Beat the Winter Chill

We round-up some home essentials to keep the family snug

Samsung Curved UHD TV

Samsung has revealed the world’s first curved ultra high definition TV. The stylish new curve design promises four times the resolution of full HD with exceptional picture quality and depth, providing a life-like viewing experience. Why would you want a curved screen? The curved TV makes the display look even bigger, better and sharper from all viewing positions. The Samsung has a screen with a 21:9 aspect ratio, a closer match to movie screen views. The curved TV will be released locally any day now. The pricing hasn’t yet been announced, but it will be far from cheap.

Price: TBA

Miele CM6100 and CM6300 Coffee Machines

We round-up some home essentials to keep the family snug!

Miele presents two new countertop coffee machines, the CM 6100 and CM 6300. Both machines are able to prepare espresso, coffee, cappuccino and latte macchiato at the touch of a button. The new models boast the “One Touch for Two” feature, simultaneously delivering two cups of a given type of coffee. The simple functionality is self-explanatory with each type of drink having its own symbol on the control panel. They are also extremely easy to clean and the milk lines and Cappuccinatore are automatically rinsed whenever the machine is switched off. The coffee makers are available in obsidian black and lotus white.

Price: Miele CM6100 R16 999

Miele CM6300 R19 999

Polar Loop Fitness Band

If you’re a fitness fanatic, then the Polar Loop fitness band is just for you. It has all the basic functions of a fitness tracker, such as monitoring sleep time, calories burned, steps taken and activity levels; but it’s also waterproof, which means that you can even track your activity while swimming. The Polar loop is compatible with Polar’s heart rate monitors so you can see just how hard you are actually working. The loop is lightweight and easy to wear, it comes in one size and you can cut its band to the desired length.

Price: R1 395

Crane Kid’s Humidifier

Ensure your kids have a good night’s sleep this winter with the Crane Cool Mist Ultrasonic Humidifier. The Crane Humidifier is great for relieving common cold and flu symptoms, as well as nose bleeds and dry skin. It runs for up to 24 hours and automatically switches off when tank is empty. The humidifier is energy efficient and uses less energy than a standard household light bulb. The toughest decision you’ll have to make is choosing only one from the range of adorable animals.

Price: R627

Morphy Richards Digital Slow Cooker

A hearty home stew is the best way to fill up in winter, so it’s a great excuse to get the Morphy Richards Digital Slow Cooker. It features a durable glass lid; a removable ceramic pot, ideal as a serving dish; cool touch handles and a capacity of 6.5L. The Slow Cooker’s digital interface with count down timer makes it simple to use. All you need to do is prepare your food, switch the slow cooker on and let it do all the work. The Digital slow cooker lets you to pre-set your cooking time and once done it automatically switches to the ‘warm’ function.
Price: R950

Zippo Hand Warmer
What do you do when gloves just aren’t enough? It’s simple: you get a Zippo Hand Warmer. The best thing about it is that it’s odourless, safe and affordable. It can keep your hands warm for up to 12 hours and is easily refillable with Zippo premium lighter fluid. The Zippo Hand Warmer is stylish and its compact design fits comfortably into your pocket or gloves. So next time you’re on an outdoor excursion, don’t forget this handy hand warmer to keep your fingers from freezing.

Price: R492

Econo-Heat Wall Panel Heaters

Keep your home warm and cosy this winter without having chunky heaters all over the place. Econo-Heat wall panel heaters are safe and easy to install with the included installation kit, they can be painted with water-based acrylic paint to match your wall colour. These heaters use natural convection technology, which means that the heated air is circulated throughout the room, providing efficient heating at a low cost. The Econo-Heat Wall Panel Heaters don’t dry up the air, allowing you to experience warmth and comfort all season long.

Price: R449

Severin Electric Fondue Set

A Fondue is great for a romantic, candlelit dinner or a small dinner party with friends and family. The Severin Electric Fondue Set comes with a base with power cord, stainless steel pot, a set of 8 fondue forks tipped in different colours and a splash guard with fork supports to ensure that there is little mess. The variable thermostat allows for easy temperature control and has a warming base made of heat resistant plastic. Gather your friends for a meat, cheese or chocolate fondue and enjoy some real comfort eating.

Price: R914

Le Creuset Red Whistling Teakettle

Bring a sense of nostalgia with a touch of bright colour to your kitchen with a red Le Creuset Whistling Kettle. It can be used on any heat source and has a wide base so that the water boils quickly. With its whistle tone, it lets you know when the water starts to boil. This quirky kettle is made from sturdy steel and coated with strong enamel, which resists chipping and is easy to clean. The high handle locks into an upright position making it easy to lift and pour, keeping your hands away from the steam.

Price: R690

Delonghi SRI 3-Panel Gas Heater

It’s not often that you come across a heater that is both economical to run in the chilly winter months (running off gas), and beautifully designed. The attractive 4200w Delonghi SRI makes standard brick-shaped gas heaters looks woefully uninspired. It uses a standard 9kg gas cylinder, and comes with a one-year guarantee.

Price: R1900