These days, everyone’s looking for a bargain. When it comes to household appliances, it’s more important than ever to make smart choices. There’s a lot to consider. The price, the expected life of the appliance, reliability, energy efficiency, ease of use, warranties, aesthetics; they all play a part. It’s mind boggling. So to help you, here are 5 appliances that are worth investing in.
1. Front Loader Washing Machine
Everyone’s talking about energy efficiency and water conservation. A front loader washing machine ticks those two boxes. There are many on the market, so it can be a little difficult to choose. You just need to keep in mind that a good quality machine is worth what you pay. One that’s not only energy and water efficient but stylish and user-friendly is even better – perhaps an ASKO is just what you’re looking for. Click here to see their range.
Nobody enjoys washing dishes (ok, some do, but most don’t). Studies have shown that cleaning your dishes in a dishwasher uses significantly less water than washing them in the sink. There are many energy efficient and stylish dishwashers on the market now, so you’ll have plenty to choose from. Remember that to truly benefit, you should ideally wait till the dishwasher is full before you run it. Some brands even discourage you pre-rinsing the dishes as the machine is designed to do it for you – you’d basically be doing it for nothing.
3. Air Conditioner
With the climate being so volatile these days, not many people are willing to put up with uncomfortable temperatures. Air conditioners have come a long way. Several years ago, they cost a lot to operate. These days though, inverter models convert warm air into cool air in a much more efficient way, using less energy. The usual 24 degrees Celsius rule applies and if you run it during off-peak periods, it will keep costs down.
4. Smart Stove/Oven
Again, you get what you pay for, and it’s worth it when you have features that are so intuitive you’ll wonder how you got by without them. Some have recipe memory and recall after pots and pans have been moved. Others set different functions for different parts of the stove. Many ovens are now self-cleaning and allow you to cook several items at once in different temperatures. No more having to wait for one item to cook before cooking something else!
5. Smart Fridge
Fridges are somewhat intelligent now. Your food and drinks will be at their best because they’ll be sitting in a section of the fridge that has a temperature that’s just right for them. Fruit and vegetables will be crisper than ever in breathable climate controlled bins. Some fridges can even sense when the temperatures should be readjusted according to the amount that’s in them and most have anti-contamination features too. Now that’s clever.
It’s worth doing your research and asking a lot of questions in order to get the most bang for your buck. If you’re going to continue living in your house, you’ll get to enjoy all the benefits. If you one day sell your home, some of these appliances will have to stay, meaning the value of your home goes up. Either way, you win!