Are you going to London? Stop by at the newly opened “KitchenAid Experience Store”: Presentation of this top kitchen equipment of the most premier brand of the Whirlpool Corporation family.
Top performance, exclusive materials, iconic design ... There is nothing in the products that has not been fine-tuned by KitchenAid. Both housewives and professional chefs from around the world love the legendary powerful Artisan Stand Mixer offered in many colors. The range of small aids has been gradually complemented by the first refrigerators and stylish built-in appliances. The Czech market is still waiting for their launch.
It all started with the idea of a woman, Josephine Cochrane, who was sick of never-ending dishwashing and thus designed a motor-driven dishwasher in 1886. She sold the first models to luxury hotels in the U.S., and shortly before her death, she came up with a smaller version for the household.
Ohio engineer Herbert Johnson followed up on Josephine’s work in 1919. He was watching a baker who was struggling to prepare dough using a common spoon. Back at home, he then drew up a motor-driven mixer. When he let his wife test it, she cried out: "I don’t care what you call it, it's the best kitchen aid I've ever had." More than 20,000 pieces of the nowadays-legendary stand mixer were sold in 3 years. It was even used by figures such as Henry Ford and John Barrymore.
That's how the KitchenAid brand came into being. Today, it works with the best designers and chefs in the world and keeps coming up with new ideas that inspire the gourmet world.
It was the iconic Artisan Stand Mixer that brought real fame to the brand. The first version was created in the 1930s. Amazingly, the original design was so brilliant that, apart from some minor variations, it has been left unchanged to this today. The worldwide boom came in 1994, when KitchenAid extended the variety of color variants and thus brought color to what was then a world of white kitchen appliances. Bright colors have become synonymous with KitchenAid – as has its emphasis on detail.
At the prestigious address at Wigmore Street 98, you can see a breathtaking presentation of the best that KitchenAid has to offer. The "Experience Store" is arranged over 2 floors. The products on display can be touched, and some can also be tried “with your palate". Skillful hostesses will brew a good coffee for you or invite you to culinary shows and cooking courses starring KitchenAid.
You can follow the current events in the "Experience store" on the official KitchenAid website.
Do you long for a mixer or appliance from this legendary brand? Not a problem. We offer all the KitchenAid products that are available for the Czech market. The range has recently been complemented by the long-awaited mini Artisan in six gorgeous, vibrant colors.
Unfortunately, the Czech Republic still lacks the official representation of this premium brand of the Whirlpool Corporation family. Likewise, we do not have a complete assortment. We are impatiently waiting for the arrival of the refrigerators and gorgeous built-in appliances, for example. In the London showroom, you can see them in both a classy stainless steel design and a breathtaking black gloss design.
Many thanks go to the local agency in London for an unforgettable tour of the Experience Store. When you are in the British capital, you should not miss out on this gastronomic and technological delight.
A traditional ingredient served in an untraditional way - that is exactly what the beetroot is like in our salad, which tastes great and is healthy and full of vitamins and minerals. Literally, this recipe is an ideal example of how to make a complete meal in the winter.
TIP: You can serve the salad with whole meal bread/rolls.
The history of CES (Consumer Electric Show) goes all the way back to 1967, when the 250 exhibitors presented for the first time new industrial trends in New York City. Over the next 50 years, the event has grown to be more than 10 times larger: in 2018, 3,900 companies from 150 countries presented their latest products in Vegas.
Tech giants as well as eager start-ups presented their latest innovations in all fields of technology from audio technology through to home fixtures, drones, virtual reality and finally up to the well-known 3D printing. The automobile industry, however, turned the most heads at CES 2018 – specifically the self-driving cars, which are finally becoming a reality.
“Smart objects” controlled over the Internet were the overarching topic for the whole conference. The Whirlpool brand has ventured into this area, too. Its stand was one of the biggest from among the household appliance manufacturers at CES 2018.
Household appliances for sale in the US have a slightly different design and function adapted to the local market. However, it gives an idea of the new innovations we can soon look forward to in Europe.
The kitchen = food and cooking, so Whirlpool presented the app Yummly 2.0. It responds to the question “What will I have for dinner tonight?” within a matter of seconds. It will recommend to you recipes, useful appliances and utensils and even videos. It even takes into consideration your diet (vegetarian, gluten-free, etc.) preferred ingredients and the preparation time.
It recognises pictures of ingredients and will thus make suggestions to beginners what to buy in the supermarket. It will “learn” what you like based on your favourite recipes and recommend similar types of food. The app will start to cooperate with the appliances from Whirlpool from spring 2018 – once the recipe is selected, it will then automatically set the temperature of the hotplate or oven, or heating option of the microwave and provide you with instructions when the appliance is ready for the food, etc.
Point of interest: According to Verge.com, the new intelligent oven will come out on the market at the end of spring 2018 and retail for $1,949 USD (around 40,000 CZK).
Alexa is a virtual assistant from Amazon. It is used in the Amazon Echo smart speakers, which respond to your spoken questions. For example, you can ask: “Alexa, what is the time?” and you will hear the answer immediately.
At CES 2018, Whirlpool presented the first ovens and microwaves controlled with Alexa. You can thus give a voice command to start up the oven or cooperate with Yummly – for example, take a shot of the ingredients you have in the fridge, search for the suitable recipe on Yummly and give a voice command straightaway to start the oven. Appliances connected to Google Assistant with a voice command function are also planned by Whirlpool.
As the No. 1 manufacturer of home appliances, Whirlpool will also enable remote control through Apple’s smart watches. It will present through the year the first 20 models of ovens, washing machines or dryers that will start communicating with the watch. You will then activate a program with ease or find out faults without even being at home.
The panel of experts also awarded Whirlpool’s innovations, presenting the company with 3 prizes from 28 categories.
“Whirlpool brand is focused on bringing care to families and doing so with the latest in smart and connected technology. The award-winning appliances and technology we are showcasing at CES highlight how Whirlpool is bringing purposeful innovation to the kitchen,” said a delighted Rob Sundy, Whirlpool’s Senior Director
At CES 2018, Whirlpool also announced the beginning of its cooperation with the thermostat manufacture Honeywell. This cooperation represents the next step in intelligent remote household control – appliances connected with the Honeywell thermostat optimise the energy consumption and will ensure that the devices will not disturb you at home. The washing machine or dryer will then wait until you have set the thermostat to the “Away” mode before it activates the program. Further clever innovations are coming your way soon.
If you are interested in the world of technology, smart homes, gadgets and consumer electronics with a view to future trends, we heartily recommend the exhibition. Put on your walking shoes – because you have to cover a huge area on foot. Apart from Las Vegas’s beautiful attractions, we were intrigued by the presence of dogs everywhere – then again according to the Chinese horoscope, 2018 is the Year of the Dog.
Check out our photos from CES 2018 on Facebook.
Try these healthy gluten-free sweets. Their preparation will not take up much of your time. The combination of chickpeas, peanuts and dark chocolate is unrivalled. We recommend doubling the ingredients and making an extra batch of Christmas balls: as they are highly addictive.
TIP: Instead of a block of chocolate, you can use chocolate drops.
Merry Christmas and bon appetit!
Calcium deposits are the main cause of damage to your electric kettle. Do you leave water in it all day? Then you have to clean this appliance more often. If your house or flat suffers from hard water, the deposits will form in front of your eyes. The layer increases the time needed to heat water. In extreme cases, it presents a risk of overheating and irreparable damage to the kettle. Calcium deposit fragments can flake off and get into the water you use in your morning coffee. And you definitely don’t want that.
Citric acid is an effective weapon against calcium deposits. It is truly gentle to your kettle and to the environment. Simply pour water into the kettle up to the line, add a teaspoon of citric acid and let it boil. Then leave the solution to work for at least an hour. Rinse out the kettle thoroughly then boil pure water in it at least once to wash away all remaining deposits.
Again, simply pour a mixture of water and vinegar in a ratio of 1:1 into the kettle and boil. Leave the solution inside until the next day. Then wipe away the remaining deposits with a sponge or old toothbrush. To be on the safe side, boil a full kettle of pure water once.
In pharmacies and specialist stores, you will also find special kettle cleaners. They are available as liquids or in tablet form. There isn’t a large difference between them with regards to effectiveness. In most cases, they are already produced as citric acid based or soda based with chemical additives.
You can safely prevent the formation of calcium deposits by pouring out excess water. Simply pour out the unused water into the sink each time you make tea or coffee and leave the kettle lid open, so it can properly and thoroughly dry. The calcium deposits will stop forming, and you will save the time you would otherwise spend on cleaning the kettle.
Is the kettle already as good as new on the inside? Fantastic. Now, to wipe the outside clean of dust and grease. In fact, they can even get into the water and affect its taste and quality. How to do it?
Don’t forget about the base when cleaning the kettle – pay special attention to dirt in the contact point between the kettle’s bottom and the power supply.
TIP: stainless steel surface cleaners are suitable for cleaning stove tops, ovens, refrigerators, cooktops, grills or extractor hoods. In short, all kitchen equipment.
With induction, you can cook quickly and effectively, with minimum operating costs and safety risks. Compared to a classic glass ceramic hob, it is up to 30% more efficient. How to choose the best induction hob for your kitchen?
Cooktops are divided according to the used type of energy into electric and gas. Electric hobs with classic zones are gradually being replaced with more modern types of heating and surfaces – glass ceramic and induction. In glass ceramic models, the electric spirals radiate heat to the hob from the bottom and consequently the pot on top of it. Efficiency is about 60% and it takes a while for the surface to get hot.
Induction uses magnetic technology for heating. The electromagnetic field inducts heat, which instantly passes to the base of the pot. The hob itself heats up minimally. Almost all the heat (about 90%) is used to heat the food. An induction hob will bring 2 litres of water to a boil in just 5 to 6 minutes. The only condition is the use of special induction cookware. A suitable pot or pan can be identified is a magnet sticks to the bottom.
Energy consumption to boil 2 l of water
Cooling time after cooking
When connecting an induction how, there are two steps - preparation of the installation hole in the kitchen counter and connection to power supply. Leave at least the second step up to the professionals. The hubs are prepared for connection to various types of electrical circuits (they do not have a plug directly for the socket). Incorrect connection can damage not only the appliance, but in the worst case the entire electrical wiring.
Find out beforehand what types of sockets your apartment or house has. In order apartments, there are usually only classic 230 V (1 phase) sockets. Then choose among the appliances which have the power Management 230 V function. If possible, it is better to meet the requirement for three-phase connection so you can cook at full power. In reality, the hob only uses 2 phases, while the 3rd is reserved for the oven.
PROFESSIONAL TIP: We recommend a 25 A primary circuit breaker and a 25 A circuit breaker specifically for the induction hob.
The cooking surface itself barely gets hot. This means food doesn’t burn or get stuck to the glass surface. After cooking, just wipe the surface with a damp cloth. This prevents unsightly stains. To restore full shine, use standard glass cleaning detergent or a special cleaning spray or cream.
TIP: Read our guide on how to care for glass ceramic and induction hobs.
Are you hesitating as to which induction hob will be best for your household? Follow these 5 steps:
How often and how many people do you cook for? If you mainly eat out and don’t have children, 2 zones will be enough. The price is lower and they take up less space. If you cook often and use several pots at once, it is better to opt for a classic rectangular or square hob with 4 zones. If you use large pots, e.g. for preserving, you will appreciate a flexi-zone. The flexi-zone can work either for several pots with variable output, or combine on a large surface.
TIP: Don’t forget to choose a hood to go with your hob. The hood must have minimally the same or larger dimensions. Don’t feel like comparing sizes? Take a look at ready appliance sets with matching design.
Naturally, the hob performance is closely linked to the price. The higher the price, the most quickly and affordably you cook.
Max. output of smallest zone
Max. output of largest zone
For illustration, 3 200 W is a high operating output, at which the hob will heat a pot to an incredible 630 °C in just 8 minutes.
Modern induction hobs offer 2 common types of controls - either classic touch controls or sliders. Both types required one finger while cooking. Also check their position on the hob. Either classically in front or along the side. Better appliances also offer a graphic text display with information about cooking progress.
In terms of design, you can choose between framed and frameless. Framed hobs with bevelled edges are particularly popular. The frame can be in contracting stainless steel, or classic black.
TIP: Did you know that induction hobs are not just black? You can now cook on light coloured hobs, such as white or champagne.
Induction cooking is among the safest on the market. However, not each hob has all the safety elements. If you want to protect yourself and your children, choose an appliance with:
- The appliance switches off automatically if liquid overflows from the pot to the hob
- Indicates when it is safe to touch the pot.
- Child lock protects against unwanted switching on of the hob.
- If you accidentally forget to switch the appliance off, it will do so automatically after some time without your intervention.
- Maintains a maximum temperature of 300 degrees while frying. At higher temperatures, there is a risk of oil ignition.
- If the pot is empty, the output will be reduced to prevent burning the bottom.
- If you do not place suitable cookware on the hob, the hob will switch itself off to save energy.
- The induction hob only works with cookware that has a diameter of more than 10 cm. In the opposite case, it won’t switch on.
- As soon as undervoltage occurs, a warning signal will go off.
- Detection of overvoltage protects electrical circuits from damage.
Induction hobs offer plenty of other clever functions and options. Choose the ones you will make most use of. The best include:
Modern induction appliances are very reliable if connected correctly. The most common defects are related to power supply – either there is no power feeding the applying, or only some zones or some temperature levels work. In this case, your basic expertise will not suffice; contact our brand name induction hob repair service. We handle Whirlpool, Hotpoint, Indesit and Bauknecht appliances.
Do you have any questions concerning the selection or maintenance of an induction hob? Write in the comments.
The free-standing Indesit dishwasher is among the more affordable models on the market, but it isn’t evident in its washing or drying abilities, which are both perfect. However, the performance is lower in terms of functions and equipment, where the lower purchase price is obvious. It belongs to energy class A+ and can hold up to 13 sets of dishes.
The design of the Indesit dishwasher is unsurprising, made in classic white, and it does not stand out among standard household appliances. Although it is among the more affordable models on the market, it does not look cheap and does not create doubts about its longevity. The dimensions place it among the wider models, with a width of 60 cm. Its height is 85 cm and its depth is 60 cm, meaning it does not differ from the typical dimensions of a dishwasher. At first glance, the inside of the dishwasher also looks solid. The dish baskets do not get stuck while sliding them in and out, and they are easy to handle. The packaging also includes a water hose and a hose for connection to the drain, an instruction manual and funnel for refill the salt.
We already spoke a bit about the inside arrangement of the dishwasher in the previous paragraph, so let’s take a closer look. In the dishwasher, there are two dish baskets, which is common in this appliance. Unlike some models, there is no cutlery drawer, meaning you have to rely on a good old cutlery basket. It is made of plastic and does not look very convincing as far as longevity is concerns, but it serves its function well. The basket is not attached to the dishwasher, so you can move it as you like or take it out entirely. This offers greater variability when placing dishes inside, and you will appreciate the extra space especially for large pots.
he upper basket is intended for lighter dishes like glasses, smaller bowls, dessert plates, mugs, etc. There are also height-adjustable fold-down holders on one side of the basket, which are suitable e.g. for placing ladles or cooking spooks which would block the dishwasher blade in the cutlery basket. Incidentally, the entire top basket is height adjustable, with a range of about 3.5 cm.
The bottom basket is used for larger dishes, meaning large plates, pots and bowls, as well as the cutlery basket. This section contains classic plate holders, but they do not fold down and the placement of larger dishes might not be entirely easy and efficient.
The dishwasher weighs 47 kg, which may cause certain concerns, but it was not difficult to handle for two people. As for installation, it does not require much prior experience, and is fairly fast and easy even for an amateur. However, if you are not comfortably installing the dishwasher yourself, we recommend asking a skilled neighbour or an expert. In addition to the user manual, the dishwasher includes the procedure for dismounting the upper piece for installation under the kitchen counter. Unfortunately, it is not in Czech and this advanced installation may be rather complicated for some users.
The instructions are clear and well written. However, the general focus is a disadvantage, as it is written for several dishwashers at once. Some data is marked with a star, which means they apply only to selected models. However, it is not entirely clear which models these are, and you might often not understand precisely which functions your dishwasher does or doesn’t have.
The dishwasher controls are simple and intuitive, you will find the two designated buttons and a turning knob, so nothing confusing. One button switches the dishwasher on and off, the second one starts or stops the program, and the knob is used to selected the program. This makes the dishwasher very easy to use even for people who otherwise don’t understand electronics that well. This is no surprise, really. Considering the fairly limited offer of programs and functions, the controls cannot be complicated.
The weakness of this appliance may be the absence of a display, which is a matter of course for many people nowadays. Instead of a display, the dishwasher just has a few lights. The first of these is next to the start button. When flashing, it means the dishwasher is ready to start the program; if the program is running, the light is on. Three other indicator lights inform you of the progress of the washing program, i.e. that the dishwasher in the washing or drying phase, or that the program is finished. This leaves just one more light, which indicates the need to refill the salt. Hence, most of the important information is provided without a display, but some essential data is still lacking - for instance, the indicator lights do not tell you the time left until the end of the program.
Having described the dishwasher from the inside and outside, let’s get to the point - how the dishwasher does its work. We are pleased to say that this relatively affordable model owes its more expensive competitors nothing, and its washing and drying capacities put it in class A. You can choose from four washing programs and one soaking program, meaning that you can really get choosy in this regard.
The main disadvantage we see is the absence of an automatic program; you can choose from an eco-program, intensive program, regular washing and express program for washing dishes. The last of these washes the dishes in just 40 minutes, but the second shortest program takes about two hours, and it wouldn’t hurt to have an intermediate option. However, even the shortest program is very effective and manages even old dishes. However, it lacks the drying phase, so it’s a good idea to let the dishes dry in the open dishwasher for a while.
In addition to the dishwasher’s functions, it is also worth mentioning other important parameters, such as consumption and noise. The dishwasher is not the most efficient - it is in energy class A+ and the annual costs for its operation are around 1,400 CZK. The differences in costs for various models are in the range of several hundred crowns per year, so it depends on how important consumption is for you. The noise level of 51 dB in operation can be quite noticeable and if you insist on silent operation, it is a major drawback.
The dishwasher functions require little comment, as the lower purchase price becomes rather obvious in this category. There are two key functions, which is audio signalisation and the aforementioned indicator to refill salt. The audio signalisation notifies you when the dishwasher is switched on and when the program ends. However, don’t expect any other functions like a child lock or automatic settings.
The Indesit DFG 15B10 dishwasher is a fully functional model that takes care of properly washed dishes. Its disadvantages include higher consumption, noise and few functions. You can only choose from five programs, and the absence of a display is also a drawback. However, these deficiencies are compensated to some extent by the low purchase price, and if you are looking for a high-performance model for a good price, we can recommend this dishwasher. It is particularly suitable for less demanding users who like intuitive controls and don’t mind the absence of automatic settings or a cutlery drawer.
We thank the team at Arecenze.cz for the Indesit dishwasher review.
Do you have any questions? Write in the comments.
On Thursday and Friday, 12 and 13 October 2017, a long-awaited event took place in Poprad, Slovakia - the 25th anniversary celebration of the Whirlpool brand in CZ and SK, combined with the introduction of a new series of FreshCare+ washers and dryers.
AP Servis, as one of the leading business partners, could not be missing from the event. We were particularly curious about the tour of the factory in Poprad and the introduction of the new appliance series. We also documented the entire event on Twitter under the hashtag #WhirlpoolEvent.
Immediately after the welcome on Thursday, we enjoyed a full program with a trip to Skalnaté pleso. The official program including the presentation of new washers and dryers began at 7 p.m. We informed you about the advantages of the new FreshCare+ series on our blog at the end of summer.
The evening was hosted by Jakub Prachař. The word was also passed to the CEO of Whirlpool CZ and SK Lukasz Sylwester, the director of the Poprad factory Michal Major, and marketing director for Whirlpool CZ and SK Jakub Kadlec. They all agreed that the new Whirlpool washers with FreshCare+ technology will be a top product with maximum marketing support.
On the second day, we took a tour of the production facility. As aptly noted by factory director Michal Major: “It all began in Poprad, the city beneath the Tatra mountains, 25 years ago.” At the time, washers were made here under the Tatramat brand. Today, it is the largest production plant of automatic washers in the Whirlpool EMEA region (includes Europe, Middle East and Africa).
The plant also boasts the fastest washer conveyor. It allows the production of 10,000 new appliances every day. The automation process will soon progress even more - the plant got an extra budget for testing the new Industry 4.0 platform. It will start in 2020. It promises higher energy efficiency, faster logistics and overall more effective production.
We hereby thank Whirlpool CZ and SK for inviting us to this well-organised event, especially for the opportunity to visit the premises of the strictly guarded washer and component production. We wish the Poprad factory success in all its plans in the coming years.
TIP: Read our report from the factory in Radomsko, Poland.
Combined or independent? Condensation or ventilation? Do you want the best dryer and keep hesitating which one it is? Read our advice and choose one that will serve even 10 years from now.
Hot air drying has a number of advantages compared to classic air drying. The clothing comes out soft and smooth, ready to be put away. The filters capture dust and pollen and the high heat kills most microbes. You will also avoid the trapping of odours in the clothes.
It simply removes all the moisture from washed clothes within 35 to 80 minutes. It leaves only hot air. The appliance needs to get rid of it somehow. There are two basic ways:
Increasingly more condensation dryers are fitted with a heat pump. This technology was originally intended for demanding operation, e.g. at hospitals. Today, the end price is equal to classic models with a heating element, with plenty of advantages.
They work on the principle of a reverse refrigerator - they return excess heat to the circuit and use it for drying. This makes them far more effective than classic dryers.
They do not use residual heat created during drying - they conduct it straight out. They need more energy for drying that those with a heat pump.
An increasingly more popular option is the combined washer and dryer. This “2 in 1” appliance saves space in the bathroom and above all your time. You don’t have to reload the clothing into a dryer. Just choose the right program and take out the laundry washed and dried. It does have one catch - the capacity of the drum for drying is lower than for washing. For instance, if you wash a full load of 9 kg, then you have to take a part out after drying it and dry it in two cycles.
Combined dryers work on the principle of removing the condensate into a tank. Hence, no structural modifications are needed. The appliance is connected like an independent washer.
Don’t feel like drying laundry in two cycles? Get a separate washer and condensation dryer. For drying, choose a drum capacity of about 2 kg more than for washing. This will guarantee that you can dry the entire load at once. Place one appliance on top of the other using the safety connector. As a result only one will take up floor space - usually the washer which is used as the base.
TIP: Find out how to connect the washer and dryer using a clever connector.
For most households, condensation dryers with a heat pump are the best option. What parameters should you consider?
Smaller dryers of up to 7 kg are suitable for 2-member and smaller households. Classic 7 to 9 kg dryers are best for 3-4 member families. If you have a larger family or wash large items (bedspreads, curtains, drapes), you will appreciate a larger drum. But be careful not to choose a larger appliance than you really need. It is an unnecessary waste of money and drying in a half-empty drum is no good for the appliance either.
Classic dryers have dimensions of 59.5 - 60 cm width and 63 - 66 cm depth.
Don’t forget that some space has to remain around the appliance - ideally 15 cm at the back and 5 cm on the sides.
Even if you conduct condensate to the drain, it is a good idea to check the size of the tank. It should be 4-6 litres. The larger it is, the less often you need to empty it. As soon as the tank becomes full, the appliance automatically switches off. Therefore, it is better to remove the water after every cycle.
Do you have the option of building the appliance into the kitchen or hiding it in a cabinet in the hallway? Do it! This solution is particularly popular for combined washers and dryers.
Don’t just look at the energy class - the vast majority of appliances today are in energy class A or higher. Also check the average annual energy consumption per 160 cycles. The best appliances in energy class A+++ have a consumption of about 180 kWh per year. Cheaper dryers can reach 3 times as much.
7 490 CZK
12 990 CZK
17 900 CZK
Annual consumption (160 cycles)
Cost per 1 load (at a price of 3.80 CZK per 1 kWh)
Annual operating costs
2 129 CZK
1 210 CZK
Operating costs (10 years)
21 290 CZK
12 100 CZK
6 710 CZK
Acquisition price + operating costs (10 years)
28 780 CZK
25 090 CZK
24 610 CZK
TIP: Whirlpool is so confident about its silent motors that if offers a free extension of the warranty to 5 or 10 years. Check for the “5/10 years guarantee” icon on selected appliances, for instance the popular HSCX 70311 dryer from the Supreme Care series.
Thanks to this technology, the appliance determines which cycle settings will be best for optimal drying of the given drum load. It adjusts the program continuously to reduce energy consumption and time. Advanced 6th Sense technology is featured mainly in Whirlpool dryers.
The remaining moisture indicator allows you to remove the clothes as dry as you need it - from slightly moist for ironing to completely dry for wearing.
Some dryers - unlike washers - allow changing the direction of door opening by 180 degrees.
Do you often forget the laundry in the drum? Do you need to refresh it from the closet? With steam aeration, you can put your clothes on in a few minutes without having to wash it. Steam drying also straightens the fibres - ideal for those who don’t like ironing.
For instance, modern Whirlpool Supreme Care dryers offer an extra-large door and special program for large items - blankets, bed linens or drapes.
You can place a condensation dryer practically anywhere you have space: in the storage room, closet, or hidden in your kitchen cupboards. The only requirement is power supply. A water drain is also suitable.
You can place the dryer in a room with a temperature between 15° C and 20° C. If the temperature in higher, ventilate the room.
Never install the dryer in extreme conditions - a room without ventilation or where the temperature reaches freezing point or exceed 35 degrees Celsius.
Most modern households consider a condensation dryer with a heat pump to be the best choice. It is quiet, fast and ideal for very delicate garments. It can be installed anywhere within reach of power supply. No complicated adjustments are needed. For large-scale facilities, we recommend semi-professional ventilation dryers, which can easily handle all-day loads.
Whirlpool Corporation recently expanded to include the new brands Indesit and Hotpoint. What’s more, it’s celebrating its 25th birthday. We took the opportunity to interview the new marketing director at Whirlpool for the Czech and Slovak Republics.
Jakub Kadlec came to the Czech-Slovak representation of the Whirlpool Corporation from the position of marketing manager representing small household appliances. During a short time, he has already racked up a number of successes and experiences.
We are currently going through one of the further parts of the extensive integration process, which is a matter of several years according to the plan. In my career, I have encountered mergers between competing companies and it’s never been easy. In the case of Whirlpool and Indesit, the process is still ongoing. We have managed to harmonise production, use the best technologies for all our brands and unify business terms. The integration of financial systems is still ahead of us. In recent months we have had to cope with large fluctuation, and we believe we’ve managed to stabilize it; the experience, confidence and energy of all the colleagues at Whirlpool are our best asset.
25 years is a fairly long time and there are certainly many reasons to celebrate - one of the key roles is played by the factory in Poprad, Slovakia, which Whirlpool entered 25 years ago. We are very proud to have remained the leaders in large household appliances throughout this time; we react quickly to trends, come up with innovations and above all retain customers’ trust in our products. The company has kept developing throughout, reacting to new challenges and seeking them - a major and very current example is the aforementioned integration with Indesit. Our resolution for the coming years is simple and still very much the same: consistently offer customers the best, strengthen all our brands and be an ideal partner for growing business to our business partners.
Among other things, the Whirlpool Corporation is the manufacturer of the premium, very traditional KitchenAid brand, which many instantly associate with the incredibly popular, iconic Artisan robots. With regard to the profile, portfolio and strategy of the KitchenAid brand, a different distribution model is consistently used than for other brands in the Whirlpool Corporation. This is why KitchenAid is not currently a part of the Whirlpool representation at some local branches, including the Czech Republic. This configuration is valid for the long term, and if any changes do occur, it will not be for a number of years yet.
Bauknecht was added to the Whirlpool CZ range 7 years ago as a premium brand, dominated by characteristic design and advanced functions for demanding customers. Due to the said integration, the portfolio was of course integrated and there were crucial decisions made, including redefining the brand structure for the Czech and Slovak market. At this moment, the company portfolio for both countries includes Indesit, Whirlpool and Hotpoint. Hotpoint is seamlessly following up on the Bauknecht premium brand, with very good positioning. Bauknecht remains a traditional and strong brand for Germany speaking countries, where it has a fundamental position and strong, lasting popularity among customers.
The area of e-commerce plays an immense role on the Czech market in general, which continues and will continue to strengthen. We natural reflect this in our large domestic appliance sales. We try to react to current trends, offer customers and business partners support in developing e-commerce. One of the current and very specific pieces of evidence, for instance, is our cooperation with AP Servis in the production of 360° photographs, which are a very modern element of e-commerce and allow the customer to decide about an online appliance purchase to a much greater scale than ever before.
The company owns several production factories, which are almost always focussed on a specific appliance category. Starting with the nearest one - we are very proud of the modern washing machine factory in Poprad, Slovakia - the original enterprise of the now legendary brand Tatramat. In 2017, it is precisely 25 years since the American company Whirlpool entered the company and a symbolic celebration of this event is the production of the new line of Whirlpool FreshCare+ washing machines. Another very important production facility is the plant in Radomsko, Poland, which specialises mainly in dishwashers, while Wroclaw and Lodž in Poland are crucial for the production of cooling appliances.
Other factories are located in several places in Italy, France, the UK, Turkey and Russia. What they all have in common is a high level of management and operation defined by superior Whirlpool standards. We also place major emphasis on development and testing across the plants.
We are of course reacting to this trend and invest into developing products and technologies which will bring the customer real added value. At present, the Czech market offers the Whirlpool washing machine with Connectivity technology – which you can control from your mobile device, and a fridge with the same system; the trio will soon be completed by a dryer, ideal for pairing with the washing machine.
Jakub, thank you for a great interview and we wish you lots of success at Whirlpool.
Have you bought a new washing machine that you want to install without help from experts? It’s a piece of cake with our advice.
Washing machines tend to be secured with various screws and styrofoam for protection during transport. All these parts are listed in the leaflet which you receive along with the appliance. Study the leaflet thoroughly and gradually remove all the protective parts. A flat spanner and a bit of patience should be sufficient. Just place the plastic end caps in the holes left by the safety screws.
Image: The safety screws serve to stabilise the drum during transport. Never switch on the washer until the screws have been removed. Otherwise you risk irreparable damage to the appliance.
TIP: Don’t be surprised if you find remains of water in the drum. They prove that your machine has passed the factory test.
The packaging also includes a supply hose with a black seal. Screw one end onto the back of the washer and the other to the water inlet. If you find that the hose is too short and you can’t reach the water inlet, get a longer one. Hose extensions are not recommended due to possible water leaks.
TIP: For 100% external protection against water leaks, we recommend water supply and drainage hoses with Aquastop. If there is a risk of leakage, the safety valves automatically stop water flow. Some machines have them included in the packaging, for basic models you must buy them separately. They cost around 650 CZK.
If your bathroom has a drainage pipe, simply connect the hose to it and you’re ready. If this is not the case, you can insert the drainage tube into a plastic elbow and hang it over the edge of your tub or sink. However, this option is neither very aesthetic nor safe.
If your outlet is prepared on the valve of your sink or tub, fit the hose onto the valve and secure with the hose clip and clamps to attach it correctly.
Connect the washing machine to a 230 V electricity socket with a separate 16 A circuit breaker. Forget about a splitter or extension cord. These could irreparably damage the appliance. Direct connection is a much safer option. We also recommend using surge protectors, with which all the sockets in your bathroom should be equipped.
Image: On washing machines, unlike dryers, you can change the opening direction of the door. The reason is the different - convex shape of the door and the safety lock.
Once your machine is connected, check - ideally using a spirit level - that it is standing on a level. If your floor is not straight, use the adjustable feet, which all modern washing machines are fitted with. If the feet are not enough, use a dampening pad. It eliminates all vibrations and protects the floor from damage while protecting the appliance from premature wear. Unevenness of the floor is particularly harmful to the drum bearings, and other parts.
TIP: The manufacturer offers a free extended 10 to 20 year warranty on the engine in a number of washing machine motors. Read the instructions and register your appliance on the manufacturer’s official website as soon as possible.
Do you need expert help or advice to connect your washer? Write in the comments!
Do you put all the groceries in the fridge when you come home from the supermarket? Careful - there are foods that don’t belong in the fridge. The cold breaks down their structure and harms the taste and composition. Which ones are they?
Bananas in the fridge turn black in a few hours. Cold does not do them well. You should leave them in a bowl in the kitchen or put them in the pantry. There is a simple rule - the lower the room temperature, the longer the bananas will remain yellow.
Neither oranges, grapefruits, lemons or limes enjoy the cold. In a fridge, their skin dries out very quickly. The citrus fruits thus lose their typical flavour, scent and valuable vitamins. Instead, put them in a basket in the room or pantry - like apples ad bananas.
Tomatoes fare best in the pantry in a wicker basket. If you put them in the fridge, you will ruin their internal structure. This stops them from ripening and you will miss out on the full flavour. The cold also changes the consistency of tomatoes - they tend to be soft, dull and floury.
TIP: 6th Sense Fresh Control in Whirlpool fridges continuously controls and balances temperature and humidity. Food stays fresh for up to 4 times longer.
Do you put onions in the fridge for fear of them getting mouldy? That is exactly what will happen in the cold and humidity. Instead, store onions and shallots along with potatoes and garlic – ideally in a dark and dry place. Humidity and direct sunlight are not good for onions.
Potatoes should also be stored in a cool and dry place. The best place is the cellar. If you don’t have one, place the potatoes in a breathable basket in the pantry. But definitely avoid the fridge. Cold breaks down the starch in potatoes, significantly altering their taste and consistency.
This natural sweetener is full of nutritious substances. Cold kills them. What’s more, honey gets sugary much faster in the fridge. Instead, place it in the pantry with tins and other durable food products. Honey prefers a lower room temperature.
TIP: Do you know that you can extend the lifetime of your food by storing it correctly? Find out how best to store food in the fridge.
Placing olive oil in the fridge is positively sinful. It solidifies very quickly and the consistency and taste become more similar to lard than oil. You can still you it for cooking, but it simply should not be stored in the fridge. A cool, dark and dry place is ideal.
Have you brought home a great harvest from the forest and are unsure what to do with it? Fresh mushrooms can go in the fridge, but be sure to eat them ideally by the next day. No later than within 48 hours. Otherwise, substances that cause unpleasant digestive problems multiply in them. You can place mushrooms cut into little pieces in the freezer. They will last several months.
Are you wondering whether or not other foods belong in the fridge? Write in the comments and we will advise.
Are you craving a good Italian pizza? Heat the oven to the highest temperature, mix the dough, let it rest a while and bake it for 10 minutes. This recipe for home-made pizza is super simple!
“Sugo di pomodoro” tomato sauce is readily available in large supermarkets. It can be replaced with tinned tomatoes. Just add salt and season them with oregano and basil. If you are using cream instead of tomato sauce, use 30% double cream.
It’s best to “start” the dough for an authentic home-made pizza 24 hours in advance. By the next day, it will have rested and the result will be moister and easier to digest. If you don’t have that much time, no problem.
TIP: Italians bake pizza at temperatures exceeding 400 °C. If you love pizza, get an oven that gets very hot. Multipurpose ovens with Crisp technology are an excellent option. The special Crisp plate heats to a temperature of up to 210 °C and can make a pizza in 5 minutes!
What is your favourite pizza? Answer in the comments!
New Whirlpool FreshCare+ washing machines will ensure that you take your laundry out not just perfectly clean and fresh smelling, but also lightly aerated. Find out how this clever novelty works.
This time, the household appliance manufacturer thought about those forgetful individuals who leave wet laundry in the drum. The new FreshCare+ system keeps laundry fresh and smelling clean for up to 6 hours after the cycle ends thanks to delicate steam and tumbling action.
Simply choose the FreshCare+ function when setting the program, or at any time during its course. Once the cycle ends, delicate variable movement of the drum combined with regular steam injection will start, keeping the air in the washing machine circulating until you remove the laundry.
The FreshCare+ function in new Whirlpool washing machines is combined with SoftMove technology. This involves a set of 6 various drum movements, which the machine alternates based on the given washing phase and content. The cycle thus adapts to the specific fabrics.
Thanks to special drum movements:
Classic belt drive has long ago been replaced by centrally controlled electric motors. FreshCare+ washing machines have a highly reliable and quiet SenseInverter motor. Contactless inverter drive eliminates even the slightest friction and vibrations. You will barely hear the washing and the motor will run like new for years. What’s more, you save 30% of energy compared to other washing machines in energy class A+++.
The manufacturer is so sure of the motor reliability that it provides an extended 10-year warranty on it. Just register the appliance at the Whirlpool website.
All FreshCare+ washing machines offer 14 laundry programs for all standard types of fabrics. They have 6th Sense and wash effectively even at 15 °C.
Do you need advice in choosing? We are here for you via telephone, e-mail and social networks.
Don’t waste space in the bathroom - with clever spacers, you can stand the washer and dryer on top of the other. Find out how to choose and install them correctly. There is also a contest for 3 free spacers!
Meaning the classic 60 x 60 cm. Always use the washing machine on the bottom. Use the installation set to mount the dryer on top. For appliances combined using universal Whirlpool spacers, we have tested that the washing machine can has a smaller width - but not less than 54 cm. Don’t forget the safety strap, which is included in the installation kit.
TIP: The washer and dryer accessories also include dampening pads for the floor, which reduce even the slightest vibrations. You can do laundry undisturbed even at night.
You can use a universal spacer to combine any washer and dryer of standard dimensions, regardless of the brand, design series or size of the drum. For instance, you can combine older models from the Whirlpool AWO/D series with modern Supreme Care appliances.
If both of your appliances are from the Whirlpool Supreme Care series, we recommend using a special spacer with the same design.
TIP: You can place the tensioner either on the side of one of the appliances or on top of the dryer. This was it will be entirely invisible.
Installation of a Supreme Care spacer
Have you bought the most advanced washer and dryer from the Whirlpool Supreme Care series? Connect them with the special WPro SKS 200 spacer, which suits their design and dimensions.
In this case, installation does not require a safety strap. The packaging includes a slide-out shelf and hanger, which you can easily switch around as needed. Supreme Care appliances can be identified by the commercial code starting with FSCR for washers ad HSCX for dryers.
TIP: Are you looking for a Supreme Care washer and dryer set? By buying all three parts including the spacer, you will save over 10,000 CZK.
Do you want to win the clever spacer for yourself or your friends? Tag the most friends who could find the spacer useful in the Facebook discussion under the post. The more people you tag, the better your chances of winning. The contest lasts until the end of August 2017.
For help in choosing or installing spacers, do not hesitate to contact us.
This A+++ energy class appliance holds up to 9 kg of laundry, which it can spin dry at 1,400 rpm. Apart from 12 basic programs, it offers two interesting functions – FreshCare+ and Clean+, thanks to which washing is even more efficient.
The Whirlpool FWG91484W EU is made in a traditional white and draws attention at first sight with its excellent, modern design. All parts fit well and you will not encounter any sharp edges. The dominant feature of the front is a large door, which allows seeing the washer interior through the glass. Thanks to the large opening angle and the 33cm wide inlet opening, loading and unloading laundry is very easy. The stainless-steel drum is driven by a CIM SilentMotion induction motor for which the manufacturer provides a 10-year warranty.
Above the door, there is a large control knob, which looks good, On/Off and Start/Pause buttons, and a well-arranged LCD display next to them.
With regard to its capacity of 9 kg, the model ranks among the larger washers, which is proven by its depth of 63 cm and weight of 72 kg. On the other hand, the height (84.5 cm) and width (59.5 cm) has remained small, so the washer can be installed, for example, even in a kitchen unit. It is only necessary to plan for sufficient space in front of the appliance, because the mentioned depth in combination with the wide-open door take up a large amount of space.
Unfortunately, the washer is not equipped with leakage protection and the AquaStop safety hose is also missing in the package. If required, it can be purchased separately.
Although it is possible to have the washer connected by a technician at a small charge, beginners can also manage to install it thanks to the clear instructions. The only tools needed are a 12cm wrench and a water-level.
The procedure itself includes several steps. First, the four transport safety screws must be removed on the rear. Then the appliance is levelled by means of the height adjustable feet. And finally, the hose and electric cable are connected. Their length is over one metre, which is sufficient in most cases.
Before using for the first time, it is recommended to start the washer with no laundry in it to remove all residues after manufacture.
Although some people may find the washer complicated at the beginning, really anybody can learn to operate it thanks to the easy-to-understand Czech manual. The most complicated thing is probably to remember the meaning of the symbols on the control panel, which have no captions. It is necessary to keep looking into the manual at the beginning, but after a few uses, one will remember everything important.
Individual programs are selected with the round controller, which is very easy to work with. Let us only add that in our opinion its marking should be a little more distinct. The temperature, rinsing intensity and spin-drying are set with the buttons along the sides of the display. These also allow locking the buttons, setting a delayed start or starting the FreshCare+ and Clean+ functions.
We have praised the wide door, which opens easily and thanks to which the handling of laundry is very pleasant. Therefore, we will jab a bit at the detergent feeder opening, which runs quite stiffly and makes you afraid that you might break off a component. However, we must praise the possibility of removing the entire feeder and simply washing it. The individual compartments for the main washing, fabric softener, and prewashing are also clearly arranged.
The 12 programs include, among others, cotton, eco-cotton, white laundry, jeans, sport, or a fast program. You can find the whole range, including the maximum capacities of laundry, which differ in each program, below:
As you can see, the range is broad and will fully satisfy most users. However, more demanding customers will probably miss special programs for removing animal hair or washing shoes.
The detail setting of most programs can be adjusted to your taste. For example, the temperature in EcoCotton can be set in the range from 20 to 60°C and the speed from 600 to 1400 rpm. The length of washing, as well as the optimum water and energy consumptions are handled solely by the 6th sense technology. Some people may not like that they cannot shorten the programs in any way.
As regards the functions, we must praise the delayed start with a very good range. The start of a wash cycle can be delayed by up to 24 hours with an accuracy of one hour, or half an hour (during the first 12 hours). The child lock is reliable too. It prevents the buttons from being unintentionally pressed by your rambunctious little ones. Unfortunately, even when it is engaged, the on/off button still remains functional, which rather reduces the practicability of the whole lock.
The display shows the remaining time during the wash cycle, but take it with reserve. It sometimes works very accurately, but it has been significantly off target a few times.
Last but not least, we must not forget to mention the special functions – FreshCare+, which freshens laundry using steam and prevents bacteria from forming, and Clean+, which serves for the better removal of stains from laundry.
As is usually the case with new Whirlpool appliances, the FWG91484W EU model also fulfils its main function very well. The laundry is washed excellently and, at 1400 rpm, spun dry well. The spin-dry efficiency does not reach the results of the best models, but still, nothing can be reproached.
High stability at work is a standard. If you level the washer correctly, it will stay in its place and will not travel anywhere.
As regards the length of the wash cycle, it varies greatly thanks to the quantity detection system. The fastest program is finished in 30 minutes, but other programs with full loads and intensive washing can easily exceed even 4 hours. It always depends on the selected program, the amount of laundry, its absorption capacity, additional functions, speed, etc.
The Whirlpool FWG91484W EU ranks in the energy class A+++ - 10%, which means that its operation is 40% more economical than class A appliances. This will undoubtedly please your wallet when the electricity and water invoices arrive. Let’s add for completeness that the reference annual consumption is 11,690 litres of water and 196 kWh of electricity.
Although with its 52/79 decibels the washer ranks rather to the average in relation to noise, we definitely could not complain about noise during testing. It was only whispering during washing and could not be heard, and even during the spin-dry cycle, the noise was more than acceptable.
We can only recommend purchasing the Whirlpool FWG91484W EU washer. It is an excellent appliance at a reasonable price and, besides the quality of the washing and spinning-dry, you will be pleased with the ample number of programs, well-arranged operation, and economical running. With its capacity of 9 kg of laundry it is designed for four-member households where a lack of space is not a problem.
The only major disadvantage we can see is in the absence of water leakage protection, which can be solved, however, by additionally purchasing an AquaStop hose.
This review was created in cooperation with the review server testado.cz.
Turn the fridge off and place a rag or old newspapers under it to absorb the water flowing out. Take out all foodstuffs. Immediately throw away those with an expired use-by date. Get the following:
Wipe the fridge walls and removable parts dry before turning the fridge on. This will prevent frosting.
TIP: Do dry stains bother you and do you not have a cleaning agent handy? Try ammonia. Thin it with water in the ratio of 1:5. Apply this mixture on the stains, let it act a while and then wash the surface with clean water.
A number of dangerous bacteria are often hidden in crevices. First vacuum clean dry deposits or sweep them out with a brush. Wash the rest with a damp rag. After cleaning thoroughly, you can apply mineral oil or mineral jelly to the rubber. The seal will remain elastic and will not crack.
TIP: For a beautiful gloss of metal surfaces without fingerprints, we recommend a cleaning spray for stainless steel. Use it for all stainless-steel appliances in your household.
The dirty drain channel is one of the most frequent causes of a bad smell in the fridge. If the drain is clogged, the condensed water cannot flow out. A special brush, which is usually a part of the accessories, is used for cleaning. The same is also achieved with a long thin wire, a knitting needle or a common straw. You can remove the deposits with them easily and wipe the channel with a cloth with a cleaner or soapy water.
Are you pleased with the well performed job and do you want the fridge maintain its nice aroma for as long as possible? Excellent natural odour absorbers are:
TIP: Do you often buy cheese, fish or smoked meat with a significant aroma? Place an odour absorber, for example, in the egg compartment.
The interior – ideally once a month. The condenser and cooling fins – once a year. An antibacterial PurifAir filter will make your work easier. It removes 70% of odours and most bacteria from the air in the appliance.
TIP: Do not forget to regularly defrost fridges without the NoFrost system. You will save energy and will extend the life of the appliance.
The original one was old and uneconomical.
We are a two-member household, we don’t have any special nutritional demands, so we always buy a larger fridge than two people really need.
In general, the following criteria were decisive for us:
The 4-door fridge Hotpoint E4D AAA X C won mainly on account of its design. I like that apart from its economical energy class, it also saves additional energy by separately opening the doors. You just open the part in which the food you need is stored. This is very handy and far better arranged than our original fridge.
AP Servis TIP: Read what the differences between American and French-door fridges are
They had the product in stock, at a reasonable price, and they are based in Prague.
The agreement was excellent, I appreciate the transport free of charge including collection of the old fridge. The only problem was probably the wrong information regarding the location. The carrier left the fridge in the middle of the room, packed in the original polystyrene and foil. I managed to connect it on my own, it’s quite easy, but unpacking was rather a difficult task due to the weight and volume.
AP Servis NOTE: We are very sorry about that misunderstanding. We naturally take the packing material away upon request. However, we also often deliver appliances which the customer plans to install later. That’s why we do not automatically unpack the goods on site.
I liked its appearance – it actually looks better than in the pictures. It has a super stainless-steel surface on which really no fingerprints remain. I was also surprised by the freezer, specifically its segmentation. I didn’t expect it to be so spacious.
I miss having an egg container a bit, but it’s only a minor thing.
Otherwise, I’m glad I have the fridge, I’m very satisfied with it. I wasn’t disappointed with AP Servis either. Thanks a lot!
Nothing is better than classic ice cream! Nutritionists wouldn‘t praise us for this recipe, but a few teaspoons won‘t kill anyone. It was tested on our editorial board.
TIP: To get a fluffy consistency, mix the ice cream several times gently. Thanks to this, the air gets into the mixture. The ice cream will then be nicely fluffy and smooth.
If you are fed up with classic vanilla ice cream, you can try other flavors. Just add more ingredients to the base.
Our favorite flavors are:
TIP: Do you have a KitchenAid kitchen robot? Get a handy ice-cream maker. You can simply freeze the container and then just put the ingredients in it. The ice cream is ready to serve!
Dense creamy ice creams are not for you? Try this quick recipe, done within 5 minutes:
TIP: Put a few drops of hot chocolate on the finished ice cream before serving, or soak it all in it. Yum!
And what kind of home-made ice cream do you prefer? Write in the comments or on our Facebook.
The American - or wardrobe-type – fridge freezer has two doors with a winged opening to the sides, just like a classic wardrobe. At the same time, they have modern air distributions that ensure optimum temperature and humidity in the freezing and cooling parts.
French-door refrigerators are successors of the American type. They have 3 or even 4 doors - 2 for the freezer, and 2 for the fridge. They offer maximum clarity and convenience.
The biggest advantage of these refrigerators is a virtually divided interior space. The food is hidden behind 2 to 4 doors, so the appliance is not unnecessarily "ventilating" whenever you want something to eat. By simply opening one door, you save energy. The cooling and freezing parts of the appliance do not have to restore the ideal indoor temperature so often, because the fluctuations occur only in one section. For example, the Hotpoint E4D AAA X C refrigerator will achieve up to 50% energy savings by opening the door separately.
Another undisputable advantage is the large volume (about 400, sometimes even up to 530 liters). The American fridge freezer also conveniently holds a large amount of goods. Everything is clearly arranged and well accessible. Thanks to this, you can also buy favorable family packages without worrying that you would not find a place for everything in the refrigerator or freezer.
In order to better compare the models to each other, we have compiled a list of the most important criteria you should focus on:
When choosing an American or French-door fridge, look for an indication of the usable volume of the appliance. As with real estate, there may be a big difference in how much space is available and how much you can actually use. It is usually recommended that at least one household member should have at least 70 liters of cooling space and 30 liters of freezer space.
Most wardrobe-type refrigerators have:
TIP: Keep in mind that American fridge freezers are higher than normal refrigerators. Measure the kitchen space available carefully. Make sure you can access the refrigerator well, even if it has an open door.
Regular defrosting is definitely not necessary today - even in the case of freezers. Modern free-standing and built-in refrigerators offer a No Frost system that takes care of everything. Defrosting takes place automatically without your intervention. Thanks to that, you will never spend Saturday with a long defrosting of your refrigerator.
Most of today's refrigerators are so quiet that you can sleep with them in one room. If you have a kitchen that is connected to the living room, be aware of the number of decibels the appliance achieves during its operation. The quietest American fridge freezers deliver a sound of about 42 dB, that is the level of muffled conversation at the maximum.
American fridge freezers often have an integrated maker of ice, crushed ice and chilled water that you will appreciate not just in the summer. The 6th sense function is also very useful. Thanks to it, the refrigerator quickly responds to the change in temperature and humidity and immediately balances the fluctuations. Food stays fresh longer.
The standard is now also an antibacterial surface that eliminates the presence of microbes and fungi on the inside walls of the appliance. Many models also have a "holiday" function that ensures lower consumption when you leave for a long time - the freezer remains in full operation.
American fridge freezers have a slightly higher energy consumption than classic combined refrigerators. Buying a cheaper model could cause higher costs in the future. From the point of view of long-term operation, whether fridge freezer is in the A + or A +++ class plays a major role. Choose the highest class.
Finally, be sure to take into account the manufacturer as well. With proven brands of kitchen appliances, you can rely on the fridge to serve well. Get it at a store where you can be sure of having a trouble-free deal in the event of a complaint, providing you with a longer warranty and quick service. The fridge will be happy for you in the kitchen for decades.
It’s ready! Enjoy your dessert.
TIP: Slice the finished roll, decorate with strawberries and fresh mint leaves. Its fine taste is perfectly complemented by a strawberry smoothie with chia seeds.
There are many types of air conditioning units. They vary mainly in the way they are installed, but of course also in performance and complementary features. The most widespread are portable (mobile) and wall-mounted air conditioners, built-in "firmly".
Portable air conditioners are the easiest way to cool your flat, house or office. The bigger box sized appliance contains the entire cooling system. Hot air is conveyed by the hose outside the living quarters, most often through the window. Once you find the right place, you can start to cool.
It is necessary to have an electrical socket and a window (or chimney shaft) for the air hose outlet within reach. Operation is a little louder than with wall-mounted types. It also has a relatively high weight (around 30 kg), but thanks to its sturdy wheels, it can easily be moved from room to room.
Modern mobile air conditioners have many smart features. The device itself regulates the temperature according to your setting and adjusts the air flow rate in the sleep mode so that you are not disturbed. By one button it can cool just the air around you, or it can cool (in about 5 minutes) the room to a pleasant 18°C (in spurts). The effective HEPA filters remove pollen, fine dust and other allergens.
TIP: Learn how to select and install a mobile air conditioner comfortably.
Wall inventor air conditioners are placed in the specific room they should cool. During installation, minor construction modifications need to be taken into account. 2 holes for the pipe between the inner and outer units must be drilled into the wall with the widia drill bit. They then cool down, dehumidify and clean the air in the room steadily throughout the year. They heat up according to your needs as well - unlike mobile air conditioning - regardless of the outside temperatures. Their operation is very quiet.
In addition to the quick cooling of a room and airflow adjustment during sleeping, they also have a fan, a timer and very sensitive filters even for the finest air pollutants - including bacteria and some viruses. Their advantages also include an elegant design that does not disturb the aesthetic impression of the interior.
Inventor wall air conditioning units consist of two parts - indoor and outdoor units. You have to think about the appropriate location of the outdoor unit. This is usually attached to the cooler, shaded side of the building. For the installation work, please call an expert to ensure that you do not damage the electrical and other wiring in the house during the work. The subsequent comfort will compensate you for your initial work.
A well-chosen air conditioner replaces not only a fan, but also the air purifier. Whether you choose a mobile air conditioner or a built-in air conditioner, you cannot imagine your life without it. Enjoy your summer at home and office without sweat and fatigue!
They will remove grease, dirt and other deposits from inside the machine. They will clean the filter, spray arms, nozzles and pipes that you would not otherwise reach.
Manually, just wash the dishwasher door and clean the sealing rubber. To do this, you will need a wet cloth with a normal detergent.
Don’t have any special cleaners on hand? Use commonly available helpers:
Soda will be great for cleaning dirty dishwashers mildly and moderately. Put 2 soda bags into the bottom of your dishwasher and turn on the energy saving program. A clean and shiny interior without stains and odors awaits you.
Do you want to remove calcium deposits, get rid of bad odors and polish the surface of the dishwasher? Pour approximately 1 l of vinegar into the container for detergent gel and also in the bottom of the dishwasher and turn on the program to the highest temperature. Wash baskets or the filter in vinegar water. As for the filter, it is enough to wash it in clean water.
TIP: Give your dishwasher this vinegar bath every 3 months.
It works just like vinegar. Pour 100-200 g of powder into the tray or the bottom of the dishwasher and turn the program on at a high temperature. Citric acid perfectly cleans pipes and other components otherwise inaccessible.
Lemon brings the same benefits as vinegar, soda and citric acid – it cleans pipes, nozzles and the glossy interior of the appliance as well as removing odors. As a bonus, the dishwasher will smell nice. Put half a lemon into the cutlery tray and turn on the normal dishwashing.
Never place dishes with food residues. All dirt is trapped in the filter and nozzles. They prevent the proper drainage of water and cause an unpleasant odor. Especially dangerous are the residues of acidic foods. They cause the corrosion of components when they react with water.
If you have hard water in your home, there is a risk of calcium deposits on the heater, drum, pipe, pump and other key components. Invest in a water softener or magnetic scale remover. Simply install it on the supply hose. It prevents the formation of dirty coating on the dishes and clogging the dishwasher.
If there is an unpleasant odor and the dishes are not properly washed even after cleaning, contact an expert. The service technician will look into the bottom under the filter, where you will not get yourself. Underneath the filter, food residues can be trapped causing a strong odor and are subject to further problems.
TIP: See five more tips on how to extend the life of your dishwasher.
Do you have any questions about the maintenance of your dishwasher? Please write us in the comments or on Facebook.
Don‘t have a classic oven? It doesn‘t matter. The patented Whirlpool microwaves’ Crisp function takes care of proper roasting in an incredible amount of time.
In the oven, slower roasting is preferred. It will ensure that the meat is not raw inside and burnt outside.
TIP: Do you want the meat even softer? Marinate it in oil overnight.
TIP: Serve the roast beef cut to the thinnest slices possible. The thinner they are, the better you will enjoy the delicacy of the meat.
Are you afraid your roast beef will not be as good as it should be? Modern ovens will help you. The following features are particularly suitable:
Many modern ovens have a temperature probe that is stuck into the meat. Right when the meat is done, you will hear a signal. With a temperature probe, there is no risk for the meat to be burnt or, on the other hand, unroasted.
TIP: The classic meat thermometer, though not so accurate, has a similar function. Medium meat should be about 54 ° C.
If you want to keep the meat warm until the guests arrive, you can use the temperature preservation function.
Program for optimal energy consumption during roasting. It saves valuable energy and your wallet, especially during slow roasting.
And what about you? What are your roast beef experiences? Write us in the comments.
We devoted the beginning of 2017 to the perfect presentation of product exteriors with 360° photos. Now we would like to present Whirlpool appliances in a somewhat different way: Directly from the heart of production, which we got to visit thanks to the perfect organisation of the local representation in CZ.
Discovering the production process is very important for us, as a long-term specialist in Whirlpool Corporation brands. This knowledge allows us to give expert advice in selecting and maintaining appliances. We have already visited several factories - for instance in Norrköping, Sweden, and in Poprad, Slovakia.
The family of Whirlpool Corp. brands has been operating in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (abbreviated EMEA region) since 1989. Its headquarters are in Milan in north Italy. Following the merger with Indesit in October 2014, it employs more than 24,000 people. It has sales representations on 35 global markets and 15 research and technology centres in 8 countries. One of the most important centres is the factory in Radomsko, Poland. Between 2015 and 2019, the manufacturer will invest over EUR 235 million into its development.
Image source: WhirlpoolCorp.com
The 587 km journey from Prague to Radomsko was very pleasant. It is just 6 hours by car. We chose the route via Liberec to avoid the problematic D1 highway.
Immediately upon arrival, we were impressed by the size of the compound. It employs 1,700 people. A number of them move about the workplace on bicycles. Otherwise they wouldn’t manage their shift.
Whirpool Radomsko - příjezd do továrny https://t.co/sW2WfJkKNm— AP Servis (@APServisPraha) April 25, 2017
Our fantastic guide Piotr Grabowski took us through the entire facility from the warehouse to the testing laboratory. He provided perfect information about everything. The tour had three parts:
Great emphasis is placed on operation safety. Before entering the production halls, we passed interactive safety training and received protective equipment: a vest, goggles, earplugs and protective shoe covers.
The facility itself consists of 2 maximally automated production lines. They produce over 1 million dishwashers every year. All the main parts of the appliances are automatically pressed, profiled and tallied of special stainless steel sheet metal. The individual components are supplied by automatic feeders. As a result, the line is operated by a minimum number of people.
Free-standing dishwashers and washing machines with a 60 cm width are produced on the first line. The second line alternates in producing narrow 45 cm and classic 60 cm appliances. Maximum efficiency is also monitored in component consumption, even when the line switches to a different model. For instance, it can manufacture 100 units of one model and almost instantly reset to another model.
The material and parts warehouse is continuously supplied by trucks from subcontractors. Everything is planned via a modern warehousing system and SAP analytic software.
Following assembly, labelling, programming and testing, the appliances move to the packing line in elevators. From there they go to the retailers’ distribution centres and to their new owners.
Each dishwasher or washing machine undergoes a testing program before leaving the factory. This is why you might find water in the drum after unpacking. This definitely doesn’t mean that somebody has used your appliance - it simply passed the testing program. For instance, the testing laboratories check which meals and foods the dishwasher can cope with.
We leave the factory with the impression of a cutting-edge facility with the most-advanced production equipment we have ever seen. We would again like to thank Piotr Grabowski for his perfect explanations and Whirlpool EMEA for the special invitation, which we greatly appreciate.
You can browse the entire photo report from Radomsko on our Facebook profile. Videos are available on YouTube and Twitter.
We are planning to visit other production plants and will share more information with you directly from the “source”.
Smart home is one of the most discussed topics of the present – by everybody from heat pump manufacturers to furniture designers. They have a common goal - to maximally simplify household chores and give people more time to do what they enjoy. We at AP Servis welcome this trend not only in the most advanced household appliances.
You can easily use remote control for a smart home - via the internet. For instance, you can turn on the heating, lights or music on your way home from work.
Smart electrical installation is about 20-40% more expensive than conventional. However, you will discover from the start that it ensures the optimal usage of all utilities. For instance, heating will not run in empty spaces. As a result, the investment will soon pay off and the benefits will outweigh it.
Do you want freshly washed laundry ready for hanging to await you when you come home from work? Try the first remote controlled Whirlpool washing machine. You can change its settings or check its technical condition anywhere with an internet connection.
It has been the everlasting goal of appliance manufacturers to ease household chores. One example for all is the patented 6th Sense in Whirlpool appliances. With this function, the dishwasher or washing machine chooses the best program given the quantity and dirtiness of the content, the refrigerator maintains the ideal humidity and temperature and the oven bakes according to pre-set recipes without supervision. 6th Sense is continuously perfected to save you the most time and expenses.
From 26 to 29 April, you can admire and above all try out a specimen smart home with cutting-edge audio-visual equipment, home appliances and stylish furniture. The exhibit is in Pavilion F of the Brno Building Fair. AP Servis is a proud media partner.
Photo source: Jasyko archive
360° photos allow the convenient viewing of appliances from all sides and angles. As a result, you get instant answers to your most frequent questions:
You also get a better idea of how to install the given model and whether you need any accessories.
All the details of appliances play a crucial role in the resulting look of your kitchen, from bevelled edges to the size and shape of the controls, to the coloured reflections from surfaces. Spin photos will show which models match best.
See the first spin photos of ovens and microwaves. We will gradually aid air condition, refrigerators, washing machines or small KitchenAid appliances.
First, a series of photos on a special turntable are taken for each product. This produces images from many angles, which are subsequently processed by specialised software. The program generates a link to the resulting photograph, which we upload to the website.
In reality, however, the process is somewhat more complicated, especially for larger appliances. This is why we are uploading the photos gradually. Over the course of April, you will find about 200 in the e-shop. Others will be added throughout the year.
How do you like this novelty? Write in the comments or on Facebook.
It is a charity project by the public welfare society WOMEN FOR WOMEN. Since 2013, they have allowed more than 10,000 needy children to have lunch at school canteens. These are selected families that cooperate with the school without problems. They simply don’t have enough money to send their children to school lunches or events.
School lunch is not “just” food for children. It is a part of their childhood. Not having to go home right after school. Spending a bit of time with friends and enjoying careless moments of joy.
The charity project WOMEN for WOMEN, which oversees the event, supports women in need and helps them find a new home. In cooperation with Whirlpool, we donated new appliances to the program of supported housing. We have been supporting Lunches for Kids since March 2017.
Just a 25 CZK donation will allow one pupil to sit down to a hot soup and hearty main course. A 125 CZK donation is enough for a whole week, and 500 CZK for a whole month for one pupil.
Society’s transparent account number: 888 555 999/5500
On this account, you can check the withdrawal of funds, 100% of which are used to pay for school lunches for needy children. All the information including contacts is available at www.obedyprodeti.cz.
Litres of water and piles of detergent cannot ensure the cleanliness of the appliance itself. On the contrary. The combination of humidity, hair and other debris clogs the parts and sets the stage for the growth of dangerous bacteria and fungi. Another common problem is lime scale and unpleasant odour.
The more often you do laundry, the more you have to deal with washing machine maintenance. But don’t worry. Just follow these steps a few times per year:
We recommend cleaning the filter at least 2 times per year. If you do laundry every day, adapt the frequency accordingly and rinse the filter about every 2 months. The best way to remove the filter is shown in the manual you received with the appliance from the manufacturer.
The seal around the washing machine door is easily clogged with hair, dirt and sometimes larger “treasures” - for instance forgotten tissues.
TIP: Wipe the seal and its fold after every wash.
Leave the door open after every wash until it dries. This will remove humidity and the resulting mould and unpleasant odour.
The dispenser tends to be full of old laundry powder and fabric softener. It can even accumulate lime scale and mould.
TIP: In order to prevent the reappearance of lime scale or mould, leave the dispenser open after every load so it can dry out.
In discussion forums, you may have read about cleaning the drum with vinegar or citric acid. Be careful! Vinegar and acid can irreparably damage the drum, filter and rubber seal. Therefore, it is better to invest in special cleaning powder.
You can choose from the following types:
TIP: Do you have hard water at home? Install a magnetic descaler on the water inlet hose. It will protect the appliance from lime scale and extend its lifetime.
Does it sound complicated? It’s not! Each of these tasks takes just a few minutes. It will pay off with a longer lifetime for your washing machine and the joy of fragrant laundry.
Free online courses for both baristas and home enthusiasts. Professionals will guide you online through the theory and practice of coffee making: from the selection of ingredients to proper serving.
Website: Coffee learning Place: From anywhere Price: FREE OF CHARGE
The renowned quality coffee roasting plant has answered the wishes of its customers and now it also offers various training courses: a basic course of home brew coffee, filtered coffee, espresso and a professional barista class.
Website: doubleshot Place: Prague – Karlín Price: From CZK 2,000
The organisers of the Prague Coffee Festival and coffee culture promoters in Bohemia invite you to both specialized classes (Latté Art, espresso, alternative procedures) and delicious degustation.
Website: Coffee Embassy Place: Prague – Holešovice Price: From CZK 1,850
Experienced baristas Zdeněk Smrčka and Adam Dvořák prepared cool classes for both amateurs and beginners. You actually don’t need expensive machines to make a delicious beverage - just a couple of aids and a desire to taste “the whole world”.
Website: Kávový klub Place: Prague – Karlín Price: From CZK 1,690
Currently, the biggest training centre in the Czech Republic offers afternoon courses for the public and classes for specialists. The making and serving of coffee is understood here as an art that they will be happy to teach you.
Website: Škola kávy Place: Prague – Hloubětín Price: From CZK 1,200
There’s no “piccolo” and an espresso has less caffeine than filter coffee. Surprised? Come to take in other interesting facts from Tomáš Komberec. The key content of classes is, naturally, to master the preparation of both the known and unknown coffee drinks.
Website: Ola Kala Place: Prague – Vinohrady Price: From CZK 2,900
Michal Nováček, the winner of the international competition Barista Open, will present to you the journey of coffee beans from plantations to your table during his home brew class, which takes 2–2.5 hours. In the practical part, he will show you the favourite alternative ways of preparation – drip, French press, AeroPress and others. Other courses for professionals and amateurs are also on offer.
Website: Žijeme kávou Place: Prague – Vysočany Price: From CZK 1,000
Real masters will teach you how to make a healthy espresso and how to froth milk properly on top-of-the-range two-lever coffee machines. These courses will broaden the horizons of both the beginners and baristas who wish to take a step forward.
Website: Segafredo Place: Prague – Vysočany Price: From CZK 1,000
It continues in the tradition of the Italian masters from University del caffè of Trieste. The project for enthusiasts from both the public and the professionals is sponsored by Illy, manufacturer of premium coffee.
Website: Unicaffe.cz Place: Prague – Karlín Price: From CZK 2,500
Adam Neubauer, the Czech Barista Champion 2012 and 2015, teaches basic and advance techniques mainly to professionals. However, he also offers custom-tailored courses, e.g., for employees of coffee houses.
Website: Školení baristů Place: Prague, or as arranged Price: From CZK 3,500
The popular female barista, participant and judge of many competitions, Petra Veselá sold her coffee house and has fully dedicated herself to teaching beginners and advanced learners in the specialized training centre in Jílové u Prahy.
Website: Kávové kurzy Place: Jílové u Prahy Price: From CZK 3,900
Intense coffee courses aimed at preparation of espresso, cappuccino and other specialities with degustation included. They take place under the patronage of Martina Pechová, the winner of the BR Costa competition.
Website: Kavárna Coffeeup Place: Ústí nad Labem Price: From CZK 1,600
A practical course with a tour of a coffee roasting room and degustation included. You will learn, among other things, how to take care of roasted coffee beans so that they last as long as possible.
Website: Caffé 08 Place: Děčín Price: CZK 2,500
Basic barista courses, Latté Art and alternative methods, such as the Dripper or AeroPress will be keenly taught by the professionals from Liberec. They also offer deliveries of divine smelling coffee directly to your office.
Website: Sweet City Place: Liberec Price: Upon request
This coffee house also takes pride in its own roasting room specializing in premium Arabica and espresso blends. The tutor, Lucie Nadymáčková, will teach you at the classes to make and enjoy your coffee. This in actual fact is an art, too.
Website: Cafe Eternity Place: Albrechtice near Český Těšín Price: From CZK 900
The first “barista school in the Czech Republic” organises training courses for amateurs, professionals and companies. Become a Latté Art or Coffee Drink specialist under professional guidance!
Website: Škola baristy Place: Brno Price: From CZK 2,500
In Brno-Veveří, in the coffee house Kafec you can enjoy a proper breakfast and premium coffee specialities from renowned roasting rooms and plants. They will teach you to prepare a delicious beverage in 7 ways, including the so popular filtration.
Website: Kafec Place: Brno Price: CZK 1,490
It offers a four-hour course HOME BARISTA and a day-long training course BASIC BARISTA. In the first course you will learn all you need for quality home coffee making. The day-long training will broaden your knowledge through, among other things, grinding techniques and you will learn about the parts of a coffee machine and their maintenance.
Website: Caffe Zone Place: Zlín Price: From CZK 690
We will further keep an eye on the coffee courses and keep you updated on this topic. Are you aware of any other ones you didn’t find on our list? Please leave a message and we will be happy to add them. :)
Figuratively speaking, you will be doing the washing almost all the time. There will not only be the bodysuits and jumpers but also nappies (even though you use the disposable ones, the cotton ones come in handy when wiping the baby’s mouth), a footmuff, pram liners, car seat blankets, baby bedding, a swaddling blanket… all this needs to go into your washing machine really often.
Remember to use a delicate detergent because of the baby’s sensitive skin and to wash the baby things separately almost up to when the baby is 18 months old. Set special wash programmes on your washing machine suitable for fine baby laundry and developed for toddlers – they remove stains well but wash gently without ruining the garments.
A dryer is also a smart solution. It saves you the time you need for hanging up your laundry as well as folding and ironing it. When buying new appliances, choose the most silent ones (during operation and spinning). An unsettling noise can often be generated by placing your washing machine on a tiled floor, for example. You can try to put a special anti-vibration mat underneath your appliances. It will insulate the washing machine from the floor and reducing the minor vibrations caused by the spinning.
Although you decide to buy the ready-made baby food, you still have to heat it up at least in your kitchen. If home-made meals are your priority, take enough time to cook them. Some meals are suitable for bulk cooking and can be frozen in handy boxes the size of one portion and then heated up as needed.
Vegetable baby food is especially suitable for freezing, meals with pasta or potatoes less so. Buy boxes that fit together, i.e. you can put one into another for easy storage or put them next to each other in your freezer. You will use them in the fridge too. Good boxes, as well as a quality fridge maintaining temperature and moisture well, can prolong the food shelf life – follow the instruction manual (or icons) and place your food according to the instructions of the manufacturer.
Your life will be easier thanks to a microwave oven but also thanks to other clever appliances, such as food processors, juice extractors or blenders. After all, you will be using them every day! Kids love freshly made juices (be careful with citrus fruit for babies, your best bet is apples, carrots, pears for sweeter taste, apricots, blueberries …) and in summer, if you have an ice cream maker, you can also use them as the base for a refreshing sorbet. You will see that your kids will never ask for a store-bought ice cream again.
Did you know that air conditioners produce white noise that makes babies fall asleep more easily? White noise means the ambient murmuring sounds which the baby is familiar with from the uterus, where it is never silent. It is even recommended by American paediatricians, who have compiled a study proving that white noise makes babies sleep better and longer.
Naturally, air conditioning is best in summer when it is hot and it is difficult for children to sleep well. Another benefit of air conditioning is that it keeps an optimum level of relative humidity, helps remove dust, pollen, dust mites, etc.
A dishwasher can serve as a steriliser in which you can easily and quickly clean baby bottles. Or you can preserve cooked meals in them so that they last longer. While some mothers do not use the dishwasher for baby dishes, we definitely recommend it, compared to the traditional method of washing up with a sponge and detergent. The thing is that sponges harbour a perfect environment for germs. And a steriliser cannot wash up (e.g. fruit pots). You have to pre-wash the dishes and then sterilise them. A dishwasher does not take up additional space. Choose eco-friendly tablets. They wash up well and pose no health risks.
Misha is a journalist, a blogger and, of course, a mum. The Feedo Magazine, produced by an online store of the same name, is issued under her editorship. Feedo.cz is the largest e-shop specializing in infant nutrition and baby equipment in Czechia. It focuses on motherhood issues which it tackles on its website and social networks.
The essential questions when making your decision are based on the layout of your flat. The layout will help you narrow the range down to a more acceptable amount and focus your attention only on suitable units. The world of washing machines will then seem less complicated.
Do not start comparing individual washers before you are clear about the following questions:
Measure the space available at your home carefully. Then you’ll find out whether to look for a standard washing machine or a narrow one. The width of standard models is 60 cm; the width of narrow washing machines is only 40 or 45 cm – i.e. they fit in smaller bathrooms better.
TIP: Read also the recommendation where it is best to place your washer at home.
The width is connected with no less important depth of the appliance. Common units are 60cm deep, but there are also so-called SLIM versions, which are less deep – e.g. 50, 45, 40 or even 33 cm. If you prefer a top-loader, remember, when planning your purchase, to take into account the space needed to open the lid.
Top-load washing machines, compared to common front-loaders, are usually narrower. However, the depth is usually the same, unless it is a SLIM model. The benefit of having a top-loader is that you need to bend less and need no extra bathroom space for the door.
Front-load washing machines, on the other hand, are usually more stable and, using a stacking kit, you can put a dryer on their top or build them into a kitchen unit or a piece of bathroom furniture.
Unfortunately, it doesn’t end with you answering the 3 essential questions – it more likely starts with it. The thing is that there are many other issues you shouldn’t skip. When choosing a washing machine, focus mainly on the following criteria:
The tub capacity indicates how much laundry you can wash at once. The quantity of laundry ranges from 3 kg in smaller units up to 12 kg in larger ones. The usual 5 kg load will cover the needs of a couple, washers fitting 7 or 8 kg of laundry at once are more suitable for four-member families.
TIP: Do you need a washer with a large tub that can even handle the hotel laundry? Look at semi-professional washing machines.
It is important that the door can be opened easily and smoothly. Considering a front-loader, apart from the opening mechanism, also pay attention to the width of the opening angle, i.e. how far the door can be open. The ideal washing machine should have the opening angle of 120 degrees minimum. Then it will be easy to load and unload the washer.
You don’t want to have water dripping from your laundry when taken out, but you want it to dry out very quickly? Then you should check out the washing machine’s RPM in the spinning phase. Mostly they range from 800 up to 1800 rotations per minute. But beware of the fact that is usually true – the dryer the laundry, the harder to iron.
The previous point is also related to the loudness of the appliance. Many modern units are equipped with technologies ensuring their silent running even at high RPM. For example, the washing machines with the ZEN technology will not disturb you at home, even if you wash at night.
Formerly, washing machines were labelled with ratings A through G. However, nowadays washing machines of lower energy efficiency classes than A+ cannot be sold here. The more pluses after the letter, the more efficient the unit is. A high efficiency class with the 6th sense technology will help you save up to 70 % of water and energy.
A washing machine operating should be simple and intuitive so that you immediately know what button to press and don’t need to study the instructions. The symbols on the washing machine must also be comprehensible and clear. If the pictures confuse you, you will be looking for the manual every time you want to test a programme other than the one you usually use.
Well set programmes and additional functions will make it much easier for you. For example, the washing machines with the 6th sense technology will set optimal parameters for you. They will use only as much energy as needed. The delayed start timer is also very useful as the washing machine can do the laundry while you are at work, for example. The FreshCare option is very popular too. It will air your laundry at the end of the cycle so that it won’t wrinkle and will be easy to iron.
If you are still unsure which unit suits your household best, do not hesitate to contact us. We have plenty of experience with selecting a washing machine and will be happy to share it.
Espresso is a coffee extract with a pleasant smell, strong flavour and dense nutty foam. It is prepared in a small cup of 25–30 ml. About 7g of freshly ground quality coffee beans are used to brew one serving.
Both its origin and name come from Italy. The word “espresso”, translated literally, means “putting under pressure”, which exactly characterises its method of preparation. Real espresso is brewed under 9 bar of steam pressure that guarantees the full flavour of the beverage. The temperature of the water reaches 90–95 degrees Celsius. Preparation is very fast and doesn’t take longer than 22 seconds.
The first espresso machine was made in 1901. Since then, coffee machines have improved a lot. In addition, people long for making an espresso at home by themselves, in the same quality they can get in a café. Fortunately, with the coffee machines currently available on the market it is not a problem.
TIP: Read how to choose the best coffee machine for your home or office.
Fully automatic coffee machines are the most comfortable choice for your home or office. You just need to fill it with high-quality coffee beans, add water into the tank and then press the relevant button.
To make a high-quality espresso in an automatic coffee machine you need:
For one cup take 7 g of freshly ground coffee. Before switching the machine on, check the coffee for clumps. They could cause the water to flow through unevenly and change the final taste of the beverage. If there are any clumps, break them up with a fork.
Gourmets and passionate coffee lovers praise to the heavens a lever coffee machine, thanks to which they can enjoy the whole preparation ritual.
1) Use a proper coffee grinder to grind the best quality beans. 100% Arabica or a blend of Arabica and Robusta are the best choices in this case.
2) Fill the warm and clean portafilter basket with 7g of fresh ground coffee.
3) Using a coffee tamper, press the grinds in the portafilter basket.
4) Empty the water from the brew head.
5) Wipe the drip tray with a cloth.
6) Load the full portafilter into the machine.
7) Let your real espresso pour into a preheated cup of 25–30 ml. It takes about 20–22 seconds. A thin, steady coffee flow should pour into the cup.
TIP: Never let the coffee flow for longer than 22 seconds. Apart from aromatic oily substances, you would extract additional compounds which should not be in a real espresso. It mainly concerns tannins and woody substances that completely change the taste of your coffee.
Real Italian espresso is the basis for many other coffee specialities. The most popular ones are:
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We are also available to you via e-mail at email@example.com and on social networks.
If you have the opportunity, visit us at our showroom in central Prague, where we display the latest most interesting appliances and accessories on an area of over 100 m2.
Patrícia: We most often resolve the availability and functionality of appliances. Customers want advice when choosing an appliance set on their own, or whether it suits their home in terms of design and function.
Petr: There are often questions about availability. Even for appliances which are listed in the e-shop as “in stock” - ready to send. This is most likely due to bad experiences with other shops. With us, this information is 100% reliable. We send the goods immediately, or on the date you require.
Eliška: We accept orders via the e-shop, e-mail, telephone and of course during personal visits to our store. It is entirely up to you which form do you prefer. The prices of the appliances are identical in all cases, based on our internet website www.spotrebice-whirlpool.cz.
We will arrange the date of transport and installation with you immediately, if you wish. We can also help to arrange an instalment purchase.
Patrícia: At present, there has been increased interest in built-in appliance: ovens, microwaves, dishwashers and also dryers. Customers equip new kitchens and reconstruct their homes after the New Year. They are preparing for summer. Christmas is followed by the sales they’ve been waiting for.
Eliška: Although we offer several brands (Hotpoint, Indesit, KitchenAid), Whirlpool products are still the most popular.
Eliška: We no longer operate wholesale as such since launching the e-shop in 2011. If you are interested in buying 3 or more units, we offer the option of individual price offers. Just send us an e-mail with a list of selected models and we will attempt to find a better price than that shown on our website.
Patrícia: We most often make price offers for complete kitchen equipment including a washer and dryer for the bathroom. We also create price offers for wholesalers and companies that are equipping multiple kitchens.
We are available at the showroom at Francouzská 114 in Prague 10 at any time during the opening hours, without a lunch break. This means every weekday from Monday to Thursday between 8 am and 6 pm and on Friday from 8 am to 3 pm.
Ideally by trams no. 4 or 22 or bus no. 135 to Krymská stop. The shop is just a short way down the hill from here. If you arrive by car, we have a reserved parking space. We will be happy to help you with loading.
We would be happy to welcome a new team member to fill the vacancy left by our colleague, who is going on maternity leave.
If you are interested in the world of appliances and interior equipment, send your CV to firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to hearing from you!
|Normal cycle in the washing machine (the clothing does not mind regular mechanical washing, rinsing and spinning).|
|Normal cycle at maximally 30 °C (the clothing can handle regular mechanical washing, rinsing and spinning).|
|Normal cycle at maximally 40 °C (the dot symbols hence replace data about the water temperature - the more dots, the hotter the water can be).|
|Normal cycle at maximally 50 °C.|
|Normal cycle at maximally 60 °C.|
|Normal cycle at maximally 70 °C.|
|Normal cycle at maximally 95 °C.|
|Clothing can be machine washed, requires the gentle cycle (you can choose normal washing but only gentle spinning).|
Wash at maximally 30 °C with gentle spinning (the degrees Celsius indicate the maximum water temperature in a range of 30 to 95 °C).
|The clothing can be machine washed but requires a very gentle cycle (gentle rinsing and spinning).|
|Hand wash only (unless stipulated otherwise, at a maximum temperature of 40 °C).|
|Hand wash only at a maximum temperature of 30 °C.|
|Do not wash. Try to ask your dry-cleaner.|
Normal drying in a tumble dryer.
|This clothing can go in the tumble dryer but at lower temperatures. (the dot symbols hence replace data about the water temperature again)|
|It can go in the tumble dryer but on really cold setting.|
|Hang dry (e.g. on a hanger).|
|Do not tumble dry.|
|Normal ironing with team option and at higher temperatures.|
|The clothing can be ironed and steamed normally at a temperature of up to 110 °C (two dots mean a maximum temperature of 150 °C, three dots 200 °C).|
|Iron without steam.|
|Iron without steam at a maximum temperature of up to 110 °C (two dots mean a maximum temperature of 150 °C, three dots 200 °C).|
|The product cannot be ironed or steamed.|
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Your dishwasher is designed to hold the largest possible number of dishes while washing them properly. You can increase its efficiency by following some basic rules:
The dishes must “sit” well in the appliance so that they remain in their place during the washing cycle. Otherwise, there is a risk of damage not only to the content but also to the dishwasher itself.
Modern dishwashers can handle even very dirty dishes. Nevertheless, be careful not to leave larger pieces of food on the plates. They clog the filters unnecessarily. Likewise, it is recommended not to leave remains of acidic foods on the dishes. They can react with the water and detergent and cause corrosion in the appliance.
There are many various products to clean the inside of the dishwasher, remove grease, lime scale, corrosion and other impurities. Regular maintenance will ensure optimum water and energy consumption, improve the washing results and extend the overall lifetime of the appliance.
Use quality detergents, which in addition to washing the dishes also prevent the settling of lime scale. Always maintain the right dosage. Brand-name detergents will extend the problem-free operation of the dishwasher by years. On the contrary, poor-quality ones can damage it.
Carefully read the enclosed instruction manual, where you will learn how to take proper care of the given appliance. It will advise you about how to use it effectively and what to avoid.
Have you not found all the answers concerning maintenance of your dishwasher? Don’t hesitate to contact us.
My boyfriend and I and our 2 children live in a house we bought 7 years ago. During my 5 years on maternity leave, I cooked every day. I’m not some crazy organic mother, but I wanted to create the best eating habits for my children. I am horrified when I see some of the things parents are capable of feeding their children.
I cook very healthy foods, I don’t fry, use much flour for thickening, I don’t bake with wheat flower and I use plenty of vegetables. I have a gas range, because I cook a lot and I have the feeling that electric ranges are only for occasional cooking. There must be a reason why professional cooks still have fire under the pots in their kitchens.
I am all about visuals, this is one of the most important aspects for me. The microwave is wonderfully compact. I like simplicity and austerity of shape, so I was delighted. The shape is unconventional, but perfect. My old microwave had to be positioned with the door on the edge of the kitchen counter and there was almost no manoeuvring space in front of it. Now it is positioned at a 45 degree angle which means even the children can take things out of it.
I see the microwave’s dimensions and its variability for installation - thanks to the rounded shape - as one of its key advantages. I don’t have a lot of work space and this microwave does not take up that much room.
Installation was quite simple. Like most of today’s appliances, it is simply plugged into the socket. It could perhaps have a longer cable.
On the work surface near the window. Quite far from the fridge and range. This is the ideal location, if it is to serve not only for warming up but also as a universal helper. When I recently tried to make chocolate pralines, melted or thawed butter for baking, or made hot chocolate in a cup with the children, it was great to have it handy.
Standard warming up was first, of course. I need the microwave several times a day to heat up my thermal pillow, because I am chilly and the grains cannot be warmed up any other way. Well, maybe on a furnace but we don’t have one of those. :)
A pleasant surprise was that the surface of meat was not cooked at when defrosting. In the old microwave, large pieces of meat would stay frozen inside and cooked on the surface.
At first I was a bit troubled by how to set the timer. On the old microwave, I entered the number of seconds or minutes with 3 pushes of a button on the numerical display. Here, I had to press PLUS countless time to achieve the desired time at 5-second intervals. But I soon found a trick, that by repeatedly pressing the Start button, the warning period can be set faster. So at present, I cannot find any flaws in the microwave at all. It’ great.
Maintenance is entirely standard. The glass plate can be removed and put either in the dishwasher or rinsed. But because the microwave has so many great functions, it rarely happens that the food splatters, drinks bubble over or anything similar, like in the old one. This reduces maintenance to a minimum, so that’s great.
Before Christmas I tried chocolate pralines. When I was working in Germany, we made beautiful pralines through a complex method of heating chocolate. With a thermometer in hand, in a water bath. As soon as the chocolate exceeded a certain temperature, it became unusable, because it would not stiffen the way it should and had an unattractive surface. This was always an annoying process. I don’t have a thermometer at home and didn’t feel like doing it.
I tried to melt the chocolate in the microwave with some degree of mistrust, and to make pralines with my own dried fruit and nuts in silicone moulds. They are gorgeous! The chocolate is glossy and doesn’t melt at room temperature. And the temperature during preparation is the critical factor for this. Melting the chocolate was fast and the silicon bowl included with the microwave has a spout, making the whole procedure fast and clean. As expected, the pralines did not last until Christmas. :D
What I am absolutely thrilled by is the Keep warm function (we also have it on our kettle as a special feature button). When the food is warming up, the microwave automatically keeps it warm for a while longer at the heating temperature, and then alerts you with a beep. Hence, it never happens that I remove the food and it’s cold. Incidentally, this was a routine incident with 2 small children, and I always had to “reheat”. It is too bad that this function isn’t emphasised in promoting the product. I appreciate it very much.
There are many other functions on the oven that I am looking forward to. The fact is that I can’t do everything on the range or in the oven, and I don’t have that much time for experiments. And when the microwave has a feature with guaranteed results and somebody has already done the experiments instead of me, I’m happy. The fact is that I’m always in a hurry and every minute is precious. I am very grateful for modern conveniences. There are of course negative impacts, but I see more positive ones. It leaves me more time for my children and my interests in all the rush. And that is quite motivating.
We thank Markéta from Kroměříž for answering our inquisitive questions.
Don’t forget to drink the rest of the almond milk! It is excellent and full of quality proteins, fibre, vitamins A, D and E, calcium, iron... and many other valuable substances.
To prepare almond milk:
Store in the fridge and consume within 4 days. Always shake the milk before consuming.
It is not easy to choose the right range hood that will look good in your kitchen and do its job properly. Answer these 3 quick questions. Your choice will then be narrowed down to models that really suit your household. Then you can choose the winning range hood purely based on design.
First check if you can lead the hot air outside. An exhaust is the most effective way of getting rid of fumes in the kitchen. A hood in exhaust mode draws steam through the exhaust pipe, ventilation shaft or chimney outside of the apartment or building. If you don’t have this option and don’t want to deal with reconstruction, you will have to make do with recirculation.
In recirculation mode, the polluted air passes through filters and returns to the room clean. The disadvantage of recirculation mode is that the hood has a somewhat higher output and is noisier. The filters must be changed regularly - at least twice per year - or washed in the dishwasher.
TIP: If you opt for exhaust, don’t forget that for optimal performance and low noise levels, the exhaust pipe must be as short as possible and have as few bends as possible.
Which hood design looks best above your range? There are 3 or 4 basic types which you can choose from:
When choosing a range hood, consider the dimensions of your kitchen. In order for the hood to draw out steam and odours created while cooking, it must have adequate suction power. It should manged to replace the air in the room at least 10 times per hour. You can calculate the ideal performance yourself using the following equation:
room height × surface area × 10 = minimum suction power of the hood
For instance, if you have a kitchen with a surface area of 12 m2 and a height of 2.5 m, get a hood with an output of minimally 300 m3. Naturally, it applies that the greater the performance, the better. Just make sure the higher performance doesn’t increase the appliance’s noise levels too.
TIP: Don’t forget to take into account the dimensions of the hood itself. It should be as wide or slightly wider than the range under it.
If you are still uncertain about which specific type to choose, do not hesitate to contact us.
Store the balls in the fridge and consume within one or two weeks.
TIP: You can also use dried dates. We recommend soaking them overnight first so they blend more easily.
TIP2: If you are using cocoa powder instead of carob, the balls will be more bitter. Carob powder is slightly sweet.
We have prepared another per-Christmas special event for you in cooperation with the Whirlpool and Jar brands. You now get a six-month supply of Jar Platinum capsules with popular models of Whirlpool dishwashers. Enjoy perfectly clean, fragrant dishes!
One capsule = one load. That’s how easy it is to use Jar Platinum multifunctional tablets with a liquid component. The individual capsules don’t need to be unwrapped; just put them in the detergent tray or into the cutlery basket. They polish glass perfectly and even manage plates with dried food. They also leave the traditional pleasant scent of Jar on your dishes.
TIP: Jar capsules also help to degrease the inside of the dishwasher. Don’t forget about regular descaling using special WPro products. They will extend your dishwasher’s lifetime.
Just choose one of the selected Whirlpool dishwashers in our e-shop at any time from 1 November. You will get the pack of capsules automatically with your purchase.
The models of popular Whirlpool brand dishwashers included in the pre-Christmas offer are listed on this page.
All of them feature the intelligent 6th Sense PowerClean technology, which evaluates how dirty the dishes are. On this basis, it adapts the output of the 28 washing jets for optimal washing results.
Enjoy the free time you used to spend hand-washing dishes!
It represents the absolute top of the current market offers in all aspects. Besides the possibility of the remote control it also excels in its powerful traction motor. A traditional belt drive replaces the directly controlled electric motor here. Thanks to this, the washing machine does not vibrate like older models and provides really quiet washing with sensitive care for fabric. The manufacturer even provides a 20-year guarantee for the motor. Thanks to its energy class A+++ it also belongs to the most economical washing machines on the market.
Now just set the language and connection with the application and Wi-Fi router. The washing machine will show you everything. The phone will find the application itself through the key word “Whirlpool“. You register your appliance there with the data written on the door label.
Finished! Now you can start your washing machine or you can remotely refresh your already washed clothes. The application remembers the most popular cycles and also points out when service is needed.
Everything is ready in 15 minutes. You can set the programme required easily thanks to the touch screen. I was particularly interested in noise because the manufacturer states that the traction ZEN motor is one of the quietest on the market. For illustration, I have attached a video during the spin-dry phase with a maximum spin speed of 1400 rpm.
The washing machine meets the highest demands on laundry care. It deserves the term “top model” thanks to all of its key features from its design to the precise processing of high quality materials. It also confirms that the market of appliances is adapting to the actual trend of smart households as already indicated by September IFA 2016. We hope the offer of “smart” Whirlpool appliances will soon expand into other categories and most households will be possible to be controlled remotely.
It is not necessary to introduce semi-professional KitchenAid kitchen helpers. They combine a stunning retro design with a masterful processing of the best materials. You cannot overlook them in any kitchen. These who own them agree they are a love for life.
In this year’s pre-Christmas competition we compete for the most popular model of jug kettle in a beautiful red colour. Thanks to its capacity of 1.5 litres, it is suitable for smaller as well as larger families. Tea and coffee lovers will certainly appreciate the possibility to choose the exact temperature of the water prepared.
What to do to win? Just one thing – send us your favourite Christmas cookie recipe to comments below the competition on Facebook! The competitor getting most “likes” from others by 11. 11. will make their Christmas punch in the new kettle this year.
In the event that there is a tie in the voting, the decision will be made by the jury of our Christmas cookie experts who are hard to please:
AP Servis Senior technician
Favourite Christmas cookies: Rum balls
Manager and co-owner of AP Servis
Favourite Christmas cookies: Linz tarts and Christmas wasps’ nests
Favourite Christmas cookies: Vanilla rolls and gingerbread cookies
Vegetable Hokkaido pumpkins can grow up to a gigantic size but for cooking, smaller fruits with a radius of about 10–40 cm are sufficient. Choose heavier pumpkins. This gives you the certainty they will be full of delicious flesh and not seeds. Ripe pumpkins can be identified by dry cracks on the stem and a harder matte shell. If possible, choose fruits with a smooth, intact surface.
Every autumn, there appear a lot of recipes for pumpkin soup. Of course you can add a variety of ingredients, but you will be never disappointed by this basic recipe:
Serve the soup decorated with a scoop of sour cream and pumpkin seeds. If you have pumpkin seed oil, add a few drops of it for better digestion.
TIP: Do you know there are also wireless hand blenders? After recharging you can work with them comfortably wherever, even without a socket within reach.
Roasting gives your pumpkin a new taste dimension that is definitely worth trying. Its preparation is only about 10 minutes longer than the basic recipe. The ingredients for four portions remain the same.
There are a lot of possibilities. The most popular ones are:
“Carnivores“ will not even make a mistake with roasted bacon or spicy sausage.
And what is your favourite type of pumpkin soup? Tell us in the comments or on Facebook.
There are a lot of possibilities to prepare high quality espresso at home – from manual coffeemakers to fully automatic semi-professional machines. Their prices range from about 230 CZK to 45,000 CZK. It depends on you how much you want to invest and what result you expect.
Self-made coffee in a French press, aero press or mocha pot is fashionable again. It is a question of a certain rite that requires time and skill. Only a few people can spend at least 15 minutes grinding and soaking coffee in the morning. The result is influenced by many factors, from the water temperature to the soaking time, but it is rarely similar to the true espresso.
There is no container or integrated grinder. Whenever you use it, you must fill the strainer with ground coffee, ideally fresh. Stuffing again requires experience and extends the preparation time. The biggest advantage of the high-quality lever models is the effective steam nozzle for the preparation of milk foam.
TIP: Semi-professional KitchenAid coffeemakers belong to the best lever types for households as well as for cafes.
A popular solution that can even make a barista from an 8-year-old child. Its advantage is fast and effortless preparation. Just place the capsule, press the button and that’s it. However, you cannot influence the coffee quality or taste. The low acquisition price is compensated for by expensive coffee capsules. One espresso then costs about 8 CZK, cappuccino even 18.
Unlike a fully automatic coffee maker it does not have an integrated grinder. It is filled with already ground coffee. The resulting taste is thus never completely 100%. Its advantage, however, is a better acquisition price.
TIP: Now you can get the most popular built-in semiautomatic model Whirlpool ACE 010 for 7,490 CZK with free shipping.
Ideal solution for demanding coffee lovers and everybody who has no time to waste. The machine provides everything, from fine grinding to the whisking of milk foam. Just select the type of drink, intensity and the size of the cup. When you try this coffee once, you will not want any other anymore.
TIP: The built-in 2 Whirlpool ACE 102 coffee maker can make espresso, cappuccino, latteand macchiato. All in 20 seconds, with the flavour and aroma indistinguishable from professional preparation.
Pressure is a key feature. It should be as high as possible. We do not recommend low-pressure types of less than 3.5 bars. Instead of a pump they use only steam pressure for heating which brews the coffee. The flavour and aroma are thereby negatively affected. Manufacturers state maximum pressure of 15–19 bars for better types. In reality, machines are adjusted to lower values, but this does not matter. Even professionals work with a pressure of about 9 bars.
On the other hand, input is not such an important value. It just shows the heating rate which is not a deciding factor for households.
Even the best appliance cannot provide you with the ideal taste enjoyment if you do not use quality coffee beans. Robusta and Arabica are among the most common types. The taste of Robusta is earthier, it is cheaper and its foam is bigger than the foam of Arabica. Arabica is generally considered better and more aromatic.
TIP: Find out how to prepare delicious cappuccino at home.
If you hesitate with the selection of the ideal coffeemaker, do not hesitate to contact us.
Whisking, mixing, kneading. Well, our grandmas managed it all manually. And they did not complain. But times have progressed and a person without a food processor at home does not dare to make yeast dough. In fact, you can just place the kneading hook, start the most stylish food processor on the market and enjoy your coffee in 10 minutes. How else can KitchenAidArtisan mixer help you at home?
In this text, we introduce the basic version of the KitchenAid Artisan food processor. For me it is almost 12 kilos of love at first sight. Without exaggeration. KitchenAid is a heavy, but elegant and beautiful food processor. At first sight, a layman would say it is an ordinary mixer, but it is not quite true. Its weight makes it very stable even when you give it quite a difficult task – for example to prepare perfect dough for Christmas cake or bread. Among other things, it is also very beautiful and you can buy it in any colour you could dream of.
Besides basic functions (mixing, whisking, kneading) it can also mince meat, extract the juice from fruits, shape pasta or prepare perfect ice-cream. However, its great accessories great accessories will be discussed next time.
The basic version includes the food processor body, a stainless-steel bowl with a plastic cover (serving also as a funnel), a balloon beater for whisking, a kneading hook and a flat beater for crème. The basic version is sufficient for the beginning. But I can assure you that as soon as you try it, you will want to use it a bit more and you will look around for its accessories.
The mixer itself has a motor with a performance of 300 W and 6 gears. It means that you will whisk and knead a lot with it. On the other hand, it is actually quite quiet, even at high speed (of course it is noisy but not as much as a classical manual mixer). The machine capacity for example for dough kneading is about 1 kg of flour. I have no idea what happens if you do not follow the instructions. I do not overload my mixer over the manufacturer’s instructions.
The big stainless-steel bowl with a handle with a volume of nearly 5 litres is absolutely fantastic. I often like to use it even for other types of cooking. It is perfect for example for the preparation of pancake dough which I am still used to mixing with a manual beater, or muffin dough that must not be whisked. It is possible to be washed in a dishwasher, of course. I would use two of them, thanks to my baking. It is not a problem to buy another one. Besides the stainless-steel bowl you can also buy a glass transparent one or matte, or recently a beautiful ceramic bowl.
The plastic cover (and fennel) which is included in the packing is not so great, however. I do not think it works well and most of the time it disturbs me in the cupboard.
The dough hook has probably nothing to surprise you. It is a standard hook which works very well. A different level, however, is the big ballon beater, which is much more suitable for whisking for example of egg whites than an ordinary two-beater manual mixer. In other words, if you want to prepare for example macaroons, do not even try it without a quality food processor.
A great helper, for example for butter cream, is a flat beater specifically designed for the preparation of various types of cream. I use it for example for the thorough mixing of dry ingredients.
Do I recommend it? I definitely do! The disadvantages are only small imperfections. I cannot imagine my kitchen without it.
Thanks for the review to Jana from Muffinarium.cz
Just follow these 6 easy steps:
If you have a combined refrigerator and freezer, you do not have to unplug it. Switch off only the freezing part. The refrigerator can be on.
Open the appliance door and take out all the food and put it into containers and store it in a cool place. Packing food into cloths or towels keeps a lower temperature for a longer time. Drawers and other parts might be frozen to the walls and you might not be able to remove them. Leave them in their places and wait until the ice thaws. Definitely do not use brute strength.
Place absorbent cloths under and in front of the freezer. Some freezers have a drain pipe which takes the water in a prepared container. This will greatly save your work.
The easiest way is to wait until the ice thaws itself. If you are in a hurry, use a plastic spatula and scrape the ice off in small pieces. Never use metal tools which could damage the plastic surface. A rag soaked in hot water could be helpful too if you gently put it on the ice.
ATTENTION: It is sometimes recommended to blow-dry with hot air. However, this is not safe for you or for your appliance. Hot air can damage your appliance from inside irretrievably.
When all the ice loosens and the water runs off, it is an ideal time to clean the freezer. Use a special cleansing spray or water with vinegar. Doing so will remove bacteria and odour. After washing, dry everything carefully. This will prevent the repeated formation of ice. Remember also to wash and dry individual drawers and other removable parts.
Now you can switch the appliance on again and after a while put all the food back in its place.
TIP: Read also how to defrost your fridge.
If you want to avoid the unpleasant defrosting process next time, look around for a freezer with a No Frost function. You never need to defrost these appliances and you do not have to be afraid that their consumption would increase because of a layer of ice. No Frost technology works on the principle of cooling by means of cold air circulating inside and taking humidity away. This is why ice is not created on the surface.
Do not waste your money unnecessarily. Just follow these instructions during handling and maintenance:
The freezer should not be close to an oven, stove or heating. They emit heat and make the appliance cool more, thus increasing its consumption. Similar damage can be caused by direct sunlight.
Leave at least 10 cm behind the appliance so that the air could run to the exchanger. And you can get to these places with a vacuum cleaner better so that you can remove the dust from the compressor and condenser.
Quickly take what you want out of the freezer and close the door immediately. The more hot air that gets inside, the faster ice is created.
Let the food you want to put in the freezer cool down completely first. If you put hot food inside, the freezer would have to increase its performance significantly (thus its consumption too) and ice would form as a bonus.
If the rubber seal is cracked or otherwise damaged, replace it as soon as possible,
Do you need advice with the selection of a spare part or help with maintenance? Our branded AP Servis is here for you.
AP Servis is one of the important administrators of warranty and post-warranty services of Whirlpool family appliances. More than 90 service partners throughout the Czech Republic now belong to us administratively. Marek dedicates most of his working day to them: He advises them on their orders of parts and ensures their preparation and shipping.
The head of spare parts warehouse is responsible for ordering and receiving goods from the manufacturer and for timely shipping to our customers by our carriers. “Order processing is increasingly being automated. I also supervise related processes – reporting SMS notifications, webchat support and other agenda connected with the sale of parts. So, I am not bored at work at all,“ says Marek, smiling.
Along with the specialist Jirka Fuller, he forms the most experienced team in the Czech and Slovak Republics in the area of spare parts and accessories to Whirlpool family appliances. They both know every individual part of each model and they are happy to pass their experience on to customers.
Whereas previously we sold most of the spare parts to our service partners, today it is also possible for individuals to buy them. That is also thanks to our website servis-whirlpool.cz, where it has been possible to find appliances drawn in detail with the possibility to order their parts since May 2016. So Everybody can do small repairs by themselves at home. That is the reason why the volume of sales has increased significantly and it is now necessary to automate more and more activities.
“Our smart storage system is continually being improved, so that we are able to process orders as fast and for our customers as efficiently as possible. At the issue counter in the center of Prague they will find the goods which are currently in the greatest demand without problems,“ promises Marek.
In 16 years of cooperation Marek has established close relationships with our internal and external mechanics. He considers them more friends than customers and with exaggeration we say that they cooperate almost 24 hours a day.
“Mechanics are cheerful people and they often share the funny stories that they experience during their trips. We sometimes experience them directly in the shop. For example, when somebody comes for a replacement handle to a fridge because it has been chewed up by a dog trying to get to food,” says Marek, laughing.
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Manual defrosting should be carried out when the ice deposited exceeds 0.5 cm. The ice should not exceed 1 centimetre, because then the overall consumption of the fridge increases by up to 75 %. If you want to save energy, do not put off defrosting unnecessarily.
If you follow these easy instructions, you will manage the entire defrosting, including cleaning, within 1 hour.
For safety reasons, do not switch the fridge off only on the control panel. To be sure, unplug the appliance completely. Then you can take out all the food and store it in a cool place – for example in a cellar, corridor, behind the window or on the balcony.
If you want to finish your work faster, put a pot of hot water inside the empty fridge. However, never spread the interior of the appliance with it – the surface could crack due to thermal shock. You can carefully peel off the thicker layers of the ice using a plastic peeler. However, be sure not to use sharp objects. During defrosting keep the appliance door open and do not forget to place towels, cloths or any other textile to capture the flowing water underneath.
Wash the fridge interior, wipe shelves and slide-in boxes with water mixed with dish washing liquid or you can use a special cleasing spray. Do not forget to wash rubber seals too and make sure they fit tightly and do not need to be replaced. Unless you have used a special spray, wipe the fridge interior with a cloth soaked in vinegar water. Vinegar can absorb odour and also has disinfectant properties. In the end, dry everything carefully. Otherwise the remaining water could create a new ice crust and you would have to repeat the process.
Now you can plug the appliance in again. Set the required cooling temperature and wait if everything works as it is supposed to. After 30 minutes you can fill the fridge with food again.
TIP: Have you got an American style fridge freezer at home? The replaceable filter insert cleans the water in the ice maker. This way it protects not only the lifespan of the maker, but it also removes the water odour and removes that unpleasant chlorine taste.
Do you want to avoid manual defrosting? Modern fridges offer various functions of automatic defrosting. However, not all of them will free you of the ice completely. The ideal solution is to choose a fridge with a No Frost function. Such appliances operate on the principle of cooling by means of cold air circulating inside constantly. The humidity exits by itself. Thanks to it, ice is not created at all and its removal is thus completely eliminated.
TIP: The replaceable antibacterial filter removes bacteria and odour from the fridge, thus protecting your food. Even better is to buy a fridge with an antibacterial inner surface.
These 6 simple principles provide you with significant savings on fridge operation:
Do not fill your fridge with food too much but do not keep it half-empty either. Only in this case can it perform optimally.
Never leave your fridge door open for too long. Doing so increases the volume of electricity consumed and your wallet will suffer.
Wash your fridge with clean water once in a while. If necessary, you can add soda or vinegar. It can remove bacteria as well as unpleasant odour. This can be removed also with special odour absorbers. Do not forget to clean the compressor and condenser at the back of the fridge. They should be dusted once every 3 months.
The ideal temperature inside the fridge is between 0–5 degrees Celsius.
Store the food preferably in closed containers or bags. This prevents odour and bacteria multiplication.
Hot food should not be in the fridge. It can only increase the temperature inside the appliance and cause the creation of unwanted ice. Always let the food cool down completely before storing.
Remember that for durability and the nice aroma of your food it is important that things be properly organized in the fridge.
We love our job and new technologies. We are attending important exhibitions and informing about new trends and goods. In this section, you can also find tips on interesting price actions.
Simplify your daily housework with our tips. Learn how to take care of your oven, cooktop, how to store food in the refrigerator or how to make the best cappuccino ever.
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Every year in early September, the Messe Berlin exhibition grounds open their doors to all technology enthusiasts. Last year’s IFA 2015 trade fair was attended by over 240,000 visitors from more than 100 countries. New products and technologies were presented by more than 1,600 exhibitors. Look at our report from IFA 2015.
Whirlpool appliances were presented at last year’s trade fair for the first time ever and excelled in displaying new brands and functions. Hence, we were truly disappointed when we found out a few days before departing for Berlin that Whirlpool would not open its own stand at this year’s IFA. Nevertheless, we brought home a few interesting insights.
Who could be more qualified in helping to develop models for smart homes than IBM? At the trade fair, it announced its partnership with several brands that are starting to use the IBM Watson technological platform. These include Whirlpool which IBM will assist in developing technologies for inter-communication between appliances and their remote control. For instance, the washer will send the dryer a signal during operation as to the type and quantity of laundry to expect. The dryer will then adjust the optimal drying time and program by itself.
“With these innovations, we want to make everyday household chores easier for our customers and leave them more time to do what they really enjoy,” said Norbert Schmidt, Vice-President for Whirlpool Product Development for the European region.
Do you always forget clothes in the washer without starting the appropriate program? That is over now thanks to the 6th Sense Live application. Just download it to your mobile or tablet to get control over your washer from anywhere. You can start washing or refreshing the clothes in the washer and check its technical status from the office or vacation. The first Whirlpool FSCR 12440 washers with this function are already in stock! You can soon look forward to similar smart dryers or coffee makers.
Are you longing for the legendary KitchenAid Artisan kitchen robot, but don’t have enough space at home? Then we have good news for you - the compact version of this ageless helper is coming to our market. Only its dimensions have been reduced - its function can easily complete with its larger colleague. It will be in stock soon!
Did these titbits from the IFA trade fair appeal to you? Do you live for new technologies like we do? Take a nice trip to Berlin! The fair is no from 2 to 7 September 2016 and the price for daily admission is 39 EUR. A photo report from the event is available on our Facebook page.
Our tip! If you don’t have a microwave oven with Crisp function, you can also bake the meatballs in a conventional oven. Bake for about 15-20 minutes at 200 degrees C.
Meatballs taste great with simple fresh bread and a vegetable salad. But if you prepare a tomato sauce to go with them, try pasta or rice. Or try something new - creamy polenta.
Bring the cream to the boil, add the polenta, flavour with the salt, pepper and nutmeg and stir for a minute or two until thick. Remove from the stove, divide onto the plates and serve along with meatballs.
Whirlpool introduced the unique patented 6th Sense technology to the Czech market in 1997. This was also the year in which the complete range of Whirlpool appliances started being imported to the country. Since then, products of this brand have undergone major development. But the basic idea remains the same - make chores as easy for you as possible. And conserve costs and the green planet at the same time.
Whirlpool washers and dryers compare the clothes put in them with the chosen program and determine the washing and drying parameters accordingly. But that’s not all. Their 6th Sense continuously evaluates progress and adjusts the defined parameters even during the running cycle. As a result, the washers save up to 50% of water, time and energy compared to classic models. The dryers monitor the level of humidity and terminate the cycle automatically as soon as the clothes are dry.
TIP: Whirlpool continuously pursues the development of smart technologies. For instance, the Whirlpool FSCR 12440 washer has the 6th Sense Live function, which enables remote control of the appliance. Just download the application to your mobile or tablet and then you can switch on the washer, change the settings or check its status while at work. Other Whirlpool appliances will gradually be equipped with the 6th Sense Live function.
Kitchen appliances boast this intelligent function too. For instance, Whirlpool fridges and freezers permanently control the temperature inside the appliance and adjust it instantly if there is any discrepancy. Fridges with 6th Sense balance the temperature 5 times faster than regular fridges. This helps maintain optimal climatic and hygienic conditions and keeps food fresh for up to 4 times longer. Freezers also take care of maintaining a stable temperature, thus saving up to 30% of energy.
Non-stop control of the situation on the cooking surface is typical for Whirlpool hobs and hoods. Induction hobs with 6th Sense are equipped with sensors that continuously monitor the temperature of the pot and know when the water inside reaches boiling point. Then they maintain it even after the ingredients are added.
The course of cooking can also be controlled by the equally smart Whirlpool hood. Models with 6th Sense automatically detect the amount of smoke, heat and steam. As soon as the food starts steaming, the hood switches on, sets the appropriate suction level and switches off again once the air reaches optimum condition.
You don’t have to preheat Whirlpool ovens with 6th Sense before baking. Another advantage is intuitive food preparation. With 6th Sense, you don’t have to weigh the food or look for the optimal cooking time in a cookbook. The oven itself will take care of perfect baking results. Your food will be controlled by 2 sensors the entire time. One checks the weight of the food, the other monitors its internal temperature. Based on their continuous measuring, the oven adjusts the cooking time.
TIP: In addition to 6th Sense, this brand has another primacy. Modern ovens, such as the Jet Chef Whirlpool multipurpose ovens, boast the patented Crisp bake function, with which you can easily make a juicy roast beef and fantastically crispy pizza.
Whirlpool dishwashers with 6th Sense technology decide on their own which program and temperature are ideal for washing the given load. During the running cycle, they monitor the level of water pollution, amount of floating debris and resulting foam. This information is transmitted to the control unit every 10 seconds. It then gradually adjusts the washing intensity, water temperature and time required to perfectly wash the dishes. The cycle then switches off automatically. As a result, you save up to 30% of energy, water and time compared to a regular dishwasher.
Do you know which smart helper would suit your home? In our e-shop, you can find both Whirlpool products and other goods from the Whirlpool Corporation brand family – Hotpoint, Indesit, Bauknecht, KitchenAid and brand-name accessories and cleaners for WPro. Specialist warranty and post-warranty servicing for Whirlpool appliances is also a matter of course with us.
His comprehensive knowledge of the Whirlpool product family. During 20 years of cooperation, he learns details every day about goods ranging from kitchen robots to semi-professional washers. As a spare parts specialist, he knows each product right down to the last screw. Because he also sells products, he actively follows trends in the sales concept.
“I used to focus mainly on establishing contacts and communication with partners, but today I focus more on retail and customer consultancy,” he describes his work.
If you need advice in choosing a spare part of accessory for your appliance, Jirka is the one to best advise you at AP Servis.
“As soon as an order appears in our system, I clear it and the driver loads everything up... It is ever faster and pressure on efficiency is of course increasing,” says Jirka. However, his main work content remains professional activity - e.g. updating the database with diagnostic metering used by the service technicians.
The world of household appliances is evolving incredibly fast. “Barely a day goes by without the appearance of a new product or technology. For instances, washers have come a very long way – where an ordinary belt drive used to be enough, there are now highly sophisticated electrical motors,” Jirka smiles. “But the continuous evolution is what I love about this job. As well as the team, which is almost like a big family,” he adds.
Jirka will be happy to answer your questions about Whirlpool, Hotpoint, Indesit, Bauknecht, KitchenAid or Ignis and Polar appliances from Monday to Friday between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. and on Friday until 3 p.m.
Telephone: 227191729 or 31
Based on data from the Czech Statistical Office (CSO), household appliances are the 3rd most common goods purchased online. And it’s no surprise. The prices of individual products are often much lower than in stone-and-mortar stores. You pay even less for appliance sets: It is no exception that the individual units in the set work out to be more than 20% cheaper!
TIP: Are you unsure as to which appliance brand to choose? A safe bet in the area of household appliances is a traditional set by Whirlpool with efficient 6th Sense. It gets great ratings from both Czech consumers and independent surveys.
The individual sets are carefully put together by retailers using products from the same design series, which match in terms of look and dimensions. Hence, you don’t have to bother with tiresome measuring and checking if the individual pieces match before buying - the dealer has already done all this for you. What’s more, you will avoid aesthetic mismatches among appliances, where each model has a different shade or different controls. It is these details - like the shape of edges or individual handles or buttons - that create the overall effect. In a set, everything matches and creates an appealing compact whole.
TIP: If you want to buy an original set with products of the same design series, check our offer of appliance sets based on design. There is a choice for those who prefer traditional, modern or rustic kitchens alike. The resulting impression will be almost professional!
Another indisputable advantage is the same date of delivery. If you are reconstructing your kitchen or furnishing your entire apartment, gradual changes and continuous disorder can be very tiring. But if you order an appliance set, you will get them all together on one day. Everything will be installed, connected and cleaned up at once.
We offer both classic solitaire sets of appliances, or the very popular built-in sets. They are composed of standard kitchen and bathroom helpers (washers and dryers). In addition to Whirlpool products, you will also find other famous brands such as Indesit, Hotpoint, Bauknecht and small KitchenAid appliances.
TIP: Are you planning to buy a new kitchen robot? Buy it in a practical set with accessories, which you thus get for a fraction of the normal price. We have prepared superior quality Kitchen Aid sets, featured in an array of colours.
No problem. Visit our set configurator. Simply choose the preferred brand and type of appliances you need (washer, dryer, fridge...). Add your budget options and we will prepare a customised offer for you.
We also offer WPro brand-name accessories and authorised warranty and post-warranty servicing for all our products - including the retail sale of spare parts. Enjoy cooking in your new kitchen and leave appliance care up to us!
Smoothie is the name of a drink loaded with vitamins, minerals, fibres and antioxidants prepared by blending fresh fruit and vegetables. It is healthy, tasty, relieves hunger and refreshes. In short, it’s the ideal drink not just for summer. And you don’t have to buy any special smoothie device. All you need to prepare healthy drinks is a few basic ingredients and an ordinary blender.
This strawberry drink gives you the perfect “kick” especially in the morning. Its delicate flavour gives you a pleasant start in the new day and the chia seeds will give you lots of vitamins and protein, fatty acids, antioxidants, fibre, calcium and other substances that are beneficial for the organism.
You can also add a few leaves of mint or cubes of ice to the blender. This makes the drink even more refreshing.
TIP: If you don’t have a classic blender with a closed container, don’t worry. You can make a smoothie just as easily with an ordinary hand blender. Just put the ingredients in a tall glass or other container and slowly blend them. First blend them at a lower speed and then increase the rotations.
There is probably no need to introduce the benefits of spinach mix. This vitamin bomb full of iron, sodium, calcium, potassium and magnesium is guaranteed to be good for you. What’s more, it’s an easy way to get a good serving of fruit and vegetables even into kids that steadfastly reject cooked spinach.
Blend all the ingredients until smooth, but add the water or ice gradually so the drink doesn’t get too thin.
TIP: If you don’t want the smoothie to be too thick, you can also use a juicer for some fruits, like apples and oranges, and then add the juice to the blender. Gradually add the other ingredients to the apple or orange base and blend everything into a waterier drink.
If you love the taste of exotic fruits, you will love these ideas. Try a melon mix, prepared by simply blending together several varieties of melon, or try our coconut-mango cocktail.
If you have fresh coconut at home, you can garnish the drink with coconut shavings. You can also add a few pieces of pineapple to the mango to make the drink even juicier with a slightly acidic undertone.
TIP: Once you’re done with the smoothie, clean out the blender immediately to prevent the mixture from sticking. Just pour in two cups of water and switch in on briefly. The remains of the drink will quickly be released from all the blades and corners.
If you don’t have a device to make these healthy cocktails, check our KitchenAid blenders. They’re available in a wide range of colours and all of them make a great smoothie!
Everyday cleaning of the hub will spare you lots of time and nerves. During cooking, grease, food remains and dust settle on the hob. It is correctly recommended to clean the hob before and after cooking because dried stains are much more difficult to remove later. Every time you cook, the stains dry out more and more and create traces on the surface of the hob.
All you need for regular cleaning is a soft dish sponge, special glass ceramic clear or standard de-greasing dishwashing detergent. A microfiber rag is perfect for polishing. If the dub is clean but has a bit of dust on it, clean it with a regular dishcloth simply by quickly wiping over the surface.
Be careful when handling pots and other dishware. When sliding pots from one ring to another, you can scratch the surface of the hob. More impurities get stuck in the scratches and are much more difficult to remove.
What’s more, glass ceramic and induction hobs are fairly fragile. Never drop dishes onto the hob from above. When cooking, take care that the content of the pot doesn’t tip onto the ring. It is particularly difficult to remove sugar from the hob. It creates a caramel crust on the glass ceramic and induction surface, which is very difficult to remove.
Dried and resistant stains won’t come off with a normal sponge and dishwasher detergent. Never use a wire sponge or knife to remove seared splatters! You would scratch the surface and do more harm than good.
That’s it! The hob looks like new and the smells of last night’s dinner won’t be wafting in from the kitchen while cooking.
You should also wipe down gas hobs after cooking, using a cloth or sponge dipped in warm water. If soiling is heavier, lift up the metal pot holders and carefully wipe the crowns of the gas burners using a sponge with dish detergent or special cleaner – e.g. for stainless steel surfaces. You can soak the metal holders in hot water first if they are particularly dirty.
Does it sound complicated? It isn’t. Just get used to wiping the hob regularly before the dirt dries, and problem solved.
Nowadays, the fridge also performs an aesthetic role. Especially if your kitchen is in an open space with the living area. This is why built-in appliances that can easily be fitted into the kitchen are becoming increasingly popular. However, even solitaire fridges can look fantastic. The current offer includes all sorts of design from modern to retro with various surface treatments - for instance glossy black or the popular stainless steel.
When deciding which type is best for your household, consider the kitchen dimensions and number of people that will be using the appliance. The unwritten rule is that every household member uses about 50 l of cooling space and 20 l of freezer space. Depending on the size of your family and space options, the following options are available:
Offers a cooling and freezing section. Both are separate and have separate doors.
If you have a large family and enough space, it will be ideal for you. You will love the side-by-side doors and the separate cooling and freezing part with plenty of volume and organised compartments.
The most modern types of combined fridges feature double doors on both parts - meaning a total of 4 doors. In addition to better organisation, you can save up to 50% of energy through their independent opening.
The Whirlpool brand family has only introduced cooling equipment in energy classes A+, A++ and A+++ to our market in recent years. The main efficient technology is 6th Sense “Fresh Control”, which automatically balances the temperature in the appliance and maintains the ideal humidity of 70 to 85%. The correct temperature of around 4 °C is restored 5 times faster after opening the door than in standard fridges. This extends the freshness of foods up to 4 times.
If you have a fridge more than 10 years old at home, its operation can become very costly. For every year, you can pay several thousand crowns more than if you bought a new fridge.
The aim of Whirlpool family appliances is to make your life easier - both in terms of costs and work. That’s why they continuously develop newer and smarter functions. A few worth highlighting:
Prevents the creation of frost through the continuous circulation, meaning you don’t have to switch off and defrost the fridge.
A special substance based on silver is used to treat the interior of the appliance, and helps kill bacteria and mould. A unique built-in active filter was created in cooperation with Microban® to trap bacteria, chemicals and mechanical impurities. This makes food stay fresh for longer and prevents odours in the fridge.
Allows the longer storage primarily of meat and fish at a temperature of around 0 °C. Another benefit is the possibility of setting different temperatures for individual compartments for the optimal storage of food in the fridge.
American fridges often offer a cooled water dispenser and ice maker. This allows you to pour a cold drink and prepare refreshing ice cubes at any time with the mere push of a button.
Extends the freshness of foods by actively creating fresh molecules of oxygen. This also reduces odour creation by up to 70%.
Reduces the fridge performance while you are gone. Freezer function doesn’t change. This saves you energy, without having to eat up all your supplies before you leave.
Prevent curious children from opening the fridge door.
We offer an original range of WPro accessories and ad-ons for all fridges. Clever dust filters, special bags for storing fruit and vegetables, ice makers and cleaning products will extend the lifetime of your appliance.
We will deliver the chosen fridge to you free of charge and offer authorised warranty and post warranty service guaranteed by the manufacturer.
Before buying, you need to know the size of the space you want to cool. It is listed in m3 and you can easily calculate it using a sample for the volume of cubic space:
V (volume)= A × B × C
Where A and B mean the basic rectangular dimensions of the sides of the space and C is the height.
Apart from the size of the space, also take into account its fragmentation: the number of various nooks and furniture. These elements reduce the performance of the appliance, and a more effective model is required.
In addition to performance, the price of the appliance is also affected by its other functions. The efficient 6th Sense which automatically maintains temperature is a matter of course in Whirlpool portable A/C units nowadays. Other clever functions worth noting are:
TIP: For more effective and ecological cooling with air removal through an open window, we recommend this novelty - AirLock 100 window installation kit. It is suitable for all windows with a circumference of up to 400 cm.
Note: This guide serves for the fastest possible installation of A/C during hot days. For a longer term solution, we recommend consulting selection and installation with an expert.
Remember the times when appliances jumped around the flat dangerously and made so much noise that double doors couldn’t keep it out? Luckily, those times are long gone. Today, you don’t have to lock the bathroom door to keep your washer from running off. Washers with ZEN technology are silent and have no vibrations.
In December 2012, top-loading washers with the unique ZEN technology were chosen as the quietest on the market. And they are doing great even today. The innovative ZEN technology thus offers quality induction motors, most of which have an automatic 10-year warranty.
Most noise in washers is made by the motor and pump. This is why ZEN technology focuses on these two areas. It replaces the convention belt drive with a high-performance traction motor that spins the drum directly. This allows for excellent water drainage even at lower rotations. This reduces vibrations and noise while improving efficiency and reliability. ZEN technology saves up to 30% of water, energy and your time. Moreover, it offers a range of special programs to care for specific types of fabric.
If you want the washer to be even quieter, use the Night Eco/Overnight program. It will ensure undisturbed sleep during the night and in the morning you will find perfectly laundered clothes. If you are not enthusiastic about top-loading, you will be happy to know that this technology is not limited to one system. Front-loading washers are also offered with this clever ZEN technology.
If you want to get a quiet washer, you should focus on the part of the offer concerning noise, expressed in decibels. Sometimes, it may be difficult to imagine real noise under the specific number. For instance, if the laundering noise is 49 dB and the spinning noise is 69 dB, as in the case of the Whirlpool FSCR 90423 washer, is it a lot or not?
Comparing various models can help, or converting the number to a level of noise that you are familiar with in everyday life. For instance, deep silence and still wind is at a level of 20 dB, whispering creates 30 dB of noise, a ticking clock is about 35 dB, soft rain 50 dB, normal conversation 60 dB, television noise 70 dB, the vacuum cleaner or loud music 80 dB and a train 90 dB.
Our tip: View all the silent washers with up to 51 dB currently on offer.
Even a really quiet washer can surprise us sometimes with its noise repertoire. Sometimes we don’t realise that the noise of the appliance is also affected by external factors. For instance, if the washer is not standing on all four legs, or is in a room without muffling items like carpets or curtains, the noise may resonate through the room more.
TIP: If you want to reduce the noise in your household even more, built even solitaire appliances directly into the furniture. In general, it applies that noise can be reduced by building them in.
AP Servis offers quiet washers by Whirlpool and Hotpoint. All you have to do is choose. We have both solitaire and built-in models. We will be happy to help you choose, find the ideal model for your household and of course provide you with quality servicing.
Thanks to the ability to find and directly order spare parts or accessories, you no longer have to contact the maintenance service with every minor issue - this saves time and money for deployment of a technician. For instance, you can easily repair a loose or broken knob yourself. It is just as easy to order the right rack for your oven or an extra basket for your dishwasher.
The new function will ease work for service technicians, who always had to contact us or another service coordinator for the Whirlpool brand family to order the right part. We have 2 affordable price levels prepared for wholesale buyers – please register and we will get back to you with the conditions we can offer.
In our maintenance e-shop at www.servis-whirlpool.cz, you will find detailed drawings of the latest and past series of appliances by Whirlpool, Bauknecht, Polar, Ignis, Hotpoint and Indesit.
Our tip! Now you can easily find appliances directly based on the EAN code. Always enter the code without spaces.
Kitchen appliances from IKEA furniture stores are made in exclusive cooperation with the Whirlpool brand. Their service numbers start with the code 85 - please enter without spaces. If you have a problem concerning your appliance (not just from IKEA), contact us and we will choose the right part or accessory together.
We care about the security of your shopping. This is why we have switched to secured HTTPS protocol starting from 23 May 2016. It automatically encrypts all send information to guarantee the maximum security of sensitive data.
How do you like the new function for ordering spare parts? We welcome any suggestions for improvement. Next month, we are planning improved graphics and other news.
Our tip! You can add any vegetable of your choice to the tortilla - peppers, tomatoes or aubergines. It also tastes great with smoked salmon or dried ham.
Sautee the julienned vegetables with the spices briefly in some olive oil. As soon as it softens a bit, pour over the egg mixture and reduce the heat to medium. After 5 minutes, sprinkle with the hard cheese and finish baking.
Use a round pie tin. Place the julienned vegetables in the tin with some salt, spices and olive oil. Place the tin in the oven and roast at 170 °C for about 10-15 minutes. Keep an eye on the vegetables so they don’t burn. As soon as the vegetables are lightly roasted, pour over the egg mixture, sprinkle with cheese and return to the oven. Finish baking at 150 °C.
You must never use liquid powder or detergents with sharp particles to clean the glass door. They could scratch the glass. Impurities then get stuck to the damaged surface even more. How to clean it?
Our tip: Try the special rag with microfiber. It won’t scratch any surface - stainless steel or glass. Yet it cleans effectively without using chemicals.
To clean the oven itself, you can use either purchased cleaning detergents or helps that you can usually find at home:
Place a bowl with boiling water at the bottom of the oven and heat the oven to 50 degrees Celsius. The created humidity will release the grime and makes it easier to wipe off.
Pour the salt on the bottom of the oven and heat it to 200 degree Celsius. The salt will turn brown and remove all the grease. Then just remove the remaining salt and wipe the surface with a dish sponge.
Mix the baking soda and water in a bowl. Spread the resulting paste all over the inside of the oven and leave to work for 12 hours. Then wipe off the dried baking soda with a moist cloth. Pour the wine vinegar into a spray bottle and spray it in places where the baking soda has remained. Finally, wipe off any impurities with a cloth.
Our tip: If you don’t believe in home remedies, try de-greasing spray with professional composition by WPro. It removes resistant grease from hot and cold oven surfaces.
Simply remove the rack from the oven and soak it in hot water with some dishwashing detergent and lemon juice. You can soak the rack like this for several hours, or reach for de-greasing spray. The encrusted grime will loosen up and the rack will be like new.
If you bake and grill a lot, but don’t enjoy cleaning the oven, consider investing into a pyrolytic oven. With the pyrolysis function, the oven will heat up to 500 degrees Celsius and all the grime will turn to dust. Then you just wipe it off with a cloth. This automatic cleaning method saves you lots of time and work.
The SmartClean™ function works on a similar principle. The inside of the appliance including the door is made of special material that allows team cleaning. Just insert a container with 250 ml of water into the oven, start the required program and at the end of the cleaning cycle, just wipe off the remaining impurities.
StarClean™ technology is even more advanced, and requires no assistance at all. Thanks to a special 3-layer interior surface, the oven automatically cleans itself after starting the function - in just 35 minutes without using any detergents. The Whirlpool AKZM 8380 IXL model, for instance, offers this revolutionary technology.
Modern types of ovens also offer special accessories that ease baking and subsequent maintenance. These include telescopic sliders that make the handling of baking trays easier, extra racks and special cloths.
Let us introduce the most important technologies, functions and programs that Supreme Care appliances feature. In addition to intuitive controls and beautiful Absolute design, they have other trumps up their sleeve.
Supreme Care washers and dryers have a 6th sense, which takes care of perfectly clean and dry laundry. This sensor technology automatically evaluates the load quantity and sets the cycle parameters accordingly. This ensures the best results while preventing water and energy wastage. As a result, you don’t have to wait until your laundry basket at home is full. You can wash and dry even half-sized loads.
Appliances in this series offer smart SoftMoveTM technology. This adapts the movement of the drum to the type of load. It reduces stress and damage to fibres and takes extra delicate care of clothing. Yet it cleans and dries clothing quickly and effectively.
TIP: If you want to buy a washer and dryer at once, take a look at specially priced Supreme Care sets. Your appliances will then match perfectly in your bathroom.
Supreme Care washing machines are equipped with an amazingly quiet and reliable motor with ZEN technology. It is so quiet you can do laundry even in the middle of the night. Not even the spin cycle will wake you up! This is because it doesn’t use a classic belt to transfer kinetic energy. The motor with variable rotations is controlled by special electronics and is connected directly to the drum. As a result, the washer does not make noise or vibrate.
At the end of 2014, Supreme Care washers were appraised as the quietest on the market. And the manufacturer would bet its name on them - you automatically get a 20-year warranty on the ZEN motor.
TIP: Among the quietest and most efficient of all is the Whirlpool FSCR 90430 washing machine. With you, you can get it with free shipping.
Supreme Care washing machines are not just quiet, but also extremely efficient. This is due to a combination of SprayWash and SprayRinse technologies, which consist of the direct injection of water with laundry detergent or fabric softener through jets in the drum. The mixture penetrates deep into the clothing fibres, making washing more effective and efficient. This reduces both water and energy consumption, and laundry detergent usage.
Supreme Care dryers also have plenty of benefits – powerful heat pumps or the 3D Airflow system, which ensures even air flow. Inside the appliance, there are air jets which together with the new type of lifter create air cushions that protect the laundry from falling to the bottom of the drum. This prevents crumpling and dries everything gently and carefully.
The SteamCareTM anti-crumpling steam program ensures that you usually won’t have to iron laundered and dried clothing anymore. It uses residual humidity to create steam, which enlivens and straightens the fibres. As a result, it effectively prevents the crumpling of clothing.
If you like woollen blankets and garments, you know that careless cleaning can easily damage them. But not Supreme Care dryers! They have the best wool program on the market - WoolExcellence. It consists of a combination of sensor technology with dynamic air streaming, slow drum rotation and low drying temperature. Hence, it does not damage wool but pampers it with every drying cycle.
Would you like a Supreme Care washer or dryer, but don’t know which one to choose? Contact us.
The Salone del Mobile Milano 2016 international trade fair was a showcase of excellent design and smart technologies of the future. Over 2,000 exhibitors were presented in more than 20 halls. One of the highlights of the trade fair is the EuroCucina expo, where we were most interested in pavilion “FTK” which focussed on the latest kitchen technologies.
Topic no. 1 for household appliances was definitely the “smart home” concept. The interconnection of individual appliances and their remove control creates vast opportunities for the future. You will not have to assist anymore as a user in a number of activities, leaving you more time and energy for yourself.
The Whirlpool brand family stand spread over an impressive 1,700 m2. The designers created it as an apartment space so that visitors could better visualise and use the new products and technologies in a realistic space.
The Whirlpool brand focussed on smart technologies and introduced the innovation of its flagship – 6th Sense live. With this technology, you can now control your appliances remotely via a smartphone app. One of the products it introduced was the Smart Cook intelligent induction cooktop with assisted cooking.
If you are waiting for the chance to buy large appliances to go with your small KitchenAid helpers, you now have the chance – KitchenAid introduce gorgeous retro refrigerators at the expo, with colours matching the existing small appliances.
This year, built-in appliances stood out at the Hotpoint stand. They perfectly combine refined design with the most advanced functions - and were rightfully in the crosshairs of customers and experts. For instance, the latest built-in oven boasts the Red Dot Design 2016 award.
One of the most appealing gadgets from Indesit was the clever Turn & Cook app - ideal for those who have some ingredients at home and are looking for inspiring recipes. With this app, you just take a photo of the ingredient and the mobile phone itself will suggest the best recipes.
Although the expo did not reveal much more than the IFA 2015 trade fair in Berlin, we really enjoyed the trip to Milan and we are already looking forward to being able to offer all of the aforementioned novelties to you in our e-shop. For now, you can view the photo gallery from the Salone del Mobile Milano trade fair on Facebook.
The patented Crisp technology on Whirlpool microwaves combines 3 types of thermal treatment - microwave, radiant upper heating and bottom heating. This 3D effect ensures perfect and fast backing with an irresistible crust. In just 2 minutes the Crisp plate reaches a temperature of 210 °C, which is ideal for baking.
Our tip! You can make this recipe even if you don’t have a microwave with the Crisp function - preheat a classic oven to 180 °C and bake for one third of the time longer. You can also use a standard microwave.
Does the recipe for quiche with salmon not appeal to you, or is it getting old? Try these fantastic variations:
What is your favourite variation of this savoury pie? Write in the comments or on Facebook.
AP Servis has been a partner of Whirlpool Corporation since it entered the Czech market. This means you can apply the discount when shopping with us. View the entire offer of appliances in the Cashback promo.
Give yourself a new washing machine, dryer, combined washer and dryer, stove or refrigerator – Whirlpool and Hotpoint brand name appliance will serve you well for years to come.
New washers and dishwashers often have a built-in Aquastop and Aquasafe system that protects you from flooding. How do they work?
Aquastop ensure external protection of the washer or dishwasher. It prevents water from leaking out of the inlet hose in the case of any malfunction. It may take the form of an emergency container with a floater switch, which stops the appliances and closes the water inlet if too much water collects; or the Aquastop system can be built into the add-on safety hose. The main thing is that both versions effectively protect you from flooding.
Aquasafe ensures internal protection of the appliance. It continuously controls the operation of the washer or dishwasher and checks every potential loss of water from the internal circuit. If it registers a loss, it instantly stops the running program and safety drains the water away. Hence, there is no risk of damage to the appliance or uncontrolled accumulation of water inside the washer or dishwasher and a subsequent disaster from overflow.
TIP: The Whirlpool AWOC 0714 washing machine or Whirlpool ADP 8070 WH dishwasher boast both systems.
If your household appliances don’t have the Aquastop and Aquasafe systems, don’t worry. Original WPro accessories will easily protect you from water leaks. These professional safety hoses belong to the Whirlpool series, but their dimensions are universal, which means you can easily connect them to all types of washers and dishwashers - even from other brands.
The most commonly used is the inlet hose for washing machines WPro TAF 257, which offers the integrated Aquastop system. The safety valve automatically stops water intake if there is a risk of flooding. There are various lengths of inlet and Aquastop hoses – from 1.5 m to 4.2 m. you can choose how long a hose will suit you, so that it is not to stretched, but does not lie in several useless coils behind the appliance.
We recommend opting for inlet hoses with the Aquastop system particularly if leading hoses behind furniture or walls. Also here you can choose from various lengths including an extension hose. View the complete range of safety hoses for dishwashers and contact us if you need advice.
Original WPro brand-name accessories, parts and spare parts are offered for both retail sale and wholesale. Authorised maintenance is a matter of course. We will be happy to help you install your accessories or perform post-warranty repairs directly at your home or office.
There are 2 basic categories of microwaves depending on position - solitaire and built-in. They are similarly equipped. Therefore, choose depending on your kitchen layout and what goes best with it.
TIP: The Whirlpool JT 479 IX microwave is consistently among the top models of solitaire microwave ovens. It has a number of clever functions, including pre-set recipes. It also appeared in the “Dream Home” television series.
After you’ve chosen the type of appliance, consider its volume. The volume of standard microwave models is between 14 to 40 litres.
If you are planning to use the microwave just to heat food, or defrost foods, an appliance with a smaller volume will be entirely sufficient. However, if you are planning to bake or prepare food for several people in the microwave, choose a larger model.
TIP: Always use special microwavable dishware and plastic dishes that are made for this type of heating. Other boxes can get overheated and deformed. What’s worse, some containers can even contaminate the food.
In terms of programming, you can choose from 3 basic types.
TIP: A multifunctional microwave often performs the same functions as a conventional oven. This saves you time and money in the kitchen.
When choosing the right microwave, keep an eye on 2 indicators - input and output of the appliance.
TIP: Clever Whirlpool microwaves with 6th Sense technology automatically set the required heating time and other parameters based on the weight of the food. This saves both energy and time.
In the end, forget about all the technical parameters and choose the winner from the shortlist based on your natural instinct. Visually.
When comparing individual designs, don’t forget about the door opening method, whether it is right-hand, left-hand or pull-down. Carefully consider how much each microwave costs and try to find the optimal price/performance ratio.
TIP: Don’t forget to keep track of the microwaves packaging and accessories. At AP Servis, we offer a complete range of original spare parts, accessories and ecological cleaners from the professional WPro brand. Use of our brand name maintenance service is a matter of course. For most types, we also offer the option of extending the warrant to 5-8 years.
It is ideal if you view and touch the microwave in real life before buying. We will be happy to welcome you at our stone-and-mortar shop in Prague. We will help you choose the right type, present the benefits of the individual models and answer all of your questions.
Waffles can be prepared in many different ways, depending on what you are in the mood for. There are dozens of dough recipes, both leavened and unleavened. The ingredients and their ratios vary depending on whether you want crispy waffles, delicate or sticky ones.
Are you drooling yet? Find out how to make the very best waffle dough for your waffle iron.
If you don’t have a waffle iron, don’t worry. Waffles from a sandwich toaster are just as good. You simply need the type with the replaceable plates and the same dough we used for crispy waffles in the waffle iron. Simply use the ribbed plates in the sandwich toaster and you can start making waffles.
Be careful not to use too much dough or it may run out when you close the toaster. Bake the waffles until golden-brown - then they will be perfectly crispy. If you prefer softer and sticker dough, take them out a bit sooner.
Serving ideas? That’s entirely up to you. Waffles go really well with marmalade, fresh fruit, chocolate and whipped cream. Here is a list of our favourite toppings:
We bet that as soon as you taste them once, you won’t want anything else for breakfast. Don’t forget to write us your tips for serving this treat!
Each series of appliances - be it washing machines, dryers, dishwashers, refrigerators, cooktops, ovens, ranges or hoods - has a different internal structure. Thanks to the service tag, you don’t need to search for receipts - the precise type, year of manufacture and other required data is determined directly from the service number. This will accelerate the handling of your inquiry, order of maintenance or spare parts.
Please have the service code ready when you make a call or attach it to your online query.
The service code has 12 digits and starts with the number 85.
You can most often find it in the following places:
If you have any questions about service tags, do not hesitate to contact us directly.
The basic question is: How many centimetres of your kitchen space can you devote to a dishwasher? This will help you determine whether you should focus your selection on narrow dishwashers, which are 45 cm wide, or whether you can get a classic dishwasher that is 60 cm wide.
In a small kitchen where there is no room at all for the appliance, you can opt for a countertop dishwasher. Simply place it on the countertop like you would a microwave.
There are basically 4 dishwasher sizes - for 4, 9, 12 and 14 dishware sets. However, there are also models that will take 5 or 15. One set consists of:
When choosing a dishwasher, however, don’t forget to consider pots and other dishes that are not included in the sets. Roasting tins from lunch or a salad bowl can considerably reduce the dishwasher capacity.
The important factor is not how many dishware sets you own, but how many you usually use at once.
You should also decide whether you want to put the appliance on display in the kitchen, or hide it behind a kitchen cabinet door. In the first case, choose a solitaire dishwasher, in the second a built-in model that does not have the control panel on the front.
Built-in dishwashers have the buttons on the upper rim of the door, so you can easily set the chosen program when you open the door.
When looking for the right place in the kitchen, consider that no matter what type you choose, it is ideal to place the dishwasher as close as possible to the sink.
If your kitchen is connected with your living room, the running dishwasher might be a nuisance. Therefore, consider the appliance’s noise level. This is listed in decibels and is generally between 39 and 45 dB. If you usually turn on the dishwasher in the evening, reach for a quieter model or get a dishwasher with delayed start function. Then you can easily set it to start washing while you are at work.
When comparing dishwashers, keep track of water consumption, which is usually between 10 to 16 litres per cycle. The smallest dishwashers only need 6-9 litres of water. However, a small dishwasher doesn’t pay off for larger households, because you have to start the cycle that much more often.
Electricity consumption is equally important. The best value is A+++, which identifies the most efficient dishwashers, while A++ is still an efficient alternative. You should no longer encounter dishwashers in the lower “A” class. Also check the efficiency of drying - ideally choose class A.
Our tip! Also keep track of the programs offered by the given dishwasher - for instance ECO programs with a lower temperature, or 6th Sense function which identifies the level of soiling, which can save you several hundred crowns per year. On the other hand, be careful - fast intensive programs may not be as efficient as they seem at first.
No matter which dishwasher you opt for in the end, do not forget to choose carefully where you buy it.
AP appliances Whirlpool is one of the few vendors to offer both authorised warranty and post-warranty service. We will be happy to assist you throughout the lifetime of your appliance.
What’s more, we offer FREE TRANSPORT for most types.
iXelium™ is a patented surface treatment for Whirlpool stainless steel appliances. A unique nanotechnology is used in their production. iXelium™ guarantees high resistance to chemical and mechanical wear.
Yet the basic principle is simple. A protective barrier is created on the surface, which minimises the risk of scratching while ensuring the lasting colour of stainless steel. The “ageless” surface is already available on many types of kitchen appliances – from cooktops to hoods.
Are you unhappy with the way old appliances change colour over time? There is no such risk with appliances that boast iXelium™ surface treatment. They preserve the same colour and shine as when you bought them.
The traditional stainless steel surface of standard appliances is often inadequately protected against scratching. Then you need only accidently touch it with kitchen tools or carelessly move a pot, and there is a problem.
This does not apply to iXelium™ products. Their surface is 17 times more resistant to external wear and scratching. What’s more, they don’t mind switching between hot and cold: iXelium™ appliances are 11 times more resistant to heat burden.
iXelium™ is an absolute blessing for cleaning. Very little sticks and it does not require any special care. You don’t have to buy any special products, just a simple sponge and a bit of warm water or a drop of washing detergent. You can easily clean everything off with natural, non-aggressive detergents that do not harm the environment.
It is first mentioned in the 18th Century by our southern neighbours in Austria. At the time, they offered a beverage called “kapuziner” in the famous cafes of Vienna. Then, cappuccino was still mixed with sugar and cream. The form in which we know it now first appeared in Italy a century later. Local baristas gradually perfected the drink, creating a delicate, creamy cappuccino with milky micro-foam.
The perfect cappuccino consists of 1/3 espresso, 1/3 milk and 1/3 milk foam. First chill the milk in the fridge. This will make the milk foam easier to prepare.
The basis of a cappuccino is a quality espresso made of freshly ground coffee. For one cup, weigh out 7-10 grams of coffee beans and grind them fine. Place the coffee in the coffee machine and check that there are no lumps. If there are, the water will not flow through the coffee evenly.
Our tip! We recommend coffee grinders with slow grinding. They preserve the full flavour and aroma.
Before the espresso in the coffee machine is ready, froth the milk. Fill the jug maximally half full. Insert the jet about a centimetre beneath the surface, tilt the jug slightly and start the jet. As soon as the jug gets hot in your hands, the foam is ready.
Tap the jug against the table a few times to get rid of any larger bubbles, and swirl it a few times. This will make the milk foam beautifully smooth and shiny. Now just pour it carefully over the espresso, and you’re done. The cappuccino now has the right drinking temperature and there is no risk of burning your tongue.
With a KitchenAid Artisan coffee machine with a special jet, you can create the same perfectly rich foam as a real barista. What’s more, it will heat 6 espresso cups to the right serving temperature.
Preparing the tastiest cappuccino is simply a matter of practice. If it doesn’t work out the first time, don’t worry. It will be better next time.
The history of AP Servis dates back to 1991. It entered the online world in 2011. We operate both the e-shop spotrebice-whirlpool.cz and the highly specialised spare parts shop servis-whirlpool.cz under the same brand.
We started using both the Heureka and Zboží.cz product search engines in 2012. We are proud that both of our e-shops enjoy equally high ratings. It is a reward for our efforts to maintain superior levels of customer support.
Heureka recently amended its rules for adding reviews. As a result, we know that all the reviews from real customers. This means greater relevance for us and greater credibility for customers.
We don’t just want to sell to you, but if necessary also give you expert advice in choosing and caring for your Whirlpool Corp family appliance (Whirlpool, Bauknecht, Indesit, Hotpoint, KitchenAid). We have already answered more than 1,500 questions on the Heureka help page.
Our aim is to be there to help you throughout the lifetime of your appliance.
Transport outside of Prague is ensured by our contractual carrier Toptrans. It now also offers expert installation service. We are also working on nationwide coverage for our service network - this will make us one of the few retailers to offer expert installation of the entire range from built-in refrigerators to inverter air conditioning.
We are also planning to open new branches and distribution points. We would like to ask Prague 10 for another parking space near our showroom.
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Do you like making fruit pies? Then this slicer with stainless steel blades is sure to come in handy, creating perfectly even slices. The practical KitchenAid slicer is perfect for cutting other foods as well - vegetables, cheese or even bread. Just a few strokes are needed to prepare home-made fries or the perfect vegetable garnish for dinner.
It is also important to buy high-quality basic utensils. KitchenAid kitchen utensils are absolutely reliable and pleasant to handle. They will last for years without any signs of wear or rust. The set contains 17 kitchen utensils, which you will use for both baking and cooking. There is a peeler, grater, can opener, spatula, whisk and many other kitchen helpers.
Baking pies and cakes is pleasant until the moment when you have to get rid of all the stuck pieces. The encrusted bits stick to the tin like glue, which means you usually have to soak them and then scrub them with all your might. This often results in clean, but scratched dishware. You definitely won’t have this problem with the KitchenAid pie tin. It is resistant to scratching and is dishwasher safe, which means you no longer have to spend time scrubbing after baking dessert.
The ideal rolling pin easily handles even tougher material and is comfortable in the hands. This first-class item from the KitchenAid workshop also features brilliant design, so you can even use it for decoration. The black-and-red design will look great in any kitchen that features red tones, while the black model will fit into practically any interior. The rolling pin has rubber-coated handles which are pleasant to hold and a non-stick metal surface that will not tear the dough.
We’ve saved the greatest helper of all for last - household kitchen mixers. They will save you heaps of time when baking and help you achieve the best results. They will mix the dough ingredients perfectly and take care of fantastically fluffy and smooth creams.
Anybody who has ever prepared leavened bun dough by hand knows how strenuous it is. The perfect melting of sugar into butter cream can also take ages. But not with a kitchen mixer. It will take care of everything and in the meantime you can enjoy more pleasant activities.
KitchenAid mixers are the cutting edge. In addition to being perfectly stable, solid and resistant, they also feature a unique design. The basic model is manufactured in an amazing 27 colours. It would be incredible not to find one that matches your kitchen among them.
Price: 890 CZK
This stylish opener will easily cope with any can and save the recipient time, which they can use for more enjoyable activities. It has a robust body made of refined stainless steel and a pleasant non-slip handle. The renowned reliability and quality of the KitchenAid brand is obvious even in the smallest tools - the designers tuned the can opener down to the finest detail, making it a fine-looking piece for kitchen decoration. Choice of 2 colours: red and black.
Price: 1,950 CZK
A correct drinking regimen is half your health. Give it to your loved ones! Every day, we should drink the equivalent of 0.035 times our body weight in kilograms of fresh drinking water. How to go about it? Sometimes, tap water is too hard, other times it has too much chlorine or even harmful bacteria. With a water treatment filter, you can be sure that your loved ones will drink truly clean and thereby healthy water.
Price: 3,290 CZK
No matter if you’re choosing a gift for somebody who cooks every day, or on the contrary only when they have to, one cannot make do in the kitchen without a proper pan. This model with a universal diameter of 25 cm will contain anything from pancakes to a whole fish. It brilliantly combines the conductive properties of aluminium and the resistance of stainless steel. It safely withstands any kitchen utensils, without the risk of scratching. You don’t even have to worry about what type of range the recipient has, because this pan goes with all types, from induction to electrical ranges. And that's not all – the pan can also go in the oven, meaning it can be used to make a fragrant pork roast or oven-baked pasta. Additionally, the handle will never get hot, which means you can carry the ready meal straight to the table.
Price: 3,990 CZK
Basic kitchen equipment also needs a set of roasting pans for healthy braising, roasting and grilling. Juicy chicken, duck, fish, lamb or roasted vegetables can be carried in these beautiful ceramic roasting pans straight to the readied table. Their robust retro design induces an almost grandmotherly homely atmosphere. The roasting pans are also useful for reheating finished meals and cab even be put in the dishwasher.
Price: from 9,900 CZK
Fresh fruit and vegetable juices provide the necessary live enzymes, vitamins, minerals and other beneficial substances. They clean the organism, support digestion and cell regeneration. Everybody should drink at least 0.5 litres of them per day! What’s more, the recipient can take delicious and tasty juice with them anywhere and think of you at work or during sports. A high-quality juicer will make maximum use of fruits and vegetables and offer easy cleaning.
If you are looking for a practical gift, check our offer of WPro professional accessories for kitchen appliances. You can create an original package for washing or drying with liquid detergent or a fabric softening ball for the dryer. Or put together a set of cleaners for oven, refrigerator and stainless steel surfaces.
Standard washing machines, dishwashers, ranges and other household appliances are designed and tested by developers for average load in a typical household. This means a limited number of hours for ranges or cycles for dishwashers and dryers. If you make heavier use of the appliance, it is better to rely on a professional type. The used technologies and parts guarantee maximum performance and reliability even in all-day mode.
Semi-professional appliances can be used in any operation with a 100% guarantee of safety, quality and great results. Of course, emphasis is also placed on saving time and costs for water, electricity and gas. Thanks to these features, they are becoming increasingly popular in households.
Experienced designers for the Whirlpool brand now how important it is to operate appliances quickly, easily and safely. They continuously develop new and better functions for your convenience, financial and time savings. An excellent example is the smart 6th Sense technology, which Whirlpool uses in almost all of its appliances. For instance, in washing machines it reduces energy consumption by up to 30% and saves up to 1/2 the time compared to standard types.
All the appliances in the semi-professional series undergo strict tests in terms of safety, hygiene and functionality. Whirlpool thinks its products through to the final detail: from the quality of individual parts to ergonomic handles. More information and technical specifications are available in the current Whirlpool appliance catalogues.
Semi-professional Whirlpool appliances meet the relevant guidelines for mechanical devices. As the operator of a bistro or bed&breakfast, you can be sure that these products fulfil all safety and other guidelines according to valid legislation.
In the Whirlpool Professional series we offer:
The robust workmanship and elegant design of the Whirlpool brand will fit well with any interior. The option of buying spare parts, detergents and other WPro accessories is a matter of course.
If you are interested in equipping your professional kitchen, contact us. Our authorised AP Servis is also at your disposal for maintenance, warranty and post-warranty repairs.
Few of us can enjoy the luxury of a separate laundry room. Most of us have to think within the limits of a regular household and find a place where:
Most common solutions in recent generations - practical for several reasons. There is usually no problem with water supply and drainage in the bathroom. If necessary, it can be solved with an outlet into the bathtub. The most popular are front-loading washing machines, and in smaller spaces also narrow and top-loading washing machines. A practical solution for apartments is combined washers and dryers, with which you no longer have to cope with where to hang-dry wet laundry.
If you want to relax in the bathroom rather than looking at a full laundry basket, consider moving the laundry zone to the kitchen. A built-in washing machine can easily be incorporated into your kitchen cabinets, so it won’t be visible at first glance. Manufacturers design these types not to vibrate or make noise while washing or spinning. You can place a standard model in the cabinet as well, but make sure to measure the interior dimensions of the furniture thoroughly first. Leave a space of minimally 5 cm on each side.
A storage or technical room is often a standard part of apartments in new or even some older buildings. Placing the appliance here is the most elegant solution of all. You can hide the dryer, laundry basket, hanger or laundry detergents behind the door of this 13th chamber.
If you need advice, help with installation or selection of accessories, our brand-name service is here for you.
If you don’t have enough space at home, opt for a washer combined with a dryer. Combining these 2 appliances into 1 is practical in terms of space and also rids you of the need to make any structural changes. The only disadvantage of this combination is that the dryer cannot handle the full washer load at once. You have to separate a part of the washed laundry, and dry one washer load in two cycles.
Condensation dryers are the ideal solution if you have enough space at home, or at least space above your washing machine. Using a filler you can stack the appliance above each other. When choosing a dryer, take into account the capacity of your washing machine and choose a dryer with a drum 1-2 kg larger. When drying, laundry gains in volume and it would not dry properly in a smaller drum.
Another benefit of the condensation dryer is the fact that you don’t have to change your bathroom to accommodate it. The hot air is condensed in a container, which you simply pour out. If you want to conserve the environment and operating costs, choose the type with a heat pump. In dryers with a heat pump, the created heat is returned to the cycle, reducing energy consumption by up to 50%.
Our tip! You can put a condensation dryer anywhere you have space at the moment. All you need for connection is a power outlet.
If you often dry huge loads of laundry, definitely choose a semi-professional ventilation dryer. It will dry laundry in record-breaking short time and thanks to the special drum movement, it takes delicate care of fibres while drying. It also operates at minimum cost. However, you must count on the necessary opening for ventilation.
Ventilation dryers, with the exception of semi-professional ones, are more affordable. However, they need space to remove the hot air. If you are not planning to reconstruct your bathroom or are not building a new house, you should opt for the condensation type. This automatically transforms hot air into steam. Moreover, it is produced in solitaire or built-in versions. This means you can put a condensation dryer practically anywhere you have space: in the storage room closet, or practically hidden in your kitchen cupboards.
Poor storage can entirely alter the taste and aromatic characteristics of the wines. At lower temperatures than the given type requires, the aromas are not released and the wine tastes dull. At high temperatures, the alcohol component prevails and the wine matures too quickly.
In order to duly savour this delicious beverage, the bottles must be stored at a constant temperature - appropriate for the specific type of wine. And ideally in horizontal position to keep the cork moist.
Are you wondering why not to simply put wine in the refrigerator? Because unlike a refrigerator, a wine cellar maintains a constant temperature and allows the cooling of various floors to different temperatures: You can thus store red and white wines together.
Wine cellars also have a special glass door that does not allow UV rays to penetrate. They offer a simple yet correct method of archiving wine bottles while featuring as a luxury design piece in your home or office.
Properly stored wine will lose none of its flavour or aromatic characteristics. Give your wine proper care and enjoy its full flavour and bouquet.
Now you can get up to 2,000 CZK back when you purchase selected Whirlpool appliances. Just buy your dream household helper by the end of November and register at the Whirlpool.cz website.
Whirlpool now offers unbeatable prices for:
1. Choose from the offer of Whirlpool solitaire appliances Whirlpool, to which the Cashback promo applies.
2. Buy it from any partner by 30 November (inclusive).
3. Within 14 days from your purchase, complete and send the registration form on the Whirlpool.cz website.
4. Send the scanned receipt that shows identification of the appliance model, complete data about the retailer, date of sale and price. You must do this within 14 days from purchase as well.
5. Wait for Whirlpool to refund the money to your account. This will happen at the latest by 20 December 2015.
Use this unique offer from Whirlpool for an early Christmas present purchase. Check the complete offer of appliances to which the Cashback promo applies. Order a new Whirlpool appliance today and save up to 2,000 CZK.
If the temperature is too low, the food risks frosting, while at higher temperature there is a risk of dangerous bacteria growth. Prevent this by setting the right temperature in the refrigerator. Optimally, it should be between 0 °C and 5 °C. It certainly must not exceed 8 °C.
When buying a refrigerator, take into account how much food you will usually store in it. If you fill the refrigerator to bursting every other day, air will not circulate among the foods. This means the space will not be cooled properly. In this case, you should choose a larger refrigerator.
Do you store lots of meat, fish, fruit and vegetables and want to keep them fresh for longer? Choose a refrigerator with an Active0° box, which prolongs the lifetime of foods without the need to freeze them thanks to separate air circulation and a temperature of around 0 °C. 6th Sense Fresh Control is also a practical technology, which automatically maintains an optimal humidity (around 70-80 %) and temperature. It also balances temperature changes more quickly when the refrigerator is open. Food thus stays fresh for up to 4 times longer.
Let’s take it from bottom to top:
Always open the refrigerator for the shortest possible time, to avoid warm air coming inside. Likewise, do not put freshly cooked, hot food inside. Always cool the food to room temperature first.
Do you have a small refrigerator where nothing fits? Bet a new refrigerator with the right size and save energy for its operation.
The Whirlpool brand was presented at this year’s IFA for the first time ever. It did so in combination with its traditional partners Bauknecht and KitchenAid and 2 novelties: the manufacturers Indesit and Hotpoint. All of the Whirlpool Corporation family brands exhibited collectively in hall 9 on an incredible area of 3,200 m². Thanks to the exhibited novelties, it was at the centre of attention of all the participants during the trade fair.
Bauknecht introduced the BLive App mobile app for smartphones and tablets. It connected the app with premium models of its washers, dryers, dishwashers, refrigerators and freezers. If you choose any of these products, simply download the app and you control them remotely.
The KitchenAid stand was among the most visited. It scored with a new magnetic mixer with the typically perfect design and absolutely genius functions. The magnets firmly fix the mixer in place and the extra powerful motor instantly prepares all sorts of delicacies, from refreshing sorbet to healthy smoothies.
Indesit delighted visitors with washers and dryers with extremely short programs. But that’s not all: The designers of this popular Italian brand also focussed on the more convenient use of traditional appliances. They modified the interior of refrigerators and freezers so that they now offer absolutely flexible interior space, which you can arrange as needed.
Browse the offer of the Whirlpool family in our e-shop and take a look at first-class appliances that look great and work even better.
In the 2nd half of 2014, the Whirlpool Corporation purchased majority rights in Italian appliance manufacturer Indesit. The goal was clear: to substantially strengthen European production. Indesit was also the co-owner of the Hotpoint-Ariston brand, which thus also became a member of the family.
The objective of Italian company Indesit is to make its customers’ household chores as easy as possible. Playful design and innovative functions are aimed primarily at younger families. Indesit appliances offer excellent performance, while remaining environmentally friendly. The portfolio includes all types of household appliances from microwaves to washers and dryers. Every year, they are purchased by more than 15 million customers worldwide.
Hotpoint wants to offer its customers the best ways to exploit creativity in the kitchen. It continuously works on the latest innovations for easy use, perfect results and conservation of natural resources. The clean lines and elegance in every detail are the work of world-famous designer Makio Hasuike. Hotpoint also offers a complete range of kitchen appliances from refrigerators and ovens to small appliances.
With more than 20 years of experience in selling appliances and a detailed specialisation in household appliances from the Whirlpool family, we are able to provide reliable assistance in the selection, maintenance and subsequent servicing of your kitchen helpers. We use and sell only original spare parts and accessories.
If you want to view the appliances on offer live, visit the unique AP Servis showroom with the range of Whirlpool, Bauknecht, KitchenAid, Hotpoint and Indesit brand models in one place.
We live for the latest trends in online shopping. This is why our new Spotrebice-whirlpool.cz website brings you:
Our website now uses HTTPS network protocol. It automatically encrypts all the information you enter in the order for or when paying with your credit card. We can thus guarantee safe shopping with maximum protection for sensitive data.
Interesting note: You can easily identify other websites that use this protocol - a green lock appears before the URL address in the browser and the address itself starts in green font.
You can look forward not only to news about household appliances, but also tips for interesting events or recipes. If you need advice on choosing and maintaining your new washing machine, dishwasher, refrigerator and other household helper straight from experienced vendors, follow our blog.
Along with the new website, we are also presenting our expanded offer. Since summer 2015, we have added 2 new brands to the range: American Hotpoint and Italian Indesit. They have joined the proven, popular manufacturers Whirlpool, Bauknecht and KitchenAid. We thus offer the complete portfolio of brands from the Whirlpool Corporation family. And as always, for great prices and with professional warranty and post-warranty service.
We will keep you updated on important news and discounts.
Are you going to London? Stop by at the newly opened “KitchenAid Experience Store”: Presentation of this top kitchen equipment of the most premier brand of the Whirlpool Corporation family.
Being one of the oldest and largest partners of the Whirlpool Corp. in the Czech Republic, AP Servis was invited to the strictly guarded production factory premises. Read about our experience from the excursion, which took place on 25 April 2017.
Connectivity and remote control of appliances have been a topic since 2014. It’s no surprise that the “smart home” was the central theme of the largest consumer electronics and home appliances trade fair in Europe. What did IFA 2016 bring in connection with Whirlpool family kitchen appliances?
The history of CES (Consumer Electric Show) goes all the way back to 1967, when the 250 exhibitors presented for the first time new industrial trends in New York City. Over the next 50 years, the event has grown to be more than 10 times larger: in 2018, 3,900 companies from 150 countries presented their latest products in Vegas.
On Thursday and Friday, 12 and 13 October 2017, a long-awaited event took place in Poprad, Slovakia - the 25th anniversary celebration of the Whirlpool brand in CZ and SK, combined with the introduction of a new series of FreshCare+ washers and dryers.
Being one of the oldest and largest partners of the Whirlpool Corp. in the Czech Republic, AP Servis was invited to the strictly guarded production factory premises. Read about our experience from the excursion, which took place on 25 April 2017.
Soon we won’t have to keep an eye on heating, air conditioning or lighting. Clever control systems will take care of everything. Come and try a model smart home first-hand at the Smart and Safe Home exhibition in Brno.
We are the 1st electronics e-shop in the Czech Republic that offers spin product photos. One of the last remaining differences between shopping at the e-shop and at a stone-and-mortar shop has disappeared. How will this novelty help you?
Thousands of pupils in the Czech Republic don’t eat lunch with their friends. Unfortunately, their parents can’t afford it. With Lunch for Kids, you too can give the needy a few small miracles.
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