Hosting a dinner party is one of life's pleasures. A mountain of washing-up certainly isn't – so sit back and let a dishwasher do the job. Choose freestanding or integrated, large or slimline. Change temperature settings and use handy programs such as prewash, intensive wash, economy, glassware and baby care.
Of course, this isn't the only appliance that'll make your domestic life easier. Washing machines and tumble dryers come into their own when you’re handed a muddy PE kit. With spin cycles for stains and sports-shoe settings, they're a life-saver – especially when it needs to be ready the next day.
When it comes to meal preparation, appliances can be a big help. Let’s start with the fridge. Larger sized American fridge freezers will easily hold a family-sized 'big shop', cutting down on trips to the supermarket. And when you're making dinner, range cookers give you the extra internal space you need to batch-prepare several meals at once.