Don’t moon over appliances, buy well
I’VE often wondered why we can send people to the moon and I’m still inserting a knife into my (unplugged) toaster to retrieve my almost inevitably stuck toast. While a respectable brand, my toaster is clearly not functioning as well as it could, so I’ve decided to delve into how to choose the best quality stylish appliances.
Nothing small about our small appliance market
According to Roy Morgan, Australians spend more than $3 billion on small electrical appliances every year. Take it from me: buying appliances based on solely on the price can be a false economy. Canstar Blue has found we tend to believe you get what you pay for with home appliances.
Big brand names
Most big appliance brands have a reputation for a reason. Ask your friends, look online for reviews (Choice is the gold standard for impartiality). It’s worth paying twice the price if the item lasts 10 years rather than two years.
Choosing your finishes
Neutral, white, cream and beige go with most interiors, as does stainless steel, regardless of trends. But here’s my tip: only choose stainless steel items from the higher-end brands; the cheaper ones tend to degrade and rust quickly.
Don’t forget functionality and star ratings
There’s no point getting an eight-slice toaster for a small household. Either read reviews online or, better yet, view the product at a store and ask staff what will best suit your needs.
◗ It’s never too early to start teaching your kids about money.
◗ Keeping up with the Jones in a ‘50s style kitchen.