Kitchen Buyer’s Guide

kitchen appliance buyer guide

kitchen appliance buyer guide

We’ve rounded up a super-duper selection of fittings & appliances to help transform your kitchen. Check out these brilliant buys



Blum “Tandembox Intivo” drawer system in Terra Black/Zebrano Wood, with Blumotion soft-closing mechanism. See

your drawers!

select which drawers for your home

select which drawers for your home

Blum “Tandembox Intivo” drawer system in Silk White/Dark Seville Olive, with Blumotion soft-closing mechanism. See


Ultramodern appeal

Teknobili “Oz T2” sink mixer & spray, $429, Reece. WELS 4*

Round the bend

Abey “Sienna” square sidelever, $275. WELS 4*

Great budget buy

Abey “Mix Master” in chrome, $77. WELS 4*

Smooth operator

This kind of kitchen cabinets helps you easier to organize kitchen stuffs

This kind of kitchen cabinets helps you easier to organize kitchen stuffs

KWC “Ono” gooseneck retractable, $1094.50. WELS 5*


A classical sink sometimes make a style for your kitchen

A classical sink sometimes make a style for your kitchen

Old-world charm

Chateau handmade copper double bowl, $2600, Manor House.

Convenience plus

Blanco “Statura” 80cm cabinet 2-bowl undermount (K640U), $1019.

Country-style kitchen

Classic 80 fi reclay double bowl, $1395, Manor House.

Streamlined side-by-side

Clark “Quatro” 1.5 end bowl, $830.55.


Get a grip

Hettich ProDecor “Intra” handle from the Deluxe collection; handles from $5 through Hettich Endorsed Showrooms (see right). See

Black is back

Svep handle in Black, $16 for 2, Ikea.

Classy touch

Hettich ProDecor “Rogivo” handle from the New Modern collection. Team with Hettich InnoTech and MultiTech drawer and runner systems. See for info.

Square deal

10-K-70 handle; handles from $10 each, Freedom Kitchens.


Colourful cooker

Marc Newson for Smeg 60cm pyrolytic multifunction wall (FB610), $2990. Available in 6 colours.

Top of the range

Fisher & Paykel 60cm pyrolytic self-clean single wall (OB76), $5299. Also available as a double.

Bargain buy

Everdure 60cm electric wall (OBES63), $744, Bunnings.

Heats up in seconds

Whirlpool 60cm electric wall (AKZM655IX), $1299.


A variety of fridges for you to choose3

A variety of fridges for you to choose3

Black beauty

Elba by Fisher & Paykel 60cm double wall (OB60BCEX2), $1818, Bunnings.

Bake cakes & a roast at the same time!

Blanco 60cm steam wall (BOSS38X), $2499.

It’s a splurge

Falcon “Professional+ 90” double in Cranberry with induction cooktop, $7399.

Can clean itself

Westinghouse 60cm electric pyrolytic multifunction single wall (POR883S), $2119.

The big freeze

Electrolux “Ebony” side-by-side, $4519, Winning Appliances. 700L capacity. ENERGY 3*

Cool compartments

LG 4-door French door (GR-L219CSL), $3999. 610L capacity. ENERGY 1.5*

Left & right

Whirlpool side-by-side (6WSC20C6XY), $2499. 608L capacity. ENERGY 2*

Style at a lower price!

Smeg “FAB 28” single door, discounted to $2690 (usually $3990) at participating retailers until end of 2011. 271L capacity. ENERGY 2*

Vertical fridge

Westinghouse single door (WRM3700WB), $1319. 370L capacity. ENERGY 1.5*

Thirsty work

Fisher & Paykel Ice & Water bottom mount (E442BRXFDU), $2359. 442L capacity. ENERGY 1.5*

Stylish & smart

Mitsubishi top mount (MR-560B), $2499. 560L capacity. ENERGY 2*

Budget beater

Haier top mount (HTMR48055), $999. 475L capacity. ENERGY 2*


Easy on the wallet

Everdure 90cm gas 5-burner (CBGS91), $698, Bunnings.

Hot deal

Bellini 60cm ceramic 4-burner and 60cm electric oven Builder Pack (BP460EC), $693, Bunnings.

Pristine finish

Whirlpool “Ixelium” 90cm gas 5-burner with specially treated stainless-steel finish (AKT925/IXL), $1149.

Handcrafted in Italy

Ilve “H-series” gas 5-burner (H90SD), $3099.


Quality & compact

Fisher & Paykel 6-place-setting single DishDrawer (DD60SDFX6), $1059. ENERGY 3* WELS 4*

Chunky looks

Samsung 12-place-setting (DMS400THX ), $1099. ENERGY 3.5* WELS 4*

Fab for large families

LG 14-place-setting (LD1419T2), $1149. ENERGY 3* WELS 4*

Colourful clean

Smeg “Retro” 14-placesetting (BLV1), $3999. Available in 8 colours. ENERGY 2.5* WELS 3.5*

Optimal water-efficiency

Bosch built-under 15-placesetting (SMU69M05AU), $1999. ENERGY 3* WELS 5.5*


Haier 12-place-setting (HDW300SS), $599. ENERGY 2* WELS 4*

Curvaceous canopy

Everdure 90cm canopy (RBES92), $479, Bunnings.

For added mood lighting

Miele “Lumen Decor” canopy (DA6290W), $3199.

Sleek & slimline

Fisher & Paykel 90cm wall canopy (HC90DCXB1), $1549.

Mother of all rangehoods

Ilve “Epsilon” for kitchen island, $11,349. Winner of a 2011 Australian International Design Award.

Under the hood

Whirlpool 60cm slide-out (AKR640WH), $249.

Scandinavian minimalism

We won this kitchen! Emma and John entered our Win an Ikea & Whirlpool kitchen competition last year – and they won! Here’s the big reveal

Win A Kitchen Makeover & Furniture

Win A Kitchen Makeover & Furniture

Win A Kitchen Makeover & Furniture

A lot of readers entered our “Win a $30,000 kitchen makeover from Ikea and Whirlpool” competition from the April 2010 issue – thousands of you, in fact. After an agonising and lengthy judging session – so many great entries! – the winners were decided upon: Emma Simmons and John Debono-Cullen of Ashbury in Sydney, who run their own retail art gallery and graphic design business, Sweets Workshop (Sweetsworkshop. com), in the nearby suburb of Summer Hill.

About Emma and John’s home

Their home, built in 1916, is a traditional workers’ cottage. It’s a great house, but there was one big problem: the kitchen was terrible. “It was very small and dark, with only a tiny work area,” Emma says. “The rest was filled with a large fridge and oven. It didn’t have a pantry or nearly enough storage.”

Their problem with cooking place

One of the biggest problems was that the couple love to cook together but the layout wouldn’t allow them to. The rarely used dining room, however, was three times the size of the kitchen and had a skylight. So when they found out they’d won the competition, they were overjoyed. But put a new kitchen in that tiny space? No way!


The kitchen in their house is small for the two who both love cooking

The kitchen in their house is small for the two who both love cooking

The solution for their kitchen

The solution: swap the kitchen and dining rooms around. Time to get planning!

“Choosing the kitchen, dining table & chair set, and appliances involved a series of visits to Ikea,” Emma says. “They supported our idea to move the kitchen into the dining area to create a larger cooking space. They also helped us plan our kitchen, and gave us guidance on the fitout.”

So why has it taken so long for real living to feature the new kitchen and dining room? “Working with a 100-year-old house that hadn’t been renovated since the 1950s opened up a can of worms,” Emma explains. First it was a series of no-show tradesmen, which threw their timeline out. “Then, once the plumber had started on moving the pipes, we discovered that half the flooring was rotten. This caused more delays while we got the floors replaced.” Then, once the electrician had positioned the powerpoints, some of the walls started crumbling, and the couple had to call in a plasterer. Groan. So the Ikea installer was continually put on hold.

But it was all worth it, and winning the competition freed up funds for swapping the rooms. “Now we look forward to Sunday, when we can prepare a slow roast together, ” Emma says. “We spend hours in the kitchen and relish our time there.” Congratulations guys!

Top 5 equipment every beginner of woodworking must have

If you are a new user who would like to get started as a woodworker, you could think that you will need to buy a lot of professional power equipment to start your woodworking tasks, which will cost you a fortune. Nevertheless, the fact is that you do not need to waste much money on those woodworking equipment and the only thing you should do is to read the following top 5 power equipment to start. Those equipment that I suggest below won’t make you go frustrated and some of them are very affordable and cheap. As a beginner, you could use them to resolve many woodworking tasks.

With those top 5 woodworking equipment, we have listed them in the order of importance.

  1. Buzz saw

The first equipment that I highly recommend is the buzz saw. You would think that it is only a carpentry machine, but I want to consider it as a great woodworking equipment. As a flexible standard power machine, a buzz saw is more effective than other power devices. It could be able to tackle many projects as precisely as a table saw. You can even use it to cut average-density fibreboard and plywood. If you only have a tight budget, such a quality buzz saw could be a mandatory power equipment for you thanks to its flexibility and versatility.

  1. Power Drill

When it comes to drill, you could think of the best cordless drills. Nevertheless, a corded drill could be much more helpful, powerful and flexible than a cordless drill when you tackle woodworking tasks. A cordless, of course, means more flexible but more expensive or less powerful compared to a corded one. When you select a drill, some choices must be taken into consideration, namely the size of the chuck, with or without key, straight or hammer drill.

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