Don’t moon over ap­pli­ances, buy well

Central and North Burnett Times - - HOME - with Tracey Hordern

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.

PHOTO: THINKSTOCK

◗ It’s never too early to start teach­ing your kids about money.

PHOTO: THINKSTOCK

◗ Keep­ing up with the Jones in a ‘50s style kitchen.

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