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Revealed: how often people clean their kitchen appliances

The majority of Brits don’t regularly clean their home appliances, with washing machines, ovens and dishwashers likely to be the least-cleaned, a new survey by AppliancesDirect.co.uk has revealed. Many of us seem to be lacking in hygiene when it comes to cleaning these products. Some 71% of the 1,015 UK adults surveyed admitted they don’t regularly clean their home appliances, with washing machines only cleaned once a year on average.

Worryingly, the survey also reveals that nearly a quarter of Brits have replaced their appliances more frequently as a result of lack of cleaning. On the lookout for a new appliance? Go to our Best Buy washing machines[1].

The least-cleaned appliances in the home

After washing machines, the survey indicates that ovens and dishwashers are the least-cleaned appliances, with the average person cleaning them just two and three times per year respectively.

Fridges and microwaves tend to be cleaned slightly more often, with the average Brit cleaning them eight and 21 times per year respectively. The survey reveals some questionable cleaning habits, but the thought of cleaning your appliances needn’t be something that fills you with fear – as our tips below show.

Clean your washing machine in four simple steps

Don’t put up with a putrid pong coming from your washing machine – follow these four easy steps:

  1. Run a regular service wash – Washing at 40?C or less is a great way to save money on energy bills and is better for the environment. But the lower temperatures mean mould and bacteria can build up, especially if you use liquid detergents, rather than washing powder.

    A service wash is a hot wash run when the machine is empty, ideally performed once a month. This will help kill the build-up of bacteria and should help to stop smells.

  2. Clean the rubber seal – Festering mould and bacteria in the rubber seal around the door hole can also be a source of smells, so cleaning it regularly can help prevent this.
  3. Wash the detergent draw and lint filter – Watch our handy videos on cleaning the detergent drawer[2] and strange noises in your washing machine[3] to help you with this bit.
  4. Leave the door open and drawer open – A simple, but effective way to let air in after your wash and help combat mouldy smells.

Read our guide on how to clean a smelly washing machine[4] for more information and to find out what to do if your machine still smells after you’ve completed all four steps.

Self-cleaning ovens

If you shy away from cleaning your oven, it may be worth buying an oven that cleans itself. Ovens with self-cleaning catalytic liners are increasingly common.

These are rough surfaces inside the oven that are designed to catch, absorb and break down food spills. When the oven is used at 200?C or higher, the food spills simply get burned away. However, some ovens only have liners at the back or on the roof of the oven and the liners don’t clean the shelves for you, so you’ll still need to use some elbow grease.

If you really hate cleaning your oven, you may want to invest in an oven with a pyrolytic cleaning function. This is a superhot cycle designed to reduce any baked-on cooking grime to ash that you can then simply wipe away. These ovens tend to be on the pricier side, but we’ve tested Best Buys ovens[5] with this technology that cost as little as GBP380.

Find out more about self-cleaning ovens[6].

How to clean your dishwasher

A dishwasher cleans your dishes for you, so why would you need to clean it? Well, trapped food debris, blocked spray arms and unpleasant odours – the third most common dishwasher problem reported in our own annual dishwasher reliability survey – are unfortunately all too common. But more often than not, they’re easily fixable with a minimum of effort.

The more often you clean the filter the less unpleasant it is, and running the dishwasher empty and hot every six months is an easy way to help keep your machine running smoothly.

We reveal more top tips in our how to clean a dishwasher[7] guide.

References

  1. ^ Best Buy washing machines (www.which.co.uk)
  2. ^ cleaning the detergent drawer (www.which.co.uk)
  3. ^ strange noises in your washing machine (www.which.co.uk)
  4. ^ how to clean a smelly washing machine (www.which.co.uk)
  5. ^ Best Buys ovens (www.which.co.uk)
  6. ^ Find out more about self-cleaning ovens (www.which.co.uk)
  7. ^ how to clean a dishwasher (www.which.co.uk)

Lidl to sell cheap air fryer, bread maker and food mixer in spring kitchen deal bonanza

If you’re looking to get your cooking fix on the cheap this spring Lidl and Aldi have got you covered. Both retailers are launching offers on popular kitchen gadgets, available in stores from Thursday 8 March 2018. Lidl is selling a range of countertop appliances under its Silvercrest kitchen brand, including an GBP80 Silvercrest air fryer, a GBP50 bread maker and a GBP90 stand mixer.

Aldi is getting in on the kitchen fever too, with a stylish-looking GBP60 Ambiano food processor. We’ve cast an expert eye over the deals available to help you decide if they are worth making a dash to the supermarket for. Kitchen appliance reviews[1] – see our independent reviews and buying advice for everything from air fryers to blenders.

Lidl Air Fryer – hot competition for the big brands?

Lidl’s budget air fryer looks very similar to models from popular health fryer brand Tefal Actifry[2].

Low-fat fryers such as this use a tiny amount of oil and forced hot air to cook less fat-laden versions of your favourite fried treats, such as chips and fried chicken. This Lidl version uses a base hotplate and top-mounted halogen lamp to heat food, along with a rotating paddle to keep food moving as it cooks. This differs from more conventional air fryers like the Actifry that blow hot air at food to cook it, though the Breville Halo health fryer[3] also uses a halogen lamp.

The Lidl Air Fryer has five pre-set cooking modes, and three user-adjustable options, including temperature. It’s claimed cooking capacity of 2.5 litres is pretty generous too. At GBP80, it’s not the cheapest air fryer we’ve seen, but it is much cheaper than the big brands, and you get a decent capacity to boot.

We’ll have a review of this fryer up on Thursday, so check back to get our first look verdict before you buy.

Air fryer reviews[4] – find out which models excelled in our tough tests – and the ones to avoid

Lidl Bread Maker – tasty bread for not much dough?

At GBP50, the Silvercrest Bread Maker could be a real bargain – it’s much cheaper than models from bread maker giant Panasonic, which start from around GBP100. It even comes with a few interesting features, including 15 presets for everything from white bread to jam, and it can make gluten-free loaves too. There’s a memory function, allowing you to store eight custom recipes, and a 15-hour delay timer for when you want a fresh loaf first thing in the morning.

If you’re just getting started with bread making, it could be worth a punt. But check our bread maker reviews[5] first as we’ve found some good options from GBP55.

Best bread maker brands[6] – see our top-rated brands

Lidl Stand Mixer – easy baking on a budget?

This Silvercrest stand mixer comes in at GBP90, making it much cheaper than big name rivals from Kenwood or KitchenAid. It comes with the standard mixing, whipping and kneading attachments, though these are Teflon-coated for easy cleaning which is a nice extra at this price point.

You also get a larger-than-average 6.3 litre steel mixing bowl, splashguard, and blender accessory for making smoothies and soups. It’s not often you’ll get the blender accessory thrown in when you pay less than GBP100, so if you’re keen on smoothies too this could be a bonus. In our experience, cheaper mixers can sometimes come up trumps and do a decent job of the basics.

However some make a bit of a racket, or struggle with heavier mixes. If you’re keen to get baking, this is a well-priced deal, so could be worth a try. For the best results, check our Best Buy stand mixers[7] page to see which models we recommend.

Aldi Ambiano Premium Food Processor – slicing with style?

This smart-looking Aldi food processor is available in grey or cream with a steel trim.

It comes with all the main accessories you’d expect, including a chopping blade, slicing and grating attachments, and a dough blade, emulsifier and whisk. The 1.2 litre bowl is a decent size compared to similarly-priced rivals, though some others do include a jug blender accessory for speedy smoothie-making. Overall, it’s a decent price for a stylish-looking processor with the standard accessories.

However, before you splash out, it’s worth checking our food processor reviews[8] to see tried-and-tested alternatives – we’ve found some excellent options for a similar price.

How to buy the best food processor[9] – get the lowdown on which features you really need

References

  1. ^ Kitchen appliance reviews (www.which.co.uk)
  2. ^ Tefal Actifry (www.which.co.uk)
  3. ^ Breville Halo health fryer (www.which.co.uk)
  4. ^ Air fryer reviews (www.which.co.uk)
  5. ^ bread maker reviews (www.which.co.uk)
  6. ^ Best bread maker brands (www.which.co.uk)
  7. ^ Best Buy stand mixers (www.which.co.uk)
  8. ^ food processor reviews (www.which.co.uk)
  9. ^ How to buy the best food processor (www.which.co.uk)

Lidl launches cheap soup maker and air fryer for Christmas

Just in time for any last-minute Christmas buying panic you may be having, Lidl has launched two new kitchen appliance offers – the Cook ‘n’ Mix Electric Soup Maker and the Lidl Silvercrest Hot Air Fryer. At GBP40 and GBP60 respectively, these kitchen gadgets have arrived just at the right time, offering warming winter food to help fight off the freezing temperatures, as well as two attractively priced options for last-minute Christmas shoppers with foodie friends or loved ones to buy for. With some branded versions of these products costing well over GBP100, these Lidl gadgets look like pretty good value, but are they actually worth snapping up?

Read on for our expert analysis.

Best soup makers[1] – see our top recommendations

Lidl soup maker – is it a good deal?

Like all soup makers, the Cook ‘n’ Mix allows you to make your own hot soups and blend cold smoothies, too. At GBP40 it is one of the cheapest soup makers you can buy. It has four automatic programs – for smooth soups, chunky soups, compotes and smoothies – and comes with a small cookbook with recipes for each.

You can make a minimum of 1.3 litres and a maximum of 1.6 litres in one go. This is quite a small range to choose from, and means that you’ll always have to make a minimum of around four portions. However, this is quite common with this type of soup maker.

Soup maker buying guide[2] – find out more about the different types available

Overall, its specification is pretty similar to entry-level models from big soup maker brands such as Morphy Richards, although you won’t find extras such as a saute function, which some more expensive models have.

This browns ingredients before cooking and can help to add flavour. It’s a good price, but if you shop around you can find some of our Best Buy soup makers for only around GBP5 more. Check our list of Best Buy soup makers[3] to see the tried-and-tested models that make the cut.

Lidl Hot Air Fryer – is it worth buying?

The Lidl Hot Air Fryer uses rapid hot air circulation and a heating element to ‘fry’ food.

It’s the cheap Lidl version of popular air fryers from brands such as Philips Air Fryer[4] and Tefal Actifry[5]. The Silvercrest Hot Air Fryer has an adjustable temperature from 60?C to 200?C, a 60-minute countdown timer and automatic shut-off for peace of mind. The frying basket and pan are both non-stick and dishwasher-safe, so it should be easy to clean.

However, as with most air fryers of this type, there’s no paddle to stir the ingredients as they cook, which we’ve found can help to get more even results.

Air fryer buying guide[6] – how to choose the right features for you

Most air fryers use a small amount of oil to coat food as it cooks, but this Lidl fryer uses none at all. That’s good news for your waistline, but does it give tasty results? No-oil options aren’t that common, but we’ve tested one in 2017.

Read the full Russell Hobbs Purifry review[7] to see how it fared in our tough tests. To see which air fryers we recommend, see our list of Best Buy air fryers[8].

Best kitchen gadgets for Christmas gifting

With festive feasts on the agenda, and the prospect of a chilly winter ahead, a small kitchen gadget such as an air fryer or soup maker could make a great gift for the culinary enthusiast in your life, or for those who need a little encouragement to get cooking. Other good kitchen gifting options include:

  • Coffee machines[9] make a warming espresso or cappuccino at home.

    We’ve found Best Buys for less than GBP100.

  • Blenders[10] for a fruit-laden start to the New Year.

    Use our reviews to see how the popular Nutribullet measures up, plus the cheaper options worth considering.

  • Slow cookers[11]tasty, slow-cooked casseroles to warm the cockles.

    Get the lowdown on brilliant budget buys in our reviews.

If it’s Christmas tech you’re looking for, check out our recent guide to the Best tech Christmas gifts under GBP100[12].

References

  1. ^ Best soup makers (www.which.co.uk)
  2. ^ Soup maker buying guide (www.which.co.uk)
  3. ^ Best Buy soup makers (www.which.co.uk)
  4. ^ Philips Air Fryer (www.which.co.uk)
  5. ^ Tefal Actifry (www.which.co.uk)
  6. ^ Air fryer buying guide (www.which.co.uk)
  7. ^ Russell Hobbs Purifry review (www.which.co.uk)
  8. ^ Best Buy air fryers (www.which.co.uk)
  9. ^ Coffee machines (www.which.co.uk)
  10. ^ Blenders (www.which.co.uk)
  11. ^ Slow cookers (www.which.co.uk)
  12. ^ Best tech Christmas gifts under GBP100 (www.which.co.uk)

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