Time, Health & Smart Looks - Catering to the '90s Lifestyle
June 1, 1998

By Jamie Latshaw The '80s had its Lexus. The '90s has its Neptune. Major appliances have become the style statements of the '90s. Who would have thought horizontal-axis washers would become cocktail conversation pieces? In this new aesthetic, avocado green and harvest gold appliances are long gone. Stainless and rich enamel red, green, blue and "biscuit" appliances are in. But consumers are demanding more than just pretty boxes. Time- and energy-saving performance features and quiet operation have become the new selling points. This trend extends up and down the financial scale. The look that was once unattainable on a limited budget has "grown beyond what appliance manufacturers thought

Major Appliances
March 1, 1998

New Zealand's FNP Enters U.S. New Zealand-based Fisher & Paykel is pushing its Smart Drive washer in the U.S. market. The Smart Drive has been manufactured for the last seven years in New Zealand and Australia. It spins at 1,000 revolutions per minute, extracting up to 30 percent of the water and resulting in energy savings. It is fully electronic and has very few moving parts for greater reliability. In future U.S. introductions, the company plans to begin exporting its double-drawer dishwasher around September--each drawer operates independently of the other--and in early 1999 Fisher & Paykel refrigeration will hit the U.S. market. Call (888) 9FNPUSA . GE