As nations around the globe put measures in place to curb the spread of COVID 19, families worldwide are finding themselves confined to the home. This means parents have to work from home, which can be a struggle while also looking after children and cleaning up. Here are some tips for working moms and dads on how appliances can make working from home that much easier.

Combination washer/dryer

One of the most time-consuming aspects of housework is the laundry, but fortunately, technological advancements have managed to save homes on both time and space. The combination washer/dryer has a variety of load capacities suited to different household sizes and needs. In addition to the ease of use, the washer/dryer allows you to put a load of laundry in and set the function so that it comes out clean and dry by the end. As we’re going into winter, this is a particularly handy feature!

Defy answer:

The likelihood of physical distancing continuing for a while past national lockdown is high, which means remote working will undoubtedly continue. It’s important to invest in easy to use and long-lasting appliances that will make working from home a lot smoother. Defy is just the brand. When it comes to laundry, the Defy SteamCure™ Washer Dryer is the latest innovation that uses Defy’s unique SteamCure™ technology to lift dirt for better cleaning, while also softening creases for easy ironing saving you more time! You can wash and dry 4kgs of washing in a go without having to switch from wash to dry. In addition to the Defy SteamCure™ technology, this machine has

  • ProSmart Inverter motor a quieter motor with a longer lifespan and 10 year motor warranty.
  • Defy AquaFusion technology this blocks the tub outlet to prevent loss of detergent during the wash.
  • Hygiene + Wash & Dry programme reduces allergens in the laundry, as well as traces of fungi and bacteria, particularly important during COVID 19.


Dirty dishes are not only an eyesore, but they are also a visual reminder of the housework that needs to be done, elevating stress lev els. A great tip for working moms and dads is to invest in a dishwasher. This takes away the drudgery of washing dishes by hand, removes counter clutter, and also saves on water and money.

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If you really want a fast-acting, effective, energy-saving dishwasher, then the Defy CornerWash™ dishwasher is the most efficient and total hygienic cleaning system available. It has an elliptical three spray arm and specially designed nozzles at the base of the machine that spins at different angles, allowing water and detergent to reach every corner. This means time saved as you don’t need to soak or pre scrub your dishes again. Alongside the Defy CornerWash™ technology, the dishwasher has:

  • A++ Energy improved energy efficiency of 30%.
  • Half load washing save energy further and speed up washes with this half load function.
  • Auto programme the dirt sensors automatically govern the cleanliness of the dishes first.

Built in ovens

With all the bread making and culinary activities taking place during this time, a quality oven goes a long way. There is no doubt that food cooked in a well-designed oven is that much better. Add in innovative elements such as timers (for safety measures), energy efficiency and easy cleaning devices, and working from home became a lot easier for moms and dads.

Defy’s answer:

Defy’s eye level Thermofan+™ oven with Surf technology has been re-engineered to offer an unprecedented experience through ultra-efficient heat circulation that optimises the cooking time and enhances the flavour. The Surf technology means that hot air is blown into the centre through ventilation holes on the sides of the cavity for homogenous air distribution. This allows you to cook three different meals at the same time.

Microwave ovens

Nothing has quite revolutionised speedy cooking quite like the invention of the microwave oven. And, as technology has developed, so has the efficiency of this compact cooking device, with some capable of roasting whole meals in a fraction of the time it would take in an oven. As a parent working from home, you’re pressed for time and have hungry mouths to feed quickly, making the microwave the first choice kitchen appliance.

Defy’s answer:

The 34 litre Grill Microwave Oven is spacious enough to cook big meals quickly. Plus, the grill function allows you to combine steakhouse perfection with traditional convection cooking which gives you the best of both worlds


Keeping healthy during this time is a priority, but it’s often difficult to do when working from home. A great tip for working moms and dads is investing in a blender which allows you to amalgamate a variety of nutrients in one delicious smoothie drink quickly. And for those seeking a comforting treat, blenders are able to make really fantastic milkshakes as well!

Defy’s answer:

Defy’s Power Blender has all the latest features of the modern blender including the auto blend, pulse function, LED light, detachable blade and dishwasher safe jar for easy cleaning. An added bonus is the frozen blending feature which can crush ice and frozen fruit in seconds.

Slow cookers

Cooking is a time consuming but necessary function, and for parents working from home, it can be a cause of great distress. Slow cookers will allow you to cook large, wholesome and nutritious meals overnight, meaning your time can be focused on working and caring for the family without being tied to the stove. The cooked meals can then be frozen to be eaten at a later time if needed.

Defy’s answer:

Defy’s Slow Cooker has a 6 litre capacity with three heat settings that allow you to cook a meal to perfection, for as long as you like. The removable ceramic container makes for easy cleaning with the auto warming function ensuring the food never gets too cold.

Steam iron

A great tip for moms and dads working from home is keep ironing to a minimum. But the reality is that some items of clothing might need to be ironed for that upcoming Zoom conference (just the shirt probably!), so best invest in an iron that can do this quickly and easily. Steam irons are able to perform the required task with minimal fuss and effort.

Defy’s answer:

Defy’s latest Steam Station is the ideal appliance for the working mom and dad with its temperature range suited to all fabrics, the digital control panel, auto-shutoff safety feature and Smart ECO mode.

Vacuum cleaner

Try as you might, the dust and dirt are not going to go away, but constantly sweeping, dusting and wiping is very time-consuming. A quality vacuum cleaner is an effective way to get this necessary household chore done quickly, and it’s one the children will want to help with!

Defy’s answer:

The Orion 6 Vacuum Cleaner is a bagless vacuum cleaner with an adjustable carpet and hard floor nozzle for different floor types. Its superior filtration (thanks to HEPA filter) forces air through a fine mesh that traps harmful particles such as pollen, pet dander, dust mites, and tobacco smoke. This, in turn, keeps your home's air healthier for longer. With a 10m radius cleaning operation, there's no need to keep switching plug points. It really is convenience made even better. Last but not least, this is a quiet operating vacuum cleaner so that the whole household isn’t disturbed when cleaning. The appliance also comes with a crevice tool, dust brush and pet brush for all types of dirt and dust! The far-reaching impact of COVID 19 will mean most of us will be fairly housebound for some time. If you can invest in appliances that will ease the burden and allow you to spend more quality time with the family, the Defy has what you need!