Food & Home

Household essentials – just what every kitchen needs

murphy richards

Time is precious, even more so when you have a family to look after. Every home has labour saving gadgets that generally make life easier for the family. Some are luxuries, and some we just can’t do without. We have been having a look at 5 great electrical essentials every family needs.

Everyone loves a smoothie, whether that’s a get-up-and-go smoothie first thing in the morning, a fruit cooler on a summers day or a sumptuous cocktail once the kids have gone to bed. This blender can tackle just about any smoothie, shake or cocktail and it can crush ice perfectly to accompany your drinks. It has two speeds so you can make your drink to your desired consistency and thanks to the micromesh filter, you are guaranteed no ‘bits’ making smoothies even more appealing to the kids. It is perfect for a blend and go lifestyle, just attach the drinking lid and take your smoothie with you. The Morphy Richards Easy Blend and Juice is a big hit with us and will undoubtedly help the whole family to get their five a day!


The Hotpoint MWH 33343B Combination Microwave is not your average microwave. Let’s be honest, most of us use our microwave primarily for reheating and defrosting but this machine has so many features that you could find your main oven becomes obsolete! With the power of a conventional oven, this 33 litre microwave oven can crisp it, boil it, steam it, grill it and of course defrost it. It will evenly brown the top and bottom of pies just like a conventional oven and it will cook the perfect pizza! It even comes with a handy recipe book to help you get the most from all the new functions. One of the key features that we love is the drop down door has a child safety lock, stopping little fingers from getting burnt. This really is the ultimate family cooking companion!


Life before children definitely had less vacuuming, but Black & Decker have created a dustbuster that will make clearing up those messes and spillages so much simpler. It is lightweight and cordless, so can be used in any room of the house, the stairs or even the car.  Those tricky to get to areas can be reached with the detachable hand held vacuum and it’s perfect for pet hair, dust and crumbs. With this dustbuster, it’s all about the technology. A Smart Tech display will show battery life remaining while the intelligent floor sensor will increase suction on carpets and switch to Eco mode for hard floors, prolonging battery life. The Smart Tech filter sensor alerts you to when the filter needs to be cleaned. Even the kids will enjoy cleaning with this, meaning every family needs one of these!


No home can manage without a fridge but most of us can look in the salad drawers and find wilted food that is past it’s best. As a nation we throw away too much food, food that went off before it got eaten. In an effort to minimise food waste Beko have introduced Everfresh+ technology meaning their state of the art salad crisper will keep fruit and vegetables fresh for up to 30 days. It has the ‘must have’ ice and water dispenser making it easier to keep hydrated with cool drinks. It is sleek and stylish with the choice of black, white or stainless steel.  This fridge freezer is good for the environment and for our bank balances making it a winner with us.


What do you look for in a washing machine? Good energy rating? Quiet cycle? Cleans at low temperatures?  This machine has so many impressive features that you are sure to be impressed. The stylish, minimalist design with LCD display will look sleek in anyone’s home. Thanks to the Eco Rain Technology, it has an energy rating of A+++, using 20% less water and 50% less energy in a cycle, making it exceptionally efficient.  The added bonus of a steam hygiene function gives a deeper clean to the wash – definitely something to be aware of when the kids have been playing in the mud. The most impressive feature of this machine is that it can remove more than 100 stains at just 20°C meaning clothes last longer and keep their shape and vibrancy. This machine would definitely make baby led weaning a lot less stressful!  A great washing machine that will compliment your kitchen and your family life. We love the Hotpoint Ultra S-Line Washing Machine!

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