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Getting your Home ready for the New Year with

So Christmas is officially out of the way, well for some at least, I’ve seen tweets and facebook statuses all confirming the fact their Christmas Trees have seen there last days of the year and are either dying gracefully in the back gardens or boxed up for another 12 months in the loft. Others are talking about the January Sales and what bargains they are hoping to grab and I’ve teamed up with appliance giants to showcase a selection of ones which might take your fancy…

Whilst many people might look towards buying a new television for the new year, we recently upgraded so instead of bettering our picture, I’ve upgraded our sound with this Sony HT-MT500 Multiroom Bluetooth Soundbar with Wireless Subwoofer. Ideal for TVs above 32″ this stylish soundbar not only supports high resolution audio, ensuring a brilliant crisp sound quality, its also bluetooth and NFC compatible meaning it can also pair with many other devices so its not just your TV that gets a much needed boost. I love the fact that the soundbar isn’t over imposing like others, its only 50cms long, so doesn’t look like some dodgy modding Subaru Impreza in an Asda car park at night and blends in well with your existing set up. I also love the ability to put the wireless sub woofer under your settee in sofa mode to really give your movie viewing a boost.

If sound isn’t your thing and you are looking to replace more practical appliances then why not check out this Candy FCXP615X Built In Electric Single Oven. With built in features such as a huge 78 litre capacity as well as cool features like timers which turn off your oven when finished or even a child lock to stopping little fingers messing, this is another stylish and modern looking appliance which will still let your children (and you) watch your cooking easily thanks to the large window well as well as easy to use buttons.

Staying with the kitchen theme and if like us you’d love to install a new kitchen but the money tree in the back garden is a mere branch then something as simple changing your hob can have a huge effect on the look. We switched out existing electric hob with physical knobs for a Hoover HVD640C/1 59cm Ceramic HobJust by replacing our existing hob to one without physical nobs, have given the impression of much more worktop space in our galley style kitchen. The Hoover hob has a very minimalistic design with traditional knobs replaced with an easy to use touch button system and really feels like it heats things much quicker than our previous electric hob. There is also a cool feature which lets you know when your heat zones (4 in total) are cool enough to touch and wipe following your Sunday roasts,

Moving to the laundry, a wise woman once told me that ‘wash on New Years Day and you’ll wash your life away’ however either side is fine so if you are looking to replace your noisy existing washing machine then how about the Candy Grand’O Vita GVS169DC3 9Kg Washing Machine. With both a large 9kg drum capacity as well as 1600rpm spin rate this is perfect for families who need to get clothes turned around in quick time. It also has an A+++ rating too meaning it’ll typically cost less than £35 for the year to run (not including the soap powder obviously) and also comes with 15 different programmes and even the ability for android phone users to monitor and start cycles using their phones too. Its also worth noting that Candy machines come with a 10 year parts guarantee too so you’ll be safe in the knowledge this machine will last a whilst before you have to consider replacing it again.


Finally, after all the parties, present unwrapping and white snow marks left by Santa Claus’ footprints, you might want to check out this Miele Classic C1 Junior PowerLine Cylinder Vacuum Cleaner. This vacuum cleaner won’t create a mess of your bank balance but will give great results on your floors whether carpeted or hard flooring. It also comes with a variable suction function meaning you can maximise its suction needs dependant of surface as well as making this already quiet machine much quieter when less power is needed. Its also a bagged cleaning vacuum meaning no standing outside bagging your dust tray against the bin in an attempt to empty it like I’ve done on many occasions before. With the vacuum also carrying the Miele brand too you can be sure you are buying quality which is both represented in the included 2 year warranty as well as being tested for the equivalent of 20 years use for that extra piece of mind.

So there we are, a summary of some fab appliances to help spruce up your household ready for the new year and if you act now, some great prices too. For them and more, be sure to check out gifting and biggest sale ever pages now.


Do you have an appliance you are looking to replace, or have had a great deal on during the January sales? If so, leave your comments below.


Until next time





NB: This post was written in collaboration with, all opinions are my own and for the purposes of transparency and clarity, I am continuing to enjoy all the above products with the exception of the washing machine and single oven of who I gifted to family and friends due to already having recently upgraded.. and because I’m nice ;-).