Larger, more modern and much more sophisticated, new laboratories Digital Better meet our magazine requirements to serve you better. Following our move to Boulogne-Billancourt, the photo laboratory is not the only one that has benefited from a major overhaul.
The Mason lab was also redesigned to better accommodate the 250 products tested each year by the department. Needless to say, the four journalists who go there every day need accommodation. In fact, Home Services is the most product category since it covers less than 31 active comparisons on the site, such as those dedicated to surveillance cameras or stick vacuum cleaners. All in all, the previous Parisian laboratory was no longer really suitable for our activities. He’s grown so small… and a little rustic.
A better configuration and a more suitable place
The rectangle that created our old lab is no more, a square that allows better organization of the arrival of products and their installation, especially of large household appliances. With a current surface area of 26 m², this lab has the necessary space to simultaneously accommodate two American refrigerators or three combinations, six washing machines, dryers or other dishwashers and four built-in ovens. In short, enough to keep the house team busy!
Everything is designed to make the tests easier to conduct and more complete. Thus the refrigerators could now be connected to the water supply so that we could test the American model of water and ice dispensers, which we could not do in the 11th arrondissement of Paris. Added to this is a temperature control system that maintains the same temperature throughout the year, summer and winter alike. Thanks to this, the evaluation of the energy consumption of the devices is more precise, thanks to a test protocol that is carried out under well-controlled conditions.
More space for testing new products
For washing machine testing, each water inlet is equipped with a separate meter to record usage. Moreover, this aspect will be important for future testing of dishwashers, a category of products in great demand by readers. Digital. For the oven, two columns 180 cm high and 60 cm wide and deep were placed to leave us enough space to torture four built-in ovens at once.
For testing small household appliances, the size of the work surface has doubled: it now measures over 4 meters long and 60 cm deep. So we can happily test a grinder, a food processor, an oil-free fryer or two, a couple of kettles and two induction hobs together. In fact, to power the latter, two 32 A electrical outlets have been installed.
Eye for detail
Other details have been refined: today we have a black floor to better visualize the waste we spread on the floor (rice, cocoa), a dimmer to immerse the robot vacuum cleaners in the dark and see how they find each other. A little extra doesn’t spoil anything: windows that let in outside light are reminiscent of washing machine portholes. Look no further, we’ve thought of everything!
The move will therefore be profitable for us, as we gain comfort and precision (at the expense of long journeys on public transport for most of us). However, we already have areas for improvement: we would need, for example, a ceiling camera to monitor the exhaust of stale air or the navigation of robot vacuum cleaners to enable extractor hood test comparisons. Equivalently.