At the seventh annual Which? Awards, Bosch scooped the Best Appliance Brand for a record-breaking fourth time.
It was the third year in a row, consumer watchdog Which? presented the title to Bosch, meaning it has more Best Appliance Brand Awards than any of its competitors.
This accolade follows the presentation of 19 Best Buy Awards for Bosch, over the past 12 months.
Chief executive of Which? Peter Vicaiy-Smith said before presenting the trophy: “That’s more Best Buys than any other appliance brand.”
On being handed the trophy at the ceremony by host and TV anchor Natasha Kaplinsky, chief executive of BSH Group, Michael Steinle said the challenge got bigger each year. He continued, stating the biggest challenge will be standing to accept the prize next year.
In addition, as part of its awards ceremony Which? also named the winners of the Best Retailer and Best Customer Service categories, which were presented to John Lewis and Amazon, respectively. The Which? Local Trader of the Year was presented to The Highgate & Hampstead Heating & Plumbing Co.
Consumer champion Which? is calling for the Government to analyse house fires caused by faulty kitchen appliances, by brand, and make the information available to the public. A Which? investigation has uncovered thousands of house fires each year, are caused by faulty kitchen appliances, spanning small and major domestic appliance brands.
It found in Freedom for Information requests to 40 fire services, across the country, washing machines and tumble dryers were more likely than ovens to catch Hre due to faults. And in one instance, over £86,000 of damage was caused by a dishwasher catching fire. Almost 6,000 appliances or electrical leads caught tire in 2010/11, according to figures from the Department for Communities and Local Government. Some hre brigades already collect data on the makes and models of appliances that have caused fires but it is not a statutory requirement and the information is not readily available to the public.
Which? executive director Richard Lloyd said: “We want the Government to collect and analyse information on house fires caused by faulty appliances, by brand. Greater transparency would alert manufacturers to products that are continually at fault and give consumers greater protection against faulty appliances, so they can prevent damage to their homes.”
Granite sink manufacturer SCHOCK has published a catalogue for all its 2012 sink and tap lines. The 250-page brochure features 33 ranges across its Premium Line and Trend Line ranges in all their colours, sizes and installation options, along with accessories. In addition, it features almost 40 taps, with suggestions for appropriate sink combinations.
Consumer champion Which? has awarded the Electrolux EFC6000lX chimney hood four stars for noise and tive stars for odour extraction in its Cooker hood reviews. The wall- mounted hood has a noise level of 61 dB and a maximum extraction rate of 420m3/h. Available in recirculation or ducted options, it comes with two hob lights and two washable aluminium filters.
Reva Industries has launched a website for its Apollo assisted bathing range, to promote its collection of baths. A range of 15 options are available with assistance tools for those living in their own homes, sheltered accommodation, nursing and residential care homes.