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Which? previews new Hotpoint kitchen appliances

31 July 2013

Large appliance manufacturer Hotpoint has launched a new range of premium kitchen gadgets, the HD Line collection, which includes toasters, kettles, a food processor, stand mixer and juicer.

It’s been many years since Hotpoint – better known for their cookers, dishwashers and washing machines – produced small appliances. The new range is designed to complement their large appliances and aims to be multi-functional, reliable, and easy to use and clean.

You can see what we thought of the Hotpoint brand in our reliability surveys of washing machine, dishwasher and built-in oven brands.  

Take a look at our gallery below to see what new features the range has to offer. The digital kettle and a couple of the toasters are already at our test labs, and our in-house experts will be bringing you their first impressions of key products in the coming weeks.

In the meantime, find the best toaster, kettle, food processor and juicer for you with our Best Buys, all of which have been able to withstand tough lab tests.  

Hotpoint Digital Kettle WK30EAX0UK – £70

For those who like drinks such as speciality teas, which tend to need water at a temperature lower than boiling, this kettle’s multiple temperature options, including a pre-boil setting, may be ideal. A plain version (WK30MAX0UK ) without multiple temperature options is also available for £60.

We shall see whether this kettle meets out Best Buy criteria in our labs, but in the meantime, visit our kettle reviews to find the best for you.

Hotpoint Long Digital Toaster TT12EAX0UK – £70

Available in a two-slot (TT22EAX0UK) or four-slice (TT44EAX0UK) toaster, this smart-looking appliance has eight browning levels and a digital control panel.  Hotpoint says the long-slot version is versatile enough to fit any sized bread.

But how will this toaster do against others in our toaster reviews?

Hotpoint Kitchen Machine – £350

Hotpoint describes this as ‘the perfect kitchen appliance’. Is has planetary mixing action, where the mixing attachment rotates in the opposite direction to the mixer head, meaning a more thorough mix. It also has standard mixing tools for whisking, beating and kneading and additional grating/slicing accessories.

If you’re a keen baker, our stand mixer reviews will help you find the best one for you.

Hotpoint Steam Blender – £200

As well as the usual blending tasks, this heavy duty blender with a glass jug and digital timer can crush ice and steam food, a feature usually only found on baby food blenders, but useful for pre-cooking veg for soup or purees.

Not sure what you want from a jug blender? Take a look at our guide to buying one and our jug blender reviews.

Hotpoint Slow Juicer – £200

We were excited to see a mainstream brand launch a slow juicer – something usually limited to specialist juicer brands. Unlike the more common centrifugal juicer, which forces fruit and veg through a spinning blade, a slow juicer crushes fruit and pushes it through a sieve. Whilst it takes a bit longer, the quality of juice is thought by some to be better, and it’s generally less noisy, too.

To help you choose which type of juicer to buy, take a look at our juicer reviews.

Hotpoint Food Processor – £160

This heavy-duty food processor has variable speed control and two extra attachments for blending and grinding tasks.

For more food processors, take a look at our food processor reviews.

The new Hotpoint kettle, toasters, food processor and slow juicer are available now, along with the Hotpoint Quick Perfection iron and Power Perfection steam generator. The kitchen machine and steam blender will be available from mid-August, followed by a range of vacuum cleaners.

More on this…

  • Get advice on choosing the best baking gadget
  • For mixers starting from £99, see our stand mixer reviews
  • Find out what we thought of the Sage by Heston Blumenthal food processor
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Towneplace Suites Detroit Novi Upgrades Lobby, Guest Rooms

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TownePlace Suites Detroit Novi

Novi, MI (PRWEB) July 31, 2013

Travelers ready to hit the hay after a long day will now be able to in plush new surroundings thanks to a completed renovation at TownePlace Suites Detroit Novi.

The extended-stay hotel in Novi, Michigan, has undergone upgrades to its lobby, breakfast area and guest rooms. The new studios and one- or two-bedroom suites feature fully equipped kitchens with refrigerators, stovetops, ovens and microwaves as well as pots, pans and dishes. A dishwasher and dish-cleaning supplies make cleaning up after a meal quick and easy.

Other amenities in the rooms, which offer 25 percent more space than typical Detroit hotel rooms, include separate sleeping areas and work desks with ergonomic chairs. The new “Home Office” suites feature expanded work areas to help business travelers focus on the task at hand and finish their projects more quickly with complimentary wireless Internet access.

Other features which help provide the comforts of home are flat-screen LCD TVs, 24-hour staffing and housekeeping to supply fresh linens during extended stays. A laundry center and business services add convenience and save time during any lengthy trip.

After a restful night at the Novi hotel, guests can enjoy a complimentary Grab-n-Go breakfast which includes cereal, muffins, fresh fruit and other morning favorites. Visitors also can take advantage of a barbecue area or local restaurant dinner delivery service if they don’t feel like cooking in their kitchens.

Travelers can plan their days in the area with the TowneMap, a floor-to-ceiling map which features local attractions. Guests staying at one of the premier hotels in Novi can enjoy shopping at Twelve Oaks Mall, which features popular stores such as Apple, Nordstrom and Godiva Chocolatier. Business travelers will find the hotel is very convenient to the Suburban Collection Showplace, which features 214,000 square feet of exposition and conference space.

While staying at the hotel, guests also can take advantage of the 24-hour fitness center and seasonal outdoor pool, which is terrific for refreshing swims during the summer.

TownePlace Suites by Marriott is an all-suite, extended-stay hotel brand in the moderate price range. Ranked No. 1 for mid-priced extended stays by Business Travel News’ Hotel Chain Survey in 2011 and 2012, TownePlace Suites is the only brand to rank at the top of its tier for both years. Ideal for travelers who need accommodations for longer stays, TownePlace Suites offers studio, one- and two-bedroom suites with fully equipped kitchens and separate living, working and sleeping areas. Launched in 1997, the brand currently has more than 200 locations in the United States and Canada. TownePlace Suites participates in the award-winning Marriott Rewards frequent travel program that allows members to earn hotel points or airline miles for every dollar spent during each stay. For information or reservations, contact the TownePlace Suites Detroit Novi directly at 1-248-305-5533, call the TownePlace Suites toll-free number at 1-800-257-3000 or visit http://www.marriott.com/DTWTS.

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Dirty Dinnerware Affects New York Meetings

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By Matt Alderton
July 31, 2013

Would you like someone else’s leftover food scraps served with your lunch? Neither would guests at the Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel, who recently had to dine off plastic plates and utensils for a period of several days because the kitchen staff there wasn’t cleaning tableware properly, the New York Post reported yesterday.

According to the Post’s report, hotel management discovered the dirty dishes last week and suspended the use of normal tableware while kitchen staff was retrained. Room-service meals reportedly were served on black plastic plates and dining tables set with plastic utensils.

At least one event was impacted by the kitchen mishaps. “A Wisconsin event planner hosting an event … was miffed when the lunch was served to her guests on plastic plates,” the Post reported, adding that stainless steel flatware and ceramic dinner plates had returned to the hotel’s place settings by Monday evening.

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As cute as Cape Cod

If you’re in the neighbourhood of Summerside on a warm summer’s evening, you might find AJ and Stefany Shinbine enjoying dinner or a glass of wine on their front porch.

Like many of the houses along their boulevard in the southeast Edmonton neighbourhood, their home’s design is Nantucket-style, with a two-toned, nautical blue weathered shingle facade, and crisp, white, board and batten trim.

A closer look reveals more than a passing interest in Cape Cod-styling. A boardwalk lined with tall, swaying grasses with names like crinkled-hair, maiden and Karl Forester. leads to their turquoise front door.

“We love to listen to the breeze blowing through these grasses,� says Stefany.

More hints of their obsession with all things tropical and nautical include the driftwood pier post wrapped in thick sailing rope, and the deck’s large, wooden ceiling fan, which they acquired after seeing one just like it in a bar in Waikiki.

The couple says their passion for travel and for recreating the laid-back seaside feel at home was never planned, but evolved naturally and grew along with their romance, which began on the shores of Wizard Lake, south of Edmonton, in 2000.

Since then, they have travelled to countless exotic locals, and like sand, all things beach-themed have slowly permeated their life together.

First, they decided to bring a surfboard back from Hawaii; then Stefany bought a five-dollar starfish on a sailing trip through B.C.’s Gulf Islands.

That first board — a wooden, Island Classic — stands sentry over the three-bedroom home’s entryway, and is now one of almost a dozen different types of paddle boards they’ve acquired.

Inside the home the air smells like suntan lotion, compliments of a Tommy Bahamas Pineapple Paradise candle. A large, ancient-looking map of the Hawaiian Islands fills one wall. The feeling of being transported is made complete with one of the couple’s favourite music selections — a Mele O Hawaii, the name for a traditional Hawaiian chant.

The pair began experimenting with creating a seaside cabin at Wizard Lake, and continued with the theme in their first home in Summerside, before moving closer to the community’s Beach Club, and its man-made lake.

“This is actually beach house number three,� confesses Stefany.

The pair make a great designing team. Stefany loves cruising the Internet and trolling magazines for ideas and decorating details, while AJ — who owns a business specializing in faux stone — has an eye for “the big stuff,� along with a handyman’s touch.

He built their distressed, wooden dining table, complete with its sunken coral and sand-filled middle section, which changes with the seasons.

“At Christmas, I add teal-coloured glass balls to create a festive look,� says Stefany.

Suspended from the coffered ceiling above, is a long, candle-burning chandelier the couple created out of driftwood they wrestled off the edge of the North Saskatchewan.

Woven rattan chairs and a long, antique farm bench provide seating.

AJ installed the feature wall of grey, faux stone. Another surfboard — this one autographed — doubles as a guest book, and fills one corner.

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Boston Beer gives women cold shoulder

What does everyone’s favorite brewmaster, Jim Koch, have against women?

For years, he’s brushed off suggestions to put even one woman on the board of Boston Beer Co., the maker of Sam Adams. Last year, Koch finally allowed a woman to join the eight-member board of the company he cofounded.

There’s just one problem: It’s his wife.

Which raises another question: What does Koch have against good corporate governance?

Now Mrs. Jim Koch, aka Cynthia Fisher
, is no desperate housewife. She’s got an MBA from Harvard and has started several businesses, including ViaCord, a cord blood stem banking company that went public under the name ViaCell. She’s on the Boston Beer board, according to the company, because of her “valuable entrepreneurial CEO experience.”

Boston Beer has just one woman on its board of directors — the wife of the company’s CEO.

The ever-affable Koch, who comes across as the guy who wants to buy you a beer as readily as he wants to sell you one, told me that putting his wife of 19 years on the board was “a little touchy.”

That didn’t stop him.

“Doing things a little differently has been very comfortable for me as long as they have made sense,” he said. “Having Cynthia on the board is unconventional — and it’s exactly the right decision.”

Koch (pronounced COOK) is considered a revolutionary in the craft beer industry. Using a recipe from his great-great-grandfather, Koch set out to make a better beer, brewing the first batch of Sam Adams Boston Lager in his Newton kitchen nearly three decades ago. Amber became gold. Last year, the company had $580 million in net revenue.

Fisher arrived on the board after Jim Koch’s father, Charles, passed away in 2011; the elder Koch, a brewmaster, had served on the board since the company went public in 1995. Jim Koch said he has approached other female candidates in the past, but they were too busy.

Too busy? Too busy to make about $250,000 in cash and stock options — and let’s assume a bottomless mug of beer?

Koch started bringing Fisher to board dinners so everybody could get used to the idea of working with the chairman’s wife. Of course, she was always a shoo-in, if for no other reason than Koch, as the sole Class B stockholder, controls five of the eight board seats, according to securities filings.

Why is this important? Here’s why. Because mega brewers would have you believe that women are mere accessories in the frat-boy, beer-guzzling culture depicted in so many bad television commercials.

You expect better from Sam Adams — and Jim Koch. You expect that the beer, the company, and the man behind them are going to honor the role of women as consumers and decision-makers.

Studies show that gender diversity is good for business. Bring different viewpoints, styles, and experiences into the boardroom, and it opens eyes to new ways of doing things and, ultimately, new ways of making money.

The best boards also benefit from being independent, at times fiercely and fearlessly so. Exactly how independent can a board be when not only the boss but his wife are sitting at the table?

Putting a spouse on the board is not a common practice, according to Calvert Investments, a firm focused on socially responsible investing. But all-male boards can’t seem to help themselves. Facing pressure to diversify its directors, Urban Outfitters last month gave a seat to Margaret Hayne, president of the company’s Free People brand and wife of the chairman and CEO.

It must have been really hard to find another woman in the retail fashion business.

Toni Wolfman leads corporate searches for women’s group The Boston Club and is the principal author of its annual census of female leaders at Massachusetts public companies. Wolfman said Fisher deserves to serve on a board, just not Boston Beer’s.

“I’d rather see Cynthia as an independent director of another company,” she said.

A guy who can produce a beer this good should be able to put together a board that’s better than the one he has. Women of the world, think about that the next time you’re knocking back an ice-cold Sam.

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This Clever Dinnerware Literally Cuts Your Meals in Half

It’s hard to control our food intake when stuff like Cronut Burgers and Moreos exist. Fortunately, we can rely on clever inventions like the ‘Halved’ dinnerware set to help keep face-stuffing episodes to a minimum.

Jo Djauhari, Fajar Kurnia and Jeremy Chia came up with this idea to literally cut dinnerware in half to eat healthier portions. The result? Plates, mugs and bowls resembling cool tabletop art that comes in yellow, blue, green, brown and white. While we’re obviously huge fans of eating, these guys could definitely be on to something.

‘Halved’ is currently seeking funds on Kickstarter, so head on over if you’re in the market to practice portion control. Or if you just want half o’ mug for kicks. (We do.)

H/T Design Taxi + PicThx Kickstarter

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French Lick With Major Announcement

July 31, 2013

Updated Jul 31, 2013 at 12:05 AM EDT

French Lick (incnow.tv)- French Lick Resort, one of the Midwest’s historic sports destinations long before it was recognized as home to a legendary basketball player, will attract its share of golf legends in the spring of 2015 as the site of the 76th Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid.

French Lick Resort’s Pete Dye Course, which opened in 2009, will be the site of the most historic and prestigious event in senior golf, May 21-24, 2015. The Senior PGA Championship becomes the fourth major championship hosted by the resort, following the 1924 PGA Championship, played on the Donald Ross Course, won by Walter Hagen whose triumph began a remarkable four-year PGA winning streak. The French Lick Resort also hosted the 1959 and ’60 LPGA Championships. French Lick’s Pete Dye Course also hosted the 2010 PGA Professional National Championship.
The Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid marks its first visit to Indiana, with an international 156-member field competing on the par-72, 7,400-yard Pete Dye Course, designed by its legendary namesake.
“The Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid has demonstrated its ability to attract and establish a tradition of bringing this premier event to many of the premier courses in the country,” said PGA of America President Ted Bishop. “It is exciting to have the opportunity to bring the Championship to French Lick, which most recognize as the hometown of basketball legend Larry Bird, but also became a site of golf history when Walter Hagen, one of our Association founders, enhanced his legendary career. The connection is now alive again in 2015 when the finest senior professionals in the world, including some of legendary status, compete for the Alfred S. Bourne trophy in Indiana.”
“On behalf of all the dedicated Cook employees from around the world and the fine residents of Southern Indiana, we are pleased to once again be partnering with The PGA of America and bringing the Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid to French Lick Resort,” said Steve Ferguson, Chairman of the Board for the Cook Group. “Our resort is enthusiastic and energized to again serve as the host site for championship golf, and to help The PGA stage the most historic and prestigious championship in senior golf. We are looking forward to a long successful relationship with two great organizations The PGA of America and KitchenAid.”
Corporate Hospitality packages, ticket sales and volunteer opportunities will begin this fall for the 76th Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid.

“French Lick is a quality venue, with an historic past and a premium experience, just like The PGA of America and our KitchenAid brand. We look forward to working with them and hosting our customers with their first class hospitality,” said Jeff Fettig, Chairman and CEO of Whirlpool Corporation.

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