CHOICE - Household information for Australian consumers. Research products via buying guides, user tests, surveys and independent consumer reviews from CHOICE Australia Copyright 2015, 27 Feb 2015 11:24:02 GMTHouseholdSunbeam Slice + Ice review

The Sunbeam Slice + Ice is a food slicer and dessert maker in one.

KitchenThu, 19 Feb 2015 15:11:00 GMT
All-in-one kitchen machine reviews

We compare the Thermomix TM5 to its predecessor and other rivals including the MyCook Premium, Hotmix Pro Gastro and the ThermoChef Natura.

KitchenWed, 21 Jan 2015 11:17:00 GMT
Dishwasher reviews

More than 50 dishwashers rated on their washing and drying performance, energy and water use, including models from Bosch, Dishlex, LG, Miele and Westinghouse.

KitchenFri, 16 Jan 2015 15:11:00 GMT
Solar power survey results

Our solar panel survey polled CHOICE members about the reliability of their panels, inverters and installers.

Power and energyWed, 14 Jan 2015 10:56:00 GMT
Home espresso coffee machine reviews

We test 35 coffee machines, a mix of semi-automatic, manual and capsule machines priced from $70 to $2499.

KitchenThu, 18 Dec 2014 12:03:00 GMT
Aeropress quick review

Many a coffee obsessive raves about this gadget - we find out if it's worth the hype.

KitchenMon, 01 Dec 2014 15:14:00 GMT
BBQs review

CHOICE reviews portable, balcony-sized and large (4-6 burner) barbecues, including latest models from Beefeater, Weber, and Ziegler & Brown.

BackyardWed, 26 Nov 2014 15:31:00 GMT
Portable air conditioner reviews

Our test covers models priced between $309 and $1299, from brands including DeLonghi, Dimplex, Convair and Omega Altise.

Heating and coolingFri, 07 Nov 2014 10:23:00 GMT
Solar PV system leasing and PV power purchasing agreements (PPAs)

The cost of installing solar can be too much in one hit for some householders. Solar leasing or a solar PV power purchasing agreement could be the answer.

Power and energyTue, 04 Nov 2014 19:34:00 GMT
Fridge reviews

Latest performance results for all major fridge brands, including Westinghouse, Fisher and Paykel, Electrolux, LG and Samsung, are in.

KitchenThu, 30 Oct 2014 12:34:00 GMT
Ceiling fan reviews

If you don't want to spend big bucks on air conditioning, ceiling fans offer a cheaper, energy-efficient cooling solution and the latest range also includes DC powered models.

Heating and coolingWed, 29 Oct 2014 15:09:00 GMT
Stick vacuum cleaner reviews

These stick vacuums are handy around the home, and most separate into a handheld vac as well.

Laundry and cleaningTue, 21 Oct 2014 11:37:00 GMT
Microwave reviews

We review more than 20 microwaves, including five with grills, priced from $120 to $700, to find out which models perform the best and are the easiest to use.

KitchenFri, 03 Oct 2014 12:57:00 GMT
Bissell Vac & Steam review

We put this combined vacuum and steam mop through its paces on a hard floor, to see if it will save you time and money.

Laundry and cleaningFri, 26 Sep 2014 05:00:00 GMT
Dishwasher detergent

Tablets, powders and gels tested: which one comes out on top? CHOICE tests over 40 dishwasher detergents - from the market-leading Finish tablets to the lower-cost Home Brand - and shows which one removes the most stains.

KitchenMon, 08 Sep 2014 15:51:00 GMT
Freestanding oven reviews

A large freestanding oven is a huge investment. With so many options out there how do you make the right choice? We tested seven 90 cm wide electric ovens from brands including Smeg, Westinghouse, and Fisher & Paykel.

KitchenFri, 05 Sep 2014 10:04:00 GMT
Thermomix review

This 10-function cooking appliance is much praised for its versatility in the kitchen.

KitchenMon, 01 Sep 2014 11:23:00 GMT
Kambrook Blitz2Go review

We review the Kambrook Blitz2Go blender, designed with smoothie enthusiasts in mind.

KitchenWed, 20 Aug 2014 11:31:00 GMT
Clothes dryer reviews

Find out which are the best-performing clothes dryers, among models from Simpson, Fisher & Paykel, Electrolux, Whirlpool and Haier.

Laundry and cleaningThu, 14 Aug 2014 08:33:00 GMT
Gas heater buying guide

Flued or unflued? That's the number one question when it comes to gas heaters.

Heating and coolingTue, 05 Aug 2014 10:24:00 GMT
Electric heater buying guide

By buying the right electric heater, you’ll keep yourself toasty and your energy bills at bay. Our electric heater buying guide will set you on the right track.

Heating and coolingTue, 29 Jul 2014 12:23:00 GMT
Vacuum cleaner reviews

Our tests reveal which newly tested vacuums – including models from Dyson, Electrolux and Vax – are best at picking up dirt and pet hair.

Laundry and cleaningWed, 09 Jul 2014 16:20:00 GMT
Dehumidifier reviews

22 dehumidifiers reviewed, including models from DeLonghi, Dimplex, Omega Altise and Ionmax, rated from 10L to 30L per day and priced from $248 to $880.

Heating and coolingTue, 08 Jul 2014 15:34:00 GMT
Wine fridge reviews

We put wine fridges from DeLonghi, Haier, Liebherr and Vintec through a raft of tests to find out which ones will keep your precious drops safe.

KitchenTue, 08 Jul 2014 13:35:00 GMT
Washer dryer reviews

A washer and dryer machine is the ultimate laundry convenience — we've put some to the test.

Laundry and cleaningThu, 03 Jul 2014 17:20:00 GMT
Multi-cooker reviews

We test four multi-cookers in the CHOICE test kitchen that can sear, steam, slow cook and pressure cook.

KitchenWed, 18 Jun 2014 10:19:00 GMT
Electric blanket reviews

When the temperature drops, an electric blanket to keep warm during those cold winter nights is very appealing.

Living and bedroomMon, 16 Jun 2014 11:35:00 GMT
Yonanas review review.aspx

A new gadget hits the market that allows you to turn your overripe fruit into a delicious dessert.

KitchenMon, 02 Jun 2014 13:02:00 GMT
Nutribullet review

This pricey little juicer retains the pulp and blends it with the rest of the fruit. We put it through its paces in the CHOICE test kitchen.

KitchenMon, 02 Jun 2014 12:24:00 GMT
CHOICE guide to heating your home

Winter is here, so it's time to consider your heating options. Here are our tips to reduce your energy use and your bills.

Heating and coolingTue, 20 May 2014 10:59:00 GMT
Laundry detergent reviews

CHOICE compares the top-selling laundry powders and liquid detergents for both top- and front loaders - 57 in all - to find the best at removing stains.

Laundry and cleaningMon, 19 May 2014 17:08:00 GMT
Lavazza Minu and Espressotoria Adesso side-by-side review

How do the Lavazza Minu and Espressotoria Adesso capsule machines compare?

KitchenTue, 13 May 2014 10:35:00 GMT
Vitamix and Optimum side-by-side review

Both the Vitamix and Optimum can juice, blend, grind and heat. But how do they compare?

KitchenMon, 28 Apr 2014 12:43:00 GMT
Hand mixer reviews

Fiona Mair, home economist from CHOICE's test kitchen has tested 26 hand mixers priced from $15 to $199.

KitchenThu, 17 Apr 2014 14:14:00 GMT
Blender reviews

Our home economist has tested 27 blenders priced from $20 to $379.

KitchenTue, 15 Apr 2014 13:10:00 GMT
Toaster reviews

We look past the smart styles and retro designs to reveal which toasters are best at actually making toast.

KitchenFri, 21 Mar 2014 15:36:00 GMT
Kettle reviews

Find out which kettles are efficient as well as quiet. We've tested electric and stove top models ranging in price from $9 to $220.

KitchenWed, 19 Mar 2014 10:39:00 GMT
Robot vacuum cleaner reviews

Compare robotic vacuum cleaners from top brands including iRobot, LG, Samsung and Hoover to find the best one for you.

Laundry and cleaningMon, 17 Mar 2014 17:37:00 GMT
Your guide to buying a slow cooker

Much simpler and more reliable than their human counterparts, slow cookers require very little attention and give great foot massa… wait, too far!

KitchenWed, 05 Mar 2014 13:21:00 GMT
Pressure cleaner reviews

CHOICE reviews 30 pressure cleaners priced from $69 to $749 and finds that higher operating pressure really is the key to a good blaster.

BackyardWed, 19 Feb 2014 10:03:00 GMT
Induction cooktop reviews

Induction cooktops can cost thousands of dollars, but our test results show you don’t always have to pay top dollar for a good one.

KitchenFri, 14 Feb 2014 12:15:00 GMT
Sabco RoboSweep first look

If you’d love a robot vacuum that’ll clean up for you but don’t want to fork out the big bucks then you may want to consider the Sabco RoboSweep.

Laundry and cleaningWed, 12 Feb 2014 09:50:00 GMT
Your utility rights

If you've ever had trouble coming up with the funds to pay your utility bills, there are some important rights you should know about.

Power and energyFri, 07 Feb 2014 10:33:00 GMT
Garment steamer reviews

The latest garment steamers are put through their paces, including models from Conair, Kambrook, Jiffy and Homemaker.

Laundry and cleaningWed, 05 Feb 2014 10:23:00 GMT
Steam station reviews

Steam stations generate a lot of steam so you can effortlessly iron out the wrinkles in your clothes.

Laundry and cleaningWed, 05 Feb 2014 09:30:00 GMT
Steam mop reviews

Test results for 25 steam mops, including 12 newly tested models, priced from $49 to $349.

Laundry and cleaningThu, 16 Jan 2014 16:52:00 GMT
Multi-function tools home test

We recruited a serious DIY renovator, CHOICE member Sean Wain, to test four popular multi-function power tools for us.

BackyardWed, 15 Jan 2014 15:17:00 GMT
Rollie vertical grill first look

The Rollie claims to be "the fast, easy, pan-free way to make perfect eggs every time". Could this be the next must-have kitchen appliance?

KitchenFri, 13 Dec 2013 16:28:00 GMT
Induction cookware buying guide

Think about your style of cooking and keep in mind that each induction cooktop can respond differently to cookware.

KitchenFri, 06 Dec 2013 14:18:00 GMT
CFL and LED lamps review

Find out which of the 14 LED and CFL models scored highest for light output and endurance.

Power and energyThu, 28 Nov 2013 14:45:00 GMT
Ride-on mowers review

Eight ride-on mowers tested, plus a buying guide for researching which mower you need and what to look for.

BackyardMon, 18 Nov 2013 15:42:00 GMT
Home test: Christmas lights

CHOICE voting members Roland Feillafe and Michelle Tangey and their families try out four LED Christmas light sets for ease of set-up and value for money.

BackyardThu, 14 Nov 2013 11:06:00 GMT
Mosquito repellents review

We test 15 mozzie repellents to determine their effectiveness and whether or not they meet their claims. The recommended products provide the best protection against mozzie bites.

Laundry and cleaningWed, 06 Nov 2013 11:30:00 GMT
First look: LotusGrill

CHOICE home economist, Fiona Mair, puts the small and portable LotusGrill BBQ to the test.

BackyardFri, 01 Nov 2013 09:22:00 GMT
Breadmaker reviews

We test nine breadmakers priced from $100-$350.

KitchenWed, 30 Oct 2013 13:02:00 GMT
Pool cleaners home test

We recruited the Bahls family - and their pool - to compare and review a pressure cleaner, two suction types, and three expensive robotic pool cleaners.

BackyardThu, 10 Oct 2013 16:55:00 GMT
Food processor reviews

While all these things can be done with a chopping board and knife or a grater, hand whisk and so on, food processors are much quicker.

KitchenTue, 01 Oct 2013 15:16:00 GMT
Sewing machines review

CHOICE selected one model costing around $500 from each major brand; an expert and a regular sewer to put them through their paces.

Living and bedroomTue, 24 Sep 2013 14:35:00 GMT
Chest and upright freezer reviews

Upright or chest? When it comes to freezers, both have their pros and cons.

KitchenTue, 24 Sep 2013 13:02:00 GMT
First look: Tefal Cook4Me

Are you under pressure to cook a hearty meal in no time? Then perhaps the Tefal Cook4Me is just what you need.

KitchenFri, 23 Aug 2013 14:46:00 GMT
Bathroom cleaners

We test more than 20 bathroom cleaners that claim to remove soap scum, and compare them to four popular bleach-based cleaners and two green options, as well as the alternative bicarb and vinegar method.

Laundry and cleaningFri, 16 Aug 2013 14:32:00 GMT
Espresso machines: let's take a quick look.

Automatic, semi-automatic, manual, capsule - which one's for you?

KitchenMon, 12 Aug 2013 07:34:00 GMT
First Look: Sunbeam Duos Sous Vide and Slow Cooker Duos Sous Vide and Slow Cooker First Look.aspx

Traditionally for commercial use, sous vide is making its way into households, allowing you to create tender, succulent meals at home.

KitchenFri, 02 Aug 2013 12:41:00 GMT
Sticky lint rollers Lint Rollers.aspx

Two CHOICE staffers and pet owners test the Schticky, Sticky Buddy and other silicone rollers.

Laundry and cleaningTue, 02 Jul 2013 15:33:00 GMT
Breville the All in One first look

CHOICE's home economist tested the multi-function Breville All in One appliance for performance and ease of use.

KitchenTue, 02 Jul 2013 13:03:00 GMT
Aldi Lumina microwave first look

We tell you if Aldi's latest low-price microwave performs.

KitchenFri, 28 Jun 2013 16:23:00 GMT
Solar panel payback times

They've become much cheaper to install, so payback times for solar photovoltaic (PV) systems have decreased in most states.

Power and energyTue, 18 Jun 2013 10:20:00 GMT
Vileda Virobi Robot Mop first look

A robot sweeper for $50 that keeps your floor clean while you sit back and relax - sound too good to be true?

Laundry and cleaningFri, 14 Jun 2013 12:22:00 GMT
Aldi Lumina Signature DV6288 vacuum cleaner - first look

We take an early look at Aldi's latest barrel vacuum cleaner.

Laundry and cleaningMon, 03 Jun 2013 14:25:00 GMT
Shopping around for a new energy deal

Are you paying too much for your energy? If you haven't reviewed your energy plan recently, chances are you're paying too much.

Power and energyMon, 20 May 2013 14:35:00 GMT
Aldi Stirling dishwasher first look

The Stirling dishwasher is economical in every sense, but we reveal whether it also has sterling performance.

KitchenWed, 15 May 2013 16:02:00 GMT
Non-stick frypans review

We reveal how some non-stick frypans perform when it comes to non-stick capabilities, heat distribution, durability and ease of use.

KitchenThu, 09 May 2013 17:52:00 GMT
Pizza makers home test

Our home tester and his family trialled four pizza makers - find out which one they preferred.

KitchenWed, 24 Apr 2013 15:35:00 GMT
Energy retailers' marketing tactics

Energy retailers are trotting out special deals to try to lock in your business.

Power and energyTue, 23 Apr 2013 18:06:00 GMT
Everdure eChurrasco first look

The Everdure eChurrasco's manufacturers claim its gas ignition system will have you chargrilling like a pro in less than 15 minutes.

BackyardTue, 12 Feb 2013 00:00:00 GMT
Sunbeam VersaCook first look VersaCook First Look.aspx

We give this all-in-one appliance, which functions as a deep fryer, frypan, slow cooker, saucepan and steamer the once-over.

KitchenFri, 18 Jan 2013 15:15:00 GMT
Jamie Oliver HomeCooker first look Oliver Homecooker First Look.aspx

The Jamie Oliver HomeCooker with cutting tower can chop, stir, cook, steam, melt, simmer, boil, sear and keep food warm.

KitchenThu, 10 Jan 2013 10:37:00 GMT
Caring for clothes, shoes and accessories

Australian households spend thousands of dollars a year on clothing, shoes and accessories. So how should you take care of your investments?

Laundry and cleaningTue, 06 Nov 2012 12:12:00 GMT
Pet food reviews

With so many pet food options on the market, from tinned wet foods to dry kibble, and fresh pet meat, it's hard to know what's really best for your dog or cat.

BackyardTue, 16 Oct 2012 15:57:00 GMT
Breville Sous Vide first look

Sous Vide is a cooking technique that requires foods to be vacuum packed and heated at controlled temperatures over a period of time.

KitchenMon, 08 Oct 2012 13:49:00 GMT
Breville Fresh Keeper first look

Breville now has a food sealing device in their range, to complement its Sous Vide appliance.

KitchenMon, 24 Sep 2012 15:22:00 GMT
Philips QuickClean Juicer first look

The QuickClean Juicer is a very good performer overall and is definitely one to consider if you’re looking for lots of juice.

KitchenFri, 14 Sep 2012 09:20:00 GMT
Hedge trimmer reviews

Electric and battery-powered hedge trimmers are handy for keeping wayward hedges at bay - but which type should you go for?

BackyardMon, 27 Aug 2012 14:18:00 GMT
Lawn edger reviews

Lawn edgers provide a professional-looking finish to your backyard - but some are easier to use than others

BackyardWed, 15 Aug 2012 14:13:00 GMT
Getting rid of mould

Reducing moisture, not expensive mould removal products, is the key to preventing household mould.

Laundry and cleaningMon, 06 Aug 2012 10:05:00 GMT
ALDI steam iron first look

We've got in early to take a sneak peek at the latest ALDI iron, the Lumina Signature, available from 12th July.

Laundry and cleaningWed, 25 Jul 2012 13:56:00 GMT
Carbon offsets

Can consumers trust that validated carbon offsets are genuine, or is it still the Wild West out there?

Power and energyWed, 25 Jul 2012 09:07:00 GMT
Soup makers home test

Homemade soups are a winter favourite, and having a warm, quick and healthy meal on the table is always welcome.

KitchenThu, 21 Jun 2012 09:01:00 GMT
Absurd whitegoods features

Often the special functions on your washing machine and dryer are just marketing hype.

Laundry and cleaningWed, 13 Jun 2012 15:16:00 GMT
Sunbeam FoodSaver first look

Sunbeam has a range of food-sealing devices. We tested their cheapest to see if it lives up to its claims.

KitchenWed, 28 Mar 2012 17:30:00 GMT
Coffee roaster reviews

If you want to control the freshness and flavour of your coffee then look no further than a home coffee roaster.

KitchenTue, 13 Mar 2012 09:16:00 GMT
Dyson Pedestal Fan first look

Does this sleek pedestal fan outperform traditional models, or is its bladeless technology a lot of spin?

Heating and coolingTue, 14 Feb 2012 15:14:00 GMT
Thermochef first look

The Thermochef performed well, but how does it stack up against its rival, the Thermomix?

KitchenWed, 25 Jan 2012 17:49:00 GMT
Asko Drying Cabinet first look

Many items in today’s wash are not suitable for tumble dryers. This is where the Asko Drying Cabinet DC7573 comes in.

Laundry and cleaningTue, 17 Jan 2012 10:09:00 GMT
Country of origin

CHOICE lists country of origin on whitegoods and appliances and other non-food products due to our members' wishes.

Laundry and cleaningWed, 11 Jan 2012 14:46:00 GMT
Black and Stone multi-purpose cooker first look

This eight-function cooker has settings for steaming, baking, and slow cooking.

KitchenWed, 21 Dec 2011 13:05:00 GMT
Expensive vacuum cleaner reviews

CHOICE reveals which expensive vacuum cleaners earn their keep, and whether it's necessary to spend up to $1000 on a model.

Laundry and cleaningThu, 24 Nov 2011 16:48:00 GMT
Freestanding electric cooker reviews

These all-electric cookers look sleek, with controls at the front so your splashback can run across the whole wall.

KitchenThu, 10 Nov 2011 11:43:00 GMT
Retractable hose reel reviews

CHOICE tests nine retractable hose reels for their ease of use and features.

BackyardFri, 28 Oct 2011 15:28:00 GMT
Philips PerfectCare Iron first look

This no-fuss iron comes out ahead of most of the conventional irons tested by CHOICE, but it has an expensive price tag.

Laundry and cleaningMon, 10 Oct 2011 14:56:00 GMT
OMO Pods first look

CHOICE finds out whether these water soluble pods are any different to a standard liquid detergent.

Laundry and cleaningThu, 06 Oct 2011 16:19:00 GMT
Go4Green EnergySmart first look

We run tests on another power saver that claims it will save you up to 10% on your electricity bill.

Power and energyThu, 22 Sep 2011 16:15:00 GMT
Standby energy

Standby energy costs eat into your bank account in small bites and the total cost across the country can amount to tonnes of CO² and other greenhouse gases being emitted.

Power and energyThu, 01 Sep 2011 13:34:00 GMT
Breville fast slow cooker first look

Looking to save time in the kitchen? The Breville fast slow cooker offers four functions in one cooker.

KitchenFri, 05 Aug 2011 15:55:00 GMT
Building energy ratings

Without adequate controls in place, energy efficiency ratings may prove to be nothing more than words on paper.

Power and energyWed, 27 Jul 2011 17:27:00 GMT
Bosch Ciso cordless secateurs first look

This product claims to make pruning an effortless task; we put it to the test.

BackyardWed, 20 Jul 2011 16:54:00 GMT
Laundry powders vs liquids review

We compare laundry detergent concentrates to find out which perform better, give the best value for money and are better for our environment.

Laundry and cleaningFri, 15 Jul 2011 10:54:00 GMT
Low-cost vacuum cleaner reviews

Our test reveals some good, affordable choices and one model in particular that would hold its own against vacuums costing twice as much.

Laundry and cleaningThu, 14 Jul 2011 10:11:00 GMT
Philips Viva Collection Airfryer first look

The Philips Airfryer promotes itself as a healthy alternative to traditional deep frying.

KitchenWed, 13 Jul 2011 14:46:00 GMT
Food waste

CHOICE explains how you can do your bit to reduce household food waste, save money and help the environment in the process.

Power and energyTue, 28 Jun 2011 16:11:00 GMT
Philips LEDbulb first look

The Philips LEDbulb is one of the first LED lamps designed for standard household light fittings.

Power and energyFri, 17 Jun 2011 12:07:00 GMT
Power meter reviews

Looking to save on your energy bills? A power meter helps monitor electricity consumption and identify ways to reduce energy usage.

Power and energyWed, 08 Jun 2011 15:25:00 GMT
Electricity prices

We make sense of the confusing contracts and tariffs of electricity providers and outline a switching action plan.

Power and energyFri, 03 Jun 2011 17:34:00 GMT
Unsafe solar installation

Solar panel uptake is surging, but as installers are rushing through jobs, incorrect wiring and circuit breakers are being used.

Power and energyMon, 23 May 2011 08:40:00 GMT
MyCook Domestic first look

With a similar price tag and functions to the famous Thermomix, the MyCook has a way to go before it's in the same class.

KitchenFri, 06 May 2011 15:25:00 GMT
Appliances that last

Our readers share stories of old reliable appliances and recount tales of appliances that have failed within minutes of first use.

KitchenThu, 28 Apr 2011 13:41:00 GMT
Managing your household waste

Reducing household waste can be as easy as altering household disposal systems. CHOICE shows you some ways to make your home greener.

Power and energyThu, 14 Apr 2011 11:40:00 GMT
Energy efficient home guide

We've used our CHOICE testing to bring you a comprehensive list of energy-efficient products for your home.

Power and energyWed, 30 Mar 2011 12:18:00 GMT
Dyson DC35 MultiFloor Stick Vac First Look

Dyson's latest stick vac is a top performer, but it has a price tag to match.

Laundry and cleaningTue, 01 Mar 2011 14:36:00 GMT
MyPressi Twist quick review

Despite their convenience, handheld espresso makers still don't make a decent cup of coffee.

KitchenWed, 23 Feb 2011 12:34:00 GMT
Pillow satisfaction survey

See which pillows score best for comfort: our members give their verdict on the popular brands.

Living and bedroomWed, 02 Feb 2011 10:33:00 GMT
Ecoswitch quick review

This simple switch can save power around the home by turning off several electrical appliances at once.

Power and energyMon, 31 Jan 2011 13:20:00 GMT
Digital utensils quick review

How much value does digital technology bring to conventional cooking utensils?

KitchenThu, 30 Dec 2010 12:56:00 GMT
Sunbeam milk frother quick review

CHOICE says an espresso machine with in-built milk frother is a better way to go.

KitchenTue, 21 Dec 2010 11:17:00 GMT
Black & Decker Dustbuster Flexi first look

The Dustbuster Flexi easily and effectively tackles spot vacuuming tasks.

Laundry and cleaningTue, 16 Nov 2010 16:11:00 GMT
Samsung Navibot robot first look

Easy to use and clever at navigating around rooms, the NaviBot is still no replacement for a traditional vacuum cleaner.

Laundry and cleaningFri, 29 Oct 2010 17:33:00 GMT
What you need to know about washing machines

Martha Psiroukis reveals the surprising truth about efficiency ratings, temperature, detergent amounts and fabric softener.

Laundry and cleaningFri, 08 Oct 2010 15:40:00 GMT
Pizza ovens quick review

We review 3 pizza ovens priced from $130 to $159.

KitchenFri, 03 Sep 2010 09:55:00 GMT
Pet vaccination

New guidelines recommend that adult cats and dogs be vaccinated with core vaccines no more frequently than every three years.

BackyardTue, 17 Aug 2010 16:55:00 GMT
Lattemento quick review

Why spend money on a milk frother, when for a little more you can buy an espresso machine that froths milk as well as makes a great cuppa?

KitchenWed, 04 Aug 2010 14:55:00 GMT
Breville slow cooker review

If you're pressed for time when it comes to making dinner, a slow cooker could be the answer to your problems.

KitchenWed, 30 Jun 2010 12:12:00 GMT
Kitchen gadgets review and compare

There are hundreds of clever gizmos on the market, all claiming to make cooking easier. But do you really need to fill your kitchen drawers with all these gadgets?

KitchenMon, 21 Jun 2010 09:50:00 GMT
Mattress survey

Our online mattress survey gives you tips and advice of 3500 members, and highlights the best brand and retailers.

Living and bedroomSun, 06 Jun 2010 13:47:00 GMT
Breville tea maker and kettle review

If you enjoy a good cup of tea, you're sure to find your perfect brew with this tea maker and kettle.

KitchenFri, 04 Jun 2010 11:46:00 GMT
Salamander quick review quick review.aspx

This appliance does the job, but is it worth the hefty price tag?

KitchenMon, 17 May 2010 10:51:00 GMT
Flued-gas log fires

Flued-gas heating, where fumes are released or pushed outside, offers an efficient and effective option for a big area.

Heating and coolingWed, 21 Apr 2010 17:14:00 GMT
Sunbeam Glass Kettle review

Is it worth sacrificing ease of use for style when buying your next kettle?

KitchenSun, 07 Mar 2010 09:08:00 GMT
Smoke alarm reviews

While all of these smoke alarms meet the Australian Standard, they don't all offer the same level of protection.

Living and bedroomTue, 02 Mar 2010 16:05:00 GMT
Supersteam oven quick review

The Sharp Supersteam combines healthy multi-function cooking with a space-saving design.

KitchenMon, 18 Jan 2010 09:17:00 GMT
Jackgreen unplugged

Renewable energy provider Jackgreen has gone into voluntary receivership and is suspended from trading on the National Electricity Market.

Power and energyMon, 11 Jan 2010 15:19:00 GMT
Not so smart meters so smart meters.aspx

Power and energyThu, 07 Jan 2010 17:08:00 GMT
Handpresso quick review quick review.aspx

A promising concept fails in practice.

KitchenWed, 30 Dec 2009 15:47:00 GMT
Microfibre cloth reviews

Microfibre cloths minimise the need for chemical cleaners, so they're good for the environment and the hip pocket.

Laundry and cleaningFri, 11 Dec 2009 14:04:00 GMT
Dyson Air Multiplier review

This bladeless fan, which looks more like a portal to another dimension, attracts attention and works well, but at what price?

Heating and coolingTue, 08 Dec 2009 16:14:00 GMT
Coffee roasters quick review

Cheaper than buying coffee in a supermarket, roasters also give you fresh coffee on tap.

KitchenWed, 25 Nov 2009 11:31:00 GMT
Chocolate fountains quick review

Given the mess it creates, a chocolate fountain isn't something you'll be bringing out for every occasion.

KitchenWed, 18 Nov 2009 09:31:00 GMT
Children's appliances review

These gadgets can be a good way to get children into the kitchen, but be prepared to compromise on taste.

KitchenWed, 04 Nov 2009 10:57:00 GMT
Grey water for the garden

Using grey water on your garden could save hundreds of litres of water per day. We tested wash and rinse water for potentially harmful chemicals.

Power and energyWed, 21 Oct 2009 14:33:00 GMT
Electric flame effect heaters review and compare

The look is so integral to their overall purpose you can even put the flame effect on without generating any heat!

Heating and coolingMon, 05 May 2008 10:04:00 GMT
Carpet spot cleaner reviews

We put the carpet spot cleaners to the test on two different types of cream-coloured carpet: nylon cut pile and wool sisal.

Laundry and cleaningTue, 25 Sep 2007 10:18:00 GMT
Carpet cleaning options guide

While you're more likely to wait until your carpets are covered in muddy paw prints before hiring a carpet cleaner, having your carpets cleaned at least once a year should prolong their life.

Laundry and cleaningTue, 10 Apr 2007 10:24:00 GMT