After 30 years it’s funny what excites you, for the last few months I have been loving the home appliances that not only make life easier but also free up more time and cash, I remember the washing machine discussion and some asking if it’s worth it or necessary, we just had a little one and we did not have to get a help to most house shores, here are some of the appliances that have changed my kenyan life.
1- WASHING MACHINE-The best 58k I spent, an LG 7kg washing machine, big capacity, quiet, and
not deplete my tokens, I could have paid a mama fua for along time with
the cash but the machine is very convenient, I really love it.
2-VACUUM CLEANER- Even madam was skeptical with why I wasted 12k on a vacuum cleaner, we
Have since upgraded to a xiaomi robot vacuum, lets just say the house is
always clean, it has a dry and wet vacuum so we only mop the house every
few weeks, the vacuum auto charges and need emptying and water refill
every 2 weeks.
3-DISH WASHER- Now this almost brought a fight,lakini sasa she can’t imagine life without it, see
those uji, ugali and tea sufurias and annoying plastic utensils they come out
clean and dry, we load through the instead of dumping plates in the sink and
wash at night, and yes it cleans well better than a person and dries.
4-INDUCTION COOKER- Kenyans fear cooking with electricity because of tokens, gas is good but it
cuts in the middle of ugali spinning, now I got an induction cooker and after a
year of using it I can say it’s cheaper that gas by far, and it’s really fast, BUT you
will need new cooking pots with steel bottoms, we have gas just incase kenya
power decides we need darkness, but they have been efficinet recently we have
had many blackouts.
5-ELECTRIC PRESSURE COOKER- Yes you can buy cereals from kibanda, or light a jiko on the
balcony and baby sit your githeri for 3 hours or you can get a pressure cooker and set
it to soak and start cooking at 4 pm and be ready by 5 pm when you get home, plus
all the other items you can pressure cook.
6-RICE COOKER- I was in the why do I need this group, then I watched this youtube video
They are not expensive about 4k, i got one and we have never had ugali rice. Rice cookers are actually very smart and can also cook other stuff.
7-FOOD PROCESSOR- It’s a good multi tasker it can kneed your chapati dough without the flour
mess, mince your own meat forget about the questionable shop mince, mukimo
in a minute, chop onions no more tears, chop cabbage, grate carrots, grind
spices and it has a blender jug, a mill and different blades, it saves lots of time.
8-CONVECTION MICROWAVE OVEN- there are normal microwaves then there is this it is a
microwave, an oven, a grill and it has a fan to make it really quick and even nyama
9-SMART DOOR LOCK- a week back someone opened my door and carried my TV in anger I got a
smart lock it has a camera, pin entry and finger print, on top of my normal lock
Juzi a neighbour was caught on the camera trying to open my door (kikulacho) the
police found my tv under her bed, thanks to the camera on the door lock.
10-SMART TAP TIPS, they don’t block the flow of water or require funny gestures, they simply turn
off the water after 60 seconds, if you forget to turn off the sink you won’t find a flood
in your house.
11-SMART SOCKET-I have seen memes of people wondering if they turned off the iron, this turns of
the power after a certain time and you can also check on google home.
12-SMART GFCI- There was a discussion about the suicide showers and I kept looking up at my
shower wondering if I will die in the shower and be found naked dead, this thing is a
Ground fault circuit interrupter, it turns off power if it detects ground leakage which
usually there is a short somewhere or someone is getting electrocuted it turns the power
off and can save life, mine is wired for the whole house.
13-POWER BACKUP- I got a 200AH battery and a 1000 watt inverter tucked away in drawer
somewhere, it backs up my lights, router, Tv and music system, last time there was a
blackout I was able to enjoy 8 hours of back-up, I will add a battery when finances improve.
14-HOME SECURITY CAMERAS- You cannot stop a person determined to to get in your house
but knowing what happened when you were away bring relief and assurance, after the TV
issue , I got a cheap system with 5 cameras and hub that backs up to cloud fo choice , it
activates when you lock the front door with drive you get about 2 days of footage at 1080p if
if you have a hard drive you can connect keep the drive as far away fro the hub as possible
I got a 20 meter hdmi cable and I use a 2TB drive, so far it has been entertaining to see what
the cat does when we are away hope we never get a human visitor when away.
I will continue to update my house as i discover more items that make life easier, enjoyable and safe
the items above are cheap some a bit expensive but once you buy you forget and enjoy the item.