More space and modernity in our Maison laboratory

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Larger, more modern and much more sophisticated, the new laboratories of Digital better meet the requirements of our magazine, to better serve you. After our move to Boulogne-Billancourt, the photo lab isn’t the only one to have benefited from a major overhaul.

The Maison’s laboratory has also been redesigned to better accommodate the 250 products tested each year by the department. It must be said that it takes space to welcome the four journalists who go there every day. The Home service, in fact, is the one with the largest number of product categories since it covers 31 active comparisons on the site, such as those dedicated to surveillance cameras or vacuum cleaners. In short, the previous Parisian laboratory was no longer really suitable for our business. It had gotten too small … and a little rustic.

Home laboratory

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A better configuration and a more suitable space

The rectangle that formed our old laboratory is no longer a square space that allows a better organization of the arrival of products and their installation, in particular of large appliances. With a current surface of 26 square meters, this laboratory has the space necessary to simultaneously house two American refrigerators or three combinations, six washing machines, dryers or other dishwashers and four built-in ovens. In short, enough to keep the home team busy!

Everything has been designed to make the tests easier to manage and more complete. Thus the refrigerators can now be connected to a water supply to allow us to test the water and ice dispensers of the American models, which we have not been able to do in the 11th arrondissement of Paris. Added to this is a thermoregulation system that maintains the same temperature throughout the year, both in summer and in winter. Thanks to it, the evaluations of the energy consumption of the devices are more precise, thanks to a test protocol carried out in better controlled conditions.

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Home laboratory

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More space for new products on trial

For tests in the washing machine, each water inlet is equipped with an individual meter for recording consumption. Furthermore, this aspect will be decisive for future dishwasher tests, a product category in great demand by readers of Digital. For the ovens, two columns 180 cm high and 60 cm wide and deep were installed in order to leave enough space to torture four built-in ovens at the same time.

To carry out tests on small appliances, the worktop has doubled in size: it now measures more than 4 m in length and 60 cm in depth. We can therefore happily test a coffee maker with a coffee grinder, a food processor, a food processor, one or two oil-free fryers, some kettles and two induction hobs at the same time. To power the latter, in fact, two 32 A electrical sockets were installed.

Home laboratory

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Pay attention to the details

Other details have been refined: today we have a black floor to better visualize the waste we scattered on the floor (rice, cocoa), a dimmer to immerse the robot vacuum cleaners in the dark and see how they are. The little extra that does not spoil anything: the windows that let in the outside light are reminiscent of the portholes of washing machines. Look no further, we’ve thought of everything!

The move will therefore have been profitable for us, we have gained in comfort and precision (at the expense of a long journey by public transport for most of us). However, we already have areas for improvement: for example, a stale air exhaust would be needed to start a comparison of the hood tests or a ceiling camera to observe the navigation of the robot vacuum cleaners. On good terms.

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