Fan Buying Guide – simple ways to stay cool

Fan Buying Guide

November 25th, 2015 by

When summer rolls around, if an air conditioner isn’t a practical or affordable option, a fan is often the next best choice. Sometimes a refreshing breeze is just what you need to stay comfortable during the year’s hotter seasons. So what should you keep an eye out for when it comes to choosing a fan? Let’s take a look: Size It’s always important to pick an appliance that’s the ... Read more

When life gives you lemons – Different ways to make use of lemons


November 24th, 2015 by

Lemons aren’t only good for garnishing or adding zesty goodness to drinks and dishes, but they can also be used for cleaning and in other ingenious ways. Throw away smelly detergents and harsh chemicals, pick a few lemons from the tree out the back and use them as nature's little helpers. [caption id="attachment_34227" align="aligncenter" width="400"] Image courtesy of Viacheslav Blizniuk at[/caption]  The Kitchen Clean your microwave Pour half a ... Read more

Appliances Online turns 10 – Celebrate double digits with our Birthday Surprises!


November 12th, 2015 by

In November 2005, John Winning launched Appliances Online with a mobile phone, a laptop and a rented truck. Today, in November 2015, Appliances Online is still going, with hundreds of employees, a sizable head office (with lots of toilets), nationwide warehouse network, and dedicated fleet of delivery trucks (plus professional installation service!). A lot has changed in the world over the last decade – socially, politically, technologically – ... Read more

The age of the Betamax is over – a retrospective

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November 11th, 2015 by

Sony Japan has announced that as of March 2016, it will cease production of cassette tapes for the Betamax. If your reaction to reading that was "wait, is Betamax still a thing?", apparently it was, but won’t be for much longer. And if you have no idea what I'm talking about, read on: A brief history of the Format Wars Know, o reader, that before the age of the Smart ... Read more

How to make pancakes from scratch like a badass pro


November 10th, 2015 by

Roaming the aisles of my local supermarket the other day, hunting and gathering my household’s weekly food supply, I was struck by a sudden craving. A craving for something sweet, or maybe something savoury. A craving for a breakfast treat that goes beyond mere toast and coffee. A craving… for pancakes. What inspired this craving? Why, a fully-loaded shelf of pre-packaged pancake mix, available in all manner of flavours. These ... Read more

Help, I’m bloated & overstuffed! Your guide to detoxing after overindulging

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November 6th, 2015 by

The kid’s sweets bag on Halloween.  Not two, but three servings of roast chicken on Christmas. And what about all those chocolate bunnies on Easter? Yep, we’ve all been there, and why not? A holiday is a holiday, and it’s OK to overfeed ourselves sometimes. But what happens when reality smacks us on the belly, it’s the day after, and you feel all bloated and gross from feeding ... Read more

How to clean stainless steel

How to clean stainless steel

November 5th, 2015 by

One tip that we regularly recommend to anyone planning a kitchen renovation is to choose appliances with similar finishes, to help give the room a consistent, unified appearance. Stainless steel appliances tend to look especially good when matched with one another - a home kitchen can be given an elegant and professional look and feel simply by including a few sleek and stylish stainless steel appliances. However, while ... Read more

The quickest way to make fresh pasta for Christmas

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November 4th, 2015 by

It’s November, and you know what that means - the silly season has arrived. In the lead up to Christmas, we indulge ourselves in endless work parties, school functions, Secret Santas and a heap of scrumptious belly-filling food. In preparation for the mandatory ‘bring a plate of food to share’, impress your friends with home-made spaghetti from the Phillips Pasta and Noodle Maker. Just add flour, water, egg and ... Read more

How to get wine out of clothes

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November 2nd, 2015 by

Halloween has passed, Christmas is still a couple of months away… must be Melbourne Cup time! source: Synyan on Wikimedia Commons When you're all dressed up to watch a 3-minute race, all it takes is a careless misstep or accidental elbow-jostle to spill your cheeky wine glass all over your glad rags. Not quite the "glitz and glamour" look the day is known for! source: Gunnar Grimnes on Flickr Here ... Read more

Hygiene in the workplace – why it’s important, and how it can easily be achieved

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October 30th, 2015 by

There are a few things in the workplace you can’t control.  For example, the person who constantly feels the need to cook or re-heat pungent meals everyday in the staff kitchen, or the annoying sound the 5-year old printer makes when operating, or how about the person whose voice booms over everyone else’s just as you go to answer the phone. Yes, some of these things can’t ... Read more

Where to store your ingredients for maximum freshness

Where to store your ingredients for maximum freshness

October 29th, 2015 by

Organisation is essential in any kitchen. The mark of a great home chef is knowing exactly what ingredients are stored where, so they can be used to whip up a recipe at a moment's notice. Plus, by correctly storing different ingredients in the pantry or fridge, you can ensure that they'll remain fresher for longer, saving you from having to toss out spoiled and wasted food. Making ... Read more

Food Fight – are pavlovas, lamingtons and flat whites Aussie or Kiwi?

Food Fight – are pavlovas, lamingtons and flat whites Aussie or Kiwi_

October 28th, 2015 by

With Australia and New Zealand set to face off with one another in the 2015 Rugby World Cup Final, the old rivalries between our two nations have flared up once again. But nothing inspires more trans-Tasman rivalry than arguing over which nation is responsible for creating some of the iconic recipes that are unique to this part of the world. To be fair, Australia does have a long ... Read more

Seeking the perfect sandwich – quick tips for better sangers

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October 26th, 2015 by

“Can I share with you my worldview? All of humankind has one thing in common: the sandwich. I believe that all anyone really wants in this life is to sit in peace and eat a sandwich.” - Elizabeth Miervaldis "Liz" Lemon The humble sandwich doesn’t always get the recognition it deserves. It’s not often considered a “proper” meal, but rather the quick n’ dirty replacement for one, ... Read more

Halloween costume ideas , spooky recipes and other ghostly things

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October 23rd, 2015 by

It’s that time of the year again, where little goblins roam the streets in search of sweets and tricks or treats, or how about them ghostly ghouls that bob for apples in those pools, but perhaps a little princess may want to show, instead of the things from the rocky horror show. Ahh yes, Halloween, my favourite time of the year! And as the Appliances Online head ... Read more

How to get rid of spiders at home

How to get rid of spiders at home

October 22nd, 2015 by

A recent meeting at Appliances Online HQ was gatecrashed by a surprise visitor – a spider! Lowering him or herself down on a web, this arthropod wasn’t able to add much to the meeting agenda other than giving our poor graphic designer a fright. This wasn't our meeting visitor - this is just the least-terrifying close-up spider image I could find. (source: Bryce McQuillan on Wikimedia Commons) Sharing your ... Read more