Technology and design have long made their presence felt in the household. Appliances continue to stretch boundaries in terms of functionality as well as aesthetics. DESTINY MAN investigates what’s on the market.

Samsung Eco Bubble Washing Machine
Energy economy is the new cool and Samsung’s Eco Bubble boasts an A+++ energy rating and is billed as "the most energy efficient washing machine in the world". As a result of its ability to wash clothes in low-temperature water, it reduces energy expenditure by 70% and its unique bubble washing technology helps detergent penetrate clothes 40 times faster than normal. At the heart of the Eco Bubble is Samsung’s Diamond Drum design – a diamond-shaped inner drum – which is designed to prevent both build-up of detergent residue as well as serve as effective washboard. It has an easy iron function, a 20% larger door, 15-minute quick-timed wash, a ceramic heater, a quiet drive motor and a wide graphic LED display. In addition, should a leak happen, the full water safety system will cut off the water supply and switch off the machine.

KitchenAid Artisan 4-Slice Toaster
The stainless steel and die-cast metal KitchenAid Toaster comes in a beautiful Pearl Silver or Empire Red and will add much flavour to your kitchen. It takes making toast to another level, with 3cm-wide slots and self-centring racks that can accommodate the thickest of slices, bagels and other kinds of bread. You also get well-balanced toasting with an intelligent even-heat system with sensor, shade control knob and an easy lift lever to cancel toasting cycle. And the traditional challenge with cleaning is solved by a dishwasher-safe removable crumb tray.

Biltong King Biltong Maker
Mellerware has created the ideal appliance for any self-respecting South African man with their biltong maker, which can be used to make biltong, droëwors and dried fruit and herbs. You can also order a full recipe book for guidance on cuts, spicing and duration of drying. It is light weight, easy to clean, has four hanging rods with plastic cps and eight durable meat hooks, and is energy efficient.

Nespresso CitiZ & Milk C120 Red
Simple to use, functional and well-designed, the Nespresso CitiZ C120 offers you the perfect hot beverage for the perfect time, from espresso, lungo and cappuccino to normal filter coffee and hot or cold milk froth, with a range of coffee capsules available. It has a 1L water tank, an easy-to-clean Aeroccino and an adaptable grid for a macchiato glass. It also has energy saving mode, programmable or automatic flow stop and is beautifully designed.

Multiquick 5 Hand Blender
The Braun Multiquick 5, with its stainless steel blender shaft, multi-functional attachment and anti-splashing design, can do just about anything when it comes to processing food in your kitchen, including: blending and pureeing, chopping, crushing, slicing, whipping, beating, stirring and even kneading. The multi-functional attachment enables you to go from creating milkshakes and chopping meat to crushing ice, whipping cream, slicing cheese and kneading dough. And once you have done all of this, you can store your food using the Multiquick 5 to extract air for vacuum preservation.

Braumatic’s BTM25.2M’s code name does no justice to the features of this 25 litre combination microwave oven with grill. It has the standard push button/knob control operation, internal light, quick-start function with stainless steel interior and mirror glass door, but its real cool factor comes from its functions. There are 16 functions, namely: pasta, pizza, soup, porridge, beverage, auto reheat, popcorn, grilled meat, meat skewer, cake and auto defrost. Definitely makes your life much easier and, as an option, you can get the stainless steel building-in kit.

50s Retro Fridge
Smeg has a range of 50s retro-style fridge-freezers that combines a classic design from the past with contemporary functionality. It comes in a variety of cool colours including black, pastel blue, red, orange, lime green and silver, and has a gross capacity of 330 litres (consisting of 205 litres fresh food and 103 frozen food capacity) and is energy-efficient class A+. Other features include three adjustable class shelves, two fruit and vegetable containers and a chrome wine rack in the fridge portion as well as two drawers and a shelf for ice cubes or pizza in the freezer.