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Saturday, 7 March 2009

New Products from Neff

Neff has brought out a brand new laundry collection. It is available to order now and includes two washing machines, a combined washer dryer and a built- in wine cooler.

The wine cooler is the first that Neff has ever made and is designed to fit it with other Neff appliances. It has the capacity to store 32 bottles of wine at perfect temperature. Not that I drink a lot of wine, but it's nice to have a few bottles in just in case...

Sunday, 2 November 2008

Neff Master Partner Demonstrations

Neff hold these Master Partner events quite regularly throughout the UK and they are basically an opportunity to go along to a demonstration where there will be Neff experts at hand to talk to you about any questions or queries that you may have relating to any of Neff's products. 

Yesterday, a demonstration was being held in Stamford. A Master Partner is basically the best seller of Neff products in their area, which means they probably know their stuff. During the day, there is usually a Home Economist on hand cooking snacks and answering questions. 

The next two demonstrations being held are in Ipswich and Amersham next Saturday 9th November if you fancy going along. Look out for Master Partner demonstrations in your area if you're also a Neff enthusiast.

Sunday, 14 September 2008

Environmentally Friendly Fridges

A customer recently contacted me because he was interested in purchasing an environmentally friendly fridge. I told him that one of the main things to look at was the energy efficiency, but also to check that the fridge doesn't produce CFCs and HFCs (most newer ones don't but some of the older models do). He was happy when he saw the Neff range of fridges, which are rated mainly A for energy efficiency and don't produce any harmful gases. 

Monday, 14 July 2008

Review of Latest Neff Cooker Hood

Neff have recently launched a new series of models including a cube style cooker hood. Here we look at the features and design.
The series 6 hood from Neff, the D96K8, is a new cube shaped chimey hood. Over the years many manufacturers have launched new designs for cooking products, but only extractor hoods can have the fundamental design revamped, as ovens and other appliances have limitations to their basic shape.
The Extraction is a vital part of any kitchen to achieve the most efficient results when cooking, and this model has an output (Intensive setting) of 760 m³/h. This is about average for a good quality manufacturer but there are other models on the market with up to 1000 m³/h/
The most impressive feature from the outset is the flexibility of the configuration. It can be installed as a single unit but also with a single glass canopy accessory. Alternatively you can place two separate cube units side by side with a glass canopy accessory across them, meaning an extraction solution for wider range cookers up to perhaps 120cm width, and the great looks of a glass cooker hood.
Special features for this model include electronic control via push button operation which becomes automatic 10 minutes after running. The sensor feature means the unit decides how much extraction is required at any one time during cooking, and this saves on electricity.
Also as standard are 2 x 20 watt halogen lights and a saturation indicator for the metal grease filter.
This neff cooker hood will retail in the UK for around £920. Considering the specification it is quite costly compared to comparable elica models, which offer similar design and better performance.

Neff Dishwasher Overview

A peer-reviewed study in 2004 concluded that the best automatic dishwashers available at that time, when fully loaded use less electricity, water, and detergent than the average European washing up by hand. The dishwashers available today are even more efficient than then. The problem that a lot of the earlier dishwashers had is that they could handle plates and cutlery very well but were unable to effectively wash bulky items such as pans and casserole dishes. Most modern dishwashers have overcome this problem in different ways. A few of the Neff dishwashers available include unique VarioFlex baskets that give complete flexibility for the way we cook today and allow for stacking all kinds of kitchen items of all different shapes and sizes.
Tests have proven that dishwashers use less water than washing up by hand so it is not a surprise that a Neff dishwasher is triple A rated for washing, drying and energy performance. So it saves money, time and is better for the environment. To save even more money there is the option of using the timer to take advantage of off peak electricity costs. Before you decide on the dishwasher that you are going to buy, you need to consider what types of crockery and cookware you use and which dishwasher is going to be best for washing them. The Varioflex baskets on the Neff dishwashers give flexibility to loading, but this also includes RackMatic which means that you can stack very large items, making them convenient for large family homes that use bigger pots and pans. You also need to consider how much space in your kitchen you have available to allocate to your new appliance. Neff dishwashers are available as full size dishwashers, but if you have a cosier kitchen and space is an issue, there are also slim line options available.
The S5943X2 Neff dishwasher is only 45cm wide, but does not lose any of the features of the full size version and it is still surprisingly roomy- although better for smaller households than large families. Full size dishwashers In terms of safety, older dishwashers sometimes came with the problem of leaking and overflowing. Neff dishwashers include a feature called AquaStop, which protects inlet and outlet hoses from leakage. There is an independent safety valve, which prevents any more water from entering the dishwasher and overflowing. Neff dishwashers all come with a choice of programmes.
There is the option of an intensive wash for tackling tough, dirty dishes, an option of a delicate wash for glassware and fine crockery ad several other options in between depending on te model you decide upon.. They have been designed to include adjustable baskets and racks that help take the problems out of loading large or awkward items. If you do have a lot of larger items such as roasting pans and oven shelves, the large item spray facility available in all the Neff dishwashers would be useful. It showers the larger items to clean them more effectively.

Neff Gas Hobs

Gas hobs are still the most popular choice in the Neff range. We offer a range of finishes with either cast iron or enamelled pan supports. Neff gas hobs are available in six different finishes: black ceramic, black hard glass, stainless steel, white, black and nostalgic steel so there should be an option that matches most kitchen styles. There are six series of Neff gas hobs, ranging from basic functionality to high specification hobs.
In the Series 1 range, there is only one gas option. It has all the basic functions needed for cooking on the hob and comes with a stainless steel or enamel base and enamelled pan supports. This hob, like all of the others, comes with Neff’s signature oval controls. These controls are used throughout Neff’s hob and oven range so that they can be easily co-ordinated. The oval controls are designed to be easy to grip and turn, even when your hands are wet. Some, but not all, of the oven knobs are also retractable which means that they can be pushed away when they are not in use so that the front of the oven looks neater and less cluttered. On the stainless steel model, the oval controls are positioned at the side and on the black, brown and white models, dial controls are positioned on the side.
The Series 2 range Neff gas hobs offer three options of models, one of which is an extra wide hob and all of which have oval controls. The Series 2 selection comes with all the functionality and basics of the Series 1 models, but has additional features such as the flame safety device, which detects when there is no flame and automatically turns the gas off, making cooking on gas safer.
The Series 3 range Neff gas hobs offer seven options of models, of which three are extra wide hobs. Most of these hobs are available with the signature oval controls. The Series 3 selection comes with all the functions that feature in the Series 2 models, but come with a choice of steel, enamel or a tempered- glass base, the flame- failure safety device that features in the Series 2 hobs and also comes with sturdy cast iron pan supports that help to bring a bit of class and distinction to the kitchen. Cast iron is used in professional kitchens because it tends to be tougher and sturdier.
The Series 4 range Neff gas hobs offer five options of models, of which three are extra wide hobs. The Series 4 hobs come with the choice of steel or tempered- glass base, cast iron pan supports and flame failure safety devices that feature in the Series 3 range, but the Series 4 hobs also have FlameControl.
The Series 5 range Neff gas hobs are high specification models that come with all the functionality of Series 4 but with additional features. Series 5 features a ceramic base, the cast-iron pan supports that also feature in Series 3 and 4, but the Series 5 models also include a timer and flame failure safety device with a curved design full trim. There are four gas options available in the Series 5 range, one of which is an extra wide hob and all feature the oval controls.
The Series 6 range has a top end specification and is designed for people who spend a lot of time and care over their cooking. The Series 6 Neff gas hob is available with a steel or ceramic base and the Flametronic system. There are just two gas options available in the Series 6 selection, one of which is an electronic gas hob on ceramic glass.

Neff Extractor Fans

Each of the models in the Neff extractor fan range is designed to suit different styles of kitchen, whether yours is classic or contemporary style kitchen. The fans are all efficient and quiet, and they can provide an elegant finishing touch to your cooking area. The benefits of having an extractor hood in your kitchen are that it keeps the air in the room fresh by cleaning the used air or replacing it with clean air. A Neff extractor fan effectively ventilates your kitchen so grease particles, dust, smells, smoke and excess heat are no longer effecting the quality of the air in the kitchen. It also regulates the humidity in your kitchen, which helps to stop mould and damp problems.
Neff extractor fans come in six different styles. The Island chimney model has a dramatic design and suspends over a central island unit. This particular style is better for larger kitchens that have space for an island unit. But this style is not appropriate for more cosy kitchens that may have less space to spare. All of Neff’s extractor fans come with a choice of finishes- black, stainless steel, white and silver metallic grey.
The Chimney model is a wall mounted extractor hood and is available in a range of specifications from basic to luxury innovative technology and from extra wide to standard size so it will fit in almost any kitchen. All of Neff’s extractor fans come with halogen lighting that is crisp and great for cooking under. Depending on which series of extractor hood you chose, the integrated lights either simply switch on and off or can be dimmed to create an ambient glow or a bright light.
Both the Island chimney and Chimney styles of Neff extractor fan are designed to make a statement and a feature of your chosen extractor fan. The other four styles are designed to be less visible and to fit into a smaller kitchen.
The Canopy hoods design fits perfectly under an overhead canopy kitchen unit. This design is great for people who do not want to make a big feature out of their extractor hood. It is better placed in smaller kitchens as it is discreet and saves valuable space in the kitchen.
The Integrated Neff extractor fans are also designed to save space in the smaller kitchen. They can easily be hidden behind a cupboard or room door and can be pulled out when you need them so that they are not always on show.
Neff’s Conventional extractor hoods are designed fit neatly under a kitchen unit. They protrude a little bit and the controls are usually positioned on the front giving easier access for people who are left handed or have difficulty reaching.
The telescopic range of Neff extractor fans takes compact to the extreme. These extractor hoods are hidden in the wall and pull out when you need them. They are available in a range of finishes and can also be fitted with a decorative light pelmet.