When the time is right to start buying appliances for your home, look to appliances that will give you the most value for your investment. For example, pay attention to the efficiency of your chosen appliance rather than focus on one or two features only. The ways appliances operate have come a long way, so take advantage of the advances that have been made.
If you plan to buy a replacement for your old home appliance, rather than replacing it with the exact same model, look around a bit. Although you may feel comfortable with the brand or model that you’ve been using, consider some other alternatives to see if they can give you more value for your money.
Here are a few tips on how you can choose your home appliances wisely and get the most bang for your buck…
- Evaluate your usage and need of the given appliance. Will you need a bigger washer to accommodate your increasing laundry load, or would a small washer work if you began running smaller, more frequent loads? Choose an appliance that best suits your family’s needs and avoid being distracted by aesthetics that don’t really fit your needs.
- For kitchen appliances, make a list of your food preparation, cleaning, and cooking duties and include functional features that you would like to have in your next appliance. If you find yourself often reheating your food, you may want to consider a warming drawer in your next stove. Or, if your busy schedule doesn’t leave you enough time to wash dishes, consider a dishwasher that has faster cycles or a larger capacity for more dishes.
- Consider only the features that you need. The more features you have in your home appliance, the more expensive it becomes. Remember, manufacturers are adding more materials and labor in every added feature they include in an appliance, and the more features you have, the more you will pay. So, if you think you can settle for a regular toaster instead of one with excessive bells and whistles, buy the regular toaster.
- Look for energy efficient appliance. One of the best things about modern home appliance is that they have increasingly energy-efficient system, that reduce your energy consumption and save you money. Look for the Energy Star logo!
- Calculate the true cost of your home appliance. The price you pay is actually not the real cost of your home appliance. What does that mean? Technically, you have to consider the electricity costs you will have to pay each month to run the appliance, as well as occasional repair and maintenance expenses. So, take all costs into consideration, and that will give you a better idea of what you’re really saving versus spending. Take note that more durable appliances tend to require less repair.