Here are Appliance Retailer’s picks for the best new and newish appliances for May 2014:

Nardi by Schweigen EG5543AVXN
Nardi by Schweigen 90-centimetre Freestanding Oven (EG5543AVXN) 
Melbourne-based rangehood specialist Schweigen is taking over the Nardi distribution in Australia; this is one of its dual fuel stoves with a 120-litre oven capacity and five gas burners.

Samsung VAC - Hybrid 2-in-1

Samsung Motion Sync Upright Hybrid with Fully Detachable Handheld (F700)
This unique vacuum combines a powerful cyclonic bagless upright for major cleaning with a detachable and corded handheld unit for spot cleaning.

Smeg Classic Freestanding Cooker (C9GMNA, RRP $4,090)
This cooker with eight programs and a 126-litre capacity is designed to be at the forefront of style. It is presented here with a black enamel exterior.

Miele H 6800 BM

Miele Speed Oven in CleanSteel (H 6800 BM, RRP $4,999)
Combining a fully-fledged microwave with an oven means users can cut cooking times down by up to 30 per cent. There are more than 100 automatic programs plus a QuickStart function for fast and easy heating.

Neff S51N53X0EU dishwasher
Neff Full Integrated Dishwasher (S52N69X5EU, RRP $1,899)
This dishwasher with 13 place settings has concealed controls for a seamless fascia and a 20-minute turbo speed program.

Sunbeam Solus Perfect Temp (SR7001, RRP $129)
Key selling points are the digital thermostat for precise temperature control, an ergonomic trigger to deliver high-pressure burst of steam, an LCD screen for fabric selection and the safety auto-off.

Conair Sonic Brush

Conair True Glow Sonic Facial Brush (CSFBA, RRP $119)
Sonic technology powers this facial brush at 300 oscillations per second, literally shaking dirt and makeup from your pores without irritation. Plus, it can be used in the shower.

Scultura Coffee Machine

De’Longhi Scultura Manual Coffee Machine (RRP $299)
This manual machine gives users the choice of grinding and tamping their own coffee beans or using Easy Serve Espresso pods. It is designed to match De’Longhi’s new range of toasters and kettles.

Sharp 4EL7-ALJ7ET3-340
Sharp 8kg Front Load Washing Machine (ESV80HA, RRP $759)
Sharp’s first washing machine has 14 programs, including a delay timer, and a half load detection system to maximise energy efficiency on smaller loads.