Panasonic has launched its first range of small appliances in the UK. The new range includes a breakfast collection (kettle, toaster, filter coffee maker) and some feature-packed steam irons.
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The new collection of small appliances is the first of its kind from Panasonic, which is making an entrance with a distinctive look and innovative features.
Striking looks, and a premium price tag
The Breakfast Collection from Panasonic includes a kettle, toaster and filter coffee maker.
The kettle is certainly striking – its the first square kettle we’ve seen. The steel and glass version (NC-ZK1) comes in violet or grey and costs £119, while the steel and plastic version (NC-DK1) comes in black or white and costs £69.
The toaster comes in the same range of looks as the kettle. The more expensive glass model (NT-ZP1) has LED indicators and seven levels of browning control, as opposed to five on the cheaper plastic model (NT-DP1).
Panasonic says the toaster has been designed ‘with the UK consumer in mind’ and accommodates a wide variety of bread sizes. We test all toasters for their versatility and ability to toast the types of bread you like – such as breadmaker bread – so we’ll bring you our verdict on how versatile these toasters really are once we’ve tested them.
Panasonic’s HydraPower Iron has innovative oval soleplate
In addition to the new breakfast appliances, Panasonic has also launched a new range of irons.
The Panasonic W series HydraPower steam iron has a unique oval-shaped soleplate that Panasonic claims makes ironing quicker and easier, by gliding smoothly in any direction.
There are four models in the new range:
- NI-W920 – top of the range (£79.99), patented adonized aluminium soleplate (according to Panasonic this coated aluminium soleplate is more scratch-resistant)
- NI-W910 – mid-range (£64.99), ceramic soleplate and slightly lower steam output
- NI-W900 – entry-level (£54.99), ceramic soleplate and slightly lower again steam output
Panasonic says the irons have been designed for both superior performance and ease of use – with features such as an ergonomic handle, easy-to-see rear soleplate (for ironing backwards into tight spots), and powerful steam output to banish creases.
We’ll find out how easy these irons are to handle and how effective they really are when our experts get their hands on them.
New ‘Design Icons’ for your home?
These new Panasonic products certainly look the part, but will they be brilliant at ironing, boiling and toasting too?
The kettle, iron and toaster are already at the Which? test labs. Test results are due in early 2013, so make sure you bookmark this page as we will update it once the verdict is in.
The new Panasonic appliances are available from John Lewis and Currys.
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