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How to Find Igloo Cooler Parts

Igloo coolers come in all shapes and sizes and are designed for all sorts of purposes. From kid’s lunch packs, to professional five gallon seat top beverage containers, if you end up missing a handle, hinge, or buckle chances are you’ll want to replace it rather than live with an inconveniently broken cooler or contribute it to the local landfill. There are many sources for Igloo Cooler Parts, and also many resources to help you get your cooler fixed.
Igloo
Igloo has been around since 1947, and claims to have a cooler in three out of four U.S. homes. They call themselves the #1 brand in the cooler industry worldwide and have a warranty policy to back it up. Most Igloo cooler warrantees cover repair or replacement within one year of purchase; so make sure you have your original proof of purchase. Some limitations do apply, but you can call them directly at 800-364-5566 to get the details on coverage and submit a claim for defective material or workmanship. Should your year have passed and your looking to repair your investment yourself, you can also find parts on the Igloo website.
Replacement Parts
In addition to the Igloo websites there are many other websites to purchase parts. Since Igloo coolers are relatively straightforward with little to no mechanics, you shouldn’t feel shy about making a project of the repair yourself. One thing to be aware of is whether or not the parts you are ordering on alternative websites are actually Igloo brand, or just a cheap knock off. It’s risky to buy an imitation part, as sometimes the dimensions or locations of screw holes are slightly off, or the materials are of a lesser quality.
Repairs
Repairing an Igloo cooler is almost always going to be cheaper than replacing it, and may be easier than you think. Like I mentioned earlier, depending on the issue, you shouldn’t be shy to tackle the problem yourself. A broken buckle or hinge can be removed with a screwdriver and replaced the same way. Straps and wheels can be replaced simply the same way. Things get a little more complicated when repairing cracks. If you don’t feel confident enough yourself to take on heat welding plastic (it does sound a little intimidating!) chances are a local handy man would be able to help you out in a snap for a reasonable price.
Even with a labor cost involved, it will still be cheaper than purchasing a new one, Igloo replacements parts are affordable and easy to find, and you’ll be doing the environment a favor by not adding to the growing waste we all throw in landfills every year.
 

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The Basics on Frigidaire Parts

Frigidaire is a manufacturer of kitchen and laundry appliances as well as air conditioners and dehumidifiers. Based on repair calls they have coined themselves “The most reliable brand” – but what do you do when something does goes wrong? Where do you find replacement parts or who do you call to service your Frigidaire refrigerator or other machine?
The Most Reliable Brand
All Frigidaire appliances include a comprehensive warranty. It’s best to register your product right away and keep the original purchase receipts to be sure that the warranty will be honored. The extended service agreement offers additional peace of mind by going so far as to replace a covered appliance with brand new one with comparable features should the extent of repairs give reason to. That would be the worst case scenario, otherwise they will help you locate the quality components you will need to keep your appliance running like new, or help you find a factory trained expert to do it for you.
Finding a Parts Distributor
So you’ve decided you are going to give it a go yourself. How do you go about finding the parts you need? The easiest way to start is with the Parts Distributor Locator on the official Frigidaire website. Simply type in your zip code to be routed through a directory of hundreds of trusted distributors to find the closest one to you. This is also the best route to take especially if you are still under warranty, to ensure the purchase will be covered. Purchasing from other discount websites can be risky unless you are absolutely sure you are buying Frigidaire brand replacement parts. Sometimes no name generic parts that claim to be compatible can have slightly different dimensions or a lower quality of material, making the pursuit of saving a dime or two futile.
Finding a Service Tech
Service is best found the same way as parts, through the Service Locator on the official Frigidaire website. There are a couple of options from there. If you are still under warranty you can call Frigidaire directly to get a diagnosis based on information you can provide over the phone to a skilled associate. From there they will either walk you through it if it’s something easy, or they can set up a service appointment for you. Extended service agreements can also be purchased here. Frigidaire offers protection plans for up to three full years. If you are no longer under warranty Frigidaire will direct you to an authorized service provider. It’s always good to go with someone who is certified to work on Frigidaire so you can be sure the parts are legitimate and the repairs done with the correct knowledge.
In the rare case you do need to find Frigidaire parts or hire someone to service your Frigidaire product, Frigidaire will want to help. Go through them directly to be sure the work is done right and no corners have been cut.
 
 

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Consumer Reports Appliances

Consumer reports magazine is an expert, independent, nonprofit organization with over 3.2 million subscribers. They test over 3,000 products a year to pin point best buys and worst buys. They claim to be 100% unbiased due the fact that they take no outside advertizing. This also means they must charge a nominal fee to provide their review service, $26.00 yearly, $5.95 monthly. A mobile application is also included in the subscription, which can be helpful while out shopping. The website includes a vast inventory of products under the categories of Cars, Electronics, Home and Garden, Babies and Kids, and lastly Appliances. Consumer Reports Appliances include Laundry and cleaning, kitchen, and heating, cooling and air.
Laundry & Cleaning
Laundry and cleaning includes pretty much any cleaning appliance you can imagine including clothes dryers, washers, sewing machines, steam irons, steam mops, vacuum cleaners both wet and dry. In addition to appliances they also include reviews on consumable cleaning supplies. When searching for the best product, you can either enter the make and model you are interested in, or enter specific criteria like size, energy consumption, or specific features. They also feature particular topics of interest in an article like format, for example “Water-saving washers.”
Kitchen Appliances
The appliances included in the kitchen category are even more numerous and include two sub categories. Large appliances are listed as cook tops and wall ovens, dishwashers, freezers, microwave ovens, range hoods, ranges, refrigerators, and wine cellars. Small appliances are listed as blenders, coffeemakers, countertop induction burners, food processors and choppers, garbage disposals,  juicers, thermometers, mixers, slow cookers, toasters and water filters. A nice addition to the consumer reports website is a more holistic view, the Kitchen-Planning Guide, where you can choose your appliances together and compile the best products for your home.
Heating, Cooling & Air
Often forgotten, due to the out of sight out of mind circumstance, the heating cooling and air appliances are actually some of the most important appliances in your home. Consumerreports.org includes reviews of air conditions, air purifiers, dehumidifiers, gas fireplaces and furnaces, humidifiers, pellet and wood stoves, solar water heaters, space heaters and water heaters. The forum feature on the website can be very helpful especially for these appliances, where people can ask questions and have peers and professionals provide advice and experiences.
Since 1936 Consumer Reports has been providing expert buying advice, recommendations and ratings on a wide spectrum of products. Like all products that are reviewed and tested, Consumer Reports Appliances are acutely researched before testing even begins. Data is gathered about consumer demand, and then staff shoppers in 65 US cities purchase the products to be used as test samples. Surveys gather information on experiences from hundreds of thousands of subscribers that is used in the Frequency of Repair and Reliability Reports. Finally state of the art testing equipment, some of it specially designed by Consumer Reports engineers, is used to compare the quality and performance of the product to government, industry and Consumer Report designated standards. So you can be sure consumerreports.org will provide you with accurate and concise information about any appliance you are considering purchasing.
 

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Types of Energy Star Qualified Whirlpool Refrigerators

Whirlpool is a well-known name brand for refrigeration, and various other major home appliances. They strive to attain the Energy Star qualification on all their products, and here we will discuss the different models, types or styles of refrigerator freezer combos that Whirlpool manufactures that have attained that Energy Star Qualification, which is basically all of them!
French Door Freezer on Bottom
All French door style units have a pull out drawer style freezer on the bottom and two equal sized doors on top that open from the outside hinges, one on the left and one on the right. The look is sophisticated and modern. All eight Whirlpool French door styled models are Energy Star Qualified. They range in capacity from 20 cubic feet to a whopping 27 cubic feet and range in price from $1,699.00 – $2,999.00 base msrp. Of course you can always shop around to find deals like this one, on the Whirlpool Gold GX5FHDXVY 36 24.8 cu. ft. French door Refrigerator in Stainless Steel.
Side by Side
Side-by-Side units are designed with two doors that run the entire vertical, with a smaller door, usually on the left, to house the freezer compartment and a larger door, typically on the right, that opens to the refrigeration area. They almost always have a water filtration system and ice dispenser on the freezer door side. Aesthetically, they are associated with the modern kitchen. The style was first introduced to the residential market in the late 1960s, but perhaps gained a more wide spread popularity in the 1980s. Dimensions for Whirlpool units range from 22 cubic feet to 25 cubic feet. The most basic Energy Star qualified Whirlpool side-by-side refrigerator runs $999.00 base msrp, while the priciest tops off at $2,599.00. Of course, deals can always be found with a little bit of shopping around. Take this Whirlpool ED2KVEXVB 21.7 cu. ft. Side by Side Refrigerator in Black as an example of an exceptional deal.
Freezer on Top
This is the one everyone knows, the classic and timeless freezer on top. The doors can be switched to swing in either direction, depending on which is more conducive to your kitchen’s design. Whirlpool manufactures twenty-seven different freezer on top models; thirteen of them are Energy Star Qualified. Their sizes range from 15 cubic feet to 22 cubic feet. Their prices range from $699.00 to $1,299.00 base msrp with cheaper deals to be found on Amazon, like the Whirlpool Gold G2IXEFMWS 21.7 cu. ft. Top-Freezer Refrigerator in Stainless Steel, which is listed as $1,349.00 base msrp on the official Whirlpool website.
Freezer on Bottom
The freezer on bottom is also pretty common, and self-explanatory. Some models are designed so that the freezer compartment on the bottom pulls out like a drawer, while others just swing the same as the freezer on top style. Same as the freezer on bottom, the doors can be hung to swing either left opening or right opening. Whirlpool offers four Energy Star Qualified freezer on bottom models ranging in size from 19 cubic feet to 22 cubic feet. The base msrps are set between $1,049.00 and $1,549.00, but here is the Whirlpool Gold GB2FHDXWB 21.9 cu. ft. Bottom-Freezer Refrigerator in Black listed for a little less.
The options for Whirlpool refrigerators are numerous. There is the perfect design and style for everyone, be it French door, side by side, freezer on top or freezer on bottom. The Energy Star Qualification is integrated into every type of model Whirlpool has to offer, so whichever you choose you’ll be sure you’re making an environmentally conscientious choice.
 

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Refrigerator Reviews French Doors: Three Top Selling Models

The three most popular manufacturers of full sized freestanding French door refrigerators are Whirlpool, GE and LG. A French door refrigerator is a refrigeration unit that typically includes a pull out freezer on the bottom and two equal sized doors that open on opposite swings (one left and one right) to reveal the refrigerated storage area. Typically these units are bigger than standard refrigerator freezer combos and often are more expensive. In these refrigerator reviews french doors will be the focus. We shall briefly offer french door refrigerator reviews for some of the most popular models.
Whirlpool
The Whirlpool Gold Resource Saver GI6FDRXXY is 26 cubic feet and measures 35 3/8″ wide by X 70 1/8″ in height and 35 1/4″ in depth. This Energy Star rated unit is the most efficient French door Whirlpool model available. 6th Sense technology cools food packages for left over’s in half the time of typical refrigerators. Features like the Accu-Chill Temperature Management System, Resource Saver, Adaptive Defrost System, SpillGuard glass shelves and a PUR water filtration system add value and convenience. Tap Touch Electronic Controls and an exterior water and ice dispenser are standard on French door refrigerators, and this unit has both. The unit also features extra deep humidity-controlled crispers; LED interior lighting and a smooth door finish in three different color options.
General Electric
The GE GFSS6KKYSS French-Door Refrigerator is 25.9 cubic feet and the exterior measures overall 35 5/8” wide by 70” tall by 35 ¾” deep. Also Energy Star rated, some key features are the ClimateKeeper System with dual evaporators, Freshness Center with full width drawer, and the BrightSpace Interior with GE Reveal Lighting. The freezer features a two level Slide n’ Store system that allows for easier access and better organization of frozen foods. As of this writing, this is the least expensive of the top selling French door refrigerators and can found as cheap as just about $1,200.00.
LG Electronics
The LG LMX28988ST French Door Refrigerator is the largest of the three units discussed here at 27.5 cubic feet. It measures outside overall 35 ¾” wide by 35 3/8” deep by 69 ¾” in height. It is also the most expensive of the three as of this writing, retailing at about $2,600.00 minimally. Double freezer doors not only give the unit a strikingly modern and unique appearance, but also allow for a more accommodating and organizable freezer space. The Slim SpacePlus Ice system uses less interior room to leave more storage space for you food, and the dispensing system is designed to allow for tall containers, which is surprisingly helpful for pitchers or oversized to go containers. There are two humidity controlled crisper drawers, the Glide-N-Sever drawer and the versatile 4-Compartment Crisper System. On the inside, the mechanics are advanced too. The Linear Compressor operates more efficiently with fewer moving parts and is backed by a ten-year warranty.
There are many more French door refrigerators out there on the market today; these are just three of the best selling models. They each represent well-known brands in the refrigeration industry and offer an idea of a mid range of expense that can be expected when purchasing a quality freestanding full sized French door refrigerator for residential use.
 

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Used Refrigerators – Pros And Cons

New refrigerators can cost a lot more than many families can afford, so when the time comes to get a new fridge sometimes a family benefits from selling a used refrigerator while at other times a family needing a new appliance will be looking to actually buy a used unit. There are some definite advantages to going this route as opposed to shopping brand new at full retail prices, but there are also some potential negatives to going the used route. Knowing where to find the best used refrigerators for sale is also a large part of deciding whether or not going used is a good idea or not.
The pros of going the used route include price. Obviously any used refrigerators for sale, even if they are only mildly used, will be heavily discounted compared to a brand new fridge right out of the store. Depending on how well taken care of the fridge was, there’s a decent chance that it not only works as a stop-gap but it that appliance could last several years and work just as well as a brand new model, and without having to pay hundreds and hundreds of dollars more.
The potential cons are also fairly easy to recognize. There’s always the potential that a used fridge will break down earlier than a new model, and worries about being conned into buying a “jerry-rigged” fridge which will then break down later. Quality can be an issue, and you will want to keep an eye especially on very old models. Most likely you will also have to handle the transportation yourself.
If you decide the pros outweigh the cons then the first step is locating ads for used fridges. Generally speaking, you don’t find too many used appliance stores.  Because of this, looking at local classified ads is often the best way to get solid leads on where to find some cheap used or even free refrigerators. This not only includes newspapers or local penny savers, but also online sources like Craigslist or even online sites which specifically focus on serving as local online classified ads. This allows you to figure out the best options available at a local level, which is critical since you should never agree to buy used refrigerators without inspecting those appliances in person.
If you have friends who have experience with these appliances, ask for their assistance and hit up several places in one day. While they are somewhat rare, taking the time to find a used appliance store could help out immensely as many of them offer warranties on any appliances they sell, and that extra piece of mind is worth considering when looking to purchase an inexpensive used refrigerator.
 

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Polar King Walk In Freezers

Polar King walk-in freezers are some of the most well known in the industry, and for a good reason. The company has made a name for itself by building high-quality products that can meet all your refrigeration needs. Whether you need to own or rent, this company offers products suitable for your needs.
Perhaps you are looking for a refrigerated trailer for your next hunting trip to avoid meat wastage. Alternatively, maybe you already have a walk-in freezer and just need to have it remodeled? No problems with any of that, because there are a variety of Polar King walk-in freezers that can be built or customized to fit your exact specifications.
The primary purpose of a walk-in freezer is to store food in cold temperatures and let it stay fresh longer. Bacteria responsible for food spoilage thrive in warmer temperatures, but cannot prosper in freezing conditions.  Polar King walk-in freezers can store any food item you want — whether it’s cheese, meat, fruits, vegetables, etc. — and have them all in cold storage ready for you whenever you need them.
Many people who want walk-in refrigeration applications like these are in the food industry, although there are a good number of clients from medical institutions as well. They own restaurants, cafés, delis, grocery stores, specialty food shops, and hospital kitchens or canteens.
These clients not only need to have a space to put their food items into cold storage, but they also need to turn that exact space into an organized area where the items can easily be displayed, kept, and accessed on high quality shelving.
It would be highly impractical to have a walk-in freezer where all the food is just piled up in boxes, bags, and cartons on the floor. Can you imagine the waste of time, money, and energy trying to find a cut of meat or a hunk of cheese among all that mess, every time you need it?
Furthermore, many stores nowadays do not only need quick and easy access to their wares, but they also need their customers to be able to see the items on display before buying anything. This usually happens in shops or delis that specialize in wholesale transactions, but there are some smaller establishments that now want similar capabilities as well. As a result, high-quality walk-in freezers now have modernized shelving units to allow clients easy access and enhanced display capabilities for their customers.
Clients that install the outdoor versions of Polar King walk-in freezers can also enjoy another huge advantage — they are able to save on construction costs, and avoid paying for the same space twice. If you really think about it, an outdoor walk-in freezer only needs a solid foundation (like a concrete slab) outside, and you now have extra space inside your building that you can use for other purposes.
Overall, efficient storage capabilities are a must-have for these customers, coupled with reliable cold storage capabilities. With that said, Polar King walk-in freezers are the go-to products for customers that need high-quality refrigeration solutions.
 

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Frost Free Fridge Freezers – What Are They?

Frost free fridge freezers are a recent innovation. In older days, freezers would acquire an enormous amount of frost around the edges and especially in the back to help create that “ice box” effect which keeps frozen foods frozen and gave the freezer its ability to keep food cool. Some early refrigerators would experience the same thing towards the back if it was set towards the highest level of cool. There are plenty of middle aged adults who probably remember having to break up the ice at the back of the fridge or the seasonal maintenance on the freezer.
Looking over reviews in search of the best frost free fridge freezers is an excellent way to save yourself a lot of maintenance and hassle. These newer models of combination refrigerator freezers are just that: frost free. By making sure that the freezers don’t accumulate frost, and that the frost or ice doesn’t spread down into the refrigerator, these appliances become much easier to keep clean and maintain. This is a huge plus, not to mention the fact that you get to maximize the space in your freezer. If you have an old model of freezer which creates frost and builds up ice, that growth keeps inching in from all sides, taking up space that could otherwise be used to store more frozen foods. By choosing to go with a frost free model, you avoid all of that hassle.
Integrated frost free refrigerator freezers are simply the models that include both a refrigerator and a freezer combination in one appliance. Most people who have a refrigerator use this type of a model. If you choose not to go for a frost free version, then that means every few months you need to take all the food out of the freezer and go to town on it with an ice scraper to remove almost all of the frost and then place all the food back in. This can be a difficult and annoying part of maintenance, and if you experience any power outage for any amount of time, a frosted freezer will cause a ridiculous mess that is not fun or easy to clean up.
Finding a cheap frost free fridge freezer can be a little difficult, as refrigerators in general are not extremely cheap. However as the technology improves to keep freezers frost free yet cold, the prices for these appliances are going to fall more and more in the average range that you would see for any type of new fridge. Searching online at comparison sites as well as classic online retailers like Amazon.com is a good start, but keep in mind additional shipping expenses which could easily erase any savings you find. Keep this in mind as you check out the prices of local retailers.
While it might not be huge news that many of the larger companies are moving towards making all major refrigeration and freezing units frost free, companies are even getting in on the process of making small frost-free fridge freezers in miniature size.  Whether for a man cave or for college dorm room, the ability to keep drinks, snack food, and even some frozen treats in a miniature fridge without worrying about frost is definitely going to win over many consumers.
Whether you’re looking at a full size frost free fridge freezer or simply looking for a smaller miniature freezer that won’t require the same maintenance as an older frost model, there are many options for consumers. The days of cleaning out a frosted over mess every few months should be over. Look for the new frost free freezer models and you won’t regret it.

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A Brief History of Liebherr Refrigerators

When it comes to learning about the history of Liebherr refrigerators, there is a lot of unique information that comes up from tracing this European Company’s history. In todays modern market many consumers who look for the absolute best refrigerator models are well aware of Liebherr refrigerators, which are designed to be among the best available and are offered in 21 different countries. Part of what makes these appliances so interesting is that the company that doesn’t just stick to home appliances, but also offers a wide array of other products and interests that often surprises people who first find this out in the process of researching Liebherr appliances.
The Liebherr Company started in 1949 producing cranes, and among many other interests still produces heavy machinery and cranes to this day. However if you’re interested in the history of the Liebherr refrigerators then you need to fast forward to the next year as 1950 saw the company produce their first home appliances. The Liebherr fridge line was born and has been going strong ever since. Many of the early selling points which set these appliance apart from their competition are the same characteristics these fridges are known for today: innovative designs, top-notch construction materials, specialized cooling set up and various specialty appliances such as their modern and very popular Liebherr wine refrigerator.
Production of Liebherr refrigerators picked up in 1955 and the mass production was on for a line that is approaching its 60th year. The models have changed over the years, but the constant movement towards better appliances continued and this line takes a lot of pride in being considered very high-end compared to the average home appliances. No doubt the recent development of “no frost” cooling technology for the Liebherr fridges will be looked back upon as a major development in this brand’s history.
According to the company’s website, Liebherr fridges are designed to bring the commercial level of quality to consumers. Not only can their appliances fully function in a commercial capacity but individual consumers also can purchase these refrigerators for their homes to enjoy that same level of quality that can’t get from many competitors. The history of Liebherr appliances is all about providing very high quality and staying well ahead of the curve compared to their competition. Whether looking for a home refrigerator or a drink cooler, when it comes to commercial level refrigeration, it’s hard to argue with the quality Liebherr fridges bring as modern designs might be newer and flashier than the historic models, but the quality level can’t be beat on either.

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Beko Appliances

Beko is an international company with locations in over 20 countries across Europe and Asia and brand presence in over 100 countries worldwide. Beko is a home appliance manufacturer, distributor and marketer and also includes the brands Arcelik, Altus, Artic, Leisure, Artstil, Elektra Bregenz, Flavel and Blomberg.  Their product range includes refrigeration, laundry, dishwashers, televisions and cookers. Beko is one of the fastest growing brands in the UK, the second largest brand in Turkey, and has over 40 years experience in the industry.
History
The first Beko appliance to be produced was a washing machine in 1959 and then a refrigerator in 1960. Manufacture initially started in Turkey and now includes ten production plants in Turkey, Romania and Russia. Arçelik (a Beko brand) was recently ranked “Number One in the Private Sector” for the 14th time in “Turkey’s Top 500 Industrial Corporations” by the Istanbul Chamber of Industry. The controlling company of Beko, Koc Holding, reported 43 billion USD in consolidated revenues in 2008.
Beko Refrigeration
Perhaps most known for their fridges and freezers they have coined themselves “A Brand you can trust.” All Beko refrigeration units have a chiller zone compartment for fresh meat and fish storage, concealed evaporator with cold wall technology, glass shelves, and the finish option of white or silver. Some units have a chrome wire wine rack, the Beko smart cooling system, water dispenser, and auto defrost. Sizes range from less than 3 cubic feet to over 15 cubic feet, with just a handful reaching the 22 cubic feet mark. In typical European fashion, most units are designed to a gross cubic foot capacity of just about 13 cubic feet.
Beko Laundry & Dishwashers
The Beko brand washing machines, dryers, and dishwashers all tote the same combination of “great performance and superb style.” Energy efficiency is a top priority, and unique settings and programs allow for time saving and money saving. Beko claims the world’s most energy efficient washing machine and the world’s quickest ‘A’ rated dishwasher. Slim line models also allow for space saving.
Beko Televisions
Beko television sets feature LCD technology, are HD ready and receive digital FreeView reception. Sizes range from 14” – 42” with the choice of either wide screen or regular format (16:9 or 4:3.) There’s also the option of a DVD combination, which is a great alternative to having additional equipment and wiring. As with all Beko products, a sleek contemporary design houses state of the art machinery.
Beko Cooking
Choose from built in or freestanding, gas, electric or compact, Beko cooking ranges and ovens share the same style and energy efficiency as all their products. The options are numerous, from single oven and grill models, to full double ovens with programmable timers.
Beko has proven itself a leading supplier of domestic appliances with reliability, high quality, and energy efficiency. Their wide range of refrigerators, washing machines, dryers, dishwashers, televisions and cookers are smartly designed both inside and out.