Greetings tech fans! Today, as promised, I have more appliance news, this time from Zanussi. Y’know, the ‘appliance of science’ people. And this year, as well as applying that bit of science to their collection, they’ve also added a sprinkling of design savvy by reviving their award-winning Quadro aesthetic – a range first launched in 1999.
But what price do you put on such style? Well, every product I’m about to show you will cost under £500, which is bargainous. If bargainous was a real word. And it should be.
I’ve chosen my favourites from the range, and first up is the Quadro ZRB935NX2 Space+ fridge freezer, with a 245ltr fridge and a 78ltr freezer. Think of all the Haagen Dazs and wine you could get in there, ladies. Which you can chill quick as a flash, incidentally, with the Super Cool and Super Freeze functions. There’s also a Holiday Mode, which raises the temperature of your fridge to save energy while you’re off sunning yourself in Bognor, but keeps your freezer chilly. Meanwhile, No Frost and a Clima+ fan keep temperatures and humidity in the fridge constant, so you can say goodbye to soggy salad syndrome. The price tag on all this intelligence? Around £489.
Next, the Quadro ZHC66540XA chimney hood, £459, with its smart glass-and-steel design, three speeds plus an intensive setting to whisk away cooking smells from a 20sqm kitchen at up to 520m/hr. It’s not too noisy, either, working at a maximum of 63dB. That’s not much louder than your average conversation, which takes place at 60dB… unless you’re Brian Blessed.
Next up, we have this integrated dishwasher – and don’t be alarmed, the yellow bit at the bottom is just a plinth. Loving that grey units and yellow crockery combo – is it wrong that I now want the Zanussi stylist to remodel my kitchen? Right, sorry, the Quadro ZDT15002FA dishwasher will cost around £439, and has a handy 30-minute wash programme that still delivers an A-rated wash performance, and a delay start. Slimline and semi-integrated versions will be available, too.
But the star of the show for me was the ZOP37902XK single oven, which has full pyrolytic cleaning yet costs just £429. Can someone pass Mr Muscle his P45? Usually found on ovens twice the price, pyrolyic cleaning involves raising the temperature inside the cavity to 500°C, turning the grease and grime to ash that can be swept away afterwards. All this takes place safely behind a triple-glazed door, and the oven is A-20% rated so you don’t need to worry it’s gobbling up energy. I’m not sure anyone needs that much focaccia though, do you?