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5 steps to improve your work-life balance

November 9, 2018

67We all deserve to have time off and get away from the daily stresses of work life. Here are a few tips to help you boost your wellbeing and allow for time to spend on hobbies, interests and enjoying family time at home.

Step away from your emails

The struggle of switching off and disconnecting ourselves from our work life after hours can be hard, but recent studies have found that checking emails once we have left for the day can be damaging to our mental health. This study along with many others has found that 40% of us check our emails outside office hours. Allow yourself to leave work at work and respond to emails when you are next in the office – this will allow you to spend more at home or doing an enjoyable hobby.

Make time for yourself


Whilst you may love your job, which is an important part of fulfilment in life, it shouldn’t consume every second! From outdoor activities and sport to reading or cooking, it’s essential to take part in hobbies to wind down. Cooking can be fantastic way to relax, as well as promoting a more positive relationship with food. Why not set aside some time for yourself to make a delicious meal using Hoovers Vision Oven? To help you with recipe inspiration and cooking techniques, our stylish, innovative Vision oven is the perfect kitchen companion.

Understand there is no ‘perfect’ work-life balance

Even though you might think someone has a perfect balance, it’s likely to be carefully, realistically managed. The best thing to do is to strive for a sensible schedule and not a ‘perfect’ schedule. Some days this may mean working a little more than others, while on other days you might have more time to relax on the sofa with loved ones or pursue your hobbies. Cramming in a trip to the gym might simply be a step too far on certain busy days – don’t beat yourself up.

Stop procrastinating

There are always going to be certain tasks in your work life and home life which are challenging, mundane or that you just can’t face doing. However, as soon as these tasks are completed you’ll be able to breathe a sigh of relief rather than letting the tension build up. Our new AXI washing machines are fantastic for providing useful tips and hints for stain removal and can be controlled using voice activation via Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant, so that ever-growing pile of washing can be easily tackled.


Why do we always make things so complicated? If one way works for you then don’t change it! Sometimes the extra work we set ourselves is unnecessary. This is where the Vision Oven can help by allowing you to check on your food whilst putting your feet up, using the built in HD camera to check on its progress. Embrace the simpler ways of life and cooking!

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Boost for the sunshine: 5 summer smoothies

August 10, 2018

This summer is shaping up to be one of the hottest, driest and sunniest on record with temperatures tipping 35 degrees. And as the heatwave is set to blaze across the country for the foreseeable future we have put together a list of five of the tastiest summer smoothies to help you sit back, relax and cool off in the sizzling heat!

Drinking a smoothie packed with nutrients on a hot day is a great way to replenish your body and top up your energy.  So, give these recipes a go and up your smoothie game!

1. Sunshine Smoothie

Prep: 5 minutes                                Serves 3

Make sure you start your day with a ray of sunshine – this smoothie is low fat and has two of your five-a-day.


500ml carrot juice, chilled

200g pineapple (fresh or canned)

2 bananas, broken into chunks

A small piece of ginger (peeled)

20g cashew nuts

Juice 1 lime


Put the ingredients in a blender and whizz until smooth. Drink straight away or pour into a bottle to drink on the go.

2. Super Berry Smoothie

Prep: 10 minutes             Serves 4

Tip: Frozen berries are a thrifty way to make healthy smoothies, adding oats with also make it extra filling.


450g bag of frozen berries

450g pot of fat free strawberry yoghurt

100ml milk

25g porridge oats

2tsp honey (optional)


Whizz the berries, yoghurt and milk together with a blender. Stir through the porridge oats, then pour into four glasses and serve with a drizzle of honey.

3. Strawberry Frosty

If strawberries are your thing then this frosty smoothie is sure to tantalise your taste buds.

Prep: 5 minutes                                Serves 4


568ml lemonade

200g of ice

75g cup frozen strawberries


Place the ingredients into a blender and whizz, garnish with fresh lemon and serve.

4. Pina-Vocado Smoothie

Add a tropical vibe to your smoothie with this Pina-Vocado recipe, then sit back, close your eyes and dream of being in Puerto Rico.

Prep: 10 minutes             Serves 2


370ml orange juice
210g frozen pineapple
75g avocado
1 small frozen banana (or fresh)
75g ice (coconut water ice cubes is a good alternative)

Optional Add-in’s…
1/2 lime, squeezed over top smoothie, or blended right into it
1 Tbsp coconut milk or 2 tsp unsweetened coconut flakes

Blend all the ingredients together and garnish with a slice of avocado. Like a bit of heat? Why not spice up your smoothie with a dash of cayenne pepper.

5. Summer Fruit Smoothie

TIP: Make your smoothie a little sweeter with a touch of icing sugar.

Prep: 15 minutes             Serves 3


225g fresh blackberries

225g fresh raspberries

225g fresh blueberries

1 just-ripe medium banana, broken into pieces

150ml natural plain yoghurt

150ml milk

1tbsp icing sugar (optional)


Place ingredients into a blender and whizz until smooth, then pour the mixture into tall cool glasses and enjoy.

But the biggest question of all is where to keep your ingredients fresh and smoothies chilled during the hot summer? We suggest our innovative Which? awarded A+ rated fridge freezer models HMN7182BK and HMN7182IXK, with its interactive exterior display and no frost cooling system.

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Innovative ways to care for your body this summer

July 18, 2018

It’s no secret the nation is the most health conscious it’s ever been, but with increasing demands at work and a constantly switched-on social life, it can be hard to make room for healthy living. According to a survey by delivery app Henchman, the busiest age group is 25-34 year olds due to increasing personal commitments, “life admin” and ever-demanding social media.

With these distractions and time restraints, how can we maintain a healthy lifestyle without committing hours to the gym?

Here’s some innovative ways to take care of your body this summer:

Meal prep

A hectic work life means it can be difficult to stick to eating well, especially when lunch is chosen in a hurry. Instead of grabbing something from a fast-food restaurant or café, try bulk cooking your meals in the evenings and freezing it so you have balanced nutrition for the week ahead. With Hoover’s range of fully-connected kitchen appliances, making meals is easier than it’s ever been before.  Browse our connected appliances here.

Make sleep a priority

On average, a fully-grown adult requires between 7-9 hours of sleep. Sleep affects your physical and mental health and the quality of your waking life, including productivity, emotional balance, immune system, creativity, vitality, and your weight, according to HelpGuide. So getting enough sleep is one of the most important aspects of taking care of your body.

Stay hydrated

One of the most important requirements for your body to be in top notch is to drink plenty of water. Avoid the sugary drinks where possible and stick to good old H2O. Your body will thank you for it.


Take time out for you and keep your head well balanced. Put your feet up and watch a good film, read your favourite book, head to the beach, head to the woods. Whatever it is that you enjoy doing, make sure you take time for yourself.

Ditch the caffeine

Instead of jumping straight for your morning coffee (or tea), try drinking a cup of warm water and lemon; this will boost your metabolism in preparation for the day ahead. It is also extremely hydrating, whilst caffeine can exhaust your liver and increase your levels of cortisol, reducing your body’s ability to eliminate toxins or burn fat.

Light some scented candles or incense

Did you know that lavender is particularly effective for promoting relaxation and calmness? Take a look here for a helpful aromatherapy guide to help you choose the perfect scent.

Oriental spa


This is not only great because it’s not as strenuous as most exercises, but it is also great for calming your body down through meditation and by focusing on your breathing. Yoga helps to improve respiration, energy and vitality as well as helping to maintain a balanced metabolism.

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Inspiration, News

Born Innovative: The evolution of Hoover

March 14, 2018

From a box, a fan, a silk pillowcase and a broomstick, to some of the most forward-thinking technology on the planet, we’ve been at the forefront of the domestic appliances industry for over 100 years. It’s this rich heritage, as well as a passion for innovation, style and care for the home, that sets us apart. Read on to hear more about our story.

Where it started

In 1908, James Spangler, a night watchman in New Berlin, Ohio, grew tired of inhaling the dust in the shop where he worked, so set about making a simple-but-clever contraption to replace his carpet sweeper. This contraption went on to become one of the most revolutionary inventions of the 20th century. After trialling the invention with his cousin Susan Hoover, who showed it to her husband William Hoover, James sold his patent to William and production began under The Hoover Company the same year. Following a trial offered in the Saturday Evening Post, consumers soon began to see the benefits and convenience of the vacuum cleaner, and so the journey of Hoover began.

Our journey

Just one year later, William Hoover began to invest in a research and development department and a plethora of innovative features and additions followed; an electric upright in 1926 which was the first of its kind, a flexible hose in 1936 which we still see today, and many more ground-breaking innovations. In line with the company’s continual development after a halt for the war effort, the 1950s saw an evolution into vibrant colour patterns, combining style with our already-celebrated technology. With expansion into Europe, Asia and Africa well developed by this stage, Hoover was already a household name, synonymous with vacuum cleaning and the home.

Today’s landscape

Over a century of Hoover has now passed and we continue to focus on ways in which we can develop cutting-edge technology for the home, applying lessons from our past and the present customer landscape to maintain care, style and innovation in all that we do. We have developed record-breaking wi-fi enabled washing machine capacity with the Dynamic Mega, which holds up to 13kg, class 4 A energy efficiency standards in our cylinder vacuums, Dynamic Silence technology for reduced noise levels when vacuuming, and a range of forward-thinking cooking, cooling and vacuum cleaning innovations. Most notably, we have developed products which adapt to the contemporary, connected world, allowing smartphone control of a range of appliances with the Hoover Wizard App.

The future of Hoover

Moving forwards, we will continue to offer products designed to make your life easier, wherever you are in the home. Available from a wide range of stockists nationwide, you can choose Hoover products with complete confidence. Backed by our extensive aftersales service, all our appliances come with a 1-year labour and 10-year parts guarantee. Should you experience any issues, our specialist expert engineers will visit your home at your convenience and carry out the repair using genuine Hoover spare parts.

Who puts innovation at the heart of the home? Hoover that’s who.

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Cleaning, Inspiration

6 benefits of a cordless vacuum

February 9, 2018

Wondering whether or not to take that extra step into the floorcare world and buy a cordless vacuum? If you’re looking to make the transition from a traditional corded vacuum to a cordless, it’s important to understand just how much it could help you. Although the benefits may seem obvious, you’d be surprised how easy it can be to overlook some important factors. That’s why we’ve put together a list of the benefits to help you decide:


Not having to plug in can really make things easier. If you’re cleaning a large room you have the freedom to stray as far away from a plug socket as needed. You can also move freely from room to room without having to go between plugs.  If you like to do the whole house from top to bottom in one cleaning session, choose a vacuum with an extra-long runtime, such as the Sprint which can clean for up to 50 minutes before needing to recharge.


One of the most important benefits of a cordless vacuum is the comfort you’re afforded with a lightweight design. Less weight makes for a less tiring, smoother cleaning experience, and with some of our cordless vacuums weighing as little as 2.2kg, you’ll never look back.


Similar to having the autonomy to clean a large room, you can also easily vacuum areas beyond the house. Clean the car or the garage without the need for messy extension cables and the frustration of not being able to reach certain areas. If you’ve got cats or dogs, look out for cordless vacuums like the Discovery Pets that come with a motorised pets brush to loosen and lift hairs from your sofa or cushions.


Not having to plug in every time makes it easy to clean up mess as and when it appears, instead of having an arduous weekly cleaning session. Using a cordless vacuum is so quick and easy, you may well find that the other members of the family all want to have a go and help with the cleaning too!


Our range of cordless vacuums are both functional and stylish, just take a look! Picking up an attractive vacuum really can make cleaning seem like less of a chore.


Cordless means hassle and mess-free storage. Forget having to awkwardly arrange the cord to fit it into the desired space. Our Freedom 22v cordless stick vacuum comes with an attractive wall mount and tool rack, making vacuum storage easier and tidier than ever.


You can find our innovative range of cordless vacuums on our small appliances website or follow us on Twitter to keep up with the latest product releases, blog posts and more.

Inspiration, Recipes

5 hearty winter recipes to keep you warm

November 3, 2017

The cool evenings and dark nights have set in, and many of us will be spending our evenings cosied up at home. To keep us warm and satisfied, hearty food is the order of the day, from rich stews with chunky vegetables to luxurious soups and making the most of seasonal fruits.

If you need some winter inspiration, here’s a selection of comforting classics.

1. Pumpkin, chickpea & coconut curry

For a warming dish, full of wholesome goodness and a touch of worldly cuisine, a curry is always a brilliant go-to. Who doesn’t enjoy a curry? This chunky veggie version is a great way to incorporate the autumn with pumpkin or squash, and infusing some South East Asian flavour with coconut milk and spices. Serve with naan bread, fragrant basmati rice and some chutney to round off the dish.

2. Three-cheese lasagne

When it comes to hearty family staples, lasagne is a great choice. It can be time consuming and a little fiddly though, so if you’re looking to save on the kitchen time or make it a touch healthier, making it meat-free is a great alternative. A simple tomato and vegetable sauce can be used for the filling, whilst a bit of luxury can be found in the addition of pesto, ricotta, mozzarella and parmesan.

3. Toffee apple crumble

An autumnal twist on a classic apple crumble, this toffee-infused recipe also has the added benefit of only requiring one pan, so you can save precious time on the method and enjoy more time enjoying the fruits of your labour! This recipe couldn’t be simpler – you just need some apples, vanilla and ice cream, alongside a handful of cupboard staples.

4. Classic sausage, mash and onion gravy

We mustn’t forget to mention a British classic like sausage, mash and a generous amount of gravy! The method here is simple enough, but the way to ensure a deliciously comforting dish is in picking the best ingredients. Good quality sausages from the butchers are essential, whether you go for pork and leek, Cumberland or another tasty variant. For the mashed potato, butter, milk and a spoon of wholegrain mustard make for a luxurious accompaniment, whilst a rich onion gravy tops off the dish perfectly.

5. Blackberry jam

Making jam may seem like a slightly daunting and time-consuming task if it’s your first time, but it’s actually simple and quick to make. Something a little different to prepare ahead, this particular recipe is great for the autumn with blackberry’s rich, deep flavour.

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Inspiration, Recipes, Tips and tricks

4 essential tips to boost your WiFi at home

October 17, 2017

As so many of us have electronic devices in our homes which can be connected to WiFi, it’s not uncommon to run into problems with signal strength and internet speed from time to time. This can cause some slight inconvenience or serious frustration, depending on the severity of the problem. Thankfully there are a number of simple actions you can take to boost your WiFi at home quickly and cheaply. Here’s four quick fixes:

  1. Pick the right location for the router

Ensuring your router is positioned in the best location possible is absolutely essential to having an efficient and trouble-free WiFi connection in the home. The first thing to do is make sure the router is placed in the centre of the home. The aim of this is to stop the WiFi signal travelling through too many solid surfaces, such as walls, as they can slow down WiFi speeds. If you place the router at one end of the house or in the corner of a room upstairs, you risk affecting the signal strength and speed. Ideally it should be placed centrally, with clear space around it and raised from the floor on a desk or table.

  1. Upgrade your router

You may have fast internet to improve your home WiFi, but if you’re using an old router this will slow things down, so buying a new router is something which should be considered. Different features such as ethernet ports and the number of antennae the router has impact a router’s speed, and there are plenty of options to choose from when it comes to choosing new hardware. Take a look at this roundup of some of the best routers around.

  1. Turn devices off

Devices such as laptops, tablets and smartphones shouldn’t be left on all the time – they benefit from being switched off occasionally. If they’re constantly online, the connections can become ‘tired’ and less efficient. Simply switching devices off a little more regularly will make a huge difference.

  1. Get a WiFi extender

If you’ve tried all the above and you’re still struggling to stretch your WiFi signal as far as you’d like, then thankfully there’s still another technological option – the WiFi extender. These handy gadgets boost WiFi connection so you reach those faraway corners of the home or even the garden. Here’s a useful guide to the benefits of a WiFi extender.

If you have any more innovative ways of boosting your WiFi connection then be sure to share them with us on Twitter.

Inspiration, Recipes

5 hearty Halloween recipes

October 17, 2017

It might feel like we’ve only just waved goodbye to the summer, but autumn is now in full swing and Halloween is in fact, right around the corner. Often a big hit with children, Halloween is a great way to introduce a bit of fun to the kitchen, so we’ve brought together some recipes to rustle up with family. From a warming soup to hearty casserole and some deliciously indulgent cake, here’s five recipes to draw inspiration from if you’re going to be getting up to some wizardry in the kitchen.

  1. Pumpkin soup

With autumn’s coolness rolling in, we’re often left craving a hearty soup to warm us up. This is especially great if the kids have been out trick or treating and need to warm up! Pumpkin has a touch of subtle sweetness which children will love. It couldn’t be easier to make – simply cook chopped onions and the pumpkin flesh on a gentle heat for 10 minutes, before adding stock to the pan and simmering. Finally, add some double cream, purée with a hand blender and some with some crusty wholemeal bread.

  1. Nutty toffee apples

An all-time classic, these toffee apples are the perfect evening treat and an easy way to give Halloween at home a special vibe with minimal effort. Dipping the apples in boiling water will get rid of their waxy coating to help the caramel to stick – once this is done you can make the caramel. Here’s a great recipe to help you perfect the caramel and coat the apples. Once coated, dip the apples in a bowl of pistachios to add an extra bit of luxury.

  1. Sausage and pumpkin casserole

Another dish to embrace autumn and the Halloween pumpkin, this casserole recipe is a great opportunity to pack a load of wholesome vegetables into your children’s meal without much fuss. Alongside your choice of vegetables and sausage, fresh sage is a brilliant way to accompany pork with a lovely rich flavour. Good quality sausages are also essential here, so it’s certainly worth heading down to the butchers to see what’s on offer.

  1. Halloween cupcakes

Cupcakes’ simplicity makes them great to bake and decorate with children. The decorations are an obvious attraction for kids, so you’ll have to get creative with some chocolate, buttercream, icing and sweets! If you’re short of spooky inspiration, you can find some brilliant cupcake ideas here.

  1. Chocolate and pumpkin cake

Finally, you can truly satisfy the sweet tooth cravings with a big slice of cake for some well-deserved indulgence. Although pumpkin may seem like more of a savoury ingredient, it’s actually a fantastic addition to a cake mixture. There are plenty of different recipes combining chocolate and pumpkin, from chocolate chip flecked loaves to fully indulgent, layered cakes with rich buttercream like this one!

If you consider yourself a wizard in the kitchen, then our Wizard app is available to give you a helping hand. Wizard was created to use in conjunction with our range of Wi-Fi and NFC-enabled appliances.

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Inspiration, Tips and tricks

6 ways to keep cool at home this summer

August 11, 2017

We all love to soak up the rays, enjoy the sunshine and top up your vitamin D, but when the sweltering heat gets a little bit too much, we’ve got the perfect set of heat-defying remedies for you.

From DIY air-con hacks to simple changes in the home, we’ve got you covered. You can stop worrying about over-heating and enjoy the sunny weather (when it’s here!)

  1. Create your own DIY air-con

If you’re not blessed with an actual air conditioning unit, you might have to get practical to fashion an alternative. If you’re really struggling with the heat, it doesn’t take too much effort, fortunately. For some quick cooling action, simply fill a bowl with ice and position it in front of a large fan (not too close!) to provide you with homemade cooling to rival any beachfront breeze.

  1. Swap your sheets

Being too hot at night is one of the worst aspects of warm weather, especially if it results in trouble sleeping. Switching up your bedding is a great way to freshen your bedroom for summer and when it comes to fabrics cotton is a great choice – it’s breathable and stays cooler than heavier alternatives.

  1. Close your blinds

If you’ve been out all day enjoying the sunshine, there’s nothing worse than coming home to relax and cool off only to find that your house is even hotter than it is outside! If you’re out of the house for the day, it’s best to keep your blinds closed to avoid the sunlight heating up your home.

  1. Eat spicy food

Even if the heat has dented your appetite, you should fight the urge to just survive on ice cold drinks because when you’re feeling hot and bothered, a spicy dish is the way forward. Spicy food makes you sweat, which speeds up your body’s cooling down process.

  1. Freeze a sponge

Once you’ve tried this brilliant cooling hack, you’ll wonder why it took you so long to discover it. To prepare for the summer heatwaves, soak a fresh sponge in water and leave it in the freezer to call on when required. It’ll cool you down in seconds without getting you soaked!

  1. Cool your pulse points

It’s always handy to keep a bag of ice in your freezer, some for your refreshing drinks and some for cooling yourself down! If you’re looking for a quick cooling fix, apply an ice pack to your wrists, neck, feet or the back of your knees for fast and effective relief.

Now you know how to keep yourself cool at home, you need to keep make sure your food is suitably chilled. Take a look at our range of innovative frost free or static fridge freezers in a variety of height and widths to suit everybody’s needs.

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Inspiration, Recipes

5 family friendly meals for the summer

August 11, 2017

It’s easy to forget the importance of nutrition amidst fun and games in the sun, but maintaining energy levels is just as important as keeping active. We’ve compiled a few recipes that should appeal to all the family.

  1. Prawn stir fry with udon noodles

Available at most supermarkets and Eastern-Asian stores, udon noodles provide a great energy boost with easily-digestible complex carbohydrates whilst prawns provide your dose of vitamins E and B-12. Pre-made stir fry vegetable packs and sauces make this a no-mess and no-hassle meal. However, if you’re feeling adventurous, try mixing finely sliced ginger, coriander, garlic and fresh chillies with soy sauce and a teaspoon of sugar for a delicious authentic sauce. Simply cook the prawns, add desired vegetables, udon noodles and your freshly made sauce for an Asian taste for all the family.

  1. Mince fajitas

Wrapping up fajitas makes for a fun and flavoursome sit-down meal, which is hearty and full of vegetables. These Mexican delights have been something of a staple in U.K households in recent times thanks to the abundance of all-in-one fajita boxes, and for good reason. Sweat an onion, add lean mince and vegetables and season with fajita mix. The beauty with this one comes with the sides and sauces, slice onion, tomato and fresh chillies for a fresh salsa, mash avocado and squeeze lime for guacamole or mix chives and sour cream for a heartier addition. Put everything out on the table and dig in!

  1. Jerk or piri-piri Chicken

Add a spicy protein element to your summer meals. Sunstroke and overheating can happen easily if you’re out in the sun all day, but adding some real spice to your diet might help you hold out a little longer than usual. Sweating is the body’s way of releasing excess heat and some hot foods can work wonders for your sun stamina. For some delicious spicy chicken, simply mix your desired marinade (we suggest jerk or piri-piri if you can handle it) with some drumsticks or thighs, place in the oven, put a timer on and go enjoy the sun. Serve with rice or chips, fresh coleslaw and vegetables. Although this will work wonders for your heat on the inside, don’t forget to wear sunscreen on the outside!

  1. Smoked Fish Pasta

A perfect vehicle for some omega-3 and carbohydrates, smoked fish pasta is a light and easy meal that’ll have the whole family going back for seconds. Smoked fish comes in packets and is easily available, smoked mackerel fillets or smoked salmon make for a perfect accompaniment to most pasta and vegetable combos. Cook the pasta, add crème fraiche and greens and mix in your smoked fish. Sometimes the simpler options are the best, and this is definitely one of those occasions.

  1. Halloumi flatbreads

Halloumi is becoming more and more commonplace in UK households. Although slightly high in sodium, this Cypriot delight is an excellent, healthy, vegetarian option that definitely doesn’t lack in taste. The salty, versatile flavour suits a range of sauces and accompaniments. Try it with tomato and rocket salad, coriander and mint and yoghurt sauce for a real taste of the Mediterranean. Make as a hearty salad or add to toasted flatbreads for a more filling option. Thank us later.

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