Hassle-Free Spring Cleaning

Spring has well and truly made itself known. We can start to enjoy our gardens coming to life, the flourishing cherry blossoms and the warmer days tempting us to take a dip at our favourite swim spot.

Spring also serves as the perfect time to fling open your bedroom doors, cupboards and wardrobes and declutter and clean the house thoroughly. Go through all the boxes of odd and ends to be sorted, file all the piles of mixed paperwork, finally dust the often strategically ignored shelves and furniture items around the house and remove all the dust and pet hair hiding in carpet and corners of rooms.

To make your job even easier here’s the low down on Dyson’s best products to help with a spring clean.

GOOD-BYE CORDS

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Anyone who has ever vacuumed a house can tell you how inconvenient corded vacuums can be. The sheer limitations caused by the cord length, the need to continually unplug it and plug it back in from room to room. And then there’s the delicate dance you need to engage in as you swerve from side to side to avoid running over the cord as you tango your way around the vacuum cleaner. Dyson allows you to say goodbye to cord hassles and just get on with the job of spring cleaning. Being cordless makes them super portable as well. Some, like the Dyson V7 Cordfree vacuum can even be wall mounted with their charging unit for easy storage. There are a range of heads and accessories that can be used for cleaning carpet, hard floors and hard to reach nooks and crannies. It’s worth noting that being cordless, stick vacuum cleaners do have a limited run time, so make sure they are fully charged before big cleaning jobs and always return them to the charging unit after use.

DUST AWAY ALLERGIES

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Giving your house a really good vacuum can help control irritants that contribute to allergies and the nasty hay fever that comes along with spring.

Dust build up can cause a lot of allergy issues for those sensitive to it. The Dyson Soft Dusting Brush attachment is perfectly designed to lightly dust surfaces and makes quick work of hard to clean areas like window blinds. The soft dusting brush gently removes dust and allergens from flat surfaces, delicate areas and upholstery.

You can also try using the Dyson V11 Absolute Cordless vacuum to effectively clean carpeted areas where dust builds up more easily, while also transitioning seamlessly to harder surfaces like wood and tiles. If allergens are a real issue for you, try to vacuum once or twice a week to minimise dust, pollen, skin cells and dust mite droppings.

CATS, CARS AND KIDS

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While the bulk of the spring cleaning will involve decluttering, dusting, scrubbing and vacuuming, there are areas of your life that will need cleaning more regularly. Apart from the seemingly endless mess children like to leave behind after every meal or craft session, many cats and dogs will start to shed their winter coats at this time of year. That means a build-up of loose hair balls rolling down the halls mixed with cereal crumbs and left-over glitter.

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A portable handheld vacuum cleaner like the Dyson V7 Trigger Handheld is ideal for quick clean ups like these and you can even choose cordless vacuum cleaners designed specifically for pet hair . Handheld vacuums make cleaning easier and more convenient than ever and are also great for hard to reach places like in the car, where corded vacuums are just too big a hassle to use.

 

 

 

How to do your laundry in Winter!

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Winter brings with it cooler days, earlier nights and longer drying times for your clothes. Using the best washing products, alternative drying methods over the cooler months will help breathe life and longevity to your clothes.

Embrace Fabric Care Technology

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Modern washing machines have become advanced with their fabric care technology, a vast range of settings to cater for every type of load which not only saves you time but can clean clothes better than hand washing or soaking. Fabric care technology ranges from bio-care wash – great for young families cleaning baby clothes, to delicates, silks and hand wash options.

Consider the LG 11kg Front Load Washer, this machine has TrueSteam® technology which has the ability to fluff up fabric fibres to allow steam particles to clean on a microscopic level. Instead of saturating the stain with just one (1) drop of water, 1,600 individual steam particles attack the stain. As an added bonus you won’t forget about your load of washing in the machine again because it has SmartThinQ™ technology which lets you remotely start or monitor your wash progress.

Do Multiple Loads in One Go

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If you’re taking on that never ending pile of clothing in your laundry every week, why not do it all in one (1) day instead of struggling through load after load of washing?

Larger tub washing machines are fast becoming the preferred choice of busy Australians. Machines like the Fisher & Paykel 12kg Front Load Washer with ActiveIntelligence™ Technology can wash both small and large loads as well as bulky items like a king size feather duvet. The wide opening door makes it easy to load and unload. With the accurate water level sensor makes it highly efficient at washing different load sizes.

Furthermore, modern washing machines are fitting into our lifestyles now. Have you ever put a load of washing on only to immediately find a stray sock at the bottom of the clothes hamper? With the new Samsung AddWash™ you’ll be able to quickly drop in anything extra during the wash –  be it the stray sock or a hand-washed garment for final rinsing.

Exploit All Drying Methods

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Washer-Dryer combos have long been embraced in countries like the UK where winter weather reigns supreme. Not only are they great for maximising your space it gives you the option of having a dryer as well. The front load washer and dryer combos allow you to mount it on a wall or tucking away in a cupboard, meaning even small apartments can have a full laundry in one (1) machine. And what can be better than putting a load of clothes on in the morning before you leave for work and know you’ll have a load of clean and dry clothes waiting for you when you walk back in the door. If you’re worried about creased work clothes because you can’t pull them out of the machine immediately, machines like the Miele Washer/Dryer Combo have  an anti-crease action which ensures that the laundry is loosened at regular intervals and does not crease.

Head to your nearest store or online http://www.binglee.com.au for a great deal!

 

 

Innovative products to change the way you live!

Not many companies can say they’ve been around for three (3) centuries and still be innovative. Philips not only claims this but have demonstrate this through its revolutionising and life changing products. Philips is at the forefront of many technological advances whether it’s consumer based or within the medical field. Bing Lee carries a wide range of Philips products such as cooking appliances, fitness and heath devices, audio and smart home technology.

If you needed yet another reason to sample something from the Philips range, Mother’s Day is fast approaching and there’s a plethora of innovative products your mum will love. Here’s our top picks for Philips products that will make life easier:

KITCHEN APPLIANCES

Kitchen appliances

Home Cooking done right!
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Avance Collection Pasta and Noodle Maker is fully automatic and could not be any easier (add the ingredients, choose your settings and press start). The machine automatically mixes, kneads and extrudes in one go. You’ll be able to make mum freshly made pasta or noodles without any hassle. Experiment with healthy ingredients to suit your family needs or add colours to entice kids’ appetite.

Cook pulled pork and fresh yogurt in the one machine

MulticookerThe Philips All-In-One Multi Cooker has an intelligent cooking system, meaning you can slow cook, pressure cook and multi cook all in the one (1) machine with ease. The All-In-One Multi Cooker allows you to cook with various direct menu buttons (Soup, Risotto, Rice, Steam, Meat/Poultry, Manual). This is the perfect Philips product to keep your Mother’s Day winter stew warm for 12 hours using the reheat function.

The Perfect Coffee!

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The Philips L’OR Barista Capsule Coffee Machine allows you to double your coffee pleasure by brewing two (2) single espressos at once or a double espresso in one cup with the exclusive L’OR Barista double shot system. This coffee machine can brew your favourite coffee drinks (ristretto, espresso, lungo and more with L’OR Espresso single shot capsules, or double). You’ll be able to make your mum her favourite coffee in a matter of seconds.

PERSONAL CARE

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Save time and money and still look your best

 

Do away with those expensive salon visits and zap away hair in the comfort of your own home. The Philips Lumea Prestige IPL hair removal device uses an innovative light-based technology called IPL (Intense Pulsed Light), derived from the technology used in professional beauty salons. Philips has adapted this technology for safe and effective use in the home. The device applies gentle pulses of light to the hair root to gradually decrease the amount of hair your body grows. You can also use this clever device on all areas of the body, even the more sensitive areas.

Smooth skin for weeks

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Epilators have long been the go to hair removal device for women around the world. While they have been around for decades the technology has improved markedly. Philips Satinelle Advanced wet dry epilator has a unique patented system where the tweezers lift and gather the lying hair, guiding them to the pulling point and firmly grabs and pulls out the hair. The added bonus of it being a wet/dry device means you can get all those pesky hairs removed whilst showering.

Take the guess work out of brushing

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The Philips ProtectiveClean 4500 Electric Toothbrush will encourage you to not only brush thoroughly but let you know if you’re brushing too hard. The QuadPacer lets you know when you’ve spent just the right amount of time cleaning each part of your mouth, while the Smartimer tells you when you’ve brushed for the recommended two (2) minutes. If you’re a little overzealous with the pressure, the toothbrush will make a pulsing sound as a reminder to ease off on your gums. There’s also a Gum Care mode to help gently massage the gums.

FABRIC CARE

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The ULTIMATE iron

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PerfectCare Elite Silence is one (1) of Philips steam generator iron that is quiet yet ultra powerful using the silent steam technology. It has an impressive list of features including hug detachable water tank that can be filled at any stage of the process, an eco-mode, and OptimalTEMP technology. This allows you to change between settings for example going from ironing jeans straight to silk.

Not a fan of ironing

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Looking for a different way to remove those creases on your clothes? The Philips garment steamer may be the answer. This product is safe to use on fabrics that require ironing. You can use it vertically or horizontally on difficult-to-iron areas and to refresh clothing – no burns guaranteed. This lightweight and compact design makes it easy to use anytime, anywhere. Just steam and go!

 

 

 

 

 

6 game-changing things you need to know about LG’s CordZero Handstick Vacuum Cleaners

No, not all vacuums are the same! Here are six things that make LG’s CordZero Handstick Vacuum Cleaners the latest must-have home appliance.

How great can a vacuum really be? Most of us detest plugging one in and relentlessly rolling a vacuum head over and over and over a stubborn cluster of crumbs.

It can be one of the most time-consuming chores because there’s the transition from rugs to tiles, and carpet to floorboards. Then there’s the hard to reach places like the corners of the staircase or the inside of the car. Ugh. The struggle is all too real.

That’s if you have the wrong vacuum.

LG has now released an incredible gamer changer on the home appliance scene with their range of CordZero Handstick Vacuum Cleaners. As the name suggests, these vacuums are completely cordless – meaning you have complete freedom from tangled cords and can clean up mess in any space conveniently!

 

Pretty impressive at first glance, right? The CordZero range has so much more to offer than the obvious cordless freedom, so we’ve gathered six of our favourite features about the CordZero collection that will change the way you look at cleaning.

Busts the dust with 5 Step Filtration

Let’s start off with the technical features that CordZero has to offer. Don’t be overwhelmed because we’ll take you through step by step – to a total of five steps to be exact. This dreamy cleaning machine uses 5 Step Filtration immediately from the second you turn it on to moment a particle of dust lands in its bin.

This deconstructed image shows exactly what’s going on in this lightweight vacuum (i.e.… a lot!). For a simplified explanation, dust and larger dirt particles are separated in steps 1–3 and deposited in the dustbin, while smaller particles including fine dust are filtered in steps 4–5.

 

These super vacuums have something called an Axial Turbo Cyclone™ design, which generates powerful mini whirlwinds of air that suck in and separate dust particles and dirt.

The built-in superfine spiral blades direct the airflow to help enhance dust separation. It’s ultra-powerful on large and small dirt particles. Check out how thoroughly it picks up sprinkles from a shaggy rug!

Improved performance with the lightweight Smart Inverter Motor® P9

The motor of any machine is arguably the most important part. LG uses a brushless Smart Inverter Motor™ in CordZero that spins at a rapid speed. It drives the fan to generate internal cyclonic airflows inside the vacuum to help separate and filter dust particles, as we mentioned in point 1.

The key feature to note is that the LG CordZero vacuum is designed with a brushless motor, which means it works with minimal mechanical friction during operation. Motors with carbon brushes may create carbon dust which wears over time when the motor is operating. Since the Smart Inverter Motor™ doesn’t use any carbon brushes, it generates minimal carbon dust.

By magnetic separation of the components (yes, we’re putting science caps on), the motor is more durable and will have a longer life. Such a long life, in fact, that LG offers a 10-year parts warranty on the motor!

The physical design of the motor itself is powerful yet small and lightweight, which allows the new and improved design compared to LG’s previous handstick vacuum cleaner.

Strong and thorough cleaning with the Power Drive Nozzle

The cleaning head also has a secret gem hidden within: the Power Drive Nozzle.

This special motor on the inside of the head rotates the roller so it can effectively clean from any floor surface. It lifts dust, dirt and even pet hair from carpets and off hard floors. Watch the short clip below to see it in action!

More battery time with the Dual Power Pack

With 2X models (A9 MASTER 2X, A9 MULTI 2X and A9 PETNBED 2X), interchangeable and rechargeable batteries are easy to swap over for continuous cleaning.

The two lithium-ion batteries in the LG CordZero handstick provide a possible total of a huge 80 minutes’ worth of vacuum time! (When operating in ‘normal’ start mode and without a Power Drive Nozzle™.)

By simply pushing the buttons on both sides of the battery, you can slip the battery in or out. What better way to speed up time spent on chores!

Comfortable operation with Thumb Touch Control®

Now that you know how it works on the inside, you’re probably wondering if all that technology makes the vacuum heavy or difficult to use. The short answer is: no.

CordZero is as cleverly designed on the outside as it is on the inside. These vacuums have an ergonomic Opti-balanced Handle™. This special handle reduces strain on your arm and wrist for relaxed and comfortable use – even when vacuuming the whole house!

The cleaner body of the CordZero is also specifically designed to face the floor at a 45 degree angle. Why? So that the centre of gravity of the motor and the battery are optimised to reduce muscle strain. Unlike other vacuums, it provides for an effortless position when cleaning the floor.

Perhaps the most noticeable comfort feature is Thumb Touch Control®. All the functions (on, off and power levels including turbo mode) are easy to control and are enabled with a touch of a thumb. LG has put all the control in the palm of your hand – literally!

Did we mention it’s also adjustable? There’s so much to love!

Easy, versatile storage

So you know what’s going on inside the CordZero, you’ve cleaned up the mess on the floor, and now you’re ready to kick your feet up. Packing away is just as easy with three storage options: Floor-standing mode, Wall-mount mode, or Compact mode.

The versatility in storage lets the CordZero fit into any space of your home, just the way you want.

Cleaning bots of the future: How iRobot is changing the way we vacuum and mop

Sit down, kick your feet up and relax because iRobot has three new models on the market that will keep your floors effortlessly impeccable. Here’s everything you need to know!

Having a robot to clean the house and do your chores might sound like something from The Jetsons, but the truth is that the spotless way of the future is now – thanks to iRobot!

iRobot might already ring a bell to you because the company has been ‘a global pioneer in the robotics and consumer products industries’* for over 25 years. They’ve produced award-winning robotic vacuums and continue to create innovative devices to help keep homes neat and tidy (without all the manual hard work!).

It’s almost too good to be true, but you can really kick your feet up and spend your free time on the couch while a little robotic vacuum quietly roams your floors and cleans them! If this sounds appealing to you (why wouldn’t it?!) then you’ll be glad to know that iRobot has three new models on the carpet market for you to get your hands on.

 

Speaking of which, in celebration of the Chinese New Year, iRobot and Bing Lee have teamed up to give three lucky people the chance to win one of the three new models! All you need to do is complete the entry form before 18/02/18: http://binglee.shopirobot.com.au/

We’re here to tell you all about the three new game-changing iRobot models: iRobot Roomba 637, iRobot Roomba 890 and iRobot Braava 380t. You can thank us when your chore day turns into catching up on your favourite shows instead! 😉

*Find out more about iRobot here.

iRobot Roomba 637

If tech-savviness isn’t your forte then the Roomba 637 is the robotic vacuum for you. It’s the standard-setting bot that is perfect for a thorough, everyday clean. With one press of a button (no programming required!) the Roomba gets to work with its patented 3-stage cleaning process.

Balancing the use of vacuum suction and debris extraction, it removes dirt, hair and dust from your carpets, tile, hardwood, and laminate flooring. Even the smallest dust particles are captured thanks to the AeroVac™ Filter.

You might be wondering how a vacuum can navigate itself around your home. Well, it’s smart. Very smart! The Roomba has an iAdapt Responsive Navigation system which uses a full suite of sensors enable the bot to work its way under furniture and around the tight spaces of your room. It’s even clever enough (thanks to cliff-detection sensors) to avoid stairs or ledges that would cause it to fall off.

When it has finished its round of cleaning, it automatically returns to its Home Base® to recharge. Too easy!

iRobot Roomba 890

 

If you’re up for something even smarter, the Roomba 890 is sure to impress you. It has all the impressive features of the Roomba 637 with even greater performance thanks to its AeroForce® 3-Stage Cleaning System.

It also has Tangle-free Dual Multi-Surface Brushes with an innovative design that’s durable enough to grab pet hair and large debris from the floor while reducing hair tangles and brush maintenance. Tick for even more convenience!

Its Edge-Sweeping Brush collects dust from along wall edges and corners too. In fact, the AeroForce® High-Efficiency Filter captures 99% of allergens, pollen, and particles and traps particles as small as 10 microns. How’s that for a healthy home environment?

Now, probably one of the most awesome features of the Roomba 890 is that you can control it from the palm of your hands! That’s right, the Roomba 890 is aboard the app train. Simply download the iRobot HOME App and you’ll be able to unlock a whole world full of features such as:

  • Scheduling your cleaning from anywhere at any time.
  • App-based support for easy access to tips and tricks
  • Status monitoring to let you keep track of your Roomba’s cleaning
  • Pre-set cleaning to automatically clean up to seven times a week
  • Getting notified when your Roomba’s bin is full and needs emptying

 

iRobot Braava 380t

Now this one is a little different because this handy robot is not a vacuum. It’s actually a mop! You can finally toss aside your bucket and the impractical handheld mop for a device that will sweep up to 92m2 or mop up to 32m2 in a single cleaning cycle.

Like its Roomba relatives, the Braava won’t fall off stairs or ledges, and its smart iAdapt® 2.0 with Navigation Cube helps it keep track of where it’s been and where it needs to go.

It’s so simple and easy to set up. Just attach a cleaning cloth, press MOP or Sweep, and Braava will do the rest! It’s compatible with a variety of cloths and pads such as reusable microfiber cloths and disposable cleaning cloths.

The mopping robot is versatile and works on all hard surface floors, including laminate, hardwood, vinyl and tile. It has a triple-pass mopping action to clean up everyday dirt and grime, and sweeps back and forth in straight lines to trap dust, hair and dirt.

So how does it perform? On a single charge it can mop for up to 150 minutes or sweep for up to a whopping 210 minutes!

Bing Lee Buyer’s picks: Samsung fridges and washers

The world-renowned electronics brand has an incredible range of washers and dryers, but which models take the cake? Here are our Bing Lee Buyer’s top picks from Samsung.

When it comes to home appliances, picking what’s right for you and your household can be overwhelming. Front loader or top loader washing machine? Top mount or French door fridge? Not to mention the varying features and capacities of different models.

To make your choice easier, we’ve turned to the advice of our Bing Lee Buyers. We’ve asked them to list their top three picks from the variety of Samsung washers and Samsung fridges available in-store and online. Here they are (in no particular order!).

Fridges

583L French Door Refrigerator with Water Dispenser (SRF583DLS)

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Features: Twin Cooling™, built-in water dispenser (non-plumbed), large 583L capacity, interior LED lighting, French doors.

Good for: Large families, people who like to host, everyday cooks, remodelled kitchens.

525L Top Mount Freezer (SR518WTC)

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Features: Twin Cooling Plus™, Convertible freezer, hidden display control panel, interior LED lighting, contemporary design.

Good for: Minimalists, everyday cooks, families who need flexible storage.

525L Top Mount Freezer (SR520BLSTC)

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Features: Convertible freezer, Twin Cooling Plus™, hidden display control panel, interior LED lighting, Gallon Guard shelving, reversible doors.

Good for: Families, people who like to host, everyday cooks, various kitchen spaces.

 

Washers

13KG Activ DualWash™ (WA13M8700GW)

Features: XL 13 KG Capacity, Activ DualWash™ System, Magic Filters, Mid Control Touch Panel, Built-in Heater, Soft Close Lid and Sink, Mist Shower Rinse Aid, Smart Check Troubleshooting, Gentle Swirl Drum, Vibration Reduction Technology.

Good for: Large families, busy parents, households with young children and babies.

 

16KG + 2.5Kg FlexWash™ Washer (WV16M9945KV)

Features: Multiple Loads – All-in-One, XXL Capacity: 16 KG Front + 2.5KG Top Loader, Add items during wash with Add Door, BubbleWash, 15 Minute Quick Wash, Auto Load Sensor, Smart Wi-Fi Control, Smart Check Troubleshooting. Gentle Diamond Drum, Vibration Reduction Technology.

Good for: Large families, busy parents, hosts, athletes, bedding, pet owners, tech-heads, versatile washing needs, people with allergies/sensitivities, soft toys, households with young children and babies.

7.5KG Front Loader (WW75J5210IW)

Features: BubbleWash™ and BubbleSoak, 15 Min Quick Wash, Auto Load Sensor, Smart Check Simple Troubleshooting, Gentle Diamond Drum.

Good for: Couples, everyday washing, quick loads, pre-treatments.

Getting the best of both worlds with Samsung’s FlexWash washing machine

If you’re on the fence about whether you prefer a top loader or front loader, you don’t have to decide. Samsung’s FlexWash Washer has both so that you can take care of the laundry all at once!

Samsung’s FlexWash™ is an all-in-one washing machine that has both a 16kg front loader as well as a 2.5kg top loader – that’s a total of a whopping 18.5kg capacity!

Why have both kinds of loaders? It’s simple really. The FlexWash gives you the flexibility (as the name suggests) to handle all kinds of laundry needs simultaneously, from small to large loads, delicates to everyday items.

The FlexWash is so flexible in fact that it also has Samsung’s innovative AddDoor. It’s exactly what it sounds like – an access door on the front loader so that you can prop in any forgotten items or dropped socks. The AddDoor allows you to add more fabric softener too, without draining the drum from water or detergent.

Because FlexWash is essentially two washing machines in one, you’ll get through your laundry faster and with fewer loads. Not only does its vast capacity save time, but so can each of the cycles. The programmes come in a variety to cater for the types of clothes you’re washing.

 

You can find FlexWash’s user manual here with all the details on every programme, but we’ve selected a few of our favourites from both the top and front loaders so you can know that make this washing machine a standout among the rest.

TOP LOADER: Programmes and cycles

This upper washer is intended for relatively small loads that you want cleaned quickly. Think of the last-minute uniform wash, the use of everyday gym gear or more frequent washes of delicates.

The programmes are simple to use with the options of Normal, Rinse + Spin and (for the more specific types of clothing) Active Wear and Delicates.

If you have particular materials to care for, you can always select warm or cold temperature, or you can choose Extra Rinse to rid laundry additives more thoroughly.

The Self Clean option is to keep the tub itself clean from dirt and bacteria. No need for detergents or bleach, just make sure the tub is empty, and when it’s done, you’ll be ready to wash more loads!

LOWER WASHER: Programmes and cycles

Using Super Speed, the FlexWash can power through a load in just 30mins without sacrificing cleaning performance. If you want an even faster cycle, Quick Wash will wash up to 2kg of laundry in a mere 15mins!

If your concern is more a pile of clothes that need a thorough clean, you’ll be impressed with the BubbleWash and BubbleSoak treatments available in the front loader.

BubbleSoak™ is a pre-wash treatment which intensively soaks clothes in the bubbles before the wash starts. This process helps loosen stains or dirt that usually stick onto fabrics, even during the cycle.

Similarly, BubbleWash™ is designed to help clean heavily-soiled clothing by generating foam through an innovative method of pre-mixing detergent with air and water from the beginning of the cycle. The residue is then able to come off a lot more easily.

Alternatively, you can use the power of steam on your load instead of a pre-treatment. With the Steam option, the washer senses the weight of the load within the drum and controls the amount of steam needed accordingly. Clever, right?

Steam is a great way to sanitise, particularly whites, sheets and other bedding.

Smart Control

What is arguably one of the most incredible features of the FlexWash Washer is what Samsung calls Smart Control. Smart Control lets you use your home network and Samsung Smart Home app to have control over the washer remotely – using your smartphone!

It works for both the top and front loaders. You can start, pause and track the remaining time left on your cycle, and you’ll get alerted when it’s finished! You can even schedule cycles from your smartphone.

When you select Smart Control, the indicator blinks and the front door locks. The machine then enters ‘waiting mode’ and waits for your command! You can find out more about how it works on the Samsung Smart Home page.

Other innovative features

Smart Control isn’t the only technologically advanced feature that FlexWash has to offer. It also has Smart Check – an error-monitoring system that also is compatible with the Samsung App.

Smart Check helps detect and diagnose certain problems (should they occur) and provides you with stress-free, quick and easy troubleshooting. How’s that for peace of mind?

We want to mention here that you won’t face any fuss for a long time. The digital inverter motor comes with an 11-year parts warranty!

This motor that we speak of works ingeniously without brushes, which in turn helps to minimise the number of separate moving parts. Less friction results in lower vibration, so you’re left with a machine that’s as quiet as it is intelligent!

This is enforced by VRT Plus™ (Vibration Reduction Technology), which allows even heavy loads to stay balanced within the tub and remain discreet in sound at high speeds.

Safety and efficiency

Little hands can go wandering around the house, especially when household appliances have eye-catching buttons. Conveniently, FlexWash comes with Child Lock.

There are Child Lock options on each of the loads which prevent children from accidentally starting or setting the washer. When selected, it locks all buttons except for POWER.

In addition to safety, Samsung has ensured the FlexWash’s efficiency. Rest assured that the lower washer meets the strict standards for Energy Star® certification, making it eco-friendly and energy-efficient.

With the FlexWasher being good for the environment, your long-term savings and your clothes, what’s left is to head to your local Bing Lee store to check it out for yourself!

Determining which garment care is right for you based on your closet

If laundry isn’t your forte and you find yourself treating every item of clothing you own in the same manner, Philips’ range of garment care is here to help you iron out your worries.

If you’re one of the many who are guilty of neglecting laundry chores because of a busy lifestyle, this post is for you. We know what it’s like having what seems to be a mountainous pile of clothing that needs to be ironed or steamed, hung or folded, and then packed away.

The shortcut of treating all the clothes the same, with the same temperature setting on the iron, might seem like it’s saving time… until you burn your favourite shirt. We’ve all been shared that regret at one stage or another.

Contrary to how tedious it may seem, catering for the correct care requirements of the fabrics you wear can actually save you a lot of time (and despair) and make your clothes last longer.

Thanks to Philips’ range of garment care, you can get through your laundry quickly, with all your clothes looking and feeling as best as they can.

Each of the following small appliances from Philips is designed to make the chore a breeze. Intended for specific needs, you can pick a small appliance that is best suited for your household and your most common items of clothing.

To help you decide, we’ve put together a quick guide on how to select the right garment care based on what you wear most.

Psst… Right now you can get up to $100 CASHBACK when you purchase selected Philips Garment Care range products from Bing Lee! Offer ends 25/12/17.

Suits

While you may get your suits dry cleaned, that doesn’t mean that you can’t maintain them between washes to look fresher for longer.

The Philips Steam&Go 2-in-1 is perfect for suits because you can refresh them while hanging them vertically – no need for an ironing board.

It keeps your suits looking crisp and professional while ridding stale, day-to-day odours such as lingering food smells or cigarette smoke. Plus, if you go on business trips often, the Steam&Go is compact and light enough for you to take with you!

Cotton

For cotton uniforms and everyday wear, the Philips Azur Performer Plus is an all-rounder. With all the traditional settings you’re familiar with, this iron makes everyday ironing easy.

It has 2400W to heat up quickly and deliver powerful performance. It has a continuous steam output of up to 45g/min for the perfect amount of steam to remove creases. For more stubborn creases, steam can boost up to 190G for immediate results.

As convenient as it is in function, it’s also comfortable to hold and manoeuvre. It’s the optimum weight to push and its SteamGlide Plate soleplate moves smoothly over your clothes.

Denim

Because denim is such a thick material, it usually requires a more powerful iron. But there’s no need to go over denim with twice the amount of force or time as any other material.

The PerfectCare Azur is ideal for denim because it’s the fastest Philips steam iron and has a steam boost of up to 200G – meaning it can remove even the move stubborn creases (like the ones found on denim jackets!).

Despite how powerful it is, it’s still 100% safe to use on delicate materials too. All you need to do is adjust the setting. Too easy!

Silk

Silk (and satin alike) is always treated with more care than most other materials because of how delicate it is. But you shouldn’t have to be frightened about applying heat to remove creases.

You can safely revive silk with the Philips ClearTouch Air Garment Steamer. Hang and lock your garment in place and work the steamer along it for fast ironing. You can pick from three different steam levels so that you’re always in control.

The AirStretch Technology uses innovative air suction to eliminate creases and allow for deeper steam penetration for outfits that are ready to wear!

Linen & Wool

Not only can linen be burnt and wool misshaped, but velvet, lace, taffeta and any fabric can fall victim to their own types of ruin when not cared for properly. If your wardrobe has a vast variety of materials in there, it’s best to opt for a versatile ironing system.

And if versatility is what you’re after, you can’t look past Philips PerfectCare Elite Silence Steam Generator and the Philips PerfectCare Performer Steam Generator.

The Silence Steam has Safe Rest – a smart chip that sets the ideal soleplate temperature, scientifically tested on all ironable fabrics without risk of burning.

The Performer Steam, on the other hand, uses OptimalTEMP technology to set the perfect combination of temperature and continuous powerful steam.

Both products have a detachable water tank so you can fill up easily, and an increased scratch-resistant soleplate for a durable design.

 

Want more advice? Head into your local Bing Lee store and a friendly staff member can show you our incredible range of steamers and irons!

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Washing loads together but not ‘together together’ with the Haier TwinTasker

Want to save time finishing your laundry but finding your clothes ruined by putting them all in the same load? The TwinTasker washing machine from Haier is here to clean your clothes two washes at a time.

If you’re part of the majority of the nation who dread doing their laundry on the weekend or early in the morning before work, you know how annoying it can be to wait for one load to be done before you’re able to do the next. It’s very much a waiting process.

One load for the whites, the colours, the delicates, the denim… it doesn’t end! And after waiting for each cycle, you’ve realised yet another entire day has been spent taking care of the laundry – whether it’s yours or the whole family’s.

Haier knows how precious time is (especially weekend time) and that you’d rather spend your day in the sunshine at the beach than at the clothesline.

So they came up with a genius idea – what if it was possible to do two loads of washing together… but not together together. In essence, having two separate loads of washing running at the same time in the same machine! Brilliant, right?

Introducing the Haier TwinTasker Washer – the innovative washing machine with two drums. The 4kg drum is perfect for delicates, smaller loads and intricate fabrics. The 8kg load is ideal for your larger loads, colours and denims.

Laundry efficiency

Operating as two separate drums, the TwinTasker lets you pick from the smart LCD touchscreen which cycle, temperature and duration you’d like to set each load to. Then with the touch of your fingertip, away you go! Two cycles (equivalent to a huge 12kg capacity) work simultaneously to have your washing done and dusted.

The beauty of the TwinTasker is that a busy household or a household with flatmates isn’t restricted to a washing timetable. You and your spous, you and your friend, you and your teen can each sort out your laundry while one drum is already occupied. No more excuses for an overflowing laundry basket!

Two drums prevent accidental pink socks, shrunken clothes and lint-coated pants. (We’ve all been there!). Simply set each cycle to cater for the recommended care labels of your clothes – cold water, hot water, intensive wash, extra rinse.

Another convenience of the TwinTasker is being able to take care of your washing properly but with the shortcut of a time-saving process. Same goes for bath towels or tea towels, heavily soiled clothing and other loads that you won’t want to mix into your regular cycle.

The specs

As mentioned before, the TwinTasker has the equivalent of a substantial 12kg capacity with one drum catering for 4kg and the other 8kg. They have energy ratings of 3 Star + 4 Star, and water ratings (WELS) of 4 Star + 4.5 Star – meaning the efficiency will save you money in the long run. Win!

The drums themselves have a unique platinum pillow pattern which is designed to be more gentle on clothes during the cycle and maximises water extraction without pulling on clothing threads.

You can also see how your loads are tracking thanks to LED lighting in each drum. It’ll ensure you don’t leave any pesky socks behind when unloading!

Wondering whether two loads of washing will make your laundry sound like an earthquake? Don’t! Direct Drive Motor technology powers the two independent drums with less moving parts. So the innovative machine works quietly and resourcefully.

It doesn’t stop there – we’ve saved one of the best features for last. Just like your smartphone, the TwinTasker has a seamless look that functions with a touchscreen. The LCD screen lets you swipe through the variety of programmes (including Allergy Care, Sports Wear, Daily Wash and Baby Care) for an easy-to-use experience every time.

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Want to know more about this phenomenal washing machine? Check out the Haier TwinTasker online or in-store at Bing Lee.

The great debate: front loader or top loader washing machine?

Not quite sure which washing machine you should opt for? Here is an ultimate guide of the pros and cons of both front and top loaders.

Of course, there’s no right or wrong answer when picking a washing machine – it all depends on your lifestyle and personal preference. Nevertheless, there are pros and cons to each design, ones that may influence your decision more than others depending on what matters to you.

We’ve comprised a list of the good and not-so-good of both front and top loader washing machines to help make your decision easier.

It’s good to keep in mind that if your laundry is small or if you live in an apartment with no clothesline, a washer dryer combo is a space-saving option that will provide you with the 2-in-1 functions!

Front loader

PROS CONS
  • Gentler on clothes
  • Longer wash cycles
  • Generally uses significantly less water
  • Generally more expensive
  • Generally uses less energy due to the horizontal drum benefitting from gravity
  • Potentially more creased clothing due to the higher spin speeds (unless there’s an anti-crease cycle)
  • Uses less detergent
  • Most won’t let you add forgotten items once the cycle has started
  • More specific setting options
  • Heavy to move
  • Higher temperature wash options
  • Generally have a smaller capacity than top loaders
  • Cost less to run
  • Some may rinse poorly in comparison to top loaders due to low water usage
  • Higher spin speeds, which gets more water out and speeds up drying time
  • Best for small spaces
  • Stackable to put a dryer above it

Top loader

PROS CONS
  • Faster normal program wash cycles
  • Generally harsher on clothes
  • Generally cheaper to purchase
  • Uses up more water
  • Generally has a better rinse performance
  • Uses more detergent
  • Easy to add more clothes in once the cycle has started
  • Costs more to run
  • Lighter to move
  • Creates more lint due to the friction of clothes during the cycle
  • Slightly more reliable in comparison to front loaders
  • Not stackable
  • More energy efficient when using cold water
  • Less bending to retrieve clothes – a good option for people with back problems