Hot Products for This Year Top Picks 2017

Hotpoint EG900X Electric and Gas Cooker

Hotpoint EG900X Dual Fuel cookerThis is a 90Cm multifunction dual cooker made by Hotpoint which is a very well known brand in the home appliance market.  The cooker has a silver coloured front panel and has a total of 5 gas hobs. there is an electric main oven which has an energy efficiency of grade B. You can also program the cooking as start and end options using the electronic programming available in the cooker. The main oven is efficient in jobs like Grill, Brioche, Tart, Turnspit, Rising, Multi-cooking, Roastbeef, Defrosting and Static. As the supplied accessories you will get 2 Grille and 1 Oven Pan with this cooker. Also there is hob flame failure device as a measure for safety.

The cooker looks very nice and has got all the features necessary for a good quality cooker.  There are a lot of functions to be used in the cooker for the purpose of different styles of cooking. There is plenty of room for saucepans also there is enough space for the family size turkey cooking on thanksgiving day. The cooker looks good with matching back splash. Sometimes the oven takes up more than the expected time to get warmed which can be a major issue of your concern.


  • Looks are good and has got lot of functions too
  • Design and ease of use.
  • Variety of setting for cakes, roasts, etc.
  • You would love the 5 burners as it speeds up the cooking by enabling you to multi task.
  • Plenty of room on top for saucepans etc.


  • Only 2 shelves.
  • Oven uneconomical to use for small amounts of food.
  • Cleaning large oven is a chore.
  • Not recommended for small families as the oven is large.



Hotpoint FZA34G, Under the Counter Freezer

hotpoint fza34g under counter freezer silver 78 litresThe FZA34G manufactured by Hotpoint is a 78 litres freestanding upright freezer. The freezer is frost free and this makes your job easy. The freezer has got a reversible door to match your kitchen layout. On the energy efficiency scale this freezer gets an A which makes it a quiet energy efficient device as it consumes only 207kWh per year. If you need some fast freezing done then you can do it here. There is also an ice tray included in this very model.

This is a very good looking freezer which is very easy to use and has a nice and effective Fast Freeze functionality. It has three deep drawers rather than four or five useless shallow ones also this is pretty quiet for a frost free freezer. Being frost free it does not let much of useless ice to get collected for you. Also due to its thoughtfully designed structure it fits nicely under the work space thus not taking up any useful space in the kitchen.


  • Good design, stylish, attractive colour.
  • Frost free.
  • Plenty of room inside.
  • Self-Cleaning.
  • Has a good fast freeze facility.


  • Bottom drawer poor fit when full.
  • Thin plastic drawers that can crack easily with content weigh.



Miele Olympus S2120 Canister with FiberteQ SBD350-3 Rug and Floor Tool

Miele-Olympus-S2120-Canister-Vacuum-Cleaner-with-FiberteQ-SBD350-3-Rug-and-Floor-ToolThe Miele Olympus S2120 Canister Vacuum Cleaner comes in an extremely lightweight and heavy-duty design that carries an efficient 1200-watt motor power. Made to last in an average of 20 years, the vacuum cleaner boasts a variety of features especially the six variable speed controls designed to help you clean all kinds of furniture in an effective way. It is equipped with useful accessories which includes its air clean filter along with the 4.76 quart dust bin. S2120 also has a telescopic wand for easy cleaning of areas that are hard to reach.  The vacuum has a built-in light indicator for updating dust bag replacement and works on an operating radius of 29 feet. All these and more are found in this stunning vacuum device to provide convenience on your daily cleaning routines.

Enjoying dust-free atmosphere is within reach when you count on with Miele Olympus S2120 Canister Vacuum Cleaner. The advanced device boasts a potential speed controller that offers six variable levels of vacuuming for its users. This flexible speed regulator allows you to perfectly pick up dust and dirt from rugs, drapes, bare floors and more. It even combines the power of FiberteQ SBD 350-3 technology to intensify your cleanliness purposes. The electronic suction dial is found at the back of the machine which joins forces with other accessories including upholstery tool, accommodating handle, dusting brush, crush-proof hose, and crevice setup.  These essential components complete the mechanic setup and are assembled favorably for asthma and allergy patients.


  • Lightweight design- Given the fact that this vacuum machine offers user convenience; it’s not a wonder that customers will love it for sure. Compared to other brands, S2120 is handy that even a small child can carry it.
  • Multipurpose tools for cleaning- The accompanied accessories plus the 6 variable speed options for cleaning makes for an easy transition from smooth surfaces to carpeted areas.
  • Silent operation- This is a delight to users because they don’t have to worry about disturbing the neighborhood when cleaning at night or a sleeping baby within the house during daytime.
  • Powerful suction- Vacuum cleaner reviews revealed on how satisfied they are with the strong suction capacity of this vacuum machine. Other reports also testified that Olympus S2120 is efficient for pet hair removal.


  • Not so powerful motor- Few reviews exposed that the motor of this canister vacuum is not totally efficient as expected. A single review reported that his item stopped functioning after a year.
  • Scratch issues of the floor tool- Two reviews reported that the accessory tool for floor cleaning leaves scratches which imply that it’s not good for hardwood surfaces.



Hotpoint RCNAA33P, Freestanding Chest Freezer

Hotpoint RCNAA33P FreezerThis is chest type freestanding freezer manufactured by Hotpoint. The freezer carries an A+ energy efficiency which is one of the best in its class. It has a sensible layout with two baskets & a good-sized fast-freeze compartment to do the required freezing jobs for you.  The baskets slide on the rails provided inside which makes it easy for you to deal with finding the things inside easily. This freezer consumes about 248 kWh per year which makes it a decent energy saving machine.

This freezer is very easy and convenient to use as there are lots of features like sliding basket and easy drain are provided in it. The freezer is very easy to install and freeze things very quickly. The freezer rests on wheels which makes it easily movable across the home. It is also very quiet while running and you may often would need to check that whether it is running or not. The lid stays open when using freezer and the controls are also very simple to use.


  • Very well insulated for economic running.
  • A useful lock on the lid.
  • Has two baskets so that products that are needed frequently are close to hand.
  • Has a good system for defrosting.


  • An extra basket would have been appreciated.
  • Difficult to re-open lid immediately after closing.


Getting your best ROI from a creative company retreat

Spring is just around the corner, and with both the weather and economy looking brighter your company may be thinking about some type of creative outing for its employees in the near future.

Though the past few years saw shrinking budgets for these kinds of company-sponsored events, there remains a long list of organizations that provide outdoor and large-space indoor adventure learning experiences for corporate groups. There are outfitters that specialize in sailing, whitewater rafting, orienteering, innovative games and competitions, and of course, the always-popular ropes courses. There are many benefits associated with these kinds of activities: team building and collaboration, overcoming fear, learning about trust, prudent risk-taking, acquiring new leadership skills, among others. In fact, just getting out of the office and being with co-workers in a new environment can be a real benefit.

There is, however, an all-too-common complaint heard from participants after the experience is over: “It was great while we were out there, but soon as we got back to work we immediately settled into our old routines.” And since these tend to be the very routines which the outing was supposed to shake up a bit, one could argue that despite their having a good time, from an ROI perspective it wasn’t worth the time or money.

What is missing in many of these corporate outings is the additional, critical step of processing, or de-briefing, the experience they just went through. We learn in a variety of ways. The visceral, kinesthetic rush of an outdoor adventure, particularly one that is somewhat beyond our comfort zone (not too far beyond; one cannot learn in a state of panic), is one of the most powerful. But the way to integrate that learning and create strategies for applying it to other aspects of our lives is through verbal communication – by actively listening and talking to each other, and discussing how lessons learned might apply elsewhere. When this processing step is glossed over or omitted entirely, it’s much less likely the gains will show up in any meaningful way back at the workplace. The experience is remembered as something that was fun and exciting, but having little connection to everyday work life.

On the other hand, when the experience is processed while fresh in everyone’s mind (and body), strong and meaningful connections can be made to how people interact at work. Take the notion of teamwork, for example. Often an abstract or overplayed concept, it takes on new meaning if co-workers have just engaged in high performance teamwork to succeed at a physical task. This is the time, while the experience is still felt at a “gut level,” to have them discuss how such collaboration might show up in the workplace and what each individual can do to promote it.

Some might argue, “We just want our folks to have a good time without the classroom sit-down.” But maximizing the learning benefits in no way detracts from the overall experience. In fact, most employees will appreciate it even more if they can connect it to tangible, lasting improvements in the workplace.

Here, then, are 5 suggestions for getting the best possible ROI from your creative corporate outing:

  • Before you choose a program, articulate the desired outcomes. Should the major focus be on teamwork? Creative problem-solving? Leadership skills? Determining this beforehand will help you decide which program to choose, and what should be stressed in the de-brief.
  • Have a skilled, impartial facilitator conduct the de-briefing. An open discussion of fears encountered and lessons learned involves some risk in itself. An experienced facilitator, whether brought in from the outside or employed by the organization putting on the event, will be able to draw out people’s insights to maximize learning. Most important, the facilitator should NOT be someone from within the group, especially the boss. This would inhibit responses and undermine the value of the de-brief.
  • Probe for connections back to the workplace. The facilitator should ask for specific examples of where lessons learned “in the field” can be applied at work. For example, the question “What are some challenges back on the job that might benefit from the kind of risk-taking we saw out here today?” would likely evoke some very worthwhile discussion.
  • Capture all key learning points on flipcharts. Create a permanent record, not only of the experience itself, but the key insights gained from it. Make it available to all who took part. This demonstrates the value placed on people’s comments, and also becomes a tool to assist in follow-up.
  • Follow up after the event is over. Even with a well-managed de-brief, it is too much to expect a “one-shot” event to produce lasting changes. Plan for some follow-up discussions while the outing is still fairly recent, and for an ongoing period afterward. The whole point is to encourage the integration of key insights into everyday behavior.

So go out and have a good time. Just take these extra planning steps to make sure it’s all worth your while.

Taking an e-Holiday

A number of years ago, when the internet and e-mail were still fairly new to most people but quickly catching on, I recall a stand-up comedian on TV telling this joke:

“Imagine e-mail had been around for over 100 years, and it was the telephone that had just been invented. People would be telling their friends, ‘You gotta try this! You can actually talk to the person!'”

I thought about this while reading a story in a recent Business Week about a fledgling movement taking place in some companies led by Scott Dockter, CEO of PBD Worldwide Fulfillment Services in Georgia to limit e-mail use by instituting “no e-mail Fridays.” (Perhaps to coincide with dress-down Fridays? Maybe its easier to converse with people when ones neck isnt bound) Dockter reports his decision to eliminate e-mail just one day a week has resulted in better overall teamwork and problem solving among his 275 employees, and even more importantly, more satisfied customers.

The problem, according to the article, isnt so much “the distraction of spam or stuffed inboxes,” but rather “misinterpreted messages and the degree to which e-mail has become a substitute for the nuanced conversations that are critical in the workplace.” Says Daniel Goleman, author of Emotional Intelligence, “Business has undervalued the social dimension of communication.”

Now dont worry, this isnt going to be an indictment of e-mail and other forms of electronic communication. Believe me, I use it all the time and I love it (after all, I didnt deliver this newsletter in person, did I?). I do believe, though, that organizations which value the power of collaboration in the innovation process would do well to examine the quantity and quality of face-to-face meetings among employees, both formal and informal. This is what MIT did in planning its new Brain and Cognitive Sciences Complex, built very purposefully with a multitude of common areas for people to mingle, chat, argue, swap stories, and share information. And this, in one of Americas absolute bastions of electronic media and communications.

The power of face-to-face meetings is in the impact of non-verbals facial expressions, body language, gestures, even silence. In his landmark study of 35 years ago, Albert Mehrabian demonstrated that approximately 93% of ones message during face-to-face communication is conveyed by non-verbals. Theres no reason to believe that would be different today.

Additionally, theres the spontaneity inherent in face-to-face communication. Admittedly, this can work against you at times, such as when a new idea is immediately shot down in almost knee-jerk fashion. But this is more than made up for in the richness of peoples messages to each other when they are fully engaged in direct conversation. An example is when a project team is participating excitedly in open-minded idea generation, feeding off and building upon each others ideas, all the while “listening” to every nuance of whats being communicated, both verbal and non-verbal.

Its the ultimate form of instant messaging.

Is “no e-mail Friday” for your organization? Well, Scott Dockter admits its been tough to get people to drop old (new?) habits, and I suspect a few e-mails do manage to slip through. But at least on one day a week they are talking more to each other, and to their customers, and have something measurable to show for it.