill a washing machine about half full at best, so measure how much you’d generally wash in a typical load before you start shopping. You could even just place your basket of laundry on a set of bathroom scales to get the gist of the weight.

Understand Energy Ratings

When you’re shopping for the perfect washing machine, it’s easy to get carried away looking at all the jargon written on a product page. Energy ratings – those little “A+” or “B” ratings written on the machine – were designed to help you choose the most efficient model for your household. The more efficient the machine is, the more likely it is to reduce your energy costs.

After all, if you’re using your washing machine several times a day – as most families with kids will – then you’re going to want to make sure you’re using as little energy as possible to keep costs low. Looking for a high-efficiency energy rating could be a great way to minimise the running costs of your new machine.

Choosing the Best Machine for You

Choosing the perfect washing machine isn’t always easy. There are so many different features to look at, and it’s not always clear what you need from your device. For instance, you might think that you want a super-fast spin cycle so that you can dry your clothing faster or reduce the amount of time you need to hang it from a washing line. However, you can’t always trust that a machine advertised with a high speed will dry your clothing any faster than a slow one.

As with most things in life, choosing the right machine will be a matter of personal preference, but here are a few things you can go over when you’re making your choice.

The Best Brands Available Today

The best “brand” of washing machine will depend on who you ask. Generally, most people will feel more comfortable going with a brand they know, than one they’ve never heard of – particularly if they’re going to be paying out a lot of money. Some of the most popular options available in the market right now include:

  • Fisher & Paykel: Fisher & Paykel are often on the higher-end of the quality scale when it comes to washing machines, and this means that they come with a heftier price tag. Of course, the more you pay, the more features you’ll get, including smart-sensor tech and high capacity.
  • LG: Known for their wide range of technology devices, LG is another great option for modern households. LG can offer very cheap machines, but just because they’re inexpensive doesn’t mean that they don’t offer great performance. Some come with the signature “Turbo Drum” technology to ensure a more consistent wash. There’s also a “fuzzy logic” load sensor which helps to assess the right settings for your load size.
  • Miele: Another option at the higher end of the washing machine world, Germany-made Miele offers exceptional quality at a price that might be a little out-of-this-world for some families. Although they are quite expensive, these machines are also very efficient, with a great energy-reducing spin speed and drying time. Many Miele devices come with a dozen or more pre-loaded modes to choose from.
  • Bosch: A mid-way offering for most families, Bosch is another strong contender in the market, and it also comes from Germany. Bosch washers often come with high energy efficiency ratings, and they can also provide you with plenty of great features, including delayed starts and timers. Some people also say that Bosch is quieter than other machines, but it’ll be up to you to test that yourself.


What Type of Machine Should I Buy?

Ultimately, the best washing machine for you will be the one that works for your family’s needs. Determining the machine that’s best for you is trickier than it seems, but you can always start by looking at your current washing machine and asking yourself whether you like what you already have, or whether you need something better.

If you’re not happy, ask yourself why that is. Do you need more capacity? A different load type? New features?

Sometimes, the features of a washing machine can really set it apart from the other options on the market. For instance, a delayed washing feature is a great way to make sure that your washes adhere to your schedule. Additionally, if you have young children, then a pre-wash cycle to soak heavily-soiled clothing can be useful too.


What Size Should I Buy?

Size is one of the most important concerns for anyone buying a new washing machine. Buying the wrong capacity could mean that you waste a serious amount of water and energy. After all, if your drum is too small, then you could end up doing more loads, which drains your wallet through your energy bill.

On the other hand, if the drum is too large, you use more power than you need to with each load. This table might help:

Family Size Drum Size
1-2 5kg
3-4 5kg – 8kg
4+ 8kg +



Price Overview

Finally, you’ll need to figure out how much you can reasonably afford to spend on a washing machine. Spend more, and you’re more likely to get your choice of drum size, washing cycles, and great features. However, that doesn’t necessarily mean that you must over-spend. You can get a good machine on a tight budget if you’re willing to look around and compare prices.

Your options can extend anywhere from $600, to several thousand dollars. For instance:

  • $1499 – W6444A Front loading machine
  • $2499 – W8844XL Eco front loading machine
  • $1799 – W6864 Front loading machine

The best thing you can do is try to find a balance between a price that you can afford and the features you need. While it is possible to go as cheap as possible with your machine, there’s a good chance you’ll compromise on features and longevity if you do.


And there you have it! Everything you need to know about buying your very own washing machine. Whether you’re choosing your first device, or you’re replacing an old one, we hope this guide has been helpful.


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Oven Buyer’s Guide: How To Choose The Best Oven For Your Needs

The oven is a crucial component in any kitchen. It’s where you make your meals for the day, where you explore new hobbies like baking, and it’s the device that the rest of your kitchen centres around. Since an oven is crucial to ensuring your family gets the nutrition they need each day, it’s important to make sure you have the right one in your home. Of course – that isn’t always easy.

Even if you did happen to be a culinary mastermind with insider understanding of terms like “convection” and “fan-heated”, the sheer number of different models and designs available in the market today could leave you feeling lost and overwhelmed.

A good oven should be something that lasts for years and offers you consistently delicious dishes day after day. Whatever your lifestyle and budget, you can rest assured that there’s an oven out there to suit you – all you need to do is find it!

In this guide, you’ll discover all the information you need to make the best, most informed decision about your oven. Whether you’re choosing an oven to slot into a specific space, or you want an upgrade to suit your preferred styles of cooking, the following guide is sure to help.

Let’s get started.

Handy Guide:

The Basics: Choosing the Perfect Oven

It’s easy to get overwhelmed when buying a new oven. There are countless different factors to consider, with various types, features, and designs to choose from. Some ovens are all about versatility – giving you the freedom you need to cook the food that’s right for you. Other ovens are all about speed and efficiency – ideal when you just can’t wait for that fresh, crispy pizza.

Here are just some of the basics to consider:

Electric Vs Gas Ovens

The first thing you need to decide is what kind of fuel you’re going to use to power your oven. This should be an easy choice if you’re replacing a previous model and you want to keep things simple. However, if you want to make your choice based on the benefits of each fuel, here’s what you need to know:

Electric Ovens

  • Cheaper than gas ovens
  • More versatile with a range of layouts and functions to choose from, including grill elements and fan cooking.
  • Pre-heating times are about the same as gas.


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Gas Ovens

  • Require a gas connection
  • Retains more moisture in food – perfect for baking and roasts
  • Circulates heat evenly when combined with a fan.

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Built-in Vs Free-Standing

Next, you’ll need to think about how your new oven is going to fit into your kitchen space. For instance, are you simply going to place it somewhere in the kitchen, or do you want it to fit into a cabinet, or under a worktop.

Freestanding ovens:

  • Area completely separate unit with a cooktop and grill
  • Come in a range of different designs and sizes
  • Are perfect for smaller kitchens when you’re trying to preserve space.


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Built-in ovens:

  • Can be placed into a wall recess, under a kitchen bench, and in other specific areas.
  • Help to preserve the overall look of your kitchen
  • Can come with separate oven tops depending on your needs.

Double Vs Single Ovens

So, you know how you want to power your oven, and how it’s going to fit into your kitchen design. Now, you can start to think about exactly how much cooking convenience you want. For instance, do you want a double oven or just a single model?

Single ovens are perfect for when space is tight, and you don’t need to cook a lot of food at once. For instance, if you don’t bake much for pleasure, and you generally only cook for a couple of people, then single ovens are a perfect way to get the functionality you need without taking up too much space.

Alternatively, double ovens are far more versatile and can be the perfect option for families. There are two types of double oven available, including built-in ovens, and stand-alone models. The key thing to remember when you’re purchasing a double oven is that you’ll need to measure the space beforehand to check that you have enough room to fit such a large piece of equipment.

Size and Capacity

Size and capacity will always be important components to consider when choosing the perfect oven. After all, you need to make sure that the oven you choose fits in your kitchen and gives you enough versatility to cook the meals and treats you like most. Most gas and electric ranges are about 30 inches wide, though you can get professional styles with a 36-inch width.

Keep in mind that a spacious oven can be incredibly useful when you plan on entertaining, or if you like baking in your spare time. Some of the smallest ovens measure in at around 2 cubic feet in capacity, while larger models are closer to 4 cubic feet.

Pros and Cons

To help you narrow your choices down a little further, here’s a quick graph covering some of the most common oven types available. Remember, every oven is different so you’ll need to do a little research on your preferred model to ensure that you’re getting the pros outlined below, but this guide should give you a basic starting point.

Type of Oven Toaster Oven Steam Oven Convection Oven Electric Oven Gas Oven
Pros – Small and simple
– More energy efficient than a standard oven.
– Lightweight
– Uses pressurized steam to cook.
– Cooks faster than baking or roasting.
– Healthier – retains more nutrients
– Faster cooking
– Provides even heating
– Energy Efficient
– Provides an even heat all around.
– Less likely to rust.
– Retains more moisture in doughs and baking.
– Quick to heat up.
Cons – Takes longer to heat.
– No automatic cooking functions.
– Only good for certain types of cooking. – Difficult to get dough to rise.
– More fragile and susceptible to breaking.
– Heats up slower.
– Hard to manage temperature.
– High energy consumption.
– Requires a gas connection.
– Needs a fan to distribute heat evenly.


Functional Features: Finding the Oven that “Works” for You

Now that we’ve got the basics out of the way, it’s time to think about the additional functional features you might need from your oven. Depending on your personal preferences, how often you like to cook, and how many people you cook for, you might find that it’s helpful to invest in an oven with special features, like dual capacity, or a timer feature. Here are just some of the “functional features” you might want to think about when choosing the ideal oven.

Dual Ovens

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If you always seem to be the person hosting the large family dinners, or you’re constantly responsible for Christmas lunch, then a dual oven might be the right way to go.

Everyone with a passion for cooking and a lot of mouths to feed has struggled to find a compromise with the perfect temperature setting on their oven in the past. However, desperately trying to cram everything into an oven that simply can’t handle it all can lead to disaster. Your oven might break and you’ll be required to call an expert oven repairs service for some help.

If your cooking experiences often leave you seeing double, then make sure that you have the right oven to handle it. A dual-oven gives you double the space and double the versatility when it comes to roasting turkeys and baking treats. You can even get dual ovens with different capacities so that you’re not wasting any excess energy.

Each oven in a dual set-up has its own set of temperature controls and solutions for minimal stress during your meal-prep. If you’re only cooking for a couple of people, you can simply keep the larger oven switched off, and stick with the smaller one.

Convection Ovens

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The chances are you’ve already heard of convection heating. It simply means that your oven uses a fan to circulate the hot air in your oven for faster, and more even heat distribution. This is much more efficient than the standard radiant heating of an old-fashioned oven.

If you’re looking to save money on energy, and cook your meals much faster too, then a convection oven could be the key. While this equipment isn’t exactly new, it’s something that many homes still haven’t taken advantage of. With a convection oven, you don’t have to worry about things heating differently depending on where they’re placed in the oven itself. Instead, everything gets the same distribution, and rack placement becomes less of an issue.

Sabbath Mode

At first glance, “Sabbath Mode” seems a lot like the name of a heavy-metal album, or a religious sect. However, it’s something that can make cooking and baking much easier for everyone involved. When your oven has “Sabbath mode” built-in, this means that it comes with a convenient “hold” feature which keeps your food at eating temperature for a set amount of time, without cooking it any further.

Many commercial ovens have features like this, particularly if the company in question isn’t large enough to afford its own dish-warming devices yet. If you’re worried about keeping dinner warm when your other half works late, or you simply want to be able to serve fresh and warm dishes to your guests when they arrive at an undefined time to a dinner party, Sabbath mode can help.

Glass Doors

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While glass doors might not seem like a big deal at first, they can be an important feature when choosing the perfect oven. Not only do these doors look great, but they also mean that you can look in on your food as its cooking. When you include this feature in your search for an oven, you’ll save cash on the wasted energy that seeps out of your device every time you open the door to peek at what’s cooking.

When you’re not totally sure how long a meal or bake will take, it’s a good idea to invest in glass doors. This will help to give you an instant assessment of your food, so you can either start laying the table, or return to the living room to relax for a little longer.

Timers and Delayed-Start Features

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Finally, let’s face it – it’s much easier to become a cooking pro when you don’t have to watch the clock to make sure that you’re not burning your entrees. It’s all too easy to lose track of time when you’re cleaning the house, watching television, or running yourself a nice hot bath.

A timer can automatically tell your oven to shut off when the cooking time has elapsed, so you’re less likely to fill the house with smoke.

Combine the timer feature with a delayed-start option and you have the ultimate combo. For instance, if you want to put your cookies in the oven, but you’re planning on going for a long shower, you can set them to start cooking in twenty minutes or so, so you don’t have to rush out of the bathroom when your home smells like a burning bakery.

How to Choose the Best Oven for Your Needs

Modern ovens come with plenty of great functions to choose from. If you tend to stick with basic meals, and you don’t like to cook often, then you’re free to stick with a simple oven that doesn’t have many extra features. On the other hand, if you’re the kind of chef who likes to experiment, then you’ll have plenty of new tech to play with.

For instance, a fan-adjusted oven will help to distribute heat more evenly around your oven, while a timer makes sure that you end up with fewer burnt meals. Here are just a few additional things to consider before you make the decision on that ultimate oven.


Do You Need a Grill?

Most ovens will come with a grill feature, but you might be surprised to learn that there are a host of grill options to choose from. For instance, with a simple grill, you can place your dish inside and move it closer to the grill to get a faster cook. On the other hand, a variable grill will allow you to set the temperature according to your needs.


Do You Need a Bottom Drawer?

Some ovens come with a bottom drawer that offers a range of different functions, including the opportunity to act as a separate oven cavity, or broiler drawer. Depending on your cooking preferences, your bottom drawer can even keep your meals warm for you when you’re getting ready to serve.


Do You Need Special Cooking Features?

Some more high-tech ovens in the marketplace today come with special settings when you’re baking, cooking pizzas, or proofing a batch of dough for some bread. If you’re the kind of person who likes to experiment with meals, these special features could be ideal for you.


Do You Need Wireless Connectivity?

You might be wondering why you would need something like wireless connectivity for your oven – but you’d be surprised how useful this option can be. Ovens with built-in wireless capabilities allow you to control your oven from your smartphone. This is ideal when you’re worried you might have left the oven on after you go to work.


Do You Need Simpler Maintenance?

If you’re not the kind of person who likes to spend a lot of time cleaning their oven (and who is?) or spend few hours learning some DIY oven repairs lessons online, then you can choose a model that’s easy to clean. These options are resistant to grease, are less likely to have food particles burned on, and they’re easier to clean too!


How Much Are You Willing to Pay?

Finally, the budget is the last thing you’ll need to consider when you’ve chosen all the other elements of your perfect oven. In Australia, the average oven can range anywhere from a cost of $400 to over $3000 depending on what features you’re looking for. The more energy-efficient ovens, with larger capacities and more features, are more likely to set you back a pretty penny.

And there you have it – everything you need to know about buying the perfect oven for your cooking needs.

Although this guide might not cover every question you’ve ever had about ovens, it’s hopefully enough to give you an insight into what you can find on the market today – and what you really need. Now all you need to do is go out there and buy your ultimate oven.

Good luck!





The Ultimate Guide to Cleaning & Maintaining Commercial Catering Equipment

Looking for a simple way to serve up an amazing experience for your customers?

Mouth-watering recipes and delightful new cooking ideas can be an incredible way to expand the possibilities of your commercial kitchen. However, if you want to stay ahead of the competition, and continue to run at peak condition for as long as possible, it all starts with some simple cleaning and maintenance.

Scrubbing an oven might not be the most exciting part of running your own catering business – but that doesn’t make it any less crucial. Cleaning and maintaining your equipment is the best way to minimise the frequency with which you end up calling in a professional to handle your commercial catering equipment repairs.

Just like any other piece of mechanical equipment, the only way you can get the most beneficial and fault-free service out of your catering equipment is to perform regular maintenance. Everything from buffing away grime, to keeping your ovens clear can be enough to ensure you have the commercial cooking power you need.

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Your Simple DIY Guide to Washing Machine Repair

A broken washing machine can really stink.


While I’m sure there’s nothing you’d love more than to put dirty clothes in a washing machine and have them come out smelling worse than they did before, we’ve created this guide to help you fix that problem, and others like it, when they happen.

That means that you don’t necessarily have to devote yourself to washing your undies in the sink if you want to live a life free from stench.

All you need to do is read this useful guide for washing machine repairs. Whether your washer drum isn’t spinning like it should, or your clothes are coming out smelling even worse than before, we’ll give you the tips and advice you need to find the right solution. […]

Your Ultimate DIY Guide to Oven Repairs


You’re back from the store with all the ingredients you need for a delicious meal, when you suddenly discover your oven’s given up the ghost. We’ve all been there.

Though it’s tempting to give up and order pizza for the rest of the week, a better solution is to be fully prepared with all the wisdom you need to perform quick maintenance checks and repairs at home. Yes! It is possible.

To help you prepare for all those unexpected oven melt-downs, we’ve put together this helpful guide, designed to take you all the way from “Oh shoot”, to “troubleshooting”, to that perfect three-course meal.

Let’s get cookin’.

Using the “Handy Guide” below, simply track down the place where you need some help, and click the link to discover your step-by-step diagnostic solution. […]

A Handy DIY Dishwasher Repair Guide

Dealing with a faulty dishwasher can be a frustrating, if not costly experience. Another one of life’s unwelcome interruptions, I suppose. But don’t lose hope just yet…

If your dishes come out spotted or stained, if you’re left with smelly, dirty water in the dishwasher basin, or it simply refuses to start – take a deep breath, keep calm and let’s carry on.

This handy guide to dishwasher repair will solve most of the dishwasher issues you’ll ever encounter. Best of all, these simple solutions don’t come with a hefty price tag and are easy enough for the “not-so-handy” handyman. After all, repairing a dishwasher is not rocket science.

Let’s get crackin,shall we? […]

Troubleshooting Some Common Oven Problems

Not many people give a great deal of thought to their oven outside of an occasional cleaning until the oven starts to misbehave. However, even though an oven is designed to be extremely durable and last for many years, that doesn’t mean that it won’t occasionally have a problem that will need to be taken care of. […]

5 Of the Most Common Dishwasher Problems

Like every other machine, dishwashers occasionally experience problems. Some of these are minor, but others can bring hefty repair bills. If you encounter any of these Dishwasher problems, call a repair service right away. […]