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  • A little bit about Gorenje

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    Everything you need to know about Gorenje.

    Gorenje’s origin can be traced back to 1950 to the Špeh blacksmith shop operating in the namesake village of Gorenje.  In March 1953 Ivan Atelšek joined the then small Gorenje and was appointed head of the company. Atelšek took Gorenje from a 10 man workshop manufacturing agricultural machinery into an award winning enterprise.

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    It wasn’t until 1958 when Atelšek lead Gorenje into the white goods market with “Tobi” a solid fuel Stove.  Production of Tobi took the number of employees from 10 to 50 where they had to relocate to the nearby mining town of Velenje. Just three years later in 1961 they had their first order for export, 200 solid-fuel stoves for Germany.

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    First Washing Machines

    In 1964 Gorenje produced their first line of washing machines, the PS 270 and the PS 275. Over three years 10,886 of these were made. By 1970 the range of washing machines had grown to five and they were producing over 200,000 a year.

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    Refrigerators

    Towards the end of the 1960s Gorenje had the cooking and cleaning part of the white goods market well covered, the only part left to tackle was cooling. In 1968 Gorenje started production of refrigerators. It was a huge success and by 1978 they’d sold over 3,000,000 units.

    Expansion

    In 1972 the company extended its network and opened its first foreign office in Munich, Germany.  By this point the workforce was an impressive 200,000+ people one of which was German designer Ciril Cesar.  Cesar was appointed head of the Gorenje Design Centre and helped drastically improve almost every aspect of Gorenje. With more aesthetically pleasing products and streamlined production the company began establishing a distribution and sales network in Western Europe (Germany, Austria, France, Denmark and Italy) and Australia.

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    Between 1990 and the mid 2000’s the Gorenje’s Design Centre’s ethos started to develop into what makes them such a great company today. Their designs began to develop a lot more around cutting edge technologies and customer interactions.  This new design approach was the catalyst for what is now known today as the Gorenje Simplicity range.

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    Gorenje currently have five equally stunning design ranges which include three in house and two guest design ranges. The in house range consists of; Classic, Simplicity and Colour Collection. The first of the guest range is called Ora-ito.  Designed by world renowned French industrial designer Ito Moratbito. The second is the Karmin Rashid range that was created by none other than the Eygptian born designer Karmin Rashid.

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    Gorenje are becoming quite a force in the white goods market, offering stunning design, robust build quality and sophisticated technologies.  Of course we are thrilled to be supplying Gorenje products, but we are proud to be offering them in traditional NewLife appliances style, cheaper than anywhere else online!

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  • Tuesday Tip of The Week: How to Open a Jar with a Tight Lid

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    How to Open a Jar with a Tight Lid

    It's never a nice feeling to have to ask for assistance to open a jar, especially when you've done all the hard work and loosened it for them!

    This trick is very simple and super effective. All you need to do is take an elastic band and wrap it around the top. (If it's loose then you just double it over) - The elastic band will give you a new found super human level of grip and allow you to open any jar that stands in your way!

  • Tuesday Tip of the Week: How to prevent bananas going from off

     

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    How to Keep Bananas Ripe

    When buying bananas most people will go for the ones they deem to be at the perfect ripeness.  However, there is a draw back,  if you buy a large bunch you will only have a small window of 'banana perfect' before they become a bit too ripe. There is a very simple trick to keep your bananas in the perfect state of ripeness. Simply take a small piece of cling film and wrap it around the end, and viola, you're bananas will remain at that perfect ripe level for much longer!

  • What are graded kitchen appliances?

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    What are graded Kitchen Appliances?

    Graded appliances, sometimes called B grade stock or factory seconds, are brand new appliances that have been returned to the original supplier or manufacturer. There are multiple reasons for appliances getting sent back to where they came from, the most common is because of cosmetic damage / imperfections to the appliance.

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    Where do graded kitchen appliances come from?

    Let’s say a customer orders a fridge from a well-known online retailer. When the item is delivered they notice that the side has been dented.

    When a customer orders a brand spanking new fridge they expect just that. However, mistakes happen and occasionally items pick up small dents and scratches during the delivery process. Every customer is well within their rights to have a replacement sent out. In most cases they will usually have their replacement within 48 hours.

    When the customer receives their new replacement fridge the one with dented side is collected. The vast majority of retailers will not sell appliances with cosmetic imperfections, they are also unable to return them to the original manufacturers. This is where NewLife Appliances comes in.  These returned appliances are essentially brand new and unused, so to prevent them from unnecessarily ending up in a landfill (this actually used to happen!) we take them in. Every item is fully PAT tested by our team of trained engineers, signed off and given a 12 month warranty.  All appliances are then photographed multiple times where we very clearly point out any imperfections to the product before it is available online. As a rule of thumb, we say – If we wouldn’t have it in our own homes we wouldn’t sell it through NewLife.

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    How much cheaper are graded kitchen appliances?

    This puts us in a very unique position in the online market. We label the products as Graded (New with Cosmetic Imperfections) and then massively undercut the Recommended Retail Prices. If you’re after even more of a bargain then take a look in our Sale Section of the NewLife Appliances website, you will often find Graded Kitchen Appliances (New with Cosmetic Imperfections) with up to 65% off of RRP.  The only drawback is that our stock is limited and sells very fast, to avoid disappointment you have to order fast!

     

    Any of the appliances that don’t make the cut, either from excessive cosmetic damage or mechanical failure are then sent to our spares and repairs department.  These parts will be used for us to supply refurbished kitchen appliances. If you're interested to know more about our refurbished kitchen appliances you should check out this post on everything you need to know about buy a refurbished washing machine. One thing that we are extremely proud of at NewLife Appliances is our contribution to helping create a circular economy and the way that we recycle and reuse weee.

  • How long should a washing machine last?

     

    how long does a washing amchine lastIt’s a common belief these days that the majority of electrical goods are designed to break, this is known as planned obsolescence. Planned obsolescence seems to be quite a talking point in the world of washing machines.  Many people refer back to their trusty old washing machine they bought back in the 80's that only got replaced in the early 2000’s because it looked outdated.  Only to find the new modern super stylish washing machine broke a few years down the line, 'just in time for the manufacturer’s warranty to end'. Funny coincident or clever engineering?

    There are two main things to consider. First is our buying nature, we now, unfortunately, live in a very disposable society. It’s normal to update your electronics every 24 months or even less in some cases. Although white goods are slightly different from phones, for example, its common practice to run kitchen appliance into the ground before buying a new one.  The second which is a huge contributor to first point, is our desire for cheap products. Manufactures have to cater to both of these needs. Which in turn will result in a poorer quality product.

    This obviously isn’t true for all manufactures and never has the expression ‘you get what you pay for’ been truer than with washing machines. If you are unsure to as what washing machine you should go for check out our Washing Machine Buyers Guide.  If you think you may not be able to afford a top brand washing machine then think again! Check out our Refurbished Washing Machines guide where we outline everything you need to know about buying refurbished. (Even our brand new items are cheaper than any other retailers) – making the desirable affordable.

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    Manufactures could and most probably do work out the average number of spins a machine will be able to complete before something goes wrong. However, the only company to actually publish the estimated life span of their washing machines is Miele.  Miele say that their washing machines are designed with a life span of around 20 years. Check out our range of Miele washing machines.

    The Whitegoods Trade Association or the WTA say that the average lifespan of the humble household washing machine has dropped in relation to the prices. The WTA estimate that the life expectancy of a washing machine has decreased by three years in the past decade or so, meaning many will break a lot sooner than their predecessors. "Over 40% cost under £300. Obviously these cheaper products do not have the same build quality, performance or longevity and therefore the average lifespan has dropped from over 10 years to under seven years," the website says that it is not unusual for cheap low brand budget appliances to last only a few years.

    This is why at NewLife Appliances we aim to only stock brands that we trust. We pride ourselves on how cheap and unbeatable our prices are. So much so that if you can find one of our products cheaper from another online retailer we won’t just match the price, we will beat it. Check out our range of washing machines here. – NewLife Appliances - Making the desirable affordable

  • How To Remove Wax From Clothes

     

    1. t shirt covered in waxLet the wax completely dry. I know it goes against everything you know about stain removal, Act quick, panic and pour white wine all over it? However, you will find it far easier to remove wax off of your clothing when it has completely cooled.
      1. If you’re in a hurry you can always pour ice cold water onto the wax to make it go back to its hard state
    2. scraping wax off cloths with a knifeScrape as much of the wax off as possible. With either a butter knife or even a spoon (safer option) start to scrape as much of the wax off as possible. Try not to push down to hard as you want to avoid damaging your clothes.
    3. soaking up the wax with tissueIroning out the wax. Get yourself an iron and some sort of absorbing paper. Kitchen paper,

      using the heat form the iron to get the tissue paper to soak up the wax This is what it will look like when the paper begins to absorb the wax

      blotting paper even some toilet paper will do the trick. You now want to sandwich your clothes with the wax stain in-between your absorbent paper of choice. Set your iron to a low temperature and slowly begin to melt the wax. What will happen here is, as the wax melts it will begin to transfer from your clothes and onto the paper. as shown in the picture on the right.

    4. soaking a t shirt in an oxygen-based stain remover Soaking in oxygen-based stain remover. This step only really needs to be done if you are unlucky enough to have a stain caused by a coloured wax candle. The dyes and oils used to give coloured wax its colour will be left behind. No need to panic, get yourself some oxygen based stain remover – costs between £4 - £7 on Amazon. Then just simply leave the garment to soak overnight.
    5. Final stage invlves washing the t shirt as you usually would do Washing Machine. Finally place the garment into the washing machine on the stetting you’d usually use. Make sure that you don't under load your washing machine as this may damage your washing machine. If the item is not machine washable you will find it relatively easy to remove the remainder of the stain by hand.
    6. How the t shirt looks once the wax has been removedFinished. Your wax stained clothes should look as good as new! Now you have to remember the next time you’re playing with hot wax is it worth going through all of this again?
  • A simple guide on how to clean a fridge

    It’s very easy for your fridge to become dirty and disorganised. Every once in a while you need to set aside 20 minutes, roll up your sleeves and get stuck in. Out of date food that has been hiding away needs to be tossed out and the shelves have to be washed down. Although it’s not a fun task to do -let’s be honest, no house chores are. Knowing how to clean a fridge in an effective and efficient manner will save you plenty of time and hassle.

    best way to clean a fridge1. Remove everything from your fridge. We recommend dedicating the closest work surface to your fridge as a place to put the contents, this will save you a lot of running back and forwards. We also suggest at this point that you take a look at our 11 Foods that are not meant to go In the Fridge.

    How to clean a fridge without chemicals 2. Throw away any old or out of date foods. The quarterly …. (or once every 6 months if we are being honest with ourselves) fridge clean can be a nice trip down memory lane. You will start to dig up old jars and pots of ingredients you bought specifically to cook a dish miles your of your culinary comfort zone. So unless you are planning to create another ‘bad food dinner party anecdote’ and want to try cooking another Norwigen Rakfisk, that jar of pickled trout juices should probably be tossed away.

    how to quickly clean a fridge3. Remove all shelves, drawers and any other removable surface areas from the fridge. It may seem like a short cut to simply clean inside the fridge now but we promise that by removing everything first makes it a lot easier and most importantly cleaner.

    cleaning the drawers in a fridge4.Wash everything by hand. Most of what you have just taken out from inside the fridge won’t fit inside the dishwasher. You will also have a kitchen work surface covered in food that you need to get back in there asap, using your dishwasher will drag this process out a lot longer than it needs to be.

    Few things to note;

    1. Never pour hot water on to cold glass that you have removed directly from the fridge. The sudden change in temperature will cause the glass to crack.
    2. Make sure that everything is bone dry before you put it back into the fridge.

    how to clean inside your fridge5. Wipe down the inside of the refrigerator. It isn’t recommended that you use any chemical cleaners or soap on the inside of your fridge as foods are prone to absorbing smells. Instead we recommend using one of these natural cleaning solutions;

    1. Half a cup of apple cider vinegar with two cups of water
    2. Two table spoons of baking soda and one cup of hot water
    3. For very difficult stains apply a small amount of white toothpaste.

    6. Make sure you don’t miss out on the doors. It’s very easily done and it will drive you crazy if you have a clean fridge with dirty doors

    cleaning and drying the shelves in a fridge7. Dry and replace all of the shelves and drawers. Use a dry tea towel to get rid of any excess water.

    how to clean fridge door seals8. Clean the fridge door seal. This also gets called a gasket, we wouldn’t recommend removing this to clean it as they can be quite tricky to replace. By using the same solution you used to clean out the inside of the fridge, simply run a sponge along the seal making sure you get out any trapped dirt.

    picture of a very clean fridge 9. Re stock your fridge. Make sure that you clean off any containers before you place them back in otherwise you’ll very quickly be back to square one.

     

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    Once completed your fridge will be back to looking like new. If you are still experiencing some bad odors after you have cleaned your fridge you should read our guide on how to get rid of bad smell in a fridge. If your fridge is beyond help and you are in need of a new one you can see our range of cheap fridge freezers here.

  • Everything you need to know about buying a refurbished washing machine

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    Buying a refurbished washing machine

    The introduction of economy washing machines brands has contributed greatly to the decline in the demand for people purchasing refurbished. You can, if you so wish, purchase a brand new economy washing machine from most large retailers for around £150. However, like most things, you get what you pay for. An average washing machine drum will spin at 1700 rotations per minute, this alone is a very impress feat of engineering. Combine that with the fact they are making a profit selling them at £150 each, you have to ask yourself the question of ‘how well made can this actually be?’ Although it seems appealing to have a new machine in your kitchen right now, the feeling will be different 12 months down the line when the warranty is up and you’re back online trying to find a replacement.  - It is better to spend slightly more once than to spend just slightly less twice.

    What Does “Refurbished” Mean?

    Refurbished isn't what most people assume. At NewLife Appliances we deal with two different types of refurbished.  The first and most popular of ours is our graded machines -  ‘New, with imperfections’ these machines have just been unlucky enough to get damage in transit from their original retailer, as a result they are then rejected by the customer. What would often happen to the machine is, as the large retailers can not sell a scratched item it would head to landfill. Nine times out of ten the damage is just aesthetics (delivery men scratching them on the way into a house) and the machine will still be in brand new working condition. This doesn't mean we just go collect it and re sell it. It is our responsibility to ensure that each machine we sell is full PAT tested by our own trained engineers and signed off as perfect working order. Only then will we offer it back to the public… at an unbeatable price!

    where to get a trusted and cheapest refurbished washing machine The second type of ‘refurbished’ which it is known in its more traditional sense, is the restoration of previously owned machines. This makes up a small part of our inventory but does allow us to offer top quality brands often at below 60% of recommended retail price. - Making the desirable, affordable.

    What we do in this scenario - If a machine came to us and it had broken due to a blown fuse. We wouldn't simply just stick a new fuse in it and label it as refurbished. That’s just repaired… The clue is in our name NewLife, we will aim to make that machine as near as we can to its original state. All of our machines get vigorously PAT tested by our trained engineers where all of the pipes, seals and drain hoses are cleaned and replaced if showing signs of wear, carbon brushes and armatures in the motors are tested and replaced if needed, drum bearings are checked and even if they are making too much noise they’re replaced. Each machine is test and monitored for 24 hours before getting signed off as safe. Nothing gets past our engineers unless they deem it fit for public use and nothing gets sold by us if we wouldn't have it in our own homes.

    What can we recommend for a refurbished washing machine?

    If you’re tempted to purchase a brand new washing machine for £150 made by economy brands such as Beko, Essentials, Logik etc, you should really reconsider and take a look at what you can get for the same price in our range of reconditioned washing machine.  Starting at around £150 you can own a machine from a very reputable brand such as Bosch, Siemens or Hotpoint. If you’re willing to spend the extra £50- £75 you can start to get Samsung’s and AEG machines.  As previously mentioned, the majority of our machines have never been used by the public before and have just picked up minor cosmetic damage during delivery. We do say on each product page exactly what condition the machine is in and show any damage clearly in photos. If you're unsure to as what you need you should take a look at our washing machine buyers guide.

    Click here to view our range of refurbished washing machines.  The image below highlights how you can search between our New, with cosmetic imperfections and our refurbished washing machines. how to find refurbished washing machines

  • Washing Machine Buyers Guide

    Modern day washing machines are more advanced than ever before. They are now able to cater for a huge number of washing demands at the turn of a dial. From machines with advanced washing cycles, different drum capacities and noise levels, energy-efficient ratings and super-fast spin speeds; It’s hard to know what you’re looking for.   At NewLife Appliances we sell new, unused and refurbished washing machines often at more than 50% of RRP. If it wasn’t already sweet enough, all our washing machines come with 12 months warranty!

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    Washing machine size

    There are two main types of washing machine; free-standing and integrated. First question you should ask yourself when shopping for a new washing machine is, where is my washing machine going to go? A free-standing machine can easily be slotted underneath your kitchen work tops with the front of the machine on show. The most common dimensions for a free-standing washing machine are; 850 x 600 x 550 mm H x W x D. However, these measurements do vary from machine to machine by as much as 50mm so you have to make sure you measure the area before you purchase. Integrated models are a great option if you want to keep your machine out of sight, these are typically 820 x 595 x 550 mm (H x W x D)

    Spin speeds

    Spin speeds range from 1000rpm (rotations per minute) all the way up to 18,000rpm. The higher the number of rotations per minute the lower your drying time will be, great for saving your time and energy. As a rule of thumb you can expect to pay more for the machines with the faster spin speeds. If intend to wash delicate items of clothing you should consider getting a machine with variable spin speeds. With these you can adjust the spin speed of the machine reducing the rpm ensuring your fragile items don’t get damaged.

    • Washing machine speeds range from 1,000 rpm all the wa up to 18,000rpm
    • Faster spins can be noisier, especially it not set up correctly
    • Higher rpm usually means a high price tag

    Load Capacity

    The most common drum size for a washing machine is 7kg however there are machine that go all the way up to 12kg and right down to 3.5kg load capacity.   To put this in terms of laundry if you have a 7kg drum on your washing machine each wash you can load;

    Guide showing you the correct amount to load into your washing machine.
    • 20 x pairs of socks/underwear
    • 5 x small towels
    • 4x trousers/jeans
    • 10 x lightweight tops
    • 2 x pairs of pillowcases or 1 jumper
    • 2 x bed sheets/table cloths or 1 x duvet cover
    • For additional help you can refer to our guide on how much should I put in washing machine?

    How to know what drum size to get?

    The best way to make a decision about the drum size of your machine is to work out how many washes per week you’ll be doing.

    Less than 4 washes per week 5-6kg drum

    4 – 6 washes per week 7kg drum 6+ washes per week 8 – 12kg drum

    Might also be worth noting that machines with larger drums result in less creased cloths and fewer knots.

    • Drum sizes start at 3.5kg and go up to 12kg
    • The average drum size is 7kg
    • When a machine refers to its maximum capacity this load is usually calculated with its main cotton program – different programs will have different capacities
    • It's better to buy a drum size that you'll be able to consistently fill.

    Energy rating

    Anyone new washing machine that has gone on sale from December 2013 has to have a minimum energy rating of A+. However, you are still able to purchase older machines with a lower rating. Every kitchen appliance will have an industry-standard energy-efficient rating label. The rating is system is graded from;

    A+++++ being the most efficient A++++ A+++ A++ A+ A B C D E F G being the worst

    Appliances with an A+++++ rating will be the most efficient, best for the environment and easier on your utility bills.  Many modern machines are able to achieve amazing results with both energy consumption and cleaning results on a 30° wash. Washing at 30° instead of 40° will reduce your energy consumption by 40% and lower your utility bills. According to Waterwise, if a washing machine uses less than 7.5 liters of water per wash it is considered efficient.

    • Yearly running costs of a washing machine can range from £12 to £53 per year
    • The average washing machine bill comes in at £26
    • As a rule of thumb the larger the drum size the large the bill
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     Programmes

    Usually the more additional functions a washing machine has the more it will cost. Most machine settings are designed in accordance to the fiber of cloths, spin speed and temperature requirements. Depending on your needs other features may be worth investing in. For example; child lock, baby cycle, half wash, heavy duty and fast washes to list just a few – certain companies use different names for their washing machine functions.

    Timer delay

    Although it’s technically a program, it’s so useful we decided to give it its own special mention. Timer delays give you the ability to choose when your machine comes on. Great feature if you have a cheap electricity traffic during off-peak hours or are getting your energy via solar.

     Fuzzy logic

    This is an incredibly intelligent technology that monitors the internal environment of the machine. It adjusts the time of the cycle, the amount of detergent needed, the amount of water required to rinse and finally the amount of energy used depending on the load. This ensures you get maximum results with minimum waste. Note: some manufacturers may name this intelligent technology differently, so be careful when you are choosing.

     

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