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Whirlpool Withdraws Subsidised Dryers
Whirlpool Withdraws Subsidised Dryers
Qualtex Buys Masterpart
Qualtex Buys Masterpart
Beko Unconnected
Beko Unconnected
Whirlpool Withdraws Subsidised Dryers

Whirlpool has decided to put an end to it's discounted tumble dryer offer for people that own model s affected by the safety notice on them and, that's not exactly going over well in some camps. Government included.

Whirlpool Withdraws Subsidised DryersIn a statement Whirlpool said that "Previously, consumers who wished to upgrade their products to a newer model were offered the additional option of a brand-new dryer in exchange for a small contribution to the total cost. The scheme has now ended due to a fall in demand."

Why Whirlpool bothered to remove it we don't have a clue as, after all, if nobody was eligible or taking the offer up then what harm was it doing?

Yet by removing it and being rumbled it's stirred a potential hornet's nest, again for the company.

So the way we read this, not many people are likely to care really, fewer will likely be affected by it but, it makes a good story.

Qualtex Buys Masterpart

You may have read on the UK Whitegoods forums or heard by other means that sadly Richard Du Bois of Masterpart sadly passed away recently and Masterpart has changed ownership to be now under the control of Qualtex.

We are of course saddened by this news on two fronts and our sincerest condolences to Richard's family and colleagues.

That and the additional sad demise of Masterpart who have been around for a long time.

What Qualtex's plans are for Masterpart, if there are indeed any at all are unknown at this time but the statement issued by the company is as follows:

Qualtex takes over Masterpart

Beko Unconnected

Beko's CEO reckons that people don't have a strong enough reason to use connected appliances.

Beko appliances not connected yetSpeaking at IFA where most other manufacturers seem to have been droning on about the "connected future", Hakan Bulgurlu said he was “a believer” in connected appliances, but also stated that there was “a lot of work to be done”.

He said; “The connected home is obviously a very popular theme – China is leading the way, as Chinese consumers demand connected appliances. But when you ask people who’ve bought a connected appliance if they’ve actually connected it or not, trust me, almost none of them have. This is because there’s no real story – what is the consumer use case?”

“At Beko, we are spending all our energy on trying to understand how we can save people time or make things much easier for them. The way I believe connected appliances will work is, for example, if your washing machine filter is getting clogged, a sensor will send us a message and will send someone to pre-emptively service it, so it doesn’t break down.”

He also cited another example of a dryer knowing what laundry is in a washing machine so it will automatically do the drying for you – the user won’t have to control it. But what we want to know is, how does the load get from the washing machine into the dryer? Or is this just for washer dryers?

Asked what consumers wanted from a smart home he said: “They want it to be secure – what they don’t want is for their appliances to be hacked. For us, that’s the number-one priority.

“I think people will remotely want to see what their appliance is doing and they’ll want to use it when energy costs are low – that kind of use case is coming and that’s what we’re focusing on at Beko.”

At least one manufacturer appears to be taking security seriously as most don't seem to bothered about it.

Now, if they can just get past the fact that most use cases are bunkum, get around the obsolescence through software being abandoned and get people to care, then maybe connected appliances might all go swimmingly.

But we doubt it.