The advantages of using a slow cooker
Although a slow cooker is not meant for every cooking activity, it possesses a lot of benefits – for both your health and your bank balance! Here are just a few of the benefits of using a slow cooker: (more…)
Built-in appliances are versatile and smoothly integrate with your kitchen decor. With little or no gaps for dirt and dust to be trapped in, they are simple to clean as well.
In-built models are a flexible addition to your kitchen as they can be installed at different levels – for instance at eye-level, in-column or beneath worktops. This in turn can make food preparation considerably easier, and free up floor space in the process.
If you do not have enough room for freestanding appliances and you want make use of a compact kitchen space then, integrated appliances are perfect. Here are a few other reasons why we think they are a great choice: (more…)
One of the best things about having new style, flat screen TV is the ability to mount it right on the wall. Here are our top tips for mounting a TV – DISCLAIMER! We’re assuming you have the right tools, and the correct mount for your brand and size of TV. If in any doubt, call in a professional (like the team at J H Donald!). We accept no responsibility for accidents that happen as a result of following the instructions below…clear? OK, let’s go:
A recent report found that only 41.9% of UK households have a dishwasher in their home – compared to 69% and 63% in Germany and France. What do they know that we don’t? Well, perhaps it’s that you can use a dishwasher for more than just washing dishes! Here are some great examples from Euronics:
The EU energy labels can be commonly seen on home appliances these days. They are found on a wide selection of white goods and other products too. These labels are designed to help the customer see the energy efficiency of a model compared to other similar models. But what do the energy labels really tell us about an item?
Most new appliances only come with A+++ (most efficient), A++, A+ and A (least efficient). Older models however will run from A+++ to D, so it is good to be aware of this difference. The efficiency is measured through how many kWh the machine uses annually. Depending on the appliance, the label will also include other information. On a washing machine for a example, you can find out the water consumption, capacity and spin drying efficiency. (more…)
Did you know that you could save time and make life easier by using an efficient, modern dishwasher, instead of washing by hand?
Beko dishwashers are an essential addition to every kitchen, helping save time and providing a more hygienic alternative to washing by hand.
To get the very best out of your dishwasher you need an advanced detergent and Finish Quantum is recommended by Beko for an amazing shine and clean. That’s why if you purchase any Beko dishwasher between 1st February and 14th March 2016 you can claim a 3 months supply of Finish Quantum absolutely free.
It sounds like something from Back to the Future – self-lacing boots, hover boards and self-cleaning ovens may all be in the public domain but only the latter is a reliable, affordable gadget! You won’t have to tirelessly scrub your oven, or use harsh cleaning chemicals, thanks to Neff’s pyrolytic self-cleaning programme.
So how does it work?
High temperatures and a lack of oxygen break down grime and grease into ash, allowing you to simply wipe it away. Our self-cleaning ovens are equipped with a Pyrolytic self-cleaning feature. At the touch of a button, its internal temperature reaches up to 500°C.
The system locks the door throughout the self-cleaning process, and cool down afterwards, so all grease, stains, marks, and burns are turned to dust in a safe and hygienic way. It’s as simple as that.
This invaluable feature will cut your cleaning time dramatically – select the programme, then once it’s done, allow the oven to cool before you wipe it down. Allowing the cavity to cool is really important!
Take a look at one of our Neff Self-cleaning ovens for yourself, or visit us in store to find out more.
The Scottish winter seems to have got a second wind (excuse the pun) and most of us will start to feel the pinch as we have our heating on more than we expected this year. We’re all too conscious of how much it costs to stay warm, so we’ve come up with two unexpected ways you can save money elsewhere and still stay toasty! (more…)
Doing the laundry isn’t as simple as grabbing an armful of dirty clothes, pouring in a random amount of detergent and pressing go. But to make your life easier, Euronics have created a list of the most common mistakes people make when doing the laundry, and we’ve chosen our favourites. By fixing them, you could save time and money. (more…)
These now famous retro-styled appliances are available in a wide range of colours and styles. View all of our Smeg range here.
Every January, most of us go through the same thing. We make our New Years’ resolutions, with the best intentions – only to drop them a few weeks later. Well, it’s fast approaching the end of January and we’re here to help you reboot your healthy eating resolution!
After over-indulging at the holidays, we all want to get back to taking better care of ourselves, whether that means losing weight or getting our 5 fruit and veg a day. The key to keeping resolutions is to introduce them gradually into your life, in a way that’s realistic and sustainable – and that won’t make you want to give up entirely if you’ve slipped.
One simple way to start is to discover fun and delicious ways to increase your fruit and veg intake. Once you start experimenting with different combinations and flavours, you may find it hard to stop – and you’ll soon be meeting your 5 a day with no problem!
One fantastic way to boost your nutrition is with smoothies. Mixing fruit and yoghurt together offers limitless possibilities, and as a bonus, the sweetness and creamy texture satisfy your sweettooth too! Check out our selection of mixers and blenders, such as the ever popular Smeg Retro Blender or the Bosch Food Prcessor, to find the right appliance for you.
Remember not to get discouraged, and to make small changes that you can maintain. Before you know it, you’ll be eating healthier, with no loss of flavour or fun!
The Bose SoundLink Mini II, comes in two colours – Carbon and Pearl – and aims to fix a few of the original Mini’s shortcomings while adding a few new features, including a longer battery life.
The new lightweight model looks nearly identical to its predecessor, still sleek and very sharp looking. It now has a built-in microphone for speakerphone capabilities, and the speaker now charges via a standard USB cable rather than a proprietary AC adapter. (more…)
3D TV technology has jumped forward in the last few years – but why are so many people choosing it and is it really worth the investment?
More immersive viewing
If you enjoyed watching films such as Star Wars or The Hobbit trilogy at the cinema in 3D, then you can get a similar experience at home with a 3D TV. You’ll need to wear special glasses to watch it, and buy the appropriate Blu-Ray or DVD copies, but it provides an immersive viewing experience for the whole family.
How does 3D TV work?
3D TVs polarise the original pictures into separate images. Without the special 3D glasses, the picture appears blurry but with the glasses, the separate images are directed to either your right or left eye, creating the impression of depth.
You can get 3D on a wide range of TVs to suit all budgets, but to really enjoy the experience go for as big a screen as your room, and budget, will allow for. 3D can work well on a small TV, but for the best experience, we’d recommend 40-inches or larger.
Believe it or not, there is a formula to work out the best place to sit to watch 3D TV! Measure two and a half times the height of your TV’s screen, and then ensure you’re sitting that distance away from the set.
Choosing a new fridge freezer can be challenging. To make the job simpler we have put together a list of our favourite fridge freezers. Remember, our entire range of side-by-side double door fridges come with a warranty of at least 2 years! So, in no particular order, let’s have a look. (more…)
Bose is the industry leader when it comes to high quality home speakers, and for many people, it is the go to brand in speakers. JH Donald is proud to bring you the new Bose Lifestyle 525 Series III Home Cinema Package. The Lifestyle 525 Series Home Cinema Package III reflects this reputation. These speakers are designed to give you the perfect home cinema experience. (more…)
Black Friday is usually a one-day event where retailers have amazing deals on offer. We’ve broken our rules with our Black Friday to Cyber Monday mega sale! Discover offers on big brand electricals at great prices – over an incredible FOUR DAYS. We’re almost giving away these items, but can only offer a limited number of each. You’ll have to react at warp speed to grab a great deal. (more…)
At JH Donald, we believe that you get all the high quality service you expect from a local retailer, with the low prices and wide range of a large high street chain.
Knowledge & experienceOur own highly trained staff provide an unbeatable service to every customer, offering the benefit of their extensive experience in the industry.
There are a lot of every day urban legends that people believe – like tea has more caffeine than coffee. Or that goldfish only have 3 second memory…or that dishwashers are expensive to run. The truth is, they aren’t.
Bosch have put together this video to show exactly how much it costs to run a cycle, including the water, electricity and detergent. It’s a lot less than you might think. (more…)
The new services cover a range of genres, including video on demand, video service, catch-up TV, music service, social networking, news & lifestyle, health & fitness and games – catering for varying consumer interests
A ‘High Spec’ TV that sold for 69 Guineas would sell for about £1500 today when inflation is taken in to account. That just shows how good value most electrical goods are today. However the customer really has to take care as many products are not built to last.
Our own highly trained staff technicians provide an unbeatable service on TELEVISIONS, A/V EQUPMENT and DOMESTIC APPLIANCES.
We pledge the same day house calls in most areas if the call is made before 10am and we are Ayrshires`s only manufacturer trained LCD / Plasma repair specialists.
We are Recognised Service Agents for AEG, BENDIX, BLOMBERG, ELECTROLUX, FINLUX, GORENJE, JVC, LG, SAMSUNG, SANYO, SMEG, and PANASONIC, and can also repair most major brands.
Its competition time.
Here at JH Donald we are giving all of our customers a chance to win fantastic prizes between now and the 4th of May 2012.
For Entry into our free prize draw all you have to do is use the quick form on the contact us page and put the comment “WIRED FOR SOUND” in the comments/enquiry box. Your name will be entered into the draw and the winners will be contacted and announced on Friday 4th May 2012
You can win these Bose IE2 Audio Headphones worth £85
Or you could win this Panasonic SC-HC15 Compact Stereo System worth £99.99
For facebook fans to get wired for sound with this fantastic giveaway all you have to do is “like” the JH Donald Facebook page, “like” the prize draw competition and “Share” the competition. For every action you perform you will receive an entry into this excellent prize draw which runs until May 4th 2012.
2 lucky winners will be picked at random from each prize draw. Good Luck and start sharing!
All our appliances are inspected for excessive wear and tear, broken or damaged parts, ones that don’t meet our rigorous standards are processed and environmentally recycled. Worn parts are replaced by qualified, manufacturer trained, engineers and the appliances are fully tested for operation and safety.
The telly is on the blink – an old saying that goes back to the late 1800s and possibly alludes to a faulty electric light that flickers on and off “blinks”
Thankfully it’s not the 1800’s and the technology of the humble television set has came light years from the first invention to what we now have in pride of place in the modern living room, some even hang on walls!
Nowadays you can do everything from your television, like watch a million channels (or what seems like a million channels) record shows and series link at the touch of a button, pause live TV (pause live TV! You can just hear your old grandfather incredulously think you’re mad) Surf the net and stream movies. Yes folk’s technology is taking over even the humble television.
The advance in television technology needs the expertise and understanding it takes to repair a faulty LCD, Plasma or LED television.
JH Donald is Ayrshire’s local TV repair Centre. We will repair Plasma, LCD and LED televisions at our local repair centre based in Hurlford, Ayrshire. Our Technicians are busy repairing all makes and models of television on a daily basis, this includes Panasonic, Philips, Bush, Sony, Samsung, Toshiba, Sanyo, LG and JVC and any other make or model on today’s market.
So whether you have purchased your TV from JH Donald or elsewhere, it doesn’t matter, we have the skilled engineers and technicians who will have your Plasma, LCD or LED TV repaired and back in your home quickly. We won’t be beaten for response time or accurate assessment of the problem, this is the level of service that has kept thousands of households in Ayrshire coming back over the years.
We always offer SPECIAL, DISCOUNTED, REPAIR RATES to customers who have bought the goods from us. But as a LIMITED OFFER we are offering everyone £20 off all LCD, Plasma and LED television repairs, that way you can experience firsthand the level of service and commitment we have shown all our of customers over the last 60 years.
In addition to this special offer we have other Instore Voucher Offers which you may want to take advantage of.
There is nothing worse when a dishwasher, washing machine, cooker or tumble dryer is not operating the way it should, the amount of hassle any one of these white goods breaking causes can be quite stressful in any household, especially when the kids want spaghetti shapes and the cooker won’t play ball, or the wife is complaining about the “mountain” of washing thats piling up comparing it to Mount Everest or the dishwasher is refusing to work (no need to insert any jokes)
Luckily there is more to JH Donald than just selling electrical goods in Ayrshire. We have skilled engineers and technicians who are accredited to repair all white goods makes and models. Our after sales service is second to none and we won’t be beaten for response time or accurate assessment of the problem, this is the level of service that has kept thousands of households in Ayrshire ticking over the years.
Our white goods repair service extends to manufacturers such as Panasonic, Smeg, Gorenje, Blomberg, AEG, Toshiba, Sanyo, LG and Beko to name but a few. We repair dishwashers, cookers, washing machines and tumble dryers whatever the make, whatever the model!
So why are we telling you this? Here at JH Donald we like to reward our customers with special offers, but what we also like to do is win the custom of people who have maybe never used our extended service offering. We are your local white goods repair team, an Independent Ayrshire company with over 60 years of getting it right.
We always offer SPECIAL, DISCOUNTED, REPAIR RATES to customers who have bought the goods from us. But as a LIMITED OFFER we are offering everyone £20 off our standard call out charge, so if the washing machine needs repaired or the dishwasher, tumble dryer or cooker needs expert care and attention use our £20 off standard call out voucher and let the experts take care of the problem.
In addition to this special offer we have other Instore Voucher Offers which you may want to take advantage of.
The dishwasher provides AAA performance, maximum safety and flexibility, the Blomberg dishwasher will be the perfect assistant in your kitchen.
7 Refrigeration products welcome in the world of Blomberg cooling and freezing, where hygiene and technology meet to provide the best environment for your food. We cannot think of a better place to keep your food safe and fresh.
All Blomberg appliances have a 3 – year warranty as standard to give you complete peace of mind.
Minimum energy consumption
Every Blomberg product is A+ energy efficient, consuming 10% less energy then “A” class standard
The West of Scotland was getting back to normal today after being battered and beaten yesterday as hurricane-force winds caused chaos and left a trail of destruction.
The worst storm in 25 years, with gales of up to 165mph, miraculously caused no deaths or serious injuries.