• Which of these induction hobs do you think will catch on?

    by  • May 1, 2016 • 0 Comments

    While strolling the halls of Eurocucina 2016, I came across these very clever induction hobs:

    WHIRLPOOL’S SMARTCOOK INDUCTION HOBWhirlpool SmartCook induction hob | girlabouttech.comIf you’re watching Masterchef at the moment, you might be wondering how those ‘home cooks’ know how to get the perfect crispy skin on their fish, or perfect their fondant potatoes. Well with Whirlpool’s new SmartCook induction hob, you don’t need to know. It does it for you.

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    How to buy a washing machine

    by  • April 29, 2016 • 0 Comments

    How To Buy A Washing Machine | girlabouttech.comWe all have days when the laundry basket is doing its best impression of Kilimanjaro, and all we want to do is wave a white – or greying – sock in surrender. But that’s where the right washing machine can help. Here are some tips on choosing the best one for you.

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    The best portable BBQs

    by  • April 26, 2016 • 1 Comment

    The best portable BBQs | girlabouttech.comPortable BBQs are made for picnics in the park, camping trips, or as an overflow option for your next garden party.

    ‘But I could just buy a disposable foil one’, I hear you cry. Well yes, you could, so long as you don’t mind burning your fingers on the flimsy tray/scorching the grass/finding a bin for it once you’ve burnt (sorry, cooked) a measly portion of sausages.

    Look out for designs with carry handles and legs so you won’t turn your lawn to straw every time you fancy a burger. These are my favourites:

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    The best gas BBQs

    by  • April 22, 2016 • 2 Comments

    Hopefully, as you’re reading this, the sun’s out, the sky’s blue and you’re raring to revert to your inner caveman/woman/person by firing up the barbecue.

    And, as you’ll know if you’ve read my post on how to Pick Your Perfect BBQ, if you want to get going fast, you can’t beat a gas grill.

    Gas provides instant heat and is the cleanest, easiest way to cook. There’s no waiting around for coals to go white so it’s great for after-work al fresco suppers, and if (or when) the heavens open, it’s no big deal to pause proceedings. Here are my top picks:

    BEST FOR: BBQ ON A BUDGET
    Hobart gas bbq, £149, The Range

    Hobart gas barbecue | The Range | Best gas BBQs | girlabouttech.comGirl About Tech says: ‘Gas barbecues don’t come much more affordable than this beauty, which won’t exactly feed the masses, but the grill area of 1,558cm² is just about okay for a family of four’

    ‘There are two main burners, and two side burners, including one that sits beneath a hotplate so you can fry off eggs or have a go at Teppan yaki.’

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    How Whirlpool’s ‘chatty’ appliances could make life easier

    by  • April 15, 2016 • 1 Comment

    When I hopped on to a plane bound for Milan on Monday, I was effectively boarding a spaceship into the future.

    No, I haven’t lost it (although I am self-medicating for a nasty cold). I was visiting the Eurocucina trade show, where I came face to face with suite after suite of WiFi-connected, app-controlled appliances.

    I won’t lie – I was happier than a slinky on an escalator.

    Whirlpool 6th Sense Live washing machine tumble dryer fridge-freezer dishwasher | girlabouttech.comMy hosts, Whirlpool, had an impressive line-up featuring 6th Sense Live technology (above), which I’m told will be available at the end of the year. It all starts with this smart washing machine and tumble dryer. Like Woody and Buzz from Toy Story, they talk to each other when you’re not there.

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    The best photo printers

    by  • April 5, 2016 • 0 Comments

    Fujifilm The best photo printers | girlabouttech.comDid you know that, according to Jessops, 44% of Brits have ‘lost’ digital images? I can’t say I’m surprised as I’m one of them – I hate to think how many pictures of old friends and special occasions that have been ‘stranded’ on broken phones or computers, never to be recovered.

    So as of now I’m vowing to print out more photos – well, it worked for Nana Cutmore, whose vintage snapshots stashed in old shoeboxes are still around today. And just in case you fancy joining me, I’ve rounded up the best printers for reproducing those precious memories.

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    Juicers and blenders – what’s the difference?

    by  • March 28, 2016 • 1 Comment

    BUYERS GUIDE TO JUICERS AND BLENDERS | girlabouttech.comYou can’t knock anything that makes it easier to take on your five-a-day… or the 10 a day (yikes!) that a recent report by University College London recommends. That said, both juicing and blending have their own benefits. Read on, and you’ll discover the difference between the two, and I’ll help you decide which model to buy.

    1. WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE?
    Put simply, juicing extracts the juice from fruit and vegetables, leaving behind the fibrous pulp, while a blender crushes and pulverises the whole fruit or vegetable, so the fibre is retained.

    The latter also purees leafy greens and soft fruits, such as kale, spinach, avocado and berries, which most juicers can’t handle.

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